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Archive for November 2nd, 2011

Cornwall, 1812

 

Gwenyth Killigrew, the Witch of Kerrow, has seen the tragic fate that awaits any man she’s foolish enough to fall in love with. Yet she yearns for a daughter to carry on her healer’s wisdom and otherworldly gifts of Sight.  When Rafe Fleming, a notorious smuggler, washes ashore near her home, she thinks she’s found the man to father that child.

 

Rafe knew his time as an outlaw was coming to an end. He just hadn’t realized it would be on the dangerous Cornwall coast, in the home of an alluring witch. After Gwenyth saves him, they strike a bargain: he’ll give her a child, and she’ll help him find a proper wife so he can reenter society and pick up the pieces of his shattered life.

 

But the more time Rafe spends with Gwenyth—in and out of bed—the more he questions what he thinks he wants. He must choose between the wife he needs and the woman he desires…if falling for Gwenyth doesn’t kill him first.

 

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At its heart, DANGEROUS MAGIC is a story about the struggle to find one’s place in the world.

Rafe Fleming is a man caught between his family’s life of privilege and his occupation as a smuggler captain while Gwenyth Killigrew is a woman whose mystical gift of Sight has always set her apart from those around her.

In a larger sense, this could be the story of the book itself.

DANGEROUS MAGIC was my first attempt at blending two of my reading loves—fantasy and regency romance—into what was at the time almost an unheard of sub-genre—historical/paranormal romance. Maybe growing up on Mary Stewart, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and JRR Tolkein along with Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and Patricia Veryan, made adding a mystical element to my regency setting almost inevitable. Whatever the cause, magic kept creeping into the regency romances I wrote, and repressing the  urge only made me want to include it more.

Luckily, my agent loved the book. So did the Golden Heart judges. Still for one reason and another, it languished among the unsold on my hard drive until Carina Press, who believed in the story, the characters, the setting, and yes…the fantasy, decided to publish it.

For historical and regency romance devotees who believe in the power of magic and fans of paranormal and fantasy who want a satisfying trip back in time, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Just as Gwenyth reassures Rafe, “You’re no longer just the petted son of a noble house, nor are you wholly the free-trading smuggler captain of the Cormorant. You’re both of these men. In the same way you learned to navigate the shoals and reefs you’ll learn to find your way between worlds.”

So too have I found my way between history and fantasy and gained a place and a home for DANGEROUS MAGIC.

Te celebrate both the upcoming holiday and the upcoming release of Gwenyth and Rafe’s story, let me know what you’ll be dressing up as this Halloween and be entered to win a free e-book copy of DANGEROUS MAGIC.

 

A writer of historical-paranormal romance, Alix Rickloff creates a compelling world of magic and enchantment set during the British Regency period. Her books have been described as “sexy and intense”, “exciting and spellbinding” and “a universe you won’t ever wish to leave”. You can visit her at www.AlixRickloff.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Alix-Rickloff/101434889914147 or www.blameitonthemuse.com.

 

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 Thank you Alix for visiting with us today!

Remember to leave a comment answering Alix’s question for a chance to win a digital copy of DANGEROUS MAGIC. Good luck! 😀

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Small Town Christmas

Three heartwarming holiday stories to prove that love is the greatest gift of all…

Kissing Santa Claus
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
After ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.

O Little Town of Bramble
All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams.

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To win a digital copy of SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS from Jill Shalvis, just leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

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