"a beautiful collection"
Under the Faery Blue Moon--Dawn Thompson--At last,
fans of Ms. Thompson and her melodious style have the
sequel to "Belle of the Blue Moon Ball", where we met the
mischievous Puck and his accomplice Oberon. The two are
still up to their elbows in magical mayhem, only this time
Queen Tatiana is on to them. Can they complete their
mission and still manage to placate the queen? Ms.
Thompson will delight fans with this lighthearted romp
through London, especially with the aftermath of the havoc
wreaked on the Blue Moon Ball (which begins in the Blue
Moon Magic anthology)! Be on the lookout for her other
award-winning books, "The Ravencliff Bride", "The
Waterlord" and "The Falcon's Bride".
The Anti-Kissing League--Leanne Burroughs--Set in
1909, Georgia, Millicent Baker is captivated by the
handsome new stranger in town, Geoffrey Standish. Though
he wants no serious commitments, he cannot overlook the
genuine goodness and beauty in Millie. With a curmudgeonly
anti-kissing league trying to dry up all the love, a
fateful wish on the Blue moon has a tough job to see to!
Abounding with hilarious and heart melting scenarios, Ms.
Burroughs's latest is a pure delight to read. Geoff was a
great hero, one I took much pleasure in with his
forthright witticisms. Also available from
Burroughs: "Highland Wishes" and "Her Highland Rogue".
Leap of Faith--Jill & Julia--Marcella Richards has
it all--a wonderful career, money and the best home
Chicago has to offer. But all of it is a meaningless
without the man she hoped to share it with. Her wish on a
Blue Moon summons the gnomette, Lola, who gives her the
chance to find happiness with Drew again...by traveling
back in time. Joint efforts by Jill and Julia bring to
readers a quirky tale of love left in the hands of a
miniature wish granter. Marcella must make some serious
decisions if she's to have the life her heart wants and
her crossroads is not an easy one. A delightful tale of
love that has been given a second chance.
When Mules Rush In--Jacquie Rogers--Willow Jones is
in hiding from high society Boston life. As former
debutant Eleanor Winthrop-Douglas, she's worth a fortune--
the bane of her existence. Luke Tyson has been hired by
one of her more unscrupulous suitors to retrieve her. What
he doesn't realize is Willow is the woman for him.
Fortunately, he has the help of his trusty mule, Merlin.
And just what is up with Willow's reigning chicken,
DeborahAnne? Plenty is afoot, and much of it is the four-
legged variety! The Old West meets some very special blue
moon magic in this cleverly done story by Rogers. A very
unique spin on the sorcerer Merlin lends her tale a witty
and otherworldly flavor. Forthcoming from Rogers:
the "Faery Special Romances" anthology by Highland Press.
The Star Traveler--Victoria Houseman--Haley Stone
grieves for her mother and a reminder about tales of the
Blue moon take her outside one night to make a wish.
Donovan de Lyon is from a long line of Star Travelers, a
race dedicated to fulfilling wishes of happiness across
the universe. Though he will take over as Master Star
Traveler soon, he thinks only to make his family happy
even though it is not his wish. With Earth's Blue Moon
coming, he's off to fulfill wishes there and hears
Haley's. In fulfilling his duties, will Donovan find his
own happiness with a giving and beautiful woman? Ms.
Houseman's tale of love transcending the stars is one to
cherish in this wonderful collection of stories. The
concept behind her view of the Blue Moon is refreshingly
unique and filled with an interesting race of people that
I would love to hear more about.
Sentimental Journey--Judith Laik--On the eve of her
sweetheart's deployment, 1942 in Tacoma, Washington, Eve
Larson is desperate to seal their love. When Howard leaves
without the intimate embraces she hoped for, Eve feels an
increasingly foreboding sense of doubt. Three years later,
after reports of his plane going down in a bombing raid,
Eve lives life day to day. At a friend's reminder, she
makes a wish on the Blue moon for her beloved and the
moon's magic works a miracle of the heart. Ms. Laik's tale
spun a wistful urge to see these lovers reunited and the
poignant touches throughout kept my interest till the very
sweet end. A delightful read! Ms. Laik is also the author
of "The Lady is Mine" and "The Lady in Question"
A Blue Vacation--Michelle Scaplen--Brenda is plain
tired of being overlooked and underappreciated. When an
opportunity comes to go on a tropical vacation a
coworker's expense, she takes life by the horns and goes.
A new do and new clothes and she's on her way to enjoying
herself for once. But when her gorgeous coworker shows up
too, will the sparks they set off last? Nick is pleasantly
surprised by a woman he'd never noticed before and he's
not about to let her go. Nick is a wonderful man, one that
will surprise readers too with his instinctive caring for
the talented and underappreciated Brenda. A pleasing tale
of love that was right under their noses.
Blue Moon Magic--Anne Marie Bradley--Claire Jacobs
quits her interior design job in New York and takes on one
in Key West at Hotel Castle. Built by a mysterious Lord
Archer in 1886, Claire feels a connection to the ancient
stones and realizes she has dreamed of it since childhood.
As strange dreams of a heartbroken and sensual man invade
her sleep, Claire sets out to discover what it is about
Hotel Castle that has her in its grasp. What she finds is
the hope of a love so deep, it may have withstood the
ultimate test. Enduring hearts mark this enchanting story
by author Bradley. The magical pull of the castle had me
in its thrall, almost as if I walked the old towers and
corridors myself. Add to that a gripping mystique
surrounding Lord Archer, and "Blue Moon Magic" makes for a
heart melting time of a read. Bradley's contribution is a
stellar addition, one not to be missed.
