What Shall I Read Next? Ireland: Magic and Power

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Today, March 17th, leprechauns, pots of gold, and four-leaf clovers are brought to mind. This is the perfect day to celebrate Nora Roberts’ Circle trilogy and Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. Ancestral Ireland and magic are intertwined in both.

If you like series’ that are plot-centered, mystic, with a resolved ending, you might be interested in the storyline of both. After reading both trilogies certain similarities stand out. Readers who choose books based upon elements of the plot, might identify them as read-alikes.

Ancient evil from long ago, looking to amass ultimate power, must be defeated by chosen “warriors.” A team of six face the threat in each trilogy. A sorcerer, witch, warrior, scholar, shape-shifter, and a lost soul are the “circle of six,” forming a ring of power in the Circle Trilogy. Travel through space and time to stop the darkness is attempted in both series’.

Three cousins, witches, are the chosen ones of the bloodline to fight and defeat evil begun long ago with the original dark witch; aided by two love interests, sorcerer and human; and friend in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. Humans having their own strengths in this battle.

Romance ignites, love simmers, in these easy, fast reads with a little bit of a dark element or feel to it. Finding little jewels, such as The Dark Witch, part of the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, shows the value of browsing library shelves. I found it in the library returns.

Good night! See you tomorrow.

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The Tree of Life and the Serpent

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http://deborahharkness.com/the-book-of-life-by-deborah-harkness/music-inspired-book-life/: Spotify Playlist, https://open.spotify.com/user/1212206468/playlist/0AcJFYUqdmy5ljwKukISqR

I’ve met witches, vampires, daemons, ghosts…many of the supernatural creatures we’ve been talking about lately, in Deborah Harkness’ All-Souls Trilogy; a great example of how a Romance can span genres, not just sub-genres. This #1 New York Times bestselling author uses her background as a History professor to mix this subject with paranormal romance, mystery and fictionalized science and geneology. The trilogy was first discussed in November’s post, A Discovery of Witches.

You can meet her in London, England on May 9, 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians of London, or at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA in late July. So far, I believe that she will be signing books at Comic-Con; not sure about this in the U.K. If interested you should probably visit the event sites’ or Harkness’ sites to ensure this will still be the case, or for her event calendar updates.

Blending fact with fiction, history and present, Harkness draws a tale of the struggle to solve the mystery of existance of supernatural creatures; to understand the “tree of life”, and that they have more in common than is thought. The characters, scenery, and events lend a historical richness as present becomes past, and the differing creatures’ cultures in the present cause clashes, resulting in a hostility that the solution to the mystery makes irrelevant.

I can’t wait until Deborah Harkness’ newest novel comes out in 2017, The Serpent’s Mirror. The novel will, once again, be set in the All Souls’ world, really bringing Harkness’ background into play, exploring the historical riddles surrounding the ascent of Elizabeth I to the throne. Here, in the Tudor era, Matthew Clairmont acts as a double agent. The witch-historian and other characters from A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, play a part in the contemporary narrative.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be another series.  Keep tuned for other paranormal happenings!

Comic-con 2016. Program and guests. Special guests. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/2016/special-guests?page=1

Deborah harkness. The all souls trilogy. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from: http://deborahharkness.com

Ghostly Love

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Internet Archive. The Ghost and Mrs Muir -57:41
https://archive.org/details/Lux12

Souls in limbo…unable to move on. Ghosts with unfinished business…concluded can do so. Often these are secondary or peripheral characters.

Written years apart, two of my favorite paranormal romances with ghosts as main characters are Ghost and The Ghost and Mrs Muir. Both were filmed; the latter with many adaptations.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is based upon a 1945 novel by Josephine Leslie, pen name R A. Dick. Embedded above is the streaming audio of the 1947 radio play from Luz Radio Playhouse. It was also adapted for the Screen Director’s Playhouse and a TV series.

A young widow and surly though roguish ghost of a sea captain fall into utterly hopeless love. Captain Gregg saves the day for his love, then…Not to spoil the story, all I’ll tell you is that what is true in life is not in death.

Love is stronger than death in Ghost, where a lover’s spirit remains behind to protect his beloved from his murderer and best friend.

I enjoyed both “ghost” tales, and recommend you take a look. If you’d like to play the embedded audio, it takes about an hour.

Enjoy!

Boyer, C. & Carroll, M. (Actors). (1947). The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Streaming Audio [podcast] No. 47-12-01). San Francisco, CA: Internet Archive. Retrieved Lux Radio Theatre recording on March 14, 2016, from: https://archive.org/details/Lux12

Friday Reads: Demons I’ve Encountered

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-https://youtu.be/otro-SClQ2M

“Devilishly attractive” brings to mind: What, the devil you say! The Paranormal Romance does not usually address religion, in its various forms, as do Apocalyptic novels; check out February 5th’s post, Do You LIke Christian Fiction. Instead, the fight between good and evil predominates. The Devil doesn’t usually appear in human form, but, for example, as a dense or murky, foul-smelling cloud creeping over the landscape. The minions do though; doing his bidding or in an attempt to bring him to earth.

When you imagine a circle of, say 13, minions calling him, uttering incantations to raise the Devil, well that’s not what I was referring to at the beginning of this post. I’m talking about “devishly attractive” romanticized Demons I’ve “encountered” in my reading who are either not inherently evil, or who love can “save.”

Curiosity burdened the Lords of the Underworld with all the evil from Pandora’s box of secrets in one such novel. The Lords are not intentionally evil; they unleashed, and therefore became the Demons Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. The Demons want to strip themselves of this curse, but this pursuit in the battle against an ancient enemy will destroy them, yet they perservere. The Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter is a spin-off of the Angels of the Dark series discussed yesterday.

Thanks for joining me today for #FridayReads. To be continued…

What Shall I Read Next?: How Angelic is He Really?

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Do you believe it! The sheer number of paranormal romances may have you scratching your head, asking, “how can I choose??” Ghosts can’t help you. Faeries live in their own world. Witches and Wizards would probably turn you into a toad as soon as look at you. Don’t bother approaching Demons or Angels as they are too busy fighting one other to help. But maybe I can. Continue reading

Top Picks, Part 2: Paranormal Romance

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I’ve read some great paranormal series’ and standalone books. Sharing books you love is part of the fun of reading. So, on that note, I’ll link you to both (1) earlier posts on hot Paranormal Romance Picks (Goodreads or author links included my posts), and (2) Goodreads’ summaries, reviews, etc. for today’s post, Top Picks, Part 2. Continue reading

Friday Reads: Top Picks (Upcoming Paranormal Romance)

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Hi. Today I want to refer you to upcoming titles from a few of my top favorite paranormal romance series’.  Although I like many, listed below are a few of my top favorite paranormal romances. I started with the Dark series, followed by Dark-Hunters, then shapeshifters. Continue reading

What Shall I Read Next? Shifters

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Shifters, the archetype of the Alpha male, feature in four sexy, fast-paced, suspenseful, action-packed paranormal romance series read. If you enjoy reading ops/military shapeshifter novels with these elements, then try them!  Continue reading

Creatures of the Night

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Creatures of the night are, on the whole, solitary. Yet I read two series in which brotherhood unites. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Jacqueline Frank’s Nightwalkers feature vampire warriors and demons, respectively, bonded in defending or warring against Continue reading