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Blue Moon Magic

Blue Moon Magic

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by Dawn Thompson, Deborahanne Macgillivray, Leanne Burroughs

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Has there ever been anything you wanted so much--but thought you couldn't have--that you just closed your eyes and said, "I wish??" If you did, you're not alone. Blue Moon Magic shares 15 stories of heroines who've wished for something close to their hearts. Best-selling author Dawn Thompson headlines this delightful anthology with "Belle of the Blue Moon Ball"


Has there ever been anything you wanted so much--but thought you couldn't have--that you just closed your eyes and said, "I wish??" If you did, you're not alone. Blue Moon Magic shares 15 stories of heroines who've wished for something close to their hearts. Best-selling author Dawn Thompson headlines this delightful anthology with "Belle of the Blue Moon Ball". Its sequel follows in "Blue Moon Enchantment". Ms. Thompson has topped the charts with "The Ravencliffe Bride" and "The Waterlord". Her new book, "The Falcon's Bride" will keep you breathless. You won't want to miss "Rider in the Storm", by author Deborah MacGillivray, whose debut book, "A Restless Knight", has consistently been on Barnes and Noble's top seller lists. "In The Healer", Leanne Burroughs reunites Warwick and Agnes, characters from her award winning books, "Highland Wishes" and "Her Highland Rogue". Join these 15 authors as they escort you back through history, take a journey through modern day times, or transport you to the future! Blue Moon Magic is a perfect read for late at night, on your lunch hour, or whenever you're waiting for an appointment. If you think you don't have the time to finish a full-length novel, but hate stopping in the middle of a loving tale, this book is perfect!

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The Best Reviews - Marilyn Rondeau
Take multiple incredibly gifted authors, give them a promising premise to base a story upon and you will get a bountiful tome with just as many remarkable magically induced stories to savor and enjoy. Anything can happen when you make a wish upon a 'blue moon' and the results can be spectacular! Check them out for yourself.
Huntress Reviews - Detra Fitch
This magical anthology has something for everyone. Regency, historical, time travel, contemporary, futuristic, and even delves into the magical realms of faeries, selkies, vampires, and the supernatural. All the tales have one thing in common. Each revolve around a full blue moon and the magical wishes made upon it. I loved every second that my imagination was immersed into these tales. As you read each story, you WILL find yourself believing in magic. Outstanding!

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"Belle of the Blue Moon Ball" by Dawn Thompson opens the anthology with a delightful tale of how the King of the Faeries, Oberon, and Puck unite Lady Arabella Gilmartin with the Earl of Everton, Nigel. Puck and Oberon's exploits are priceless and readers will relish their antics in this historical story as Puck manages to enchant the bowl of claret, with all the party members drinking it except the two they are aiming for!

Erin E.M. Hatton's "Where the Sea Meets the Skye" is a haunting contemporary tale of a woman searching for her dream. After her job prospects as a marine biologist fail, Celine Terreau travels to Scotland where she encounters the mysterious Ronan Morrison who has a "sea-cret" of his own! Ms. Hatton does a spectacular job at drawing the reader into the emotions of the characters and creating an aura of mystery.

"Angels in the Moonlight" by Diane Davis White focuses on the humorous antics of angels Pricilla and Sadie the Shady Angel, as they unite vocalist Olivia Langston and horn player Nathan Bridges. Pricilla and Sadie steal the show as their light-hearted bickering will keep readers laughing.

"Under the Pale Moonlight" by Katherine Smith is the sweet story of Lady Alicia McCray and Arthur Cameron. Arthur believes himself unfit for Alicia due to a disability that keeps him from dancing. Ms. Smith uses great sensitivity in addressing Arthur's disability and weaves an endearing tale that will warm readers' hearts.

"Ember's Desire" by Meagan Hatfield is the story of hopeless witch Ember Galenorn who casts a spell for love and rescues Balder, the son of Odin. Balder has been entrapped in the underworld and now he and Ember must defeat Loki tofulfill their destiny. This magical tale has all the passion and drama of an excellent fantasy.

