Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Mini-Review, Excerpt, Giveaway!! Enchanter's Echo, by Anise Rae

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Enchanter's Echo Blog Tour,
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Enchanter's Echo
(Mayflower Mages #2)
Anise Rae
Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Lyrical Press
February 17, 2015
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance


Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life hiding in a junkyard. Her repair shop is the last hope for gadgets and gizmos before they get tossed onto the trash towers. Fortunately, Aurora can fix almost anything, including mages, though repairing people with metal enchantments is highly illegal.

Edmund Rallis, heir to the Rallis senate seat, has spent months hunting down his errant enchantress. He’ll play every game he knows to win her back and entice her to share the secrets she hides. But he’s inadvertently put her on the frontlines of a new game, one with an opponent who’s determined to destroy Rallis Territory and drive the Republic toward war. If the new enemy isn’t stopped in time, Edmund will lose his enchantress again—and this time there won’t be another chance.

This short excerpt from Rae's new addition to her Mayflower Mages series has totally blown me away!  Prior to this tour, I had never heard of the author or her fantasy series. Now that I have, I need to get the first novel, Syphon's Song, and then Enchanter's Echo, because it's very obvious to me, just from reading this short excerpt, that these are two exciting tales!

In this excerpt, Rae has masterfully set the scene. We are immediately plunged into the story, feeling all of Aurora's trepidation, then fear and anxiety at being caught. Edmund is just as expertly delineated as she is. The setting is mysterious, yet inviting, and the drama begins to unfold, compelling this reader to want more!

With a deft, visual and empathic writing style, Rae succeeds in fully engaging her reader. I predict great things for her and this totally enchanting series!

The keep-out spell awoke at her approach. The enchanted mesh of vines and branches that blocked the entrance to Rallis Territory’s forbidden forest vibrated in welcome as its creator returned. Aurora Firenze cast her vibes along the perimeter of her spell, testing and prodding. Its strength resonated back. It was as strong as it had been six months ago when she’d created it and hid her secrets within the forest’s depths. She let go of a relieved breath, but it didn’t cure her tension.

Her nerves were strung tight, as if she’d spent hours placating customers in her repair shop. But the day had been quiet. She’d even made decent progress—fixing a curling iron with a too-hot heating spell and a stapler that had a bad habit of chasing the boss around the conference table. Yet a restlessness itched at her skin with an unpleasant persistence. She’d closed up early and headed out for the short walk to the forest. Within its heart, she’d find the peace to wash away this unease.

She sent another stream of vibes into the keep-out spell. A discreet doorway formed. With a quick glance around the barren field and the junkyard behind her, she stepped beneath her illegal spell.

As she brushed against the branches, a faint thump sounded at her feet—the soft crash of a pine cone or a weak branch falling to the ground. A normal forest noise. She flinched anyway. Her glitter puffed around her in an anxious cloud as her mage energy escaped her control. It was the fifth time today. Enchantresses did not make good criminals. She should probably let the other three in existence know, in case they were considering lives of crime. Those blasted sparkly clouds would blow their covers wide open.

She lifted her foot to continue into the small forest that was tucked inside the territory’s capital city, but stopped. A proper lawbreaker should investigate mysterious noises outside her lair. She turned and scanned the ground for the culprit. A gold coin glinted in the crisp weeds. That wasn’t normal. She reached to pick it up, scanning the field and the junkyard beyond with a twitchy gaze. Empty. She was alone.

Behind her, the forest shuttered closed, nearly catching her in its fortress wall. She jumped forward with a surprised lurch at the swat of vines and twigs. A basic rule of illegal enchantments: get out of the way or risk being incorporated into the spell.

Ignoring the sting of the swat, she stared at the coin. It was tarnished at the edges, a used-up charm. See-me-not was embossed on its golden surface. She jerked her head up. A man stood ten paces away. He was tall, broad...beyond familiar.

“Edmund,” she whispered. A shiver tiptoed across her shoulders like kisses, soft lips that hid a sharp bite. Her nerves stretched thinner yet, trapped in a battle between memories of lovers’ frolics and the promise of a dark fate that had just materialized from thin air.

Behind her, the forest’s trees rustled with the wind, a warning to retreat, one she dare not heed. Not until she knew why he’d finally come searching for her. She hadn’t thought he’d ever come back.

He prowled forward. “Hello, princess.” Though his words might have held some affection, nothing of the lover she’d once known appeared in his countenance. He lifted his left hand to reveal a glowing ball of mage vibes in his palm. His blue eyes reflected the tiny flashes of energy, and his power snapped in the air like a miniature electrical storm. The heir to the most powerful territory in the Republic had quite a steam of anger built up.

Dark hair waved across his forehead, and little curls peeked out at the edges of his neck. Though the wind buffeted and pushed at Aurora, winter’s boldness didn’t dare touch Edmund, not his hair, nor his dark gray suit or scarlet tie.

