RBD: Book Review – ‘Aura of Magic’ by Patricia Rice

Aura of Magic
Book 4
Patricia Rice
Historical Romance
Book View Cafe
March 14, 2017
Kindle, Paperback
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Aura of Magic
Patricia Rice

Brighid Darrow, Countess of Carstairs, has endured years of a loveless marriage in order to aid her friends and the people of Northridge. Yet once she is widowed, the village shuns her with accusations of witchcraft—vilifying her unique gift of reading auras. Released from past restraints, Bridey rebelliously embraces her dream of establishing a forbidden school for midwives.

Having spent his life being all that is proper in hopes of earning a title in return for services to the crown, Aaron Pascoe-Ives, the illegitimate son of a marquess, is ordered to Northridge to save the royal mines from rioters. Any hope of aid from the beautiful but aloof countess is dashed when his incorrigible twins endanger their young lives by following him, mystifyingly insisting that the Countess of Carstairs is their new mother.

Bridey and Pascoe face ghosts, assassins, and riots—but nothing as perilous as the irresistible attraction between them. With hard-fought goals at risk, they must make the ultimate choice between achieving dreams—or losing each other.

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Review – ‘Aura of Magic’ – written by Patricia Rice

Aaron Pascoe-Ives, the illegitimate offspring of his grandfather, and himself a widower with twin 4-year olds – Edward and Emma, is in service to his King, sent out to solve problems throughout the kingdom. He still thinks often of his deceased wife, Lily, who died when the twins were 2 years old.  If only she were still with him, to oversee their care.

Brighid (Bridey) Darrow, Countess of Carstairs, finds a home among friends and family after the death of her husband, George, the Earl of Carstairs.  Forced from her home by the new Earl (she was childless in her marriage) amid claims of her being a witch, she had her training by her grandfather as a midwife/doctor as a means of survival.  Stepping into that role at the castle at Wystan had been easy.  Among her ‘gifts’, Bridey can see the auras people give off as the go about their lives. 

A chance meeting at Wystan between Bridey, and the twin’s and their father, sets into motion a relationship with many ups and downs.  Pascoe-Ives dramatic and bold auras frighten Bridey so she closes her mind’s eye to him, dismissing him as a ‘London dandy’. 

His reaction to her was to think she’s a ‘Frost Queen’, cold and unfeeling.  He can’t know it’s a defense mechanism, not her true being.

What Bridey sees in the family confuses her.  A pink aura surrounds father and children.  This is clearly another person’s aura – who would that be, and why is it there?

Bridey, rebuilding her life now that she’s free, wants nothing to do with Pascoe-Ives or his children but finds herself increasingly embroiled in their lives.   

Patricia Rice, a long-time author with several million books in print, is a master storyteller.  This book does not let the reader down.  Everything you’ve come to expect from a Patricia Rice novel is there – including the happy ending.  I give this book 5-stars. 

By Author Dayna Leigh Cheser

 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an
honest review.  All thoughts, 
opinions, and ratings are my own.

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Author Bio

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc. and BVC Publishing Cooperative

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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
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‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

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DLC: As Seen on the Internet

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‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

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DLC: Is One Part Better Than Another?

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Is One Part Better Than Another?

Which is the dominant organ in the human body – the brain or ‘the gut’?  Until recently, it’s always been assumed the brain was in charge.  The brain is where intelligence resides, right?  Well, maybe.  But recently, it’s been determined that while the brain is central to the higher capabilities, ‘the gut’ is where the immune and digestive systems reside.  Important?  You betcha!  More important than the brain?  The jury is still out on that one.

Other scientists claim other organs are essential to the operation of the body.  And, it’s true – remove any organ from the body and death, or at least extreme medical procedures, are next.  So, it appears, the body cannot survive without all of the organs, that a brain, however superior to other organs, cannot survive on its own.

In sports – any sport – pick one – there’s always one exalted position without which, the team will fall apart, and the losses would pile up.  Is ANY position in any sports hierarchy so much more important than another that those other team members are not needed?  Imagine a Super Bowl without a Quarterback …

In a  marriage, who is more essential to the success of the relationship – the husband or the wife?  In very basic terms – and without considering modern medicine, both are critical to procreation.  But, both sexes have proven – over and over again (see: divorce rates) one can do quite nicely without the other.

In fiction writing, is the character more important to the success of the book than the plot?  Again, what good is a plot with no characters?  Conversely, what good are great characters if they have nothing to do?

But, even more basic than characters and plots is the importance of ‘story’ vs ‘craft’.

HUH?

This ‘story’ vs ‘craft’ topic isn’t often discussed, probably because it’s assumed – like characters and plots – that most books come with both.  But, that’s not always true.

Let’s look at what each function is to help us all be on the same page.

