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Feb 01

Jas and Amethyst

I found a cute illustration on Pinterest that’s almost perfect for Jas and Amethyst after the party in in Chapter 6 of Could It Be Magic. Except Jas has black eyes, not blue.The artist’s name is Reena, who goes by the handle rejoboart on Tumblr.

Jas n Amethyst

Amethyst made herself let him go, put her hands on his chest. Jas shifted his grip, too, resting his hands on her waist. His eyes were closed, his chest rising and falling under her touch.

Jan 30

Could It Be Magic – Chapter 15

Could It Be Magic is now available on Amazon, so this will be the last chapter posted here. If you’ve been reading here and would like to finish, contact me and I’ll gift you a copy for Kindle.

Snow Day

It shouldn’t have been obvious. But watching Melodie’s gaze travel around the living room, Amethyst was afraid it was. The tablet that wasn’t hers, sitting on the round maple table by Jas’ chair. The coaster he’d set his glass on last night after dinner… Every little thing seemed to have flashing neon arrows that said, ‘Jas is staying here!’

Then again, it could be just her guilty conscience.

“I booked the one o’clock snowboarding lesson,” Jas said, crossed to the coat closet and took out their coats—both their coats. “Give the day a chance to warm up.”

Melodie shot Amethyst a look, her brows giving an upward twitch.

Nope. It wasn’t just Amethyst’s guilty conscience. Melodie knew. Amethyst met her look and gave a ghost of a shrug.

Jas, holding her coat, noticed the interchange. Most guys never picked up on subtle female communications. But of course Jas would be the one who did. She shrugged at him, too, and slipped into her coat, her puffy, rich purple cold-weather one.

Marl, Melodie’s husband, certainly seemed oblivious, chatting about what a perfect day it was and how they’d hardly need coats. Or it might just be that he was laboring to keep the atmosphere light. So far, Melodie was keeping her promise to be civil. But she wasn’t making an effort to be friendly, either. Amethyst was surprised to find herself a little squirmy about it. And they still had a 45-minute drive up to the ski area.

She drove her Subaru, Jas beside her, Melodie and Marl in the back. The city gave way to sparsely-vegetated granite slopes, then to low-rise woods of piñon and juniper, and those to towering pines as they climbed. Snow appeared, first only in the shade, then as a white blanket.

Amethyst had to admire Jas’ composure. The mood, while not hostile, was definitely cool. But Jas stayed as pleasant and friendly as if Marl and Melodie were a couple he looked forward to getting to know.

The Sandia Peak ski lodge rose from the parking lot above its bright red double staircases. Skiers in equally bright gear trooped up and down the stairs, moved across the snowy landscape, rode the lift to the top of the ski trails.

As soon as they’d unloaded, Melodie grabbed Amethyst’s arm.

“Let’s go check it out,” she said. “We’ll see you guys up there.”

Amethyst didn’t have a chance to read the look on Jas’ face before Melodie tugged her away across the snowy parking lot. Sighing, Amethyst let herself be towed up the stairs, into the lodge and through a door onto a side deck.

Melodie found a relatively private corner and rounded on her. “Tell me Jas Harker isn’t living with you.”

Amethyst raised her chin and crossed her arms. “Jas Harker isn’t living with me.”

“Amethyst, I’m your best friend. Do not lie to me.”

When Melodie used her real name, Amethyst knew she was serious. “I’m not lying. He’s not living with me. He’s staying with me.”

Melodie shook her head. “Ah, semantics. You gotta love ’em.”

“It’s the truth.”

“Look,” Melodie said. “I don’t want to cause trouble—”

“Not much.”

“—but a week ago you wanted to throw the man under the bus. Now he’s living—excuse me—staying with you.”

“You were the one who told me I’d better think twice before I shut him down.”

“And I’m feeling a little uncomfortable about that now.”

Ah-ha, Amethyst thought. She took Melodie’s hand. “Don’t feel guilty, Mel. It’s not like you think.” Yet. “We’re having wizard problems. We discussed it, and decided this was the best way to handle them.”

