Monday, December 11, 2023

Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: SIGNS AND WONDERS by Morgan Brice (Witchbane #7)

Signs and Wonders

A Supernatural MM Romance Adventure 

by Morgan Brice

Publisher:  Darkwind Press

Cover Artist: Lou Harper

Release Date: November 15, 2023

Genres: Paranormal MM romance, romantic suspense

Tropes: Hurt/comfort, getting comfortable with commitment

Themes: Learning to trust, evolving established relationship

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 57 000 words/ 211 pages

It is part of a series (Witchbane, book 7) but can be read as a standalone. It does not end on a cliffhanger.


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Can Seth and Evan save the warlock’s next target, bring down his crime syndicate, and live to tell the tale?


When a coven of dark warlocks killed Seth Tanner’s brother, Seth became a man driven by vengeance, sworn to stop the cycle of ritual killings, willing to die for the cause. He never expected to fall head over heels in love with the witches’ next intended victim. Evan Malone didn't believe the supernatural was real until Seth swept in with his magic and motorcycle to save him from being the next sacrifice.

Now they’ve gone on the road together, hunting the rest of the coven while they figure out how to keep the white-hot, once-in-a-lifetime bond between them. Days are filled tracking their paranormal quarry, honing their monster hunting skills, and gaining control of the small magics that have made a life-or-death difference. Nights are spent together, entangled in adrenaline-fueled passion, learning how to make this love last forever despite the odds. Seth fears that if they don’t eliminate the rest of the coven, they’ll be on the run forever, and more people will die. Evan is afraid that Seth’s obsession with revenge means they might not survive to get a happily ever after.

Seth and Evan head to West Virginia to confront one of the dark warlocks, a master con man running a cybercrime empire. Can Seth and Evan save the warlock’s next target, bring down his crime syndicate, and live to tell the tale?

Signs and Wonders is a thrill-packed supernatural thrill ride with plenty of paranormal suspense, hurt/comfort, hot nights, found family, deadly magic, immortal witches, determined hunters, haunted places, creepy ghosts, impressive explosions, spooky chills, and sexy thrills, and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.


“I know you’re busy saving the world, but if you can spare a few days to heal, it would keep you from re-injuring the joints,” he warned. “I can give you something for discomfort and inflammation. Ice will help. The best medicine is not doing any new damage until the old damage heals.”
“We were planning to take a couple of days here before we head south,” Seth said. “The witch disciple will be at the top of his game, so we need to be ready for him.”
They thanked Matt and followed Travis to a no-frills conference room down the hall. St. Dismas had once been a hotel, and its origin showed in the layout. While the building wasn’t fancy, fresh paint and good maintenance hid the flaws. Brightly colored accents and punchy but inexpensive art made the corridors warm and homey. Seth felt certain that Travis had a lot to do with St. Dismas’s welcoming atmosphere.
Brent Lawson greeted them with handshakes instead of the usual backslaps, and Seth figured Travis warned him about their injuries.
Brent was around the same age as Travis, with short blond hair, blue eyes, and an athletic build. Despite having left the FBI years ago to become a monster-hunting private investigator, something about his manner still suggested “federal agent.”
“Sometime you two need to come to Pittsburgh just to have fun,” Brent said. “In nice weather, when you’re not chasing ghoulies and ghosties. See a baseball game, eat pierogies, try some local beer. We’ve got it going on here.”
Travis just shook his head and closed his eyes, resigned. “Ignore my partner’s ill-advised attempt to be cool. But we have plenty to do and lots of good food.”
“Seriously? The priest is giving cool lessons?” Brent bantered.
Ex-priest. And yes. Because you need all the help you can get after so many years in those boxy suits with the high-and-tight hair.” Travis’s voice lacked heat. Seth always figured that for the two work partners, bickering was half the fun.
Seth and Evan helped themselves to coffee while Travis passed around the donuts. They chatted while they ate before getting down to business.
“Parker’s chasing down a lead between Fletcher Swain’s wellness empire and some shady online fundraising companies.” Evan shared what his brother had discovered. “I’m thinking that his retreat in the no Wi-Fi zone is pretty suspicious, and likely to be where he does the rituals.”
Travis took notes as they talked. “Yeah, I think that makes sense. I’ll see if any of our contacts know more.”
“I’m working with some folks to untangle the whole paranormal pharmaceutical cartel,” Brent said, refreshing his coffee. “The warlock in Cleveland was deep into it. I don’t think it’s Fletcher’s main focus, although he’s probably involved.”

Carra's Review

Another witch disciple, another adventure for Seth and Evan!  Something I appreciate with this series is that each new for is not a cookie cutter of the last one (or any other one) before.  The settings, the circumstances, the new characters—there is continuing variety to keep things fresh, and I love the way the author incorporates actual places and their history into each story.  I’ve gone down my own research rabbit holes to learn more just thanks to this alone.

I love that the dynamic between Seth and Evan feels just as strong now in book seven as it did at the end of book one.  They are just as solid together as ever, and continue to be one of my favorite long-running series couples.  I also love how protective Seth continues to be of Evan, and that they both continue to put each other first.

This time a young man named Cameron is a disciple’s target.  I though he and his partner Tyler were sweet, and Tyler’s protective attitude lines up with Seth’s too.  The guys also bring in some friends to help this time around, and I really enjoy enjoy when this author pulls in characters from their other series to work together as a team.  Here it’s Travis and Brent from the Night Vigil series, and their skills are a great help in this situation.

This story was engaging and kept a good pace.  The guys got right down to business and laid everything out on the table with Cameron after they’d scoped things out and kept the disciple’s goons from getting the jump on him.  Given that the disciples are growing more impatient as the series goes on, things feel like they are starting to move more rapidly with the guys and their support team as well.

Signs and Wonders was a great 4.5-star read for me.  I hope the author continues to bring in supporting characters from their other series, I really like the team aspect that’s been building up and think it’s a great contribution to the books.  

I would strongly recommend reading this series in order as each book builds from what comes before, though if you want to just jump in I think there is probably enough backstory given to give you an idea of what is going on.  You’ll just get more enjoyment from it if you start at the beginning.  Also keep in mind that with the adult language and sexual content, this book is meant for readers 18+.

About the Author  

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic and urban fantasy, with less romance, more explosions.

All of the modern-day Morgan Brice and Gail Z. Martin series crossover, so characters from one series appear in cameos and on page in important secondary roles in books from other series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but the more you read the more the expanded universe of friendships and connections becomes clear. 

Morgan and Gail believe that paranormal elements make any story even better, and her worlds are full of ghosts, psychics, shifters, creatures, vampires, monster hunters, and magic. 

She's also a huge fan of the TV show Supernatural. (Chibi art by Kamidiox)

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