15 January 2018

Tour & Giveaway: Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate #1) by Lola Dodge

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Deadly Sweet
Lola Dodge
(Spellwork Syndicate #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

For fans of Hex Hall, The Magicians, Practical Magic, and Food Wars!

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.

The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.

If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?

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Guest Post: Playlist

When I make playlists for my books, they're usually eclectic. This one swings mostly toward K-pop because the brightness and whimsy fit so well with the themes in Deadly Sweet. Sometimes I pick tracks because they represent a character or a certain moment in the plot. Other times the vibe just matches.
For this book, I listened to so much Red Velvet. If the Spellwork Syndicate ever has its own movie, I will fly to Seoul and camp outside SM's offices if that's what it takes to get them on a track!
1) Trauma - SEVENTEEN

2) That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings

3) Fire - BTS

4) Ice Cream Cake - Red Velvet

5) Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

6) Dumb Dumb - Red Velvet

7) A Good Idea At The Time - Ok Go

8) Hellevator - Stray Kids

9) Peek A Boo - Red Velvet
Totally the theme song of the book!!

10) Save Me - BTS

11) Timebomb - Tove Lo

Honorable Mention:
12) Mic Drop (Steve Aoki remix) - BTS
Blasting this on repeat helped me survive the last few days of revision.

Hope you found some new songs to love! Cannot wait to share this story with you.
<3 Lola


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Author Bio:

Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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