Love, the Ultimate Magic

Welcome to Day 19 of my 20Days/20Books Reader Appreciation to celebrate Plaid to the Bone, my 20th published work. We’ve been chatting about this Scottish story each day. I’ve had a writer buddy or two drop by to help me thank readers with giveaways and we’ve counted down through my backlist each day. Today my guest is Erin Kellison, whose magical prose you’ll love! And since magic is the theme, here’s a short excerpt from Plaid to the Bone that shows a bit of the otherworldly doings in this story.

In this scene, Cait confronts Morgan MacGrath, the sorcerer who has her father under his thrall:

Plaid to the Bone“’Tis settled, MacRath,” Cait said she walked toward him with her fingers curled around the hilt of the dagger in her pocket.

Morgan turned. “Show me his blood on the blade.”

“I left the dagger where it lies.”

“I only ask because I’m sensitive to metals, you see, and I perceive there is a blade on your person.”

“Oh, you must mean this.” Cait reached into her bodice and drew a slim four-inch dirk from the busk. “Only for protection. A lady can never be too careful.”

“Neither can a magus.” Sparks flew from his fingertips as Morgan intoned an obscure Latin phrase. The blade ripped from her hand and flew, turning end over end in the air. It finally stuck fast to the ornate iron filigree framing the long looking glass. Then her skirt jerked toward the glass as well, pinning her pocketed hand with the dagger between her body and the frame.

A giant lodestone. That explained the faint hum she’d heard when she stood before the mirror for the first time.

“Ye’ve a second knife, milady.” MacRath made a “tsking” sound. “That’ll cost ye.”

He made a sign in the air before his body, his fingertips leaving a shower of golden shimmers to form a charm. Cait cried out as her body was jerked by an unseen hand. It flipped her around till her spine was flat against the mirror, her arms pinioned at the wrists against the iron filigree as if she’d been manacled. She struggled and the looking glass swayed on its chains, but she remained stuck fast.

“Let me go!”

MacRath shook his head. “’Tis your oath holding ye. Ye swore on your own blood to kill Adam Cameron and now the iron in that blood has bound ye to the mirror’s frame.” He patted her cheek. “Should ye wish to scream, feel free. No one but me will hear ye, but I assure ye, I’ll enjoy it enough for a multitude.”

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Erin Kellison

Her rich imagination lets me look at the familiar and see it with fresh eyes.  Who is this fascinating person? Here are a few of the things Erin confesses about herself:

  • Has had ongoing science fiction epic in her head since childhood
  • Is scared of the dark
  • Storyboards scenes already written, but not what is to come
  • Seventh of eight kids (lucky seven! must mean something)
  • Wanted to be the Empress in The Neverending Story so I could wear the pearl on my forehead
  • Decorates to the nines at Christmas
  • Is still waiting for super powers to kick in
  • Would be villain if ever written into a book

Fire KissedFae Fire

It is Kaye Brand’s power to wield. But outcast from her kind, she’s been selling herself to the highest bidder – money for her survival in exchange for a magic glimpse into the flames of the future.

Angel Ice
One of the angelic Order, Jack Bastian has no use for a female like Kaye, as provocative and unexpected as her blazing beauty. Yet he has no choice but to hire her to uncover the secrets of his sworn enemy and her former fiance, Ferrol Grey.

War is inevitable between the defenders of the Order and the mage Houses who threaten to engulf the world in Shadow. For Jack, mage-born Kaye is off limits, no matter how hot the impossible attraction between them. But in the coming darkness, beset by danger and desire, everything is about to change…

For an excerpt, click here!

Silk Dreams

Silk Dreams

The paranormal element in Silk Dreams is that my heroine is an epileptic who was sold into slavery because her family thought her witched. She’s plagued by a recurring dream of the death by treachery of the one man who can set her free.

Two lost souls, one treacherous city–Is love enough magic to save them?

The Prize

Today you might win Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, Fire Kissed from Erin or Silk Dreams from me! You’ll also be entered in the drawing for the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here’s our question. Erin confessed an interesting list of things about herself. What little tidbit would you like to share about YOU?

58 thoughts on “Love, the Ultimate Magic

  1. Aretha says:

    I love to read up to 5 books at the same time :)

  2. Glenda says:

    A couple not surprising facts about me:
    – I’m addicted to reading and would NOT join readers anonymous if it were an option.
    – I’m borderline introvert/extrovert on every personality test I’ve ever taken. Usually with introvert winning by one point.
    – My loves are my DH, my (now young adult) children, and my pets.

