Music speaks to me. It always has. My father was a music teacher, avid guitarist and songwriter, so I grew up surrounded by musicians and attended more band concerts and sporting events than I’ll ever be able to count. An extremely gifted person, I never saw an instrument he didn’t know how to play and play well. It was nothing to find him writing a song or composing an arrangement in his sleep at the kitchen table at three in the morning. It’s no surprise then that music affects my writing.
Sometimes a song inspires me to write and if not, then by the end of a book there is always a song that resonates with me. It’s usually just a single scene that flits through my mind, an image I just have to get on paper before it vanishes. So for your listening enjoyment, here are Elemental Magic’s story songs.
Earth Enchanted: Getting Better All the Time by Brooks and Dunn
To Take Up the Sword: Lady by Kenny Rogers
Wait for the Wind: Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn
Sea’s Sorceress: More than a Woman by Bee Gees
Fire’s Ice: That’s the Way of the World by Earth Wind and Fire
Blurb: Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men — her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.
Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!
Blurb: Missing diamonds and a killer on the loose…will a schoolteacher and FBI agent escape with their lives and hearts intact?
After the acquittal of Gueraldi’s right hand and favored killer for hire, Ashton Smythe, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller takes time away from his work with the FBI. Having failed in his mission to avenge his lost would be lover, Serena Roarke, Gabe returns to Alabama in search of the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he’s received since Smythe went free.
Almost two years after her sister’s death, Leannan O’Neal feels the loss of Serena more now than ever. A secret meeting between them before she died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. Hang-up calls at work and a trashed house reminds her of the card Serena gave her. “If you find yourself in trouble, go to him and only him” were the last words her sister spoke to her.
With Smthye out for revenge and hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena’s ‘Angel’, but how long can Gabe keep her alive, and is the cost worth more than her life?
Blurb: Kate O’Connell grew up loved by the Corrigan family, all the while suffering from the inescapable reality of her own alcoholic father. At a young age she gave her heart and innocence to Ryan Corrigan. For once happiness seemed within her reach, until in one horror-filled night, the monster she called ‘Daddy’ changed everything.
Too many misunderstandings forced Kate and Ryan apart, but now Kate’s come home to open her clinic and raise her daughter, Allaina, closer to his family. Will she be able to open Ryan’s heart to his magic?
Ryan is glad to be back on Irish soil, but the reason he left still haunts him. As he tries to build a new life and redeem his past, can he forgive Kate and reclaim his healing gift in time to save his sister and her twins?
Blurb: Love can come along at the most inconvenient times…
Skye Corrigan treasures family above all else. Standing by his best friend Rhia while she suffers the heartache of losing her father to cancer has strengthened their childhood bond. Lately Rhia affects him in ways she never has before.
Rhiannon O’Malley shares Skye’s past and hopes for a future with him, but love must come with a willing heart. Her father’s terminal illness has left her in charge of the family pub. Skye has always been there for her, but when their relationship changes, will she find the courage to claim the future? Or will a thousand-year-old curse keep its grip on two hostage hearts?
Blurb: Ultimate power, or endless love?
Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin’s spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan.
However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.
Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love—a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.
Exclusive Excerpt from Fire’s Ice
Moving into the en suite, Devin loosened the buttons of his shirt and walked across the heated tile floor to turn on the shower. He stripped off his filthy work clothes, thankful he could finally retire them, stepped under the hot stream of water and closed the frosted glass doors. Turning another knob, he let the hot water pound his aching muscles from every direction, glad he’d listened to the contractor’s suggestion of adding multi jets to the shower. He hadn’t been concerned with the added expense, or the knowing wink the burly man gave him when Devin originally incorporated the couple-sized shower into the plans in addition to a huge soaking tub and double sinks. It was a room meant to accommodate lovers.
He’d had his fill of lovers. He wanted a wife. He wanted Arianne, but unless he intended to live in the mists of the stone dance, he couldn’t have her.
Damn her sexy self straight to hell. He wished she were here. Never had he been so tortured over a woman. She was doing her best to convince him to change his mind and give up his power and way of life. Which was why he’d avoided the dance for the past year. Oh, he checked in on his family, had been there for the births of Meara and Aaron and all the birthdays and holidays since. If the Corrigans needed him, he could be there in a heartbeat. But they were managing just fine on their own.
Ari was another matter. Stubborn witch. She wouldn’t give in to his demands and neither could he toss them aside. They were at a stalemate. On my terms, Ari.
