Monday, July 9, 2012

Blog Tour: The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler

by Olivia Boler


Journalist Memphis Zhang isn’t ashamed of her Wiccan upbringing—in fact, she’s proud to be one of a few Chinese American witches in San Francisco, and maybe the world. Unlike the well-meaning but basically powerless Wiccans in her disbanded coven, Memphis can see fairies, read auras, and cast spells that actually work—even though she concocts them with ingredients like Nutella and antiperspirant. Yet after a friend she tries to protect is brutally killed, Memphis, full of guilt, abandons magick to lead a “normal” life. 

The appearance, however, of her dead friend’s attractive rock star brother—as well as a fairy in a subway tunnel—suggest that magick is not done with her. Reluctantly, Memphis finds herself dragged back into the world of urban magick, trying to stop a power-hungry witch from using the dangerous Flower Bowl Spell and killing the people Memphis loves—and maybe even Memphis herself.


"Olivia Boler's The Flower Bowl Spell is a genre-bending ride with sexy rock stars, Californian witches, children with potentially otherworldly gifts, and the occasional fairy. But it is also a story of identity, of the sometimes warring facets that make and shape a human being. Beautifully written, witty, and brimming with both ordinary and fantastical life, The Flower Bowl Spell will charm readers everywhere." -- Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone

Author Bio 

Olivia Boler is the author of two novels, YEAR OF THE SMOKE GIRL and THE FLOWER BOWL SPELL. Poet Gary Snyder described SMOKE GIRL as a "dense weave in the cross-cultural multi-racial world of complex, educated hip contemporary coast-to-coast America...It is a fine first novel, rich in paradox and detail."

A freelance writer who received her master's degree in creative writing from UC Davis, Boler has published short stories in the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) anthology Cheers to Muses, the literary journal MARY, and The Lyon Review, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her family. To find out about her latest work, visit

The Review 

First thoughts after......
 I want more.  Cliffhangers get me every time

How Distracted Did I Get?
Memphis is a strong character who is a Wiccan.  She banished all magic but she starts seeing faeries and other images or demonstrations I just don't know what to call them.  Memphis is sarcastic and smart and always has some sort of retort.  But will she stay with her older boyfriend or end up with the sexy Tyson?

How Many Baskets?
So, I was very confused reading some parts of the book.  I continued reading because I genuinely liked the story.  It's great twists and turns you just don't know what to expect.  Barring the few confusing scenes I would definitely reccomend this book to someone who enjoys a paranormal mystery romance.  I give The Flower Bowl Spell.......

3 1/2 Baskets!!!! Psst I don't have a thingy for 3 1/2 baskets so visualize in your mind please a half basket!  thanks! <3
P.S. There are a couple adult type scenes. Nothing too too graphic.

Want to win this book?  Leave me a comment on this post with your email and I'll put in a drawing for a Smashwords Code for The Flower Bowl Spell Free!!!!!  Following isn't necessary but would be nice! Thanks! <3 Must be 18 please


  1. Always happy to see a post about The Flower Bowl Spell! And I love the laundry baskets rating system. :)

  2. The virtual book tour is a very innovative idea, Olivia Boler! Looking forward to reading this.

  3. Anything to do with magick and I'm there - looking forward to reading the Flower Bowl Spell, this sounds like a totally different slant to the usual wicca-formulae

  4. I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds interesting indeed! And I love characters who have unique names :) Thanks for a great post!

    liz at fictional candy dot com

  5. This sounds like a great book! Would love to read it.

  6. I am so intrigued by Wicca and love the name Memphis for a character! Great review, Toni! xx, Lauren

  7. I love wiccan characters, probably because I wish I had some talents along those lines!! Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the draw!