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Grave Magic Bounty

The Forty Proof Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: The Forty Proof Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Listed number one in women's fantasy fiction in Kindle.

One day, I’m married, living in Seattle, and magic isn’t real. The next, I’m divorced and living in the guest room of my ex’s hotter-than-sin cousin’s place in Savannah and talking to an animated skeleton named Robert.

I have to admit, Robert isn’t my worst date. At 41, I didn’t think I’d be starting over. But I’ll be damned if my ex thinks I’m down and out because he pulled a fast one on me.

When a job comes my way that offers me a chance to use my childhood training in the shadow world, I take it. I need the money more than I care about my sanity. 

It’s dangerous. I have to embrace the magic and dark of my past. And I need Advil to keep me going. 

But those who’d hold me back better sit up and take notice because a new woman is in town, and she’s not about to be counted out by anyone. Even if she does groan when she rolls out of bed in the morning.

A paranormal women's fiction with a bit of class and a lot of sass for anyone who feels like age is just a number!

©2020 Hijinks Ink Ltd (P)2020 Hijinks ink Ltd

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It took a while to get into it

Good story, fabulous narration.
Two things annoyed me - she constantly referred to her ex as ‘himself’ and that got real old quickly. Also, whilst she is only 40, she acts like she is 50+ in peri menopause (she’s not).

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  • kiki
  • 04-05-2020

Would've rated higher, but...

...the author doesn't seem to like her heroine very much. I mean, between the near constant old lady jokes and fat lady jokes it was pretty disappointing. Spending and entire book fat shaming your own character (that doesn't even seem like she's very fat at all) is pretty damn low. And oh my frickin' god the "old" comments and jokes...lady, 41 isn't old at all!! This isn't 17th century Russia for god's sake!!! It's barely even sticking your toe into "middle age" these days!
It's this type of commentary in media that perpetuates the idea that women who are over the age of 25 and over the weight of 120lbs are obsolete and are of no value! I'm very disgusted and disappointed by Ms. Mayer's idea of entertainment! You're in for a rude awakening all too soon when you hit your 40s, lady!

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  • Sandy M
  • 13-03-2020

So Much Better than I Expected

I know the reviews were very good, but I trust reviews less and less these day. I was so glad I was wrong. This is a fun book, and look forward to the next book.

I love all the different characters, especially Fish and Robert, and I really like how Bree interacted with them.

My only problem was the "himself" used entirely too often and the "old at 41" was tiresome after the first couple of chapters. It is a privilege to age to 41, not a curse.

Lauren Fortgang did an Excellent job!

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  • Angela Briggs
  • 10-03-2020

Great Story

Overall review - Very well written with a good story line. There are a lot of concepts introduced that are explained enough to get through this book, but you can tell they will be dealt with in more detail in subsequent releases. I truly enjoyed the story. A good plot but with a light storytelling that's not too light. I also like that the story was written in first person. Seems to make the story more realistic and interesting.

Cons - The constant reminders of the main character being in her 40's, references to her libido, and her being a woman DO get a little annoying. I got the point, but I think it was driven a LITTLE hard. The ending wasn't as nicely developed as I would have liked (some more explanation on the end would have been nice; you are expected to just accept some things). But aside from those quirks, great story.

Narrator - THE NARRATOR IS AWESOME! I truly love the way she reads this story!!! I am very pleased with her narration and voices.

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  • Cindy
  • 02-04-2020

Geriatric 40 Yr Old

The start wasn't too bad. However, I had to return the book. The character sounds like a 60year old, instead of a 40 year old. It's like they combined misc story bits from other book. And not in a good way...yuck!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2020

No spoilers

I loved this book. Mayer creates characters and worlds that keep you wanting more. Lot's of action some suspense and romance budding. I can't wait to find out more of the shadow world and what is in there. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Fortgang was the narrator and very pleased to say she is one of if not the best narrator out there today. The voices and reading of this story is top notch so don't hesitate spend the money or credit you won't be sorry.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 10-04-2020

fun with reservations

Bree O'Rylee is 41 year old, so she is not your typical young, kick-ass heroine of UF novels. She gets aches and pains, as well as gets out of breath when running, sometimes for her life. She is a likable character, but has a predilection for harping on about her age; as does everyone else, all while catching the fancy of multiple men. She has been out of circulation possibly forever and her libido seems to have run amok, which she oddly attributes to hormones. There are also constant references to her ex-husband, referred to as 'himself', which does get old, but it is perfectly within character for someone to go on about someone who has betrayed them and is attempting to financialy ruin them on top of it. The characters are fun, but still mostly underdeveloped. The plot introduces a new supernatural world and some of the myriad of 'creatures' that inhabit it. It is mostly introductory and leaves enough loose ends to continue the series. It moves at a smooth, leisurely pace,

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  • Charlie C.
  • 08-03-2020

5 Star!!!

I loved the book! I loved the narrator and cant wait to purchase book 2!!

