Romantic suspense with a supernatural twist! It's subtly sexy, funny and thought-provoking.
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Kathy J Marsh
An introduction made…a new love born…society, families, and friends against it. A new power appears…a secret told…a culprit revealed. Will love survive? Will they survive?
As Remy struggles to come to grips with her feelings for Jace, an Auralite of a different type, she has no idea that “one of their own kind” is revealing their existence, in a succession of dreams, to a world-renowned journalist. The hunt is on to find the culprit once the journalist reveals the dreams as a series of fictional accounts in a national magazine.
Just as Remy starts to accept Jace, the guilty party is revealed to be someone they both know and love. They are now compelled to find the journalist before their ruling body, The Council, does…or the results will be disastrous. Does the hunt strengthen them, hurt them, or rip them apart?
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NEWSNOW AUGUST 2004 PAGE 25
The Beings Amongst Us
It sits somewhere in the east Caribbean, its exact location unknown. The Island, as it’s called, looks just like any of the surrounding ones to those able to see it. The lush vegetation snaking across its surface…unseen. The white sand of its beaches as each grain emerges from the green, yet clear waters…unseen. Its mountains, its hills, its grasslands…unseen.
The inhabitants of this island use their extraordinary powers to veil its very existence.
If you could see beneath its veil, you would find beings of a dark hue that look remarkably like their human relatives. Their houses, their schools, their theaters, their beaches would convince you they lead ordinary lives…working, playing, learning…just like you and I. The blue or purple auras surrounding each individual would be the only indication these beings are vastly different.
If you could see beneath its veil, the view would not reveal the tension between the blue and the purple. The tension created by the past oppression of the purple by the blue. The tension created by the lingering prejudice of the blue, the lingering mistrust of the purple.
This is the story of those beings, known only to themselves as Auralites. Do they exist? I’ve been told they do, right here among us, their colorful auras visible only to them. True…false? Reality…fiction? You decide…
As Remy reached the end of the story, her hand clutched the magazine so tightly a small tear appeared beneath one finger. The ice-cold fear winding its way through her body was overwhelming, a paralyzing force. Arms, legs, lungs…frozen. Ohmigod! Who could know? She took a ragged breath while attempting to grab the others’ attention, but she accomplished only a nearly soundless grunt.
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Thought-Provoking, Funny and Subtly Sexy
Kathy J. Marsh, author of short stories - Struck by Lightening and Wedding Interrupted and recent nominee at the Harlem Book Fair for an African American Literary Award in the Romance category - is deserving of the many kudos she has received for her first full length novel.
The Aura of love is a timeless story of love against enormous odds but it's told with a supernatural twist. Marsh has created loveable, rich characters in Jace and Remy. To the ordinary human eye they are both attractive African American professionals who seem to have a serious chemistry between them when they first meet. Those that share their secret – those known as Auralites, can see clearly that each is from a distinct coven with very different histories, histories which make them natural enemies. The star-crossed lovers find themselves having to choose between blood-ties and love-ties. Marsh uses allegory beautifully to illustrate the age old antagonist – prejudice and show how it affects our most intimate relationships – sometimes overtly and sometimes in ways we may keep hidden from ourselves.
The reading is thought provoking, funny (I laughed out loud), and subtly sexy. The story is layered with plot and sub-plot as Jace pursues Remy (brothers take a lesson), family secrets are discovered and the true nature of both friend and relative is exposed. The continuity in the telling was solid. I found no I un-dotted nor T un-crossed (not that I was looking – wink/wink). After the first crescendo and there were a few, I was leery – I had quite a lot of book to go, but I was pleasantly surprised. The reading was fast-paced and held my attention until the very end. I found her narration fresh and witty. Sister may have you breaking out your dictionary. I think I learned a few new words .That's what it's all about for me, though – I want to be enriched in some way when I read. I was not disappointed here. Well done Kathy Marsh.
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SST Rating 8 Page-turner - add this book and others by this author to my collection! (Recommended reading)
Until Next Time..... Happy Reading!
Reviewed by Terri E. Williams
Sisters Sippin' Tea Literary Group - Tulsa Chapter, Inc.
An Amazing New Voice
“An amazing new voice with a brilliant, otherworldly concept that takes you deep into the issues of race, class, and gender.”
--L.A. Banks, author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series
An Excellent and Meaningful Book
Reviewed by Linda Benninghoff for Reader Views
In this riveting novel, Kathy J. Marsh tells the story of a blue Auralite and a purple Auralite dating. As the story goes on, a complete imaginative picture of the island on which two Auralites, Jace and Remy, live is built up. The novel purports to be a paranormal romance, yet there is little of the paranormal about it. The Auralites do have some magical powers, but really they resemble human beings--and these human beings are fully drawn. They are all Afro-American, their purple and blue auras invisible to the humans who see them. The story is rich, and, while it is a page-turning romance, it is also social commentary.
The world of the island, set in the Caribbean where blue Auralites at one time exploited purple Auralites, resembles the United States with its former slavery and current race relations. As Remy, a purple Auralite, dates Jace, a blue Auralite, the story centers around the difficulties of interracial dating. The repercussions for Remy and Jace are vast. Remy loses business clients, and Jace, at least for awhile, loses a mother.
The fantastic society of purple and blue Auralites doesn’t have any seams showing. The characterization is rich. Besides being about interracial dating, this book is also about families. Jace, who is a noted author, is very much involved with his mother, father and brother. The parents and siblings enter into the drama and become three-dimensional when they find they have some relatives they knew nothing about.
Remy’s family and friends are also three-dimensional. Sasha, her sister, disapproves of blue Auralites and disapproves of her dating Jace. Her friend, Kara, also disapproves--so much so that she behaves cruelly, in a way that is out of character for her. Remy and Kara part company, at least for a while.
I thought this story was a successful metaphor for race relations in our own country. It is a story in its own right too, and I found the idea of the island in the Caribbean, where purple and blue Auralites live, so believable that I thought I could travel there and visit, if only I knew its secret location. It was the romance that interested me most and forms the backbone of the story. Through ups and downs, Jace and Remy try to stay together and manage to discover that love is stronger than purple or blue auras. This was an excellent and meaningful book. As I turned the pages of “The Aura of Love,” the tension heightened and I couldn’t put it down.
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Reader Reviews for "The Aura of Love"
|Reviewed by Chris Wright
|Whew this sound like one of them hot soap opera my granda used to watch and would whip me like kuta kentai if i tried to change the channel. Nice storyline & best wishes for the success of your thriller!|