Thursday, November 10, 2011

Moonlight and Illusions by Diane Wylie

Backcover Blurb:

Illusionist Stephen Elliott performs dazzling magic feats to crowded theaters around the world. Then a chance encounter with an old woman and a cursed relic send his perfect life spinning out of control. He ends up cursed, on the run, and…immortal.

From her seat in the twenty-second row, Anabel Bernier recognizes with a jolt the handsome star of the magic show. World War II and the passage of time did nothing to dim the burning memory of her moonlight encounter with the charming Stephen Elliott. Will unexplained events, secrets, and powerful magic threaten their second chance at a future together?


The Illusionist forced the heavy steel blade higher without touching it. Using one hand to control the blade, he climbed out of the tank and down a ladder until he stood on the stage again. Water streamed down his now-transparent white shirt and clinging trousers to pool at his feet. Visible now was the silver pocket watchcase hanging from the chain around his neck. Confirmation! It is Stephen Elliott!
Now, with both hands, he guided the blade down until it floated above a pumpkin placed on the floor.
“Release!” He dropped his arms to his sides. The blade dropped immediately, severed the pumpkin in two, and impaled itself in the wooden floor with an audible thud.
When he faced the audience, their gazes met. A huge, dazzling smile creased his handsome face. Maybe the former soldier recognized her? He made a sweeping bow.
“This concludes the show tonight. I want to thank you all for coming out. A special thank you to the young lady in the aisle who wanted to come to my rescue.”
Oh, Lord! Heat rushed to her face when Anabel realized she still stood alone in the middle of the aisle. Mortified, she scurried back to her seat. Laughter broke out all around then a thunderous round of applause.
Over all the noise, she still heard the magician’s final words before the curtain fell.
“Anabel, please come see me.”


I hope you enjoyed this preview of MOONLIGHT AND ILLUSIONS. It is available on Amazon, B&N, and at Vinspire Publishing.



Tina Donahue said...

What an amazing concept, Diane - this is a definite must read for me.

Diane M. Wylie said...

Thanks for your kind words, Tina, and for a chance to blog about my latest release. It is appreciated. I had fun writing this book. I wanted to do something different from my American historicals and I hope I pulled it off! My editor seems to think so!

Renee Vincent said...

Love the premise, Diane! The guy on the cover even looks like a Stephen Elliot. Congrats on your new release!!! Wishing you much success and many sales.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I am always so happy when I see you have a new book out because I know, without question, it will be another great story.
I wish you all the best, Diane, and I know this story is going to be a big success.

Adele Dubois said...

Looks like a good read. Best of luck with your release!


jean hart stewart said...

Ooooh, what a great excerpt. You definitely pulled it off, Diane.