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Just Breathe – Review

My friend F-K from fkregieblog came back with another glowing review. This time for Just Breathe, my first novel. I’m on cloud nine that the love has continued into the main series. But more than that, the depth of understanding that F-K shows in the underlying themes is almost uncanny. To see the reviews of Zoe and Dream Spell, click here and here. Read on for an in-depth review.

**Spoilers ahead, read at your own peril!**

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I treated Sarah Doughty’s Just Breathe the way I treat any book that holds my fascination – if books could speak the Holy Bible and Webster’s Advanced Dictionary wouldn’t want me near them. First, I read the novel three times, put it down for a couple of days, returned to it, reread it, put it down again, and returned to it today, reread it, and now I am ready to review it. I do this when I want to carry a book around in my head, as a source of reference – this novel is that good. Plus, after what I have put it through in one week I didn’t feel the book wanted me near it – I feel Sarah Doughty’s novel needs to just breathe.

What fascinates me about the novel is Doughty’s knowledge of witches. Through my second reading I realized this has to be some sort…

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Sepia

I was standing in an alley lit by that same eerie sepia light. Like the sun was permanently at the cusp of twilight, just setting over the horizon. Deep shadows cast over everything and even the bits of trash that littered the dirty street looked devoid of most of their color.

The Spirit Realm.

© Sarah Doughty
A quote from Home,
book one of the
Earthen Witch World Novels.

For the Word-High July Prompts
of Filipino words,
hosted by Rosema and Maria.

Tapiksilim – (n.) twilight, dusk

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Dream Spell – Review

It was a pleasant surprise to see that my friend over at fkregieblog read Dream Spell. Not only did he really enjoy it, but he’s back with another phenomenal review. It’s presented like a college essay, with quotes and even page citations to back up what he’s saying. I’m honored that he continues to enjoy my books and only hope that continues with Just Breathe, Focus, and Home.

**Read on at your own peril, because there are spoilers ahead.**

Dream Spell

My very first creative writing lecturer, Nurrudin Farah, once told me, “a good short story needs a good hook.” My fertile imagination at the time conjured up two images – that of punching your readers into some kind of blissful literary drunkenness or reeling them in like a good pike piranha. Imagination aside, whatever you […]

via Sarah Doughty’s Dream Spell – Review — fkregieblog

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Zoe – Review

I am honored and humbled to see such a thoughtful and eloquent review of my novella, Zoe. He was kind enough to inform me that his rating is five stars!

There are **spoilers** in this review, so read on at your own peril. Also, please note that there are a few passages and events in this novella that might be a trigger, and some of those elements are discussed in this review.

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General: the end of this novella left me with a sense of deflation – not at the writing, which is superbly done, but the pyrrhic victory captured in the words “after all, dark is better than dead”(67).  Zoë overcomes her dark-witch tormentor, Graham, but in killing him she gains darkness and loses the love of Connor and his werewolf/pet-dog companion, Shadow – the very person and friend she risks her self and life for.

Read the rest of Sarah Doughty’s Zoe – Review by fkregieblog.

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General: the end of this novella left me with a sense of deflation – not at the writing, which is superbly done, but the pyrrhic victory captured in the words “after all, dark is better than dead”(67).  Zoë overcomes her dark-witch tormentor, Graham, but in killing him she gains darkness and loses the love of Connor and his werewolf/pet-dog companion, Shadow – the very person and friend she risks her self and life for. This acceptance is somewhat unfortunate, as it separates her in the end from the happiness (with Connor and Shadow) I feel she deserves considering all she has been through. Somehow it equates a kind of transgender reality. But then again, if life were what we imagine, there wouldn’t be the need to live. So, the unexpected ending, though more expressionistic, isn’t beyond reality.

Structurally, I found the divisions (of the chapters) a…

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Poetry

Eloquence Of Sleep

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Dreamless sleep was like being lost in oblivion. But it wasn’t frightening or terrible by any means. It was a dark place that played like a lullaby without sound. It was a slow beating of the heart, contentment, free from thought or stress.

© Sarah Doughty

A small excerpt from Listen,
book 4 of the Earthen Witch Novels,
coming in October.

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Zoe Is Now Available

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Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! Zoe is now live on Smashwords. And it’s free! Go download it now.

In a few days, it will be available at online retailers.

If you enjoy it, I encourage you to leave a review.

 

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Dream Spell

I’m honored that Erin of This Book Is Property Of decided to read Dream Spell, despite never reading the genre before. I would have shared this before, but WordPress was acting weird the last few weeks and this never showed up in my feed. Thank you, Erin.

This Book Is The Property Of...

By: Sarah Doughty

Series: Earthen Witch World Shorts

Publication Date: 2016

Status: reading

Location: digital

Doughty, Sarah. Dream spell.

I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to read this novella before its release by the wonderfully talented Sarah Doughty herself. At first, I was a little nervous; supernatural romance/erotica is a genre I had zero experience in and I had no idea what to expect. Despite the initial hesitation, I ended up really enjoying it. Dream Spell is a companion to Doughty’s Earthen Witch series, and while I have yet to read the main books, I found that it didn’t take away from my understanding. Dream Spell weaves the tale of April, a witch stuck in a marriage of convenience with a human husband and 3 month-old daughter, Lily. One night, April is visited by her previous lover, Ian, in a dream, and the rest is a crazy, sexy ride. There’s shocking…

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Dream Spell Is Now Available

Dream Spell

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! Dream Spell is now live on Smashwords. And it’s free! Go download it now.

In a few days, it will be available at online retailers.

If you enjoy it, I encourage you to leave a review.