Aysel Arwen's "Spellbound" is the sensual tale of Emma MacPherson and Alexander Grant. Emma is lonely and searching for her mother's wedding ring when she encounters and ultimately rescues the bespelled Highlander from the Lady of the Loch. Ms. Arwen has written one of the best opening lines ever to a story and the reader will be immediately "Spellbound" by this enchanting story.

M.J. Saeger's "Enchantment By the Sea" is the deeply emotional tale of journalist Clara Barnes and resort owner Grayson Everett. Clara is investigating Gray's resort but will a foolish comment from her boss and Gray's college friend, Benny, ruin their chance for love? Readers will empathize with Clara's dilemma and feel her anger at Benny in a gut-wrenching story of second chances.

"Suddenly You" by Jaquelin Lorin is a fantastic time-travel in which art restorer Celine Chauvin is catapulted back to the 1870s where she meets her Mr. Gorgeous from the painting, Rhys Butler. Ms. Lorin does a fabulous job at capturing the historical flavor of the 1870s as well as Celine's reaction to her experience. The red dress is an excellent touch and demonstrates the author's attention to detail.

Lee Roland's "Blue Moon and the Warrior" is the endearing tale of teacher Allison McClure and Richard Fallon who meet in a dreamy world as Cailin and Cahir. Allison is an admirable figure as she chases her dream of love while sacrificing in her career.

"Midsummer Magic" by Kristi Ahlers shows the full power of BLUE MOON MAGIC as Meredith is rescued from a marriage to the abusive Lord Langdon by Laird Kieran Fraser. Readers will appreciate Meredith's reticence due to her kidnapping by Kieran while cheering Kieran's efforts to woo her.

Billie Warren Chai's "Secret of the Blue Moon" is a heart-wrenching story of second chances for Dr. Zoey Blackstone and Jake Runningbear. Prejudices separated them when they were younger but now Blue Moon Magic will bring them back together. This fascinating tale of love overcoming prejudices is both gut-wrenching and instructional as the reader is thrilled with Zoey for overcoming such hardships, including her horrific treatment at the hands of ignorance.

Kimberly Ivey's "The Darkness and the Dreams" focuses on Paloma Delatorre's dedication to volunteering at a local hospital after the tragic death of her fiancé, Robert. She initially suspects her neighbor, Grandma Bikini, has finally lost her mind when she tells Paloma that Robert's soul is now in the body of comatose patient, David Hopkins. What ensues is an inspiring tale of how love can transcend all barriers, including death. Grandma Bikini is truly a hoot as well and will leave readers hoping for another glimpse of her!

"The Healer" by Leanne Burroughs is a vivid historical tale revolving around an auld healer, Agnes, who is reluctantly dragged to the Drummond castle to tend to the laird's English captive, Tory, who has been poisoned. In the process, an attraction develops between Agnes and Warrick, the laird's warrior. This riveting story is a fascinating portrait that demonstrates that love can flourish at any age in any time.

Keelia Greer's "In the Space of a Heartbeat" is a futuristic vampire story of soulmates Melania Knight and Trevor Kerrin. Melania is an agent sent to protect Trevor as his work is invaluable to the galaxy and must be allowed to continue. The action is fast paced and readers will want to read more about Melania as she is not like other vampires!

The anthology concludes with Deborah MacGillivray's mesmerizing tale, "The Rider in the Storm". Ciera MacIain has grieved for 7 years over the death of her fiancé, Derek. At the exact spot of his death and on the anniversary of the fatal accident, she meets Roarke Devlin who knows things only Derek would know. This haunting tale will send shivers down your spine and leave tears in your eyes as Ms. MacGillivray breathes life into the characters.

