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Book One The Mystic Moon Series - Featuring the Glyndwr sisters
Genre: Historical romance with paranormal elements
Publisher: Moon Valley Publishing
Page count: 360
Escaping from the persecution of the European witch hunts, a beautiful witch with the power to control the wind joins forces with a handsome Cavalier on a mission to save the King of England and the colony of Virginia.
Catlin Glyndwr is a tenth generation Mistress of Elements -- a hereditary witch who can call upon her elemental spirits for assistance in casting spells. Accused of witchcraft in seventeenth century England, she faces the hangman. Even though she took a vow never to hurt anyone with her magic, if her true powers are revealed, she’ll be executed.
Sir Griffin Reynolds is on his way to the colony of Virginia, on a secret mission to locate Puritan rebels intent upon seizing the throne of King Charles II. When his best friend becomes deathly ill while interrogating a beautiful Welsh maiden accused of using magic to attack a local official – Griffin is forced to strike a bargain with her in order to save his friend’s life.
When Catlin and Griffin travel together on a voyage to the American colonies, they try to resist the pull of erotic sensuality that flares between them. It is a temptation they both soon crave. But danger lurks aboard ship and evil haunts Catlin. She must learn how her destiny is linked with that of the man who has vowed to protect her.
In a dangerous and unexplored world, where superstition exists along side the new discoveries of science, powerful elemental spirits are capable of assisting the magical adepts. But there is always danger in harnessing magic and a price to pay when one calls to the spirit world for help. While Griffin tries to deny his attraction to Catlin, she works her own special magic on his heart and he discovers he cannot resist falling under her sensual spell.
Together, Catlin and Griffin learn that a journey of the heart requires courage, trust and the ability to believe in the astonishing gift of love. Tagline: A beautiful witch discovers there’s more then one way to be wicked!
Sibelle Stone is the pseudonym for award winning historical romance author Deborah Schneider. Sibelle writes sexy steampunk and paranormal stories, filled with magic, mad scientists, dirigibles, automatons, and creatures that would scare the panties off Deborah. In her spare time Sibelle enjoys dressing up in Victorian ensembles, modding play guns into something that looks a bit more sinister and wearing hats.
Author Bio: Deborah Schneider
A lifelong love of American history led Deborah Schneider from teaching high school to writing novels. Her first book, Beneath A Silver Moon won the Molly award for “Most Unsinkable Heroine” from the Heart of Denver chapter of RWA and was later a finalist in the New Historical Voice Contest in 2000. Her most recent release Promise Me won the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Western Romance. Her first steampunk story, No Ordinary Love was published in fall 2011. Deborah is employed by the busiest and best library system in the U.S. She’s received the “Open Book Award” from Pacific Northwest Writers and was named “Librarian of the Year” by Romance Writers of America in 2009.
Sibelle Stone's Early Literary Influences
The highlight of my week is friday evening, when my grandaughter comes to visit. We always have “book time” and although we are only beginning to read together, I look forward to introducing her to some of my favorite book people.
The Bound Girl, is the story of a young Huguenot woman who is forced to flee religious persecution in France to journey to New England. She was from a wealthy family, but must work as an indentured servant and adopt her employers, strict Puritans, customs, clothing and beliefs. Her name was “Felicity” and I’ve never forgotten her strength, tenacity and ability to adapt to the changing circumstances of her life.
And then I met “Laura” – a little girl who grew up in the pages of books as her family moved across the expanding frontier of 1800’s America, from the Big Woods, to the Little House on the Prairie, I discovered the story of a pioneer family who were self-sufficient, hardy, could fight the elements, survive and never lose sight of the fact that your family and loved ones, not material things, are most important in your life.
From pioneer America I moved to Victorian England, and met bratty, spoiled Mary, who lived in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors. I had no idea what a “moor” was, and thought it must be like a bog, which I wasn’t so sure about either. Mary never paid much attention to what adults told her to do, and when she discovered her sickly cousin, Colin, they unlocked a family secret. Mary taught me about believing in yourself, no matter what others do or say.
I’ve read many books since I was in elementary school, but there are still a handful I return to as “literary influences”. As a writer, I know that the characteristics of my childhood heroines have filtered through to my writing.
Who are your literary influences? How do you think they have impacted your writing?
Sibelle is giving away a copy of Beneath a Silver Moon, ebook or print winner's choice! And one $10 Starbucks gift card!! Please comment below to be entered to win; make sure to include you email in the comment. This contest is open to U.S only. Giveaway ends Sunday @ Midnight. Winner will announced on Monday and notified via email.