Halfway Hexed (Southern Witch Series #3)

Halfway Hexed (Southern Witch Series #3)

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by Kimberly Frost
     
 

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Duvall, Texas.
A small town that’s about to be in some big trouble.
 
Tammy Jo Trask is finally ready to embrace her mixed-up magic, but not everyone in town is what you’d call supportive. While a scripture-spouting posse is organized to kidnap her and “save” Duvall from witchcraft, the president of WAM—the…  See more details below

Overview

Duvall, Texas.
A small town that’s about to be in some big trouble.
 
Tammy Jo Trask is finally ready to embrace her mixed-up magic, but not everyone in town is what you’d call supportive. While a scripture-spouting posse is organized to kidnap her and “save” Duvall from witchcraft, the president of WAM—the World Association of Magic—arrives to investigate Tammy’s entanglement with the off-limits and drop-dead gorgeous wizard Bryn Lyons.
 
But when a clash between the locals and the magical visitors leads to a series of unnatural disasters, Tammy Jo will have to hope that her magical synergy with Bryn is enough to save the town from certain doom.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A laugh-out-loud magical ride that I didn’t want to stop…Can’t wait for the next installment!”—TwoLips Reviews

“A big, heaping helping of Southern-fried magical fun!”—Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author of The Cursed

 “Pick up this series, you won’t be disappointed.”—Once Upon a Twilight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101478523
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Southern Witch Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
50,140
File size:
402 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Chapter 1

The reason I don’t normally bother to plan my schedule is that something unexpected always seems to come up and throw it off. That Friday when I got kidnapped was a prime example.

It was only four days after I’d almost been incinerated and drowned, but I was hopeful that I could balance my new life as a witch with my old life as a pastry chef. I’d accepted a commission— my first ever—from an accountant who donates her time to the Texas Friends of Fish and Fowl. As a celebration of their third anniversary, they were holding a regional fund-raiser in Duvall, and the centerpiece was to be a chocolate sculpture designed by yours truly. They wanted it to involve birds and fish, which was a bit of a challenge to my creativity because although fish are tasty—as anything but dessert—I just don’t see them as art.

I was hard at work on a woodland scene with fish popping out of a brook when the bells chimed, announcing that someone had opened the front door to Cookie’s Bakery. I glanced at the clock. It was twelve twenty, so Cookie hadn’t returned from her lunch break yet. In the bargain we’d struck, Cookie would let me use the bakery, if I covered her lunch hour and one Saturday.

I wiped my hands on a rag and walked out to the glass counter to find my mailman, George. Technically he’s not mine. He belongs to the town, but he’s delivered the mail to our house since I was five, and his route always seems to be expanding. Truth be told, George would like to be the only mailman in town. He considers postal work a calling.

“Hey, George. Are you in the mood for a cinnamon roll or a caramel pecan one?” I asked with a smile.

His bushy silver eyebrows rose. If a hedgehog ever mated with a hobbit, George could’ve had a twin. “I’m not on a break, Tammy Jo. I’m here on official postal business.”

I smiled a little wider. “Okay, then. I’ll take the bakery mail,” I said, holding out my hand.

“No need,” he said, rounding the counter to set the mail into Cookie’s straw mail basket. That was George. Mail delivery with military precision.

“All right, have a good day on your route,” I said, moving toward the back.

“Just a moment, young lady.”

“Yes?” I said, turning to face him again.

“We’ve got to discuss the situation at your house.”

I frowned, thinking about our family home, which had sustained fire damage and was under repair. I was staying at my ex-husband Zach Sutton’s house while he was out of town. I’d had my mail forwarded there. “Well, the situation at my house is being handled. Between TJ’s construction crew and Stucky’s brother-in-law, Chuy Vargas, who’s the best carpenter in a hundred miles, they’ll put it to rights. Chuy did the built-in bookshelves at Bryn Lyons’s house, and I can tell you firsthand, he does the most beautiful work you’ve ever seen.”

“That may be the case, but that still doesn’t address the situation I’m talking about.”

“I had my mail forwarded, George. Filled out all the paperwork two days ago, and the mail already came yesterday. You guys are a top-notch operation.”

George rattled off Zach’s address with a frown.

“Right, that’s where I’m staying.”

“It’s not on my route.”

My jaw dropped a little. “Right, but I’m not moving off your route permanently. It’s just until my house is fixed.”

“Shoreside is on my route. Highest tax bracket in Duvall, and I’m on that route by request. I believe you could stay there if you wanted to.”

“I can’t move in with Bryn Lyons just so you can deliver my mail!”

“You’ve got a package all the way from London, England. Airmail. Express with insurance attached. You going to trust something of that nature to the likes of Jeffrey Fritz?”

