More Than Magic
More Than Magic

More Than Magic

by Donna June Cooper, Noah Chinn (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998739830
Publisher: Furious Firefly Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: Books of the Kindling , #1
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(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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More Than Magic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RosannaLeo More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you have a doctor with shocking healing powers, a DEA agent with secrets and a mountain hiding a history of magic? You get a wonderful book by Donna June Cooper. I thoroughly enjoyed More Than Magic and I can honestly say this book introduced me to a whole new world. Yes, there is the paranormal element which is fascinating, but many of the "real world" ingredients were just as intriguing. Ginseng farming, the culture of mountain dwellers, medicine. All these things play a part in this fanciful romance. I loved Nick, the hero. He is so charming. Heroine Grace is smart and knows how to wield a shotgun. Little Jamie is a hoot. I'm hoping brother Daniel will get a book. He intrigued me as well. All in all, this was a fun read and the start of what promises to be a great series.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
I received an ebook to review but this did not influence my opinion. More Than Magic by Donna June Cooper is the first in the Books of the Kindling series. This book totally surprised me and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. The author has taken a great story on its own and weaved magic into it to make it even more amazing. I really loved Grace. She is strong, more powerful than she knows, and super smart, but she is instantly likable and real. Grace is easy to relate to. She has lost her Pops, the patriarch of her family. She is struggling to deal with that and the magic teeming within her. The magic in this story was very believable and fit in with the story seamlessly. Many of the characters have their own unique abilities and the author does an excellent job of telling a fresh, new magical story. I found myself turning my Kindle pages faster and faster as the action (and romance!) heated up. I loved the family and the sense of home in this story. The mountain folklore and stories of old magic were simply delightful. I really liked that the setting of this story came alive as another character. The romance was quick but still seemed natural. I finished this book with a smile on my face and wanting to instantly dive into book two. More Than Magic by Donna June Cooper will satisfy anyone looking for magic, science, romance and even a little mystery.
SoIReadThisBookToday More than 1 year ago
"Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics." – Aleister Crowley "Processed sugar is poison." – Sandra Tennison (Ben’s mom) – Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Doctor Grace Woodruff is special. A newly-minted doctor, she works hard and cares for her patients. Especially Isabella, better known as Tink, or Tinker Bell, the young cancer victim who wraps her tiny hands around Grace’s heart. Tink, whose time is so very, very short. Grace wants desperately to do something, anything, to help. And she does. Now, terrified by what she has done, and suffering the agony of losing her beloved grandfather, Grace returns to her mountain home to take over the family’s herb business, the business they have run since the time of her great-great-great grandmother Lily, the famous Woodruff Herb Farm. But peace is not to be found. "There’s something wrong with our mountain, Gracie-girl. You’re the only one who’ll hear it too.” Frightened and confused, Grace has no time or patience for the author who shows up on her doorstep, unannounced, with a reservation to stay for a week at the Woodruff cabins – a reservation that should have been cancelled when Grace sent her workers away for a two week vacation so she can get her life, and her blooming powers, under control. Nick Crowe is supposed to be writing a book on how the meth trade affects families – but it soon becomes apparent that he is a lot more than he claims. More Than Magic is AWESOME magical urban fantasy. Donna June Cooper grew up the granddaughter of a coal miner in the Appalachian Mountains, and her knowledge of and great love for the mountains shines through in her work. Poverty and the misery, grief and destructive nature of the meth trade is a strong theme. But the beauty of the land, the magic and history, the Appalachian Granny Women who heal all those who are in need, all these things play a part in creating this marvelous first book in the Books of the Kindling series. And, there are the stars. The vast expanses of the universe, spinning above the mountains, the immeasurable depths and brilliant lights. "Pops had told her the new name (Star Crossing) was much more descriptive than the old Woodruff Meadow, since he often had to stop on the road to the house to let a few stars cross." This is a magical tale, a tale of wonder and joy, of loss and heartbreak, and the ties of the miraculous nature of the Earth. Make a cup of cocoa, gather up a quilt and a soft pillow, and turn on your favorite soft music. Then curl up in your favorite chair and simply immerse yourself in a world of beauty and magic. It is well worth it.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
More Than Magic by Donna June Cooper is exactly that, much more than just magic! There is also a mystery, old legends or folklore, and an undercover drug investigation going on. All this in a backwoods mountain area that is remote and very superstitious. Does Grace have the “power” to heal or is some evil entity toying her mind, undermining her spirit and sanity. Nick is a stranger who takes an interest in all things Grace, from her family herb company to the mountains and dark recesses of her life. What is he after? Grace senses something “off” about Nick, but he is not inclined to share. Grace is only back because of a cryptic message she received, she must cure the mountain, not a disease running rampant, but the mountain itself. Is it more folklore, a message to uncover evil? Is it possible Grace does have the healing power handed down through the generations? Nick and Grace each have their own quest to uncover truths, but could it be the undoing of their budding romance or even mean their deaths? Donna June Cooper described the mountain and its area in wonderful detail, yet there was still a feeling that something has been veiled. The characters range from sweet and quirky to inwardly strong, yet mystified by all that is happening. Well written with a wonderful blend of romance, the paranormal and the mysterious, written at a pace that tugs you in and moves you along just fast enough to not want to get the ride, Ms. Cooper must have some magic of her own, just touching her pen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by this book. The story has the right mixture of mystique,romance and folklore.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I love how Cooper takes the well-developed premise of magic and makes it her own.  She also writes a story that could quite feasibly be happening in the neighbourhood next to yours today.  The realism and possibilities that she presents makes the story so tantalizing.  And the story doesn’t just stop at that.  Cooper incorporates history, mythology, geology, and a host of other topics to deepen the reality of the story.   I also appreciate how Cooper doesn’t talk down to her audience, nor does she target a specific age range.  It’s one of those stories that everyone will come to love.   The characters that Cooper develops for her audience are phenomenal.  They are real and approachable with a hint of mystery and magic (of course).  The real & raw manner in which they are developed allows readers an insight into the story and its background.  It also allows you to get up close and personal with the action. Overall, this was a great introduction to the Books of Kindling series.  I’d recommend it to others and will be avidly following the series myself.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
