Aura of Magic by Patricia Rice

aura of magic imageAura of Magic is the newest release by the marvelous magic spinner Patricia Rice and continues the Malcolm-Ives family tales.  It is finally Uncle Pascoe’s turn at Ms. Rice’s enchanting imagination into the world of melding magic and science that ends in a burst of applause!

Uncle Aaron Pascoe-Ives, the youngest illegitimate son of the late Marquess who was raised with his nephews due to their close ages, has worked for the king in hopes of achieving his own Knighthood.  He prefers to be recognized as Pascoe, often dropping the Ives to remain separated from the family. Pascoe is a covert spy who easily blends in to learn secrets that will aid his king.  It is on one of these missions that Pascoe must either fight to continue with his carefully planned future goals or decide if it is time to change them.

Lily, Pascoe’s wife has passed away leaving him with two adorable but precocious toddlers that has him frustrated.  Nannies come and go with no one able to control them.  Just as the king gives him his newest assignment investigating trouble brewing in the north, the latest nannie leaves in tears.  Pascoe now must take his toddlers with him and hope they can stay with his family.

Edward and Emma are Pascoe’s children.  They have not spoken to anyone but seem to communicate with each other and the spirit of Lily who hovers over them in protection and guidance.  Lily tells Edward and Emma they must go with their father to meet their new Momma.  When Pascoe learns of this I don’t know if he is more shocked that his children have spoken or that they are saying such far-fetched things such as getting a new Momma!

Bridey has lived as a Countess since marrying her husband at the age of 16.  She has given her heart to helping the women and children of her area to survive the harshness their lives face.  Betrayed by those she sought to help, Bridey has hardened herself to the point she has gained the nickname of “the Ice Queen”.  With her plans to start a school to teach women about their own care as well as that of their children, Bridey refuses to give into her own heart.  With her Malcolm family gifts and her own dreams, Bridey moves forward to make her plans a reality.  But Bridey never counted on meeting two beautiful toddlers, the most handsome man ever, a thief or a host of spirits waiting to make her change her mind.

I truly believe this is my favorite of the newest generation of Malcolm-Ives descendants.  I love the solid strength of reality that Pascoe possess along with the denial of his Malcolm gifts from Lady Ninian Malcolm.  What he considers ordinary and not worth a second thought are in fact gifts set in magic!  I also enjoyed how the story was written with two characters so strong in their convictions to obtain their personal goals that they lost track of using compromise to fit in more than just the narrow tunnel vision they possessed in making their goals a reality.  With a little help from magic, will Pascoe and Bridey finally see what is right in front of them?

One comment made in the story was of a library regarding the Ives men and their progeny as the women have for the special gifts associated with the Malcolm women.  I would really like to see this happen in a future book of Ms. Rice’s.  I think it would be an interesting storyline for someone to hunt down the past and record it for the future of the Ives men.

Next in line for release is the title, “Chemistry of Magic”.  Of course, the except included in “Aura of Magic” shows another wonderful story to read.

Shadow of the Storm by Connlyn Cossette

 

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Last year I read a new author of Christian Fiction and she totally amazed me.  Her story came alive from word to word on every page and more importantly her story made me stop and look inward to answer some hard questions about my personal relationship with God.  I can’t tell you how often pieces of that story came to me even months after I read it.  I couldn’t wait for the next book in her series to come out.  I knew what I expected from this author by this point and she didn’t disappoint.

Connilyn Cossette has published book two in the Out of Egypt Series, Shadow of the Storm.   This series is based upon the Exodus that God’s people experienced when they left Egypt and the slavery they were forced to endure at the hands of their Egyptian masters.  The characters that soon became loved and cherished in book one, Counted Among the Stars, are seen again as their lives continue to unravel from the old and become new with God’s help.  Counted Among the Stars was focused on the life of a young Egyptian girl, Kiya, who went from a pampered life to one of slavery alongside the Hebrews.  She was befriended by another slave, a Hebrew girl and through their friendship God was introduced to her. The story for book one, was central to her but we were introduced to Shira whose story is told in Shadow of the Storm.

