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Thursday, September 13, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Hop


For this steamy occasion, I'm going to share a sultry sample of the continuing romance in my epic fantasy romance release, Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two. This is the second of a 5-part series. It is available at Amazon for only $1.29.

In this scene, Lyra and her boyfriend Cullen, a 220-year-old wizard, leave the Winter Solstice Festival held in the fantasy world that gives him his magical power. He transports them to his lakeside cabin in a different part of that world. Kenzo, his giant tiger owl assistant, hops a ride with the couple.

Cullen twirled his staff and vapor lifted around them. Hundreds of supporters surrounded them, calling out their goodbyes and cheering them. In the instant before their bodies became weightless, Kenzo sailed in, landing with a thud into Cullen’s chest.
“Sorry, Master. Couldn’t see through your magic. Hope you don’t mind. I didn’t get a chance to visit with Lyra. I won’t stay long with you, wherever we’re going. Where are we going, by-the-way?” Kenzo flapped up to the sorcerer’s shoulder and folded his wings.
Cullen chuckled. “At least you welcome Lyra by flying into her.”
Lyra laughed at their banter. “Glad you came along, Kenzo.”
In minutes the cloud dissipated to their feet. They stood at the edge of the small lake, outside Cullen’s cabin. She pointed across the icy water. “Look at that powdery blue mist hanging in the air…mostly that direction, but all around. What is it?” The haze reflected on the skim of ice across the lake, crackled like a gossamer sky.
“The thick magic in the air tonight captures the moon glow. Pretty, isn’t it?” Cullen replied.
“Yes.” Her boots crunched ice as she stepped toward Kenzo. She ruffled his neck feathers with her hand. “I’ve missed you. How have you been?”
“Working too hard on flight drills with my slave driver master.” He snapped his beak and chortled. “Glad you’re back. I hear you’re going to begin lessons. I make a good practice partner…if you need one. Noba might volunteer, but I know more magic.”
“A practice partner…good idea, but what if I hurt you by accident?”
“I know enough to sense wrong magic coming my way and am quicker than anyone at dodging. Ask Master.”
“Very true, he is.” Cullen looked over his shoulder, from where he conjured a fire.
“You’re hired then. Thank you.” She gave the owl a pat.
Suddenly, dozens of laser lights extended from a single point, looking to Lyra like a giant zinnia in shape. However, the colors captured the silver and white-gold of the moon and blue of the mist in the air.
“Wow! That’s beautiful.”
“Glad you like it,” Cullen said, rejoining her and slipping an arm around her waist.
“I don’t smell any vanilla bluet, but that looks like a lovers’ fire to me.” Kenzo extended his wings with a yawn. “I’ll sleep in my usual tree over the cabin if you need me,” he said before taking flight.
“Night,” Cullen called after him with a chuckle. He turned back to Lyra, nuzzling her ear. “It’s cold. Want to go inside?”
“Will you bring the lights?” she asked with a teasing smile.
“Of course.” He led her onto the porch of the tiny dwelling.
Inside, it looked as she remembered, although the work area was decidedly messier with reference books strewn over the downstairs sitting area.
He unpinned the brooch at her throat and let the heavy ermine-lined cloak fall to the floor. After hastily removing his own, he led them upstairs.
The same white lace and embroidered bedding looked fresh in the loft bedroom—newly conjured. His efforts made her feel warm and special. Lasers streamed in through frozen crystals that covered the large front window, casting spectacular patterns on the walls and ceiling.
She sat on the edge of the fluffy bed, goose down rising up around the sides of her full skirt. “Lovely, just like I remembered.”
Smiling, he kneeled in front of her, taking hold of one foot and then the other to pull off her fur-lined ankle boots and socks. After he set them aside, like before, he pressed his palms together and opened them to show a small blue orb, the size of a golf ball. “Caleo,” he whispered to it. His voice was rich and deep, raising hairs on Lyra’s arms. He reclosed his hands over the sphere. Once his skin glowed, he opened them and slowly massaged her ankles. After a few minutes, he moved to the upper sides of her feet and slid his fingers between each of her toes.
She dropped into the thick duvet, mesmerized by the patterns moving along the walls and the icy-hot tingling sensation of his hands over her bare skin. She moaned when his strong, warm touch passed along her insteps. The sensation crept up the curves of her calves and along her inner thighs. The magical warmth spread across the outside of her panties. Her whole body vibrated with desire.
“Maaaaster!” Kenzo screeched.
In the next instant, a loud crack sounded outside.

Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two

Lyra McCauley receives an alarming letter from the coroner who evaluated her deceased aunt, originally thought to have died of cancer. The news causes Lyra to take leave from her job and travel from sunny Tampa to the frozen island community in northern Michigan. Questioning whether Dragonspeir magic was responsible for her aunt’s death, she resolves to learn the truth and accepts the Imperial Dragon’s appointment into the Alliance sorcery training. 

Additionally, becoming proficient in magic craft is the only way she can bridge the gap between her mortal human world and her lover’s. Cullen, a 220-year-old wizard, is dependent upon his Dragonspeir magic for immortality. He is her only family now; she cannot lose him.

Evil forces block her and try to steal her inherited scribal aura. Riding a stealth dragon, a cloaked rider pursues Lyra. Both the Alliance and Dark Realm alchemists lay tricks and traps. Her aura equals that of the first and most powerful Scribe, but will Lyra’s novice training allow her to discover the truth…and find a life with Cullen? Or will the Dark Realm keep them apart?

About the series~

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications. 

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.  

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

Reviewers' comments about Heritage Avenged~

"Moore weaves a tale of love, magic and danger that draws you into the story. You want to keep reading and see what happens next for Lyra. I was honestly sad when the book ended and wanted more. I’ve decided that I need to go back and read the first one. You can pick up the second book and not be lost, but there are references back that don’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t read the first story.
The book was well written, stands alone on it’s own and is a great example of fantasy and magic for those who enjoy magic in their stories."
 ~Margaret at The Book Hoard

 “I have to admit to being a sucker for Dragon books. I love dragons and magic. I love that the animals (dragons, unicorns, owl, etc) are fully realized individual entities in this book. A romance with adventure, a quest, a unicorn, dragons, and a happy ending is just what I needed today.

Marsha Moore has created a unique, fascinating world that I would love to visit… okay maybe after all the fighting is done, but visit nonetheless. The character, human and otherwise, have individual personality trait with their own idiosyncrasy. It was fun to see them interact and develop as the story progressed.”

~Mindy at Books, Books, Books

"If you love books full of magic, adventure, and Dragons this series is for you!"
~Brandy at All the Fun Starts After Dark

 “Marsha A. Moore weaves a magical and fantastical story with plenty of action, adventure and romance.” ~Jennifer at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

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A big thank you to Laurie at Bitten by Paranormal Romance for organizing this super hop! Be sure to click on the photo at the top and visit the other bloggers to enter more great contests. 

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, and Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


Rissa said...

Thanks for being a part of the hop & for the giveaway! raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

Beckey said...

Thanks for sharing & being a part of the blog hop


Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway chance!