Spellcrossed IT S NOT EASY LOSING THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE But when Maggie Graham freed Rowan Mackenzie to return to Faerie she took the first step toward her new life as director of the Crossroads Theatre A hectic

  • Title: Spellcrossed
  • Author: Barbara Ashford
  • ISBN: 9780756407292
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • IT S NOT EASY LOSING THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE But when Maggie Graham freed Rowan Mackenzie to return to Faerie, she took the first step toward her new life as director of the Crossroads Theatre A hectic new season of summer stock leaves her little time to moon over the past She has to balance the demands of her interfering board president and a company of actors that incluIT S NOT EASY LOSING THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE But when Maggie Graham freed Rowan Mackenzie to return to Faerie, she took the first step toward her new life as director of the Crossroads Theatre A hectic new season of summer stock leaves her little time to moon over the past She has to balance the demands of her interfering board president and a company of actors that includes bewildered amateurs, disdainful professionals, a horde of children, and an arthritic dog And while Maggie yearns to give others the kind of healing she found at the Crossroads, even she recognizes that magic must take a back seat to ticket sales.But magic is hard to banish from the old white barn Memories lurk like ghosts in the shadowy wings and the unexpected is as time honored a tradition as the curtain call And when the tangled spells of Maggie s past turn her life upside down, it will take than faery magic to ensure the happy ever after ending she longs for.

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    1. Barbara Ashford says:

      Barbara wrote her first novel Cherokee the Wild Pinto when she was eight years old and prepared the final manuscript on her Tom Thumb typewriter She discovered the joy of performing when her sister dressed her up as a Pilgrim and had her sing Over the River and Through the Woods for Thanksgiving After that, she was hooked on theatre, performing in shows ranging from Guys and Dolls to Greek tragedy She abandoned a career in educational administration to pursue a life in the theatre, working as an actress in summer stock and dinner theatre and later, as a lyricist and librettist She s written everything from cantatas to choral pieces, one hour musicals for children to full length ones for adults Her musicals have been performed throughout the world, including the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival Barbara lives near New York City with her husband whom she met while performing in the play Bedroom Farce They have bookcases in every room including the bathroom with an eclectic collection of leather bound classics and beat up paperbacks, reference books and play scripts, nonfiction books on religion, philosophy, and crime, historical fiction and fantasies, and cookbooks that Barbara consults whenever she has to make anything complicated than spaghetti.SPELLCAST is her first contemporary fantasy and is inspired by her years as an actress The sequel SPELLCROSSED will be published by DAW Books in 2012 Her short stories appear in the anthologies After Hours Tales from the Ur Bar and The Modern Fae s Guide to Surviving Humanity.



    2 thoughts on “Spellcrossed

    1. In all the books that i've read, there will always be characters, and stories that will remain as my all time favorites. The first book of this series is one of those. I loved the characters, and the ambience of these two stories, even if they, at times, leave me a little confused about certain characters and situations played in the many plays that are referred in these two stories, since i'm not a theater connaisseur. (not by far) But the sense of wonder and of magic of which that book is infu [...]

    2. This sequel to “Spellcast” was completely entertaining to the very last page. I won’t say it captivated me quite as thoroughly as the first book, but that’s probably because it was a continuation of the same story, and I was already familiar with the world and the characters involved. I can definitely say that I was very glad to have read Book 1 with Book 2 waiting in the wings. I NEEDED to know how it was all going to turn out, and in that, “Spellcrossed” didn’t disappoint.For one [...]

    3. You may also read my review here: mybookishways/2012/06/Hand me a book by Barbara Ashford, and the world around me just falls away. Seriously, things get neglected…laundry, dishes, etc, you get the idea. Spellcast had me spellbound, and Spellcrossed was no different. The ending of Spellcrossed was very bittersweet so I was anxious to dive back into the wonderful world of musical theatre and Faerie magic. Maggie Graham has settled in as director of the Crossroads Theatre. Well, as much as you c [...]

    4. It was not as much fun as the first one. You weren't expecting a happy ending, so that was okay. But this one had less "stage craft" than the first one. That's what I loved so much about it though!

    5. Review originally posted hereThe second book starts up two years after the last one left off (so I recommend you read these in order). Disclosure: I've met the author in person and I received this book for review from the publisher at her request.**** There will be minor spoilers for the first book in this review! ****The Premise: It's been two years since Maggie Graham's first summer at the Crossroads Theatre. A lot has changed in two years. The theater has become nonprofit, and Maggie is its n [...]

    6. Originally posted at smexybooks/2012/06/review-Favorite Quote: “If the Archangel GABRIEL had touched down on that stage tonight, he’d complain it wasn’t Jesus CHRIST.“Maggie Graham had come originally to Dale, Vermont to find her place in life and ended up acting in summer stock theatre and falling in love. When her lover leaves, Maggie decides to stay in Dale and help fulfill the dreams of other lost souls who come to the Crossroads theatre. Spellcrossed picks up two years after the eve [...]

    7. This is the second book in this series, the first being Spellcast. I really enjoyed both books and highly recommend them to urban fantasy readers who are looking for something a little different, something perhaps not quite as dark and with a slightly different feel than the typical urban fantasy out there. I strongly suggest these books to anyone who's more of the paranormal romance persuasion, since there's a strong romance plotline to both books.The main premise behind this book is that Maggi [...]

