Review – Magic’s Song by Sela Carsen @selacarsen

Book & Author Details:

Magic’s Song (A Nocturne Falls Universe Story)
Published by: Sugar Skull Books
Publication date: January 24th 2017
Genres: Supernatural, Romance

Magic's Song.jpgWelcome to Nocturne Falls, where there’s a supernatural on every corner, if you have the magic to see them.

Trick Scanlon is introduced to town when a playful horse nearly drowns him. Saved by a mermaid’s song, he’s just looking for a place to catch his breath. He never expects to be so drawn to his beautiful savior.

Daria Don’t-Call-Me-A-Mermaid Czernovitch has changed so much her stalker won’t ever find her. She has great friends – witches, gargoyles, and fairies – and she feels safe… until a former Army Ranger turned country music star pulls her into his spotlight.

Can he find his own magic? And will his fame threaten the anonymity she values so much? They make sweet harmony together, but one sour note could ruin it all.


In the interests of full disclosure, I haven’t read any books in the Nocturne Falls series, so I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about what to expect.  What I got was unexpected.

This is novella length, but in some ways feels like a longer book, due to the manner in which the scene setting is done.  No doubt it helps that the author is simply introducing the reader to a fully formed world with pre-existing relationships, but I never got the impression from this story that the author was fitting in to that world.  Rather, it felt that these characters had developed organically as part of that world.

What I would say is that, accepting this book for the pure escapist fantasy that it is, it’s a fun little book.  Just enough tension to keep the reader gripped; just enough spark to make the relationship between Trick and Daria feel real.  Well, real within the confines of the tale, of course!

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader  copy of this book.



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About the author

Short version:
Sela Carsen was born into a traveling family, then married a military man to continue her gypsy lifestyle. With her husband of 20 years, their two teens, her mother, the dog, and the cat, she’s finally (temporarily) settled in the Midwest. Between bouts of packing and unpacking, she writes paranormal romances, with or without dead bodies. Your pick.

Long and rambly, but funnier version:
In addition to writing, I’m a wife to a Darn Near Perfect Husband and mom to Two Great Kids. They used to be the Monkey children, but they seem to have settled down a bit. (That’s going to come back and bite me on the butt as soon as you read this!)

I have a BA in French (utterly useless, but fun at parties) and another BA in Communication. While I was getting the Communication degree, I wrote for my alumni magazine, dipped my feet into advertising, took want ads at the local paper and even wrote obituaries. I was also a reporter at a small-town daily, but soon realized I didn’t have a true journalist’s instinct.

After that, I was busy being married and having children, but when my youngest was about a year and half old, I was standing in the shower when a scene popped into my head. Why does that always happen when you’re in the shower and you can’t get a pen and paper? Anyway, I got the soap out of my eyes, dried off and headed straight for the computer where I wrote it all down.

And boy, did it stink. Whew!

I’d been reading romance novels for years so I figured I should be able to write one, right?

Are you done laughing? Let me know when you’re finished.

Ok, then. It took about twenty false starts and a work I now call The-Regency-That-Wouldn’t-Die before I finally got disgusted with myself and started writing this funny little scene in a Louisiana cemetery. That little scene became Not Quite Dead and it’s the first manuscript I ever finished. After much angst and rewriting on my part, I eventually sold it to Samhain Publishing, who released it in August 2006.

Since then, I’ve placed several other stories, but that first one will always be special to me.

I’m a member of Romance Writers Of America and can usually be found at the bar during national conferences.

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