The hard slope of his nose matched the sharp lines of his jaw and cheekbones. When he smiled, he was deadly handsome. At the moment, he was simply deadly.

“Aurora.” He cast her name through the air and a piece of her soul tumbled away, as if it might dash toward him and cling like a forlorn, discarded lover. But he hadn’t discarded her....

“You stand accused of melding earthen metals to human flesh with an enchantment.”

Her heart thumped once, hard and loud, and then took off with a sprint, drenching her veins from head to toe with lightning sharp fright.

Goddess, he’d found out. How?

Even as she thought it, he revealed the answer. The glow faded from his ball of energy to reveal a small metal sphere. Her racing heart shriveled at the sight, pulling the rest of her organs with it, as if they thought to hide, seeking a chance to slip past this disaster unnoticed and, perhaps, survive. She shifted her feet on the ground, unable to resist the fear pumping through her core. Run, her gut whispered. She couldn’t afford to listen... not with the evidence sitting in his hand.

The sphere was heavier than it looked. She knew that. After all, she’d made it...and thought it long gone. He closed his fingers around it, capturing her fate within his fist.

“How’d you get that?” Her fast words shot out, hustling forward before fear, creeping up her legs with tingles and pricks, stole her voice.

“You ought to be down on your knees thanking me for confiscating it.” His voice was sharp and cutting. He sounded like a stranger, his jokes and teasing wit long gone.

“What did you do? Sneak into the junkyard and pluck his eye from his skull? Has it been hiding under your pillow for six months?” Not at all where she’d thought it was. Betrayal jolted through her. “Hardly actions befitting the heir of the mighty Rallis realm.” Her voice wavered.

“You have no idea what I’ve done.”

Author Photo by www.surianiphoto.com

Anise Rae has been reading romance novels since she first discovered her grandmother’s stash of books hidden away in a cabinet. Learning that she wasn’t the only one dreaming about love and magic was a turning point in her life. She started her own stash of books and wrote a few too.

A native of Ohio, Anise long ago moved south, armed with boxes of romance novels and degrees in chemistry and library science. Creating chemistry on the page between two lovers proved to be a lot more fun than working with test tubes in a lab or searching patent databases. She refocused on writing.

Her stories revolve around heroines who dare to stand up to society’s expectations and be true to themselves and heroes with plenty of savvy to fall in love with such brave women.

Anise lives in Atlanta with her two children and a fluffy dog that has an amazing ability to find dirty socks. 

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  1. Ohhh .. the cover looks beautiful, and the premise sounds quite interesting, I'm glad you enjoyed this novel and are blogging again :) Hope you had a safe move! :D Keep in touch x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I'm so glad you like the cover, Benish! I had to blow-up the size of the cover photo the other day for some promo stuff and I caught sight of the necklace she's wearing. Love it!

    2. Hi, Benish!

      Oh, I haven't finished moving yet. Lol. The closing will be on Feb. 27th, and I'm STILL boxing up books, as well as donating those I can bear to part with. So I'm not really back to my regular blogging yet....

      I agree that the cover of this book is GORGEOUS! That dress is such a beautiful shade of blue!I I also LOVED this excerpt, and hope to be able to read the full book sometime this year!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! : )

  2. Thank you so much, Maria, for having on your blog and for the kind words about the excerpt! Good luck with your move to Miami!! I wish you energy and many boxes!

    1. Hi, Anise!

      You're very welcome for my mini-review! Some time ago, I decided to start doing little reviews of tour spotlight excerpts, so as to offer some original content along with the spotlights. And you know, I can usually tell, just from reading an excerpt from a novel, whether or not an author is really good, as well as whether or not I will 'mesh' with said author's work. In the case of this novel, it's a firm 'YES' on both counts!

      As for my move, we already live in Miami. We're just moving to another, much nicer part of the city. And I do indeed have a LOT of boxes! Lol.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment!! I GREATLY appreciate it!! : )

    2. P.S. I just noticed that you're now following my blog! Thank you ever so much!! : )

    3. I love the "review the excerpt" idea! It adds another layer to your posts. Impressive thinking. I look forward to your next posts!

    4. Thank you so much, Anise!!!! : )

  3. congrats to Anise on the new release! What a great cover :) thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi, Erin!

      Yes, that cover is SO beautiful!! I'm glad you like the book!! You're very welcome for the share! Thanks to YOU for commenting!! : )

    2. Thanks, Erin! And I'm so glad you like the cover!

  4. Very intriguing book with a little of steampunk and magic through into one book. Love the sound of this book.

    1. Hi, Felicia!

      Oh, this book is very intriguing indeed! And now that you mention it, it does sound as if there's a Steampunk element in it. I DEFINITELY want to read it!! : )

    2. Felicia, you're the first person to make that comment ever! It truly does have a hint of steampunk in it. I adore that genre.

  5. Nice cover and book! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi, Marissa!

      Glad you like it! It is indeed beautiful! You're very welcome for the share, and thanks for commenting!! : )


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