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Quill Me Now

(The ABCs of Spellcraft #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,037 ratings  ·  192 reviews
What if the words you wrote came true?

Spellcraft isn’t exactly a respectable business, but it does pay the bills. At least, it should. Unfortunately, Dixon Penn failed his Spellcraft initiation. Instead of working in his family’s shop, he’s stuck delivering takeout orders in his uncle’s beat-up Buick.

Winning a Valentine’s Day contest at the largest greeting card company i

ebook, Electronic Version 1.2, 82 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Smashwords (first published February 1st 2019)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I really like Jordan Castillo Price, and I've read a ton of her stuff, so I was expecting greatness from Quill Me Now. I didn't quite get that.

Quill Me Now had a great concept and a lot of ideas, but I can't fathom why JCP felt the need to cram it all in just 82 pages. I mean, why?? It felt very rushed.

I was so intrigued by her magical concepts. I mean, the calligraphy and mages concept really hooked me, and I felt some great chemistry between the MCs. However, none of the ideas got enough page
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, f-r-e-e
This was a little quirky and a lotta fun.
Merely just the beginning but I'll admit, your mission was certainly have my attention JCP!
I found myself easily drawn into their magical world and can't wait to see what trouble they get into next. Thanks for the freebie!

*3.5 I'm-yours stars*
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

I’m just gonna repeat what everyone else has basically said.

For sure this is one of the more unique setups for a magical world and its rules on how said magic works and is created.

This novella started off quite slow but definitely picked up speed. To really tell too much more would most likely ruin the reveals to come.

I’m admittedly intrigued, as this was oh so clever which coming form JSP shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. There’s a greater story arc unfolding with plenty more exp
While the writing was good (it’s JCP, what else is new?) and I liked the characters and the plot, I would have liked this better as a full-length novel than as a short story, for two main reasons:

a) it took me some time to fully grasp how magic worked in the story’s world and, when I finally did, the book was practically over, leaving me very little plot to enjoy;

b) the relationship between Dixon and Yuri would have been great, if it had had the proper time to develop. As it was, it came very cl
Shin Mon Thway
I wish this is a novel instead of a novella because it has such an interesting plot and an intricate world building. ❤️ That being said, I’d admit that it was difficult to follow what’s what in the beginning. I mean I felt like I was thrown into some magical world without any proper knowledge. But once I got the hang of it, I loved it. 😌 Dixon and Yuri are an adorable pair and spellcrafting stuff really intrigued me. I would have loved to see an epilogue but I’m happy with how everything turned ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With the title and cover being so cute, I was afraid this might be too saccharine, but since I've really enjoyed a number of Price's book's and they were certainly not cutesy I went ahead and got it. It is short but definitely less fluffy than it sounds. The magical system is interesting and I liked Dixon and his cousin Sabina am looking forward meeting the rest of the family (where were they throughout this story, anyway? Why are the two youngest the only ones who seem to be trying to make ends ...more
Len Evans Jr
This Valentine's short piece had amazing world-building throughout the story. The author also did an exceptional job of creating two main characters that I fell for rather quickly. An Awesome Valentine Short! ...more
I honestly don't think there is anything I won't read if JCP writes it. Fun, sweet, sexy and a great springboard for this new magical 'verse of stories.

DEFINITELY going to put the next one on the TBR.
2.5 stars

It should be a nice read -- but I read this scrunching my head because I didn't really grasp the scrivener and the seer and how the magic worked. It was all confusing for me, and I didn't at all enjoy the reading experience, despite liking Dixon as a character *shrugs*
This hit the spot :)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything about this story . . . other than the fact that it could have been 300 pages longer. JCP is the queen of "always leave them wanting more." ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting start to this series. Lots of world building and getting to know Dixon and Yuri. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes! ...more
Joyfully Jay
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Quill Me Now is part of the four-book Bad Valentine collection, a set of standalone stories by different authors that are all built around the same opening line (for more details on the collection, check out this post). What really sold this story for me is the creative world building. I loved the idea of magic as a two-part process between the Scrivener who writes the words and the Seer who draws the accompanying image. In this world, magic is a wily thing and t
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, shorts, 2019
*arc given freely with the request for a posted review*

4 stars.

