Friday 3 November 2023

**FELINE FICTION FIX** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #255 featuring **Snowball's Chance in Hex** by Samantha Silver **PLUS** Friendly Fill-Ins **AND** The Winner of My Birthday Giveaway!

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Hello meautiful library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and this week I'm feeling much better post pawty, well it was a big birthday which deserved a big celebration! MOL 

Thank mew all for joining me and Pandora, and let's announce the winner of the giveaway in a moment.

But first, I must say that I'm really enjoying snuggling in the sitting room this week!  

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The winner of Amber and Pandora's Birthday Giveaway 

Drumroll purrlease...
And the winner drawn out of the hat* is:



If mew can email us your snail mail address at your earliest convenience, that would be epic. 

deardrbasil @ gmail . com

Thank mew to everypawdy else who entered, and don't wurry if mew didn't win this time; there'll be more giveaways in the New Year so stay tuned.

*And just in case mew're wondering how we pick the winner, we type the full list of names from the blog post and Instagram post, then paste them into the random name picker at, and it automatically picks the winner.

Anyhoo let's look at this week's top book pick.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. My November to-do list includes ______________________ and ______________________.
2. I was busy doing _________________________ 20 years ago.
3. _________ is a challenge I often face.
4. I’m proud to say that I overcame _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. My November to-do list includes leaf raking, garden tidying and (hopefully) writing the brand new B Team Adventure, Claws of Terror. It has been five years since I wrote a B Team Adventure, as until last week every time I tried (and there have been many, many attempts) it was as if I was facing a huge block - the loss of Basil literally destroyed me inside - without my muse, the dude himself, who would sit on my desk in his in-tray and inspire these stories I have been lost. Yet something shifted last Thursday while I was writing last week's fill-ins, and before I knew it, I had Chapter One done. Which I hope you all enjoyed, and don't panic, Chapter Two is finished, and Chapter Three is underway.

2. I was busy doing pretty much the same as I am today 20 years ago. My life hasn't changed that much, other than getting older, stupid accidents and adding blog writing to my repertoire! LOL 

3. Apathy is a challenge I often face. But I think that's more of a 'time of life' thing with post-menopause. Oh, the joys of mid-life that no one warns you about!

4. I’m proud to say that I overcame most of my falls injuries, although some days I still get twinges in my back, neck and hips. But overall, it's all good.

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

Amber's Book Reviews #255 ©BionicBasil® Cursing Up A Storm by Samantha Silver
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Snowball's Chance in Hex

Witches Murder Club ~ Book 2


Samantha Silver

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

When bodies start popping up in Golden Hope, Storm Bancroft has a feeling something is wrong. Sure, they’ve been labelled accidents, but a witch has her intuition, and Storm trusts hers. Getting the Witches Murder Club back together, the group begins to investigate and quickly finds that Storm is probably right. These aren’t accidents. They’re murders.

With no chance of getting any help from the police, Storm and her friends set about investigating on their own. But Storm has other questions that need answering. Questions about her past. And as she spends more time with Logan, she starts wondering about her future, too.

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This week I just finished reading Snowball's Chance in Hex by Samantha Silver, and my regular library visitors will know that I've read quite a few of this authors' books already.

Cursing Up A Storm ~ Book 1 Witches Murder Club

This is the second installment in the Witches Murder Club series, and it's a well-crafted blend of mystery, magic, and feline fun that kept me turning those pages. From the very first page, I was drawn into the charming and magical world of Golden Hope, a small town filled with secrets and supernatural happenings.

The best character for me was Jay, (obviously! MOL) the feline companion of the lead character Storm Bancroft. Jay's role in the story was most necessary, as without a cat, mew know I won't read it! MOL

Storm herself was a good protagonist with her magical abilities and unwavering determination, making her a force to be reckoned with. Furthermore, the other characters in the book were equally well-developed, each with their own unique personalities that added significant depth to the story.
The pacing of the book was spot on, with the plot unfolding at a steady and engaging tempo that kept me reading. The setting of the story, a small town called Golden Hope, is filled with secrets and occasional supernatural happenings. 

Snowball's Chance in Hex is a lighthearted cozy mystery, a little cliched in one or places, though nothing that detracts from the overall enjoyment. I can't wait to read the book three in the series and find out what happens next!  And the really great news is there are 8 books so far, therefore plenty to keep me going, as mew know I love a long series! MOl

Also, if mew have Kindle Unlimited this book is included in your memfurship. Although I will add, that I did prefer the narration on this one, I had the Kindle copy, and it offered me an audio version at a discount price, so I got that too, and the audio is the way to go for sure! MOL

Another Top Paw Read!

Paperback: 157 pages
Audio: 5 hours 10 mins
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Ratings of:

Snowball's Chance in Hex

Overall Enjoyment

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I'm off to prepare for next week's review, as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time!

I always look forward to your company as I share a specially paw-picked book just for my epic readers!

Don't forget if mew are looking for great books with cats, check out the Book Review page, just click the link here or at the top of the page, as that's the place to visit to get your feline fiction fix.

Until next week...

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  1. Glad you are all recovered from your pawrty Amber!!

    Your PA had some great fill ins.

    And you reviewed yet another good book!!

  2. I am glad for the PA that her writing block has lifted. She writes such exciting stories. That is another great review from you, Amber.

  3. I thought the title might be fur-om cursing yer storm floods, mol. And Amber yer sweet young 21 and looking fit as a fiddle. Lynn knows about losing fun of life ev-furry time a kitty here turned into an angel. Precious

  4. Always good to see you, Amber!
    Thank you for the book report.

  5. Amber, you look spiffy today! Glad you're feeling better after the party! And thanks for the intriguing book review, I like the twist in the book title and indeed, in all the titles in the series. Good that the PA feels like writing again, yay! And congrats to the contest winner!

  6. You look very pretty sweet Amber! Hey, those were good fill-in answers too. That book looks like a good one and the cover is adorable. You sure did a good review too. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. That book sounds really good! SO glad you've recovered from your pawty :)

  8. It's wonderful to hear you've recovered, Amber, and concatulatuons to the winner of the give-away.

    Recovering from falls can also be serious business, I'm glad you are doing better.

    Since the book is on Kindle Unlimited, I just might have time to check it out.

    Thanks so much for linking up with Feline Friday!

  9. A tip of the tail to the winners, and to you, for your fine full in the blank answers

  10. COngrats to the lucky winner. I love this photo of you, Amber. Excellent book review. It looks like an interesting book. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am so happy you are writing again. XO

  11. Thank you so very much!! We are so excited to be the winners of your amazing giveaway!!!😺🎉👏🏼

  12. This does sound like a classic Murder Magical Witchical Mystical adventure to us. The fact it's a series is ever so appealing, too. Paws crossed, all comes good, subject to body count, in the next few adventures!


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