Shira’s character is a young woman with a beautiful soul and heart for God.  She is kind, compassionate and giving to those she loves.  Connilyn Cossette brings us a young woman who is shown a life she wants as a midwife but Shira must consider her family and the livelihood that she is expected to follow.  Can she go against her Mother’s wishes? But her heart has been captured and with it a way to embrace even a part of the life she never thought she would have after an act of cruelty left her with little choice

Being a midwife isn’t the only dream Shira comes to hope for.  Shira comes to know her brother’s friend, Ayal.  A man, she believes to be honorable and caring.  She begins to trust him and hope for a future for the two of them only to have that come crashing down.   When events cause Shira to face some truths about Ayal it also forces her to face some decisions on what she wants.

Through the storms that invade her life, Shira must learn to trust in the Lord and understand that whatever may come, God will remain with her.  One of my favorite passages in the story that reflects the title and what life brings us:

“We have to endure the storms, dear one so we know how deep our roots go.  So we can appreciate the depths of our strength and the freshness of the gentle breezes afterward”

If you enjoy reading fictional stories that bring the Bible to life, this is an author you want to read.  Her characters are so real and their lives so completely dimensional that you are transfixed from beginning to end.  This is truly a wonderful and captivating story!

Someone Like You Victoria Bylin

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I received this book from the publisher to review and I chose it because I had never read this author before.  I found this to be a light Christian romance that was easy to read and enjoy. 

The premise of the story is of two characters who first met while doing internships in college.  There was actually a triangle of relationships during this internship involving the two main characters and one important side character.  A few years later, our characters come full circle.

During college, Zeke Monroe worked at a refuge house because being a strong Christian he wanted to help others.  It was there that he met Julia Dare and Hunter Adams.  Neither Julia nor Hunter were Christians but Zeke had hoped to teach them of God’s love through their interactions.  Zeke fell in love with Julia and soon their relationship took on a level that didn’t mesh with his beliefs.  Not long after they parted and their lives changed.

Now as a general manager of a resort, Zeke is at odds with his Christian life.  He has lost his parents and no longer knows what to do.  He exists.  When the opportunity arises for him to come face to face with the one woman he gave his heart to and who hurt him, he finds himself realizing he still loves her even after all they had been through.  When he hears that Julia is now a Christian his emotions are turned around so he doesn’t know how to handle that news when his own spiritual life is bitterly in pieces.

With the resort’s future on the line, Zeke and Julia worked together to create the best wedding in 30 days to impress one of the owners to keep the resort open.  As they work alongside of each other, Zeke is tested with his lack Christianity and Julia’s newly discovered acceptance in God.  Julia is a Christian but she hasn’t always been and because of that she has made mistakes which has led to her carrying around a secret that she knows will hurt Zeke so she is scared to tell him.

Secrets will always come out whether by our own admittance or by another source.  Julia shares her secret with Zeke because that secret will be walking in the door of the resort and possibly ruin all the work they have done.  Zeke must face the past and decide if his love of Julia is enough to forgive and move forward.

This is a beautiful story of losing your way and finding it again through redemption, forgiveness and love.  Sometimes those who are the teachers will need to be the student in order to remember; which is where Zeke finds himself.

A wonderful developed story involving strong main characters struggling to find themselves with the help of some amazing secondary characters. 

The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake by Elizabeth Lennox

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I have been waiting to write this review since the release date, but unfortunately I had some computer issues.  I never knew how dependent I was on my computer until I lost the use of the letter “r”.  It was funny to watch me try different ways of getting around that one letter such as reworking an entire sentence to not use a single “r” or as one friend suggested…cutting and pasting.  I was willing to try everything until I could get my laptop fixed!  Finally, as I still wait for that to happen, I broke down and bought myself a notebook.  I feel so much better having my ability to write back in my hands.  My checking account may be a little less in numbers but I am less anxious. 

