Mayflower Mages, Book Two
Genre: Paranormal romance
Date of Publication: February 17, 2015
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 99,685
Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life hiding in a junkyard. Her repair shop is the last hope for gadgets and gizmos before they get tossed onto the trash towers. Fortunately, Aurora can fix almost anything, including mages, though repairing people with metal enchantments is highly illegal.
Edmund Rallis, heir to the Rallis senate seat, has spent months hunting down his errant enchantress. He’ll play every game he knows to win her back and entice her to share the secrets she hides. But he’s inadvertently put her on the frontlines of a new game, one with an opponent who’s determined to destroy Rallis Territory and drive the Republic toward war. If the new enemy isn’t stopped in time, Edmund will lose his enchantress again—and this time there won’t be another chance.
Anise Rae has been reading romance novels since she first discovered her grandmother’s stash of books hidden away in a cabinet. Learning that she wasn’t the only one dreaming about love and magic was a turning point in her life. She started her own stash of books and wrote a few too.
A native of Ohio, Anise long ago moved south, armed with boxes of romance novels and degrees in chemistry and library science. Creating chemistry on the page between two lovers proved to be a lot more fun than working with test tubes in a lab or searching patent databases. She refocused on writing.
Her stories revolve around heroines who dare to stand up to society’s expectations and be true to themselves and heroes with plenty of savvy to fall in love with such brave women.
Anise lives in Atlanta with her two children and a fluffy dog that has an amazing ability to find dirty socks.
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Please welcome Enchanter’s Echo author Anise Rae to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of Enchanter’s Echo?
In Enchanter’s Echo, there’s a spark of love that exists between the hero and heroine from the start of the book. My favorite moments are when that spark gets its chance to shine despite all the problems that keep the two apart. For instance, at one point in the story, their whole world is about to crumble to pieces, and they’re desperately trying to stop it. Aurora, the heroine, makes an offhanded comment about how they’re like these particular comic book superheroes saving their city. Edmund is floored…and thrilled…to learn that she loves comic books too. It’s a lighthearted moment in the middle of these terrible circumstances they’re in. To me, this is one of the defining tenants of love…a connection that offers moments of peace, support, and joy in each other even when your world is falling apart.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which one of your characters do you want by your side?
If you’ve read the first Mayflower Mages book, Syphon’s Song, then you might find my answer hard to believe. But if I were stranded on a desert island, I’d want to be with the High Councilor. She’s a craggy old crone who has a scary amount of mage power and the balls and the wisdom to go with it. As the leader of the Republic of Mage Territories, she needs all three. I’m certain she’d survive just fine on a desert island, and I think she’d keep me alive too…just so she can have someone to boss around.
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
As a writer, this type of question always stumps me, but it’s not because I don’t love my characters. I do. In fact, Aurora, would be a wonderful best friend. But as the creator of her story, I already know how her life goes. She already has a complete circle of friends. There’s no room for me. So I have to look to minor characters, whose stories I don’t fully know, for questions like this.
I could totally be best friends with Izzy Crombie. She runs Bleak’s Diner and has a big heart for all of her regulars. She’s gutsy and brave and doesn’t let a past tragedy hold her down. Plus, she makes kick-booty coffee and the ends of her hair are the colors of the rainbow. And now that I’ve thought about it, Izzy probably needs a story of her own. In which case, I’m going to have to find another character to be best friends with.
Who is your favorite author, and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have so many favorites that it’s impossible to choose just one. But Ilona Andrews is definitely on that list. The husband and wife team are fabulous world builders and experts at creating sexual tension between their hero and heroine. That tension can go on for book after book in their series. I am always chomping at the bit for their next release. I just read Burn for You, their new urban fantasy trilogy, and I can’t wait for book two!
What books have most influenced your life?
My personal list of Most Influential Books starts with Cinderella. Ah, the magic, the romance, the dress, the happily ever after. My copy is a little fragile and a bit worn-out, but I still have it, and I can still hear my mother’s voice as she read it to me. I can’t wait for the new Disney movie.
As for number two on the list…would you think I’m shallow and completely crazy if I told you it was a vampire book? Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton. I discovered the Anita Blake series at a strange time in my life, and that’s the book I started with even though it’s the tenth book in the series. I had just had my first child, and if I’d called up the Guinness Book of World Records to witness my life, I’m pretty sure my daughter would be listed as the “Baby Who Slept for the Fewest Hours Ever.” She’d start getting sleepy around 3AM no matter what I tried. On top of that, her father and I lived in a loft. (Let me give you a little advice. Never try to raise a baby in a loft.) Every sound carried. Since he had to go to work in the morning, I had to keep that sweet little girl silent until 3 freaking AM when she’d finally drift off.
I rocked her. I paced. I rocked. I paced. Finally I figured out I could carry the baby in one hand and a paperback book in the other. (Oh, for an e-reader! But, you must understand, these were primitive times.) I would hold up the book so I could catch the light of the microwave as I rocked. And paced. Narcissus was the first book I attempted this with. I discovered it in the grocery store…the only errand I had the energy to run. Anita Black saved my sanity, but she was also the first vampire book I ever read. That was a profound moment for me. I’d been dreaming up stories with magic and romance since I was a kid and I’d finally found one in print! It gave me hope that I could write my own stories.
Thanks so much, Diane, for having me on your blog!
And, readers, I’d love to hear which books have most influenced your life. I’m wondering…does anyone else out there have a vampire book on their list?