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Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. SomeCommuning with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s heritage (her father was a voodoo priest) could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two of them fight their attraction for each other as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world....

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No Rest for the Wicca Reviews

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2019-05-23 03:46

    3.5I got a couple good chuckles out of No Rest for the Wicca. Morgan was a fun character who managed to pull off the tough snark without pushing it over into the suicidal diarrhea mouth so many such characters have. I enjoyed her, her desire do the right thing, her intelligence and her backbone, maybe not so much her tendency toward alcoholism and self-destructive behaviour. But a few quirks make a character more interesting.I also enjoyed the mystery here too. Honestly, it wasn't that hard to figure out but it wasn't super obvious either. However, Morgan didn't seem to have to do much investigating to solve it. She just needed to present herself and people handed her all the information she needed. As an example, she met one of the suspects once (never even had a conversation with him, she was picking up a dropped pencil) and he offered her an assistantship. Now, anyone who's been to university and tried for an apprenticeship knows this isn't at all realistic, but even in fiction it's a little too easy of an in. What's more there was one particular side-character who essentially laid every clue she could need at her feet with almost no prompting and without suspecting why Morgan would be asking such questions. Too easy! As was the fact that the main villain, who managed to spend years carefully planning the whole thing, suddenly lost all composure and got sloppy as soon as Morgan came on the scene. How do heroines to this to bad guys so often? I've never figured this out, no matter how often I read it in novels.A lot has already been made in previous reviews of the whole half-wiccan/half-voodoo thing. So I won't go on about it, but I'll admit it threw me for a loop too. At one point the half-vampire compares the two of them as the same, but I'm still lost how someone who is half biologically something (a species) can be the same as someone who is half socially something (a religion). In the end I just had to tell myself I've read tons of fantasy with elves, fairies, witches, sorcerers, vampires, werewolves, etc as races/species and it works. So, if LoTempio wants to call them Wiccans instead I can force that in the same vein. There was a light romance as a sub-plot. However, IMHO it really needed to be played up more and made a more important part of the plot or dropped. Half-assed as it was, it's just a distraction. Granted, Cole was sexy (except for the whole 'My Dear' thing that totally didn't match his character and was exceptionally annoying) and I liked him a lot. But the romance didn't seem to contribute anything to the story. I was left wondering what that was about. Plus, the whole 25-year-old virgin was ridiculous considering how easily she gave it up. It felt like a needless attempt to conform to outdated social dictates of acceptable behaviour (good girls remain chaste). There were some serious editing issues. There were missing words, misspelled words and passages like this one: "He swung his long legs out in front of him. “What I’m proposing is this—“ he swung his long legs out in front of him. “You and I go..."" How many legs does this man have? It was distracting, but the book was still readable. I don't think it was bad enough to pass the book up for. Finally, a note on covers and I promise I'm not trying to be mean. I've seen two Kindle covers for this book and they're both ATROCIOUS, but more to the point don't match the book. The first being the grey one with a woman with straight blond streaked hair and scary long fingernails. But the character is described as having curly black hair and as she's quite active I can't see the nails working out. So, who's on the cover? The second is even worse (though a more attractive cover, I'll admit). It's the red one with the scantily clad woman in lingerie waving a deck of tarot around. BUT, the main character is described as a virgin and as there is only one rather mild sex scene, how exactly does that erotica-like cover match the book? It doesn't and it is doing a disservice to the author. I would suggest one of the cartooned covers like one sees on H.P. Mallory's, Rose Pressey's, or Robyn Peterman's books. I think it would match the genre better. Only my opinion though, of course and I mention this so that others who know the genre will more accurately know what to expect. So, final was a fun read. It had a few issues, but nothing that would prevent me from recommending it to PNR/UF readers.

  • Belinda Boring
    2019-05-13 12:07

    When I finished reading this book, I was really tempted to send the author the dry cleaning bill for the clothes I ruined while reading it. I enjoyed this book so much, that I couldn’t put it down long enough to eat my dinner. So as a result because I missed my mouth quite a few times, I basically ended up wearing my food. So here’s a warning to everyone wanting to read this amazing book – wear a bib or better yet, don’t eat. You may end up famished but a little sacrifice is worth it because this book was something I couldn’t get enough of.Where to even begin? I love the emotions that I felt when reading this book and how the story pulled me in. What fascinated me were all the details that came with the voodoo angle in the plot. I didn’t really know too much about it other than what I’d read in Dean Koontz books and the author did an amazing job describing it. At no time did I feel overwhelmed as I read it and it was done in a way that complimented the story. Too many times I’ve read books where things are over explained and I become bogged down with details to the point my mind rebels. With this book however, I read eagerly wanting to know more and as the author weaved it in through her story, it heightened my experience and how much I loved the story. It was a great story idea, one that immediately caught my interested and adding in the sexual tension between Morgan and Cole absolutely sealed the deal for me.Morgan was such a haunted character that I immediately identified with. Nothing quite beats the burden of guilt we often place on ourselves when for all our good intentions, plans back fire and people get hurt. Morgan wasn’t quite comfortable with her heritage and I can only assume that when added to the tragedy of her partner’s death, it made it easier to deal with by separating herself and not totally accepting herself as a whole. Morgan had this wicked sense of humor and sarcasm and I loved how she had a comeback for everything. I especially liked how she refused to put up with anyone’s crap, at one point taking on a nasty co worker when he pushed her too far. I love watching her slowly putting her grief into perspective, something I’d recently had to do myself and seeing how she worked it out was insightful. I LOVED her with Cole through all the different stages of their relationships and way they bantered back and forth. She’s full of sass and again I found a character who doesn’t play the “Oh I’m a damsel in distress, come rescue me my fine knight” role. She spoke her mind and she thought for herself, something I’ve always appreciated.I have a pretty intense infatuation... okay obsession when it comes to the sexy vampires I read and Cole St. John did NOTHING to help reduce it. If anything he added fuel to the flame. My gosh, this guy SMOULDERED and he had the whole seductive charm down to a science. Being a different breed of vampire – an Inheritor – he shares traits from both worlds and it made for interesting reading. I loved how he matched Morgan’s sass with his own and how he never stopped until he got what he wanted. He bought such an amazing intensity to the story that had it where I couldn’t read fast enough. He was so patient with Morgan, waiting and helping her work through what bothered her. He showed complete faith in her and it was little wonder that Morgan found herself drawn to him. But having said that I also loved the moments when his eyes would flash with strong emotion, when anger and a need to protective boiled just under the surface. I enjoyed every part of Cole – EVERY sexy part of him and he joins the ranks with all the other book crushes I have. At this rate I’m going to need to add another room to my imagination because it’s getting a little crowded in there.I never wanted this book to end. It completely absorbed me with all the different twists and turns and had me always guessing on who the killer was. I loved the deviousness behind the murders and how it took Morgan embracing her voodoo heritage to help solve the case. This is definitely a book people will want to read because it has just so much offer, leaving the reader completely satisfied at the end. My only question now is – how soon can I get my hands on the other books the author has written. Happy reading everyone!!

