Welcome to Magic Pen Book Tours‘ organized book tour for The Worst Story Ever Written taking place March 22 – April 2, 2021! The first book in a new adult paranormal romance series with humour, murder mystery, and slow-burn hate-to-love romance.
Title: The Worst Story Ever Written
Series: Vampires, Werewolves and Paranormal Romance #1
Author: Nicole Wells
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy / Hate-to-Love Romance
Release date: January 19, 2021
Publisher: Indie Published
Magic, monsters, and a match made in heaven… maybe.
Oh, and a somewhat mute aardvark.
Hi. I’m Jayne. Yeah, I know, plain human Jayne. But that’s not the story of my life. This book is. It all started with a visit from the Book Fairy. Yeah, the all-powerful Book Fairy. It’s unfortunate we haven’t been on good terms. It’s even more unfortunate that when she finally deigns to visit me, it’s for murder. I mean, a murder. Damn articles, they really do make a difference.
Add in my fantasy lover, a vampire Prince who might just hate me, and things surely can’t get worse, right?
Warning: This is an inverse harem scene type of book. If you don’t like group ceiling sex, this book might not be for you.
Actual Note: Mild profanity. This is a slow burn romance with just the right amount of spiciness to feel comfortable reading on public transit, so long as you’re prepared to laugh out loud.
“That doesn’t even make any sense. They’re in the woods,” a feminine voice right beside my ear notes.
“AHH!” I jump up inelegantly and spin towards her, knocking my papers everywhere. A gorgeous blonde wearing dove-gray riding leathers tailored to her perfect curves stands in my living area looking at me with disdain.
“And don’t you mean a ‘ditch’, not a ‘gully’? Isn’t a gully kind of big?”
I stare in shock at the intruder and at the hours of work strewn across the floor. The ink pot has made a huge blot on the pile of blank paper, but at least it didn’t tip all the way over or spill on my actual writing.
Damn, I’m going to have to pay for new paper. And more ink. Well, eating is overrated anyway.
Her wings flick in agitation, maybe because I’m no longer staring at her and she’s used to being the center of attention. Or maybe because I’ve moved on from her sudden appearance. You learn to adapt in Mythia. Our world is a bit weird compared to the Four Kingdoms, or even Everland, but I love it here.
Did I mention she has wings?
She looks at the chaos of papers around me, not a single hair moving in her perfectly coiffed hair as she scans my work area.
“It wasn’t that good anyway. C’mon, you know it, Jayne. It was headed to the ‘refuse’ pile. I just helped it get there faster.”
I collapse into my chair and cover my face with my hands. The preternaturally beautiful stranger is right. My writing sucks. I’m broken. Hmm, maybe in more ways than one. Maybe the stress of trying to churn out a best-seller has finally done me in? I peek between my fingers. Nope. She’s real and still there.
“What do you want? Why are you here?” I shake my head, attempting to get my thoughts straight. “Who are you?”
She daintily plucks a paper off my table, lets it flutter to the floor, and perches a hip against the cleared space.
“Book Fairy. I’ve read your stuff. I’m actually a fan. But that was crap. Anyway, you’ve got more important things to do.”
The. Book. Fairy. In my one-room attic apartment. Holy crawfish on a gilded stick! My luck has finally turned around.
“Yes! You’re right; it was crap. I need help. Here, sit.” I jump up for the second time and thrust the chair towards her. She flinches, sliding off the corner of the desk and releasing a poof of sparkles.
“Please do not touch me,” she says haughtily. “Or have anything touch me.” She shivers delicately, her wings flitting in agitation again. “I’d really prefer not to spend any more time in this …habitation?” She turns her nose up in contempt and continues, “Get whatever you need and let’s go.”
I never imagined this was how the Book Fairy does her thing, and I’ve imagined it plenty of times. What human doesn’t? My family has been here in Mythia for generations, some even with Talent for writing, but no one has ever made it into the Nobles ’Circle. We’re lucky that writing’s such a dependable profession, at least. Vampires and werewolves love their stories.