Melodie held up a hand. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wizard problems. What kind of wizard problems?”

Amethyst sighed. “Hopefully not the kind that put me in the hospital again. So you see why Jas doesn’t want leave me on my own.”

Melodie put knuckle to lip and studied her a long moment. “You know, every time I want to think the worst of him, he turns around and does something like that.”

Amethyst grinned. “I know, huh? Leave that gorgeous place of his up in the foothills to camp out in my guest bedroom, help with the dishes and everything. He even gave ol’ Heather the brush-off when she fired up the charm.”

Melodie made a face. “And we all know how hard that is. So these wizard problems—”

“It’s just some guy who keeps showing up. He’s probably harmless, but I’m not willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

“Okay. So…” She gave Amethyst a worried look. “Are you okay with it? The close quarters and all?”

Amethyst gave a rueful laugh. “I’m hopelessly confused. I don’t think I can expect any better than that.”

“Well, I guess I’ll get to see up close and personal today if Jas is worth all the agony.”

Amethyst hadn’t thought about it that way. “I know it sounds crazy,” she said slowly, “but I’m beginning to think he might be.”

Melodie studied her again as if trying to decide if she really was crazy, then sighed. “He’d better be, for his sake.”

Amethyst hugged her. “Thanks. You’re the best kind of friend. There aren’t many who’ll ask if you’re being stupid.”

“Hey, you know me,” Melodie said. “Anytime.”

Amethyst laughed and went back inside, Melodie following.

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Jan 12

Reylo Trash

I learned a new slang term this week: trash. As in, “I am Reylo trash,” a crazy fan. I would be, except….

Well, there is no Reylo. At least, not yet, there isn’t.

Reylo on Tumblr

“Reylo” is the couple name for Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ve been seeing fan art all over Pinterest with romantic images of the two, so I was really looking forward to see a “thing” between wielders of the Dark and Light sides of the Force.

But…there was no “thing.” Some interest on Kylo Ren’s side, and antagonism on Rey’s, and good sexual tension, but that was it.

Well, damn.

The dark + light trope is one of my favorite romantic themes. And I have to admit, dark heroes, antiheroes and villains really appeal to me. I have a special soft spot for dark lords. They often manage to find their way into my own books. Blackthorne is a former dark lord. Jen in Shadowbound is an up-and-coming dark lord (or lady, in this case). Hadis, in Springtime in Hades, is a reluctant dark lord.

I heart dark lords

Okay, I don’t like Sauron, the original dark lord. He’s just a faceless force of evil. Same with Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine). Ick. No layers at all, nothing interesting. Darth Vader, on the other hand, at least had the cool factor going for him.

A good dark lord, besides the oozing the requisite power, has to have a few chinks in his evil black armor. There has to be a human being underneath all that villainy. He can’t be bad just for the sake of being bad. He has to have reasons for being bad, and there has to be a glimpse, however small, of something better.

Kylo Ren makes an appealing dark lord-in-training. He’s not totally evil yet, although he’s doing his damndest to extinguish his better qualities. But the struggle torments him.

The Force Awakens leaves enough loose ends dangling that things between Kylo Ren and Rey could go in all sorts of directions. Will there be a romance after all? A reluctant alliance for the greater good? A tug-of-war, where Kylo Ren tries to seduce Rey to the Dark Side while she tries to bring him to the Light? Then again, it could be nothing but old-fashioned antagonism. Snore.

But since I’m a writer, I can make up my own story to satisfy my bad guy + good girl cravings. I’m working on it now. Once I get it figured out, maybe it’ll appear in an upcoming book.

Jan 05

Snow Day

In Chapter 15 of Could It Be Magic, Amethyst, Jas, Melodie and Marl go snowboarding at the Sandia Peak Ski Area. I’ve been up on the mountain numerous times for hiking and such, but not being a winter sports* enthusiast, never in the winter. When our first big snow of the season came right after Christmas, I decided it was time to correct that oversight.

