June 18, 2013

Spotlight on: The Magic Seasons Series by Jacqueline Paige


From Beltane Magic
Book I in the Magic Seasons
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Available in eformats and paperback
Publisher: Class Act Books

Purchase Links:
Amazon    Class Act Books

Step into a world of magic and passions....
 

Take a dash of spice, heat it
Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Toss in a killer that's targeting women
Add a handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together...
Each were willing to spend their lives alone and safe; until they’re touched by Beltane Magic.
Can they survive their pasts to be together as they struggle to find a killer before the wheel turns again?

Synopsis:
Leena is a woman that is gentle in everything, her personality and moods. She always feels maternal with her closest friends and would go out of their way to look after any one of them. Her ability of controlling the elements and knowledge of plants make her magic abilities strong and unbreakable.  She is a leader at work and in life, always working hard to keep those around her close, but never allowing anyone to get too close.  

To the outside world she is just Leena Duncan, a quiet woman who works a normal job and lived a quiet life.   

A few times a year she can openly use her magical gifts at celebrations within a small community of people she calls friends. 

Having lived through the horrors that can come from the hands of someone you thought loved you; she decided never loving again would prevent more emotional scarring.  

It takes one man at a rainy Beltane celebration to change everything she is comfortable with and one killer to change her safe world. 

Owen is a man that reflects humor and cavalier vibrations to others, he is gentle and caring as is his ability to draw negative and heal others. If you didn’t know him, you would never realize he came from violence.  Knowing how the real world can be, he has vowed to never put himself into the position, or allow anyone else that could open up the world he has carefully sealed shut forever.   

He creates worlds and puts them on paper to entertain others.  After years of using his imagination he finds out his friends can do things he thought only his mind created.    

For his entire adult life Owen Grey has always played it safe and kept to his own world of writing, never getting too close to anyone. 

Having lived a nightmare growing up he would never take the chance of repeating history.  He may write about happily-ever-after, but knows it is pure fantasy and doesn’t exist. 

Until her . . . 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a slow starter for me. It took me a while to really get into the actual story because I was too busy trying to keep all of the characters straight. The story starts out and introduces us to a group of four women who work together and are friends, and they each have magical abilities. Then, before I had a chance to really identify all of them, we are introduced to a group of four guys who are obviously going to end up being love interests for each of the women.

I really liked the concept of a world of magic and mysticism, but not everyone is the same. Not everyone has the same kind of magic. Some of them practice elemental magic, some follow a god or goddess, some follow voodooism, and others just seem to follow their intuition. Plus, magic is not a out-in-the-open practice in this world, so this group of friends has to keep their talents undercover.

I liked the characters of Leena and Owen that took front and center in this book. They both come from abusive backgrounds - Leena in the form of an abusive ex-husband and Owen from an abusive father. They each have their own obstacles that they feel they have to overcome before they are ready for a relationship. Of course, at first they both insist that they don't want a relationship, but fate will have it's way. I would complain about the insta-love feeling between Leena and Owen (even though they don't act on it immediately), but the back story about Leena having a crush on Owen during high school lends it credibility, but only just enough. Also, Owen and Leena's relationship progresses at a snail's pace, and I was so ready for something to happen WAY before it did. I mean, they shared a couple of hot kisses, but I guess the erotica lover in me was just ready for them to get naked.

Overall, this book was pretty good. The story was interesting. I love this world of fantasy and magic, and when you throw in a heavy dose of romance and a psychopath on a murder spree, it can only get better. I can only predict that the next couple of books in the series will focus on another guy/girl pair from this group of eight, so I can't wait to see how their stories play out.


The Solstice Heat –
Book II in the Magic Seasons series
By Jacqueline Paige
Publisher buy link: Class Act Books

Step into a world of magic and passions....
Take a dash of spice, heat it
Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Toss in a killer that's targeting women
Add a handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together...

Separated by two different life styles yet their passion and magic ignite sparks hotter than the Solstice heat.
Can they work out a way to be together as they try to stop a killer from striking again?

