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Wilted (A Witching Pen short story prequel) (The Witching Pen series Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Dianna Hardy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New cover - same story (cover updated Dec 2013)

A short story prequel to The Witching Pen series.

(This story takes place ten years before the events of The Witching Pen.)

Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they've always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.

Elena's beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother's about to drop a bombshell on her - one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.


This UK-based story is suitable for YA readers, but it should be noted that The Witching Pen series is aimed at adult readers.

For fans of the series, this story includes two parts of Elena's past that were made reference to in The Witching Pen: 1) The moment that Karl turns up on Elena's doorstep having been beaten and 'jumped on' by his father and 2) "The Sex Talk" between Elena and her mother.

Book length: short story (over 5500 words)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 166 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Satin Smoke Press (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TBK8DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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UK author of The Witching Pen and the international bestselling Eye Of The Storm series.

Dianna combines a titillating mix of contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as urban and dark fantasy, into her writing, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes full-length novels and short fiction. She has also written poetry (first published in 1997) and esoteric books and articles. Nowadays, she chooses to concentrate on writing fiction.

Although quite active online, Dianna prefers the quiet company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn't really consider it "para"), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and summer days.

However, she is also sustained by coffee, chocolate and the occasional vodka.

She currently lives in Surrey, England with her partner and their daughter, where she writes full time.

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photographs courtesy of Alastair Hay

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short but sweet insight into Elena's past. 21 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a big fan of the Witching Pen Novellas, I really enjoyed this little snippet from Elena and Karl's past.
It has a lovely insight into their earlier relationship, and also it is a pivotal moment in Elena's life, which is nice to get to experience.
If you haven't read at least the first book in the series, "The Witching Pen", I would recommend waiting before you read "Wilted", otherwise you won't really appreciate this lovely short story.
Favourite moment has to be the end, the scene with Elena's mum,Katherine.
I found it really pulled at my heartstrings, and though I won't go into more detail, let's just say it has a depth and an emotion which normally would be difficult to achieve in such a short paragraph.
Again, if you haven't read the books, "Wilted" might not make for a riveting read on its own, so pick up "The Witching Pen" and then read "Wilted".
It is a bonus short story that might not give away incredible plot points, but that will definitely add to the reading experience of the books :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!! 15 Sept. 2012
By Janie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.

I found this short story brilliant. As it gives a real insight into Karl and Elena's history from when they were first friends when they were 5 year's old. It also allow's a small insight into Katherine (Elena's mum). I found this to be a great read and a MUST for anyone that has read the witching pen novella's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & teasing prequel 11 Sept. 2013
By L. E.
Format:Kindle Edition
A sweet, innocent short story and the perfect kind of prequel.

Even though it is only 20 pages long, Wilted hooks you straight away. You quickly learn a lot about Elena and Karl, and their relationship, as well as the relationships Elena has with her mother. Sweet and teasing, this short prequel leaves you curious to find out what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wilted 9 Sept. 2013
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This short story is set as the prequel to The Witching Pen and as such I read it first. I would have to say that it is best read AFTER you have read The Witching Pen as, although the timeline of it is before, it actually makes more sense and adds more the story if you already understand the relationship between Karl, Elena and her mum, Katherine.

A lovely little story that just adds more depth and character to the main storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely 16 May 2013
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I love The Witching Pen Novella`s and this short prequel is a fabulous addition to the story. Will definitely be reading other books by the author Dianna Hardy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging prequel! 26 Jan. 2013
By Sarah
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This is a short story about a young witch called Elena, her best friend Karl, who she secretly has feelings for, and some bad news that she receives from her mother.

This book is surprisingly well written, and gives a great feel for the characters and what trials they are likely to face in the following books of the series. I really liked Elena, and her strength in the face of adversary, and I'm interested to find out how she will deal with the challenges facing her.

This story is short and sweet, and definitely leaves you wanting more!
8 out of 10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick as hell 10 Jan. 2013
By jordana
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I picked up the book as and like 5minutes later I am done. I am not saying a hated the book only that it was the quickest book I have every read not even my cousins baby books are as short as this book. I know it said it was short but I thought it would have been a tiny bit longer ya know. Over than the length I would say it is a decent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short Prequel
This is a short prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas and takes place ten years before the events in book one. Read more
Published on 25 Nov. 2012 by The Mystical World of Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read the rest of the series
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Published on 16 Oct. 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a very quick read
This book is a very quick read and it about a very young Elena and Karl it a prequel to The Witching Pens books

Karl has been beaten by his father yet again and Elena... Read more
Published on 11 Sept. 2012 by Kreative Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas
A short story prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas.

A quick read introducing you to Elena and Karl, and gives the reader an insight into an important moment of their... Read more
Published on 5 Sept. 2012 by Claire Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a great series!
I loved this short story! It's a great introduction to the whole Witching Pen series. I know it was written after The Witching Pen and The Sands of Time, but I read it before them,... Read more
Published on 7 Aug. 2012 by ClareR
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read....
I received the opportunity to read Wilted (A witching Pen novella prequel) as a FREE read on Amazon, and so glad that Author Dianna Hardy graced us with this chance. Read more
Published on 5 Aug. 2012 by Anne Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant intro
I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon during a promotion.
It is rare for me to attach to characters soon. Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by Wanda
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