My mom specialized in horror since that was always a winner with the supernatural crowd, and Papa took care of everything else. I’d honed my skill under her tutelage after I finished my years at school, finding my niche in murder mysteries. We’ve always just made enough to live comfortably, entertaining the werewolves and vampires with our novels. At least, that was until my parents died.
Mom was researching a monster for her latest story, and she wandered into the Black Forest, never to come out again. Papa went after her; he had to. I understood at the time, but hindsight colors it all in stark contrast and cruel, obvious tones. The last few years have been a blur; losing our family cottage at the border of the woods, finding a cheap apartment on the outskirts of the Capitol, churning out manuscript after manuscript to stay one step ahead of the creditors.
So, yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time fantasizing about the one being that could make my dreams come true. She’d activate my Muse into overdrive and Gift me with Articulation, Narration, World Building and Creativity, Poetry and Prose, Influence, Captivation, and who knows what else. It’s not common knowledge what the Book Fairy can do, but I imagine all of her powers being bestowed on me. My good-for-nothing distant relatives would beg for my forgiveness for their snubs, my schoolmates would regret teasing me for not having Talent, and I would read to and write for the Royal family. Maybe even live in the Castle. I’ve fantasized about one of the princes noticing me, even one day marrying me. Hey, it’s a well-worn fantasy, and I got all the mileage out of it that I could. And it all starts with the Book Fairy.
I cannot believe she’s here now, but I’m not one to look an octacorn in the mouth. I don’t even question how she illegally transported into my apartment. Maybe it’s Book Fairy perks.
“Um, sure, yeah.” I grab my leather book-bag from the floor and fiddle with the strap, ready to go in a rush if that’s what it takes. “What is it I’ll need again?” I look around, grabbing a few items.
“Demons, what do I know about sleuthing? It’s your murder.”
Magic, vampires, pun-tastic humor, and romance… it made for an interesting mix.
I loved The Book Fairy and a land full of paranormal creatures, fairies, and humans. There were plenty of humorous spots throughout the book. Jayne is an interesting character, even for a “plain” human. Her “bestie” Rill nearly gave me a headache, with her overly hyper personality and non-stop talking, which left me feeling sorry for Jayne at times.
The first third of the story was a bit difficult to navigate. It felt like information was constantly thrown at me with such speed I didn’t have time to digest it before more was thrown my way. The world building felt rushed overall with a lot of “tell” instead of showing us this new, fascinating world.
The book started out with more of a paranormal mystery feel. With so much focus on the murder, it was more than a little surprising when it was quickly explained away and the romance between Jayne and Liam took center stage.
If the author were to split this into two books, expanding more on the initial world building (without the info dump) and focusing on the murder mystery in the first volume, I think it would greatly help the overall flow. It would open up the opportunity to show us more about the budding relationship between Jayne and Liam in the second part.
Too much was crammed into far too few pages, but I did enjoy the characters, and the story intrigued me once I became more acclimated. The book has a lot of potential, but it just didn’t quite wow me.
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Nicole Wells. In the ethos where herds of story ideas run wild and free, I am known as the Devourer of Books. A voracious predator, I —
Okay. I’m a mom of three young children. And I spend way too much time in the fantasy world in my head. But, hey, in this world I’m still supernatural. I channel the powers of my insomnia for good. I’m impervious to kid whining and insults (well, mostly). I have a second sense for cereal disasters and broken toy catastrophes. They call me Mom, which is code for You’re-Awesome-We-Love-You or Stop-Writing-On-Your-Computer-and-Play-With-Me. I’m not sure which. My kryptonite is my pet peeves: water running down my elbows, food stains on papers, and losing the little plastic tethers when you remove the tags off new clothes.
So, yeah, that’s me. Your average superhero mom. Oh, and I’ve got three eyes (one in the back of my head).
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