  • L.A.
    2019-05-11 06:56

    Article first published as Book Review: No Rest for the Wicca by Toni LoTempio on Blogcritics.Having been responsible for her partner’s death during a homicide investigation, Morgan Hawkes has sworn off that particular department. Holding herself to blame for the death of her partner and best friend drives a wedge in her psyche. Now working the paranormal investigations department, she has decided it is her lot in life. Born part Wiccan she has the ability to communicate with spirits. She finds she is often working on Daemons and while the work is challenging she finds she is no longer fascinated with her job. When she receives an offer from her boss to work undercover on a murder investigation, she is ready. The job comes with danger, just what she likes, but when she finds out that each of those killed was Wiccan, she realizes that she is perfect for the job. She herself has a personal stake in the outcome. Besides, the job is not in homicide, so that is a plus.As Morgan reports to the Special Forces unit, she is introduced to a new partner, which unnerves her. She was quite unaware she would be saddled with another partner after her prior one had died. She decides to decline the job, but not before she meets the man assigned to her, Cole St. John. Not just a man however, but a vampire — and not just any vampire either. He is one of the Inheritor breed, those most human, able to live as any other human but with a few slight variations. He is intense and extremely attractive, but Morgan convinces herself she is immune. When her roommate and cousin is almost murdered by the same serial killer that has already killed three others, she decides to take the job after all. It is not only that Xia is her only family; she is now hearing the spirits of those dead young Wiccans asking for her help. Can she work with Cole and will they be able to find the pieces of the puzzle before it is too late?In No Rest for the Wicca, Toni LoTempio has put together a wickedly funny and yet deadly tale of Voodoo and domination. She has created a story and filled it with characters full of charm and stubborn strength. The suspense and mystery surrounding the deaths is well written and told with an eye to confusing both the characters as well as the audience. The protagonists are both quite charismatic and yet have flaws that make them human.Morgan is a heroine and yet she feels the responsibility of her partner’s death to her very bones. Unable to come to terms with her part in the death, she allows herself to wallow a bit in her pity, and yet she is still a kick ass character. She is sarcastic and has a sharp and biting wit. In a world where such things are a rarity, she is still a virgin. Never finding the one or even believing a true love even exists she is nevertheless quite attracted to Cole. She does a great job of deflecting that however with her temper and wit. It is entertaining and at times irritating.Cole is a strong and handsome foil to Morgan’s strength. He is quite attentive and finds himself quite attracted to her in spite of herself. He is smart and perceptive in the ways of the Special Forces team, and he too has a temper. Morgan however brings out the best in him. He finds her to be the perfect person to round out his life. He will not let her push him away. He too has his human side and it brings out a characteristic in him that he was not aware he possessed. Tenderness. They are perfect together.And together is what they need to be to find the answers to the murders. Each young woman is found butchered and is missing a part of their anatomy. Can Cole and Morgan find the answers before the next murder? Is Voodoo at the bottom of it all?This is a fun and fast-paced book. I would recommend it for the reader that enjoys the paranormal element. The prose is precise and the dialogue is delightful. It is funny and yet intense, with an exciting love interest as well. It has all the pieces that make a mystery and suspense as well, something for everyone. This would be a great addition to your library.This book was received as a free copy from the Author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    2019-04-29 11:10

    Review by Rabid ReadsAt first glance No Rest for the Wicca seems like your run-of-the-mill indie book. The cover isn't an eye catcher but the synopsis had potential in my eyes and is the main reason why I added it to my to-be-read pile. After reading the first few pages I realized that this novel was going to be "one of those", a story that I just couldn't put down! Lovable characters, heart-pumping action and great world-building make this book a must read.My favorite part by far was Morgan. She's an amazing character with a past that's just as colorful as her present. At first, she turns down the chance to work on a special assignment that's offered to her but when her cousin's life is threatened she quickly reconsiders. I can't help but admire someone who's willing to fight tooth and nail for those they love. Morgan had locked her voodoo half away after a previous mistake on the job but forces herself to revisit it. She's incredibly hard-headed, fiercely independent and never walks away from a fight. One of the things about her personality that made me love her even more was the fact that she doesn't believe in being promiscuous. Too many urban fantasy heroines jump into bed within the first few chapters of a book but not Morgan. Don't get me wrong, I love r-rated action as much as the next girl but it's nice to come across a protagonist with strong morals with regards to sex for a change. The storyline is equally as captivating. It's well developed and Toni LoTempio does an excellent job of tying up all of the lose ends. Things that I'd forgotten about or disregarded as trivial came into play in the final chapters. The author's attention to detail is admirable! The murder investigation side of the plot transformed the book into a real page turner. Just when I thought the case was solved all neat and tidy like things blow up and nothing is as it seems. LoTempio skillfully steers the investigation into a different direction, one that I didn't see coming but ends up making perfect sense. Well played!Cole is another great character. At first I disregarded him and thought that he was a jerk. But after he and Morgan become partners we start to see that there's more to St. John than meets the eye. He's a vamp but with a few added twists on the standard breed. Cole and Morgan eventually do get it on so don't worry. Her resistance efforts were admirable but I was happy when she gave in. I know, I'm contradicting myself. I don't like the female lead to jump into bed too easily but I still do want her to get it on... eventually!I only touched on my favorite aspects of this book but there are plenty more. I strongly encourage you to read No Rest for the Wicca and discover your own preferred elements. Don't be put off by the cover, this book has a lot going for it and it would be a shame for you to miss out on this jem because of a decision that's based only on your first impression. I expected the worst from this book but instead I was surprised by the quality of the writing.

  • Yaz
    2019-04-28 04:00

    I got this book as an Amazon freebie and was pleasantly surprised. I found the story enjoyable and fun, the Wiccan lore was detailed but the reader wasn't overloaded with information. The main character, Morgan is flawed but likeable. The love interest is arrogant but self-deprecating, and who doesn't like a metrosexual vampire. I admit I didn't predict who the bad guy was, probably because I was having too much fun. This one is a definite keeper.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-04 07:46

    No Rest for the WiccaBy Toni LoTempioIndependently PublishedFormat: Kindle EditionFile Size: 340 KBSold by: Amazon Digital ServicesBook provided to Book Lovin' Bitches by author aspart of an E-Book Tour⚑ Ick factor: low Cliche component: low to medium Passion: tasteful and appropriate to the styleBook Description Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s voodoo heritage could beinstrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two of them must fight their deep attraction as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world. My TakeThis may sound terrible, but when I start to read a self-published book I hold my breath. The ability to publish online has made many people believe they are authors. After all being an avid reader must be all that's needing for writing a smashing book, right? WRONG!Well, Toni has what is needed to be a professional writer; that is, she has the skills needed, the imagination required and talent—that je ne sais quoi that takes one from "hack" to "writer." Writing, and the other arts are not something just anyone can do. Training can make one competent, but in Simon Cowell terms it's the X-Factor that is needed to propel you to being an artistic success.I also believe that sincerity and a lack of artifice can go a long way too. Like a folk-painting, sincerity can make up for lack of training.But, I digress.I was thrilled on reading No Rest for the Wicca that it was well written, balanced with dialogue, monologue and description. I found myself saying, "wow! this is really good." I don't think I have felt that way about an indie book since I found Amanda Hocking last summer. It is not a series (yet) but I felt the characters had not just sprung to life on page one, but rather that they existed independent from the book. There is enough back story on Morgan to understand what her motivations, her hang-ups, and the chips on her shoulder were all about. Cole is a bit less developed historically but I could feel his handsome, intelligent and sexy smirk down to my toes.Of course, as in all mysteries, and this is part mystery and part PNR, the true culprit is never the person you think it is. So, the twist here was not visible to me until several pages before it came out.Good tie up of loose ends, from page one to the climax.The intimacy isn't over done and it is well written: romantic with some graphic sex, but tasteful and respectful. Cole is gallant. Morgan is testy when cornered and has a major chip on her shoulder.Recommended.Today, I am fortunate to have Toni LoTempio answer a few questions for me. I am unfamiliar with any previous volumes if this is a series. So, assuming it is a first or stand alone:Right now it’s a stand-alone, but I have a sequel outlined, so if the sales response is good, there will be another book.1. is there a list of species in Morgan and Cole's world? How did you develop the taxonomy of the minimum three vampire and several shifter species mentioned?Cole’s Vampire status is actually gleaned from a website devoted to that type of vampire, so he has his roots in realism, so to speak. He’s a breed of vamp known as INHERITOR. Now, I'd like to take credit for the breed, but I actually came across the information on the Internet. to wit: Inheritor vampires TYPE ONE: These vampires are much like the Genetic vampires, except they are born. Like Sanguinarians, the vampire trait will lay dormant inside them until around the age of 13 - 26, when they awaken. When they body reaches the late stages of puberty, it releases a chemical which awakens the vampire and begins many physical changes in the body. As a result of this, most Inheritors look around 19 - 20 years old their whole life. Most of the time the parents of the vampire will be human and vampire, or both vampires. There must be one vampire parent. Inheritor vampires live to around the age of 350-400 years old. Inheritor vampire TYPE 2: Sanguinarians are the "mortal version" of the Inheritor vampires. They still require and crave blood, are sensitive to sunlight, and have many of the traits the Inheritor and Classical vampires have. However, Sanguinarians do not live much longer then the average human being. Of course, to make it my own, I've taken some liberties - my Inheritor vamps are more human than humans, and age to a VERY HOT mid-30's, but you get the idea. There are more types of vampires out there than just the typical Dracula/Barnabas sleep in the coffin during the day rise at night to suck a maiden's blood type. As a matter of fact, that type (referred to now as a "classical") is getting pretty passé. After all, didn’t' Angel show us just how a vampire can survive among humans, and how hot one can be? I also did extensive research on voodoo for Morgan’s heritage. The others are products of my sometimes very fertile imagination. J And just in case anyone’s interested, this is a link which tells of many different types of vampires – you would be surprised! Is this an alternate world, a world where the supernatural has been revealed, dystopian or other kind of society?No, it’s supposed to be our world, where vampires and the like co-exist with humans, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not so much. I guess you could say it’s a lot like the Buffy/Angel worlds.3. Are Cole, Morgan and/or Xia modeled on anyone?Morgan has a lot of my own traits – Xia is modeled after one of my cousins. Cole is kinda a combination of David Boreanaz and Pierce Brosnan.4. Do you envision Wicca becoming a series?Actually, when I first wrote Wicca I outlined a sequel, so yes, if sales reaction is favorable I would say there will be a sequel at some point.5. What would Morgan and Cole do if they were involved in a Jack Bauer -24 style national crisis?Morgan would want to rush right in, because she’s headstrong and impulsive, and Cole would be the calm, cool voice of reason telling her to “think it through”.6. What aspects of eachother's personalities attract Morgan and Cole. Was Cole already interestedd in her romantically from reading her file? I think Morgan’s tendency to let her heart rule her head and to act before she thinks is a kind of challenge to Cole, whose secret agent training has taught him to be more methodical. Although they’re opposites, I think they see themselves as kind of “kindred spirits”. Their good and bad traits offset each other. Plus, Cole likes the fact she’s feisty and fights him at every turn, although I doubt he’d ever actually admit that to her.7. Have you ever mentally cast the characters in this book?Oh, gee, I cast the characters in every book I write. It helps me get a clear picture of them. I pictured Kate Beckinsale as Morgan, Kate Hudson as Xia, and as Cole, I pictured another Cole…from Charmed, Julian McMahon. I think he’s the perfect Cole in either series!⚑Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising to this URL of Material Connection: i am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours and a copy was provided to me by the author. although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Tami Jackson
    2019-04-23 03:46