The author contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing this and her next book, Mostly Magic, that comes out on June 3, 2014. I checked into it and decided to give it a go. The book was billed to me as a paranormal, but I would rather call it a contemporary romance instead. Sure there were some paranormal or supernatural elements to it, but there were very light compared to most of the books I read. Those who read a lot of paranormal books might find this one a little tame. Not saying it was bad, I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but thought I would put that out there for those of you used to say Laura Wright who writes a very different type of paranormal book. I thought this was a very nice story actually. The writing was well done, very descriptive and it was easy to picture this beautiful setting which really was like another character in the story. It took me a bit to get into, not the book’s fault started it the same time my cat got sick so I was a little preoccupied and worried about that. Like most new series and new to me authors it took some time to get the rhythm of the story and to bond with the characters. The prologue does a great job of grabbing you with an interesting little story about the lead character Grace and how she awakens to her magical potential. You are soon ripped away from that and introduced the the male lead Nick. The story jumps back and forth between the heads of both characters until the love interests meet up themselves. We are still in both their heads, but much of the back ground characters drop away and we focus on these two. There is a little girl, Jamie, who plays an important part in the story along with a canine companion, Pooka. I liked how the author limited much of the story to these four, it was much easier to follow and get invested in the people most of the action centered around. Like I mentioned this book felt more like a contemporary romance to me. The first half of the book centers around the building up of chemistry between Grace and Nick. It was what I like to call a slow burn, the characters actually got to know each other and in return we got a chance to know them too. They did not jump into the sack in the first 50 or even 100 pages the relationship progressed at a more natural realistic pace. Okay sure they fall in love faster than people might in real life, but the world of a book this was a much more subdued pace compared to much of what is out there in the romance world. Personally I thought it was a nice change of pace, and has the potential to appeal to a broader audience. Not everybody is comfortable with a book that moves at the pace of the 50 Shades of Grey. This is a great romance for those readers who might want a more realistic relationship in their books and not have to advert their eyes every couple of chapters as the characters roll in the hay again. Like I said the first half seemed to focus on the budding romance and the second half of the book we come to the action. We are introduced to the bad guys and the very real danger they pose for Grace, Nick and the mountain. The story changed a bit and either my cat was starting to feel better or I got more invested in the story at this point. My reading pace picked up and I finished the second half much quicker than the first. The author showed us that she could captivate us with more than just an awesome setting and a sweet romance, she could get us on the edge of our seats as well. I would say most of the action involving the mystery around the drug and why Nick came to the mountain plays out in this half of the book. This is also where more of the paranormal elements come into play for the story. Still on the light side, but they do add a nice element. I would say this is a great book for readers who perhaps want to dip their toes in to the paranormal genre, but are not necessary ready for something that is way out there. Some of the other aspects of the book I enjoyed are how the author weaves the mountain, herb and our environment into the story. I also thought the message she was giving us about how not only are some drugs a danger and destroy people but they poison our planet as well. I enjoyed her take on natural healing with herbs, I know this an aspect of the story my husband would have enjoyed. The author also did an excellent job with her characters, they were believable, likable and well formed, even the background characters had depth to them. I was also intrigued by the character Daniel, Grace’s brother, whose story is up next in Mostly Magic. This was a different type of book for me. I’m glad I read it and am looking forward to the next one which I hope to get to next week. This book was well written and I think could have broad appeal to lovers of contemporary, paranormal and supernatural romance. There is plenty of action as well and even a little mystery in these pages. I hope you check it out.
jtindall2000 More than 1 year ago
I believe this book is the perfect  mixture of folklore, mystery, romance and action. I love stories that have a strong female lead.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Mostly Magic!
CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
I was thoroughly delighted by this book and recommend it for anyone who likes mystery, drama, humor, a great love story, and yes, magic. The opening, scene-setting chapter for physician Grace is both captivating and mysterious, and her very ill patient, young ‘Tink,’ absolutely charming. But what becomes of either of them? We are left to wonder. With the opening chapter for Nick, we are introduced to a man who seems nice, affable, and certainly has friends who care about his well-being, but this intro is equally mysterious. What is he all about, what is he being sent to find out, and what is the underlying health issue alluded to? When Grace and Nick finally meet, way back in a Southern mountain holler, the story unwinds with charismatic characters, fun writing, and rich scene-setting. However, this is not a RomCom – far from it. There is something dark, perhaps even evil going on, and Grace and Nick, along with beautifully precocious child, Jamie, must work together to uncover what that is, in order to ‘cure’ the mountain of its disease.  The writing is captivating, and one sign of a true storyteller is when I find myself so ‘inside’ the story I come out surprised I don’t actually know any of the characters personally, or have never visited the region portrayed. More than Magic is one of those, and I applaud Donna June Cooper on her first book. I look forward to many more. Very well done. This reviewer received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review, which is given as a professional courtesy and without compensation of any kind.