Add a handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together...
From Beltane Magic
willing to spend their lives alone and safe; until they’re touched by Beltane
survive their pasts to be together as they struggle to find a killer before the
wheel turns again?
Leena is a woman that is gentle in everything, her
personality and moods. She always feels maternal with her closest friends and
would go out of their way to look after any one of them. Her ability of
controlling the elements and knowledge of plants make her magic abilities
strong and unbreakable. She is a leader
at work and in life, always working hard to keep those around her close, but never
allowing anyone to get too close.
To the outside world she is just Leena Duncan, a quiet woman who works a normal job and lived a
A few times a year she can openly use her magical gifts
at celebrations within a small community of people she calls friends.
Having lived through the horrors that can come from the
hands of someone you thought loved you; she decided never loving again would
prevent more emotional scarring.
It takes one man at a rainy Beltane celebration to change
everything she is comfortable with and one killer to change her safe world.
Owen is a man that reflects humor and cavalier vibrations
to others, he is gentle and caring as is his ability to draw negative and heal
others. If you didn’t know him, you would never realize he came from
violence. Knowing how the real world can
be, he has vowed to never put himself into the position, or allow anyone else
that could open up the world he has carefully sealed shut forever.
He creates worlds and puts them on
paper to entertain others. After years
of using his imagination he finds out his friends can do things he thought only
his mind created.
For his entire adult life Owen Grey has always played it safe and kept to his own world of
writing, never getting too close to anyone.
Having lived a nightmare growing up he would never take
the chance of repeating history. He may
write about happily-ever-after, but knows it is pure fantasy and doesn’t exist.
Until her . . .
Author's favorite excerpt:
The eight stood
in a circle around the small fire pit. Outside the shelter, the rain poured so
hard it was like a steady, deafening sound. Cora stepped closer to the fire and
stared into it. She glanced up and nodded to Leena. Taking Dade’s hand, she
whispered, “Let’s hope some ancestors are available tonight.”
Dade lifted her hand and kissed it before
he let go. “I’ll make sure they are.” He picked up the shaker sitting in front
of him and gently began to shake it from side to side. His lips moved in a
silent chant, and he closed his eyes.
Owen watched as Leena and Steven both
turned their backs to the circle and faced the pouring rain. Raising their
hands, they lowered their heads in concentration. If he hadn’t seen it with his
own eyes, he’d never have believed someone telling him.
As their heads
came up, the wind seemed to continuously circle the shelter and block out the
pouring rain. He could no longer see or hear the heavy downpour.
Not knowing what
to expect next, he looked back at the others. Chris, Kasey, and Rachel were
standing with their hands clasped and staring into the fire as the flames rose
higher. The flames were almost white now, and he blinked to make sure it wasn’t
just his eyes.
with the rattle became faster and louder as he moved to stand beside Cora. Her
head was thrown back and her eyes closed, and she seemed to be shaking with the
rhythm of the rattle. Her eyes flew open, and she stopped shaking to look into
the fire. He could see the sweat beading down her face, and her hands trembled.
The look on her face told him she was afraid, but she said nothing. She reached
empty hands toward the fire, and the flames flew higher. Not knowing what else
to do, Owen went to stand behind her in case he was needed at some point.
She stepped back and cried out in fear. He
caught up her shoulders and held her tight as Dade instructed him to do.
Glancing over her shoulder and into the fire he saw, he wasn’t sure what,
images but they blurred together and he couldn’t understand them.
Cora cried out
again and sagged back against him. He caught her tight against his waist and
held her to his chest. His own chest began to burn. He didn’t know what was
going on, but he felt compelled to stop it. “Stop now!” He said roughly.
What they're saying about the book:
What a wonderfully magical story! Stories with witches and magical realism are my absolute favorites! Add to that a wonderful touch of romance and some mystery/suspense and I am sold...
~Melissa's Eclectic Book shelf~
Ms. Paige is one of my favorite new-to-me authors. She combines just the right amount of beautiful storytelling, suspense, and heat. And of course the ending leaves you waiting for the next book. Thankfully I have it so I am not waiting impatiently for it to arrive.
These are books you just have to read.
~Books, Book and more books~
Like the other books that I have read by Paige, Beltane Magic was just as hard to put down. The character's she creates in each book are easy to fall in love with, and the stories she tells keep me glued to my favorite reading spot until I finish the very last page.
~ANNETTE M GUERRIERO~
"From Beltane Magic was the perfect mix of fantasy, romance, and suspense. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves reading about witches."