    REVIEW OF NO REST FOR THE WICCA by Toni LoTempio $2.99 eBook (Wish I could avoid the star-rating). RATED: Fun To Read But Don't Trust The Religious Details (They're Highly Inaccurate).I really loved the writing style of Toni LoTiemp's book, "No Rest For The Wicca." It's lively, fast-paced and presents a fantastic witch's tale intertwined with an interesting "who done it" plot where “evil can fester even in the best of men . . ." The eclectic witch Morgan tries very hard to determine who is killing hereditary witches. In her words: "Vanquishing daemons and exorcising ghosts is an important part of law enforcement, even though the big boys upstairs don’t share our sentiments.” Please stay focused on this first fact, that I really loved the writing pace in this book, when you read the last part of this review, which emphasizes what destroyed the fun, for me (inconsistencies and false descriptions of religious practices).THE GOOD PARTThe author writes great dialog. Here's an example where main character is talking to Cole, later referred to as a "supercilious bastard." I wanted to slap that smug half-smile off his oh-so-handsome face. “Well, great, Sherlock. Let’s hear ‘em.” “Not here. Let’s meet back at SF Headquarters at oh-four hundred.” I took a deep breath. “Fine.”THE BAD PART (For me)As a book addict, I like to feel like I can trust whatever is presented as known reality in a fantasy book and regard it as fact. So if an author writes a fairy tale about huge trolls flying with delicate tiny wings around modern New York, I want everything that's said about The Big Apple to be authentic and factual. Unfortunately, I did not feel confident that the religious aspects of this book (known realities) were truthful or correct; not hardly at all.That's what created a rather large problem for me because the story takes the reader to "witch school" and presents itself as an authority on religion when it's clearly NOT accurate in that regard. Not in many ways. Here's the first clue as to why this book should not be taken too seriously. Not only does the author capitalize Wicca and not Voodoo (a fact that should tell readers something about how the author feels about the two religions) but she does precisely what Hollywood has done to demonize Voodoo, that religion that comforts the severely oppressed and suffering.In all fairness, even Wicca is wrongly presented as lacking "oomph" when it comes to facing down evil spirits. The "no oomph" is why main character Morgan presents herself as a half-Wiccan who practices sensationalized Voodoo. She catches daemons off-guard by carrying a Voodoo gourd. She also employs Voodoo powder and sings Voodoo chants (while she doesn't seem to do any of the necessary work in that religion and does not pay homage to any Voodoo Lwa).Truth is, everything I've read about Voodoo practitioners (from non-fiction) suggests they are monotheistic (believe in a loving but terribly busy God whose not always available). That's why the religion has ancestral spirits known as Lwa (much like Catholics honor saints who were previously human - the Lwa may have time to help those oppressed who call upon them).Unfortunately, Toni LoTiempo doesn't seem to understand these known realities. She wrongfully demonizes some Lwa and wrongfully presents the Lwa Marinette, who was strongly instrumental in launching the Haitian Revolution, freeing people from horrible slavery and often sparing them from violent death. QUOTE FROM BOOK: “Have you ever heard of Marinette?” I looked at him, startled. “She’s a female lwa—one who oversees black magic and evil works. Why do you ask?”THIS PART WAS BETTER: attending a lecture, Morgan hears the instructor present a class on Voodoo like this: “Many think voodoo is some sort of mystic rite, mumbo-jumbo connected with zombies, pagan gods, and the likes. I hope to enlighten you, during my series of lectures, that voodoo is actually a religion shrouded in mystery, in myth, if you will, for centuries. If there’s anyone here who thinks all there is to voodoo is black magic spells, pins stuck in dolls, and the living dead, get out! I mean it. Get out now.”Unfortunately, I did not take that instructor's advice to "get out" and subsequently found many more falsifications and other ways that the book presents religion incorrectly.Example 1: Erroneously implying there's more than one God in Voodoo, deity whom someone might call upon for empowering a voodoo doll."The power of a voodoo doll comes not from the object, but rather from the one who made it. They are not considered toys, but rather a messenger to the other side, usually a particular god."Example 2: Correctly admitting Lwa are not Gods but falsely claiming that all who practice black magic are Satanists. "Black magic witchcraft, or Satanism, revolves around the worship of Lucifer. Thinking of the African spirits as gods is a mistake"Example 3: Erroneously referring to Voodoo as having more than one God and referring to the Lwa (saints) as Gods (conflicting with what's said in example #2). “An excellent point. I myself am not as well versed in voodoo as either Professors Graft or Morrow, but I do know some lwa’s, the voodoo gods, are depicted as dark and dangerous, while not considered evil."THEN THERE'S FALSE SENSATIONALISM. Repeatedly, the author demonizes Voodoo for having participated in human sacrifice, historically, when nearly all religions - even Christianity, Judaism and Paganism - have also done that. Have you ever heard of the term Odic Force?” He shook his head. “Can’t say I have.” “I did some research on it. It’s got roots in both Wiccan and Haitian Voodoo. The voodoo part, however, could involve some sort of human sacrifice.”Then, again, much later: (realize that I'm not particularly picky about typos but this book does have a lot of them with spacing problems and sentence structure issues): "Someone is killing these witches as a service to an lwa, hoping to get something in exchange." (Suggesting the Lwa want spiritual people to commit murder.)CONCLUSION: If you're looking for a sensationalized read - and don't care if the facts presented in the book are accurate or not - then you will be highly entertained by NO REST FOR THE WICCA. Author Toni LoTempio is highly creative and her work shows great imagination.Blogger's Admission: The author emailed her book to me, unsolicited, as a free copy, in exchange for my honest assessment and review.