CRAFT:  This is all the technical stuff surrounding fiction writing.  Lumped into this category you’ll find scene-building, characterizations, POV (point-of-view), dialogue, flow, plot, pacing, and the other aspects of writing people spend years of their lives attending school or taking courses to learn.

STORY:  This is the author’s voice, that ability to create a unique and original book.  If an author truly understands what creates a compelling book, and also has mastered the ‘craft’, he or she has a bright future.  However, this is much harder to understand, and nearly impossible to teach.

That said, it’s helpful to understand that, like the brain versus ‘the gut’, the sports hierarchy, or the relationship models, the two are integral parts of each other.  But, for a moment, let’s consider them separately.

There are books out there that are technically perfect, or nearly so, but just don’t cut it because there’s no life to the writing.  This isn’t all bad as it shows people are taking the time to learn the craft, but they haven’t grasped the author’s voice.

Conversely, there are books out there that show great promise for unique writing but don’t have the mastery of the technical aspects.

How much of these respective deficiencies can be blamed on modern life and or technology?  Whether intending to or not, are new writers today ignoring what’s in their hearts and parroting ‘life’ as seen in TV and movies?

A good writer will write from the heart.  All the ‘craft’ parts must be there – including the infamous ‘show, don’t tell’ factor, great characters, dynamite plot, exciting locales, and interesting dialogue.  Tie it all together with a great ‘story’ and you have a winning combination.

You need to know and understand where your skills are – much can be forgiven in the ‘craft’ department if the story is strong enough.  On the flip side, a bad ‘story’ can never hide poor understanding of the ‘craft’.  This is especially true today when anyone can publish a book.  Keep both ‘craft’ and ‘story’ front and center as you work on your book.  They’re as important as ‘character’ and ‘plot’.

Readers will forgive lots of mistakes in ‘craft’ is your ‘story’ is strong enough.  That said, a perfectly ‘crafted’ book is nothing without a great ‘story’.

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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
‘Janelle’s Time’, ‘Moria’s Time’
‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017

 

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DLC: Spotlighting How to Get Quickly Rejected

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So, you’re a writer, now. 

You’ve probably discovered that just being ‘good with words’ isn’t enough.  There’s so much more you need to know in order to be successful.

You need time immersing yourself in the industry – developing contacts, creating relationships, and more, including how to impress people (in other words, how to be a good salesperson).

Some of it isn’t ‘book learnin’.  Some of it is who you are, deep inside.  Do you have what it takes?

But, there’s one sure-fire way to get rejected, and it’s almost immediate.  It can happen with the very first contact with an agent/publisher.

Below are some sample calls.

Read the first two and decide which call is better, and why?  If you were Sharon, which of these callers would you say had the better chance of getting you to go to the prom with her

A Phone rings: “Hi Sharon, Um, I know you’ve probably got a date already, but would you maybe be interested in going to the prom with me?”
B Phone rings: “Hi Sharon. Barry Walker, here. How are you today?  …  WOW!  Auburn University? Your college wish came true! That’s wonderful.  …  I’m sure your family is so proud of you.  I know I am!  Let’s celebrate!   I’m sure you’re aware, our prom is six weeks from now.  I’d love it if you’d be my date that night.

Which of these 2 calls would you respond more positively to, and why?

If you chose B, that’s great!  You’re recognizing what’s important.

Now read the next 2 calls.  If you were Ms. Egan, which caller would you respond to more positively to and why?

C Phone rings: “Ms. Egan (well-known literary agent)? Hi, I’m Annie Payton, I wrote ‘Today’s Menu: Love’. I sent you my manuscript a month ago but I haven’t heard back from you, so, and I know you’re really busy, but have you had a chance to even look at it yet?”
D Phone rings: “Ms. Egan (well-known literary agent)? Hello. How are you today? … Ah, yes, the red-eye from LA. Been there. (chuckles)  Well, I won’t keep you but a minute.  I’m Marisa Churchill, author of ‘Another Day, Another Love’, a contemporary romantic thriller.  … I understand, of course. I’m pleased that you liked the title. I’m delighted to have spoken with you today. May I call again in a month?  …  No, not at all, two months would be fine. I’ll make a note on my calendar. Thank you so much for your time.”

If you chose D, that’s terrific.  Ms. Churchill has much more confidence in herself. Her communication skills impressed you, too.  Whether her book, ‘Another Day, Another Love’, passed muster for your agency or not, she’ll be a lot easier to deal with at the personal level.

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You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
If you err in that critical first communication with
your contact, it’s over before you even get started.

Show them you’ve got confidence in yourself.

When you’re starting something – anything – new, you’re quite naturally scared. You’re unsure of yourself.  So what do you do? You make it easy for people to reject you – you say ‘no’ ahead of time, so they don’t have to.