“I’ve got a package from England?” I asked, half amused that George couldn’t stand for a high-priority package to be delivered by his rival. “I haven’t ordered anything. And I don’t know anyone there.”

“International mail,” George said with a solemn nod.

“Sounds important. Do you happen to have it on your truck?”

“In my bag,” George said in a grave whisper, as if the package contained state secrets that spies in foreign countries had lost their lives to bring us.

“Well, that sure is convenient. Do I need to sign for it?”

“No. I’ve got my computer. I’ll take care of everything,” he said. He took out the small package and scanned its label, then handed it over. “Zach Sutton’s mailbox isn’t large enough to hold that.”

“George, how did you know I’d be here today? I didn’t arrange with Miss Cookie to use the bakery until last night. I can’t imagine who even knew I’d be here.”

“You’re part of my route,” George said crisply.

I laughed and couldn’t help wondering whether George might have one of the town ghosts as some sort of spirit guide. No one was better informed than the Duvall ghost network.

With his sworn duty fulfilled, George marched out of the bakery, head held high.

I took a pair of scissors and carefully opened the box. There was a double layer of bubble plastic, which I unfolded to fi nd a disc-shaped object, heavily wrapped in white foam packing sheets, making it about three inches in diameter. I raised it. Concealed underneath was a folded piece of thick stationery. I lifted the corner to read the note.

Never let it be taken from you. Keep it secret. Keep it safe.

A chill ran down my spine. I turned the paper over. No signature. Nothing written on it besides the three sentences in fancy black script.

I flipped up the box flap to look at the label. No return address. I set the note down carefully and returned to the mystery object. I pulled off the tape and slowly unrolled it. Peeling away layer after layer, I finally uncovered a beautiful antique cameo brooch. It was about two inches tall. The carved white image of a young woman’s profile stood out from the pinkish-red background. There were flowers tucked into her upswept hair, and she had delicate features, angelic and pretty. The oval rim of the brooch was laced in gold and dotted with the tiniest pearls I’d ever seen. So many precious details. It made me feel like factory-manufactured jewelry ought to be outlawed.

Could Momma or Aunt Melanie have sent it? If so, why hadn’t they written a longer message? And why would they be in England? Or, if it wasn’t from them, who else in the world would have sent it to me?

I reached down to touch it, and a jolt of electricity shot up my arm. My brain seemed to rattle in my skull for a moment and then my vision blurred, the bakery receding.

I staggered, blindly catching myself on the counter just as she appeared. A woman with thick chestnut hair and high cheekbones. Her disheveled clothes, a blouse and skirt, flared out as she ran. I heard her panting breath, the clicking of her heels, and I smelled damp, rain-soaked streets. The haunted look in her wide eyes made my heart contract, and her fear consumed me. I reached out to her, to rescue her, but she went past me and disappeared.

I stood, staring at the spot where she’d been, but there was only black. Trying to catch my breath, I sank shakily to the floor.

Who is she?

The darkness faded, and the bakery reappeared around me. The smell of melted chocolate and baking bread. The ticking of the wall clock that was shaped like a country apron. I shook myself. I was safe at home in Duvall. The girl had been part of a premonition—my first ever. Were they always like that? Yikes. I hoped not.

And who or what had been chasing her? She’d been terrified, running as if her life depended on it. I’d felt what she was feeling. I wasn’t sure if that was normal with psychic visions or not, but it didn’t really matter. Only one thing was important; I had to find out who she was so I could save her from whoever or whatever was chasing her.

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From the Publisher

“A laugh-out-loud magical ride that I didn’t want to stop…Can’t wait for the next installment!”—TwoLips Reviews

“A big, heaping helping of Southern-fried magical fun!”—Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author of The Cursed

 “Pick up this series, you won’t be disappointed.”—Once Upon a Twilight

Meet the Author

Kimberly Frost is the national bestselling author of the humorous Southern Witch series, which includes Would-Be Witch, Barely Bewitched, and Halfway Hexed. She was the 2010 PEARL award winner for best new paranormal author, and her paranormal romantic suspense Etherlin series launched in November 2011 in the Christmas anthology, Tied With a Bow, followed by the release of All That Bleeds, and All That Falls