  • Blood Rose Books
    2019-05-07 07:45

    In her debut into the paranormal genre T. C. LoTempio's No Rest for the Wicca, takes the reader into a new and different world surrounding witchcraft, Voodoo.Morgan Hawkes, makes sure that everyone knows that she is only half Wicca, not full, and really she does not like to talk about her other half, but it does come in handy now and then. A former homocide cop, who has demoted herself to be a PI (paranormal investigator), Morgan has a special talent of communicating with spirits of the dead who have been unable to, or don't want to pass over. But there is trouble brewing at the local University, pure blood witches are turning up dead and disfigured and Morgan seems the only one with the knowledge to help. However, this means tapping into the part of her that she does not completely trust or understand but if is means saving lives, she knows that she has to at least try. Now Morgan has to try to trust her Voodoo side, one which is associated with dark magic, as well as the dangerous, infuriating and hansom Cole St. John, an Inheritor Vampire (half Vampire, half Wicca) who Morganis attrached to but she is unsure if she trust him. Morgan is going to have to put all her fears and reservations aside as more witches seem to be disappearcing and only reappearing dead.First off, I will say that I love the title and the cover. The title definitely reminded me of the first few Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan books, like Every Witch Way but Dead. I enjoyed this book. Most people who have read my blog know that I am not the biggest fan of paranormal romance as I have found that there is more sex than anything else. However, this book has the right amount of mystery and intrigue and not too much sex that I found myself enjoying the story of this book. In other words, the romance and sex was not over powering as it is in many paranormal romance. This book does bring some new aspects to the paranormal genre (at least for me) as I have not read a book before that used Voodoo as well as witchcraft. I found that the use of Voodoo within the book, is what really gives this book it's spark. The world building was really well done, but there is not too much new or different within the world that LoTempio has created. It is very similar to other books where creatures are known to the Human population and there is a special unit that investigates paranormal activity. But as I said above, the Voodoo aspect is what really makes this book.The two main characters Morgan and Cole, definitely have the tension that those who like paranormal romance will love, but they are also able to grow, challenge and piss each other off as well. Morgan really grew within the book as she was forced to conquer her problems/issues from her past and her genetic makeup. Morgan is definitely starts out as a haunted character whose past and abandonment of her family, have left her with a tough shell, but also the need to help out. But what she really is doing is running away, from who she is and how it has caused so much hurt and grief in her life. It was great to see Morgan work through her issues and just show that she has more depth than just her powers, she also the power of her mind. I actually think that Morgan's strongest power is her mind and her ability to solve complex problems and puzzles.My only critique of the this book is there are a few typos and coincidences, however, the story is intriguing which helps one forget about those things. I really look forward to the next book in this series, to see how much more Morgan can grow and develop within the Voodoo world, as well I hope there will be more about the other creature that were briefly featured within the book, such as demons and trolls. I also hope that in the next books, we will be able to find out more about Cole, his past and what makes him who he is.I think individuals who like a lighter amount of romance with some mystery and intrigue will enjoy this book, it is something similar to Casey Daniels Pepper Martin Series (Sorry I do not have a review of this book done, I read it before I started writing reviews but you can find some reviews on Amazon) If you are looking for a book that there is a use of constant Magic and Powers, then this is not the book for you. The powers that both Cole and Morgan have as assets but they are secondary to being investigators.Enjoy!!!As this is an indie paranormal book, you can find a copy on Smashword.

  • Wenj
    2019-05-04 03:59

    3.5 STARSReview provided by Black Lagoon Reviews:No Rest for the Wicca by Toni LoTempio is an action packed urban fantasy that kept me engaged late into the night. From her clever world building to the wonderfully complex mystery, this novel is definitely one that any fan of the genre shouldn't miss.The unique world that LoTempio created within the novel is a very highly developed and diverse one. On the surface there is a plethora of supernatural beings including, but not limited to: vampires, witches, shifters, demons, trolls, and ghosts. To add to the diversity of the populace within the novel there are various subspecies to each branch. Given, this is a lot of information to absorb, but LoTempio is wonderful about helping to keep the types of creatures being dealt with in perspective. But, it isn't only the creatures that help to create this vast and interesting world. LoTempio also diversifies the magical practices within the novel going into great detail incorporating the belief structures and 'rules' associated with the various practices ranging from Wicca to Voodoo. These details played a large role in the plot of the novel and I found myself drawn to how two seemingly poplar opposite practices could be tied together.This duality between magic and voodoo is most apparent within Morgan herself. Her mixed heritage of White Wiccan on her mother's side with ties to Voodoo on her father's plays a large role in why she is selected to help solve the ritualistic murders of several witches, not to mention in how she became a 'ghostbuster' for the PSI, a division that helps to exorcise lingering spirits to the next world. She's a feisty, snarky character that is a sort of throw back to noir detective-solitary and stubborn with a wily street smarts. Due to her questionable and harsh past history, she is a very humanized character. Plagued by her mistakes she is spurned on by them to help those who can no longer help themselves, often to the point of foolishness. In this respect, Cole St, John is a wonderful partner for her. His blunt appraisal of her past and of her present help to goad her into a sort of self-discovery allowing her to overcome her rocky history thus helping to further develop her character. Cole himself has a domineering personality that creates a wonderful friction paired with Morgan's pig headed-ness. His calm, cool demeanor is a great contrast to Morgan's shoot first think later approach to life. This creates a wonderful simmering relationship between the two that was enjoyable to see develop, however, I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as fully explored as it could have been.The mystery itself is a well thought out ritualistic slaying that had me baffled until about half way through the novel. Not that it was overtly obvious, in fact, it was quite a twist! The various clues the author gives are enough for the reader to sleuth the mystery out right along side Morgan and Cole and was definitely a fun aspect since most mysteries only reveal any of the more persuasive clues at the end...not that it tends to matter much! But, none of this is to say there aren't some aspects within the novel that couldn't be improved upon. For instance, and most notable for me, was the consummation of the relationship between Cole and Morgan. The scene just sort of made me cringe. You could tell it was something LoTempio probably didn't feel comfortable writing and that hesitancy really showed through. It definitely threw off the pace of the writing which up until, and after those moments, was spot on. Also, the dialogue could have used some refining. However, this became less of an issue as the novel progressed and LoTempio found the characters true personalities. Given, these issues don't alter the merit of the novel, but it is something that could be improved upon and would shift this from a good novel to a great one!Overall, this was an enjoyable read with some wonderfully engaging characters that I greatly enjoyed following. Fast paced, action packed and full of mystery, I can't wait for LoTempio's follow up novel so we can more fully explore Cole and Morgan's rocky pasts!

