I've been involved in the Amazon Top Reviewer community for years, and in the course of that I've been exposed to dozens and dozens of self-published books by hopeful nascent authors. Sadly, most of those efforts are poorly written messes full of bad writing -- comprising every sort of mistake you can imagine.
A few are jewels in the rough, where I enjoy the book, and when possible and I think the author would like the feedback, I note a few things that might help improve their writing.
Exactly four times in eight years of exploring self-published authors, I've come across work that the NY houses should have found and latched on to.
Jo-Ann Carson is my fourth discovery for that list.
Midnight Magic is exquisitely executed prose. I've done a lot of writing, and some people tell me that I'm a pretty good writer. But I would shrink with trepidation from the prospect of writing a scene that simultaneously gives a reader shivering goosebumps and makes them chuckle. That's talent.
Now, along with that talent for scene crafting comes a ripping good story, with imaginative characters and settings which breathe life fully into the author's make-believe world(s). I'd be tempted to enumerate some of the interesting and amusing touches in the book, but it would be a disservice. I know from my own experience that you'll much more enjoy coming across those interesting surprises on your own.
We have in Midnight Magic an appealing heroine, metaphysical friends and encounters, nasty creatures, and humorous relationships that I won't detail per my preceding paragraph. LOL The story immediately grabbed me, and it didn't let up. Haunted houses have received countless treatments, and you'll quickly encounter one here that won't remind you that you've read about them before.
I found everything here to be fresh and inventive, and I'm most certainly looking forward to more about these characters and from this author.
Well done, and certainly recommended.