The Witching Pen

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(Light cover reprint edition, February 2014)

Book One of The Witching Pen series.

It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more ...

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Overview

(Light cover reprint edition, February 2014)

Book One of The Witching Pen series.

It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass...

Suddenly, it's not just her powers or her heart that's at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart...

Contains mature content.
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy Romance
Books 1 to 3 are also available in one large Omnibus Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494375959
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    (May contain a few spoilers)

    BRIEF SUMMARY
    Elena is a thirteenth generation witch. At a young age, her mother told her being a witch comes with responsibilities; she will not be able to have a normal relationship or sex. She comes into possession of a pen, the witching pen that allows her to write anything that comes true. With the pen comes a dark demon, Nathaniel. Nathaniel haunts Elena's dreams and watches her from the dark until he makes his true intentions known. With the help of friends and family, Elena will uncover secrets as well as a way to prevent a demon portal from happening.

    THOUGHTS
    The product preview for this book is good but I don't think it does this book justice. I thought the story would be a certain way from reading the preview but it turned out to be a great start to a good series. The book had a certain simplicity to it in the beginning but later on as the story progress the characters and plot spoke volumes. The characters were all interesting for me. Katherine, Elena's mother seemed a bit cold but has a few secrets of her own. Amy and Mary are very important characters, as I believe their stories will be next. Pueblo seems to be a possessive and sexy demon and I think his story with Amy will be interesting. Karl is Elena's best friend. I have to admit I was not sure what to think of Karl but scene after scene he became sexier. After Karl's ordeal with Elena before and after, previous scenes started to make sense and came together. His role within the story was truly an unexpected surprise and added some excitement for me. Gwain was an interesting character as well; I just wanted to point that out. Saying what his role is will probably give away some of the plot. Lastly, the Shanka demon, Nathaniel, he is a villain need I say more.

    I enjoyed the book and l'm looking forward to book 2 to see where the author takes Amy and Pueblo's story.

    Story: FAIR to GOOD
    Intimacy: GOOD
    Enjoyment: GOOD

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    Poor Elena - the most powerful witch in existence and she can't

    Poor Elena - the most powerful witch in existence and she can't have the one thing she really wants. Her best friends Karl has been in love with her since they were kids and she thinks she may be in love with him as well. Too bad she can't do anything about it. But that's nothing when a demon starts to visit your dreams and uses your body to do horrible things while you're sleeping. 




    Elena and Karl need to figure out what is going on - and fast - before Elena is forced to give herself to one of the creepiest bad guys I've read. He's determined to make Elena his, but not for any good reason. Elena and Karl begin to dig into Elena's past and find some pretty amazingly scary stuff. And it's no longer just Elena that's as risk - if the demon gets what it wants, the whole world could be in danger. 




    There are some witchy friends and some other demonic types that play a big role in the story - I really loved Pueblo and was happy to see his name mentioned on the blurb for book two. Lots and lots of stuff happens for such a short novel, and there were a few times it got a little too rushed for me - especially the part right after the explosion (you'll know it when you read it). The ending is one big massive cluster of awesome though. I had to read it a couple times just to let it all sink in. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    One amazing read!

    Had to give it 5 stars. I read this book all in one sitting and it made me really want to buy the nexts books to see what happens( to tell u people the truth i dont really do that a lot i mostly read stand alone books) its 150 pgs its free and its really never made me put it down. Also if u guys buy the next books try to lend it to me if u can i dont normaly or ever ask for this but if u can i would love to have it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Enjoyed it

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Not terrible but not the best.

    Okay for a quick free read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Could not put it down

    Amazing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Meh.

    It was okay.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    k

    Nice bok

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    As if its not bad enough learning to be a witch but learning tha

    As if its not bad enough learning to be a witch but learning that by being a very special witch you can never have a sexual relationship with someone without it costing your powers would really suck. Elena's a 13th generation witch who lives with her best friend Karl. Karl has loved Elena since grade school, and will always be with her, even if they can't really be "together". Elena starts to get a visitor in her dreams. This demon visitor wants to posses not only Elena's powers but Elena as well. This demon is the demon king of the Shanka Demons. He has given Elena the witching pen, that when used makes what she has written come true. Karl is the only person who can bring Elena back from these horrible nightmares. When one night, Elena is willing to give up her powers to Karl just to be with him intimately, the most horrible thing happens....(sorry can't tell you). This puts Elena over the edge for vengeance. She learns learns that she is half witch half demon succubus and plans on taking out her revenge on every Shanka demon herself even if it kills her.

    Elena is that down to earth character that everyone likes. Karl is the boy next door that is a girls best friend, and the perfect boyfriend. I was so impressed with the creativity of this story. The world Dianna has created is like nothing I have read before which is refreshing. All the characters in the story are intriguing and it makes you want to read more about all of them. I really enjoyed this novella and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Enjpyed it very much. However... (Brynn)

    It is geared towards adult readers....lets kick up the sex. If the sex wete more Kresly Cole or JR Ward it would be perfect. Just bouht book 2 and the free prequel. Wish it ws longer maybe 2&3 will be.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    This is a novella - shorter than the average novel - but longer

    This is a novella - shorter than the average novel - but longer than
    other novellas I have read, and a really good read. You still get a
    really involved and well thought out plot, romance, action and a steamy
    sex scene as well! In the early parts of the story when the relationship
    is just a friendship the tension between the two characters is really
    believable, and when something happens to one of them (I don't want to
    give anything away!) I was absolutely gutted... until it was resolved
    and then I breathed a huge sigh of relief - which proves to me that I
    really cared about these characters, and story! I myself have been
    researching witchcraft for my own writing so I recognised a lot of the
    practises within the book, and they've all been well thought out, and
    when explanations are needed they are given succinctly. Considering the
    amount of paranormal fiction out there Dianna still manages to achieve
    something different. I love the idea of the witching pen, and the whole
    history behind it. I love the twists in the story, involving a couple of
    characters and I love the way the story ends with a minor character in
    trouble, for the sequel to follow on with!

