“Last Chance captures the essence of Southern charm and quirkiness. I’m totally captivated!” — Sherryl Woods, New York Times bestselling author
Molly Canaday wishes she could repair her life as easily as she fixes cars. She was all set to open her own body shop in Last Chance when her mother ran off and left her to manage the family yarn shop instead. Now guided by the unsolicited-though well-intended-advice of the weekly knitting club, Molly works to untangle this mess. But her plan unravels when the new landlord turns out to be difficult-as well as tall, dark, and handsome.
Simon Wolfe returns to quickly settle his father’s estate and then leave Last Chance for good. Still wounded by a broken heart, Simon is surprised when the town’s charming streets and gentle spirit bring back good memories. Soon the beautiful, strong-willed Molly sparks a powerful attraction that tempts him to break his iron-clad no-commitment rule. Can Simon and Molly find a way to share work space-and build a future together in Last Chance?
I did not even know that this book was a part of a series until I started writing this review. Hope Ramsay did an outstanding job of giving enough of the background as the story progressed that I never would have guessed that I had missed the first 5 books in this series. That is a quality that not many authors have and I am thrilled that I have previous books to go and explore now.
On to the story! The characters in this story are developed and unique. Molly our lead character is by far my favorite. I love that she is a strong woman standing up and doing what she wants in what is considered to be a man’s world! She likes cars and restoration and she isn’t going to apologize for it. One quickly realizes that there is more to Molly than meets the eye. While she talks good talk about not wanting a relationship, there is something deep down that gives you a different indication. Simon well to be honest irritated me for much of teh story. I am not sure what it was about him that just left me frustrated. Buck up! So what if you though you wanted one thing in life and it is turning out differently! That being said, he grew on me as the story progressed. Once he started owning his life, I came to like him. I also enjoyed all of the supporting character in the story. Everyone from Simon’s gay friend to Muffin the dog. The supporting characters in this story were just as strong as the main characters. This is also something that I do not see consistently.
The plot line was strong exploring Molly and Simon and all their life hang ups. What I really enjoyed about this story were all of the sub plot lines running at the same time. They do a nice job of crossing over each other and the main plot line. Molly’s mother up and leaving town to see the world leaves Molly with all of the responsibility of not only the household but the knitting shop. There is Simon’s father dying and the struggles with his mother. Simon’s art plays a large role as does Molly’s Shelby and trying to save it when Simon’s uncle takes control of Simon’s father’s Ford dealership. And there are a few more lines running at the same time.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and the character. I will be going back and checking out the first 5 books in the series just to see what I have missed.
The long-awaited sequel to Chaos Born takes us back into the Applecross, where Lora faces increasing threats to her survival and her chance at love.
Lora Blackgoat — mercenary and smuggler — has only just recovered from the last threat on her life and hasn’t even begun to sort out the mess of having both a nephilim warrior and a reborn hellspawn as potential lovers. Work should be a refuge, but a job finding missing persons puts her in the crosshairs of a violent gang and a merchant with a taste for blood sport.
Reluctantly, Lora turns to the two men in her life for help. Roman — the nephilim — professes to be her soul mate and turns to her when he feels the darkness of nephilim madness descending. But though Lora is drawn to Roman, it is Seth, ex-lover and reborn hellspawn, who Lora must ultimately ask to protect those she loves. Can she trust Seth to save Roman and her adoptive family, or will this be a fatal mistake?
Rebekah lives in sunny Queensland and has worked in the past as a graphic designer. She now does freelance work when her kids are looking the other way. An avid writer since she could scrawl in her dad’s expensive encyclopedias, she has progressed from horsey stories to tales of dark fantasy with lashings of romance and a sprinkling of horror.
Her vices include eating overpriced ice cream, over analyzing 80s action and horror movies and buying stationery she just doesn’t need.
Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she’s bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by his wicked grin and rock-hard body. Now she can’t resist finishing what they started-as long as she doesn’t let herself fall in love . . .
TWICE AS TEMPTING
Aiden Downey threw away the best thing he ever had when he let Sadie go, and now he’s determined to win back the woman he’s always wanted. Sadie agrees to let him into her life-and her bed-as long as there are no strings attached. But Aiden’s not about to make the same mistake again. Can he convince her to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?