  • Lady Rogue
    2019-05-06 03:44

    Morgan Hawkes, once a homicide cop, had switched jobs to Paranormal Investigator a.k.a.Ghost whisperer when she inadvertently killed her partner and let a villian escape. I don't know how she was before the incident, but from the moment the story opened, she was an angry character whose past actions and heritage haunted her. Being born of a wiccan mother and her father- a bokor; a master of voodoo, life hadn't been easy for her. She lived for the job and with her cousin Xia, the only member of her estranged family to care about her. But when witches were being murdered, and voodoo was suspected to be involved, she was pulled into the investigation by SF Agent, Cole St.John, a sexy and confident Inheritor Vampire. She originally declined his offer, not wanting to face old memories and open sensitive wounds. It was only when her cousin was attacked, and the spirits of the previous victims began to haunt her, did she decide to help and perhaps begin her path to redemption. In truth, I didn't like Morgan at the beginning of the book. Sure, I understood why she was angry. She blamed herself for her partners death and loathed her mixed heritage. Because of them, she lashed out through her stubbornness and bitchiness. One moment she carried an awfully big chip on her shoulder and other times, she seemed to be wallowing in self pity. At times, it was way over the top and I found myself wanting to shake her, slap her, and tell her to get over it, to grow up...Fortunately, as the story progressed, I saw the growth in her character, as she struggled to come to term with mistakes she made and accepting her heritage. I slowly began to like her. I think a big part of that had to do with Cole. He was confident, arrogant, and had just as much of a defensive wit as Morgan did. Not to mention, the added benefit of mind reading. I liked that he was blunt with her. He told her in no uncertain terms, that while her partner's death was an accident, it was still her fault, Basically, she was impulsive. She needed to accept it, learn from it, and move on. The back and forth bantar between them was a joy to read. I loved the heat, the sparks, the fire. Oh yeah... there was definately a passion stirring. Unfortunately, when the time came for the sex, it fell kind of flat. It lacked the fire that once stirred and turned into nothing more than smoke. That being said, it think that Morgan and Cole balanced each other out and have the potential to be a couple to be reckonded with. I thought the plot was well done. The "Who Done it?" murder mysteries with a paranormal/occult spin was very intriguing and ultimately surprising. I enjoyed learning the clues and other details of the case and piecing them together as the protagonist did. I also appreciated how facts on Voodoo were embedded into the story, as the characters learned, I learned. I don't know if they were actually factual, but they felt like they were and they fit quite nicely into the plot. I thought the world building was wonderfully written. The many different species cohabitating gave it a wonderous and magical appeal. Overall, I liked this book. The plot was a wonderfully written and filled with "Who Done it?" suspense, thrilling discoveries, and thought provoking topics. I enjoyed watching Morgan grow not only in character, but in depth and wished that Cole was as fortunate. The author teased with a tibit of his past, but didn't go into detail, leaving Cole's character background feeling a little incomplete for me. That being said, the chemistry was undeniable. I loved the back and forth bantar and watching them fight thier mutual attraction. I hope that the author will continue with a second book, making this into a series. There is much potential in the world she created and with the characters. I would really liked to learn more about Cole and the secondary characters. This was an enjoyable Urban Fantasy with a touch of Paranormal Romance and suspense that will entertain its readers and leaving them wishing for more.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-29 04:00

    It took me three days to finish "No Rest for the Wicca", but I would have been done sooner if life hadn’t gotten in the way. Darn life, always interrupting my reading time! “No Rest for the Wicca” is an urban fantasy, and like most urban fantasy authors, LoTempio has created her own world in which magic and paranormal creatures are common place, especially in a town like Central City, where there are almost as many witches as there are humans. She takes great care to bring her version of the world to life in the reader’s mind without ever getting bogged down in details.Morgan Hawkes, the main character, has half-Wiccan blood (and she’ll make sure you remember the “half” part many times, to the point where even her partner makes a joke about it) and half bokur blood (voodoo). A former homicide detective who lost her partner in a rather tragic way that she believes was her fault, she now spends her work hours busting ghosts. She refers to herself as a ghost whisperer at times, but make no mistake, she is not your Jennifer Love Hewitt CBS drama ghost whisperer. She’s a bad ass character with a bit of a chip on her shoulder, but at the same time displays a deep-down vulnerability that makes her likable.Cole St. Cloud, the partner/love interest, is an Inheritor, a species with vampire blood but, as Morgan points out, somehow more human than a human. Like most vampire characters, he’s hot, cocky and a bit narcissistic. Unlike most vampire characters, he’s way more open-minded than our oddly (and endearingly) old-fashioned heroine. I liked that LoTempio didn’t make him the typical stuffy type with outdated, sexist mannerisms. Bonus- no brooding, “woe is me, I’ve lived so long” nonsense that permeates so many best-selling vampire novels. Because this is partially a romance book, of course things heat up between Cole and Morgan. But the romance takes backstage to the real plot line, the murder mystery.Someone (or group of someones) is murdering pure-blood witches in a ritualistic fashion throughout the city, building momentum to grand end-game that reveals itself throughout the story. Morgan’s unique knowledge of both Wicca and voodoo, combined with her ability to hear the dead, makes her invaluable to the investigation. Although she refuses to help at first, an incident changes her mind and she joins the hunt to find the killer, which sends her undercover as a student at the local university, where she takes a variety of classes that revolve around magic and voodoo in an effort to get closer to key suspects. LoTempio uses these classes to explain the majority of the magical theory and practice presented throughout the book, and she does it flawlessly, making the information come from the professors’ lectures rather than trying to shove it in as an aside throughout the book. I love the way her professors teach, I wish I had more like them when I was in college! LoTempio’s dialogue really shines during these scenes.The descriptions and prose throughout the book are nearly flawless, definitely one of LoTempio’s strength. She describes everything in just enough vivid detail to pull you into the story, but not so much that you’re secretly begging her to get on with it. “No Rest for the Wicca” is a quick, fun read. Getting to the heart of the story took a little time, I did feel the beginning was just a little slow, but once the story started moving, it kept up the pace nicely. I look forward to seeing what LoTempio has to offer in the future.Note- This review originally appeared on my blog Pretty Opinionated

  • Grace Krispy
    2019-05-07 09:51

    Morgan Hawkes is a ghost whisperer. She uses her paranormal skills to help talk ghosts and daemons into moving to a different plane; sheʻs a true "ghostbuster." Nothingʻs run of the mill in this job, and sometimes she finds herself up against some formidable ghosts. Still, itʻs a cushier job than her old job in homicide....and not nearly as satisfying. Morgan longs for the excitement and adventure she found working homicide. When full-blooded witches start turning up dead in an apparent plot that combines voodoo and Wiccan magick to unleash terrifying forces, Morganʻs mixed Wiccan and voodoo heritage lands her a role in an undercover plot. Morgan is compelled to save her friends and relatives, and, in doing so, to banish the ghosts of her own past. Working with Cole St. John, a sexy, captivating Inheritor Vampire, Morgan has to keep her wits about her in order to play her role to perfection.Toni LoTempio does a nice job introducing characters and giving background information pertinent to the main character without stopping the flow of the storyline. Morganʻs character has some depth and a back story that rounds out her character and makes her interesting. Cole, on the other hand, is much more two-dimensional, playing the role of stud and sex god to perfection, but not quite the well-rounded character I would have liked to see. We are given hints of his background, and that helps us to understand him a bit more, but it still felt lacking in characterization. Similarly, I would have liked more depth to Xiaʻs character as well. In spite of the wish for more character development, I did find the full range of characters in this story to be interesting and distinct, and they added interest to the overall story. The actual plot is readable, engaging, and quite entertaining. Although predictable, there are a few nice twists that added to the storyline and kept me reading. The level of romance in the story was predictable and secondary to the storyline, but it seemed to take too much attention at one point, and that detracted from the storyline. I also have to admit to having trouble taking sex scenes seriously that use words like "staff" and "round globes" as euphemisms for body parts. While I did want Morgan and Cole to get together (and it was obvious from the get-go that it was going to happen), it almost felt like "too much" when it did happen. Although I could immerse myself in most of the story, there were a few moments when the characters did something that seemed out of character and didnʻt quite fit what I knew of them. For example, Dru suddenly deciding to share the book with Morgan seemed out-of-place. It was necessary to further the plot, but perhaps could have been written in a way that would have seemed more in line with the relationship between those two characters. This book could also use another thorough editing pass, catching those last few pesky errors. Overall, a good bet for anyone who enjoys books in this genre. A fun and engaging read!3.5 stars @ MotherLode reviews

  • Purr More
    2019-04-29 06:49

    The book starts off with a scene that grabbed my attention, which I really liked, and introduces us to Morgan Hawkes, a smart-mouthed, ass-kicking, half-wiccan ghostbuster. Morgan can sense and communicate with spirits trapped between worlds and send them on to another plane. Cole St. John is an Inheritor vampire who needs Morgan’s help to solve a series of murders involving witches. He first comes off as arrogant and supercilious, but soon the attraction between Morgan and Cole is evident and you start to see a softer side to Cole. I would like to have seen more of Cole’s vampire nature. Though Cole is a vampire, he is of the variety that can blend in with the human population (walk in sunlight, rarely needs blood, etc). Perhaps it is this aspect that reduced the sense of him being a vampire.Morgan has to learn how to embrace her Voodoo and Wiccan heritage, use this knowledge to help Cole solve the murders, and come to terms with her own demons from the past all while she figures out what the heck to do about her attraction to a vampire.The romance was not overpowering to the story. There seemed to be more of an emphasis on the intrigue, but there was definitely a building romantic tension between Morgan and Cole. As individuals, I liked Morgan and Cole, but as a couple I didn’t really feel much of a connection between them. The few brief love scenes that were in the story just didn’t flow well for me (like watching a game of twister and trying to figure out how the heck he got his left hand on blue while she has her right foot on yellow) and did not help in establishing that connection.I had a hard time deciding what to rate this book. I really liked the story, the characters, and the dialogue. It was paced pretty well and I found myself wanting to get back to it when I had to put it down. However, I had some issues with some of the mechanics of the story such as numerous typos, some inconsistencies, repetitive phrases (there was much clucking of the tongue), a few awkward scenes, and some other quirks. A little more spit and polish could make this book really shine. Overall I enjoyed it and would be interested in reading more of this world. There were secondary characters I would like to see again like the troll we meet at the beginning and Xia, who is Morgan’s cousin, roomie, and also a witch. The book seemed pretty wrapped up at the end with no cliffhangers, so I’m not sure if this is part of a series or not. I tried to find information about what Toni is currently working on, but alas, there was not much info to be found. I guess I’ll just have to keep my eyes open and see what pops up.

