Magic: Any art that invokes supernatural powers; an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
I like the Wordweb definitions above better than Webster’s mealy-mouthed ones. They clarify why it’s hard to describe what the characters in my various MAGIC books can do. In the original historical versions, I was dealing with a Georgian setting where even the word “science” is suspect since it could refer to mathematics or phrenology. Magic was the only word I could use to describe heroines with mysterious gifts that are scientifically possible if you stretch your imagination just a little—you do realize dogs are capable of smelling cancer, don’t you? That’s a bit magical and certainly seems outside normal sensory channels, but it’s been scientifically proven. And it’s been proven that some people have more empathic receptors than others, making them more sensitive to emotion—shades of Star Trek’s Deanna but true.
So when I placed the descendants of my mysterious Georgian Malcolm characters in contemporary California, I had to ground them in today’s science and culture. The only sirens we’re really aware of these days are the ones on emergency vehicles and burglar alarms. Ulysses’ Odyssey isn’t studied much in schools these days, so the magic of song doesn’t occur to us. But everyone is aware of the miraculous voices of child prodigies like Charlotte Church and Aria Tesolin if only from YouTube videos. Wouldn’t uncanny voices like that be called a siren call in days of yore?
Of course, Church and Tesolin probably haven’t killed anyone with their voices, but the heroine of my latest Magic book, THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC, could very possibly do so. Whether that’s a magical or paranormal ability, I’m unwilling to conjecture. And so are Pippa and Oz, the protagonists of this star-crossed romance, and I’m saying that with tongue in cheek since Pippa was a former child singing sensation and Oz—as in Dylan Ives Oswin and Wizard of—is a Hollywood producer. Pippa has no intention of returning to the emotional turmoil of her teenage career, but Oz has a clue that she might lead him to his kidnapped son. Since he has a reputation for never taking no for an answer, they hit head on. That’s when the magic erupts–and love is just as magical and beyond the normal as a siren call.
If you enjoy romance with a hint of the paranormal, I hope you’ll take a look at the excerpt on my website at http://www.patriciarice.com and sample what I do in my spare time when I’m not putting up backlist books on BVC!
And for those who prefer the DRM-free e-books here at BVC, I have a new one coming out in January, SMALL TOWN GIRL, a contemporary romance without the supernatural but with lots of humor and emotional roller coaster rides.
Which leads me to ask—how many of you enjoy a dabble of the paranormal or supernatural with your romance? And if not, why not?