Sadie is a really nice girl who has been disappointed by the men she has let into her life. Her ex-fiance dumped her on the eve of their wedding for none other than Sadie’s sister. Like any normal woman, this made her very untrusting of men and vowed to never date. That is until she meet Aiden, who somehow convinced her that he was worth more than her one date rule. But just like in the past, Sadie was left high and dry when Aiden’s mother get ill and her breaks it offer with Sadie. Aiden also has trouble of his own – his ex-wife left with his business partner and took everything in the divorce.
Aiden know that he made a huge mistake when he let Sadie go, but he left that he had no choice since he was footing the bill for his mother’s care. Aiden hasn’t seen Sadie in a long time, until his cousin’s wedding. Sadie know that she never healed from Aiden’s actions, but she is firm in her thoughts that he can’t fix what he did. After the wedding, she seems to run into Aiden everywhere. It turns out to be almost everyday and it is getting harder and harder for to face her feelings for him. Aiden knows that he is not going to give up until he can win Sadie back.
This a quick read that leaves you with a feeling good happy ending.
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks—no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
I loved the first two books in this series so I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Isaiah’s story. The great thing about Katie McGarry ‘s writing style is that you can read this book as a stand alone if you have not read the first two books. For those who have read the first two, you get some update as to how our old friends are doing. This was not my favorite story in this series. While I liked getting to know more about Isaiah and what drives him, I really felt that Rachel was a weak character. I know in part that was done intentionally but she is not who I pictured for Isaiah. Rachel is just such a loner and so overprotected by her brothers. I never felt that the true Rachel was shown. I think that there were times where she felt true. This was mostly when she was dealing with cars.
One thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the supporting characters. I liked in part Rachel’s brothers, while I felt that they were over protective, they brought a lot of dynamics to the story. The supporting character that I enjoyed the most was Abby. She has such a spunky fun personality yet she has that soft side that pokes it’s way out. She brought so much to the story!
Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. It is a good solid contemporary romance.
The unrelenting cheer in Fool’s Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don’t happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they’re estranged. She won’t add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother’s best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she’s recruited to stage the Fool’s Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.
Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers’ feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he’s unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend’s sister–off-limits unless he’s willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….
A great story to get you in the holiday mood! I will say that I have read all of the books in the Fool’s Gold series and this followed what I have come to expect from this series and author. That is kind of a double edged sword for me to be honest. I saw that because the book follows the same pattern which mean these stories are getting very predictable and takes away some of the fun of the love story.
That aside I really did enjoy Dante and Evie’s story. Evie has arrived back in Fool’s Gold, pretty much the last place she wants to be, after a dance injury. She is teaching dance to a group of young students when the studio owner decides to take off with her new man. This leaves Evie to try to figure out the annual dance recital on her own. She has not idea how she is going to make it happen and is blown away by the towns response. Dante is a jaded lawyer who is less than thrilled with the little town of Fool’s Gold and the tap tap taping that takes place above his head in the dance studio. Things are going really well for Evie and Dante until Dante remembers that he does not want a relationship and disappears just before Christmas and breaking Evie. As expected, things all come together in the end. A great Christmas story.
New Adult Best Seller - Recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.
Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.
Addicted to You was a raw power read. I am not exactly sure where to start with my review of this story. Mostly because it is like nothing I have even read. While I know that it is the reality for many people, it also scares me as to what future generations are faced with.
Loren and Lily have been friends forever through their families. They both have fun demons that they have been hiding from everyone until they both realize that if they fake that their are in a relationship they can cover for each other and hide. Lily is addicted to sex and porn. She has been know to have random hook-ups in bathrooms while other are out dancing at the club. Loren is addicted to liquor. His family think that he has stopped drinking but he hasn’t. Lily and Loren have been hiding their secrets for the last 3 years while pretending they are in a relationship.
The beginning of the book shows us what their lives have come to and it is a very real and sad reflection on what could happen to anyone. Somehow as real and painful the book is it just sucked me in and while I kept thinking that things would start to get better and they would figure out their issues, it just didn’t happen. Things got worse and worse for these two. It was unexpected when some random people come into the story and their lives begin to unravel before their eyes. It all comes out and they have to figure out how to move forward.
He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.
With her dream of becoming jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack..
