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Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis - Excerpt With Bonus Content

Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis - Excerpt With Bonus Content

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Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can’t fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?

This is all fine and well until Eve meets Justin, who reminds her so much of a former lover that one night is no longer enough. Eve’s coven has always turned a blind eye to her nighttime mischief, but this time they think she’s gone too far—and they certainly don’t hesitate to tell her so. Dodging the warnings of family and friends, Eve must also defend her sister, Helena, when another beldame accuses Helena of killing her own husband sixty years before.

As the evidence against Helena begins to pile up, Eve distracts herself by spending more and more nights—and days—romancing Justin as her former self. There are so many peculiar ways in which Justin is like Jonah, her partner behind enemy lines in World War II and the one true love of her life. Experts in espionage, Jonah and Eve advanced the allied cause at great personal sacrifice. Now Eve suspects that her Jonah has returned to her, and despite the disapproval of her coven and the knowledge that love with a mortal man can only end in sorrow, she can’t give him up. But can she prove it’s really him?

In this captivating tale of adventure and timeless romance, novelist Camille DeAngelis blends World War II heroics with witchcraft and wit, conjuring a fabulously rich world where beldames and mortal men dare to fall in love.

To read more about Petty Magic or Camille DeAngelis please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can’t fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?

This is all fine and well until Eve meets Justin, who reminds her so much of a former lover that one night is no longer enough. Eve’s coven has always turned a blind eye to her nighttime mischief, but this time they think she’s gone too far—and they certainly don’t hesitate to tell her so. Dodging the warnings of family and friends, Eve must also defend her sister, Helena, when another beldame accuses Helena of killing her own husband sixty years before.

As the evidence against Helena begins to pile up, Eve distracts herself by spending more and more nights—and days—romancing Justin as her former self. There are so many peculiar ways in which Justin is like Jonah, her partner behind enemy lines in World War II and the one true love of her life. Experts in espionage, Jonah and Eve advanced the allied cause at great personal sacrifice. Now Eve suspects that her Jonah has returned to her, and despite the disapproval of her coven and the knowledge that love with a mortal man can only end in sorrow, she can’t give him up. But can she prove it’s really him?

In this captivating tale of adventure and timeless romance, novelist Camille DeAngelis blends World War II heroics with witchcraft and wit, conjuring a fabulously rich world where beldames and mortal men dare to fall in love.

To read more about Petty Magic or Camille DeAngelis please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either arethe product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales isentirely coincidental.Copyright ©
2010
by Camille Marjorie DeAngelisAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Crown Publishers,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comCrown is a trademark and the Crown colophon is a registered trademarkof Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataDeAngelis, Camille.Petty magic: being the memoirs and confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger,temptress and troublemaker / Camille DeAngelis.—
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compelledtostand, the respectable citizens around me will grouse on my behalf atthe bad manners of those buffoons claiming knee injuries or feigningdeafness. As I disembark I wish the respectable ones a pleasant day,and I can see I remind them of their dear great-aunties. Don’t I looklike the sort who bakes oatmeal cookies by the gross, slips a fiver intoyour birthday card? Nobody ever has an inkling, do they?SomenightsIridethebusathirdtime,butyouwouldn’trecognizeme then. I’ll tell you how I do it. First I run a crooked forefinger over

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amanderson_2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was sort of like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society meets witches and supernatural elements (without the epistolary style). I really enjoyed it & thought it was well done and humorous, with great historical and supernatural elements.

Modern day New York witch Eve Harbinger (that's just the kind of name witches have) is in the middle of her second century, but when she wants to go out weekends to have a good time and take home a handsome and/or charming fellow, she uses a little magical "oomph" to drop 120 years or so. What's the harm? She just needs to split during the night before the oomph wears out. Witches, you see, live among us in secret warrens but hide their magical ways - and they aren't wicked. Their covens keep them honest. When Eve encounters a new young shopkeeper who she thinks is her WWII era lover Jonah, reincarnated, she falls head over heels for him - but since they are 125 years or so apart in age, her fellow beldames do not approve. And then one of the coven accuses Eve's older sister of a decades-old crime. The Harbinger women are determined to clear her name, but is she actually innocent? We get two storylines in this book, as the story of Eve and Jonah's wartime spy activities for the allies alternates with the modern day romance and the attempt to get to the bottom of the accusation.
readingwithmartinis reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I adore revisionist history. When I picked this book up on a whim and read the description, I was tickled. This book combined revisionist history, witches, magic, and true love. Just a few of my very favorite things!I enjoyed this novel. It was an interesting take on witches and witchcraft. I loved the extended lifetimes of the “beldames” and their family members. I found it hysterical that the witches travel “by loo.” Think Harry Potter and traveling by flue, but instead of a chimney, it’s a toilet. I puffy heart loved the gingerbread replica of the family home at the Winter Solstice, and how the tiny candy inhabitants’ location in the house mirrored the location of the actual person it represented. This novel was full of tiny details like this and these tiny details made it totally loveable.The plot of the novel was two-fold. There’s the plot of Evelyn-in-the-past. This aspect of the plot follows Evelyn through her historic travels in Nazi Germany. It is during this time that she meets and falls in love with Jonah, the love of her life. There’s also the plot of Evelyn-in-the-present. This aspect of the plot deals with Evelyn and her developing relationship with Justin, a man who reminds her entirely too much of Jonah. The two plots run in tandem. Present day events trigger Evelyn’s remembrance of the events of the past. DeAngelis beautifully weaves the two timelines together to tell one cohesive tale.My only issue with this novel was that it read fairly slowly. I am a very fast reader, but for some reason, this novel took me a very long time to read and it felt like it was dragging on for a long time. That is not to say I didn’t absolutely enjoy the story, but I think the pacing could haveOverall, I enjoyed this book very much. I would definitely recommend it!
elizabethanns_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Good - stuck in the house in winter weather- read.Better take on witches than some and thankfully much much better than most of the supernatural tripe currently out there. ( can you tell I'm not a fan?)
kqueue_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Witch Evelyn Harbinger is 149 years old and she spends her retirement years using her petty magic to make herself appear young so that she can seduce young men. In her youth, she used her powers for good as a spy during World War II where she met her true love, Jonah, who did not survive the war. When she meets Justin, she is convinced that he is Jonah reincarnated and decides to have more than a one night stand with him, but what will happen when he learns the truth about her?I thoroughly enjoyed the originality of this book and the wonderful Harbinger sisters. It has many unexpected twists and some quite a bit of humor. I particularly liked the rules of magic that the dames must follow, and the flashbacks to World War II. I chose this book because of Camille DeAngelis' first book [Mary Modern] was so original (though it had some plot holes), and I found that Petty Magic had the same fresh originality without the flaws.
sspare_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Petty Magic is nothing less than a great, lovely, charming, sad, tender, clever, *gem* of a book.To employ the phrase "page turner" is to conjure up mental images of bestselling thrillers, cover art with protagonists hanging from cliffs both literal and metaphorical, and those authors who crank out a book or more each year with a team of ghostwriters fueling the insatiable machine. Petty Magic is a page turner in the original sense -- the plot, the pace, the character development, the tone, the wonderful weaved story itself makes one, very simply, want to keep reading.Each chapter is rich and savory, and ends on just the right point. The characters are familiar and lovable, even while occasionally maddening in forgivable ways. The plot is both fun and somber, funny and emotional, and achieves a perfect balance of tension. In short, this book was masterfully written.DeAngelis has come along way since her last novel, Mary Modern, which was equally creative and well fleshed out. I can't wait to see what's next for this author. One barely dares to hope that her books, already uniquely rich and singular in her genre, can get better from here.
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