That’s pretty much a guaranteed rejection.

You lower the bar, so when the person says ‘yes’ (and they won’t), you’re astounded!

Humans do it all the time.  We think it’s humility, but we’re actually shooting ourselves in the foot.  We’re scared, so we sabotage ourselves before anyone else can.

Being a natural introvert, I’m as guilty of doing this as anyone … but, we don’t have to make it too easy for other people to reject us.  That’s their job, and it should be based on the merits of the project, not our own fears.

So, here’s a really radical idea: stop asking and start inviting.

Make sure your work is remarkable enough that when you invite them to see it, it will be something they really won’t want to miss.

However you do it, you must stop rejecting yourself before you issue the invitation.  Believe in your work and invite others to do the same.

What’s the worst that can happen?  There will be no bodily harm, and you won’t end up in jail.  The worst is someone will politely say they aren’t interested at this time, but to keep on writing.  You’ve heard the word before … No!

So, the next time you have something to submit, however you submit it, think carefully about how you are presenting yourself and your work and don’t give your contact a chance to accept an easy-out instead of your work.  Make them say … YES!

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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
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‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017

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DLC: Never Ask a Published Writer to Read Your Work

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The temptation is there, and it’s oh-so very hard to resist.  But, resist, you must.

You’re in a bookstore when a well-known writer enters. You say ‘Hi, nice day out’, and now you’re awe-struck as he stops to chat for a moment.  Then, without warning, you blurt out, “I’m a writer, too. I‘d love it if you’d read my book?”

How does this writer handle your question?   Have you noticed how this is about you?  YOU’RE a writer and YOU’D love it …  How does this writer feel about this?

Consider yourself lucky if she politely extracts herself from the conversation, leaving you scratching your head and wondering what happened.
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Or, maybe you’ve discovered the young man coaching your son’s football team is a sports writer for a big newspaper.

Or, maybe your church secretary has published a book.

There are many ways to meet a writer by chance, especially since the publishing revolution that enables everyone to be a writer should they so desire.

Before you blurt out that ‘read my book’ question is exactly the time think about what you’re doing.  In short, you’re putting the writer into a no-win situation.

The well-known writer in the bookstore may write fantasy for teens.  Your ‘How to Fix Your Dodge Dart’ manual … well, it won’t fly with her.

The coach of your son’s football team is into sports … he’ll cringe at the thought of reading your science fiction romance.

The church secretary writes inspirational guides so forget about your hot, urban memoir.

Even if you happen to write the same genre as a writer you’ve just met, unless she happens to also be a publisher and is familiar with the inner workings of the business, she won’t be up to date on current publishing trends, and what makes a manuscript saleable.

The hapless writer is left with either explaining to you why she can’t give you what you hoping for, or flat out lying to you, neither of which is acceptable to her.  What you’re hoping for, of course, is to hear her say your book is the best book since Harry Potter and will sell like hotcakes.  More likely, she’ll politely ask if you’ve hired an editor.  If you haven’t, she’ll recommend you do so, and if you have, it wouldn’t surprise me if she recommends you find an agent.  Those are easy responses, especially if you’re a new writer and unfamiliar with the industry.  While she doesn’t want to hurt your feelings, she isn’t able to fix your needs.

And, by asking that question, you’ve blown any chance at a friendship you may have had.  It’s a no-win situation for the writer.

So, if you find someone in your circle of acquaintances is a writer, by all means, strike up a conversation with him about his work.  He’ll be thrilled to talk with you about how much you enjoyed his recent release, and how you have a copy of everything he’s written.  And, be sure to gracefully accept an invitation to his next author event and the class he’ll teach there on his genre.  But, do not ask him to read your book.

And, don’t ask him for his agent or publisher’s contact information either.  Do your research and due diligence, then find your own agent/publisher (they’re not a one-size-fits-all commodity).  What works for him, more likely than not, won’t suit your needs.
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Going back to the writer in the bookstore, put……….
yourself into his shoes. 
How would you react……….
if someone were to ask you to read his book?……….
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So, what’s the best solution to your problem?

There are situations where asking a knowledgeable writer to read your book is acceptable, even encouraged.  Find a critique partner, or join a writer’s group.  You’ll find people there who have volunteered to help new or struggling writers.  You can count on good advice from those writers in these instances.

Even reaching out to a fellow writer via social media is acceptable.  Find a writer who works in the same genre you do, and start what could become a life-long friendship.

One day in the future, you could be one of those special
writers
who volunteer to help other writers.  It’s a great
feeling
to help and perhaps, you’ll gain a new friend for life. 
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Would you like to read and review Logan’s Time?
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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
‘Janelle’s Time’, ‘Moria’s Time’
‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017

 

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