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    I finally got around to reading The Witching Pen, and do you kno

    I finally got around to reading The Witching Pen, and do you know when you have one of those moments that you're really cross with yourself, when you could smack yourself? Well after reading The Witching Pen, that's exactly how I felt. Why, oh why did I leave it so long! It's friggin' awesome. I mean seriously superb. It's so fresh, and had such fantastic twists that really blew me away.

    The Witching Pen is a novella, but it really didn't feel like it as it had the substance of a novel. It was highly descriptive, entertaining and superbly written. The story flows effortlessly, with no fragments in narrative or character holes. It really is that awesome and beautifully crafted.

    Yes, I know I'm gushing, but I enjoyed it that much. In many ways, I'm so pleased that it's a novella. It took me approx 4 hours to read, which was so lovely has I felt fulfilled when I reached the end. What's also fantastic, is that Dianna Hardy leaves her story open perfectly for her next installment.(The sands of Time)

    I'm not going to discuss the storyline or leave any spoilers, all you need to do is read the synopsis for an overview. All I will say, is that I love the main characters. Elena is a superb protagonist of substance, and Karl is just wonderfully dreamy. *sigh*

    Thank you Dianna Hardy for being such an amazing author.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    I was given this book by the author to give an honest review. I

    I was given this book by the author to give an honest review.
    I was really impressed with this novella. Most novellas that I have read have been short and hardly any point to the story. But with this one you get romance, witches, demons, angels and a wonderful storyline that makes everything flow together.
    The Witching Pen is about a young woman named Elena who is a powerful witch. It is in her blood. Her best friend Karl has been in love with her since he has known her and he knows the magic she holds. All of her life she has been told if she gives away a special part of her she will lose her magic, unknown to her there is more that story. When she finds a pen that is magically she wonders where it comes from and when she starts having dreams of a demon, there are things that have been hidden from her. When something tragic happens to Karl, she finds a way to fix what she has done. I don't want to give much away, so I will say this you will truly enjoy this book it was a great quick read and I can not wait to read book two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    APageAway This was actually a book I sought out and wanted to re

    APageAway
    This was actually a book I sought out and wanted to read. I found it on Goodreads (great place to connect with authors and their work) and I reached out to the author. This is the first book I’ve read by Dianna Hardy, but will not be the last. This book definitely lived up to my expectations. The Witching Pen is book one of The Witching Pen Novellas. The book follows Elena as she discovers who she really is and her world is turned upside down. Elena learns that your heart and soul know you better than your mind do. You also learn that a lie and do more than damage lives it can change the world. I loved this book and loved the way it was written. It was difficult to put down and kept you guessing. It is great when a book can make you go thru a full range of emotions. It is a great example of a magic romance with a hint of demon. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend the book and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Great!

    Great Characters Great Author, can't wait to see more.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    An excellent paranormal romance!

    Elena is a powerful witch, but no one can know that. She hides her power behind new age mysticism and Wiccan ceremonies. The only one besides her mother who knows her secret is her best friend Karl. Karl has loved Elena since they were children, but Elena has always kept him, and everyone else, at arm¿s length when it came to romantic relationships. The talk her mother had with her when she was a teenager made it impossible for her to have a normal relationship. But, Karl keeps hoping. Lies and secrets abound in Dianna Hardy¿s novella, The Witching Pen. Elena discovers there¿s a lot more to her than she was ever told. With demons trying to seduce her in her sleep and her suppressed feelings for Karl trying to surface, she doesn¿t know how to stop her world from crumbling around her. She learns that with great power, there is often great pain. As the story goes on, she suffers losses that may just push her into embracing everything she can become ¿ the good and the bad. Are love and good friends enough to save her? The Witching Pen is a paranormal romance that packs a lot of action in its pages. Readers enter a world with a pen that can write the future, demons who want to destroy the world, dark skeletons in family closets, and the power of love and magic done for the greater good. While the story is focused on Elena¿s relationship with Karl, other characters also seek to discover who they are and who they can be; some learning that love can come in many different packages. Dianna Hardy has woven a tale of passion and intrigue that brings the reader on a magical journey that can¿t be put down until the very end. The Witching Pen is a novella that could easily be turned into a novel with all the intricate details of the main character¿s, as well as several supporting character¿s, past and heritage. The difficulty with writing a novella is deciding what to include and what can be left out. In this particular case, I would have loved to read more about the characters. The novella is excellently written. The main characters are well developed, all be it with secret pasts. But, I craved more without having to wait to read the sequel. There were a lot of questions left in my mind at the end. Since I enjoyed the novella so much, I guess I will just have to read the sequel to find out more about where Dianna Hardy brings her characters next. I thank the author for providing me with a review copy and I give the novella four stars.

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