Elizabeth Lennox has released the first of her new series for the Bold Alaskan Men….The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake.  I enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to more.  One of the reasons I liked it is that although I really enjoy reading Ms. Lennox’s sheik romances, it is nice to see the stories take on a new location and the wilds of Alaska I believe is an amazing choice for relocation.  She still has her focus of several characters that create her bonded group and each will have his own story in the series.  The men are childhood friends that came from very humble beginnings and clawed their way to success.  Each of the characters are definitely strong, intelligent alphas that lead the industry of their choosing and leave their competitors quaking.  But when they are no longer in the board room or office, they have each other to lean on, to trust and to protect as brothers. 

In the first book, The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, Ms. Lennox brings us Creek and Violet who are a wonderful match!  Creek is very much wrapped up in his business and never looks at women as a possible permanent situation, but one of need and convenience.  Until he meets Violet and finds that no matter what he can’t stay away.  Everything about Violet holds his attention.  Violet is no different than Creek with this attraction that sizzles between them.  She thinks he is the most delicious thing she has seen, but unfortunately Violet has self-esteem issues and doesn’t believe Creek would be interested in her. 

Violet and Creek begin their relationship but they unknowingly fall victim to another’s manipulations and greed.  Violet’s step-father is a shallow, untrustworthy jerk that she feels sorry for so she lets him stick around.  But when opportunity knocks with Creek’s arrival, dear step-daddy makes his move.  He tells Creek that Violet is a prostitute with special skills which will cost him $5000 a night.  Creek is easily fooled because his past has left him jaded and believes the worst and he makes his mistake…he pays it.  Violet has fallen in love with Creek which makes finding out that he paid for her devastating.  Her hurt and the betrayal leads her to walk away from Creek.

When Creek spirals into depression, we get our taste of the bond the men share as they step forward to help him.  But it is surprising who they stand up for and who they are willing to defend.  Can they make Creek and Violet understand they love each other enough to forgive the duplicity that tore them apart?

I love the alpha males that believe they can conquer all and keep emotions and relationships out of the equation.  Better yet, is the one woman who is the key to unlocking those barriers and polishing those buried hearts of gold.

 

Book 2, The Billionaire’s Challenging Beauty is releasing August 12 and will be the story of Saeger and Tyla and from what I have read of the previews this is going to be a great book with Tyla’s spunkiness.  You can pre-order a copy today and enjoy it right away on the 12th like I am doing.  I usually can’t wait to get up and find my book already there and begin reading.

 

You asked Elizabeth Lennox and she answers!

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When I first approached Elizabeth Lennox  and asked if she would be willing to answers questions submitted for her she didn’t hesitate to say yes.  She said it sounded like fun and was an open book.  Her enthusiasm and gung-ho attitude told me she had an adventurous soul just as many of her female characters are written.  I also found Ms. Lennox has a wicked sense of humor!  I had so much fun getting to know Ms. Lennox through our emails and can truly say she is a wonderful, funny, helpful and very kind person.

Thank you Elizabeth Lennox for taking the time to answers the great questions that were submitted.

These are the questions submitted and Elizabeth’s answers.  I hope you enjoy them!

Wynde

Let me start off by saying I love your books! Especially your sheik books. Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question. I have two. 1. When will your next sheik book be out? 2. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned to date about writing?

  • My next sheik book will be part of the Montana Men series.  I know – where’s the connection with Montana and tall, dark, arrogant sheiks, right?  Well, Droon had to run away from his homeland – his aunts were trying to kill him so that their children could take over the country.  Droon ran away and discovered Samantha and Charlie DeBron’s ranch (Samantha and Charlie’s romance will be a free novella coming out in October).  Eventually, he must leave Montana and go back to reclaim his throne.  His story will be told in the series along with Vince, Joe, Halley and Fleur.
  • The most important lesson? Goodness, I don’t know about THE most important lesson.  There are so many things I’ve learned and some of the lessons have been hard to take.  I think the most important lesson was to avoid reading any reviews until I’ve finished (or at least started) writing another story.  I’ve received many good reviews (thank you!) but the negative reviews really get to me.  Sometimes they are pretty harsh and I could have become discouraged by some of them.   So I tell all new writers to avoid reading reviews until they are at least halfway through their next story.  Always keep writing – no matter what people say.

