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Chance to win a free ebook of my new release UPON YOUR HONOR!

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Excerpts from MAGICK & MOONLIGHT on Seasons on Love

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Magick and Moonlight – ExcerptsMay 31, 2014 A great weekend read…excerpts from Magick and Moonlight by Marie Lavender. Enjoy!
Excerpt 1He cleared his throat.  “Is there a reason I found you naked out there?  I mean, you lost your clothes somehow, right?”
The secret smile she gave him made his throat feel dry.  “Do you want me to lie?”
“Of course not.”
“The ritual was best practiced in the nude.  Skyclad rituals are very common, you know.  The Goddess tells us, ‘You shall be free from all slavery, and as a sign that you be truly free, you shall be naked in your rights.’”
He lifted a brow.  “Even if that were the case, you didn’t walk there naked, did you?”
“Didn’t I?”
Maybe she was crazy after all.
“I didn’t walk at all.”
He thought she might be saying that she was transported by magic.  Yep, she was batty as hell.  He was so not touching that one.  He cleared his throat again.
A sharp cry startled him and instinctively, he reached forward and …

Article - "Love is a Spell" on Seasons of Love Blog

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Love is a Spell by Marie LavenderMay 30, 2014 From Christina: Marie Lavender shares a few thoughts today about magic…the kind of magic that comes from love. Enjoy!
LOVE IS A SPELL By Marie Lavender
Since Magick and Moonlight is about the practice of magick, I wanted to discuss love and how it relates to spells.  There are love spells, of course.  And some people may do them.  But, what I mainly want to talk about is the spell of love.  If you’ve ever been in love, you know what I mean.
For a time, you are infatuated, so overwhelmed with feelings that you don’t know what happened.  Everything that person does is amazing or wonderful.  If you’re lucky, you stay in love, but some of that freshness ebbs.  This is not a bad thing.  Love is no longer a shiny penny.  No, it is wiser and you can see the one you love in a new light.  You can see strengths and weaknesses, and still love them for it.  Because we recognize our own flaws, we can appreciate th…

Dancing in the Moonlight

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I'm visiting Seasons of Love blog this week.  Here is a promo that posted today:

Dancing in the MoonlightMay 29, 20141 Comment Magick & Moonlight by Marie LavenderMessing with free will is always a bad idea…
Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. But, instead he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not?
Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she has to do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a love spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned – she ends up falling for Ethan.
To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her, his “love”, is so addictive. Deep down, s…

Magick & Moonlight on Seasons of Love Blog

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Magick and Moonlight by Marie LavenderMay 28, 2014 Please join with me in welcoming Marie Lavender for a return visit to Seasons of Love.
Magick and Moonlight by Marie Lavender

 Love spells are dangerous… Even more dangerous for those who cast them.
Marie says, Magick & Moonlight was a joy for me to write.  It came to me as an image, of a man kicking rocks along the shoreline while the full moon sat above him.  He is lost in his own thoughts until he notices something out of the ordinary.  It was fun to show exactly what he saw and how he reacted to it. * * * * Tomorrow Marie will be back to tell us more about “Magick and Moonlight”. On Friday she’ll be sharing a few thoughts about love and the spell it casts upon us. * * * * Marie will be giving away an ebook copy of “Magick and Moonlight”. To enter, click below ! Marie’s Ebook Giveaway * * * * Until tomorrow, here’s a little snippet! “What the hell did you do to me?”

New 4 Star Review for MAGICK & MOONLIGHT

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Just came across this review on Amazon. When the Spell Wears Off, May 26, 2014 By  The Kindle Book Review This review is from: Magick & Moonlight (Kindle Edition) Ethan sees the light from a campfire burning in the woods as he walks back to his cabin one night. He turns aside to check on the fire and encounters a woman, dancing around an iron pot set over the fire. She is nude and is chanting in an unfamiliar language. Her name is Jessie, and she claims to be a witch. He doesn’t believe in witches and believes that she is a bit “off.” He gives her his coat and he drives her home.

