Today I’m pleased to welcome Gabi Stevens to the blog. Book Chick City’s, Rebecca, is reading this series as we speak and has enjoyed the first two books The Wish List and As You Wish, and will be reading and reviewing the latest in the series, Wishful Thinking, very soon.

Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she raised children and then spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.

Magic is So Much Fun!
by Gabi Stevens 

Magic is so much fun. All kinds, from Penn and Teller to Harry Potter (Okay, you may not think so, but this is my article, so you’re subject to my opinion). When I watch a magic show I really try to see the audience fake-out, the trick the magician uses to draw the audience’s attention away from what he’s doing. Yeah, I’m that individual—the one who wants the secret, the one who wants to know how it’s done. Uh-huh. I also read the end of books before finishing the story, go to to find the twist endings to movies (That’s right—I knew the ending to Sixth Sense before I saw it), and hate coming across a vocabulary word I don’t know.

I have a need to know. I really, really dislike not knowing something. When I hear people speaking a foreign language, I listen, not because I’m angry that they aren’t speaking English, but because I want to see how much I can understand. And if I come across something while reading or watching TV that I don’t know, I look it up. I love logic puzzles, Sudoku, crosswords, and games. Yes, I’m a nerd.

I think maybe that’s why I like paranormal books so much. When I read stories with elements of magic, I don’t need to seek the knowledge behind them, because I know they aren’t real. I can lose myself in the, well, magic. Harry Potter can wave his wand and light appears. Wolverine can defeat a thug with his adamantine claws and abilities to heal himself. And to lose myself in the magic makes the story shine, because behind the magic is the element that’s more important—the reason for the story. Harry uses magic, but it’s just a tool to tell us that fighting the good fight is worth every sacrifice. Wolverine gets injured over and over, but he protects those who are weaker than he.

So yes, I find magic fun—and compelling and distracting, in a good way. I would love to believe the world could solve problems with the wave of a wand, but I can’t. In Wishful Thinking, my heroine, Stormy, discovers she has magical powers, but she doesn’t assume that the magic will make her life easier. Quite the opposite; she knows it will bring chaos into her world. And she isn’t thrilled. Hunter, my hero, is quite the magic expert, but when he meets Stormy, he finds his expertise doesn’t help him deal with her. And there’s a whole bunch of knowledge they have to figure out before they can reach their happy ending.

Because, of course, there’s a happy ending. Wishful Thinking is a romance, and happy endings are the best magic of all.

So let me ask you: Are you a skip-to-the-end-of-the-book reader or do you wait until you get there?

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Free-spirited artist Stormy Jones-Smythe was raised by two talented Wizard fathers but never showed the slightest hint of magical abilities. Which is why she’s totally surprised when three famous fairy godmothers show up at her door to tell her she’s one of them. Surprised, and none too happy. The godmothers are fugitives, framed for treason, and the last thing the magical Council wants is another fairy godmother going rogue. Hence Stormy’s new full-time Guard, Hunter Merrick.

Stormy quickly realizes she’s not going to escape Hunter’s watch…and before long, she’s not sure she wants to. But her freedom depends on her ability to expose the plot against the godmothers, and that means getting control of her magic. Despite the growing chemistry between them, Hunter is fiercely loyal to the Council—and duty-bound to keep Stormy from doing either of those things. But he didn’t count on Stormy’s irrepressible exuberance and passion for life. Before long, even Hunter isn’t sure which side he’s on, and he can’t contain Stormy either way.


One commenter will win their choice of book from the Time of Transition series: THE WISH LIST, AS YOU WISH, or WISHFUL THINKING.

And as she told me she loves international readers, this giveaway is open to all ends 18th July 2012

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Flyleaf July 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Always wait till I get to the end, I hate spoilers!

Thank your for this giveaway :)


Angela Guilherme July 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh, I wait until I get there. I absolutely hate spoilers! I hate them in books, in movies, in TV shows… I just hate them! I like to get to know things on my own and on my own time. Of course I have nothing against the skip-to-the-end-of-the-book readers just as long as they don’t share it with me :)


Amanda jones July 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Have to wait till the end, spoils it to find out early.


Marie-Claude July 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I don’t like spoilers….so I wait till I get there!!!