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'Belle of the Blue Moon Ball' by Dawn Thompson--Lady Arabella Gilmartin is in need of a husband, or she will have to consider herself on the shelf at nineteen, after her third season no less! The Earl of Everton is home after a long service to king and country and though he detests formal gatherings, he is in need of settling down. Indeed, he is in want of a wife! When it appears all else is trying to keep them apart, the mischievous nature spirit, Puck, and the king of the faeries, Oberon, will make sure the young lovers unite.--A witty romp of a read full of mishaps and well-meaning blunders on the part of Puck. Author Thompson, brilliant writer of The Waterlord and The Ravencliffe Bride, brings readers another tale of love found under the influence of magic's fae touch.***** 'Where Sea Meets Sky' by Erin E. M. Hatton--Celine mourns a life she thought would be perfect. With the hope of a brilliant career and a true lasting love dashed, she flies to Scotland to study the seals native to the Isle of Skye. There she meets the mysterious Ronan, a stranger whom she feels more for than anyone she's ever known. When he tells her magical tales of a mythical race, she is enraptured by the possibilities she hears in his alluring voice. When she learns of Ronan's true nature, will she have the strength to set him free?--Author Hatton pens a fascinating tale of mythical love that dares to breach the barriers of reality. A haunting accomplishment of love story!***** 'Angels in the Moonlight' by Diane Davis White--Sadie the Shady Angel is back! She and her prissy instructor are back to ensure musicians Nathan and Olivia realize the full potential of their relationship. Nathan can barely resist the sensual enchantment his band's lead singer holds over him, but he's been burned before and he's not taking any chances on love. Olivia is torn by his aloofness and tries to stomach one more gig with the cold man before cutting out for good. Will their wishes to the blue moon be enough to push them together, or will their doubts forever keep them apart?--Sadie is always a force to be reckoned with, and this time's no exception! Author White's signature character is back in shades of less than pure white and it's just as wild a romp as her first story, 'Sadie the Shady Angel', found in No Law Against Love anthology.***** 'Under the Pale Moonlight' by Katherine Smith--Arthur Cameron is at peace with his physical limitations--or is he? The beautiful and young Alicia McCray longs to catch the handsome man's eye, and has for years. Will yet another yearly visit to his estate finally be the one where he confesses his true feelings? The spirited lass is tired of longing for him and takes matters into her own hands. Will the handsome horse trainer overcome the limitations he's set for his heart?--Author Smith has written a poignant tale of bittersweet love, the kind that overcomes the boundaries set by crippling fears. A sweet tear-jerker of a read!***** 'Ember's Desire' by Meagan Hatfield--Ember longs for a life less ordinary--less ordinary than spell casting and her coven can provide. Not the most skilled witch, she nevertheless gives it one good last try one fateful solstice night. What she conjures is the makings of any woman's dreams. Balder is a god fallen from grace and at the mercy of the under lord Loki. When Ember pulls Balder from hell, Loki will do all in his vengeful power to smote the two from existence.--Without a doubt, 'Ember's Desire' is one of the most enjoyable short stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Hatfield has created two main characters, and one foreboding villain, that abound with emotion, conflict and a fiery passion. An added bonus is Ms. Hatfield's coming full-length debut, 'A Magical Encounter', coming in 2007 from Wings ePress.***** 'Spellbound' by Aysel Arwen--Emma MacPherson is a frequent visitor at Loch Ness and its ancient stone edifice, Castle Urquhart. When she loses her mother's beloved w
