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About the Characters — Magick & Moonlight

Hi, readers! This Q&A was originally exclusive to Mary E Thompson’s newsletter subscribers, but now I’m spreading the word…

TITLE: Magick & Moonlight (book one of the Magick Series)

AUTHOR: Marie Lavender

GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Fantasy

PITCH: Jessie hides her magickal secret to protect herself from Ethan, the town’s new resident. But she never imagined casting a simple spell could turn out so wrong, and oh, so right.

TAGLINE

Love spells are dangerous, even more so for those who cast them…

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[**Second edition, complete with a new scene!]

Love spells are dangerous, even more so for those who cast them…

Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. Instead, he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not?

Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she must do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned.

Messing with free will is always a bad idea.

To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the effects will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?

 

AUTHOR Q&A – About the Characters

Character Name: Ethan Hamilton

  1. What is your character’s profession? And your character’s greatest strengths?

Ethan used to be a police officer back in Seattle, but he is settling into a new home in Yachats, Oregon. He’s generous, honorable, and cares about other people.

  1. What are his/her greatest weaknesses?

He’s very hard on himself, and sees his flaws first rather than noticing any accomplishments. It’s also a challenge for him to trust others, or accept help when he needs it.

  1. What are some of his/her favorite foods?

Ethan is a real foodie, and in another life, he could’ve been a famous chef. He learned how to cook from his grandmother, and has made a point to expand on his talents in the kitchen. This tends to impress the women he dates.

  1. What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

He is more forgiving than he gives himself credit for.

  1. Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Yes, I think they’ll see he’s a good man, that despite his plight, he is deserving of a decent life.

 

Character Name: Jessie Anderson

  1. What is your character’s profession? And your character’s greatest strengths?

Jessie owns a small giftshop, selling homemade candles and other New Age wares. Also as a Wiccan, she is a strong, independent soul, and finds joy in her craft.

  1. What are his/her greatest weaknesses?

She doesn’t easily trust others. She fears no one will understand her and her gifts, doesn’t even open up to her neighbors in town.

  1. What are some of his/her favorite foods?

Jessie fondly remembers the homemade foods her grandma used to make, but nowadays she doesn’t have a lot of time or energy to spend on a good meal.

  1. What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

She sees beauty in the world, in the gifts Nature has provided.

  1. Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

I think they will empathize with Jessie’s fear of someone discovering her secrets, and root for the couple’s relationship to succeed.

 

Book Purchase Links:

Universal reader link: https://books2read.com/magickmoonlight

 

Author Bio and Links:

Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 18 other books. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though Marie has standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Her Victorian maritime romance series is coming back soon, and the second editions of the trilogy will be released under her new publisher, Foundations Books. Discover more about her and her work at the following links.

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Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

 

Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read, or even which romance story in a film, that made you ‘swoon’?

As a child I’d always been swept away by the tales of Snow White, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. And romantic comedy movies were wonderful! While I was growing up, I savored the Mary Anne/Logan couple dynamics in The Baby-Sitters Club book series.

Being a writer and a bookworm at heart, however, I must be true to my passion. The first romance novel I remember being simply thrilled with was Annette Curtis Klause’s The Silver Kiss. I was browsing my library at school. I think was about twelve or thirteen. I had just finished two other reads, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (YA historical), and Say Goodnight, Gracie (YA fiction/drama).

I needed a change, something altogether different. And it worked well, since I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural.

The Silver Kiss turned my fledgling romantic’s heart on its axis. It was the first paranormal romance I ever encountered, even though the title was aimed at young adults.

Sa-wooon! The chemistry between Zoe and Simon is undeniable.

Do you remember the novel that made you rethink the whole romance genre?

I recall sneaking my mom’s Harlequin books when she wasn’t around. But the year I turned sixteen, we went on vacation to Tennessee. For the first time ever while I was on break then, we stayed in a fancy cabin and I had my own room. That evening, the writing observer in me couldn’t leave the place alone. I just had to snoop! 😉

Lo and behold, there was a somewhat worn copy of Catherine Coulter’s Devil’s Embrace, tucked into a nook. I wasn’t sure if the owners meant for an occupant to have a book to read while staying there, or if a previous tenant had left it behind. I was always a bit of a night owl, so I dove into uncharted waters. I wasn’t disappointed!

Needless to say, as the novel was a true bodice ripper in style, it blew away all my expectations for a romance story. I never knew historicals could be so hot! ♥♥♥

Coulter is at fault, setting the stage for me to read slightly dark, racier reads later on. LOL.

So…what about you? Do you recall the romance books that first compelled and inspired you?

Let’s take a poll. Your answers will probably be limited in the polls, but feel free to go into more detail in the comment thread below. Tell us your history as a romance reader! 🙂

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Which romance novel did you first read, and where were you at the time? Same goes for the second question.

Which novel caused you to rethink the whole romance genre?

I look forward to your responses! 😀

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