  3. Alexisa N. says:

    Something about me, I live in a new world every week. Its all that’s to engineers like you.

  4. bn100 says:

    don’t read books in a series in order

  5. Christine A. says:

    I have a bag of peanut butter m&m’s that I stash away so that I don’t have to share with the kids. It’s the little things to look forward to!

  6. Armenia says:

    I have a bucket list in my head. One of the items is to learn how to play the piano. I have the keyboard, now just have to learn it.

  7. BETH SHEEHE says:

    I must confess I am a bookaholic, and believe everyone should be. :)

  8. Shirene_DFT says:

    I have an interesting accent part Southern USA and part Australian. I lived in Australia for nearly 12 years so my accent comes and goes depending on who and what I’m talking about.

  9. Diana Gould says:

    I don’t watch very much TV. A show here and there, but I’d rather be wrapped up in a good book. I am also a great cornhole player.

  10. Chelsea B. says:

    I loved how it was all of these sweet things and then, BOOM, ‘would be a villain.’ Classic.

    Hmmm… Let me think…

    Obsessed with owls.
    Black and white movies are just better.
    Pride and Prejudice never gets old.
    Sports not only go over my head but they loop back around and go over it a second time.

  11. Cate Sparks says:

    My life is an open book — no secrets here!

  12. Quilt Lady says:

    I love being outside. There are ten years between me and my little sister. I have one child. I use to make quilts but have not done so lately because I got really hooked on reading. I collect thimbles and books.

    I am sad to see the tour end I have really enjoyed.

  13. Elizabeth Gray says:

    Something that most people don’t know about me is that I like wrestling. I’ve been friends with a few of them.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray

  14. Janie McGaugh says:

    I’m a big Star Trek fan.

  15. Gwen H says:

    Thank you for a chance to win a free book! I love to make people laugh… what’s the similarity between sex and snow???? You never know how many inches you’re going to get or how long it will last….tee hee

  16. Elizabeth says:

    My husband and I met through World of Warcraft (online game). He’s from Australia so when we went for the immigration interview and told the officer how we met through WoW, she surprised us by saying a lot of couples she’s interviewed have met through the game too. I’m so use to people looking at us like we’re weird because we met through a video game.

    I start reading romance at 12. I sent in for the free harlequin books. Been hooked since.

    I love, love, love reading Harry Potter fanfiction. Big guilty pleasure. :P

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Fascinating. Someone needs to use that as the basis for a contemporary novel. Meeting in WOW qualifies as a “cute meet.”

  17. Viki S. says:

    No one in my family ever had breast cancer and then there was me. At 43 I found it, doctors didn’t think so. Trust yourself! I beat it. Never had chemo but blamed all ills on Tamoxifen ;).

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I glad to hear you’re doing better now, Viki. I’m a cancer survivor too. ;-)

  18. Theresa Fischer says:

    I am not a outdoorsy person. I love staying inside and reading a good book!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I really enjoy camping. My family camped all over the western states when I was a kid. Starry nights and singing around a campfire was our brand of vacation.

  19. Danny says:

    I collect wolves and dragons and I am working on my first paranormal romance

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good for you, Danny. Maybe you’ll do my Red Pencil Thursday sometime!

  20. Glittergirl says:

    What’s unique about me?…I’m left handed, creative, overcome shyness as a child (I was bullied for my weight) and have only had one instance of answering when my name was called and it wasn’t for me. My real name is rather unusual and when my Great Aunt came to visit who shares my name we both turned. Neither one of us had ever had that happen before :-). We looked at each other and laughed. Now, people remember me because I wear a lot of “glitter”. I use it as “anti-depression therapy”. Sparkly jewelry and fingernails bring a smile to my face when I need one and I then share my smile with others.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I too have struggled with weight most of my life. In kindergarten, I was the little fat girl who took up two spaces in the class photo.

  21. catslady says:

    I collect books and cats lol.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      How many cats do you have?

  22. Karin Anderson says:

    I was a dance major, but I never performed in a main stage show. However, I was the Stage Manager for 5 out of those 6 shows.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Anything connected with stage work is exciting, isn’t it?