 

Carrie Marie 

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing would definitely be the editing process.  Most people don’t realize that writing the story is only about twenty-five percent of the effort.  The next several weeks or months will be editing, polishing, re-editing, tweaking your story.  You’re never really “done” with a book.  There’s always another edit that can be done.

What is the easiest?  The beginnings!  Goodness, those beginnings are fun to write and just fly out of my fingers.  I love writing the beginnings – all the sexual tension, the intense awareness, the instant lust…it is so much fun!!

Shellie

How do you come up with all of your ideas for stories?

I get asked this question a lot.  In fact, it is always the second question people ask me.  And the answer is – I don’t know.  I always have a story in my mind.  It might not be a viable plot.  I might start it and realize it is stupid or unworkable.  But yes, I always have a story ready to go.  I can sit in a coffee shop, stare at the other customers and come up with a story about them.  Driving down the street?  Music on?  Story pops into my mind.  Love it!!

 

Ruth

Have you ever written a story that we haven’t read? Are there any that you have written that you don’t like?

Goodness yes!!  LOL – I have dozens, maybe even hundreds of stories that didn’t work out.  Or stories that I started and abandoned because a better idea came along and I just forgot about the previous one.  It is crazy – but yeah.  Lots and lots of stories.

And then there are the stories which I know are horrible.  The Montana Men was going to be a six book series – six siblings, six stories (plus the parents).  But Rico’s story just didn’t flow properly.  I’ve started writing his story about seven times, one of which is about thirty thousand words.  It isn’t good enough.  I will come back to it in a few months or years and work on it again – because I like the premise for the story – I just couldn’t make it work correctly.

My sister is an English professor and she said that’s one of the hardest lessons a writer has to learn – just let go of something that isn’t working.  Sometimes that means deleting thousands of words.  Yes, that is heartbreaking, but it has to happen.

I won’t release a story that isn’t good.  If I don’t like it, you ladies won’t see it.

Liz 

Have you ever written any other genre besides Contemporary Romance? If not, would you want to? What genre would it be?

I have written some erotica and I have plans to write a romantic series with magical elements to it.  I don’t know when that will work itself out in my brain, but yes.  More is coming.  I also have some ideas about a series for young adults, telling the stories of pre-teens or teenagers, dealing with some of the issues they are facing.  Again, I don’t know how that will work itself out, but that is another possibility.

I’d also like to challenge myself to write romantic mysteries but contemporary romance is still my favorite.

Wynde B

Do you have a favorite time of the year to write? If so, why?

Interesting question – I’ve never thought about that.  But now that you’ve brought it up, the fall.  If you have ever been to Washington, D.C. in the summer, you know that the heat and humidity here is oppressive!  It bogs one down like a thick, wet blanket (filled with mosquitoes!).  So summers are hard for me – I struggle to write, to meet my deadlines.

But when September rolls around this area, the humidity lessons, the heat seems to cool down and the world is a different place.  I seem to com back to life in the fall.  My mind is freed up, my body feels better and the stories just fly through my mind.  I can sit outside (as long as the spiders stay away) and enjoy the sunshine while I write and life is good!

Sally

I love the way you always create your heroines with a strong sense of self. Even if they have…issues. What is your motivation behind this? IF there is one

LOL – I think that we all have “…issues”.  I definitely do!  Just ask my husband or family!

But all the women in my stories – and the men – have issues that they need to resolve in order to make way for love.  The women are all strong, all have good careers and challenge the world.  Or at least, that’s my intent.  Why?  Because women are strong.  Women all have issues, but we step up and get done what needs to get done.  Period.  We don’t mess around, we don’t wait for someone else to fix our problems.  We just…get it done – whatever “it” is.

My books reflect the power that all of us have inside of us.  Yeah, we might not like the issues we have to deal with.  And there are many times my characters just want to grab a bag of chips and sit on the couch to avoid the world.  Don’t we all?

But in the end, they face up to their issues and get them resolved.  So do you, right?

