Monday, January 18, 2010

Dark Desires of the Druids I: Murder & Magick

The first in my Druids series. I began this series oh, 2 years ago or so. Its first incarnation is vastly different from the published version, but I'm much happier with this. And I absolutely adore the cover!
Murder & Magick: Bramhope, England, 1882

From The Tryst, an excerpt from Raven & Malcolm's first meeting:

Laughing, Mac shook his head. He looked down into her bright blue eyes. “Pirate is a bit of an exaggeration. I captained nothing more than a merchant ship. Boring stuff, spices and cloth.”

Raven stopped and turned to look at him. For a moment, she watched him as if she could see all his secrets. “Boring, indeed. Something tells me there’s more to it than that.” She flashed him a smile. “But I won’t pry.”

She turned back to the stream and watched the water rush by. “I must admit I’m quite envious,
Lord Preston. I’ve often longed to go beyond the shores of Britain to see for myself a greater part
of this world.”

“I won’t lie to you,” Mac said and stepped closer. “There are many adventures, many
wondrous sights to see.” He took her arm and turned her to face him. “In the end, there’s nothing as
beautiful as England. This is home.”

“Yes, home” she agreed. Raven’s gaze drifted back to the stream. “If only…”

Mac tilted her chin, forcing her to look at him. “If only what?”

Offering a small smile, she said, “If only there weren’t so many constraints.”

Surprising him with her boldness, she leaned up to kiss him. Reacting immediately, Mac pulled
her closer and deepened the kiss. Raven slipped a hand around his neck. He felt the other slide
between the buttons of his shirt. Letting his fingers drift along her shoulder, he traced her breasts
along the neckline of her dress.

As abruptly as she leaned into him, Raven pulled away. Breathing heavy, Mac watched her
compose herself.

4.5 Cherries from Whipped Cream Erotic Reviews: But there are two terrific twists thrown at you, the reader, that make this a much more compelling story than just a good murder story with sex and magick thrown in.

4.5 Nymphs from Literary Nymphs: What she does is far more than what you expect, and the outcome is not exactly what you would normally read.

4.5 Tombstones from Bitten by Books: Love and responsibility battle in this beautiful, historical tale of suspense.

4 Cups of Coffee from Coffee Time Romance: The characters are vividly drawn. and the plot is very well crafted. I loved her twist on Victorian England.

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