Chemistry of Magic by Patricia Rice

Chemistry of Magic

Another fantastic tale in the Malcolm-Ives family by Patricia Rice.  I have not found another author who can spin the tale that combines the romantic pairing of a man of science and a woman of magic like Patricia Rice.  Her Malcolm-Ives stories are now in the second generation from when she first started them several years ago.  The two families have a history that first began with a pairing of the families that would cause a rift that would find closure as they families find themselves bound by marriage time and again.  Each of these marriages unites a man and a woman so different in character, yet once their differences are accepted by the couple they are melded together through the strongest love.

In Chemistry of Magic, we learn of two people who decide to marry for the benefit of convenience.  A man dying and woman desperate decide that the only acceptable course to follow is to unite in marriage.  Sounds easy, right?  Maybe a little too easy in the world of science and magic and the Malcolm and Ives families.

Viscount “Devil” Dare, is dying of consumption and his only heir is his obnoxious cousin who threatens to throw Dare’s Mother and sisters out of their home.  As he struggles daily with his deteriorating health, his only worry is how to provide for his family when he is gone.  He uses his scientific mind, to run test after test with no answers to his cure.

Emilia McDowell is a distant relative to the Malcolm family and as all Malcolm’s she possesses her own magical gift.  Emilia can heal with her touch, but to do so she suffers through the same pain.  Along with this gift of healing, Emilia dreams of publishing her life work…. A pharmacopeia.  But to do this, Emilia must marry for her to receive her inheritance.

Emilia and Dare marry for their mutual benefit.  She will use her inheritance to not only secure housing for Dare’s family but also gain her laboratory to continue her studies and complete her pharmacopeia.  A marriage of convenience that would lack love and would only last as long as Dare lives.  But neither anticipated how powerful fate is and how love would come along.

As Emilia and Dare work toward fulfilling each of their plans, a few surprises come along that will alter what they believed to be true which may, in turn, alter those plans.  But never fear, a few of the earlier Malcolm-Ives characters we have grown to love will make appearances to help Emilia and Dare.

Patricia Rice never lets me down when I read her stories.  I love her characters immensely with my favorites being the Malcolm-Ives.  Each story can be read as a stand-alone, however, I really would encourage reading all the Malcolm-Ives (the first and then this second generation) in order to truly value the wonderful world of science and magic coming together.

Aura of Magic by Patricia Rice

aura of magic imageAura of Magic is the newest release by the marvelous magic spinner Patricia Rice and continues the Malcolm-Ives family tales.  It is finally Uncle Pascoe’s turn at Ms. Rice’s enchanting imagination into the world of melding magic and science that ends in a burst of applause!

Uncle Aaron Pascoe-Ives, the youngest illegitimate son of the late Marquess who was raised with his nephews due to their close ages, has worked for the king in hopes of achieving his own Knighthood.  He prefers to be recognized as Pascoe, often dropping the Ives to remain separated from the family. Pascoe is a covert spy who easily blends in to learn secrets that will aid his king.  It is on one of these missions that Pascoe must either fight to continue with his carefully planned future goals or decide if it is time to change them.

Lily, Pascoe’s wife has passed away leaving him with two adorable but precocious toddlers that has him frustrated.  Nannies come and go with no one able to control them.  Just as the king gives him his newest assignment investigating trouble brewing in the north, the latest nannie leaves in tears.  Pascoe now must take his toddlers with him and hope they can stay with his family.

Edward and Emma are Pascoe’s children.  They have not spoken to anyone but seem to communicate with each other and the spirit of Lily who hovers over them in protection and guidance.  Lily tells Edward and Emma they must go with their father to meet their new Momma.  When Pascoe learns of this I don’t know if he is more shocked that his children have spoken or that they are saying such far-fetched things such as getting a new Momma!

Bridey has lived as a Countess since marrying her husband at the age of 16.  She has given her heart to helping the women and children of her area to survive the harshness their lives face.  Betrayed by those she sought to help, Bridey has hardened herself to the point she has gained the nickname of “the Ice Queen”.  With her plans to start a school to teach women about their own care as well as that of their children, Bridey refuses to give into her own heart.  With her Malcolm family gifts and her own dreams, Bridey moves forward to make her plans a reality.  But Bridey never counted on meeting two beautiful toddlers, the most handsome man ever, a thief or a host of spirits waiting to make her change her mind.