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  • laura
  • 01-03-2020

Loved it!

A great new series by Shannon Mayer! Lauren Fortgang did an awesome narration. I loved that I was able to relate to Bree on so many levels. There is a lot of laughter while trying to figure out who is on which side. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Barb (Paging Through The Days)
  • 07-03-2020

She ain’t ducking around!

I love getting something new from Shannon. The anticipation of who is this person, what are they going to get into... what’s happening now, is a lot to look forward to. I can say, though the main character made me want to smack her a few times, I loved it. It’s different yet has the perfect Shannon flair to it.

Being 41 and having to get a new job is hard, no matter who you are. Old dogs and new tricks and all but for Bree o’Riley, she made it work. It was also a rude awakening for her. She was surrounded by men, who all thought they’d see her fail. Though some worries the old gal would get herself hurt. They weren’t wrong about the aches, it was a daily thing to have to pop an Advil... or three. (Something I do daily at age 40... lol)

It was hard, painful even but she did it. She trained. She practiced and she put her determination into everything she did. No one thought the old gal had it in her. She ducking proved them wrong. She made it to age where she had no ducks to give and let those younger jerks and the “trainers” for her new job lick her shoes. If not for her then no one would have been able to stop what was happening.

Her only friend in the beginning was a skeleton named Robert who became her friend. She made enemies and friends pretty quickly. Depending on her mood and temperament... she really had no ducks to give so it was a teatime to her ability to look, think and then act that kept her from getting completely creamed more than once. However... she put herself in the middle of something that could have gotten her killed... something I bet we will see more of later on. I can’t wait for more!





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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2020

AmazeBalls!!!!

This book was so funny with great characters. The imagination is outstanding and thank Goodness they chose an amazing narrator who really brought the story to life. Highly recommended
LMM

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  • Book addict
  • 09-04-2020

Really enjoyed this!

This was a pleasant surprise as I wasn’t expecting much going in, but I ended up loving it. Looking forward to the next books in the series.

I also love books by Faith Hunter, Ilona Andrews, Dannika Dark, Debra Dunbar, Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Melissa F. Olson and Anne Bishop in case you’re looking for other inspiration.

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  • Jacquie Stolz
  • 08-04-2020

Amazingly hilarious PWF start of series

Breena's story was ducking amazing. so hilarious, while also being full of magic, action and a FMC over 40 all out of ducks to give. I cannot wait to find out what happens to Breena next.

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  • Leanna Anscomb
  • 24-08-2020

Loved this!

The style of writing just spoke to me and kept me interested all the way through.
I loved Lauren Fortgang’s narrating; great voices, accents and not a word pronounced wrong!
I’m downloading the next book right now!!x

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  • Gamegeek
  • 24-07-2020

Brilliant, Funny and wonderfully femanist

This book is fantastic and read fantastically too!

The story is classic urban fantasy with the surprisingly unusual twist of having a middle-aged female protagonist that kicks butt! (not sure why there are not more books with this considering how well it works)

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  • Dan Wright
  • 17-07-2020

very good

this is a good read. loved it. smiled from start to finish. Will be going for the second one

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 15-06-2020

Enjoyable fantasy adventure.

Full of engaging characters, mythical creatures and mysteries. Some of the twists at the end seem a little TOO convenient and I’m not entirely sure they marry with earlier events but I liked the story anyway. I agree with another reviewer - this heroine has a rather strange relationship with her age. I understand it’s partially due to the damage of an abusive marriage but still seems extreme e.g. when referencing her ability to drive - she’s 41 not 81! The narration is good and the story is fun - looking forward to the next book

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 10-07-2020

Great new adult series!

Love this story! Entertaining story with a 40+ year old heroine. Funny and interesting scenes. The characters are hard but likable, even the edgy men. Lauren Fortgang did a wonderful job bring this story to life and by providing unique voices and appropriate tone inflections for each scene! I won a copy of this audiobook in a giveaway and am leaving this voluntary review.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 19-06-2020

Shannon can do no wrong.

I loved this so much it’s lot different from the other books I have by Shannon.
The characters are excellent and they all fit together great and there was a llot of giggling at some of them.
I am going to use my only credit buying the next in series .

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  • Suzanne
  • 08-06-2020

Slow start gets much better

Breena has a chip on her shoulder about her age her ex about her life but half way through it suddenly comes into its own I think the
Thing that annoys me about Breena
Is her winging about her OLD age all the time. Heck she is 41. I’m 51 so this is annoying to say the least. But as I say it turns a corner and gets better half way. Some of what Breena is chaufing on about I totally relate to at 51 but heck at 41 I never thought I was past it like she does!

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  • BarbaraM
  • 10-09-2020

Silly and flippant

The heroine thinks with her sex glands, and is rather stupid. Making such a fuss about her being old at 41 is also an irritating thing that sets teeth on edge. Especially since she behaves like a teenager. Poor characters.
All rather juvenile and so I abandoned it about halfway through after really trying to stay with it.