Marsha A. Moore recently published the fifth and final book in her Enchanted Bookstore Legends series, Quintessence. She’s here to tell us a little bit about both the book and the alchemical element it was named after. She’s also offering the chance to win one ebook set of the entire 5-part Enchanted Bookstore Legends series and five ebook copies of Quintessence: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Five. Welcome, Marsha!
The Exalted Power of Quintessence
Barbaric Dark Realm warfare threatens to overtake all Dragonspeir lands, including the Alliance. Lyra McCauley, the fifth Scribe of the Alliance, finds herself in a desperate competition to gather four missing keystones. Those amulets of the four natural elements guarantee victory for the side possessing them. The Dark Realm’s alchemist, Eburscon, beats her to finding the water gem, the Pearl of Pendola. Three more keystones remain: the fluorite containing earth energy, the moonstone of the sky, and the fiery, dangerous Emtori Ruby.
The powerful gems, stolen centuries ago, channel astral energies and can restore much-needed Alliance power—the last hope. The wizard, Cullen, who is Lyra’s beloved, relies on Alliance magic for his immortality and will perish if the land falls to the Dark Realm.
Lyra must use her rare magical energies of quintessence to guide her to the hidden keystones before her opponents, who plan to destroy the Alliance, or to claim the power of quintessence for themselves.
So what is Quintessence, and how will it help Lyra?
It’s an alchemical term, referring to the fifth essence or element, ether, the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies. The other four natural elements are air, fire, earth, and water. This fifth element is superior to the others. It is the divine spark hidden in all things, the reflection of the Celestial Fire. Quintessence is formed by the perfect balance of the four natural elements. The harmony of the fifth power is an exalted state.
The number five was considered very lucky and extremely sacred by ancient magicians. Lyra McCauley is the fifth Scribe of the Alliance, from a long line of strong female ancestors who were her predecessors in the role. As the fifth Scribe, Lyra is destined to connect to the master power of Quintessence.
The Black Dragon’s Dark Realm has mounted attacks so strong, the good Alliance is nearing defeat. Thousands of innocent lives are in danger. Astral connections, stolen centuries ago, are desperately needed to restore magical strength to the Alliance. Both its Guardians and residents now look to Lyra and her new powers of Quintessence to save them.
In this final book of the Enchanted Bookstore Legends, I visually illustrate when Lyra embraces her innate tendency toward Quintessence, by changing the light of her aura and the powerballs of aura she fires in battle from golden to violet in color. Historically, a violet hue has been used as a symbol of spirituality, corresponding to the divine spark of Quintessence.
So what happens when Lyra unlocks this Quintessence power?
She first encounters this difference when engaged in an aerial dragon battle with the Dark Realm, which is led by the evil alchemist, Eburscon. Previously, her powerballs lacked precise aim. To steady her shots, she often needed to borrow power from her beloved Cullen, the Imperial Sorcerer of the Alliance. However, the precision of her new Quintessence powers are exacting, unmatched by any allies or enemies. The quantity of Quintessence aura she compresses into her usual size powerball make her arm ache after just a few throws from the rush of power passing through her extremity. This takes her by surprise!
Upon realizing Lyra has gained control of her Quintessence, the evil alchemist, Eburscon, schemes and plots to steal that power so he may rule all of Dragonspeir. As one of the most learned men in the land, he is a formidable adversary. If he succeeds in taking Lyra’s Quintessence for his own use, the Dark Realm will overtake the good Alliance. Its residents will be killed or enslaved, Lyra will be left comatose without her aura, and her beloved Cullen will perish without the Alliance magic he relies upon to maintain his immortality. The risks are huge. Find out if Lyra will be able to master her new power in time to block the attacks of evil on her, Cullen, and the Alliance—in Quintessence: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Five.
Thank you, Jill, for hosting me today!
Real Alchemy by Robert Allen Bartlett, Ibis Press, 2007.
The Complete Book of Amulets and Talismans by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, Llewellyn Publications, 2009.
More About the Enchanted Bookstore Legends Series
The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.
Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.
When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.
More About Marsha
Marsha A. Moore is an author of fantasy romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales. The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical! She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and recently completed a year-long Kripalu-affiliated yoga teacher training program. The spiritual quest of her yoga studies helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy.
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Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon pages. Click here for the Rafflecopter link to enter to win one complete set of the Enchanted Bookstore Legends series and one of five ecopies of Quintessence. Good luck! Thank you and best wishes, Marsha!