Publisher: Sapphire Blue Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Like a bull in a china shop, Janie Smith tumbles through the paranormal world making mistakes and not keeping her sharp tongue in check. Pretending to be normal is what she has spent her whole life perfecting. But when her best friend, a witch named Mia, gets tangled in a murder investigation, Janie tries to stick to her guns and solve it without any “extra” help, be it supernatural or sexual. The hitch is that Mia is suspected to have murdered a vampire...and how do you prove you haven't killed someone who has no pulse?
Recently divorced single mother Janie Smith, is headed home to Ohio with her 10 year old daughter, Vickie, in tow. Staying with her best friend Mia, owner of Odd Stuff and a kick ass witch, proves more interesting and dangerous than expected. Upon arrival Janie is greeted by Sven, Mia's assistant, a gentle giant with a penchant for leopard print and pink, with the news that Mia has left town leaving Janie in charge. With a list of not quite clear instructions and a myriad of community events, the likes of which include ghost hunting and helping out the local coven, Janie is tossed into the supernatural deep end. With the help of new and old friends alike Janie is able to come to terms with her past and future, get her daughter to school on time, mostly, and in the end save the day.
Virginia Nelson is a must read for anyone who is a fan of the paranormal. Odd Stuff is full of plot twists that go anywhere but the expected, characters that are believable and spirited, and a quirky sense of humor that never forgets to ask the important questions like: How do you prove you didn't kill a vampire? How can one get a good nights sleep with only 9 pillows? How do you explain to a ten year old why she can't invite a bloodsucker to see her video games on a school night? Why do bad guys always have henchmen? and Why is there an ass print on my skylight?
Although Janie crashes through the paranormal nightlife with all the delicacy of a bull in a china shop, her sheer grit and determination allow her to persevere. While saving Mia from a false murder charge, and all of them from actually being murdered, Janie let's go of who she was and learns to embrace who she is and all she can be, but like everything else in her life she does it on her own terms. Even though there are things in her life that are not as she thought them to be, Janie learns that she can change them and make them into something she wants them to be. In the end, Janie finds that Odd Stuff is more than just a store, it is a way of life, her way of life.
I cannot wait to read Sirens Song book two in the Odd Stuff Series!
5 Tea Cups!