Pat Esden | Witches and genies, and men with magic. Oh my!
May 3, 2018
Hi everyone! I want to say thanks to the folks at Fresh Fiction for inviting me
to be on their blog today. I'm so excited. Next month is the first anniversary
of the release of REACH FOR
YOU, the final book in my Dark Heart
trilogy. This December HIS
DARK MAGIC, the first book in my new Northern Circle
Coven series, will come out. Both series are contemporary paranormal
with lots of magic, action, and strong romantic elements. They also feature love
interests with magical abilities.
I thought I'd share five characteristics of magic wielding guys, or at least of
the men in my novels.
Smart—All the men in my series are intelligent, but in different
ways. Devlin from the Northern Circle Coven series is the coven's high
priest and a landscape architect. He's ivy league educated and super creative.
He's always looking for new ways to use magic to make the world a better place.
Chase from the Dark Heart series was raised as a warrior-slave in the
djinn realm. The small amount of formal education he received happened in
secret. However, his natural intelligence, magic, and loving and courageous
spirit help him overcome obstacles that would crush others. If you have magic
and aren't smart enough to wield it wisely, chances are you're going to die
young—or perhaps meet an even more unpleasant fate.
Survivors—From what I just said about Chase's past, it should be
clear that he's a tortured soul and survivor—both in the djinn realm where magic
is everywhere and also in our world where its existence is kept secret. Devlin
grew up learning the ins and outs of witchcraft and magic, and keeping it hidden
from the world at large. He also has seen first-hand the corruption that can
come from having magical abilities, including within his own family. Being born
with magic, doesn't make life easier. It gives you more responsibility at a
younger age, and can rip apart everything you love.
Fun spells and incorporeal travel—Okay, so incorporeal travel is
mostly something Chase is experienced with. I don't want to give away too much,
so I'll just put it this way: Chase can truly be a dream lover. However, it's
not out of the realm of possibilities that Devlin could come up with a spell
that would allow him and the rest of the coven members to take joint incorporeal
trips to other places and times. Being able to use magic to travel certainly
would expand vacation possibilities.
Protective—In real life and my novels, I advocate for women being or
striving towards self-empowerment. I don't believe the ability to kick butt with
energy balls is the only way for a woman with magical abilities to be strong and
protective. I feel the same about men. I love a built guy who can hold his own
in a fight and use magic as a weapon. But it's as important to me that guys are
protective in gentle ways as well. Soothing energy when needed and the ability
to create a protection ward is definitely a plus.
The bedroom— I saved the best for last . . . Let's just say, each one
of the guys in my novels have different talents. But when it comes to combining
magic with lovemaking, it can be pretty amazing, sometimes even addictive.
Now tell me—what characteristics do you like in a lover, especially those with
Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits.
The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries.
When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont
home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts.
She is the author of the contemporary paranormal Dark Heart series from
Kensington Books, and the upcoming Northern Circle Coven series. Her short
fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card's
Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society's Mythic Circle, George
Scither's Cat Tales Anthology, and the Fragments of Darkness anthology.
Her passion is her greatest weakness. His legacy is his prison. To
reunite, both must fight the demons within.
A world of deception and danger separates Annie Fremont from her mother—and
from Chase, the enigmatic half ifrit with whom Annie’s fallen in love. But she
vows to find her way back to them, before Chase succumbs to the madness that
threatens his freedom. The only person who can help is the magical seductress,
Lotli, a beautiful, manipulative woman . . . a woman who has disappeared.
Annie must stay strong, even as the future she imagined is slipping away.
With the help of family and friends, she discovers that Lotli is being held
against her will, by those who want to exploit her powers. But though weakened,
Lotli remains a powerful ally and adversary. A bargain is struck. And now
Annie’s only chance to rescue Chase could also tear them apart . . .
Loyalties will be tested, walls will be breached, and enemies will be fought,
yet Annie’s greatest battle lies within her own heart—to trust her love for
Chase to overcome its greatest enemy, and to save those she holds most dear from
the terrifying realm of the djinn. For all of their lives depend on it.
Its power is legendary. It can fulfill every impossible magical desire.
But for one young witch seeking redemption, the Northern Circle coven will
challenge her skills—and her heart—beyond measure.
One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential
magic family. As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to
heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin
Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the
exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits.
Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a
dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle's high priestess awaken Merlin
himself—and learn his timeless cures. But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to
doubt the Circle's real motives, as well as Devlin's . . .
Now Merlin's demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin's
uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and
shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must
risk her untried power against a force she can't defeat—and a passion that could
[Lyrical Press, On Sale: December 11, 2018, e-Book,
ISBN: 9781516106301 / eISBN: 9781516106301]