I'm so excited to have author Jodine Turner visit today on her blog tour and she's sharing a great book excerpt from her latest release, Carry On The Flame. I remember reading the blurb and getting so excited so sit back, relax and enjoy the sneak peek!
Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call Book One is a YA/adult magical urban fantasy, paranormal romance novel. Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic Book Two releases October 31, 2011.
In Carry on the Flame, humanity is in the midst of the greatest crisis in their evolution. Sharay is the one chosen to show the way forward and help humankind move through the fear and dark times of today’s world. Born into a lineage of priestesses in modern day Glastonbury, England, Sharay’s way is blocked by her jealous Aunt Phoebe, who uses black magic against her to steal her fortune and magical power. When Phoebe commits Sharay to a psychiatric ward and accuses her of murder, Sharay struggles with the temptation to fight Phoebe’s vengeance with her own. Through the ancient Celtic ceremony of Beltaine, Sharay experiences profound sacred union with the Welshman Guethyn, who shows her how to open her heart. But Sharay must learn to transform her hatred for her aunt in order to claim the mystery held deep within her cells that will allow her to fulfill her destiny and prove that the ultimate magic is the power of love.
Excerpt from Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call
© Jodine Turner
“Wait a minute,” Sharay pushed herself up and stood. She faced Guethyn, his lean tall body silhouetted against the blue of the ocean. “I’m just as freaked out as you, but it looks like we were in each other’s dream. Whether we like it or not.” Sharay’s words caught in her throat as she glimpsed at what lay just behind Guethyn, apparent now only in day’s full light.
The mouth of a cave, partially hidden by a sharp outcropping of rocks, beckoned her. Sharay peered over Guethyn’s shoulder. It looked like low tide would allow easy entrance.
“Look,” she pointed. She ran toward the opening, unable to deny whatever it was that compelled her to search inside. Guethyn was right beside her.
The interior of the cave was small, perhaps ten feet long by five feet wide. The sand glinted and the rocks hummed with the echo of the surf. Sharay stood still, cocked her head, sure she heard soft voices above the sound of the surf. She looked around her, seeing no one but Guethyn. The voices persisted. Many eager voices that all spoke at the same time so their words seemed to reverberate off the cave walls.
“Here. It starts here, Sharay,” the many voices whispered.
She looked at Guethyn, wanting a reality check, needing confirmation. His mouth was parted, his head inclined to the side, as if he, too, was listening. Sharay began to feel an unusual confidence – the voices she heard now, the voices she heard in the past and was told to suppress, the voices she was sure she would continue to hear – were all revealing inspired guidance. If she could finally accept it, Guethyn could, too.
“It’s all real, Guethyn.” She looked up at him, put her hands on his arms. “Our dream was a message. Not meant to scare us.”
“I told you I don’t believe in all that anymore.”
“Then why did you come with us, Guethyn?” she asked softly.
“Because you needed my help. Nothing more.”
Guethyn did what he’d wanted to since he’d met Sharay. He brushed aside a strand of her hair. The one that often fell over her cheek.
Sharay trembled at his tender affection, unsure of what to do. Her body had its own instinct. She lifted her chin, raised her lips to his. She now understood what Guethyn meant to her, how vitally important he had been to her before and could be again. But she wanted proof of it for his sake. When their lips met, she felt his warm and eager welcome, the heat of exploring his mouth with hers. In the next instant, all the images in her dream rushed back simultaneously and forcefully. She expected it, and still it stunned her. More so, it filled her with longing for the love she shared with him in other lifetimes.
“Sharay,” he whispered. Confusion warred within him at the strength of their rediscovered feelings, and mirrored itself in the lines of his jaw and the force of his grip.
She could barely see him through her tears. The intensity of lifetimes loving the man who stood before her exploded inside her. The strength of it brought her to her knees. He dropped down alongside her, and they clung to each other.
Sharay didn’t know how long she held him. She soothed him, remembered him, wanted him.
Though he’d long ago rejected the Goddess, Guethyn couldn’t fight the visions Sharay brought to life when he held her in his arms. The soothing sounds she whispered in his ear somehow helped him remember it all. The lifetimes together, the all consuming love he’d felt for her for eons on end. Once out of her embrace, he might push aside the visions, he might question everything, but he knew what was real for him in this moment. The love he suddenly felt was more real than anything he’d ever
experienced. His heart ached for her, rejoiced in finding her. Every cell in his body called out for her.
A week ago, he might have rejected the jarring memories of this ancient love come to life again. But with Sharay’s body against his and his arms around her, there was nothing to do but yield to the force of his feelings for her. No words passed between them; understanding bound them.
When she finally stood, released from his embrace, Sharay felt suddenly shy. She didn’t know what to say. Something in her gut, something dark and slippery, tightened. The black hole rose up in shadowy warning, calling her back to safety, warning her she’d only be hurt by love.
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Jodine Turner is an author of YA/adult fantasy, paranormal romance, and magical realism. She is also a therapist, and a consecrated priestess. While living in Glastonbury, England, the ancient Isle of Avalon, Jodine began writing the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series about priestesses who had lived in Avalon throughout the ages and today. Jodine’s series is a dark and edgy saga of a young priestess who's reborn during three different critical junctions in history in order to help humankind move through fearful and bleak times - the demise of Atlantis, the Dark Age's suppression of the feminine, and today's turbulent world. Each novel in the series is a standalone read. First in the series is the highly acclaimed The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis. The second novel is the award winning The Keys to Remember. The third novel, Carry on the Flame: Book One Destiny’s Call, is already award winning. The story of Carry on the Flame concludes in Book Two, Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic, which comes out October 31, 2011.