What’s interesting about Sandia Ski is that it’s basically in Albuquerque’s backyard, as the Sandia Mountains mark the eastern border of Albuquerque. If you want to ski, you can either take the Sandia Peak Tramway to the top of the mountain, or drive around the mountain through Tijeras Canyon and up Highway 14, the scenic Turquoise Trail.

Here are the photos from my visit.

Sandia Peak day lodge

The Sandia Peak day lodge from the parking lot

Snowboarding

*Note to self: Snowboarding doesn’t look easy

Boards and skis

Dec 27

Women, Know Your Limits!

Okay, I’ll admit right up front, the title of this post is clickbait. But it’s applicable– I promise!

In Chapter 10 of Could It Be Magic, Amethyst sarcastically apologizes to Jas for offering her opinion by telling him that in the future, she’ll only talk about fluffy little kittens. When I wrote that line, I had this clip in mind.

 

 

Oct 30

Lindsey Stirling Wins the Wild West

I ran across Lindsey Stirling on a blog I often read. She’s an indie dubstep fiddler who does her own music videos. She also has a fantasy video, but I actually like this one better– I guess you could consider it steampunk. The dancing in this one is awesome.

 

Oct 18

Could It Be Magic

Kathlena L. Contreras

– The Land of Enchantment – Book 5 –

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Two wizards in love. What a perfect match.

If only it were that simple.

Amethyst Rey has to admit, Jas Harker is hot. Really, what woman wouldn’t be thrilled if the rich, charming owner of Magus Corporation, the world-class data security firm, asked her to marry him?

Well, Amethyst, for one. As far as she’s concerned, Jas is the last man she could ever think of sharing her life with. The first time—and the last time—they kissed, he locked her in a spellbinding.

Amethyst learned her lesson—the safest way to deal with Jas Harker is to keep things professional, wizard to wizard. No matter how hard he’s been working to show her he made a mistake.

Jas is nothing if not persuasive, and it’s not easy to keep fighting her attraction to him. But it’s a long, long way from one disastrous kiss to “I do.” And Amethyst has to decide if the magic they share—literally and poetically—is worth risking her heart again.

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Author’s note: After I finished Crooked Magic, Book 3 of the Land of Enchantment series, I began thinking about the next novel in the series. I’d already written This Magic Moment, a short story that takes place about a year after Crooked Magic, and knew how I wanted the next novel to start. But then I got to thinking, wait a minute. There’s a lot that happens between the end of This Magic Moment and the beginning of the next Enchantment novel. I really need to fill that gap.

The result is a romance. I had so much fun writing This Magic Moment I couldn’t resist seeing how Jas and Amethyst’s relationship continues to develop. Of course, since it’s Jas and Amethyst, it won’t be smooth and easy, no matter how smooth Jas may be.

Oct 11

This Magic Moment

Here’s a sample of This Magic Moment, a Land of Enchantment short story available on Amazon.

 

Amethyst Rey stared at what lay inside the little box on the linen tablecloth.

A ring. White gold—or platinum. Candlelight glittered on the spray of diamonds surrounding a stone the size of her little fingernail. It was a purple so deep and rich it looked fake.

An amethyst. Of course. And she somehow knew it wasn’t fake.

The murmur of other diners in suits and little black dresses wove in and out of discreet piano music. Amethyst’s concession to dressing up consisted of a silk boatneck top, broomstick skirt in shades of indigo, purple and violet and a silver concho belt.

She concentrated on keeping her voice low and reasonable. “You have got to be kidding me.”

Across the table from her, Jas Harker wore an ever-so-earnest look. “Never.”

She should’ve known something was up: dinner at Blue Coyote in Santa Fe, Jas dressed in a sport coat and opened-collared shirt, opening the door of his emerald-green Infiniti IPL convertible. Good-looking as always with his black hair freshly barbered into stylish disarray, those deep, dark eyes, the mismatched brows, one with a little quirk to it.

She shook her head. So much charm…so little reliability.

“What are you up to now?” she said.

