Making Magic

Making Magic

by Donna June Cooper, Noah Chinn, Kanaxa


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Sticks and stones may threaten bones, but her words can conquer both body and soul.

During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Jake Moser has been called to Woodruff Mountain a few times to deal with some rather weird situations. Now, recovering from a bullet wound that should have killed him and fending off his mother’s ravings about the evil that lurks on the mountain, he’s making alternate career plans.

Just as those plans begin to take shape, someone starts kidnapping newborn babies, then returning them unharmed. To make things even more interesting, an irritating adversary from his past has returned to bedevil him in a whole new, delightful way.

After her erratic psychic gift forced her to abandon her home and a promising musical career, Thea Woodruff has spent years trying, unsuccessfully, to atone for the death of Becca Moser, Jake’s sister. Once she has mourned those she’s lost and apologized to those she’s failed, she intends to flee her mountain once again.

Jake would rather she stay to compose a new tune—with him. But their complicated harmony reveals a guilty secret that threatens not only their future, but their lives…

Warning: A temperamental flute-player returns to torment an old flame, but he has other ideas, and the music they make together is combustible—and magical.

Making Magic is the third book in the Books of the Kindling, a science fantasy romance series that focuses on Woodruff Mountain, the ancient power beneath it, and the family that has hidden its secrets for centuries. It is a story set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains where magic is an elemental part of the folklore. But the magic of this mountain, the magic of the Kindling, is even older and more arcane. It is a story where people who could live in your home town find themselves with abilities they don't understand and are confronted with a world that desperately needs those gifts. It is a story woven of mystery, humor, drama, and suspense, but most of all, it is a story about love.

(This book was previously published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd in January 2015, electronic publication, and June 2015, print publication, and is now re-released.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998739854
Publisher: Furious Firefly Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: Books of the Kindling , #3
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Donna June Cooper is the granddaughter of a coal miner (and the great-great-granddaughter of one of the Muscogee people) who was raised in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains - in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee. After getting a couple of college degrees, she was lured away from her mountains by an admittedly gorgeous Italian guy who married her and carried her off to very flat (they call hills mountains down here) and very hot (no seriously, people bake cookies in their cars) Texas. Her vocations have included a little bit of everything, including a stint as an IRS tax auditor, a few years managing a bookstore, and a career in the corporate world writing technical courseware and documentation, but her avocation has always been writing.

Donna loves being walked by her Jack Russell Terrier (if you know Jack Russell's, you understand), belly dancing (excellent exercise and lots of shiny costumes), reading science fiction and romance (three books at once, at times), and travel (with family in Italy and England, who wouldn't?) But, like any child of the Appalachians, she can't stay away from her mountains for long, and visits as often as she can. She takes us with her to those mountains in the Books of the Kindling. Visit her at

