Guest Author Gabi Stevens!

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce debut paranormal romance author Gabi Stevens as my guest author this week! Gabi is here to talk about her new book The Wish List and the fish-out-of- water scenario.

 I recently reviewed her book here and found it such fun to read. If you're looking for something romantic and magical you should definitely check out The Wish List.  Please welcome Gabi Stevens!

The fish-out-of-water is one of my favorite types of stories. A character stumbles into a situation where they don’t know the rules or culture and has to learn to exist in a new situation. That’s the premise of THE WISH LIST. Kristin Montgomery is a CPA in San Diego. When she discovers her three aunts are fairy godmothers and she’s next in line for the job, her orderly world disappears like magic. No, not like magic; it is magic. Kristin not only has to cope with burgeoning powers, but also a whole new world that she never knew existed. And when a threat to that world emerges, she has to visit everything to do the right thing.
Not an easy decision. Laugh if you will, but it reminds me of the dilemma in Night at the Museum, a rather cute movie. In it Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) says to Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), “Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.” Sometimes out course of action is less about our choices than the situation in which we find ourselves. How we react to those situations defines our character. I? Well, I’ve never really been faced with such major decisions, but I hope I’d respond like Kristin and Tennyson and do the right thing.

So combine the fish-out-of water with a difficult choice and you end up with a lighter paranormal that still has a message—THE WISH LIST. I love humor and find that a day without laughing is a wasted day. There is enough depressing news out there that for entertainment it’s rare I want something that will require Prozac when I finish. Confession time: I love Disneyland, fairy tales, roller coasters, cookies. Give me high adventure, romance and a few laughs.

So what kind of entertainment do you seek out?

Gabi Stevens’s latest book is THE WISH LIST. In it, she gives her characters the magic she doesn’t actually have herself. You can find it online or at a bookstore near you. Visit Gabi’s web site at http://www.gabistevens.com./

CONTEST : Gabi is kindly giving away two copies of The Wish List to two lucky readers along with two vials of fairy dust to go along with your book! To enter please ask Gabi a question about her new book or leave a comment on your thoughts about her book in the comments section. This contest is open worldwide and will end on May 3rd at 6:00 pm EST.

Gentlemen Prefer Succubi Review

Jackie Brighton was a frumpy museum guide until a drunken night out with a blue eyed stranger left her waking up in a dumpster. All she remembers is being bitten and then having wild passionate sex with a blue eyed man , but apparently a tall, dark haired man deposited her into this dumpster like yesterday’s garbage.

 Now Jackie’s body has completely transformed into a sexy succubus that men constantly are lusting after. The only problem is that she constantly needs sex to feed ‘the itch’ and it’s not easy to convince her to constantly hook up with strangers.

Jackie meets a fallen angel named Noah and a porn star succubus named Remy and the two of them guide her through her new life as a succubus. Romance blooms between Noah and Jackie since she needs to get her fix somewhere. Remy adds tons of humor to the story with her outrageous antics.

Everything is going fine until Noah somehow ends up captured by a vampire queen who is insisting on Jackie bringing her a halo that she knows nothing about. The vampire queen’s main man Zane becomes Jackie’s shadow while she searches for the one item that will set Noah free. But with Noah out of commission who will scratch Jackie’s itch?

Will love develop between Zane and Jackie or will she deny herself what she needs and stick to Noah as the man to feed her addiction? Will Jackie find the halo before Noah is killed by the vampire queen? Who turned Jackie into what she is and who is her vampire master?

Gentlemen Prefer Succubi is the first book in The Succubus Diaries Series featuring a reluctant newly turned succubus. I adore books about succubi particularly Jackie Kessler’s books so I knew I had to read this new series as soon as I heard about it.

The story starts off with plenty of excitement while the main character is trying to understand what has happened to her. The humor is hilarious and kept me laughing through the entire book. The romance triangle between Noah, Jackie and Zane was extremely sexy and I can’t wait to read the next book in this new exciting paranormal romance series! Overall, Gentlemen Prefer Succubi was a fun light hearted book that I couldn’t get enough of!

Reviewed for Night Owl Reviews

The Wish List Review

Fairy Godmothers, Magic, and Happily Ever Afters are the work of fiction, at least that’s what CPA Kristin Montgomery always thought. She is most comfortable working with numbers and the idea that there is actual magic in the world is just so out there that she would never have believed it.

When Kristin’s three elderly ‘’aunts’’ tell her they’re retiring and going on a world cruise, everything changes for her very quickly. While rushing out the door, they explain to her that they are fairy godmothers and that it is The Time of Transition and now is her time to become a fairy godmother. Kristin dismisses all of their talk as lunacy and just picks a wand out when they offer her one, just to please them.

But when Kristin’s sorcerer arbiter shows up to judge if she is qualified to be a fairy godmother, she realizes magic is real and maybe her aunts weren’t lying after all. Tennyson Ritter enjoys his life as a historian but when he is asked to become Kristin’s arbiter, he must do it. He’s not very happy about the job especially since his charge is completely ignorant about magic or how to even do it. He’s not supposed to teach her, it’s just supposed to come naturally. But so far things are just not working out for Kristin.

Will Kristin pass the test to become a true fairy godmother or will she fail when innocents become involved? Will a forbidden romance bloom between Tennyson and Kristin or will her dislike for him blind her to the true love that’s standing right in front of her?

The Wish List is the first book in the Time of Transition Trilogy by new author Gabi Stevens. The genre is paranormal romance but there is a healthy dose of humor, suspense, and mystery in the story also. The Wish List is slightly reminiscent of Angie Fox’s debut The Accidental Demon Slayer, but Stevens puts a fresh new take on the theme.

In a lot of paranormals you come across a young woman who has discovered at a certain age that she is a witch, a demon slayer, a demon, a princess, etc, but in this book the main character is a fairy godmother which is different.

Kristin’s job is to grant wishes and to be the liaison between the Groundling (human) world and the Arcani (magical) world. Without much knowledge on how to perform magic, the dangerous situation that she finds herself in is intriguing and adds a nice layer of suspense to the story. The romance aspects are sweet, the humor is very funny and I just found The Wish List a joy to read.

The story ends with a little bit of a cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Kristin the Fairy Godmother. Overall, The Wish List is an outstanding debut that paranormal romance readers are sure to devour hungrily begging for more. The second book in this trilogy is titled Spellbound and is due out April 2011, followed by Toil and Trouble in March 2012.

Tomorrow Gabi Stevens will be guest blogging here at Enchanted by Books and giving away The Wish List to two lucky readers along with a little vial of fairy dust. So remember to stop by tomorrow for a chance to win! Contest will run for one week and will be open worldwide.

And the winners are....

Thank you everyone for entering and for all the welcome back comments! I enjoyed reading all of your suggestions and plan to add many of these books to my wishlist.

The winners according to Random.org of a $10 giftcard to Amazon or B&N are:

                                   Dawn Embers and Mama Bookworm!

Congrats ladies! Please email me through the link in my profile with your choice of Amazon or B&N as your online giftcard. Thanks everyone for playing! Stick around for a special guest author tomorrow!


Contest Time!

Hello my loyal followers! Well to thank you for remembering me while my blog has been so quiet all this time, I am going to do a welcome back giveaway! Two lucky winners will each receive a $10 online B&N or Amazon Giftcard! Please tell me the last book that you read that you adored! I love hearing recommendations so the more the better.  This contest will end on the 25th at 3:00 pm EST.