I truly believe this is my favorite of the newest generation of Malcolm-Ives descendants.  I love the solid strength of reality that Pascoe possess along with the denial of his Malcolm gifts from Lady Ninian Malcolm.  What he considers ordinary and not worth a second thought are in fact gifts set in magic!  I also enjoyed how the story was written with two characters so strong in their convictions to obtain their personal goals that they lost track of using compromise to fit in more than just the narrow tunnel vision they possessed in making their goals a reality.  With a little help from magic, will Pascoe and Bridey finally see what is right in front of them?

One comment made in the story was of a library regarding the Ives men and their progeny as the women have for the special gifts associated with the Malcolm women.  I would really like to see this happen in a future book of Ms. Rice’s.  I think it would be an interesting storyline for someone to hunt down the past and record it for the future of the Ives men.

Next in line for release is the title, “Chemistry of Magic”.  Of course, the except included in “Aura of Magic” shows another wonderful story to read.

Whisper of Magic by Patricia Rice

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The newest book in the Malcolm-Ives family saga reached the shelves just this week, with the release of Whisper of Magic.  In the previous book, Magic in the Stars, we were introduced to Erran Ives, the barrister of the family.  It was during our introduction that Erran’s behavior was becoming a bit withdrawn but the reasons behind those actions were not explained until now.

Erran Ives, a barrister by trade, was trying to protect his client, a family that had been wrongfully evicted from their home.  During the impressive court room arguments, Erran is bewildered by everyone’s actions when he lets loose his own forceful emotions through his booming voice.  When all is returned to normal, the ruination of his career and his own defeated self-esteem is his shadow.  With his brother, the Marquis of Ashford, in need of the family’s townhouse, Erran must ask the tenants to relocate but is having difficulty in connecting with the Baron or his representative.

Celeste Malcolm Rochester has lost her father and now as the eldest child of Baron Rochester, a distant relative of the Ives-Malcolm’s through the lineage of Sir Trevelyan Rochester and Lady Lucinda Malcolm.  For those of you familiar with the previous Ives-Malcolm series, Lady Lucinda Malcolm had a gift of prophetic visions within her paintings and had at one time painted a questionable portrait of Sir Trevelyan.  Celeste, her siblings and a few loyal friends and servants are struggling to do what they can to combat their father’s cousin who is trying to illegally take over his estate.

Erran, Lady Azenor, and several other Ives family members join forces to aid their Rochester family in the race to prove Lord Lansdowne’s claim to the estate is fraudulent.  As Lord Erran and Lady Celeste band together, they find themselves facing magic, fertility ceremonies and a common magical gift they share.

It is wonderful to read these newest Ives-Malcolm relatives.  I also enjoy how the author, Patricia Rice does make references to the past Ives-Malcolm pairings as the ancestors of the current characters. Ms. Rice also employs her characters and interweaves them so that you are treated to reading of the characters from previous books, such as Lady Azenor.    I find this always enjoyable and believe it pulls the story together.  Lady Azenor played a large role in this story and having her stand out against the stoic Ives men is richly entertaining with her magical oddities and sense of style. There is always fun, strange magic, a budding romance and of course the bad guys to defeat.  Patricia Rice is an author that will intrigue, captivate and in the end keep you breathlessly anticipating the next story.  You just can’t get enough of her magical romances.

 

Secret Medicines From Your Garden by

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Herbalism has been around for centuries with no indication that it will ever be a dying interest or way of life.  Through out those centuries those who used herbs were known by different names, but more common as “healer”.  Those who were misunderstood by their society’s time were at times called “witches”.  Regardless of the name, herbalism has been around and practice with healing naturally as its intent.

Herbalism can also have a central focus on spiritualism and the use of the herb to heal both the physical body and that of the mind.  Those who  come to mind for the most influential practice of this would be the Druids.  It is from this background of learning and living that the author has developed her book, Secret Medicines From Your Garden.  The author has extensive years involved in learning her art and shares a wealth of knowledge with the reader.

Secret Medicines From Your Garden is packed with information from recognizing plants based upon shape of stems, leaves and growing conditions to using those plants. One section of this book is broken down to individual plants and the growing seasons of Spring, Summer and Fall.  The plants and what portions are used are discussed along with a “recipe”.  Another section is recipes for various aliments and needs.  Throughout the book, the connection to the physical plant and a spiritual healing is linked.