Synopsis:

Kasey is a woman that exudes energy and brightness; she is as equally passionate when angry as she is when she’s happy. The energy she carries from life comes through in all her magical workings with spells and stones, giving them great magical strength. She is a dreamer and often wishes she could re-write her own story so that she was charming and sophisticated enough to be with a certain wealthy male lawyer she wants more than anything else.
Chris is a force of strength and experience that is carefully hidden behind the easy mannerism he has adapted so carefully.  There is nothing he cannot do where magic is concerned and he has tried all manner of things, whether right or wrong.  His fortune has left him wanting for nothing else in life, except the one thing money can’t buy him, the woman he feels too unclean to approach.

Separated by two different life styles yet their passion and magic ignite sparks hotter than the Solstice heat.

Can they work out a way to be together as they try to stop a killer from striking again?


The Solstice Heat (Magic Seasons #2)The Solstice Heat by Jacqueline Paige

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Solstice Heat is book two in the Magic Seasons series, and it brings us Kasey and Chris' story - the second couple out of the group of 8 friends that was introduced to us in book one. Book two in a series usually leaves me feeling a little disappointed, but I have to say that this one pretty much met my expectations. It did feel a little like a repeat of book one, in that the couples are pairing off and relationships are slowly developing and evolving, all while trying to prevent a murderer from striking again.

Kasey and Chris' relationship took front and center in this book, and I was really pleased with their story arc. They want to be together, but they each have their own different reasons for why they don't take the next step. However, the feelings that they have cannot be denied. Once again, very similar to Leena and Owen's relationship in book one. However, the story is so well written and developed that I didn't mind the deja vu feeling.

I was able to connect more with Kasey in this book than with Leena in book one, and that may be why I liked the story a little bit more. Kasey is a firecracker underneath her shy, quite demeanor. She comes off as an introvert, preferring to be scribbling away in her journal writing rather than being the center of attention. Chris is just amazing. He seems to be one of the more magically powerful in the group which to me makes him very intriguing. And he has his fair share of skeletons in his closet that leaves him feeling unworthy of being with Kasey.

I also like how Jacqueline Paige has cleverly centered the murders around the different festival times of the pagan and magical worlds. It makes for lively settings and a feeling of a constantly ticking clock. The glimpses into the phyche of the killer are very disturbing, and just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, as much if not more than book one, and I can't wait to continue on to book three.

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Harvest Dreams
Book III in the Magic Seasons series
By Jacqueline Paige
Publisher buy link: Class Act Books

Armed with magic and a plan ...
Armed with magic and a plan for the Lammas festival as a group they are determined to stop the killer from harming anyone again.
With a plan of his own, Steven decides to persuade Rachel that they’re meant to be together.
Synopsis:
Rachel is a woman that lives carefree with a buoyant recklessness. She loves being a flirt and has spent many years indulging that side of her personality. Her energy draws others; her character is to protect all those that cannot protect themselves.  When she’s not riding on life, she is helping children less fortunate then herself. 
Steven is man that gives more than his energy usually allows.  He is a highly respected pediatrician that always goes that extra step to ensure all in his care are receiving his utmost attention.  He often sacrifices sleep to spend time with his friends, and he can’t seem to help affably chasing the skirt of the one woman that breaks his easy going charm and makes him forget he’s supposed to be the jovial.  He hides his strength in body and magic, never letting others know that he is more than the carefree man with everything he needs.   
Armed with magic and a plan for the Lammas festival as a group they are determined to stop the killer from harming anyone again.  With a plan of his own, Steven decides he’s done waiting for Rachel to see that they’re meant to be together and takes things into his own hands.
Excerpt: 


She was pushing back at him, causing burns to bite along his skin.  “That all you’ve got, Angel?” He growled.  Lifting his hands, palms towards the door, he hissed out a breath and shoved with all of the frustration he felt inside.

He heard her voice cry out in surprise and his magic faltered just long enough for her to fight back.  It wasn’t stinging bites this time it was like an explosion that slammed into him and shoved him back hard into the wall across from the door.

He stood there and took a few breaths, trying to regain his focus.

Dade turned and looked at him with his mouth hanging open. “What the…”

Steven shook his head and stepped back over to the door.  Chris met his look.  Steven clenched his jaw a few times and glanced at him again.  “How attached to this lovely door are you?”