  • A.M.
    2019-05-03 12:00

    Morgan is a half-Wiccan witch with ghost whispering talents and an expertise in voodoo rituals that she would rather not think about. But when a serial killer targets local pureblood witches to unleash a dangerous demon, it is only Morgan’s knowledge that can help the Special Forces Agency solve the case. Forced to confront her own heritage whilst fighting her attraction for handsome SF agent Cole St. John, Morgan must accept her past mistakes if she’s ever to capture the killer.No Rest is a story you can sink into. The plot moves along quickly, the setting is vivid, and the characters are entertaining. While the story starts a little slowly, setting the scene for Morgan’s ghost-busting job, it soon picks up with the arrival of Cole St. John and Morgan’s new mission to infiltrate the local university and get closer to the murder suspects.The world-building is carefully planned and enjoyable detailed without being overwhelming: a wide and unusual range of fantastical creatures such as trolls, shifters, demons, and vampires are featured, and there are even a couple in-depth discussions on spellcraft and magic when Morgan is undercover at university.Morgan herself is a likeable and strong three-dimensional character and an entertaining narrator, too. She has a lot of emotional baggage and is very much in a rut at the beginning of the novel, having quit her high-flying job in the homicide department after the death of her partner to move to the much-scorned Paranormal Investigation Services. Taking on the murder case reopens a lot of old wounds and Morgan struggles to confront her past, but she — rather admirably — never backs downOf course Morgan wouldn’t have gotten very far without Cole, who arrives at the right time and has just the right attitude to kick her out of her funk and get her into fighting shape once more. It is Cole that makes Morgan step up to the plate with his delightful tough-but-nice attitude, and the glimpses of his character left me wanting to know more.Perhaps my only nitpick is with regards to the writing itself, which I felt could have benefited from more editing as there were a number of typos and inconsistencies. I wasn’t too in love with the dialogue either, particularly in the first few chapters, although it did improve significantly later on. Apart from that, the writing was solid and I raced through the story in only a couple days.In sum, this is a enjoyable urban fantasy / thriller with great characters and a highly involved plot. I look forward to more titles from this author.

  • Heather
    2019-05-08 09:07

    No Rest for the Wicca follows Morgan, a former homicide detective turned supernatural investigator who hides the pain of causing her partner's death behind a very tough and snarky exterior. While she isn't exactly content exorcising ghosts and demons and settling disputes between the various supernatural beings that live side by side with humans in Central City, she believes this is her penance for turning to dark powers as a last resort and unknowingly killing her partner in the process. Of half-Wiccan and half-Voodoo decent, she doesn't really have a strong hold in either world and just relies on her sensitivities to the spirit world to do her job.When someone begins to target female pure blood witches and their bodies begin to show up ritualistically dismembered and with voodoo figures next to the bodies, Special Forces is called in and Morgan is asked to work along side sexy Inheritor vampire Cole St. John to bring the murderer to justice. While Cole (half-vampire/half-human) will go under cover as a teacher at a local college where every victim has attended magic classes, Morgan is an obvious choice to attend as a student undercover as well due to her Wiccan/Voodoo mixed heritage, as well as her experience in law enforcement. Morgan is reluctant to join the investigation until someone she loves unwittingly comes close to danger.I love a good mystery. The clues are revealed at a great pace and they come from a lot of different sources. The story wasn't generic or predictable. Toni LoTempio writes very lovely dialogue and is great about never having a character just give a large "info dump" of dialogue. Her descriptions of the scenery and situations aren't overly wordy, so they don't take you out of the story. There is a decent amount of humor in this book, especially in Morgan's attitude and speech. And it makes Morgan much more fun. The relationship between Cole and Morgan develops a little quickly, but it's nice to see a relationship that isn't too angsty. Cole certainly takes a boat load of Morgan's crap and attitude, and it makes you love him more for it. Overall, I give this book a four. It's a fun, sassy urban fantasy with a little splash of paranormal romance. There were a few instances of continuity issues, but they were very minor and they didn't take away from the story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes witches, hot vampires, and a good serial killer mystery.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-04-23 11:51

    If I have to choose a paranormal 'group' that I find most interesting it's witches, I grew up watching Bewitched after all. Morgan Hawkes in No Rest for the Wicca, is nothing like Samantha, she is an ex-homicide cop, using her half-Wiccan heritage to banish spirits in the 'Ghostbusters' unit. When young witches are found brutally murdered, Morgan is drawn into the investigation against her will.It's a strong premise that puts the story the realm of urban fantasy. LoTempio's world is a contemporary setting where the paranormal is known and includes a range of supernatural beings and beliefs. Morgan has a half Wiccan, half voodoo heritage and these religions play a central part in the plot. LoTempio shares some fascinating information within the context of the story, using the setting in the university cleverly. I can't judge the accuracy, but it certainly seems genuine and convincing. There are enough red herrings to distract you in the mystery, even though it is reasonably obvious who is behind things well before the conclusion. Morgan's snarky attitude is amusing and she is very human despite her abilties. At times she is a little whiny and petulant but still she is satisfyingly complex. I particularly liked that we saw her relationship with cousin Xia - urban fantasy heroes are usually sadly lacking in family or close girl friends.Cole St John has all the elements of a paranormal hero, he is a vampire with a tortured past, who denies his true nature to do good. His character is well developed and appealing, he is 'masculine' yet not alpha. I really liked his role in the relationship with Morgan, he is supportive yet calls her out on her less attractive traits. I do feel he could have done a bit more within the storyline, but then I think this would have tipped the book more to the paranormal romance genre. Their relationship, while part of the story, doesn't overwhelm it.There are a few inconsistencies in the writing, tenses slip on occassion, some of the dialogue could be stronger and there are a handful of typos, but these things are minor and easily ooverlooked.I'm impressed with this indie title, I'm sure that fans of the genre who take a chance on No Rest for the Wicca will enjoy it.See thsi review and learn more about the author at by blog

  • ѦѺ™
    2019-05-16 10:42

    In Wicca, rituals are ceremonies which celebrate and strengthen our relationships with the Goddess, the God and the Earth. - Scott CunninghamMorgan Hawkes, half-Wiccan, is an investigator for the Paranormal Investigation Squad. she is used to dealing with ghosts and demons and exorcising them. when a number of pure blood witches end up dead in the hands of a serial killer, Morgan's talents are sought by the Special Forces Agency and she teams up with Cole St. John, an Inheritor Vampire. together, they must find the murderer, stop the killings and ultimately save the world from the threat of an evil force.there is so much about this book that is fun, delightful and enjoyable. the first is heroine Morgan Hawkes. she is strong, feisty, sexy and all woman. despite the hazards of her job and the toil it demands on her, she never backs down from a fight or challenge. she knows her limits but this does not stop her from putting up a good fight to do her duty and protect her loved ones. her mouth is quite a handful or should i say mouthful when she speaks her mind. her dialogs with her colleagues, her cousin Xia and especially with her partner Cole are some of the best i have ever read in a long time.the second one is the information i gathered about Wicca and voodoo that clarified a lot of things and made me look at both in a different light.the third would be the whole book itself - from the setting, characters to the plot. author Toni LoTempio has written a fast-paced book with a blend of the paranormal, romance, action, humor and suspense. everything just fit together and made it worth my while.i really had such a great time with No Rest For The Wicca and i hope you will too.Disclosure of Material Connection: i am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches E-book Tours and a copy was provided by the author. although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches E-book Tours, i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
    2019-05-09 08:54