  23. Heather Wohltman says:

    There’s not a whole lot that is unique about me. I read at least three novels a week and am an avid movie and television buff. However I can’t really say that’s all that unique. But I can curl my tongue.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Not everyone can curl their tongue, Heather.

  24. lexi says:

    Thank you for the great tidbits! I began writing in the second grade but it took reading countless books and almost 20 years later before I was ready to actually sit down and give doing what you amazing authors do a try!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good luck with your writing, Lexi!

  25. Amy Hart says:

    Thanks Mia and Erin. I am the oldest of two daughters. I have 3 kids of my own, 2 daughters and a son. I was obsessed with Willow when I was young and loved it so much I was almost going to name my last daughter Ellora Dannon. When I was a teen my obsessions were Xena Warrior Princess and a few Anime’s like Sailor Moon and Manga reading. I hate spiders! My favoritetype of book to read are historical romances. I’m a fan of fantasy stuff, obviously. Ummm, that’s enough I think.

    1. I still love WILLOW!! Thank you for reminding me! I have to show my kids!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Actually, I love Madmartigan!

  26. Sarah Meral says:

    My grandma got my mother with thirty and my mother got me with thirty. Easy to remember who is how old :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My grandmother was 20 when she had my dad. He was 20 when I was born. You’re right. It does make it easier to keep track of ages.

  27. Sheryl N says:

    When I was little I fell while I was running with a Tic Tac box and have the scar on my forehead to prove it. I am afraid of roaches, the ones here in the south can fly. I grew up on boats and I love to fish.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m with you on the roach thing. Ew!

  28. may says:

    Hmm… I can’t sing but I have to sing to my babies to keep them entertained…

    So sad that your tour is ending. :( Only 1 more day!

    1. Mia says:

      The 20Days event is ending, but my blog goes on. I hope you’ll come back often. ;-)

  29. Laurie W G says:

    I’m afraid to swim in the ocean. I have a fear of sharks and the strong undertow.

    I love music and dancing but I can’t sing and I have no sense of rhythm.

    I can’t draw.

    Love to read.

    1. Mia says:

      I love to read too, Laurie.

  30. Anita H. says:

    I’m musically inclined- I play the piano, the clarinet and I sing in my younger days(not as much now since I don’t have as much time to devote to music).

    1. Mia says:

      Good for you! I play the piano too. My undergrad degree was in Music.

  31. Ada says:

    When I was very young, I ran through a screen door at my aunt’s house and I didn’t even know it….and I survived without a scratch! LOL!!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I walked into a fan when I was little. Still have the scar on my toe to prove it.

  32. Aly P says:

    I love reading, but I haven’t read a book, from cover to cover in my native language[and for pleasure since university books don’t count] for more then 4 years. I am the eldest from my generation, between cousins and my sister. I love to travel and one day I want to move to London, UK.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I admire you for being bilingual! What is your first language?

      London is perhaps my favorite city in the world.

      1. Aly P says:

        I’m from Romania :)

        Mine as well! Besides the great architecture they have amazing bookstores :D

  33. Linda Thum says:

    I’m the 3rd daughter of a 3rd daughter. I can wiggle my ears. Other than that I’m hopelessly average (less than average at times!).

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I can wiggle mine too! I used this unusual ability to debunk my science teacher’s assertion that the muscles that allowed humans to do that were vestigial thereby proving evolution. Not in my case. Guess we’re not as “evolved” (not that I believe in evolution anyway! I think we’re something much more special than a product of slime and time.)

  34. Mary Preston says:

    I’m one of seven children, six girls and then a ‘baby’ brother. My parents had two girls about a year apart then a 5 year gap, another two again about a year apart, five year gap, two more a year apart & then five years later my brother. It was kind of like having a twin each. My brother always longed for a sibling his age & sex.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My DH is the baby in his family. I always kid him that he’s the 8th of 7 children–sort of a surprise for his parents since there’s quite a gap between him and his nearest sister.

  35. Thank you, Mia and Erin. Alas, there’s only one thing unusual about me. Though I live in a small town in the Bible Belt, and have for most of my life, I’m a Buddhist. Other than that, everything about me is very ordinary.

    I agree with you that love is the ultimate magic. It can transform a person, enabling someone to accomplish that which would otherwise be impossible. And it can easily get out of control! The results can be totally unexpected.

    Your twenty-day blog event is almost over. But it’s been fun! Good luck!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my reader event, Mary Anne! Good luck to you in the drawings.

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