Racing Savannah was a great feel good read. Savannah has recently moved to Cedar Hills Farms when her father took a job with the farm, an opportunity that he could not pass by since he got She Who Must Not Be Named pregnant. Now it is just two days before her senior year is to start and she as to try to settle into a new home, which six other staff member, try to find herself a new job and start her senior year of high school. Needless to say she is one frustrated girl. She has doubts as to if the trainer at Cedar Hills Farms will feel that she has the ability to be an exercise rider with horses at Kentucky Derby quality. While thinking about her next steps while walking up the drive, a horse flies by her and she immediately takes action and calms the horse who is quickly followed by someone on horseback. This turns out to be the owner’s son, who Savannah has not met and has been warned to keep a distance from. Jack Goodwin is also a senior at the school she will be attending and he mistakes her for a tourist looking for a tour and lays on the charm. That is before his father shows up and announces that Savannah is the new groom’s daughter.
Savannah moves forward with trying to get a job at Cedar Hills Farms even though she doesn’t think her father believes she can. When she asks for the job, she is granted and interview under Jack’s direction since her is currently learning to run the farm. Jack’s condition is that she rides Star, the spooked horse that she captured when they first met. His father quickly overturns this but Jack is adamant that he see Savannah ride Star. She wishes she knew why. Just when she thinks she is offered a job starting the following Monday, Jack throws her a curve ball and says she will start the next morning by warming up Star before his race and then he will make a decision. Savannah rides Star better than the jockey and lands herself a job which turns into more than she could ever imagine. Savannah is quickly offered the job as an apprentice jockey and her father wants to tell her she cannot do it but she overcomes all the odds. She figures out that Star is afraid of men and will perform better with her riding!
Not only does Savannah’s riding life change but she quickly finds new friends at this school and finds herself falling for Jack even thought they are not supposed to be together. She is also asks that her wages be taken in order for her father’s new woman to earn her wages so that things go ok with her soon to be younger sibling.
There is a lot going on in the story and there are things that really surprised me. While it was an easy read, it was complex and ever changing. Miranda Kenneally does an outstanding job of taking sports that people do not understand completely and turning them into an easy to understand fluid story. I highly recommend you check this book out!
Thanks so much for hosting me on my book tour for my new release, Logan’s Acadian Wolves. I really appreciate the opportunity to do an author interview. It is great to be here with you and your readers! J
Can you please share with us a little about yourself?
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children, dog and cat. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with my husband and children. I love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains.
Have you always wanted to be an author? I have always wanted to write a book, but I don’t think that is the same thing as considering yourself a writer. I don’t think I considered myself a writer until I submitted autism articles and was published in a magazine. Then, I was like, “Hmm…maybe I can write.”
Can you share with us your typical writing day. Is there anything you have to have while writing? I don’t start with a word count on Chapter One, but once I really get into it, by Chapter Two, I try to write around 3,000 words a day. It forces me to keep going and remember what’s happening in the book, the previous scene, etc.
I write a scene at time, but the words and actions of the characters have to be in my mind before I start. So when I’m writing it is like I can’t shut my mind off. Whether I’m at the gym or in the shower, I’m constantly thinking about what is going to happen in the next scene of my book, exactly how it’s going to play out and what the characters are going to say. It just goes on like that day after day until the book is finished. Then I let it sit a few days and run back through every word for my own edits before I send it off to my editor.
What would you say is the most challenging or rewarding part of writing? Chapter one is always the hardest for me to write, but after that, it usually flows.
Can you please tell us about your latest book? Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4) is my latest release. Logan was Tristan’s beta, in Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3). Without giving away spoilers, Logan found himself in an unfortunate predicament at the very end of Tristan’s book. In Logan’s Acadian Wolves, he must rise to the challenges and struggles this new chapter of his life brings as well as find love.
How did you come with the idea for this story? I don’t sit and write an outline. But I spend a lot of time thinking about scenes. When one scene is complete, it leads me to the next, and the characters end up telling their story.
Can you share with us your current work in progress? I’m currently working on the next book in the series, which will focus on Leopold Devereoux. Leopold is a dark, sexy alpha vampire who is a secondary character in Luca’s, Tristan’s and Logan’s books. At the end of Logan’s book, he makes a startling discovery, which is about to change his life.
Who are some of your favorite authors? There are so many great authors out there; it’s difficult to pick just one. If I had to narrow it down, I would say JR Ward. Her stories literally pull you in and won’t let you go. I can remember reading all of her books over the course of a month, one after another, and thinking, ‘this should be an HBO series’. I literally was up all night reading her books. She creates a new world in which there are traditions, culture and intrigue that is so realistic, you feel you are there in their world. You find yourself emotionally tied to fictitious characters because her writing makes you feel like they are real people.