Beyond the amazing discourse on the plants and their healing or home uses, Ellen Evert Hopman concentrates on sharing the spiritual or “magic” associated with these plants.  Having studied Druid and American Indian herbalism, Ms. Hopman strongly influences her book with the idea of healing body and mind with plants.  This is defiantly a way of life that is being introduced and explained to the reader.

Secret Medicines From Your Garden is worth reading if you are interested in herbalism.  As the subtitle, “Plants for Healing, Spirituality, & Magic”, states that is what this book is about.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1sB4NLj

The Baron’s Destiny by author Elizabeth Rose

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This is the last book in the Barons of the Cinque Ports Series.  The series consisted of three books telling the stories of the Barons who served as the overseers of the Cinque Ports for the King of England.  In this book we read the story is about Lord John Montague who made appearances in each of the other two books.

Lord John Montague has a dilemma on his hands. He must marry and produce an heir by order of the King of England.  There is just one problem…he can’t find a bride.  When Lord John was 14 he was married for a day only and the circumstances of that marriage he has kept to himself.  When Lord John travels to France his life is changed in ways he never imagined.

Lady Celestine de Bar never forgot the betrayal of her husband Lord John Montague and how it cost her freedom.  Determined to change the course of her life, she finds Lord John and extracts a promise from him; A promise that Lord John gives with no intention of following through on.

Lord John and Lady Celestine are brought together by the actions of others and as they stand together through lies and betrayals they may find there is more at stake than they thought.  Lady Celestine must forgive Lord John while he must learn to trust her.

Elizabeth Rose has a style of writing that is quick to read and one that catches your attention and holds it.  I enjoy her characters and the historical quality that she uses to bring her stories together.  I also enjoy how she will give at least one of her characters an oddity of sorts that makes her stories entertaining.  While reading this story I was intrigued by the character of Lady Celestine’s cousin Hugh de Bar.  I was happy to read in the author’s closing comments that he does in fact get his own story, The Lady and the Wolf.  I also am hopeful that Claude will get his own story and Lady Celestine’s uncle will make additional appearances.

This is the last book in the Barons of the Cinque Ports Series.  The series consisted of three books telling the stories of the Barons who served as the overseers of the Cinque Ports for the King of England.  In this book we read the story is about Lord John Montague who made appearances in each of the other two books.

Lord John Montague has a dilemma on his hands. He must marry and produce an heir by order of the King of England.  There is just one problem…he can’t find a bride.  When Lord John was 14 he was married for a day only and the circumstances of that marriage he has kept to himself.  When Lord John travels to France his life is changed in ways he never imagined.

Lady Celestine de Bar never forgot the betrayal of her husband Lord John Montague and how it cost her freedom.  Determined to change the course of her life, she finds Lord John and extracts a promise from him; A promise that Lord John gives with no intention of following through on.

Lord John and Lady Celestine are brought together by the actions of others and as they stand together through lies and betrayals they may find there is more at stake than they thought.  Lady Celestine must forgive Lord John while he must learn to trust her.

Elizabeth Rose has a style of writing that is quick to read and one that catches your attention and holds it.  I enjoy her characters and the historical quality that she uses to bring her stories together.  I also enjoy how she will give at least one of her characters an oddity of sorts that makes her stories entertaining.  While reading this story I was intrigued by the character of Lady Celestine’s cousin Hugh de Bar.  I was happy to read in the author’s closing comments that he does in fact get his own story, The Lady and the Wolf.  I also am hopeful that Claude will get his own story and Lady Celestine’s uncle will make additional appearances.

Amazon Link:   http://amzn.to/1qxvyhP

 

Free Today…..Daughters of the Dagger Prequel (Daughters of the Dagger Series) Kindle Edition by author Elizabeth Rose

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Prequel to the Daughters of the Dagger Series

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Mirabelle de Burgh is desperate to give her husband an heir. She’s heard of the superstition that to buy a jeweled dagger from a blind old hag would ensure her of conceiving a child. One child for each dagger bought.

The old hag she hunts down has many jeweled daggers, but Mirabelle has limited coins and wants many children. Her greed gets her in trouble and she finds herself in a predicament which causes many circumstances in her life to change.

Four jeweled daggers and four daughters, each with a story, and a surprise later in life that none of them would ever suspect, in Daughters of the Dagger. Ruby – Book 1; Sapphire – Book 2; Amber – Book 3; Amethyst – Book 4. Followed by Onyx – Book 1, MadMan MacKeefe Series.

Prequel approximately 8,000 words.
Excerpts included at end of prequel.