The Water Witch (by Juliet Dark)

“Ah, there you are! We got worried when you didn’t answer the door and went looking for your key. Only it doesn’t seem to be under your gnome.”
“It’s here,” I said, nudging a flowerpot full of geraniums with my toe.
Liz and Diana exchanged a puzzled look. “Why would you put it there? It belongs with your gnome,” Diana said, as if it were the most obvious fact in the world. “Everyone hides their key under their gnome.”
“Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of hiding the key if everyone knows where it is?”



Half fairy and half witch, Callie has a lot of magic. As a doorkeeper it’s her job to protect the doors between Faerie and the human world. But with a vengeful water nymph on the loose and looking for a mate, two men trying to get her into bed, and The Grove an ultra conservative group of witches plotting to close the door to Faerie forever and banish all other worldly creatures she has a lot on her plate.

With some help from her friends, including a succubus, a fairy, a Norse demigod, and her former lover (an incubus) she needs to unlock her powers if she is to have any hope of saving the people she loves and keeping the door open.

There is a lot going on in this book. At times I wondered how it could possibly work but Juliet Dark manages to pull all the threads together in an engaging and suspenseful book about witches and fairies, gods and demons, magical creatures of the forest and the water. Occasionally The Water Witch reads a little like a young adult novel but this book is definitely for more mature readers.

Many thanks to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC.

Troll or Derby (by Red Tash)

I originally reviewed this book as a guest reader for The Indie Bookshelf. The Indie Bookshelf is a blog created and run by a group of frighteningly talented women who support independent authors. It is something like an Aladdin’s Cave for book lovers and a great place to find your next book.

 Roller Deb

“Roller Deb is a fighter. Debra, you were born a protector. You were born of Protectors. You have the blood of warriors and chiefs in your veins.”

Roller Deb lives with her mother who despises her and her beauty queen sister in a trailer park. She is the regular target of town bullies, including the sleazy son of a local mobster.  After her sister is kidnapped she sets out to find her and set her free, but with what seems like the whole town hunting for her things aren’t looking so good for her.


“Interrogating a pixie isn’t as fun as it sounds. I tried to keep it nice, but the little guys are vicious biters, and I may have squished one.”

Harlow is a troll. He lives at the local dump where he has everything he needs except any memories. Strange (for a troll), but he feels a deep compulsion to protect Roller Deb. Time is fast running out and Deb needs to trust Harlow for there to be any hope of finding her sister, defeating a mobster and maybe even saving a unicorn.

The Fairy Tale 

Troll or Derby is fairy tale but it’s not a children’s story. When the first edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales was published in 1812, it was widely criticized for the violence and even sexual content. In ensuing editions the tales were edited to make them more suitable for children.

This is a dark fairy tale about a fairy and a troll who fight the only way they know how…with Rock ‘n’ Roll and Roller Derby. It’s packed with bikers, gangsters, drug dealers, amish and a whole bunch of other worldly creatures.   I’m pretty sure your parents won’t want you reading this book. Read it anyway.   (★★★★★)

Many thanks to Red Tash and The Indie Bookshelf for providing me with a review copy of this book.