I also really enjoy thrillers and mysteries. James Patterson is one of my favorite writers too. His books are amazing.
Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style? I feel some of my favorite indie authors inspire me to write and to keep writing. There are so many wonderful authors out there, and I’m grateful to have so many great books to read at the end of the day.
Open your book to a random page and please reads us a few lines.
“Heart racing, Wynter passed through the doorway and looked up at the magnificent stranger who’d saved her. As his eyes locked on hers, her breath caught in her lungs. Alpha.”
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I just started reading by Darkness Seduced by Stephanie Rowe. Not sure how I missed reading this series, The Order of the Blade, but I just finished the first book, and it was great.
Have you ever used anyone from your real life encounters in any of your books?
Yes. I have a few friends who’ve asked me to use their names as characters in a book and so I wrote them into it. LOL J
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while you were writing?
I guess the most surprising thing I learned about myself was that I could write an entire book. I started out writing non-fiction articles about autism, which is so much different than writing a fiction book. They are shorter and also, when I write about autism, I write about what I know, which is much easier. Along the way, I discovered my own writing process, and still, I’m not sure why I write the way I do. I just know that the characters just kind of speak to me in my head and then I write out a scene at a time. Then it just goes on and on like that until it’s finished. But the end product is a result of lots of editing by my editor as well as the incorporation of beta reader feedback.
Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Acadian Wolves’ Alpha, Logan Reynaud, rescues a beautiful woman in the dead of night. Intrigued by the mysterious human, the commanding Alpha is determined to elicit all of her secrets, including her deepest fantasies. After tragedy strikes, Logan discovers dangerous adversaries are planning an attack in his city. Driven by responsibility and honor, Logan must protect both his pack and the woman who’s captivated his attention.
Dr. Wynter Ryan, a leading virologist, is fascinated with her charismatic protector. As the chemistry ignites between her and the dominant Alpha, she relinquishes her ties to the past, embracing ecstasy and submission within his arms and intrepidly acquiescing to her own adventurous instincts. Succumbing to desire, she learns to trust her Alpha, discovering what it means to be wolf.
Passion and mystery on the bayou stirs Logan’s wolf, demanding he claim his mate. Yet Wynter’s a distraction he can’t afford when his priority is to lead his new pack. Will Logan surrender to the uncontrollable need to claim Wynter as his mate? And will he be able to keep her alive, finding the killer who threatens the Acadian Wolves?
Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m menage, and is intended for adult readers only.
Other Books in Series:
Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1)
Kym Grosso is the author of the erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. The series currently includes Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1), Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3) and Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4).
In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes about autism at PsychologyToday.com and AutismInRealLife.com. She also is a contributing essay author in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.
Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.
Q: How did your collaboration under the name Magnus Flyte come about?
A: We met at a writers’ retreat on an island off Cape Cod and became fans of each other’s work. When we got back to California, we started getting together for mini writers’ retreats at Chris’s house near Sequoia National Park. The plot for our first novel, CITY OF DARK MAGIC was hatched on a walk with Chris’s dog Max. The name “Magnus Flyte” is a hybrid (much like our novel). “Magnus” was a usurping Roman senator (not so different from City of Dark Magic’s villain, Charlotte Yates) and “Flyte” is for Sebastian Flyte, Evelyn Waugh’s wonderful lush who, like Max in our novel, has a difficult relationship with his highborn family and the house they live in.
Q. There have been a lot of news stories lately about women who use male pen names, especially when writing genre fiction. Do you think it’s helpful?
A. Possibly helpful to the author, who may have any number of reasons to use a pen name – a desire to escape gender stereotyping, anonymity, sheer whimsy. One can only imagine how delighted JK Rowling was to watch her book get wonderful reviews without any references to Voldemort! Since we had heard that men avoid books by women, we decided to choose a male pseudonym to reach both genders. But then our identities were made public from the beginning, so we didn’t get a chance to see if “Magnus Flyte” would fool anyone. No matter, we love him anyway.
Q: In CITY OF DARK MAGIC, Prague was very much its own character as well as the setting for the novel. Why did you choose Vienna to be the setting of CITY OF LOST DREAMS?
A: Vienna was the adopted home of Beethoven and we had grown so fond of old LVB in the first novel that we were curious about visiting at least one of the 60 apartments he lived in there as, reportedly, the worst tenant ever. Also, neither of us had ever been to Vienna. And finally, we highly recommend all writers setting a novel in a beautiful European city so that one is forced to travel there and do research (eat sachertorte, visit castles) in a manner that is tax deductible. (Note to I.R.S: don’t even think about it, we have all our receipts.)