    Morgan Hawkes is half Wiccan witch who can speak with spirits that are caught between worlds. As a PI, Morgan uses those skills working for the Paranormal Investigation Squad until a bunch of murders prompt the Special Forces Agency to ask for her help. Someone is out there killing witches & the SFA have asked Morgan for help because of her knowledge in voodoo (her father was a voodoo priest). Morgan doesn’t like using voodoo because of a past occurrence she still blames herself for, but SF agent Cole St. John will push her to make decisions that could change her life. Morgan ends up being sent back to University to try & find out if it is a professor that is killing witches.There is nothing more interesting to me then a witch. There are so many different avenues an author can take with a witch, immortality or not, wicked or good, etc. So I was intrigued when I was offered a chance to review No Rest For the Wicca.That said, I have to actually like the character & with Morgan right from the start I had issues with her. She was way to harsh, right from the get go she had a chip on her shoulder. I understand as a cop, that’s to be expected but this was just too much rude. While she eventually breaks down the hardshell around her, I felt it was a little bit too late. She just wasn’t someone I liked or cared to know more about. St. John on the other hand was cocky, but it wasn’t to the fault Morgan’s rudeness was. St. John calls Morgan out at numerous times, yet she isn’t as rude with him as she is with her superiors, which in real life would have had her fired.The relationship between Morgan & St. John was up & down, but it didn’t overwhelm the story. It was the perfect amount, in my opinion.I also understand that Ms. LoTempio is an indie author so I ignored spelling errors (minor). That said, there were continuity errors, one for example had Morgan outside a restaurant talking with Cole & all of the sudden both of them somehow ended up at her house with no mention of them both being in the same car or how that came to be. There was also a mention of 0400 hours, which would have been 4am not 4pm like was mentioned. Minor errors, but they confused me enough that it took me out of the story.I liked it but like I said, I got pulled out of the story a bit too much & just didn’t relate to Morgan.

  • Lillie
    2019-05-23 05:46

    See my complete post at: Read My MindMy Review:In NO REST FOR THE WICCA, Morgan Hawkes is a former cop, a half-wiccan witch, and a woman trying to overcome a recent tragedy in her life. She has a hard outer shell that is really hard to crack. In fact, it kept me from really relating to her for the first part of the book. Morgan has a chip on her shoulder, and she's walled herself off by acting a little like the alphahole hero that turns up in many paranormal romance books. For me, what really shined in this book was the Wiccan and Voodoo lore. T.C. LoTempio included Voodoo chants, some overall history and explanantion of both cultures, and important days within the religions. It was clear that she had done plenty of research, and I thought that it gave authenticity to the book as I read it. After all, while I don't need a laundry list breakdown of everything Wiccan or Voodoo, when I read a book that involves a certain faith, I do like to see examples that the author took the time to make sure her words ring true. LoTempio did this, and more.NO REST FOR THE WICCA was a fairly engaging book that, looking beyond the bravado of its primary character, had good development and secondary characters that contributed well to the novel. The mix of Wiccan and Voodoo throughout the story had me thinking about two topics I don't often read about. By the end of my reading experience, I definitely wanted to delve further into both religions, and would consider reading more fiction involving both.3.5/5 for plot3/5 for characters3.5/5 for languageMy Rating: 10/15 (3 stars)Recommend, if you liked:To Kill a Warlock by H.P. MalloryAfterlight by Elle Jasper

  • B.K. Walker
    2019-05-12 12:08

    No Rest for the Wicca was, in one word...Amazing. I absolutely loved this book. Morgan Hawkes is a Paranormal Investigator. Being half Wiccan, she possesses certain powers that allow her to help spirits move on that are caught in between worlds. When she is summoned to take on a case with the Special Forces Unit, memories of the past haunt her and she isn't sure this case is for her. That is until the voices of the dead witches speak to her, telling her she is the only one that can help them. Someone is killing full blooded witches and it is up to Morgan, and her new, gorgeous, Inheritor Vampire Partner, Cole St. John, to find them, should she agree to take on the case. After her cousin is attacked, Morgan takes the case, facing her biggest fears head on. What she wasn't planning was the strong attraction to Cole. As they close in on who is behind these witch murders, they also close in on feelings never before ventured.LoTempio did a fantastic job keeping you in suspense, guessing through the entire book and leaving you with a surprise twist at the end. This was a title that has a great opening, the characters are very likeable and easy to connect with, and the action keeps you turning the pages. I particularly love Cole, he has so much patience to deal with Morgan as she can be very stubborn and sassy. They were a great match and I just loved the chemistry LoTempio developed between them. Research was well done and I love her Vampire classifications, an Inheritor being half human. Brilliant. Toni LoTempio could be the next Laurell K. Hamilton, for she carries a similar intensity. I loved everything about this title. I highly recommend this book and give it 5/5 Stars!

  • Debra Martin
    2019-05-22 09:43

    Morgan Hawkes, a PSI investigator, spends her time helping ghosts cross over to the next plane although daemons don't always want to leave. Some jobs are harder than others and Morgan takes her fair share of lumps. When she is asked to join a Special Forces investigation into the killing of witches, she turns it down. She doesn't want to work Cole St. John, the hunky sexy Inheritor Vampire in charge of the case. However, when her cousin Xia is attacked, Morgan changes her mind and joins the investigation. The race is on to catch a serial killer bent on targeting full-blooded witches.The story is predictable--tough, cynical Morgan who's angry at the world because of a mistake she made that cost her partner her life is romanced by the gorgeous vamp while they continually snipe at each other during the investigation. There are some nice twists in the story, but I knew who the bad guys were half-way through the book. I also found the term half-wicca that Morgan used to describe herself annoying and unhelpful. What's half-Wicca? You only follow half the practices? I would have preferred to see the term half-witch instead. Combining the voodoo and wicca practice kept my interest throughout the book. The author did a decent job with Morgan's character, but I would have loved to see more depth to Cole's character. There were a few teasers about his past that piqued my interest. Unfortunately, the book was filled with typos and wrong names during crucial scenes which jarred me out of the story. This book could definitely use the eyes of a good editor. Also, not sure what the author was thinking about in using this cover image. In my opinion, it does not convey what the book is about.Readers of paranormal fiction should enjoy this story. It's a quick and easy read.

  • Evelyn Amaro
    2019-05-13 12:03

    This book is a fast-paced, action packed, suspenseful book filled with romance and mystery! Morgan is a kick-ass heroine that is running from her past, while protecting her future and the one person she has left, her witch cousin . When a string of witch slayings involving voodoo lands at her door, it is up to her, a half-wiccan with a voodoo past, to find the killer and protect her cousin. In protecting herself and her family she must come face-to-face with a past that has haunted her for years. Her past is the least of her problems when she is partnered up with agent Cole St.John. An equally hard headed bad-ass who is not only a gorgeous Inheritor Vampire, but an equally crazy past that rivals Morgan's. She has met her match in Cole - in more ways than one, but will romance put both their lives in jeopardy? Will she be able to find the killer before the killer finds her? And with mystery surrounding the entire investigation, who can she really trust?This whirlwind of a book will keep you on your toes, racing through the pages, and completely breathless in the end. The world of Morgan Hawkes is filled with an array of creatures for the many supernatural lovers out there. From ghosts to witches; vampires to weres; and trolls to daemons..just to name a few. What makes this book even greater is that it is witty and blends humor and sexual tension into the mystery, murder and suspense that surrounds this story. This book has it all! Read it and you will not be disappointed. I said this in my Q&A with Toni - Toni LoTempio is one of the greats and I can guarantee we will be hearing alot more from this great author!!

