It’s Release Day for Sleight of Heart!
A very special thank you to all the wonderful folks at The Novel Approach for hosting me today for the release of Sleight of Heart! I have celebrated the release of every new book on The Novel Approach. EVERY.ONE. So much so, it’s become an official tradition and I owe Lisa a debt of gratitude for perpetually accommodating me. It means more to me than I can put into words. Thank you, Lisa! It’s great to be here!
My name is Aisling “Ash” Mancy and my name may be new to you. But my writing may not be. I write young adult works for Dreamspinner’s Harmony Ink Press label under C. Kennedy. Though I write for Harmony Ink and have spent the past four years concentrating on young adult works, I write primarily for adults—surprise!
The Morality of Magick Series is a series of stand-alone books (Yes, it’s true! No waiting for the next book!) about different sorts of magick. My newest book, Sleight of Heart, is the first book in the series and comes to you from CoolDudes Publishing.
Sleight of Heart is an enchanting romance about a palm-reading gypsy and a vampire mage who fall in love against all odds. The story combines the primordial phantasy of the preternatural with the ancient superstition of the Romani—set against a backdrop of present day reality. The penultimate question: How would humans treat preternatural creatures in society today?
The story includes Romani lore, and I tell a true story of my experience in Paris with a Romani young man here. Pesha is largely based on this young man and, in Sleight of Heart, he is a mysterious gypsy who lives under the tyranny of his father, the ruler of a compania (band, tribe, clan) in Wales. Lord Taliesin Solitaire has been alone for two hundred years and, having been betrayed in the worst way, has sworn never to fall in love again.
This story tells of broken hearts and second chances for both Pesha and Taliesin. We’ve all been there: our hearts broken so deeply that we vow never to love again. Then someone comes along that piques our interest and we begin to think about love again. Love has a way of wending itself into our hearts even when we don’t want it to be there—and it causes us to reassess ourselves, our lives, and where we’d like to be. Some of those reassessments might involve:
LESSONS LEARNED: You’ve learned from past relationships and you can now apply these lessons to new relationships so you can avoid the same mistakes. Be open-minded.
MATURED: Many people aren’t mature, whatever his or her age, and that can make it difficult to be in a successful relationship. We often heap the blame for failure of a relationship on ourselves. Think about the past, don’t be hard on yourself, and consider the new person you have met objectively. Be introspective.
CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES: Outside influences or situations affect relationships. If the barriers that prevented you from loving have changed, or if you have changed, those barriers may now be irrelevant. Have hope.
GOOD AT HEART: What we really want, if we have respect for ourselves, is a person who treats us well and has a good heart. Nice people are attractive and one may be staring you in the face!
STRONG FEELINGS: The laws of attraction can be insurmountable. They exist for a reason. Don’t fight them. Give yourself a chance to love again.
Sleight of Heart tells an awe-inspiring story of a love that can’t be denied. I hope you enjoy reading Sleight of Heart as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you for reading my books!
About Sleight of Heart: A vampire mage, a Romani young man, and a love that won’t be denied.
Lord Taliesin Solitaire was born albino, cursed mute by the fey, and betrayed by a vampire lover. For two hundred years, the vampire mage has vowed never to love again and has only used sex as a means to a meal. Until a palm-reading gypsy finds himself in peril and Taliesin can’t resist rescuing the beautiful young man.
Pesha Sinclair is the eldest but smallest son of King Vaida Sinclair, the oppressive ruler of the Kåle Romani Compania. Deemed impure by his father, Pesha is shunned and mistreated by his band and four half-brothers, and one brother in particular wants him dead. His pale, silent savior gives him safety, security and a love he never could have imagined. As Pesha falls in love with his handsome white knight, his half-brother does the unthinkable.
Can Taliesin rescue Pesha from the cruel clutches of his half-brother a second time?
About Aisling Mancy: Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes adult fantasy, science fiction, adult romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
We’re so pleased to have author Aisling Mancy with us today to introduce Sleight of Hand. Click here to enter for the chance to win a signed print copy of the book.
Follow the Tour:
February 12th – Joyfully Jay and a True Story of My Time in Paris with a Romani Young Man
March 11th – Bike Book Reviews and About Sleight of Heart and the Morality of Magick Series
March 12th – Jo & Isa Love Books
Amy Lane, who has the biggest heart in the world, flails Sleight of Heart!
March 13th – Divine Magazine
March 14th – Release Day with The Novel Approach!
March 16th – My Fiction Nook
March 17th – Love Bytes Reviews
March 18th – Kimi-Chan Experience
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