One terrifying premonition brings them together. Another will threaten their future.
Do dreams come true? Dr. Daniel Woodruff hopes they don't, because his dreams predict a devastating future for him, for those he loves—and for the planet.
His latest premonition, which blows a huge crater in his eroding sanity, holds a singular horror—the loss of a wife and unborn child. Yet another reason he can let no one into his chaotic life, least of all a perky, persistent investigative reporter he finds simultaneously frustrating and fascinating.
Mel Noblett leaves no stone unturned in her one-woman crusade to save the environment. When a whistleblower in Italy proves too frightened to talk, Mel turns to a fall-back lead, an extremely eccentric, beekeeping professor who might just make the trip worthwhile.
Despite their instant attraction, Mel is relieved when Daniel keeps her at arm’s length. After all, she has a secret of her own—one that makes her preternaturally good at her job. And, when Daniel’s terrifying visions prove cannily accurate and begin to revolve around Mel—it is a gift that could put her life in danger.
Warning: Reluctant seer of a bleak future meets petite force of nature who lights up the heart of his darkness. Where there’s smoke, there could be an unpredictable blaze of passion, but the rewards are oh, so sweet…
Mostly Magic is the second book in the Books of the Kindling, a science fantasy romance series that focuses on Woodruff Mountain, the ancient power beneath it, and the family that has hidden its secrets for centuries. It is a story that moves from the magical beauty of Italy's old city centers to the breathtaking backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains where magic is an elemental part of the folklore. But the magic of this mountain, the magic of the Kindling, is even older and more arcane. It is a story where people who could live in your home town find themselves with abilities they don't understand and are confronted with a world that desperately needs those gifts. It is a story woven of mystery, humor, drama, and suspense, but most of all, it is a story about love.
(This book was previously published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd in June 2014, electronic publication, and March 2015, print publication, and is now re-released.)
About the Author
Donna loves being walked by her Jack Russell Terrier (if you know Jack Russell's, you understand), belly dancing (excellent exercise and lots of shiny costumes), reading science fiction and romance (three books at once, at times), and travel (with family in Italy and England, who wouldn't?) But, like any child of the Appalachians, she can't stay away from her mountains for long, and visits as often as she can. She takes us with her to those mountains in the Books of the Kindling. Visit her at www.donnajunecooper.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bees, fireflies, a beautiful mountain, and a trip through Italy are all parts of the magic of Donna June Cooper’s Mostly Magic, the second book in her Kindling series. Is it possible that old beliefs, mysteries and secrets on the mountain will have a reach far across the globe, as evil and the future become intermingled in the dreams of Dr. Daniel Woodruff? Are they premonitions of love, loss and grief? Little did he know that a tenacious reporter would enter his life and uncover feelings he needs to keep buried deep within. Mel Noblett is a fiery and dedicated environmental investigative reporter and the news of millions of bees dying or disappearing is big news in the world of ecology. Together these two attempt to uncover the dark truth behind this unusual and possibly devastating event. As time goes on, is there another story unfolding between Dan and Mel? Is romance in the air or will personal decisions keep them apart as the environment threatens to become hugely unbalanced? Will the mountain and the ancient stories it tells warn the right people of future doom or will it be too late? I have to hand it to Donna June Cooper, she stacks layer upon layer of subplots, seasons them just right and serves up a wonderfully detailed and vivid tale of romance, threaded with folklore and environmental issues that can be terribly devastating. Only an author with great talent, imagination and a strong gift for storytelling could make a wonder read out of such an eclectic batch of themes. Another strong tale from Ms. Cooper.
What an intriguing addition to the series. Cooper’s intricate storyline and fantastic imagination combine to create a seamless story. You can definitely see the evolution of the author’s writing since her first release. Not only does her writing style even out, but the storyline steps up a notch as well. Cooper creates an intricate world for her readers to immerse themselves in while providing them with a captivating and unique storyline that will keep them captivated. I loved getting to know the characters in this series better. Cooper continues to develop them without counteracting anything we learned in the first novel. The wonderful mix of strong and independent characters were easy to connect with. They all added to the storyline in some important way, whether big or small. As a whole this was a brilliant addition to Cooper’s series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Donna June Cooper has done it again. More than Magic captured my heart and my imagination when I reviewed a few months ago, and now the second in the Books of the Kindling series, Mostly Magic, meets the very high bar this author sets for herself. O, how I would love to find this very special mountain and spend time with the folks who know it best. This story picks up with sibling #2, Dr. Daniel Woodruff, only months after the close of MtM. We find ourselves in Italy, which is never a bad thing, but terrifying visions are unrelenting, and Daniel must risk his reputation, and perhaps his life, in order to ensure the safety of those around him. Mel Noblett is an environmental reporter who senses there is more to Daniel’s bizarre behavior than a personality quirk, and together they must find out why he is having these visions, and what, if anything, they can do to alter their outcome. Once again, the story captivates with lyric beauty, humor, tension, mystery and love – of family, of friendship, of life, and of the environment. And may I say ~ Long Live the Bees! Very well done