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Making Magic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IAmy More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This series continues to develop in richness and complexity and the author is really coming into her own with her writing.  This is probably my favorite of the series so far and I expect even better things in future books of this series.  I had thought when I started this series that it was going to be a trilogy, but after finishing this book (and checking the authors website) I see that there are going to be at least three more to go, and I can wait.  I like the direction Ms. Cooper is taking with world and I think there is potential for many fun stories to come from these characters. Now I must confess this is a bit tamer story-line then I normally read, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.  I just need to be in the right mood for this type of read.  This series is perfect for those wishing to stick their toe in something a little more supernatural,  but still have a sweet clean-cut romance.  The language is very clean and along with the romance.  Still a little spice, but more on the milder side.  This author focuses more on the building of relationships, characters and connections then just having them jump in the sack.  Probably more realistic when it comes to most people’s love lives.  Personally I like it, means more pages dedicated to the actually story rather than just forcing situations where they can pair up. This story started a little like the last one, I didn’t know what the heck was going on for a few pages, but I stuck with it and soon was able to piece together what was going on and recognized some familiar faces.  The setting was again at Woodruff Mountain and centers around the third sibling of the family, the lost sheep.  We soon learn what drove Thea away and what her ‘power’ or gift is.  There was a lot of development in the power aspect to this world and, as to not spoil anything, I’m just going to say that I am excited with the direction the author took! Jake was the love interest for Thea and they were a fun match.  I loved how they were pitted against each other in the beginning of the book.  You could see the chemistry there but neither wanted to fess up to an attraction and had to give each other a hard time.  I really enjoyed watching these two work things out.  This story also had a bit of a love triangle going on, something that wasn’t used in other stories, and it just added some angst to the budding relationship. While the mountain was the setting for this story it took a bit of the back burner compared to the other two books.  More time was spent in the town itself and we got to know the community around the mountain better in this story.  Like the other two books Ms. Cooper manages to teach us about a new aspect to being good stewards to humanity and the environment.  This is an aspect of her story telling that I completely support.  I also appreciate how she goes about giving us these examples without being peachy or weighing the story down.  She strikes a nice balance between advocacy and storytelling, resulting in a story with depth that will hopefully do some good and make people think about the role they play in this world. Like I said in the beginning this world continues to get better and I’m delighted to see it will be continuing on.  I like how Ms. Cooper is getting bolder with her writing and we see more magical elements working their way into her world.  She is growing as a writer but continues to stay true to the type of story she wants to tell.  I expect only good things to come in future books.  
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic third instalment in Cooper’s series.  Cooper writes with the same upbeat style that we’ve come to know her for, drawing her readers into this fantastic world of the paranormal.  Vivid   The mix of the paranormal, music, the mountains, and real romance was simply captivating.   I really enjoy the characters that Cooper creates.  Everyone is so well developed that you feel as if you’ve actually met them.  The main characters’ emotions shine through, building them up for readers.  I appreciate that these two are more than simply the sum of their parts, be it their humanity, magical abilities, or the innate qualities that make them who they are.  Cooper has taken what makes them tick and created a couple that will leave you longing for what they have. This is a story that those who like the paranormal are bound to enjoy.  It’s a great addition to Cooper’s Books of the Kindling series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Making Magic, Donna June Cooper Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal, Romance, Mystery. This is one of those series that I jumped in, starting with book three, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It wasn’t difficult to follow, as each book is about a different couple from within the whole group, though of course you’ll get more from the overall story if you know what’s gone before. Jake – he’s the town sheriff, kind of fell into the position by default after his father died. Jake’s one of those people who feel responsible, who want to help, who can’t leave someone who’s got a problem without trying to find the best solution for them. Music is his real love, but not one his family really understand, and so to please them he followed his fathers footsteps. Now though he’s recovering from a bad injury, one that should have killed him but somehow didn’t – and that he’s recovering from far quicker than he ought to... Thea has spent five years away, working for her previously estranged parents, and now having finished what she set out to do she’s returning. She can’t stay though, however much she wants to...she feels responsible for Jake’s sister’s death, and along with a few other odd things that have happened over the years she now knows she has a talent that could prove dangerous to those she loves. Poor Thea, treated as though she had some kind of mental disorder as a child by her parents she was made to take drugs that had bad side effects. Now she knows its something more, a talent, a supernatural phenomenon, but she can’t talk to anyone about it – well, how can you say “ I can force people to do my commands” – she thinks they’ll think she was mad and she’s not up for more drugs. Then on her visit home to see her about to be born niece and attend her brothers wedding, she gets caught up in the mysteries that surround the mountain and the people around it. They are a real mixed group of characters, diverse but yet each complements the other. Of course having some difficult people in too, like Jake’s mum and the batty Sarah, make it feel more real – we all know people like that, and for me its that mix of realism that makes reading this such a treat. I felt that it could be real, that maybe there is a place where hope for the future starts – or has started, where people have special skills and can use them for good. Of course special skills like this can also be used for evil too, and we see a bit of that when the group faces some very real danger. Around all that, the mystery of the babies, the music festival, the family wedding and the approaching birth, there’s a true love story growing. Jake has always had strong feelings for Thea, they used to play together in a band, along with his sister and others, and they were a tight knit little trio – then Becca died. Thea had no idea how Jake felt, in fact she thought it was Grace he was keen on, and that was hard for her, to see the boy she loved wanting her she’s back and Jake thinks maybe he’s got a second chance, but events unfold quickly bringing in weird puzzles and danger. I really enjoyed this, haven't read the first two but had no trouble following the story, but I’d love at some point to catch up with those early books, and look forward to more of the mystery surrounding the mountain and the folk who live there. They follow an ethos very dear to me, to do what little each individual can to protect the earth, to ensure we don’t cause problems in what we do and consume, and to try to encourage others to do the same. A mighty oak grows from a tiny acorn and all that.... Stars: Four and a half, a great read, a beautiful romance and a book that’s not too heavy going for when you’re in the mood for a supernatural/mystery/romance, but don’t want to have to concentrate too hard on the story, but want to relax and let it just flow.  I look forward to more from the series. ARC supplied by publishers and Netgalley.