Friday, May 11, 2018

A Magick Run Amok Interview, Review, and Giveaway

I'm thrilled to welcome Merlin, yes, THAT Merlin, to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Merlin on the pages of the Abracadabra Mystery series by Sharon Pape. MAGICK RUN AMOK is the third book in the series and was released May 1st.




Kathy: I'm so honored to meet you Merlin. Tell me, what was it like one moment being in Camelot, the next in New Camel, New York?

Merlin: First may I say that I am equally honored to meet you, Kathy. As you might imagine, the trip was quite jarring and disorienting, especially since I am no longer a young man. Meeting Kailyn Wilde and her aunt Matilda of the fiery red hair made the unplanned journey less upsetting than it might have been. Of course Kailyn was to some degree responsible for it, but we could go around and around that bush for a long time without getting anywhere. Although I often miss my life in Camelot and all my friends there, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to experience the many wonders of this twentieth century. Between you and me, one of the inventions I enjoy the most is being able to take care of my bodily functions indoors in comfort.


Kathy: What is the biggest challenge living in the modern world?

Merlin: My inability to do many things because I don’t have the necessary papers. According to my hosts, obtaining such papers legally is quite impossible when one has come here from another time. I am also restricted from speaking my mind, because the Wildes are endlessly worried I’ll be locked up in a ward for the mentally insane. Can you imagine?!


Kathy: What do you miss most about your own time?

Merlin: My standing. I was revered for my magickal powers. I had unfettered access to the court and to King Arthur himself, who held me in high esteem and often asked my counsel.


Kathy: If you could have one thing from your old life with you now, what would it be?

Merlin: Freedom. Freedom to do what I please whenever I please.


Kathy: What's you favorite food?

Merlin: Oh that’s a difficult question. I could say pizza, but then I think about ice cream and I’m unable to decide between them. There’s also pie and cakes and cookies of every sort. Is it lunchtime yet? I’m suddenly famished. I must go find Matilda or Kailyn and see what’s for lunch.


Kathy: What's one piece of advice you'd give to someone exploring their own magickal power.

Merlin: We are all endowed with powers, some magickal in nature and some more mundane, but no less important. If you act in accordance with your best nature, you will come to understand your particular power and find satisfaction in using it.

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Review


MAGICK RUN AMOK by Sharon Pape
The Third Abracadabra Mystery

Merlin, yes, that Merlin, is a magician on a mission. He's determined to changed the name of New Camel back to it's original name, a mission that could do more harm than good! It also seems that Aunt Tilly has developed a new power and it's one she really doesn't want. Tilly can predict death. Sadly, her prediction is realized when Travis finds his missing journalist brother dead. And Travis doesn't think it was an accident. He's asked for Kailyn's help and the two of them are out to discover what story he was working on and if that's what got him killed!

What fun to be back in New Camel, NY! I live not too far from this fictional town and so wish I could meander the aisles of Abracadabra and pick out some products for myself! Truth be told, I'd also be popping across the street to get some of Lolly's fudge! I love the banter between Tilly and Merlin as well as Kailyn's recently dead, but not so departed, mother and grandmother. With all of the nuttiness, I appreciate how down to earth Kailyn is. It's satisfying how Kailyn uses legwork, research, and a little bit of magick to track down a killer.

While there are plenty of laughs to be found here, MAGICK RUN AMOK also touches on some more serious subjects, primarily loss and love, including the lengths you go to for a loved one. The book deals with losing loved ones, yet celebrating the family you have left, whether that family is biological or the one you create for yourself.

MAGICK RUN AMOK is delightful fun with quirky characters and a complicated mystery. 


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