Kissing Lessons--Sherrie Holmes--The vibrant and
voluptuous Millicent Fairweather accosts Viscount Selkirk
from out of the blue one day. Thinking him a servant in
the lord's home, she presses the man to aid her in gaining
the lord's interest. Her Blue Moon wish is well on its way
to becoming true and with this "gardeners" help, she'll
have her man in no time. Ms. Holmes pens one of the most
lighthearted and humorous reads of the book. Their
interactions are genuinely amusing and it was hard to look
away from whether or not the young lady would be able to
resist the dashing gardener/lord. Big ups to Ms. Holmes
for a thoroughly delightful tale!
Muses in the Moonlight--Patty Howell--Calli Winson
is a woman haunted by unknown past. She visits Allenvale,
PA in hopes of bringing some clarity to a life she never
had with her real parents. Atop a moonlit mountain she
meets Jacob Isaacs, a sexy and intriguing preacher. He
sees something in the forlorn beauty, and his intuitive
abilities draw out the naturally caring person that she
is. When the story of her lost family sparks an idea,
Jacob personally goes about solving the mystery. Author
Howell has penned a classic tale of love and heartwarming
reunion. A very nostalgic feel permeates the story, one
that reached straight to the heart of this reader. I
daresay we might have the makings of a future Nora Roberts
or Barbara Delinsky. Much of the dialogue had me smiling,
a good sign of an excellent read. Looking forward to many
more from Ms. Howell!
Blue Moon Reunion--Gerri Bowen--Piper has awaited
the return of her love, Sir Robin, for many years. In the
meantime, cruel and untrustworthy men take her home. It
comes as no surprise when she thinks Robin amongst that
group of knaves. He too harbors deep resentments towards
her and vows revenge. When he returns to aid in thwarting
another siege on her home, Robin must figure out who was
behind his imprisonment. Could it really be the bold and
courageous Piper? Author Bowen whisks readers back to a
time of lords and ladies and the hardships endured for
home and hearth. An air of suspenseful mystery surrounds
the pair and I was pleased at the amount of exceptional
plot and characters thriving here. Looking forward to many
more such tales from Ms. Bowen!
A Wish Times Three--Jean Van Arsdall--Kathleen
McDowell is caring for her niece Siena while her sister
and brother-in-law are out of town. A chance meeting with
her niece's substitute teacher, Dr. Kevin Collins, sparks
a chemistry she'd not expected and a round of more
meetings that must be fate. As their relationship grows,
Kathleen must learn to let go of a past love and use the
power of wishes and the Blue Moon to get her there.
Kevin's gentle persistence in pursuing Kathleen was
heartwarming to read. His knowledge of the Blue Moon was a
clever and resourceful insight into helping Kathleen move
past the hurdle that was keeping her from living life to
the fullest. A very sweet, very satisfying read from Ms.
Moondance--Kemberlee Shortland--Blanaid and Ronan
have been good friends for quite some time now and as the
forlorn beauty despairs of finding love, Ronan can no
longer resist revealing his true feelings. Rearing from
confusion, Blanaid knows not what to think now of the man
that has always been here for her--as a friend. When she
realizes her true feelings, will she be in time to prove
to him how very worthy he really is? Love often resides
right under our noses...if we know how to see it. Author
Shortland writes a tale of love that is not so very far if
we are just willing to reach for it. A wonderful story
filled with pent-up passion and discovery of love.
Beneath the Velvet Blue Moon--Candace Gold--Nadine
Stone meets Michael Greene during her family's annual lake
vacation. It's the kind of young love filled with promise
and all the means to see it through. Though they are
inseparable, and make plans to meet each other again at
the lake next year, a horrible tragedy forever changes
Nadine and she loses contact with him. Years later, she
remembers her promise made on a Blue Moon and though she
knows it's time to finally move on, she can't resist one
last lake trip. Will she discover there what her heart has
been pining for? Ms. Gold reminds us of how hectic life
can get, how it can tear us from our dreams if we let it.
Told in first person, this is a timeless tale of love that
will not be forgotten.
Devil in Spurs--DeborahAnne MacGillivray--Desdein
Deshaunt is hell bent on vengeance and must see to the
rescue of his brother. A pampered lord by day, and a devil
of a rouge by night, he will use whatever means necessary,
even his enemy's daughter, Lady Ashlyn. What he does not
count on though is the lady's spirit and fortitude, nor
her caring that will not let him give into his mad plans.
Though he means to see his dastardly plans through, will
he turn and face what she dares to reveal to him? Author
MacGillivray is an enchanting weaver of breathless tales.
Her versatility is certainly appreciated and readers will
find more to enjoy in her other books such as "A Restless
Knight" and "The Invasion of Falgannon Isle". Don't forget
to check out her other short story, "Rider in the Storm",
in the Blue Moon Magic anthology.
Highland Press brings together once again a beautiful
collection of love found with the aid of the magical Blue
Moon. Add it with its companion Blue Moon Magic and
readers are all set for many wonderful hours of love,
passion and heartwarming characters.
Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery
Posted February 2, 2007