Chris shrugged.  “Not as attached as I am to the little witch in there I’m going to strangle , as soon as I make sure she’s all right.”

“Good.”  Steven stepped back a few feet from the door.  “Last chance, Rach. Open the door.”  His tone was stronger than he had ever used before.

A brush of air pushed him back a foot.  “Fine, we’ll do it that way!”  The other men stepped back further as he clenched his jaw and raised his hands towards the door again. 

The floor trembled slightly just before it starting to shake violently.  He jerked his hands up and the hinges snapped. Sparks flew in all directions as he broke through the magic the protection charm the women had put on it. 

Steven lifted his hands and the door flew up a few feet from the floor and then set down on the floor with a thud.  He stepped in the door and looked down at the women sitting in a circle.  Rachel stood among them panting and looking as mad as he felt. “That was being nice.”  He smiled at her glare.

Chris gave him a wide birth as he stepped in and immediately met Kasey’s eyes.  She was chewing on her lower lip.  He pointed to the spot in front of him.  She stood up and walked over to him with her eyes shooting darts at him.  “I thought we agreed you ladies weren’t doing anything like this again.”

Cora leaned back against the cushions.  “No you men decided, we weren’t really asked.”  Dade shot her a stare.

Rachel stepped right in front of Steven.  “Cute trick, doc!”  He just stared down at her.  “You know we would have included all of you if you had a reasonable thought in your heads!”

The floor began to shake beneath them as he glared at her. 

She stomped a foot and it stopped immediately.  “You need to stop,” she said quietly.

Steven turned and walked from the room, sending the door crashing down the hall with a wave of his hand.

Autumn Dance
Book IV in the Magic Seasons series
At the autumn gathering twelve angry and determined witches use their power to draw out the killer before anyone else can become a victim. 

Synopsis:
With his magic ability Dade has control like no other— if he had that in his everyday life he could have the one thing he wants.
 Coralee is a woman that represents grace and simplicity.  She has the skill of being able to feel emotion, aura and see beyond the now.  The pain sometimes associated with this gift has forced her to live her life from a distance.  She decided early in life what she wanted, and returned from her years away at school set to obtain her biggest dream. Unfortunately she has found the past few years lacking just that as she waits for the man she wants to stop and look at her instead of every female that throws themselves in his path.   
Dade is a man that follows life simply, yet his charitable personality brings him a wealth of   satisfaction.  He is the first to lend a hand, the last to stay and help and the one everyone calls when something goes wrong.  Even though his own generous nature fills his life, he still manages to find time enough to get himself into a mess at every turn and spends most of the time imploring forgiveness from the one sexy voodoo woman he can’t seem to get close to. 
 

Excerpt 

Steven slumped down in the seat as Dade drove them back to Cora’s to unload everything.  Closing his eyes he sighed.  Sleep! Soon! 
“Do you know where I can get a horse?” 
He opened his eyes and looked at Dade.  “There’s a horse on the list?” 
Dade looked at him and frowned.  “What? No!” 
Steven sat back up.  “Should I even ask what the hell you want a horse for?” 
Dade smirked.  “You said you wanted to see me top all of you guys.” 
Steven pinched the bridge of his nose for a second.  “And you need a horse to do this?” 
Dade nodded.  “Yeah, a white one.” 
Steven put his head down and chuckled.  “Do you even know how to ride a horse, I’m assuming you planning on riding it.”
Dade shrugged.  “How hard can it be?” 
“Oh! I can’t get in shit for taking pictures this time.”  He took a calming breath trying not to laugh again.  “I have a patient, well his parents own a horse farm, if you’re serious.” 
 Dade grinned.  “I’m serious.” 
He leaned over towards him.  “You’re not going to ride a horse into Cora’s house are you?
Winter Mist
Book V The Magic Seasons series
Jacqueline Paige 
Release date: March 15, 2013 
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Step into a world of magic and passions....
Take a dash of spice, heat it
Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Toss in a killer that's targeting women
Add a handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together...
Synopsis:
Patrick is a man that has lived a violent life undercover in all the wrong places, for too long.  His light charm carefully keeps others from seeing the dangerous man that lies inside.  He is the first for justice and will go out of his way to keep the innocent safe.  He finds himself falling for the woman that was a victim of a sick and vile person and is caught between keeping her out of harm’s way and completing the job he needs to finish.
Rhonda is a woman that becomes a victim to the vicious attack of a killer.  Even though she survives, she will have to learn to live with the scars for the rest of her life.  In hiding she has to rebuild the strength to get through it. She is forced to spend her days and nights in the company of a detective, that seems to have no other plan in life than to constantly aggravate her and make her want things she may never have again.
 When Patrick’s cover is blown and he is badly injured, the group of friends pull together to keep him and the recovering victim of a killer safe.  As a result, the group of twelve become targets of the criminals after Patrick and have to live together in a safe house for Yule.
Can twelve witches follow orders or will they take matters into their own hands?
Excerpt:


