Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"A Spoonful of Magic"

Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founders of the Book View Cafe.

Radford applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, A Spoonful of Magic, and reported the following:
From page 69:
And, frankly, that satisfied him nicely. He’d grown to love Daffy the way she was, not what she could be. The thought of his first wife’s power and the insanity that followed scared him to his bones, shaking every bit of ethics and morality his Nana had pounded into him. She and G-Pop had died too young, from wounds inflicted upon them by his insane wife. His parents had died in South Africa trying to rescue a tribal shaman from murderous state police when he was an adolescent. In a way he was thankful they didn’t have to experience D’Accore’s depravity.

But then, his dad had been savvy enough, he might have recognized the signs of an untrained talent eating away at her brain. She was a siren and had trapped him. She was also a fire wizard. Her wand was a zippo lighter.

Over a lifetime of use wands absorbed quite a bit of power that needed to be grounded and the wand destroyed to keep it out of the hands of rogues. Unfortunately mundane families didn’t know that and took a deceased magician’s belongings to antique malls or sold them at garage sales.

Something special called to Shara. Was it someone else’s discarded wand, or something unique to her and her budding talents? She’d spent approximately ten seconds sniffing right and left, then ran two aisles to the left and down all the way to the back wall of displays. She knew what she wanted and where to find it.

G followed her at a more relaxed pace, knowing that the further in to the mall they traveled, the cheaper the rent and therefore the price of the goods. He removed his hands from his pockets and flexed his fingers, letting the nerve endings on each digit sense anything untoward. He’d been trained for this when he was recruited as a deputy. When the Guild elevated him to Sheriff he’d undergone a long and grueling process to enhance every nuance of his multiple talents. Except for the judges on the Board, he was now one of the most powerful wizards on the planet.
This page introduces G (Gabrielle Sebastian Deschants) the ex-husband of heroine Daffy Deschants, and their youngest daughter, Shara, as magicians. Magic permeates the family and this is about the children exploring their powers and finding their wands under their father’s tutelage, his strongest role as a father.
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My Book, The Movie: A Spoonful of Magic.

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--Marshal Zeringue