Grave Magic Bounty

The Forty Proof Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: The Forty Proof Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Listed number one in women's fantasy fiction in Kindle.

One day, I’m married, living in Seattle, and magic isn’t real. The next, I’m divorced and living in the guest room of my ex’s hotter-than-sin cousin’s place in Savannah and talking to an animated skeleton named Robert.

I have to admit, Robert isn’t my worst date. At 41, I didn’t think I’d be starting over. But I’ll be damned if my ex thinks I’m down and out because he pulled a fast one on me.

When a job comes my way that offers me a chance to use my childhood training in the shadow world, I take it. I need the money more than I care about my sanity. 

It’s dangerous. I have to embrace the magic and dark of my past. And I need Advil to keep me going. 

But those who’d hold me back better sit up and take notice because a new woman is in town, and she’s not about to be counted out by anyone. Even if she does groan when she rolls out of bed in the morning.

A paranormal women's fiction with a bit of class and a lot of sass for anyone who feels like age is just a number!

©2020 Hijinks Ink Ltd (P)2020 Hijinks ink Ltd

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I loved this book. Mayer creates characters and worlds that keep you wanting more. Lot's of action some suspense and romance budding. I can't wait to find out more of the shadow world and what is in there. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Fortgang was the narrator and very pleased to say she is one of if not the best narrator out there today. The voices and reading of this story is top notch so don't hesitate spend the money or credit you won't be sorry.

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Great Story

Overall review - Very well written with a good story line. There are a lot of concepts introduced that are explained enough to get through this book, but you can tell they will be dealt with in more detail in subsequent releases. I truly enjoyed the story. A good plot but with a light storytelling that's not too light. I also like that the story was written in first person. Seems to make the story more realistic and interesting.

Cons - The constant reminders of the main character being in her 40's, references to her libido, and her being a woman DO get a little annoying. I got the point, but I think it was driven a LITTLE hard. The ending wasn't as nicely developed as I would have liked (some more explanation on the end would have been nice; you are expected to just accept some things). But aside from those quirks, great story.

Narrator - THE NARRATOR IS AWESOME! I truly love the way she reads this story!!! I am very pleased with her narration and voices.

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So Much Better than I Expected

I know the reviews were very good, but I trust reviews less and less these day. I was so glad I was wrong. This is a fun book, and look forward to the next book.

I love all the different characters, especially Fish and Robert, and I really like how Bree interacted with them.

My only problem was the "himself" used entirely too often and the "old at 41" was tiresome after the first couple of chapters. It is a privilege to age to 41, not a curse.

Lauren Fortgang did an Excellent job!

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5 Star!!!

I loved the book! I loved the narrator and cant wait to purchase book 2!!

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She ain’t ducking around!

I love getting something new from Shannon. The anticipation of who is this person, what are they going to get into... what’s happening now, is a lot to look forward to. I can say, though the main character made me want to smack her a few times, I loved it. It’s different yet has the perfect Shannon flair to it.

Being 41 and having to get a new job is hard, no matter who you are. Old dogs and new tricks and all but for Bree o’Riley, she made it work. It was also a rude awakening for her. She was surrounded by men, who all thought they’d see her fail. Though some worries the old gal would get herself hurt. They weren’t wrong about the aches, it was a daily thing to have to pop an Advil... or three. (Something I do daily at age 40... lol)

It was hard, painful even but she did it. She trained. She practiced and she put her determination into everything she did. No one thought the old gal had it in her. She ducking proved them wrong. She made it to age where she had no ducks to give and let those younger jerks and the “trainers” for her new job lick her shoes. If not for her then no one would have been able to stop what was happening.

Her only friend in the beginning was a skeleton named Robert who became her friend. She made enemies and friends pretty quickly. Depending on her mood and temperament... she really had no ducks to give so it was a teatime to her ability to look, think and then act that kept her from getting completely creamed more than once. However... she put herself in the middle of something that could have gotten her killed... something I bet we will see more of later on. I can’t wait for more!





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AmazeBalls!!!!

This book was so funny with great characters. The imagination is outstanding and thank Goodness they chose an amazing narrator who really brought the story to life. Highly recommended
LMM

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Loved it!

A great new series by Shannon Mayer! Lauren Fortgang did an awesome narration. I loved that I was able to relate to Bree on so many levels. There is a lot of laughter while trying to figure out who is on which side. Can't wait for the next one!

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Sensational

Who says you can't kick ass after you turn 40? Certainly not Bree O'Rylee! She may be a little out of shape and popping some Advil, but she's kicking ass and taking names! Shannon Mayer seamlessly combines real-life struggles and the paranormal to create a fabulous beginning to her new series.

And as always, fantastic performance by Lauren Fortgang.

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Love love loved it!

I absolutely enjoyed the book and the narrator!! I can not wait for the next book!

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Loved this book.

Loved this book. The humor had me laughing constantly and definitely adding giving a duck to my vocabulary. Add to this, lots of true common sense and the worries of an 40 yr old woman. She has seen life, made mistakes and now is learning how to come back from them. Can totally relate to the creeping of joints and bones. Can’t wait for the sequel.

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  • 03-10-20

next please!!

great to have a character one can relate to... age wise anyway. good read. can't wait for the next one!