||May 1, 2007
10 magical love stories, from 1199AD to the Future, all featuring the matchmaking Faery Princess Keely.
Jacquie Rogers features Faery Special Romances
Once Upon A Time, the faery princess Keely tried to match . . .
. . . a misguided faery maiden and a surly but handsome knight, the pirate Devlin Angell and the ever-hopeful Myra, a faery under the ruse of Lord Kembell and a lady of noble birth, a blacksmith and a duchess, a flapper and a barnstormer pilot . . .
But can Keely keep her own heart?
With faery magic, anything can happen!
This enchanted carpet-ride features ten romantic faery tales, ten happy couples, and a journey through history with Keely, who grows from a kindergartner to a beautiful young faery woman.
Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation, ending neurofibromatosis through research. http://www.ctf.org
Faery Much in Love
“Look at him, Shaylah,” Yana, Queen of Faeries, snapped.
I was in trouble. Again. I peered through the waters of the river separating the Faery World from Earth.
“Oh, my. He does look a bit surly.” A scowl marred the knight’s handsome face. Still, I could tell his rugged, broad-shouldered body impressed human women by the way they accidentally brushed against him as he strode through the marketplace.
“Very, very surly,” answered the queen. “Sir Darian hasn’t smiled in over a month, nor has he even so much as looked at a female human, let alone dallied with the serving wenches. Not since his cousin had the nerve to die and leave his eight children to Darian has he opened his heart to Earth’s joy.”
“A bachelor raising eight little orphans. Must have really clipped his wings.” He had such a dour look, I couldn’t see him falling in love anytime soon--and that is exactly what Queen Yana insisted I bring about just because of one itsy-bitsy blunder I’d made. Let’s just say my magic went awry, but I hadn’t planned it that way! My nervous wings fluttered in time with my racing heart, leaving sprinkles of green faery dust on the queen’s brand new carpet. “I don’t think my minor indiscretion warrants a quest of this magnitude, Your Highness.”
“Oh, you don’t? Just as you didn’t mean to turn yourself into a frog? As you didn’t mean to scare the living daylights out of the milkmaid when you popped out of her milk bucket?”
I hung my head.
“Perhaps that in itself wasn’t a punishable offense,” the queen continued, “but considering your previous ‘minor indiscretions’ in total, I believe the punishment is quite appropriate. You will complete your Queen’s Quest—help him find his true love. If you fail to do so within one moon-cycle, you will be denied the privilege of marriage and children.”
“Now, go.” Her Highness closed the watery portal and dismissed me with a flick of her scepter.
* * * *
“’Tis a blue moon, Sir Darian.” The squire unbuckled the knight’s cuirass and removed it from his chest. “What be your wish? For it will come true.”
A pinch of faery dust rendered me invisible. I took care to fold my wings compactly and not make the teensiest bit of noise as I passed through the tent wall. But as soon as the squire removed the knight’s hauberk and bared Sir Darian’s chest, I nearly swooned. My heart raced and my face warmed at the very sight of such a muscled mass of masculine flesh, lightly sprinkled with dark hair, especially around his dusky nipples. While I contemplated how wonderful it would be to rest my cheek upon his chest, my wings unfolded and knocked over the knight’s mug of ale.
“What was that?” the squire asked.
“Must have been the wind, son.” Darian groaned as he sank into the tub of steaming water. “Get me another. Bring the whole bloody keg. My bones need prodigious amounts of ale this eve.”
“I will, but first you must make your wish on a blue moon.”
“Bah! What tripe. Wishes don’t come true and you know it. Elsewise we’d be making merry with a dozen buxom wenches instead of living in this ratty tent, soaking my bones in a tub, preparing for the next tournament.”
“It doesn’t hurt to wish, though.”
Sir Darian splashed water toward the boy. “What does it take to shut you up and get me my ale? All right, Aedwin, I wish for a beautiful, big-busted wench who smells good. I’ll have a blonde, if you please, with a nicely rounded arse and long legs made to wrap around me. A playful one who’s willing to lift her skirts and skelp at a moment’s notice.” The knight shook his fist at the squire, although I could see he didn’t really mean to harm the boy. “Now go get my ale!”
As the squire hastened from the tent, I could barely contain my glee. Sir Darian had done the hardest part of my work for me. Now I just needed to find a tall, blonde human female, preferably one of breeding or he’d not look at her as marriageable material. Too bad he didn’t want a faery woman—all of us in the green clan are tall and blonde. Ah, well, a Norse descendent couldn’t be that hard to conjure up.
Book Reviews by Crystal
Book Reviews by Crystal
Reviewer: Crystal Adkins
Faery Special Romances by Jacquie Rogers
Princess Keely was the Faery cupid in my opinion. She was always matchmaking the two most incompatible people, but they always fell in love and had a happy Faery Tale ending.
This book Faery Special Romances is a collection of ten short romantic stories of the meddlings of a faery child growing into adulthood. Mixing and matching and just taking pure chance, Keely always succeeds in making the two lonesome souls fall head over heels in love with their mate.
My favorite story in this collection was Faeries Of The Caribbean. I love the pirate attitude of Captain Devlin Angel. Ms. Rogers has captured my heart with this story.