Q: You did quite a lot of research for CITY OF DARK MAGIC—visited Prague, had a great deal of notes and researched music as well. How much research did you do for CITY OF LOST DREAMS?
A: Binders! Color-coded binders! In the first novel we had briefly touched upon the life of poet Elizabeth Weston, her stepfather Edward Kelley, and Kelley’s partner in magic, Dr. John Dee. These were all characters we wanted to explore a bit more, particularly Elizabeth, about whom not very much is known. (A fact that we believe she would find completely unacceptable– the woman was more famous than Shakespeare in her time.) Along the way we got interested in Franz Anton Mesmer (who gave us the word “mesmerized” and the phrase “animal magnetism”). Not everything makes it in. Well, everything makes it in on the first draft, because Magnus is a terrible pack rat for obscure history, but then we prune him down a bit.
Q: As a heroine, Sarah Weston is particularly memorable. How did her character evolve in your second novel?
A: Sarah still isn’t terribly interested in winning prizes for decorum, though perhaps in the second book she is not quite as guided by certain…compulsions. In the sequel she is fighting to save the life of someone she loves, so she’s more focused. The challenges she faces are personal, and she’s questioning herself a lot more: what she believes, what she wants. But as Sarah herself says, she’s no princess. And she’s not one to look a gifted horseman in the mouth.
Q. In City of Dark Magic, the science angle had a lot to do with perception and time travel. You continue those themes in the sequel, and also mix in some ideas about healing and medicine.
A. We’ve both been interested in the brain’s influence on disease for a while, but in August 2012 when we returned from our research trip to Vienna, Chris’s dog Max was deathly ill. It turned out to be an autoimmune disease with no known cause. With great treatment at UC Davis Max went into remission and is now very healthy, but the episode raised a lot of interesting questions about what medicine is and isn’t able to do, and how ultimately mysterious our immune systems are. Why does a healthy body turn on itself? How can that process be reversed? What power does the mind have? And is Chris’s dog Max really – as we suspect – the reincarnation of the 6th Duke of Devonshire?
Q: Your writing is loaded with references from the arts, history and politics. What sort of reader did you envision for this series?
A: Perhaps we think more of where our potential readers might be when they read rather than what their expectations might be. We think of what we would ourselves enjoy reading on a long plane flight, a weekend with challenging relatives, just after a bout of concentrated study, or feeling mentally frisky. We’re eccentric readers and lovers of long dinner parties where the talk ranges from travel to science to gossip to art, to dreams and dogs and music and philosophy and sex. Our ideal reader takes something away from the books that starts a conversation or a burst of laughter among friends. We’ve loved hearing from readers that were inspired to check out Prague, or listen to Beethoven, or find out more about certain historical characters. And of course we’re deeply indebted to booksellers for knowing whose hands to put the book in. Booksellers are the real celebrities.
Q: What is your process for co-writing? What are some of the challenges and benefits of writing with a partner? How has that process come to change now that you have completed two novels?
A: Both books were written in the same way, according to the rules laid down by Magnus Flyte. We alternate chapters, relay style, responding to whatever you were just sent. No rewriting until we get to the end. Trying our best to inspire, amuse, and surprise each other.
Some chapters get sent to the other person with the heading: “You might want to kill me for this one.” (Inevitably, this chapter will be received rapturously.) In the revision process there is a lot more discussion but we give each other a free hand, no “this is my chapter and you can’t touch it.” The best sentence wins, the egos are parked outside. By the end we have trouble remembering who wrote what, and in fact a great many paragraphs and even single sentences are a combination of both writers. People always ask us “what happens when you disagree?” and we have only the dull answer that when we disagree we just talk and listen until we come up with something that we both can live with.
Q: You have developed quite a backstory for Magnus Flyte, who “may have ties to one or more intelligence organizations, including a radical group of Antarctic separatists” and “may be the author of a monograph on carnivorous butterflies.” How did Magnus Flyte, the author, become such a colorful character?
A: Constructing Magnus’s biography (and extensive bibliography) is actually the only time we have ever written together in the same room. It was a bit like improv…or an accelerated version of our writing process.
Author A: I think Magnus wrote a bibliography of a 14th century warrior…
Author B: A warrior priest. A warrior priest named Clement. Clement something…
Author A: Clement the Bald.