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Magic and Love under a Blue Moon I love anthologies because you can carry the book around and read just one story in a short time, maybe while waiting for the dentist, the doctor or whatever. Not so with Blue Moon Magic. This book grabs you with the first story, hangs on through all 15 fantastic magical adventures, and keeps you turning pages. You won't want to put this one down till you've read all 15 stories. A short run down of the stories: 1. Belle of the Blue Moon Ball by Dawn Thompson starts the magic with two mischievious fairies in an entertaining Regency to tickle your funny bone. 2. Where Sea Meets Skye by Erin Hatton is a contemporary set in Scotland. Who doesn¿t love a Scottish hero in a kilt? Add the legend of the selkies and magic of the Blue Moon, and you get a very satisfying read. 3. Angels In The Moonlight by Diane Davis White is a contemporary set in California. Sadie, the Shady Angel makes you laugh out loud right from the first page, and keeps you entertained through the whole story. We should all wish for an angel like Sadie to help us find our soulmate. 4. Under The Pale Moonlight by Katherine Smith is an historical set in romantic Scotland. Lady Alicia McCray goes after the man she wants, begging for his love, determined to let him know his handicap means nothing to her. With the help of a magical Blue Moon, her dream comes true. 5. Embers Desire by Meagan Hatfield is a fantasy romance about an inexperienced witch and her spell to find love. The story shows imaginative creation and moves us forward through disaster and growing love. Good wins over evil for a satisfying climax. 6. Spellbound by Aysel Arwen is set in present day Scotland, and is an intriguing story of mystery and romance, complete with a sensitive heroine and handsome Scottish Highlander to die for. 7. Enchantment By The Sea by M. J. Sager is set on a modern day Caribbeann island. Clara Barnes tries not to mix pleasure and business, but how can she not after meeting Grayson Everett? Enjoy a story about magic, passion, love, and forever! 8. Suddenly You by Jaquelin Lorin has heroine, Celine Chauvin traveling from the present, back in time with the aid of a wish on the Blue Moon and a pendant, to find love with the same man whose portrait she just restored. 9. Blue Moon And The Warrior by Lee Roland is set in present day in a Utah. While camping alone, Allison wishes on the Blue Moon for a love like her parents shared. She dreams of a carnival and her perfect lover, and the magic begins¿ 10. Midsummer Magic by Kristi Ahlers is set in 1557 England and Scotland. The English heroine wishes on the Blue Moon for a dark knight to carry her away from an unwanted engagement. Kieran Fraser wishes on the same moon to find a lady love. When the Laird of Clan Fraser kidnaps Meredith while swimming alone on this magical night, he falls under her spell and two souls are united forever. 11. Secret of The Blue Moon by Billie Warren Chai is set in present day New Mexico. Twelve years after parting, Zoey Blackstone and Jake Runningbear meet again. She¿s now an emergency room doctor and he¿s an Air Force rescue pilot. The storm raging inside the hospital is just as fierce as the one outside until something stronger, the secret of a magical Blue Moon, joins two souls meant to be together. 12. The Darkness and the Dreams by Kimberly Ivey Wuttke is set in present day. With the help of a wish on a Blue Moon and a psychic named Grandma Bikini, Paloma Delatorre finds true love with the man she thought was dead. 13. The Healer by Leanne Burroughs is a Highland historical romance rich with Scottish history and beguiling characters. With the help of a healer named Agnes and a wishing moon, lovers find their way back to each other. This short story is a special treat as we get to read more about the characters from Ms. Burroughs books, Highland Wishes & Her Highland Rogue. 14. In The Space Of A Heartbeat by Keelia G
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Hard-hitting, dramatic and so ruggedly raw you will feel a sense of loss for a man you¿ve never met, MacGillivray does it again by reaching into your soul and wrenching free emotions you never thought you could feel for people who only exist in her mind and through the ink slashed on the pages of the Blue Moon Magic anthology. And, if you think it¿s stormy in the hills of Kentucky, you will certainly enjoy the deluge of sensuality that Ciara craves from the Rider in the Storm. Arthur Cameron avoided Alicia McCray like a plague-ridden rat, but she was not about to let him deny the passion and promise blooming between them like a flower garden fertilized by the fine stock from his Scottish horseflesh. Arthur may have been born with a slightly-flawed foot, but it was the state of his VERY flawed mind that was breaking her heart. Alicia is a woman who believes in taking matters into her own capable hands, casting convention and propriety to the wind. When love and attraction aren¿t the problem, you might have to look for the answers in Katherine Smith¿s Under the Pale Moonlight. Lee Roland¿s Blue Moon and the Warrior is a waking dream romance where the black-and-white of day meets the rainbow-colored lovers of our secret passions. Discovering a perfect-for-you mate is a world away from finding a ¿perfect¿ mate...one is there for the taking, the