You know what magic trick I'd love to learn? How to make a headache disappear. One thing about my new commute is that it's wrecking havoc with my meal times. With my blood sugar issues, the end result of this is more headaches. Stupid hypoglycemic wiring. Frustrating, to say the least.
Since I can't find magic to make a headache go away, I'll open up a different book of spells, Tricks of the Trade, and let Dale Chase cast a different sort of spell.
"Manly Magic," by Dale Chase
Combining the usual Dale Chase flair for westerns with a Dodge City magic act, "Manly Magic" had a poignancy to it that was quite charming. Following a young man who hasn't experienced a great deal and who definitely broadens his horizons at the hands (and tongue, and other parts) of a stage magician, there's a sense of "growing up" to this story that comes with a healthy dose of having one's more naive illusions shattered. Still, the conclusion gave me enough of a serving of hope that I ended with a smile.
I should mention I'm currently also reading Dale's wonderful e-book collection of western erotica, Crack Shot, and loving it. I don't think I've ever read this many westerns before in my life, but they're just damned appealing in Chase's hand.