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Halfway Hexed (Southern Witch Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though a relatively new witch twenty something Tammy Jo Trask is a veteran of war having battled an assortment of predatory paranormal and insane humans (see Barely Bewitched and Would-Be Witched), but this battle is different. The Duval, Texas townsfolk led by Bryn Lyons' former girlfriend want to sweep away all the witches. Tammy Jo is caught in the middle as she must decide what to do about Bryn. She knows what he wants to know. Tammy Jo has concealed what happened to his mother ages ago. However, Tammy Jo hesitates revealing what she knows to her beloved as she considers her family warning her to have nothing to do with Bryn. If each risks trusting the other's love, their combined magical power turns stratospheric. The latest Southern Witch Texas fantasy is faster than the speed of light and loaded with an incredible amount of action that the audience has no chance to breathe and read at the same. The story line moves forward on the romantic subplot while a Texas two step witch hunt is done in earnest. Harriet Klausner
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this three book series! Combine a southern town, spunky chef/witch,and one hot warlock and you get the Southern Witch Series. I think my favorite part was the hero's devotion to Tammy Jo even though she fought him the entire way. I'll be reading these books again in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is very enjoyable. Love the writing style and enjoy the stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THis is another great book in the Southern Witch series, it was loads of fun and the excitement hardly ever quites, it will keep you guessing till the end!
LadyVamp More than 1 year ago
THIS IS AN FANTASTIC SERIES!!! I LOVE PARANORMAL FANTASY, ROMANCE & COMEDY AND THE SOUTHERN WITCH SERIES IS ALL OF THE ABOVE, WHICH PUTS IT AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. TAMMY JO IS HILARIOUS AND SHE CAN'T SEEM TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE SOUTHERN WITCH SERIES AND I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO ALL WHO ENJOY MAGIC AND ROMANCE WITH A SIDE OF COMEDY. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!!
reader_barbara More than 1 year ago
The third installment in the Southern Witches series brings us back to Duvall, Texas with Tammy Jo Trask, pastry chef and late-blooming witch. Still recovering from battling the fairies and werewolves, she is trying to focus on her 'normal' life and her career while avoiding the oh-so-sexy Bryn Lyons. Of course, ever since her magic started emerging, things rarely turn out like Tammy Jo plans. Things in Duvall are a bit crazy. It seems that some of the townspeople that Tammy Jo helped during the battle are on a crusade to rid the town of witchcraft. On top of that, WAM is coming to investigate and dole out punishment to both Tammy Jo and Bryn. And, she finally hears of her mother & Aunt Mel: her mother is in fairy and Aunt Mel is trapped in England without her powers. So, who else can she turn to besides the incredibly handsome Bryn? In Halfway Hexed (A Southern Witch Novel), Frost brings us deeper into Tammy Jo's relationship with Bryn. Tammy Jo really starts to acknowledge the depths of her feelings for Bryn--despite the family prophecy meant to keep them apart. With no one else she can depend on, she really begins to wonder just how bad can the prophecy be? I enjoyed this installment, although the ending left me wondering if there will be another. While some things are resolved to a point where the story could end, there are still other things left unresolved. Nothing on Kimberly Frost's website gives the indication of future books. None the less, I have enjoyed reading the Southern Witches series and would recommend it to fans of paranormal fiction.
lv2relax More than 1 year ago
I could not put the first 2 books down until I was done and was not at all disappointed with this one. The characters are easy to fall in love with and I will for sure read again if I need a good laugh with just the right amount of romance. The only downside I had, and maybe my Ebook just got messed up when downloading, is half way through the book I started getting question marks at the beginning of hundereds of sentences(it was a little disctracting, especially since I paid full price for the book) Still it is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series. Any more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. There's a delightful blend of southern charm and amusing antics, plus mysteries, paranormal, and romance. This third book in the series did a great job of finally answering a few questions from the previous storylines and Tammy Jo was a much more believable main character. The slightly annoying dull wittedness from previous books was gone and she had a real grit to her in this book, which made this story very enjoyable. I look forward to more books by this author.
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ReaderIam More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Souther Witch Series. It's total hokey and somewhat reminiscent of the early Sookie Stakehouse books where weird is just plain normal in this small Souther town of Duval Texas. It's a fun read where Tammy Jo Trask gets in all kinds of trouble with her witch powers that sometimes work and sometimes don't, not to mention a love triangle between Tammy's super cute ex husband who happens to be the town sheriff and Bryn Lyons the sexy, dark warlock who is on the list of Tammy's magical family's 'off limits' list. Well, you know what they say, when someone says you can't have something, you want it all the more. In this third book, Tammy is up to her old tricks, trying to save the town from the wizard conclave who wants to destroy it and keeping Bryn Lyons at arms reach while trying not to get kidnapped by the towns religious group of women who think she is a satanist. It's quirky, funny, sexy and very well written. The first two books are called Would Be Witch and Barely Bewitched. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes these quirky fun books with lots of witches, warlocks and other supernatural creatures.
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While i did enjoy the characters, after a while the constant trouble becomes unbelievable.
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I love this author.
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