Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This teaser comes from best selling Fantasy romance novel, Heritage Avenged (Enchanted Bookstore Legends, Book 2) by Marsha A. Moore.
Magical gemstones captured the rays and illuminated from within. Cullen’s blue topaz and jadestone pulsed with soft light. Lyra lifted her own stones to see the effects. Her matching jade brooch looked the same, and her glass orb containing a phoenix flame blazed, as if answering the energy in air. Oddly, the black amber of her necklace appeared dull, like a bottomless hole, absorbing light. As she watched, fragments of other colors of light zipped into it and vanished. She nudged Cullen. “What’s happening to my black amber butterfly?”
He examined it for a few minutes. Deep in thought, his staff twirled absently in his fingers. “It’s absorbing particles of dark magic, as it’s intended to do, but in the light of the Phoenix, those actions are visible.” He leaned closer and whispered in her ear, “The true question—where is the dark magic coming from?”
Lyra frantically scanned the room. “What is the range of Elisabeth’s necklace?” she asked in a hushed voice.
“It doesn’t pull magic from a set distance, as you are thinking. Instead, it annuls whatever approaches you. The sender can be far, if his or her power is great.”
Lyra shuddered. People were actively sending dark magic at her, and they could be in that room or on the other side of Dragonspeir.
Here’s the synopsis:
Lyra McCauley receives an alarming letter from the coroner who evaluated her deceased aunt, originally thought to have died of cancer. The news causes Lyra to take leave from her job and travel from sunny Tampa to the frozen island community in northern Michigan. Questioning whether Dragonspeir magic was responsible for her aunt’s death, she resolves to learn the truth and accepts the Imperial Dragon’s appointment into the Alliance sorcery training.
Additionally, becoming proficient in magic craft is the only way she can bridge the gap between her mortal human world and her lover’s. Cullen, a 220-year-old wizard, is dependent upon his Dragonspeir magic for immortality. He is her only family now; she cannot lose him.
Evil forces block her and try to steal her inherited scribal aura. Riding a stealth dragon, a cloaked rider pursues Lyra. Both the Alliance and Dark Realm alchemists lay tricks and traps. Her aura equals that of the first and most powerful Scribe, but will Lyra’s novice training allow her to discover the truth…and find a life with Cullen? Or will the Dark Realm keep them apart?
I’ll be posting my review of Heritage Avenged tomorrow. Until then, if you’d like to check Ms. Moore’s book out for yourself, it’s available at Amazon. You can find out more about the book at her site: http://www.marshaamoore.com/