Library Loot: October 21, 2020

by Jenn McKinlay, Louisa Morgan
Also by this author: Pumpkin Spice Peril, For Batter or Worse, Strawberried Alive, Sugar Plum Poisoned

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

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I work in the marketing department for a public library system which means I’m constantly being tempted by the new releases. Or sometimes, happy discoveries when I’m wandering in the stacks.

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There’s a magical feel, as a reader, when you stumble on a book and it calls to you. Whether the cover catches your eye or it’s an author you meant to check out but haven’t. Hidden treasure!

That’s what happened with my first book this week.

A Secret History of Witches

For my first Library Loot book, I was looking for a spooky season read, when I saw The Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan on the shelf. It was clearly waiting for me to grab it. So I obliged!

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A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

From Goodreads: After Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew.

From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures.

Star Daughter

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

When I read a cover quote from Laini Taylor about Star Daughter, I knew I had to read the book.

“A luscious, shimmering fantasy, so dripping with beauty and imagination you’ll want to eat it with a spoon.”

Does that not make you want to immediately read the book??

From Goodreads: If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.

Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.

But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.

Paris Is Always a Good Idea

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Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay

I’ve been a Jenn McKinlay fan for years, ever since I discovered her Cupcake Bakery cozy mysteries. So, the moment I found out she had a romcom coming out, I placed my hold. Me a couple dozen other people. Including my mom. LOL So I’ve had to wait a bit for this one but I think it’s going to be the perfect palate cleanser for all of my spooky reads.

From Goodreads: It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.

When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps–to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy–Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again.

Read my review of Pumpkin Spice Peril, the latest Cupcake Bakery Mystery.


I’m excited by this week’s Library Loot! And you? What did you borrow from your library this week?

About Jenn McKinlay

I wrote several mysteries. I submitted to agents and publishers. No one loved the whole package. They loved my characters and hated my plot or vice versa. It was agony. Then a lone voice, an agent, decided she thought I was a genius (always a good sign).

She signed me and now I had a buddy to suffer the rejection with me. It still hurt. We kept trying. It went on for two years. And then we sold! In 2008, I agreed to write a decoupage mystery series, then I submitted an idea for a cupcake bakery mystery series and it sold. Sadly, my original agent left to pursue new and different dreams of her own. I stayed with my agency, liking her partner very much. I knew it was a good match when I submitted an idea for a library lover’s series and my new agent loved it and sold it.

You’d think I’d rest now. You know, take a chill pill and just enjoy the ride. Yeah, I’m not built that way. After so many years of hours hunched over my keyboard, banging out stories, years spent checking my mail box and my email inbox for good news, I don’t think I’ll rest until I really feel like I’ve achieved what I set out to do. And so, I agreed to write the bargain hunters series and then, I sold another idea for a mystery series set in London, which is my fifth mystery series.


  1. Olivia said:

    These books sound great!

    October 21, 2020
    • Laura said:

      So fun to show off my haul!

      October 27, 2020
  2. Sharlene said:

    Thanks for joining Library Loot! Sounds like a great haul.

    October 26, 2020
    • Laura said:

      I love the Library Loot meme. So fun seeing everyone’s hauls.

      October 27, 2020

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