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Friday, August 27, 2021

Blog Tour, Character Guest Post, & Review for Murder At Magic Cakes Cafe by Rosie Reed


Five things I’ve learnt from living in Maiden-Upon-Avon by Evelyn Eldritch

1.     Magic is real and I’m a novice witch.

I come from a family of sceptics. My adoptive parents are interested in science, and I did my degree in psychology. Before moving to Maiden, the only people I would ever talk to about ‘crystals’ were geologists! But when I arrived in this quaint little English village, I was astounded to not only discover that was I a witch, but that the village was populated by vampires, werewolves, goddesses, zombies… and a rather alluring police detective.

I also discovered there’s a magical land beyond the nearby Standing Stones portal called Marvelton, which is where most of the magical creatures that come to Maiden hail from. I’ll be able to visit there when I get better at magic. Luckily, witches live for a long time, because I’m currently pretty rubbish at casting spells. But I don’t give up easily, and I’m slowly getting better!


2.     Justice is a powerful force.

This is something I’ve learnt from Detective Inspector Taylor. He’s a bit gruff and grumpy (albeit swoonsomely hunky) but he’s a good copper who will always do the right thing.

I believe in the British sense of fair play. We’re all just human beings (other than those of us who are Beings of Magic!) and I believe that a good balance of logic and emotion will help to catch the killer in the end.  

Justice and ‘karma’ seem to be woven into the fabric of the universe. I once tried to cheat at a cake contest, and ended up covered in exploded jam and icing! It might not always seem it at the time, but good will triumph. One of my favourite quotes is from the lovely film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which goes: Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end.


3.     Always try to look on the bright side of life.

I tend to be a little bit clumsy and I sometimes say the wrong thing, but even during my most embarrassing moments, I try to look on the bright side. My motto is ‘Try to laugh, or at least smile’. Of course it’s important that we accept and honour our emotions as they arise – and I love a good cathartic sob at times. But I’m definitely a glass half full person. I’m a firm believer in making gratitude lists, and I often take a moment to do that if I’m feeling blue. There are so many things to be grateful for. It’s not to bury or ignore my problems, but to just give a little balance and perspective. And that makes the hard times easier to deal with.


4.     All things must pass.

Each book in the English Cozy Witch Series is set at a different time in the magical year, starting with spring in Murder at Magic Cakes Café. I do find the darkness and coldness of winter a little hard at times, but one thing I’ve learnt is that winter is always followed by spring, and around and around it goes. No matter how hard things may seem at any given moment, it’s likely I’ve been through something similar or worse and survived. This perspective helps me cope when I’m in the thick of a murder case – there’s always the hope that I will overcome this and succeed, just as I have before.


5.     Do what makes you happy.

At the beginning of my story in Murder at Magic Cakes Café, I’m lost and unfulfilled. Moving to Maiden-Upon-Avon doesn’t seem like the right thing to do at first, in fact, I couldn’t wait to escape all the crazy residents when I first arrived! But then I realised how wonderful it was to be part of a close-knit community, where no one judges anyone for being who they are, regardless of whether they’re a werewolf, witch, vampire… or human!

Of course, we can’t just do whatever makes us happy all the time, because we have to consider other people and also do things like earn money and pay our rent! But I am so lucky that I can do what makes me happy most of the time. I love being with my friends and family, learning new spells, listening to music, flirting with Alex Taylor, baking cakes for the café, and accepting myself for precisely whoever I am on any given day. True happiness is true love for whatever you’re doing right now – and knowing that simple secret makes me very happy indeed.

Especially if there’s tea and cake involved! 

About Murder At Magic Cakes Cafe

Paranormal Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
  Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (March 1, 2021)
  Paperback ‏ : ‎ 307 pages 
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8713750473 
 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08XKM51D1

In a flash, she had magic. Can she use it to solve a mysterious death in her family?

Climbing a tree in a thunderstorm was always going to be a stupid idea, but when Evelyn Eldritch is struck by lightning, her magical powers are switched on. And she didn’t even know she was a witch!

When Evelyn learns that her biological mother has died under suspicious circumstances, she makes a journey to the quaint village of Maiden-Upon-Avon, where the residents consist of werewolves, witches, vampires and one annoyingly handsome-yet-gruff policeman. But who should she suspect? Who can she trust?

And if juggling her magical training, her mother’s café, and the town’s eccentric residents wasn’t enough, another body turning up at the local cricket match shows she’s definitely in well over her pointed hat… 

Murder at Magic Cakes Café is the first book in the adorable English Village Witch Cozy series, set in the beautiful English countryside. If you love plucky heroines, small-town whodunits, and a touch of retro nostalgia, then you’ll love Rosie Reed’s fun and flirty tale.

Buy Murder at Magic Cakes Café today. It’s simply electrifying!


Note from the author: Writing this series kept me sane during the very strange year of 2020. I do hope you’ll enjoy escaping into the beautiful surroundings of Maiden-Upon-Avon and having some fun with Evelyn and all the other magical beings who live there! Each book is set in a different season of the magical year - beginning with spring in Book One. You can enjoy a gentle journey around the village, whilst Evelyn tries to solve the murder. So, treat yourself now by taking the phone off the hook of life, and soaking awhile in the bathtub of the English countryside!

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*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

This is a new to me author but I will definitely be looking into more of this adorable series. It starts with an intriguing prologue that sucks you in. Then we get to meet Evelyn as she is down on her luck living with a snooty sister trying to save the sister's cat in the middle of a bad storm. Struck by lightning while doing so she doesn't notice any difference right away. Then she is told her birth mom has died though there is a debate about it being suicide or murder. Traveling to where she lived Evelyn is in for quite a few surprises as it is a supernatural community and she is now a witch. We get taken along on the ride of all these surprises and solving a themurder on tip just makes for a fascinating story. Makes for a well written fascinating magical cozy that you will not be able to put down. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

About Rosie Reed


A Little About Me I love writing, daydreaming, and creating stories. I often write for fun, even when I'm not planning on publishing. But it's also wonderful to share my stories with you! I'm a massive Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett fan, so writing paranormal mystery comes instinctively! I love the understated gentle charm of cozies, and it's always such a pleasure to spend time in the company of the wonderful sleuths and magical characters that my fellow authors create. Writing the English Village Witch Cozy series helped to keep me sane during the very strange year of 2020. Evelyn and Alex have done a tremendous job of protecting my mental health, and it's my pleasure to share this comfort with you. I do hope you’ll enjoy escaping into the beautiful surroundings of Maiden-Upon-Avon, and having some fun with Evelyn and all the other magical beings who live there! So treat yourself now by taking the phone off the hook of life, and soaking in the bathtub of the English countryside for a while!  
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