Author B: Perfect.
The legend of Magnus continues to grow. He just accidentally became king of an island nation. He’s taken up smelting. He’s writing a treatise on the best way to make love in the outdoors.
Q: These books sit in an unusual space, crossing multiple genres. What are some of your individual and collective literary influences?
A: We both emerged from the womb with books in our hands and haven’t stopped reading since then, omnivorously and eccentrically. We have a lot of shared enthusiasms – from Nancy Mitford to neuroscience. Chris has always had a twisted passion for Nabokov and SJ Perelman, Meg loves Evelyn Waugh and Aldous Huxley. We both love mysteries: Simenon, Sayers, Marsh. The list is long and genres be damned.
Q: Can you give us any hints about your next novel or where the series is going?
A: Only Magnus knows.
O’Brien said, “This deliciously madcap novel has it all: murder in Prague, time travel, a misanthropic Beethoven, tantric sex, and a dwarf with attitude.” Written by Magnus Flyte, pseudonym for authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch, CITY OF LOST DREAMS will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for more action as you travel across countries and through time.
CITY OF LOST DREAMS picks up where City of Dark Magic left off and continues with the same cast of unforgettable and wildly-imaginative characters. Determined to find a cure for her gravely-ill friend Pollina, musicologist Sarah Weston heads to Vienna to track down what may be the last hope for the young prodigal pianist. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pertusato, a 400-year-old dwarf who previously saved Sarah’s life, has ventured to London in search of an ancient alchemical cure for the girl. However, once there he discovers an old enemy is one step ahead of him. In Prague, the charming Prince Max becomes distracted from taking care of Pollina when he is confronted by the strange reappearance of a long dead saint, while being pursued by a seductive red-headed historian with dark motives of her own.
Sarah discovers that she must travel deep into an ancient mystery to save the people she loves, however things don’t go exactly as planned. She becomes the target of a deadly web of mystery that involves a scientist on the run, stolen art, a distractingly attractive horseman who’s more than a little bloodthirsty, and a trail of secrets and lies.
Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight. She lives in Los Angeles. Lynch, who lives near Sequoia National Park, is a television writer and journalist.
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“I dare you.”
Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison’s life forever. She’s a party girl that doesn’t believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.
Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family’s vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he’s envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.
With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.
In the hall, arms laden with musical equipment, four large and totally hot guys fill the space—Seth James leading the pack. He stops, drops the cymbal dangling from an index finger, and stares. His too bright gaze travels down my scantily, and very sweaty, clad body and back up. When our eyes meet, he grins. “Come to help?”
“No.” I have no idea what makes me do it, but I snatch his cymbal off the floor and carry it into his apartment. I’m asking for trouble, but can’t seem to stop myself. They follow me inside, jaws still slack. Okay, so I’m cute, but not worthy of jaws dropping. I plop it down on his couch and rush back to the door. Taking on Seth doesn’t scare me, but a crew of hotties is a little much.
His strong fingers wrap around my shoulder before I make it through the walkway. It’s not controlling or holding me back. His hand is simply resting on me. “Hey, thanks. I’m sorry if we…uh…interrupted your day.”
His words sound sincere and slightly slurred, and I can’t find it in my heart to be bitchy to the first guy in a long time that has only shown me kindness. I sigh and pivot to face him. “It’s not me I’m worried about. My sister is asleep.”
He glances at his watch and frowns.
“She’s recovering from an accident. So, if you don’t mind, keep it down in the halls.”
He leans forward. “Will do and I’m sorry.”
When he enters my personal space, my heart speeds up. His eyes stare into mine. I feel this incredible connection, like he knows my pain. Like he can see my guilt.
The distance between us seems to be shrinking, and I’m not sure if it’s me shuffling closer or him.
He snags the zipper on my jacket and runs it up and down. “Is she going to be okay?”
I pluck at a button on his shirt and glance up. “Eventually.”
His friends form a half-moon circle around him and gape at me. I flick a glance at each of them. They all have a very different style of dress, which only raises more questions about the man in front of me. “Am I the first girl they’ve ever seen?”
Blondie, with the coal lined eyes, on the left snickers. “In Seth’s apartment? Hell, yes.”
Seth elbows him, but grins.
The tall guy in a kind of hot-nerd ensemble leans over and shakes my hand. “Deacon. Would you like a beer?”
