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Keys to the Coven Audiobook

Keys to the Coven: Demonic Intervention Series, Book 1

To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now Max has been given the job of breaking a young witch's family curse. But what she doesn't know, what Max can't bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death.
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The Road to Hell is Paved with Bad Intentions. Get ready for Keys to the Coven, a witty, tightly plotted, (adult) urban-fantasy/romance set in an original universe where karma is power, sex is karma, and it's not who you know but whose soul you own that matters.*

To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now Max has been given the job of breaking a young witch's family curse. But what she doesn't know, what Max can't bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death.

When Felicity Woodsen inherits her mother's coven, she learns each firstborn Woodsen daughter must become the consort of an evil-arch demon. Felicity's only hope is to ally with the mysteriously charming Max. But is saving her body from one demon worth risking her soul with another?

Roxashael became a demon when his Roman captors sent his family, one by one to be devoured by lions. The lesson was clear: power is good; lots of power is better. Two-thousand years later, Rocky has power. He's purchased hundreds of souls, and he's created the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as his consort, turns him into an arch-demon and places him above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma.

Unfortunately, Rocky made a mistake. He fell in love with Felicity's mother and in a moment of weakness promised to give up his demon-consort charm. Now Felicity's mother is dead, the Minsk Homunculus is slated for destruction, and Rocky's power as an arch-demon is about to end.

No demon can break a promise. If Rocky refuses to give up the Minsk Homunculus, he'll become the lowest, most abject slave in Hell. But then, why break promises when they're so easy to corrupt?

**Caution: This book contains violence, strong sexual themes, moderately explicit sex between consenting adults, (unfulfilled) threats against children, and one completely gratuitous reference to unicorns.

©2012, 2013 Vicky Loebel (P)2013 Vicky Loebel

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    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 08-08-13
    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 08-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell

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    "Stick the Iron in the Fire and Brand Me a Fan"

    What a great start. I really look forward to listening to more writing by Vicky Loebel. "Keys to the Coven" bowls strike after strike on the way to a perfect game. The characters are flawed, interesting and engaging. They are solid, well-developed, and vibrantly described while maintaining their own personal areas of mystery and leaving plenty of room for future growth. The narration was great and I'm a real fan of using two (male and female) narrators. I don't want to reveal my favourite scenes because I would hate to spoil this book in any way for anyone.

    I will mention two things. First, I hesitated purchasing this novel because of the strong over 18 warning but honestly I didn't think the story was that raw. There were some intimate scenes but I found them completely in keeping with the story line and never gratuitous. Second, the last hour, hour and a half, of the book are really action packed, so I would strongly recommend saving the end of the book for a quiet time because you don't want to be interrupted or distracted while listening to it.

    Looking forward to the next one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 09-12-15
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 09-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "It's Got Karma!"

    Keys to the Coven was quirky, entertaining, and fun to listen too!

    Vickey did a great job of developing a different spin on demons, and angels, and how they gain and use "karma." It really was unlike any paranormal/fantasy I've listened to which was refreshing. I loved how each chapter started off by giving tips from the " Girls Guide to Demons."

    Kudos to Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl! They did an awesome job narrating the story, and gave each character their own voice and projected the right amount of emotion. They really made this an entertaining story to listen to.

    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-05-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-05-15 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "SUPER GOOD BOOK!!! CANT WAIT FOR #2!!!"
    Where does Keys to the Coven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was really good, a demonic love story!!! lol


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Felicity and Max...its a tie...both are equally fantastic!


    Have you listened to any of Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would!! :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh, and was mad a few times...thiss book deals with some sensitive subjects...


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    I was hooked in the first hour and did not want to put this down! I like a good witch book, and this had witches and demons...so plus plus!! Felicity goes to settle her mothers estate after her passing, not knowing there was more then meets the eye going on there. Turns out her mother had deep dealings with the underworld and Felicity's soul has been sold to a demon names Max...now Max is not a bad guy, and as she gets to know his, a romance blooms, and a bunch of things unfold..Felicity has been in the dark about her family for a long time, but evil always shows itself!

    REALLY GREAT STORY, AND FUNNY BOOK! I RECOMMEND!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ecocat 11-09-15
    ecocat 11-09-15
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    "Demon, Karma, Promises, and Corruption....Oh My!!!"

