Tuesday, 25 June 2013

GODDESS FISH PROMO: Copper Cauldron by Terri Talley Venters **REVIEW ADDED

Title: Copper Cauldron
Series: Elements of Mystery (book one)
Author: Terri Talley Venters

Penelope Manchester, a good witch with one green and one blue eye, awaits her destiny: a warrior of God with the face of an angel, the heart of a saint, and eyes which match her own. St. Michael the Archangel flies into her life and sweeps her off her feet. 

Meanwhile, an evil sorcerer captures witches, steals their powers and most of their nine lives, and shrinks them to the size of a doll--a Nürnberg, doll. But when he turns two of the Manchester witches into dolls, the Manchester clan fights back with St. Michael and divine intervention. Armed with the legendary copper cauldron, a fire breathing dragon, and an arsenal of spells, good battles evil. 

“Ah, here it is.” Violet’s frail fingers touched the ancient book in the Manchester library. She tried to retrieve it from the bottom of the twelve-foot book shelf, but the weight stopped her.

“Here, let me help you.” Penelope pulled the enormous text out with ease.

Violet sat in one of the two wing-backed chairs in front of the fireplace, looking exhausted by her efforts.

Penelope carried the book to her great-grandmother. The scene reminded her of her childhood. She recalled hearing tales of her ancestors in front of the fireplace under the portrait of St. Michael the Archangel. She gazed up at the portrait of her family’s patron saint and smiled. He looked like the man she saw at St. Michael’s in Munich.

Violet opened the ancient book as the other four witches perched around the chair looking on. Dust flew as she delicately turned the thick parchment paper. The vibrant colors of the drawings leapt from the pages. Meticulous, handwritten words filled the pages opposite the pictures.

“How old is this book, Violet?” Cat asked.

“It’s over one thousand years old. But many of the legends were added as the centuries passed.” Violet still turned the pages towards the back of the book.

“Ah, here it is, the legend of the Nürnberg Dolls,” Violet read.

Penelope stared at the pictures in the book. It showed the dolls of shrunken, comatose witches whose powers and lives were stolen. She recognized the drawing of Nürnberg Castle, the Hexenhäusle, and the interior of Marcus’s coven.

Violet read the meticulously scribed text from the book.

Once upon a time, an evil sorcerer lived in Nürnberg. Marcus wanted to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world and live forever. He lured unsuspecting witches and wizards into his lair beneath Nürnberg Castle and then charmed them with his eyes and promised them rare potion ingredients for the price of a mere kiss. After he seduced them, he cast a spell to steal their powers. Once the witches lost their powers, he used the gilded-silver double cups to cast the antispell of the Copper Cauldron’s life-saving one. Instead of saving a witch’s life, the antispell transferred the witch’s remaining lives to the invoker of the spell. But just before the last life left the witch’s body, the evil sorcerer stopped the spell, leaving the witch with only a fraction of one life. With only a fraction of life remaining, the witch shrank to a fraction of her size--the size of a doll. The evil sorcerer, Marcus, collected the dolls as the centuries passed. His most prized dolls carried the one blue, one green eye trait.

Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons.

Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones which is also available from Wild Child Publishing.

On the first of each month, Terri also posts free short stories on her website. Learn more about the books in her Elements of Mystery series at http://www.elementsofmystery.com/ as she weaves her way through the Periodic Table of Elements.

Read this in 2 short sittings!

Nice easy book following the Manchester witches, in particular, the youngest, Penelope.

We follow her as she clashes with the evil sorcerer Marcus, her closeness with her family and trying to make her destiny come true.

A really sweet book which is perfect for YA's as well as adults as there are no adult scenes or strong language.

It made a lovely change to read a book that had a happy storyline and a happy ending!


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me! Ilove your graphics =)

    1. Hi Terri!
      I only post books that look like theyre something i enjoy and would happily recommend!
      The pleasure is mine, it looks a great read and i cant wait to be able to review it for you!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!!

    2. Thanks for having me Claire! It's nice to meet you =) Hope you enjoy my story. It's my most creative book,so far.

    3. lol, likewise nice to "meet" you too!
      Its the next book on my list and im itching to get to it -hoping that i can start it tonight!
      Will be keeping an eye out for any more of your books!
      This is why i love the Book Tours - books and authors i may never have found otherwise and im having so much fun finding new and great books! I hope my review for you is ok when i come to write it!
      Warm wishes


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