I eye the leering men again. “It looks like you started without me, and I’m not into gang-bangs.” I disengage the overlong hand play with the nerd and back away from the group. “G., I’ll catch you later.”
“Hey, wait. I’ll walk you back over.”
The hotties chuckle, high-five, and rib Seth as we walk toward the hall. He shuts the door to their gazes and catches my hand before I can cross back to my apartment. “Hey, are you going to tell me your name?”
“Nah, this is more fun.”
“I think you’re used to having your way.”
He smiles. “Maybe.” He leans against his door and crosses his arms. His smile slips into a smug grin I’d seen on so many rich boys in this city. He thinks he has me. “I’d like to have my way with you.”
He’s quite the talker when he’s sauced. Good to know. It’s nice to see his thoughts. “That’s the beer talking.” I step close, arch up on tip-toe, and tap a finger to his slightly parted lips. “A few hours ago, you didn’t have much to say. I’m okay with keeping this awkward tension between us. It’s all we’ll ever have.”
He scowls at that and twists the knob back to his apartment. “Whatever.”
Mission accomplished. I’d succeeded in pissing him off. If he stayed mad at me, then we could squash this weird attraction that we obviously both feel.
I grin. “Bye, G.”
His brows dip low, and I shove the door behind me, sagging against it. My breath swooshes out from between my clenched teeth. Damn, he is going to be trouble. I feel it all the way to my pinky toe.
A soft knock against my back drives home the point. I twirl and open the door before he disturbs Molly—or maybe because I’m not ready to share him with her yet. “What?”
He tucks a hand into the waistband of my shorts and hauls me into the hall, pulling my door shut behind me. “Where did you get that?” His gaze lingers on the small bump decorating my forehead.
I reach up and touch the sore knot. “Oh, I fell.”
“How?” He raises his free hand and traces the swelling.
I don’t even feel the careful prodding. No, my concentration is solely focused on the fingers tucked inside my shorts and only inches away from becoming way too familiar with me. “Um…I was doing yoga when you guys came down the hall.”
“And?” He tugs me closer. His thumb rakes a small path below my belly button.
Oh my. “Uh…I fell out of…of…my pose and banged my head on the floor.”
His eyes darken and those beautiful lips part. I want to snake my tongue across the bottom one to find out if it is as soft as it looks.
He winces and lowers his eyes to mine. “So this is my fault?”
I grab onto his wandering hand and pull it free of my shorts. If I didn’t, I’d be asking him for a wall orgasm in less than two minutes and random teasing and fleeing was a no go for me now. “No. It was an accident. Lighten up, G.”
“I don’t want to cause you pain.”
Wow, that feels like a loaded proclamation. “Okay. Well, keep the noise down, and we should be good.”
He drops the hand that had been rubbing away my bruise. Funny, I’d totally forgotten it. “I don’t want to cause you pain. It’s a personal thing.” A deep shudder races over him, and for some reason, I don’t think he is with me anymore.
“You didn’t. I’m fine.” I lift a hand and cup the side of his face, bringing his gaze to mine. It is the gentlest moment I’ve ever had with a man, and we’ve just met. “I’m not sure what this is, but I think I should go inside.”
He glances down the corridor, takes a deep breath, and nods. “Yes, you should.”
“Go play with your friends. Be men or whatever that means, and I’ll go back to my yoga.” I was going to need it after this.
He groans and drops his head back, his hint of an Adam’s Apple bobbing down the column of his neck, begging for my tongue to taste him there. “Did you have to bring that back to mind?”
I grin. “What? Me all hot and sweaty in contorted positions? Do you like that?”
He groans, and one side of his mouth slants up. “I have things to do and don’t need no-named neighbors distracting me.”
I feel like I start every one of my reviews for one of Rachel Firasek’s books the exact same way but it is always true. This book blew me away. It didn’t just meet my expectations, it exceeded it! For a first step into this genre, Rachel brings an amazing story full of pain, power, and emotion to the table and amazes the reader with the twists and turns that this story takes. It was a true page turner because I just had to figure out what was going on in Alice’s life that had her responding in the ways that she did. Seth is an amazing complex man and watch him grow and evolve throughout the story was such a strong impact. The character development and overall story line were incredible strong. This is a book that I highly recommend you check our for yourself. I could say a ton here but it is better left unsaid for out go our there and discover yourself! So just do it!
About the Author
Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.
She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart!
Her latest book is the new adult contemporary romance, Drowning.