Gabi Stevens July 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

They did a study at UC San Diego about readers, how they read, and what happens if readers know the end. They discovered that those who already knew the end enjoyed the books better, read more carefully, and didn’t mind having the ending spoiled. Just saying… :)
I think it’s because I don’t react well to surprises.


kerry July 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I love waiting to the end…all the anticipation!!! Great interview


erinf1 July 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for the great post and congrats on the newest release!

Ok… sometimes I do skip to the end b/c I just have to know that things are going to work out… I do restrain myself most of the time, but if I do skip ahead, i always backtrack and reread :)


Nora-Adrienne Deret July 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I wait for the end of the book… I just got the first book in the series from my local library and hope to read it in a few days.


Gabi Stevens July 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Thanks, Nora-Adrienne. I hope you enjoy it.


Gabi Stevens July 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

It’s really bad when I read mysteries. I still skip to the end.


Fiery Na July 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’m definitely a wait until I get there. I can’t skip ahead it’ll ruin the experience for me. Once in awhile I do and regret it.


Maegan Morin July 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

as much as it may kill me sometimes I’m a wait till i get there person 😀


Alex July 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I really hate spoilers! but sometimes i just cant help myself! i look at the last word in the book! :/ sometimes that can be a spoiler though! :/

Thanks for the giveaway!! 😀 xx <3


mandee wyrick July 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I hate knowing what happens at the end so I refuse to skip unless I don’t want to finish the book at all. I want to know what happens so even if I don’t read the whole thing I’ll read the end so I get closure lol. Thanks for the giveaway!


Natalia J July 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm

For me I prefer to wait until the end. I think that if I read the ending of the book it kind of ruins everything for me. I much rather wait and see how it all develops and ends than ruin the ending for me.


Victoria Zumbrum July 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

It depends on the books. Sometimes I skip to the end. Most times I just wait under the end.


Ricki July 12, 2012 at 1:06 am

I usually wait.


Martha Lawson July 12, 2012 at 3:42 am

I never read the last pages first!


wade2121 July 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

I don’t skip to the end at all. I don’t want to ruin it.


Dovile July 12, 2012 at 6:26 am

I never skip to the end, I hate spoiling myself, so I always read from start to beginning.


Lia Oxanne July 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

No, I can’t skip to the end. Beside the fact that I don’t like spoilers, I also find it enjoyable to feel the tension accumulating till the end :)


Mary Preston July 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

I never skip to the end. I love racing there though.


Karen Wapinski July 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I always read straight through, I’ve only skipped to the end twice and both times the author was killing off characters so mercilessly I had to make sure my favourites survived lol


Barbara Elness July 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I’m definitely a wait until you get there reader. I’ve never in my life skipped to the end of a book to find out what happens in the end. It doesn’t even dawn on me, I want to find out everything that happens leading up to the end.


Aleksandra July 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

I definitely wait until I get there myself :) I just hate spoilers, I think they ruin the story & the journey through the book, I mean the expectations & surprises are big part of reading a book, at least for me :) So, no skipping to check out the end for me :)


Vanessa P July 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Wait until I get there. Oh and… was I supposed to give contact detes as well as the book I want at the do it button, or my email here in my comment?


justpeachy36 July 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I don’t skip all the way to the end. I might pick a page in the middle and read a little bit once in a while.


gabi stevens July 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

You all are so good. I never wait. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like reading on Kindle as much…too hard to skip to the end. Hahaha.


LisaC July 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I rarely skip to the end. Either the end is worth waiting for or the book is a DNF.


donnas July 16, 2012 at 5:23 am

I try not to skip to the end, but sometimes it does happen.


Heather Cranmer July 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I always wait till I get to the end. It’s tempting sometimes to read the ending but it’s so much worth it to wait. =) x


Valli July 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I mostly read mysteries or whodunits. As a kid, sometimes I couldn’t bear the suspense and I have to know whodunit, so I have skipped to the end many times. Now I usually don’t skip wait patiently guess and hope my guess is correct.


Grace Lo July 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

Honestly, it depends. Apparently there was a study that people who get spoilers of a story tend to like it better, but that’s besides the point. If it’s a book that I can read in one sitting, I’d read it from start to finish. If not, then I’d probably take a peek.


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