Please welcome the amazing Aisling Mancy with
Sleight Of Heart
A vampire mage, a Romani young man, and a love that won't be denied.
Lord Taliesin Solitaire was born albino, cursed mute by the fey, and betrayed by a vampire lover. For two hundred years, the vampire mage has vowed never to love again and has only used sex as a means to a meal. Until a palm-reading gypsy finds himself in peril and Taliesin can’t resist rescuing the beautiful young man.
Pesha Sinclair is the eldest but smallest son of King Vaida Sinclair, the oppressive ruler of the Kåle Romani Compania. Deemed impure by his father, Pesha is shunned and mistreated by his band and four half-brothers, and one brother in particular wants him dead. His pale, silent savior gives him safety, security and a love he never could have imagined. As Pesha falls in love with his handsome white knight, his half-brother does the unthinkable.
Can Taliesin rescue Pesha from the cruel clutches of his half-brother a second time?
A very special thank you to all the wonderful folks at My Fiction Nook for hosting me today for the book tour for Sleight of Heart! I owe Sandra a debt of gratitude for perpetually accommodating me. Thank you, Sandra! It’s great to be here!
Aisling “Ash” Mancy and my name may be new to you. But my writing may not be. I write young adult works for Dreamspinner’s Harmony Ink Press label under C. Kennedy. Though I write for Harmony Ink and have spent the past four years concentrating on young adult works, I write primarily for adults—surprise!
The Morality of Magick Series is a series of stand-alone books (Yes, it’s true! No waiting for the next book!) about different sorts of magick. My newest book, Sleight of Heart, is the first book in the series and comes to you from CoolDudes Publishing.
Sleight of Heart is an enchanting romance about a palm-reading gypsy and a vampire mage who fall in love against all odds. The story combines the primordial phantasy of the preternatural with the ancient superstition of the Romani—set against a backdrop of present day reality. The penultimate question: How would humans treat preternatural creatures in society today?
Throughout this book tour, I’ve talked about the Romani, magick, and second chances at love. While Sleight of Heart is a paranormal romance and includes nearly every mystical creature conceivable, the story centers on magick and the morality thereof. Setting aside the very essence of magick for a moment, when we consider the power that one could wield were they able to perform magick, we must consider the repercussions thereof. Not only the direct consequences, but the indirect consequences as well—the butterfly effect, if you will. In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state... ...can result in large differences in a later state. In other words, by changing one thing, you change everything.
Sleight of Heart is the first stand-alone book in the Morality of Magick series. Each book will cover a particular type of magick. For now, I’ll leave with a little bibliomancy... and a brief exclusive excerpt from Sleight of Heart. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Pesha’s face abruptly contorted in pain. “Your ring.”
I’m sorry. He released Pesha’s hands, removed the ring, and made to set it on the night table.
Pesha caught his hand and plucked it from his fingers. “Daj wears a ring like this. You’re a warlock?”
I prefer the term mage or sorcerer.
“She says this ring means good magick.”
No magick is wholly good or bad. While there is no yardstick to measure the morality of magick, it can be measured by the actions and reactions it causes.
He turned the ring in Pesha’s fingers so he could see its face in the dim firelight of the room. That’s a five-fold symbol. The four circles represent the four winds, four phases of the moon, four elements, four seasons, and so on. The fifth circle in the centre is the fifth element, that which is powerful enough to unify the other four. Magick, as a powerful fifth element, must be wielded carefully in order to keep harmony and balance in the world. This ring symbolizes our commitment to wield magick not only with actions in mind, but with the reactions as well.
Pesha nodded in understanding. “It’s the same with reading a palm. If I do not read the four elements carefully, the wrong words will come from my mouth, and misfortune will result in the life of the person, and the echo will follow.”
Exactly. You’re more powerful than you realize.
“I know the power of the word. I am careful before the words leave my lips.”
And you’re my mystical fifth element, Taliesin thought to himself.
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Read the first chapter here.
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About the author:
Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes adult fantasy, science fiction, adult romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.
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