I liked this, but I didn't love it? The world and the magic is really cool. The romance was secondary to everything which I wasn't expecting in a Valentine's story. I loved both the characters and the outcome for the villain 😂 and I look forward to seeing how the story and their relationship grows. I hope we get to see more about Dixon's family too. JCP's world building, as always, is superb.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
I really enjoyed this.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
8/6/19 - free on Kindle
Neil Plakcy
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Price book, but it won't be my last. I loved the world-building of this story and the romance was sexy. The secondary hero wasn't fully developed, because this is a short and from the first person of the other guy, and apparently the start of a series. I will definitely look forward to it and getting to know more about spellcrafting. ...more
3.5 stars

I liked this but didn't love it. The world is super cool. I didn't really feel any connection between the MC's. It says at the back of the books there will be another story about these two. I'll definitely read that.
Ulysses Dietz
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quill Me Now (Bad Valentine)
Jordan Castillo Price
JCPbooks, 2019
Five stars

This novella has the distinction of being the part of a small series called Bad Valentine created by several different authors; AND being the first in Jordan Castillo Price’s Spellcrafting series. I’d been resisting reading it because novellas move too fast for me, but when I saw the THIRD of the Spellcrafting series announced, I bought the second and pre-ordered the third. Three novellas make a nice big book. And that’s ho
Lillian Francis
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. It was in parts creepy, funny and cute (as much as JCP does cute). It's also just the beginning for Dixon and Yuri (autocorrect keeps changing this to Tutu!), because more books are coming. ...more
Pete W
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of JCP's work that I could read (even if only just). For me, I find some of her works... really dry and I couldn't get into them. This one felt like I was traipsing around the middle depth of the pool. Not entirely in and not entirely out. Regardless, this is an entertaining read.

Despite my own issues, JCP always write quality works, this one is no exception. She managed to weave in the jargon pretty smoothly but from the perspective of people who were using them. By the end of the b
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
I liked both Dixon and Yuri as characters but there were too many things that just didn't work for me. It took me a long time to understand how the magic in this universe worked and by the time I did the book was over. Also why were the two youngest in the family trying so hard to make ends meet - had their family abandoned them and if so why? This was also a big time case of instant love - they knew each other for 2 days at most and although they never said the I love you's it was definitely im ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a completely magically story! I loved the world-building and the mystery of the Spellcrafting and how magic works in this world. My only complaint? I would have LOVED 300 pages of Yuri and Dixon's meeting and romance!! I am so glad this is a series and that I can jump right into the next book and read more about them and this world because it is fascinating and FUN!!!!!! ...more
Jenn (not Lily)
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing new world from JCP! I'm so glad that there's more to come about Dixon and Yuri! ...more
Victoria Loves Books
Not my favorite JCP story, but enjoyable none the less. By the time I was fully invested in this world of magic, it was over. I do hope we see more of these two.
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

This was light and fluffy and cute! Nothing too deep, just an enjoyable story with some fun ridiculousness and a quick romance. Something that isn't meant to be taken too seriously. (I've come to realize, having read a few more books in the series already, that these are kind of like a sitcom with their exaggerated, humorous situations. Also, while I'm using this paranthetical to talk about the series in general, there are mentions of sex, but nothing I'd really call explicit sce
Melissa Brus
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quill Me Now: A Bad Valentine Story
This book is part of a group of stories where the start is “Nothing good ever came of a Valentine.”

I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.

Imagine being part of a talented family. Imagine being the hope for the future of that family. Now imagine failing, publicly, epically. For Dixon Penn, this is his reality. From a family of magic spellcasters, Dixon has failed his test to join their ranks. He is now a meal delivery guy who
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This was fun and quirky. Although short, there is a lot of imagination and creativity put into the book. I am definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the Midwest, from inner city Chicago, to various cities across southern Wisconsin. She’s settled in a 1910 Cape Cod near Lake Michigan with tons of character and a plethora of bizarre spiders. Any disembodied noises, she’s decided, will be blamed on the ice maker.

Jordan is best known as the author of

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