other exists only for the mind¿s making. Merri¿s fall from English grace was a tumble she was looking forward to, but even angels have demons to deal with in regard to their loves and lives. Riding the storm between destiny, desire and doubt is no easy task, but it¿s much easier when you have Kristi Ahler¿s Midsummer Magic to show the way to the Scottish Highlands and happily ever after. Suddenly You, by Jaquelin Lorin, is a short story written with golden threads...as you weave your way through, you will get tangled up in an adventure and journey that does not end with the story. Rhys Butler and Celine Chauvin will lead you on a merry chase that ends up in his state room, aboard an honest to goodness paddleboat...in the year 1871! Kimberly Ivey¿s story, The Darkness and the Dreams, is engaging and filled with light-hearted laughter and hope, but I must admit I fell in love with Grandma Bikini from the beginning. This character sparkled throughout and fit all of the missing pieces of love-interrupted into place, earning her a special place in my heart. Without a doubt, Billie Chai¿s strong characters and fully developed storyline will leave you in a better place for having spent time in Apache Indian Hospital. Who knows, you might just find yourself inspired to play a little ¿doctor¿ of your own... Reading In The Space of a Heartbeat, by Keelia Greer, was like sinking my teeth into a great big slice of chocolate cake and then being utterly ravished by a dark, sexy man. It was sensual, satisfying and made me want to lick my lips in order to savor every morsel of the passionate love growing between Trevor Kerrin and Melania Knight. With fierce, blood pumping action and intrigue, you will quickly wish you had someone nibbling at your neck, too. The adventures of Sadie the Shady Angel and her mentor, Pricilla, continue in Angels in the Moonlight. Diane Davis White¿s delightful tale drifts in and out of the lives and love of Nathan Bridges and Olivia Langston, two people who were destined to make beautiful music together...IF they would ever stop long enough to learn a new love song. When physical attraction takes place on a stage, there¿s no guarantee of what will happen after the curtain falls. Falling in love was never easier than when I met Hatton¿s Ronan Morrison in Where the Sea Meets Skye. This well-told tale sweeps you away to a wonderful place that is well away from the real world and its past heartaches and disappointments. When this story ends, it is really only the beginning...and, like I did, you will find yourself wishing you could spend a few hundred
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A short synopsis of each story (and there are fifteen) follows: ............... Bell of the Blue Moon Ball by Dawn Thompson is a regency. Oberon, the king of faeries, and the notorious Puck plan to have Lady Arabella and the Earl of Everton fall in love by drinking from a bespelled bowl of claret during a ball set on the night of a blue moon. Unfortunately, everyone EXCEPT the two drink the claret. ................ Where Sea Meets Skye by Erin Hatton is set in the present date. Hurt by her boyfriend's betrayal, Celine left Canada to visit Scotland. The unemployed Marine Biologist goes to the Isle of Skye to view the seals. She never expects to meet the selkies. ................. Angels in the Moonlight by Diane Davis White is set in the present date. Sadie, the Shady Angel, and her mentor, Pricilla, are sent to California. Their mission is to make Nathan, a musician, and Olivia, a singer, fall in love during the full moon. ................ Under the Pale Moonlight by Katherine Smith is a historical romance. Arthur Cameron had been born with a malformed foot, but never let it get in the way of what he wanted to do. Yet when it comes to Lady Alicia, he sees himself as inferior and unworthy of her love. .............. Ember's Desire by Meagan Hatfield is fantasy romance, set in 'an Alternate Northern England' of the year 1750. Galenorn has never gotten a spell right. The witch decides to leave Wychwood. Instead of leaving, her spell releases Balder, the favored son of Odin, from his underworld prison. And Loki comes to kill them both. ............. Spellbound by Aysel Arwen is a paranormal romance. It could be set at any time, but seems to be set in the present. Emma loses her mother's wedding ring in some ruins. She returns under cover of the night in hopes of locating it. However, she finds more than just a circle of gold. She finds a love that comes along only once in a blue moon. First before anything else, Emma must break the enchantment upon him. .............. Enchantment by the Sea by M.J. Sager is a modern contemporary. Grayson