Saturday, November 8, 2014

#Excerpt from Arcana by Jessica Leake #PrismBookTours

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Arcana
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, 288 pages
November 18th 2014 by Talos


Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome – or dangerous. Through her late mother’s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine’s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the fa├žade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?


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Excerpt:

Lucy leans forward and examines the journal entry. “Is that a rune?”
She points at a small mark near the bottom of the page. Shaped almost like a human eye is a rune with delicate swirls. It’s so faint, I never would have noticed if not for her.
“Where?” Robert asks, evidently having as much difficulty as I did in seeing it.
“Here,” I say. I press my finger to the rune. A little spark of energy, and then the train carriage fades away. In its place is crystal-clear water cascading over rock, filling a shimmering pool. A dark forest surrounds the water. I know this place. I see it every time I play my mother’s music. Something about it whispers to me, and a longing so strong wraps itself around my heart in a painful vice. Could this be a vision of Mama’s realm?
As if in answer, a creature that is like a deer, but not quite, takes a drink from the water. Its pelt is as white as the rocks with silver dappling. Leaves sprout from its antlers, and it’s as though it doesn’t have antlers at all, but
tree branches instead. It’s joined by a creature that looks like a snow fox, but for the silver tips at the ends of its fur. It turns and appears to look right at me, its turquoise-colored eyes piercing me.
Katherine, it whispers in my mind.
With a jerk, I take my finger from the rune, and the lovely vision fades.



About Jessica Leake

I’m a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (two toddlers and a newborn, in fact, so I think you can begin to see why my blog may be a bit neglected) and author of Arcana: A Novel (Skyhorse/Talos, November 4, 2014), my debut historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance. I have a particular obsession with blending different genres, but almost everything I write has an element of fantasy and romance. I’ve been in love with historical England ever since my first literary crush: Mr. Darcy (I can’t even count the number of times I watched Pride & Prejudice–the A&E version, of course!!) I’m represented by the fabulous Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and I live in Greenville, SC.

Before I was a writer, I worked as a psychotherapist. I spent several years working at a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham, AL, but after my husband graduated as a pharmacist, we moved back to Greenville. I claim Greenville as my hometown now since I spent most of my childhood here, and I’m a proud alumna of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Winthrop University.


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