Today, I have the other half of Written in the Stars duo authors. :) Please help me welcome Patricia Rosemoor. Can I just add, I love the cover of Written in the Stars!
Patricia: Making Magic Work
Spotting a magazine that had fallen to the deck of her mother’s chair, Cordelia concentrated on it, willed it to move back where it belonged. A couple of pages fluttered—her or the breeze?—and Cordelia gave up. She’d been trying to make telekinesis work for her off and on all her life, but it seemed that strong emotions had to be involved or she simply couldn’t do it.
“Magic, huh?” she mused.
Magic doesn’t always work. If it did, if it was too easy, it would be far less interesting. It wouldn’t grip us and make us anxious to know how it is going to affect the story.
The blurb above is from my contemporary half of WRITTEN IN THE STARS, a reincarnation romantic suspense. My co-author Sherrill Bodine wrote the historical half. Her heroine is as clueless as mine about how to make her magic work at the beginning of the story. But finding their magic is imperative to both women.
My heroine Cordelia knows that she has an otherworldly talent—just as she has an otherworldly alarm system in a birthmark that burns at danger—but she can’t seem to call up telekinesis at will. And sometimes it surprises her.
He reached for her, but instinct made her whip his hand away using nothing more than her anger and her mind. His whole arm flew back hard, twisting his body, and her heart thundered in response.
“What the hell, Cordy?”
Using magic of any kind in a novel means setting it up early in the story, and carrying through, showing progression until you get to the big moment when you pull out all the guns, so to speak. Allowing the character to use that magic in a big, important way. I love it when a heroine or hero doesn’t know the extent of her or his power, but must discover it through the story.
As a reader, what is your favorite use of magic in a story?
Blurb: “A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.
A love so deep that it can last through centuries?
In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, but finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.
Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim, but which man is her enemy, which her soul’s mate? Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers…in time to save her true love?
Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love.
Excerpt: "He leaned into her so close his breath laved her face. “How about I make you an honest offer—a partnership.”
She stuck her right hand against his chest and backed off. “I don’t think so. You and I have very different goals.”
“I thought we both wanted to find the motherlode of The Celestine.”
“I’m a marine archeologist and—”
He captured her hand before she could remove it. “And I’m a pirate?”
“I didn’t say that, but you are looking for treasure, while I am looking for artifacts.”
“Not that I see the difference, but how about I offer you this.” From his pocket, he pulled a diamond-studded gold chain from which hung a crescent moon set with sapphires.
Cordelia’s eyes widened.
“Exactly.” He took her right hand from where he’d trapped it and placed the artifact in her palm.
The touch of metal and jewels to her ring electrified Cordelia. Startled, she gasped at the power but wrapped her fingers around the jeweled moon so she wouldn’t drop it. Her heart beating too fast, she took a closer look and recognized its age. This was no modern copy of something old.
Fearing he’d found this on his earlier dive, would somehow beat her to the motherlode, she panicked. “All right, partners, then, but we need to work out details—”
Before she could finish, he curled his fingers over her hand with the crescent and kissed her.
Her wrist burned.
Her ring tightened.
Her head went light.
The chain trapped between their hands connected them like a live wire, kept them from pulling apart. The current spread to every pore of her body, to her head, to her toes, to her feminine center.
She had never felt so alive, so sure of herself.
Until the kiss ended."
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Author Bio: With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
SKIN is her first original indie thriller. With 53 Harlequin Intrigues since 1985, she is now writing romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing.
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