He carefully pushed his dessert plate aside and folded pale, clever fingers in front of him. “I want you to marry me.”

Amethyst leaned an elbow on the table. Candlelight traced a glass cut on the side of her thumb—occupational hazard for a stained glass artist. “I got that part. What I’m wondering is what else you want.”

“What else do you think I want?”

With Jas, there was always something else. But since she’d been enjoying a very nice night out with him, she probably shouldn’t mention that.

“Maybe one binding isn’t enough,” she said. “Maybe now you want the legal kind.”

He sighed and took a sip of wine. “A man usually asks a woman to marry him because he loves her.”

“Except you’re not a man.”

He leaned close and whispered, “Try me.”

She held her ground. “A professional collaboration seems to be working pretty well. Anything closer…” She turned sideways and crossed her legs. “Um, no.”

His mouth ticked up on one side. “Ah-ha. That’s what this is about. ‘Amethyst, insecure in her abilities, rejects a degree of closeness that might reveal her mediocrity.’”

Her face went hot. “Mediocrity? Mediocrity?”

He wore an innocent look. “Am I wrong about that?”

She spluttered and swept a hand around her. The restaurant disappeared. Piñon pines and juniper trees replaced the other diners. Instead of faux-painted walls, a night sky with stars like slivers of glass surrounded them. Crickets’ music took the place of the tinkling piano.

“Nice.” Jas grinned and drew a finger along the candle flame. It turned a rich rose color and twined patterns upward in the darkness. “So much more intimate.”

“That wasn’t—I didn’t—” She fumbled at the magic. Nothing happened. She tried again.

He caught her hand. “Here. Let me.”

The restaurant blinked back in. The ring was on her finger, too.

Amethyst yanked it off and plunked it back into its box.

He watched with amused tolerance, the kind of look one would use with a puppy’s silly antics. “So you aren’t insecure.”

“No!”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes!”

He leaned back, twirled the stem of his glass between his fingers. “So. Are you up to a challenge?”

She folded her arms. “Name it.”

“How about a little contest of wizardry?”

“Let me guess. You win, I marry you.”

“Exactly the stakes I had in mind.”

She snorted a laugh. “I don’t think so.”

“Then you don’t trust your powers.”

Amethyst gave him a sweet smile, tipped her head to one side and sent him into the middle of the parking lot. One Brooks Brothers shoe remained underneath the table.

For good measure, she put on a curse that would make the sole come off the first time it was exposed to water.

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Oct 05

This Magic Moment

New Release by Kathlena L. Contreras

A Land of Enchantment short story – Book 4 –

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What’s a wizard-woman to do when the rich, good-looking CEO of a major computer security corporation asks her to marry him?

If the woman in question is Amethyst Rey and the CEO is charming, devious Jas Harker, the wizard she wouldn’t trust to walk her across the street, the answer is a definite NO! But Jas isn’t the kind of man to take “no” for an answer. When a semi-friendly contest of wizardry escalates into an all-out magical duel, Amethyst has to decide if she wants Jas out of her life completely…

Or a permanent part of it.

Available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia and other Amazon stores around the world.

Author’s note:

Although this story takes place about a year after the end of Crooked Magic, I actually wrote it first. This story was so much fun for me that it was hard to keep it under wraps until Crooked Magic was finished.

Aug 31

99-Cent Sale on Flying Tiger Books

September is Sale Month for Flying Tiger books

To celebrate the release of Crooked Magic, $0.99 promotions are running through the month of September for most Flying Tiger Press titles. Check them out on Amazon.

By K. Lynn Bay:

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By Kathlena L. Contreras:

The Land of Enchantment

Familiar Magic by Kathlena L. ContrerasSeptember 18 – 21 – Familiar Magic

 

Do You Believe in Magic by Kathlena L. ContrerasSeptember 25 – 27 – Do You Believe in MagicFREE!

 

Crooked Magic by Kathlena L. ContrerasOctober 2 – 5 – Crooked Magic

 

 

 

 

 

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