  • Prangon
    2019-04-24 07:50

    No rest for Wicca by Toni LoTempio is a mystery filled urban fantasy that captured my attention because of the rich information on Wiccans and voodoo magic. The title of the novel does justice to the story, indeed there was no rest for the Wicca there. Morgan Hawk a paranormal investigator exercising ghost of the supernatural world certainly became my favorite character by her constant sarcasm. Who doesn’t love the leading lady with a sense of humor that’s dipped in sarcasm? I know I do. Morgan is scarred from what happened in her past and she had issues letting them go and live her life to the fullest no matter what anyone said. In this situation taking on a homicide case seem like a bad idea but when she is pushed in to the bloody situation she takes control and sees it through. I loved the fact that Morgan didn’t depend on the leading man every time she got in trouble. She was strong and independent, another trait that makes her my favorite character from the book. Cole St. John, now how to describe dead warm and sexy? Hmmm, I would say being a vampire already made him sexy and his dark brooding looks definitely didn’t hurt. Unfortunately in spite of being a vampire, Cole wasn’t a blood thirsty beast. Cole was cool and non controlling type, a unique combination for a leading man vampire! A good one, most definitely. No one likes a possessive control freak when it comes to romance. He lets Morgan choose, although he is persistent. No Rest for the Wicca is a good book and anyone who loves urban fantasy, you might want to give this one a try as well. The cover might be a put off but I assure you the story isn’t.

  • Tai
    2019-05-06 04:05

    No Rest for the Wicca was an all right read overall. It captivated me enough to keep me engaged in the story and want to know how it all ended. I classify this book as a light read as it really didn’t spark any emotions from me as I read it. I enjoyed the ‘who is behind it’ mystery plot as it wasn’t predictable and was well crafted that I didn’t feel as through things were thrown in just to make the story flow in a particular direction. The author’s writing style was little confusing at times when I was trying to decipher who said what during dialogue scenes but other that that it was okay with very few errors. The characters, which is mainly way I have to rate this book only 2.5 stars, were flat. They sparked no emotion from me whatsoever. I had to go back to the book to remember the main characters names just hours after finishing the book. The fact that the characters didn’t stick with me mere hours of me putting the book down is a big flaw for me as it means I didn’t connect with them and I didn’t get a sense of who they were. This is most important to me in a book having characters that come to life and No rest for the Wicca just didn’t fulfill that need for me. Overall this book just didn’t hit the spot for me. There was nothing overall bad but there was nothing overall exceptional that made me love it either. All in all it was a light read that entertained me enough to get through it so for that feat it gets a 2.5 star rating.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-12 11:43

    I liked this one a lot. The mystery was intriguing and just gruesome enough to make me shudder. Cole St. John had a fun, flirty appeal that I liked. Morgan was interesting, although I did think she harped on her heritage a little too much at times. For someone who didn't want to be reminded of what she was, she sure brought it up a lot.I liked the melding of the two very different aspects of magic. I know more about Wicca than I do about Voodoo and it was interesting to see them being woven together to make something new. I like how a witch's intuition was such a powerful thing. The only thing that I questioned was why Morgan would spill her guts at the slightest prodding from her cousin over a case that hinged on secrecy. I get that Xia could have found it out on her own using her intuition, but it seems like Morgan folded without putting up much of a fight. Honestly, it's a minor point in the story but I kept having this vision of Morgan being called on that and explaining to the chief that she told her cousin everything because she would have found out anyway.I really did enjoy the story. It starts out well, it picks up speed nicely and it ends with a revelation that I feel like I should have seen coming but didn't. Well done, Toni LoTempio. Well done.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • TheGeekyBlogger
    2019-05-06 08:02

    Review Copy from AuthorWhat I Loved: The Lore in this book was amazing. Toni did an excellent job of giving you the history of the Wiccan and Voodoo cultures, some of the spells/chants used, and a glimpse into their world. This really helped to bring you into the world instead of keeping you on the outside.What I Liked: This book was about two cultures that don't get a lot of time in books. Though there are a fair number of books about witches out there, the voodoo side makes the book unique. The story was very compelling in parts and you want to see how it ends.Complaints: The book was a little to all over the place for me. It felt a bit like a stream of ideas that were grouped together but in some instances they appeared to be out of place. That made it where I was little disconnected from the characters and the story in general.Why I gave it a 3: The lore and world building was done really well in this book. You can tell the author put a lot of work into making sure that the actions of the characters rang true. For a first novel, this was a really good effort.Who I would recommend this too: Urban Fantasy readers who like Lore and unique world building. I think this will appeal more to those who love Urban Fantasy more than I do. The romance was not strong enough for me personally (though it was there)

  • Raven Carluk
    2019-05-14 03:57

    This is an enjoyable book with a good story, lots of Wiccan tidbits, and a fun world sketched at. The main character grows and evolves, and the supporting cast gives her an excellent boost.There is much depth to this world that is only hinted at, and promises many more stories. No explanations for why the arcane lives side-by-side with the mundane are given, but they aren't necessary to the plot.The romance evolves perhaps a bit too quickly, with Morgan allowing Cole liberties too quickly, and without reaction. A strange guy suddenly touches me, and I know I wouldn't be pleased. If he were hot, I'd at least think about why I was letting him do what he wanted.Two things got to me, though, and they keep this book from being as good as it could be. One is mostly personal; there is no biting. There's a vampire who comments about liking virgin blood, and he never takes it. For shame.The second thing is much more technical; there are several typos, mostly around quotation marks. It sometimes makes the dialogue hard to read and confusing.Not necessarily a bad book, I couldn't actively recommend it.

  • Donna (BLHmistress)
    2019-05-02 04:54

    I was really pleasantly surprised with this book, I admit I haven't read too many Indie book's and befcre starting my blog I probably wouldn't have even glanced twice but I am glad I decided to read this one. Morgan is a fantastic character, that I immediately was drawn too. As many as you know I love characters with a bit of sarcasm and kick butt along the way. And of course Cole is my favorite type of hero- the tortured vampire. While I am used to having more romance in my books this blended well and I found I enjoyed it just the way it was.The storyline flowed and not once did I feel confused or have to backtrack to try and figure something out. Usually I could basically figure out what is going to happen but Toni kept me guessing right up to the end and let me say that is a mark of a wonderful writer. I am hoping with bated breath there is a sequel.Would I recommend yes, if you love suspense mixed with romance along with witches and vampires this book is right up your alley.

  • Natasha
    2019-04-22 12:10

    First of all, I want to say that I enjoyed this book. The story moves along at a good pace, the characters (particularly Morgan Hawkes) are well developed and interesting - I would have liked to know more about Cole St. John, but maybe that was part of his mystique. There are some good twists and turns in the plot, with a good surprise at the end.However, the book had clearly not been proof-read properly before publication and there are far too many errors in spelling & grammar as well as missing key words throughout the book. As a proof-reader my profession, this led to my being increasingly annoyed as I kept reading. At one point, a character's name is changed mid-paragraph - very confusing. The first sex scene was very well written, while the second had me laughing out loud due to the use of what I can only call 'soft porn terminology' - surely not the reaction the author was aiming for?So, I would encourage the author to keep writing - coz it really is good stuff, but to take the time to thoroughly check her text before publishing the next one

  • Asriani
    2019-04-30 07:09

    These few months, I read some indie books and No Rest of Wicca is definitely one of my favorites. I was hooked from the beginning. I enjoyed every chapter, from the plot till its characters. The ending was also nice. I never expect that I would find such closing.Before reading this book, I knew nothing about Voodoo or Wicca. Fortunately, the author wrote anything related to it in simple way. So I did not find myself lost when he told me about the chant, the spell, even the rituals, No need to open any articles that related to those things.I loved both of Morgan and Cole. Besides the magical abilities, they also got strong personality. I liked their sense of humor. All the conversations between them were hilarious. I caught myself smiling every time Morgan got annoyed with Cole’s words and cynicism. It was nice to know when the relation between them grew up.CoverHowever I am not a reader who judge the book by its cover, I think a good book should comes up with great cover