Miranda

I can’t wait for your Bold Alaskan Men Series. Have you ever been to Alaska? Is this what motivated this series?

Yes!  I went to Alaska twice – in 2015 and 2014.  I loved that state!  It was incredible!  So the whole series is based off of both those visits.  The oceans, the whales, the crazy things that Alaskans do – like bore tide surfing, skiing down impossible mountain sides, living in a world that goes dark for all but a couple of hours during the winter…!  (Apparently, it is harder to get used to the endless light in the summer months – who knew?!)

Loved Alaska!  And in addition – my family and I flew into Seattle in order to get to Alaska – so there’s a series based in that city as well!  Oh – I love the northwest area!  So completely different from Washington, D.C.!  And cooler!  (except when I’m there – I tend to bring heat wherever I go!)

Katelyn

What books are YOU reading right now?

I just finished Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (and got a great idea for a plot out of that book!) and Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” – there will be a funny story about this one in a book too!  Over 4th of July weekend, I read Janet Evanovich’s “The Job” (great series, by the way) and I was honored to read (ahead of the release) Liz Scott’s “You Promised Me Forever” – awesome story!

Skye

Which writers inspire you? How?

This is going to sound crazy, but good and bad writers inspire me.

When I write a good story, I want to do it better.  I want to twist the plot around so it is more interesting or write better dialogue, better emotional connections.  I love good stories from fabulous authors because they challenge me, inspire me to write better, to set my standards higher.

But I also love bad stories because the writer might have an awesome plot, but she or he might completely fail to live up to the idea.  I want to do the idea better, to make the plot more complicated or more emotionally compelling.  I want to make the characters more real.

So good or bad, I’ll use that to emphasize my strengths or challenge my weaknesses.  I love a writer with good words or with a twist that really grabs me.

And readers – believe it or not – readers inspire me!  When I read the reviews from you ladies, that creates a lot of pressure to do it again, to write better, to replicate a good story.  I never take my readers for granted.  I know how easy it is for romance readers to find a new favorite.  I currently have 4.5 star ratings on almost all of my books and that’s a huge amount of pressure to maintain!  I won’t release any book I don’t think is good enough because I don’t want to lose that average rating.  It is incredibly important to me that my readers like the stories I put out there.

Barbara

Who does your sexy covers!

I do!  I search around for photos on the various photography sites until I find just the right picture.  Sometimes I’m sitting on my bed with my husband reading next to me, flipping through all of the buff guys and my husband just grunts occasionally.  He’s a sweet guy – and endures all of it!

 

Thank you all for taking part in this blog spot with Elizabeth Lennox.  Remember, her newest book of charming alphas and amazing women has just released today.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, book 1 in the Bold Alaskan Men Series.

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Release Day- Eliabeth Lennox’s The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake

Available today!
Bold, Alaskan Men, Book #1

The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake

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Violet knew exactly what she wanted in life and went after it. She had built up her craft store from a hole in the wall to a thriving Internet success, she had friends and a warm home in a beautiful state. And when she was attending a bachelorette party, she thought she’d found the most exciting man with whom she could share her life.

Creek Jones had moved away from the mainland and bought himself a mountain. He could run his business empire from afar, away from the negative aspects of the world. With pristine air and beautiful landscapes, he thought he’d had it all.

Until an adorable brunette walked behind his bar in tight jeans and a fluffy sweater. He was knocked out. Violet Jenkins thought he was a bartender, had no idea that he was wealthy. All she wanted was him.
And he wanted her.

Until Violet’s stepfather explained that Violet’s “services” came with a price.
In the end, his morals wouldn’t allow him to pay for sex. And when Violet discovered that he had been, she was livid. Hurt. Disgusted.

All the precious, warm feelings were broken with his words.

Could Creek figure out how to get her back from such a heinous error?

As promised….Elizabeth Lennox shares with us!

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Elizabeth Lennox  has graciously given us a sneak peak into her writing and what she has in store for us. Please enjoy her post to us below.  Don’t forget to post your questions by Tuesday, July 12, 2016 so that I can submit them for Elizabeth to answer!