    8. The premise: ganked from BN: IT’S NOT EASY LOSING THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE…But when Maggie Graham freed Rowan Mackenzie to return to Faerie, she took the first step toward her new life as director of the Crossroads Theatre. A hectic new season of summer stock leaves her little time to moon over the past. She has to balance the demands of her interfering board president and a company of actors that includes bewildered amateurs, disdainful professionals, a horde of children, and an arthritic dog [...]

    9. "Offer me your heart and I will give you mine. Trust me, my love. And, together, we will defy all the powers of this world and Faerie to come between us."Fantastic sequel in a magical, emotional, heartwarming series.Maggie Graham is making a life for herself in Dale, spending her time as executive director of the Crossroads Theatre and managing the newly renovated Golden Bough Hotel.She's making attempts to move on from the loss of Rowan Mackenzie. Even after nearly 2 years apart, and despite th [...]

    10. Returning to the world of Barbara Ashford's Crossroads Theater is like slipping into a warm bubble bath at the end of a long day. The plot of Spellcrossed has enough froth to buoy it along, while the characters have enough depth to keep me engrossed. I especially enjoyed the deepening of the non-Rowan characters and their relationships before his return.But I missed menace. In the first Crossroads book, Spellcast, Rowan was as dangerous as he was alluring. This ominous undertone, mixed with the [...]

    11. In the time since Rowan said goodbye to her at the Crossroads Theater Maggie has had a fascinating time adjusting to the new Board of Directors and the view of the theater from Rowan’s shoes as she plans and runs the theater season. But Rowan is a hard act to follow, and between missing him and trying to be him, Maggie is tying her own life in knots.When Rowan reappears late one night, a battered human he recovered from the Borderlands between the human and Faerie worlds in tow, Maggie's world [...]

    12. The Crossroads has an earned a spot in my heart and I loved returning to Dale, Vermont to see all of the characters that became dear to me while reading Spellcast.Maggie has gone through a lot of changes since we last saw her. She is an emotional upheaval and trying to get her life back in order, but it's not easy. Maggie throws herself into her work but finds as always that magic takes place at the Crossroads. Events happen that throw her life into a tailspin, and nothing goes as planned. The f [...]

    13. Spellcrossed and Spellcast (the first book in the hopefully ongoing and long lasting series) are quite like the Canadian tv series set at a Shakespeare festival “Slings and Arrows.” (If you haven't heard of this series,seek it out wherever you find videos. You'll be glad you did. There's three seasons.) Both are laugh out loud funny, sweet, set in theater companies, and involve stage magic and magic magic. This novel, like its predecessor, is set at a summer stock/ community theater company [...]

    14. Spellcrossed picked up two years after Spellcast. Maggie Graham accepted that fortune (though never fate) had given her a new role in life at the Golden Bough bed-and-breakfast and at the Crossroads Theater. She had spent the time expanding support for the theater throughout the greater community, gaining funds and attendance for the shows, and updating the hotel. In a fit of inspired insanity, Maggie decided to propose a children's theater summer, and produce Annie and The Secret Garden. While [...]

    15. These books (this was a sequel) are some of these books I like so much that I wish I liked them just a little more. It's just missing that tiny bit of SOMETHING that would make me love it. But I like it a lot. I care about the characters. I cared enough to buy it when it didn't show up at my libraries (and actually read it and not let it languish on my to read pile!).And it's a sequel I'm glad was written. (view spoiler)[I like happy endings! I guessed as soon as I read the description months ag [...]

    16. Maybe I would have liked it better had I read the first in the seriesbut I'm a firm believer that each book should stand on it's own. The heroine felt the need to lie and hide her relationship, and seemed to be somewhat of a doormat. Her hero uses his faerie magic like rohypnol and that seemed to be ok with herI'd have smacked him upside the head with an IRON frying pan.The background characters were lovely, and the backstage scenes were spot-on, funny, and clearly from experience with community [...]

    17. The sequel of Spellcast didn't have the same impact as the first one did. In fact the first half of the book was a little boring for me and I almost interrupted the reading. But then I started thinking that the first book was and still is one of my all-time favourite books and so I decided this one deserved another chance. Well, it did get better but not so much. I'm actually very disappointed with this book and I don't think that it did justice to the first one which was perfect in all the poss [...]

    18. I actually really enjoyed Spellcrossed. I was, at first, a little hesitant to read it, because I hadn't read the first book (and I hate to read series out of order). However, once I set aside my initial discomfort, I found that Spellcrossed was a very well-written and entertaining read. I would recommend this book to my friends.I received my copy of Spellcrossed for free through First Reads.

    19. After the follow up that ended in "Spellcast," Maggie Graham tries to move on with her life and make a fresh start as director of the Crossroads Theatre. In the middle of the stress that comes with the job, she also must deal with the magic from her past that endangers her dreams. Fans of the theater as well as urban fantasy readers will be charmed (no Fae pun intended :P) by this sequel.

    20. For me, the theater/play content was a bit too much. I'm not all that familiar with the plays, so I probably didn't see all the linkages between them and the book's plot. And Maggie's father was a character I just couldn't warm to.

    21. The follow-up to Spellcast, this suffers some sequel problems and didn't quite work for me as well as the first, but I still found it enjoyable.

    22. This wasn't as good as the first one, but did have some intriguing and well-done emotional conflicts. And it was wrapped up well.

    23. I received this book for free through First Reads, and loved it! It was something different, and a very funny main character made it easy to fall in love.

    24. I laughed out loud and cried, and, since I think this was a 2 book series, was sad to say good-bye to characters I love. What a lovely, fun book this is!

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