Walt looked around at the three women, then to the giant in front of him. “Who the hell are you and where’s Blaine?” 
Dexter shrugged. “He’s not here.”
Walt backed toward the door a bit, pulling Bob with him for cover. He pointed the gun at the large man. “We’ll be going then.”
Dexter shook his head. “I don’t think so.” 
Walt shoved Bob as hard as he could toward the other man and reached for the door at the same time. He pulled it open only to have it jerked from his hand and close with a loud bang. “What the...” He spun around and pointed the gun at the man again. Bob was lying in a heap on the floor as if he’d fainted. Idiot.
He pointed the gun at the longhaired woman and grinned. “Walk over here real slowly.” Her eyebrows went up in a look of shock.
“I don’t think so,” she said softly.
The short blonde flung an arm up and growled. “I don’t like you pointing a gun at my friends.” The gun jerked out of his hand and floated toward the big man, who reached out and plucked it out of midair.
He flipped the safety on and tucked it into the waist of his jeans. “You should listen to her friend.”
“What are you people?” Walt looked from the longhaired one back to the short blonde.
“Sexy.” The black haired woman said softly as she stepped from around the man holding his gun. “And slightly irritated because you barged in here.”
Walt stared at her for a second then turned back toward the door.
“Leaving so soon?” She purred. His back was against the wall, his feet not touching the ground. His shocked expression looked down at Rachel, as his heart tried to climb into his throat.

Guest Post by author Jacqueline Paige:


The characters from The Magic Seasons series

I fell in love with each and every one of them.  For almost two years while I was writing this series they were with me all the time, whether I was working, trying to fall asleep or making dinner.  I didn’t want to let them go and deep down inside I haven’t, there will be more to the series later, much later.

While each character is in all of the series, with news being added in later on, I tried to focus on a couple in each book so we could really get to know them.  I didn’t plot their pasts, I sat down and found their names and general personality and then let them come to life and share with me what they were all about.

This is why I fell in love with all of them:

In From Beltane Magic:

Leena is so calm and serene at times writing her scenes and just typing her dialogue made me feel a peace, it was quite amazing to experience.   Aileena (Leena) is a woman that is gentle in everything, her personality and moods. She always feels maternal with her closest friends and would go out of their way to look after any one of them. Her ability of controlling the elements and knowledge of plants make her magic abilities strong and unbreakable.  She is a leader at work and in life, always working hard to keep those around her close, but never allowing anyone to get too close.

Owen is the strong, silent type of male.  He reminded me of a giant teddy bear when I was writing his parts. Who doesn’t love a teddy bear?  Owen is a man that reflects humor and cavalier vibrations to others, he is gentle and caring as is his ability to draw negative and heal others. If you didn’t know him, you would never realize he came from violence.  Knowing how the real world can be, he has vowed to never put himself into the position, or allow anyone else that could open up the world he has carefully sealed shut forever

In The Solstice Heat:

Kasey makes me tired just watching her fly across the pages.  She also makes me laugh and that’s never a bad thing. Kassandra (Kasey) is a woman that exudes energy and brightness; she is as equally passionate when angry as she is when she’s happy. The energy she carries from life comes through in all her magical workings with spells and stones, giving them great magical strength. She is a dreamer and often wishes she could re-write her own story so that she was charming and sophisticated enough to be with a certain wealthy male lawyer she wants more than anything else.