had worked hard to change a ruined hotel into the best resort in the Caribbean. He knows that Clara is planning on writing an article about him in a magazine, even though she has yet to tell him so. Her boss, Benny, had already called and informed him of her arrival. However, Grayson is out to prove Benny wrong about Clara being an Ice Princess. ................. Suddenly You by Jaquelin Lorin is a time travel that begins in the present date. Celine has spent months restoring a portrait from around the 1870's. When she wishes she knew who the man was, Celine finds herself zapped back in time to meet him. .................. Blue Moon and the Warrior by Lee Roland is a paranormal. Allison camps out in the Utah desert, under a full moon, and dreams about a magical carnival. Within the carnival, she meets the perfect man. But will Allison recognize him when she meets him again in the real world? ................. Midsummer Magic by Kristi Ahlers historical romance set in the Highlands. During the night of a full blue moon, the Laird of Clan Fraser is returning home from a raid with his men when he comes upon a lovely lady swimming. Kidnapping her is easy. Getting her accept him is a bit difficult. .................. Secret of the Blue Moon by Billie Warren Chai is set in the present time. Zoey left New Mexico with no word to Jack. For twelve years Jake hated her for disappearing. Now he is a major in the Air Force. He pilots a rescue helicopter. When a storm hits, he is forced to land at Apache Indian Hospital with his injured patients. But he never expects to find that little Zoey is now the doctor in charge of the ER. And he is about to learn just how badly he has misjudged her. ..................... Darkness and Dreams by Kimberly Ivey is a paranormal romance set in the present date. Paloma lost her husband a year ago due to a drunk driver. Now she volunteers at
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Once in a Blue Moon, anything can happen! /// Belle of the Blue Moon Ball: Dawn Thompson. Faery enchanting! The faery Oberon and his friend Puck are matchmaking, and . . . well, let¿s just say things don¿t always go exactly as planned! /// Where the Sea Meets Skye: Erin E.M. Hatton. Sealed with a Kiss! Ms. Hatton skillfully weaves a romantic tale of loss and renewal that you won¿t want to miss! /// Angels in the Moonlight: Diane Davis White. So her wings are a little tarnished around the edges . . . Anything can happen when a Blue Moon and two angels team up with Mel Torme. /// Under the Pale Moonlight: Katherine Smith. Slow passion burns the hottest . . . Ms. Smith has written a charming historical story with a heart-stopping hero and a determined heroine that you won¿t want to miss! /// Ember¿s Desire: Meagan Hatfield. A runaway witch and a displaced god . . . Hatfield weaves a mythological tale worthy of the gods--their fierceness and passion. /// Spellbound: Aysel Arwen. An exquisitely touching tale of passion . . . With the magic of Loch Ness and faeries, Ms. Arwen spins a yarn you won¿t want to miss! /// Enchantment By the Sea: M. J. Sager. Sparks under the Blue Moon . . . Clara Barnes has a job to do¿investigate Grayson Everett¿s resort for the Montana Monthly. Sager again wows us with another sensual story from the heart. /// Suddenly You: Jaquelin Lorin. Celine Chauvin, a portrait restoration artist, is enthralled by an 1870s painting of a man and swept back in time. /// Blue Moon and the Warrior: Lee Roland. Enchanted on the carousel of love . . . Allison gives her heart to Cahir, a warrior, in an enchanted carnival. Roland has written an enthralling story with well-drawn characters. /// Midsummer Magic: Kristi Ahlers. Captured by Blue Moon Magic . . . Ahlers pens a tale that will warm your heart with a braw Scotsman and his English lass. /// Secret of the Blue Moon: Billie Warren Chai. A reunion of passion . . . Dr. Zoey Blackstone can sew up a gut-shot man in the ER, but can¿t heal her own wounded heart. /// The Darkness and the Dreams: Kimberly Ivey. Paloma Delatorre lost her true love, Robert, to a drunk driver. Ms. Ivey has written and engaging story--poignant, yet humorous. /// The Healer: Leanne Burroughs. Bewitching! We fell in love with Agnes and Warwick in HIGHLAND WISHES. Can two lonely people fill each other¿s hearts with happiness? Tender, touching, and passionate. /// In the Space of a Heartbeat: Keelia Greer. Trevor Kerrin makes Malania Knight¿s fangs quiver with pleasure. Greer pens a gripping tale of action, adventure, and love. /// Rider in the Storm: DeborahAnne MacGillivray. Ciara MacIain has mourned her fiancé, Derek, for seven long years. This is a story of true love and passion, of longing and loyalty.