Welcome to my blog tour stop for Halfway Dead, book one of the Halfway Witchy series, by Terry Maggert narrated by Erin Spencer. You can see the rest of the blog tour, plus giveaways, below!
Audiobook Title: Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy 1)
Author: Terry Maggert
Narrator: Erin Spencer
Publisher: Terry Maggert
Length: 7 hours and 15 minutes (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: August 7, 2016
Carlie McEwan loves many things. She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY – a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is 25 pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest – and only – real diner in town and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.
When a blond stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.
Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.
I am such a sucker for anything magic related and Halfway Dead right up my alley. My choice book definitely surrounds anything related to witches, witchcraft and magical creatures and this book delivers on all fronts.
Carlie, the protagonist, lives what I would call an ideal life. Why she is well immersed and trained at being a witch and living in the supernatural world of magic, she’s really quite normal at the same time. She’s just a diner cook who makes awesome waffles and has a huge cat named Gus with an attitude after my own heart. That is until her world turns upside down a bit when there is a ghost in the woods calling out to her and everyone wants these ancient trees and what is a girl to do?
What I really loved about this book is how casual of a read it is. Even knowing nothing about the sort of magic Maggert created for this world of his, I felt like somewhat familiar with it at the same time as if I were merely a bystander who happened to catch a front row seat to all of Carlie’s magical endeavors. This had a lot to do with Erin Spencer as the narrator who really brought Carlie to life for me. I look forward to hearing more from her soon.
I loved the Adirondack setting, being a bit of a must be out in nature, forest-loving girl myself (despite living in the desert–we have forests I promise you). Having this small New York forest town feel really made the story all that much more cozy to me. It helped that the scenery became part of the major part of the book.
Halfway Dead is a very promising launch point for the rest of the Halfway Witchy series in my opinion. It did a great job introducing great characters, the town of Halfway and a new, kind of sudden, romance. I’m looking forward to continuing on with this series!
Rating: 3.5 stars
About the Author
Born in 1968, I discovered fishing shortly after walking, a boon, considering I lived in South Florida. After a brief move to Kentucky, my family trekked back to the Sunshine State. I had the good fortune to attend high school in idyllic upstate New York, where I learned about a mythical substance known as “Seasons”. After two or three failed attempts at college, I bought a bar. That was fun because I love beer, but, then, I eventually met someone smarter than me (a common event), and, in this case, she married me and convinced me to go back to school–which I did, with enthusiasm. I earned a Master’s Degree in History and rediscovered my love for writing. My novels explore dark fantasy, immortality, and the nature of love as we know it. I live near Nashville, Tennessee, with the aforementioned wife, son, and herd, and, when I’m not writing, I teach history, grow wildly enthusiastic tomato plants, and restore my 1967 Mustang.
About the Narrator
Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.
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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Terry Maggert. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.