Chris has a dark, powerful magnetism that he keeps carefully under wraps.  I enjoyed unraveling his secrets and finding out what made him that way. Christopher is a force of strength and experience that is carefully hidden behind the easy mannerism he has adapted so carefully.  There is nothing he cannot do where magic is concerned and he has tried all manner of things, whether right or wrong.  His fortune has left him wanting for nothing else in life, except the one thing money can’t buy him, the woman he feels too unclean to approach.

In Harvest Dreams:

Rachel with her careless and recklessness I find myself just a little envious but love her just the same. Rachel is a woman that lives carefree with a buoyant recklessness. She loves being a flirt and has spent many years indulging that side of her personality. Her energy draws other; her character is to protect all those that cannot protect themselves.  When she’s not riding on life, she is helping children less fortunate then herself. 

Steven, at first I thought he was the comedian in the group, but I was shocked to find out there was so much more under the surface. Steven (Doc) is man that gives more than his energy usually allows.  He is a highly respected pediatrician that always goes that extra step to ensure all in his care are receiving his utmost attention.  He often sacrifices sleep to spend time with his friends, and he can’t seem to help affably chasing the skirt of the one woman that breaks his easy going charm and makes him forget he’s supposed to be the jovial.  He hides his strength in body and magic, never letting others know that he is more than the carefree man with everything he needs.

In Autumn Dance:

Cora is so graceful and forgiving there is no way I couldn’t find myself drawn to her. Coralee is a woman that represents grace and simplicity.  She has the skill of being able to feel emotion, aura and see beyond the now.  The pain sometimes associated with this gift has forced her to live her life from a distance.  She decided early in life what she wanted, and returned from her years away at school set to obtain her biggest dream. Unfortunately she has found the past few years lacking just that as she waits for the man she wants to stop and look at her instead of every female that throws themselves in his path.

Dade despite nothing ever turning out quite like he wanted it to, I loved the way he tried to help everyone.  Dade is a man that follows life simply, yet his charitable personality brings him a wealth of   satisfaction.  He is the first to lend a hand, the last to stay and help and the one everyone calls when something goes wrong.  Even though his own generous nature fills his life, he still manages to find time enough to get himself into a mess at every turn and spends most of the time imploring forgiveness from the one sexy voodoo witch he can’t seem to ever get close to.   

In Winter Mist:

Rhonda, I could never survive as she has, her strength and determination amazes me. Rhonda is a woman that becomes a victim to the vicious attack of a killer.  Even though she survives, she will have to learn to live with the scars for the rest of her life.  In hiding she has to rebuild the strength to get through it. She is forced to spend her days and nights in the company of a detective, that seems to have no other plan in life than to constantly aggravate her and get in her way.   

Patrick is the hero in my Magic Seasons world, he came out of nowhere and it took me a long time to find out what makes him tick. Patrick is a man that has lived a rough life undercover in all the wrong places, for too long.  His light Irish charm carefully keeps others from seeing the dangerous man that lies inside.  He is the first for justice and will go out of his way to keep the innocent safe.  He finds himself falling for the woman that was a victim of a sick and vile person and is caught between keeping her out of harm’s way and completing the job he needs to finish. She shows no fear of him and slowly tears away the walls that surround him.

About the Author:
Jacqueline Paige is a world class multi-tasker being a mother to five adventurous and unpredictable children, a cafe manager and having a colossal imagination that allows her to step outside of reality into a world of paranormal romance —with just a touch of suspense.
Jacqueline lives in Ontario, Canada and avoids the ever changing weather of the region she lives in by creating other worlds to fall into in her stories of all things paranormal.
Her first book was published in 2009 and since then has published ten.  She is always writing and currently has more than a dozen stories in one stage or another of the writing process.
You can find all of Jacqueline’s books at:  www.jacqpaige.webs.com

 












1 comment:

  1. Sorry for the tardiness - I was in bed all day yesterday with a mutant migraine.

    Thanks so much for having the Magic Seasons here and taking the time to read them!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for your comment! I read each and every one of them, I swear. :)

 
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