Thanks Elizabeth for being such a great sport in working with me on this project!  It has been a great pleasure.

Elizabeth writes:

 

About Elizabeth Lennox:

 

When I meet new people and they find out that I am a writer, there are always two questions people ask me.  First – and this is mostly my fault – they ask me what I write.  Generally, upon first meeting someone, I simply say that I’m a writer, assuming that no one could possibly want to know anything more.  But they always ask me what I write.  When I explain that I’m a romance writer, inevitably, their next question is, “Where do you get the ideas for all of your stories?”

Ladies, this always stumps me.  I’m never quite sure how to respond because…well, there generally is ALWAYS a story floating around in my mind.  It might not be a good story – or a plot that I could twist into a full novel, but there really is a story in my mind at every moment of my life.  I can’t even say, “waking moment” of my life because I dream plots, I think, breathe, eat plots to romance stories.

It took me a long time to realize that others didn’t have the same “problem”.  I literally cannot turn it off, nor would I ever want to.  My mind lives in a persistent state of romance plot development.  So if I ever venture out into the real world – and yes, I’m considering attending the reader conventions – your first and second questions are already answered.

Other things about me – and I had to ask my good friend and fellow author Liz Scott for ideas about myself – I love potato chips, pizza, cold beer (sorry, I’m not sophisticated enough to drink wine), chocolate (a friend just brought me back chocolates from Paris – best so far!!) and just about anything with cheese.  If you’ve read any of my stories, you know that I absolutely hate broccoli – well, and most vegetables.  There’s actually a hilarious (if I may say so myself) scene in an upcoming story in which I use broccoli as a weapon!  (Steele Brothers Series – Teague and Gabby coming either this fall or next winter).

My latest bucket list goal is to learn French and, with the help of a fabulous reader who teaches English in France (thanks Lucy!), I’m slowly venturing towards that goal – although it is a slow process.

So what’s coming up in the world of Elizabeth Lennox books?  The Bold, Alaskan Men series starts this month in July with Creek and Violet’s story.  This series is more along the lines of The Thorpe Brothers that came out a while ago.  The four men, Creek, Tucker, Knox and Saeger have known each other for a long time – and don’t let each other get away with anything.  They are dare devils that will try just about any sport in their spare time – but their real love is running their business empires – but from a distance.

After that…well, I haven’t decided on what will come after this series.  I have two series that are almost finished.  One is The Steele Brothers – four brothers who run a massive construction firm in Seattle, WA.  Another is The Montana Men – Five siblings (six if you include the free novella that tells the story of the parents) and their stories.  Oh – and there’s also Lila and Kara’s story.  I wrote these two stories last year but I haven’t released them yet.  They are so funny and smokin’ hot – and I’ve been afraid to release them because you ladies will read them and love them so much, but then be disappointed when you read my normal writing style – which is still sexy and hot and filled with alpha male arrogance (and the ladies who tame all those men) – but I just don’t want anyone to be disappointed.  But those stories are coming out soon – love of pancakes and muffins is a big part of these stories.

So I have eleven stories that are “in the works” and four of them completely finished and on the platforms, ready for pre-orders.

As I work through the editing process on all of them, I have about five more stories in my head, floating around, trying to be written.  One of the men MUST be Russian – I’ve promised a reader (Ruth!) since she’s been begging me for another handsome, hot and merciless Russian. Also, Leslie North and I did a collaboration project that came out in June (The Sheik’s Desires) and the two of us might connect again and do another one.  Everyone seemed to have loved that effort – so that is another possibility.  Oh – and Ms. Scott and I have tossed around the idea of doing a combined book project too!  That should be fun!

I live outside of Washington, D.C. in Virginia with my wonderful husband of almost twenty years, two fabulous kids and a cat that thinks she must have attention at all times.

Now that you know more about me, please feel free to ask me questions.  Melissa is going to combine them all and send them to me and I’ll answer any and all.  Just shoot them to her!

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Releasing Friday, July 15, 2016

 

The Bold Alaskan Men

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