Happy Friday lovelies! It’s nearly the weekend – hoorah!!! Today I’m on the blog tour for Solstice Sizzle, Book Two in the Pagan Pleasures series by Lilliana Rose and I”m delighted to bringing you an extract.
Johan Rogers is a sharpshooting family lawyer who is close to burn out. This is affecting his ability with the Magiks and his once reliable skill as a medium. On a whim, he’s come south to Edi’s shop, Crystal Sands, for a break over the summer solstice. He’s looking for fun, nothing serious, and definitely no commitment.
That’s how things start with the stunning Nova. But then a side of him he’s repressed to be a lawyer begins to emerge. Can he get a handle on his emotions, or will Nova help him to realize his full potential with the Magiks?
Nova McGinnis is struggling to find her unique skill with the Magiks. She’s been repressed too long, and despite Edi’s help, her ability is erratic at best. It’s been nearly a month of trying and she’s made minimal progress. Frustrated, she sees Johan as the perfect distraction.
It was meant to be just a summer love affair, but things are developing into something more lasting. Will a hot love affair prevent Nova from discovering her Magik ability, or help her?
Nova and Johan are getting to know each other over a meal, after some intimate time together earlier. He’s just told her about his skill with the Magik’s as a medium, and wants to know hers. He is surprised that she doesn’t know. He finds himself filled with a desire to genuinely want to help her find out. But that might complicate things between them, and right now, he didn’t want complications.
“So, I’ve told you mine, how about you tell me yours. What’s your skill?”
Bloody hell, now I’ve really done it.
He wasn’t sure how he’d managed it, but he knew damn well he’d upset her. “You don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to,” he quickly said, hoping to salvage the conversation before it completely went to shit, and he was taking her home with her not ever wanting to see him again.
“I don’t know.”
He swallowed hard. Every witch knew their skill in the Magik. It was part of being a witch, and it was something nurtured since birth.
“My mom wasn’t a Magik, my dad was.”
“Okay,” he said softly. He still didn’t have a handle on her situation. There was too much chaos missing in her aura, but he wanted her to keep talking. She needed to. He could sense that at least, despite her turmoil.
“Dad died when I was three. Mom didn’t understand. She made sure I didn’t find out I had… certain skills. I thought I was human until I hit puberty and found I could sense things others couldn’t. There was an incident at a party when we held a séance. I could feel the spirits coming in, so many of them… one of them was my dad…” she paused, clearly fighting with the emotions surfacing.
Johan reached over and put his hand on hers and squeezed. She turned her hand to wrap her fingers in his.
“Mom… she made sure that I felt evil if I tried to use my skill. So, I learned to repress it.”
Johan let out a big breath. It was so much more than that. It was one thing to have a block like he did with his skill, but something more serious to have it forcibly repressed. He couldn’t imagine his life without his skill. It might not be working so well, but he knew it was there, and if he put his mind to it, he could work through the issue. I don’t want to yet. He pushed the thoughts away. Right now, his concern was with Nova. He wanted to know more about her, and she was letting him into his heart. It touched him that she trusted him to do so.
“Edi is helping me to find my skill. But it’s taking so long. I… I worry I might never find it.” Tears filled her eyes, but she kept in control, not letting the emotion overpower her.
“Hey, it’s going to take time.”
She nodded. “Still, what if I never—”
“You will. If your candles are anything to go by, and how you told me what I needed today, well then, maybe you’re more on your way to finding your skill than you realize.”
“Yes. And I know Edi, if anyone can help you find your skill it’s her.”
“She said I could do with a break.”
“And I know just what sort of break will help you.” He winked at her as he squeezed her hand.
“You don’t give up do you?”
“No, but then neither do you.”
She smiled weakly. “Well, you’re getting to know me very well this evening.”
“Thank you…” he paused. There was a niggle in his mind, a turn of his stomach. No. He couldn’t do it. That might well have been his chance to open up to her, tell her he was struggling with his own skill, that his career as a lawyer might be over before he really got started.
I can’t. It doesn’t matter anyway. Her problems are bigger than mine.
And he wanted to help her.
about the author
Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.
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Thanks as always to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Lilliana for sharing an extract with us.
Have a wonderful weekend all!