    Keys to the Coven: Demonic Intervention Series is a very entertaining story about Demon, Karma,Witchcraft, and Corruption. Max is a demon, hired to retrieve the Minsk Homunculus for destruction. The Minsk Homunculus belonged to Rose Woodsen. After her passing, the Minsk Homunculus will seek Felicity Woodsen as the next demon consort for Roxashael, an arch-demon.

    Felicity has never trusted her mother after being molested by Roxashael when she was five. She has denied herself of being a witch and now with her mother's passing, Felicity is now a sorceress. She has to trust Max to protect her and maybe keep her alive when the Minsk Homunculus is destroyed.

    Max has to retrieve the Minsk Homunculus. It became complicated when he has promised Rose Woodsen to protect her daughter Felicity. Felicity has fought him every steps of the way and made deals with Max unknowingly of the consequences. When Roxashael showed up to claim Felicity as his next demon consort, the stakes become higher for Max and Felicity.

    What I love about the story is at the beginning of each chapters, there is a phrase provided so the listeners/readers will learn about witchcraft, demons, promises, and karma. The listeners/readers will also learn that promises and deals can be corrupted with a simple wordings when making a deal/promises. I love learning the world of witches, demons, karma, and deals.

    I even love the phrases "universe where karma is power, sex is karma, and it's not who you know but whose soul you own that matters" and "But then, why break promises when they're so easy to corrupt?"

    The listeners/readers will also see Felicity grows from being a whining bully to someone who finally accepted Max and to do what she can to protect her younger sister and brother from being the next demon consort if she fails. Even in the process, she was also trying to manipulated Max to her will which Max kept refusing.

    What I didn't like about the story is that there is so much yelling which was so irritating to me especially from Felicity. I did have to listen to the story the second time which didn't irritate me as much.

    I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in any way for writing this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER 10-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    STORY REVIEW.......

    Good story. Interesting concept for a story. The story is exciting, original,fast-paced, compelling, gripping, addictive, unique and totally unexpected. The dialog is smart, well written and flows smoothly. The characters are fascinating, captivating, quirky, engaging and well developed. I couldn't stop listening to it.

    AUDIO REVIEW......

    I found the narrator to be very good at reading the book as well as giving the characters life and voice. A well as attitude and humor. This makes for a great read but I highly recommend getting the audio version for the full effect and enjoyment. Great job.

    *****Received this via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review. ****
    L. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Ft. Worth TX 09-24-15
    Mel Ft. Worth TX 09-24-15 Member Since 2013

    Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese

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    "All Demons Aren’t Bad Boyz"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they were into the genre, then of course I would.


    What other book might you compare Keys to the Coven to and why?

    Probably the Dresden File book series; although Max in KTTC is a demon, he has a very similar personality to Harry Dresden – dry, sarcastic and all in.


    What does Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices of the characters; I know that’s kind of a given but it’s why I choose to listen to audio books over reading a book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Even demons and witches need love


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to reading more in this series
    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frode 08-26-15
    Frode 08-26-15 Member Since 2016

    Norwegian in a English world!

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    "Keys to a fantastic book!"

    How good is Keys to the Coven: Demonic Intervention Series, Book 1 Written by: Vicky Loebel? 5 blinking good cool fun exciting and just surprising with joy stars that is how much! Wow this 12 hrs and 49 mins just felt so short! It is almost like times just flies by with the speed of light! It is that kind of a book. Just get it and have fun!

    And how good was Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl? 5 star good that is how good. Again, a pair with feeling and voice work that is more then good, it is just close to perfect! Keys to the Coven: Demonic Intervention Series, Book 1 would be a worse book without them, and it feels like they are really enjoying this to the maximum!

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Panama City Beach, FL 08-24-15
    Annette Panama City Beach, FL 08-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than I thought it would be!"
    Where does Keys to the Coven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book stands out among the others. This author has an amazing imagination.


    What other book might you compare Keys to the Coven to and why?

    I can't think of any that compare.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Nick Podehl narrate the book "Worthy". He does an excellent job in anything he does. Both books are completely different genres.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it's rather long. Although it kept my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing author. She has an excellent imagination and I felt as if I was right there in the story. Everything you thought you knew about demons, angels, etc, forget about it. Vicky Loebel puts a whole new perspective on it. I look forward to listening/reading more of her books in the near future.