He lathered the strands and tried to think of a solution that would suit them both. She wouldn’t give up her magic and he couldn’t turn her loose on the world. If he could trick the spell holding her, use his circle instead of the dance? Maybe. He turned off the water, grabbed a fluffy red towel off the warming bar and wrapped it around his waist before heading into the bedroom.
Still mostly wet, he pulled down the comforter and sheets, tossed the decorative pillows into the corner chair, let the towel fall to the floor and climbed into bed naked. Snapping his fingers sent the room into darkness. Devin waved toward the hearth where logs had already been set, and started the fire with a whisper.
Laying in the dark, he allowed his mind to drift back to the day Daemon’s spell had been cast. If he could remember the exact words, the inflection of the incantation, maybe he could find a magical loophole. Daemon often acted without thought of the consequences. His words came back along with the smell of death, the clanging of steel on steel in the heat of battle.
“I am Sea, endless, constant. Time is nothing to me. Raging waters, shifting tides, within our power she will abide. She is Earth, bearer of life, comfort in death, mate of Sea, thus by her right she holds the key. She that is Air all must take heed, a maelstrom of fury her dark deeds unknown, a lesson this one must be shown. I call her now here to me.”
Identifying words, commanding presence, a brutish show of power. Unimportant, except that Arianne would be chained by their power alone. Okay. Simple enough.
“You brought down the price on all three. Earth, Air, and Sea we shall ever be until our blood meets love, one times three. My seal is set, our bargain met, if three can accept love’s pain and joy without condition, then Earth and Sea shall be set free, only Air will be chained to thee.”
The price? What had Arianne done? That’s right. Siphoned her sister’s power and used Daemon to do it. Yeah, that would have been enough to set off Daemon’s temper. Maybe he wasn’t so different from Ari after all. Clearly all three would remain in elemental form until three of their blood found love and accepted the heartache as well as bliss. Something had gone wrong. Arianne wasn’t in elemental form. Only Air will be chained to thee. Daemon and Briella had already been freed or were destroyed when the spell was cast. And if they were destroyed, then how did Arianne survive?
“Air may scream and howl, but it is her sister’s pleas you will hear now. Fire will come to wrench her free. If he is not bold and Air’s heart grown too cold, love will fail and your chains will hold. Still, if Fire can melt Air’s icy wind, then love will triumph once again. So mote it be, an it harm whomever it need.”
And sweet Briella couldn’t bear the thought of her twin alone forever trapped with her selfish heart. Though she was angry and weak, she had faith Arianne could change. Hope. Give her hope. And he was that hope. Fire.
Wrench her free. Love will fail and your chains will hold.
As Devin drifted off, he realized he had been going about this all wrong. Chained. Break the chains. But how?
* * * *
Satin moved sinuously over his body. Soft feathery kisses whispered across his skin. Smooth fingertips caressed and aroused him. Devin breathed in the scent of vanilla, felt the silk of Ari’s hair brushing his chest as she bent down to bring her lips to his. She tasted of hellfire and magic. Of promises.
“Devin.” The devil whispered his name. Another dream. Here he could take all he wanted. Damn the spell and to hell with the consequences. Knowing every inch of his woman, the texture and taste of her skin, her touch, Devin let his hands and mouth explore at will. And he was utterly, hopelessly in love with the Arianne in his dreams.
“Come to me, Devin. Free me.” Words he had heard so many times.
“Ari, I can’t.” Still, he poured himself into the kiss, his tongue mating with hers in a lover’s dance as she sank down on his length, engulfing him in hot velvet. Claiming him. Bowing underneath her, Devin pushed deeper, matching her rhythm. His fingers clutched her hips as she moved like lightning.
“My turn.” Rolling with Ari on the cool sheets, Devin let his weight pin her to the mattress. She linked her ankles together at his spine, wrapped her arms around his shoulders.
“I wish you were here, Ari. I wish this was real.”
Her whispered reply brushed his ear. “It can be. Quick as a flash. Come to me” He made love to her slowly, achingly until he shattered in her arms. “I love you, Ari. I love you. Don’t torture me like this.”
He woke with the fire still crackling in the hearth, vanilla scenting the air, the sound of his name on her lips. Arianne’s words came back to him as he waited for his heart to level out. Quick as a flash. Of course. Why hadn’t he thought of it before? So simple. So easy. Smiling, he floated off back to sleep.
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About the Author:
Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity.
When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.