Jessie had not intended to tell him was a witch, and she is concerned that he might repeat what she said. She owns a store in the small town and she fears what might happen to her, to her lively hood, if anyone were to find out. To keep her secret, she casts a spell, causing Ethan to fall in love with her. Problems arise− she finds herself falling in love with him, and, then, spells do not last fo…

Guess Who and Meow, Meow, Meow?

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Meow, Meow, Meow!May 27, 2014 This week’s guest author is a cat lover. In fact, she’s got three of the little lovelies. Yep, I realize “cat lover” could apply to many of us! Cats are special. Maybe they’re even magical.
Our guest author’s three kitties are Emma, Smokey, and Katerina — also known as Kit Kat. Gotta love it!




Think you know who this cat-loving lady is?
Check back tomorrow to find out the identity of this week’s guest and see what story she’ll be sharing.
Here’s a quick look at what will be happening throughout the week:
Wednesday: Our guest author’s identity will be revealed along with the cover art for the book she’s sharing.  She’ll also tell “the story behind the story” — her personal thoughts on writing the book.Thursday: Find out more! Our guest author will be sharing the book blurb with you…and not just in 25 words or less! You can read the blurb and find out what this story is all about.Friday: Our guest author takes center stage…

New 5 Star Reviews for MAGICK & MOONLIGHT, UPON YOUR RETURN & UPON YOUR HONOR!

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Usually, I do these separately, but I found them at the same time, so what the hell, right?  How fun to be inundated with all these reviews at once!  Yay!  :)


Magickal short story, May 21, 2014 By  Cryssy M This review is from: Magick & Moonlight (Kindle Edition) As a practicing Wiccan, I was excited to find a story where one of the main characters is a practicing Wiccan and not doing it for show. I was impressed with the knowledge imparted, especially when Jessie was casting the love spell and going through all the reasons why she shouldn’t be doing it. Most Wiccans that I know do exactly the same thing and most do not cast if it will harm another. Just like the Wiccan Rede states: “Harm None, Do What Thou Will.” Love spells fall in that category for most. And to see the negative repercussions fall into place was a nice surprise. It is clear that Ms. Lavender respects the Path enough that she asked for expert help and it was clearly given and used.
Jessie and Ethan ar…

Appropriate Social Media Behavior

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New 5 Star Reviews for MAGICK & MOONLIGHT and UPON YOUR RETURN!

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Cryssy's review May 14, 14
5 of 5 stars Read on May 14, 2014
Thank you Miss Lavender for a great read. The writing was great, the characters bold and refreshing.
Jessie and Ethan are a well matched pair. Both with their own issues, but coming together, they were able to help the other grow and love.
My only wish was the the book was longer, I did not want it to end. I can't wait to read some of your other works!  ---- What a true ride you will have with this book, May 18, 2014 By  Dawnmarie Mccain This review is from: Upon Your Return (Kindle Edition) This story is brilliantly written, the intense moments that take you back to a place of mystery, romance, and heart stopping thrills that will keep you reading to the wee hours of the morning, I really enjoyed spending time reading this Historical Romance and feeling like I was the Heroine, I already started rea…

Author Interview and Spotlight for UPON YOUR HONOR on Belinda Y. Hughes' Blog!

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Author Interview: Marie Lavender (Upon Your Honor)May 18, 2014, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

EXCERPT #1

Leaving had proven to be very difficult. Chloe had no allies in the house. All of the servants worked for Lamonte now, so she couldn’t enlist the help of any maids. Her own nursemaid, Veronica, had quickly become controlled by her fiancé after her father’s bout of pneumonia. He made it clear that it was better to be loyal to him than to Chloe. Therefore, when she began planning her escape, she did it alone. She had to wait until Veronica had gone to her own quarters and everyone else in the house was asleep as well. Of course, as she’d assumed, Lamonte would be preoccupied with his own pleasures and so he wouldn’t notice …