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 08-16-15
    Deborah 08-16-15
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    "Excellent listen"

    I first read this book back in 2012 and just now finished the audio version. The work contains love, magic, demons and the eternal quest for power. I enjoyed reading it but listening elevated the experience greatly. The narrator brought each character to life in a way that my minds eye hadn't while reading. Listening also allowed me to pick up on little things that I had missed before. If you have already read the book, don't hesitate to give the audio version a listen too, you won't regret it. If you haven't, you should put it on your to do list. At the time of this review you can get the audio version on Audible for $1.99 if you buy the kindle version first. That's a terrific bargain.

    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shoshana Hathaway Atlanta, GA 09-25-15
    Shoshana Hathaway Atlanta, GA 09-25-15 Member Since 2012

    blind Kindle TTS user

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    "Karma as currency?"



    The Road to Hell is Paved with Bad Intentions. Get ready for Keys to the Coven, a witty, tightly plotted, (adult) urban-fantasy/romance set in an original universe where karma is power, sex is karma, and it's not who you know but whose soul you own that matters.*To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now Max has been given the job of breaking a young witch's family curse. But what she doesn't know, what Max can't bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death. When Felicity Woodsen inherits her mother's coven, she learns each firstborn Woodsen daughter must become the consort of an evil-arch demon. Felicity's only hope is to ally with the mysteriously charming Max. But is saving her body from one demon worth risking her soul with another? Roxashael became a demon when his Roman captors sent his family, one by one to be devoured by lions. The lesson was clear: power is good; lots of power is better. Two-thousand years later, Rocky has power. He's purchased hundreds of souls, and he's created the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as his consort, turns him into an arch-demon and places him above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma. Unfortunately, Rocky made a mistake. He fell in love with Felicity's mother and in a moment of weakness promised to give up his demon-consort charm. Now Felicity's mother is dead, the Minsk Homunculus is slated for destruction, and Rocky's power as an arch-demon is about to end. No demon can break a promise. If Rocky refuses to give up the Minsk Homunculus, he'll become the lowest, most abject slave in Hell. But then, why break promises when they're so easy to corrupt?**Caution: This book contains violence, strong sexual themes, moderately explicit..

    There are certain things I look for in fantasy of any sort. First, the world building has to be careful, consistent, and believable within the context the author has developed. Since this is an urban fantasy, the fantasy world has to be woven fairly seamlessly into the modern world, and the unfamiliar must meld with the familiar in ways that enhance the story. The author does this with flying colors.

    If there is a system of magic, that system must have its own internal rules, and those rules must be obeyed by all magic users, or the magic won’t work, or won’t work correctly. In other words, the magic system itself must be logical and consistent, and the one that the author has developed is, and its use goes a long way to making this exciting fantasy even more interesting and exciting.

    The writing is excellent, even when I gritted my teeth at the heroine’s internal dialogs right at the moments of the most pressure, when immediate and decisive actions were required, I understood that what the author was trying to reproduce was the often chaotic mental and emotional activity that takes place in the human mind at moments of crisis. This happens to all of us, in nanoseconds, usually, but it takes longer to reproduce such internal decision making processes, and I think the author handled this about as well as such things can be managed.

    The metaphysical concepts explored in this book are interesting, and hang together quite well. As with any type of good fiction, the author reinterprets familiar concepts in entirely new ways, and then weaves those interpretations into a story that presents a whole new view of demonology, the afterlife, and the interaction of the living and the dead.

    The author is equally skilled at character development and presentation. All of his characters are believable, if sometimes not likeable, and all are vibrant and consistent, remaining true to the forces the author has established (both internal and external) that motivate their thoughts, feelings and actions.

    The narration is absolutely professional, and enhances the book in every possible way. Since they alternate, determined by who is “telling” the story at the moment, it is essential that the interpretations of the characters be consistent between the 2 voices, and it is, despite that one voice is male and one female. I have seldom seen multiple narration work as well.

    I happily give both book and narrators 5 out of 5 stars.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from AudioBookBlast dot com.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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