A Novel Idea from Author Mary Raimes Curtis – Read Candle Without a Flame

candlewithoutaflame333x500-001Read this Exciting Tale FREE on Mary’s New Blog and Read on for an Excerpt from Chapter 2!

I’ve reviewed one of author Mary Raimes Curtis’ books, Luscious and Lethal (The Gilded River Chronicles), a Romantic Suspense, on this blog and have also read her novel Taming the Hawk, a historical romance novel set in Victorian England, which were both fantastic reads, with memorable characters and plots.

Mary is now serializing one of her novels entitled Candle Without A Flame online on her new blog, entitled A Writer’s Journey, in which, amongst other endeavours, she  says that she is able,

to do something I had long wanted to try, serialize one of my stories. Just as Dickens and others writers did in the Victorian era………………. Candle Without A Flame, a story about a child musical prodigy who faces the loss of her beloved parents. A misstep by her guardian leaves her in the hands of an unscrupulous manager. I do hope you come along as we follow Erin on her rocky journey from despair to the creation of a new life”.

I thought that I would share this with you as it gives readers a great opportunity to check out her writing style and read one of her stories over the coming months. Read on if you would like to read an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book, which Mary has kindly permitted us to share with our readers, and would like to find out the links to read more.

Excerpt from Candle Without A Flame: Chapter Two

‘Erin watched Zach turn away. His harsh words made her want to run, from him, from herself, from the past. Long-rejected memories spilled through dark cracks and swamped her. Still she floundered forward, wanting to outrun the veracity of what had been. She could hardly breathe as sorrow wound tight around her chest and blocked her throat. Then, suddenly, she stumbled and fell, cracking her knees on the cabin’s granite step and sprawled forward. Her head thudded on damp mossy ground, as the past she had denied for seven years, escaped and wouldn’t be denied.

Vaguely, she heard Zack call her name and felt the thud of his footsteps hurrying towards her. He was too late. Memory dragged her back to a place she didn’t want to be. She was twelve years old again and drained as she always was after a performance. Her mom and dad should have been back from their dig and sitting in the reserved seats at the Albert Hall. She had watched for them from the wings before stepping on stage. Her dad always sat in the aisle seat so he could stretch out his long legs. Adam, her parent’s friend, sat there now. A sense of tragedy made her feel ill. Still, the audience waited to hear her play so she tried to concentrate on giving the performance expected of a professional. Later, Adam took charge, cleaving through the well-wishers and autograph seekers and handed her into the waiting limo. The London townhouse was silent. The dining table set with glinting crystal and fine china, ready for the special late dinner planned for her mom and dad’s homecoming. Then Adam told her things she hadn’t wanted to acknowledge, then or now.’

Candle Without A Flame is serialized in A Writer’s Journey blog at: http://maryraimescurtis.blogspot.com/

You can read chapter 1 on Mary’s site, and chapter 2 in its entirety, by clicking on the link below. I am already hooked and can’t wait for the next instalment!

http://maryraimescurtis.blogspot.co.uk/p/candle-without-flame.html

You can also subscribe to the site so that you get regular updates delivered straight to your in box. Mary’s blog also showcases authors that she admires and has a special section for cat lovers, entitled CATAMANIA, which focuses on rescued feral cats in Nova Scotia. You can also read more about her other novels, Taming the Hawk and Luscious and Lethal on her blog. The fabulous cover art for  Candle Without a Flame and Mary’s other novels was carried out by Marion Sipe.

Tina 🙂

Mary’s other novels:

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Luscious and Lethal (The Gilded River Chronicles), by Mary Raimes Curtis

lusciouslethal200x300[1]-001Luscious and Lethal is the first in a The Gilded River Chronicles by Mary Raimes Curtis. It is a great book to curl up with and contains a lively romance between two complex individuals, set against the ever present threat of sinister events on the shores of the Atlantic. This novel is the second I have read by the author, the first being Tamed by the Hawk, a historical novel, which I also enjoyed.

In Luscious and Lethal plus size supermodel Dani Renaldo has taken refuge in her rural property at Jancy’s Cove, after the fallout from her bitter and public divorce from her abusive and cheating ex husband and the loss of her unborn baby. She hopes to regain her emotional strength and also develop a new business venture with her friend Jay, which she hopes will help compensate for her financial losses after her divorce and give her a new focus.

It is not long before Dani meets Simon Morse, in an angry and emotionally charged confrontation, in which they trade insults. Not only is Simon, her neighbour, somewhat reclusive, but he is also the business partner of a local woman, Laura, who Dani wants to do business with. Despite their bad start, they strike up a friendship and Dani tentatively opens up to him about her abusive marriage and her past. There is strong mutual attraction and they embark on a sexual relationship. Whilst Dani is sensitive and finds it hard to trust, Simon fights his own demons due to events in his own past and finds it hard to commit. There is great banter between the two of them as they navigate their way through a physical and emotional entanglement that neither expected nor know what to do with!

Dani ploughs ahead with her new business venture. However, her peace and tranquillity are periodically shattered by phone calls from her greedy and sadistic ex husband, who demands yet more money and will sink to even greater depths to secure it. There is also someone prowling around her property and a mysterious boat comes in and out of the cove at night. Events become more and more sinister as the plot unravels.

This novel has an engaging romance at is heart and the author’s characterisations of the main couple, Dani and Simon are excellent. Both the hero and heroine have their own issues to come to terms with and I liked how they helped each other to do this. It was sometimes a rocky road for them and sparks flew on more than one occasion. Neither of them is perfect, Dani appears to blow hot and cold and Simon is sometimes a little thoughtless in what he says. But perfect characters would make for a very boring read! It is their road to redemption and future happiness we are interested in and it was heart warming to see how their relationship solidified throughout the novel. There were also plenty of intimate moments shared between the main couple, which I like to see in my romances! A secondary romance featuring Laura and Jay, who are interesting characters in themselves is also featured. The local community contains a wealth of colourful supporting characters, which I hope to see later on in this series.

The suspense element was ever present and well paced. Due to Dani’s ex husband, the prowler and the goings on at night in the cove with the boat, as a reader I was never sure where the next threat would come from. Danger was always lurking in the background before coming to the fore. I would have liked to see a little more emphasis on the role of Dani’s ex husband in the plot, but saying this there was plenty to engage the reader without this element being strengthened further. I was also pleased that the suspense did not overshadow the romance.

I liked the author’s descriptions of the natural environment, encompassing the sea, the shoreline and the tranquillity of the green interior. The author also refers, through the characters, to the healing powers of nature and small town communities. I was awed by the descriptions of the yummy dishes consumed by the characters and wish that I had a man in my life who could cook as well as Jay or Simon! Knitting and cats, as well as a very special dog also make appearances in the tale.

I recommend this book to lovers of romantic suspense, contemporary romance and chick lit.

Author’s website www.maryraimescurtis.com

Publisher’s website www.museituppublishing.com

Cover art by kind permission of Marion Sipe www.marionsipe.blogspot.com