A serving wench knew not what would come of her Faery God Mother's dealings when she wished for the son of a viscount and to be able to hear the wind from the sea. Never in a million years would Myra even consider marrying a pirate. Myra and Captain Angel's first meeting was not a pleasant one as the constant rocking of the ship made Myra very ill. Vomiting on the Captain of a Pirate ship was not a good thing. But it was honestly funny. I loved the words Ms. Rogers supplied; " God 'a Mercy."
But with Keely doing all the matchmaking what happens when her turn comes around? Will she be able to keep her heart? Or will she fall head over wings in love?
The cover for this book is very deceiving, I thought I would be reading a fantasy tale of love and faery sprinkles; well it had those things but it also had some very hot sexual scenes that scorched the pages! Ms. Rogers has captured the Historical side of Faery Land with the language of the time periods, clothing, as well as the description of surroundings. I felt like I could see myself in this book. The characters are wonderful creatures that make you laugh out loud and wonder from story to story about what sort of trouble they're going to get into.
Ms. Rogers deserved all 5 hearts I am giving for her collection of short romances. I think every one needs a little Faery Dust to carry around in their pockets. You can find Jacquie on myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/jacquierogers.
Reviewer: Detra Fitch
Author: Jacquie Rogers
Title: Faery Special Romances
Faery Much in Love (1199) As punishment, Shaylah cannot return to Faery World until she completes the Queen's Quest to help Sir Darien find his true love. Hard to do since Darien's cousin died a month ago, leaving eight orphans in his care. But this task would not be so daunting if young Princess Keely would not interfere.
Much Ado About Faeries (1599) Caedmon protects the Portal in his charge well. But Queen Yana has decided it time for him to chase down his betrothed, Gracie, from the human world. He has only two thousand years to raise an heir to maturity; else, the powers of the Portal would be ceded to the queen. While in the Human World, Caedmon must also check in on Queen Yana's changeling nephew, Bill Shakespeare. If only Princess Keely were not around to "play". Sometimes, Keely can be worse than goblins.
Faeries of the Caribbean (1655) Myra Baker, a serving winch, wishes for a faery godmother and Keely appears. Myra wishes to wed a son of a viscount and hear the wind from the sea. Next thing Myra knows she is on Captain Devlin's pirate ship, somewhere in the Caribbean.
Faery Thee Well (1750) Due to a couple of recent deaths, Rhionne must bear the child of a man chosen to be Lugh of the Sun. Yet in order to ensure the child will be born on Beltaine Eve, Rhionne must receive his seed this very night. Should Rhionne fail, all will suffer drought and famine for a year. The human man chosen as Lugh is named Duncan. But what happens should Duncan refuse?
My Faery Lady (1814) Gryffyn (Lord Kembell in the Human World) is in London for a year making his contribution to humanity. Gryffyn chose optics and discreetly uses his magic to make designer spectacles for ladies in Society. This is how he meets "Effie". Gryffyn finds himself drawn to the human female, but she is betrothed to a duke. Even if Gryffyn and Effie were to somehow get together, she would have to choose to live in the Faery World.
A Faery Good Bet (1850) When Zachary Dillon is beat close to death, he stumbles through a Portal into Faery World. Gwennyth, the Faery World Healer, has to bond to the human male in order to save him. But when Dillon returns to the Human World, Gwennyth loses her healing magic.
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Faery (1885) When Isabelle's wagon gets stuck in the mud in the town of Dirtwater, in Idaho Territory, Kegan comes to the rescue. Kegan may be the blacksmith and unofficial sheriff, but he is also a faery. Who better to deal with the hired guns that come looking for Isabelle?
Faery Foxy Flapper (1926) Princess Keely keeps telling Jazzie that Blair is her true mate. But it is Quinn's kisses that curl her toes.
Faery Hot Date (1968) Sean Morgan is more than simply a dentist. He is the Region Sixteen Tooth Faery. Candi brings her daughter, Moriah, in because the child had been trying to pull out her tooth in hopes of getting enough money to buy a present. Sean has no time for dating. He has told Keely that many times. But Sean cannot help being attracted to Candi. The LAST thing he should do is hire Candi as his bookkeeper.
Faery Good Advice (Time Unknown) Keely runs Virgin Freedom Travel in the Human World and needs to book some vacations soon. Keely thinks she may be saved when the call comes in for a virgin honeymoon trip for Tyler Grant and his fiancée. But then the fiancée not only tells Keely that she is dumping Tyler and running off with someone else; the lady also tells Keely to be the one to inform Tyler that he has been jilted!
***** Ten couples and ten romances within one terrific book! Princess Keely seems to pop into each story somehow. The first romance story begins in England, the year 1199. With each tale the years pass and eventually end up in the United States of America. As the reader, it was as if I journeyed through time and history with Keely, who gets her own romance story in the end ... with an interesting twist.
Author Jacquie Rogers has a winner with this gem. Recommended! *****
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Reviewer: Marilyn Rondeau
Faery Special Romances
Treat yourself to an absolutely delightful collection of stories from a bright new author who will make you laugh, and cry with stories both funny and poignant. There’s not one story in Faery Special Romances that won’t give you a giggle or a sigh and I for one loved each and every one.
Faery Much in Love (Summer 1199)
Shaylah a faery is sent on a task by Queen Yana to help Sir Darian find his true love, and with the help of Yana’s daughter Keely, ends up to be Shaylah herself!
*** Keely is introduced in the first story of this collection of Faery special romances. Although she is quite old in human years, she is an adolescent fairy and her magic is somewhat haphazard. The romance between Shaylah and Darian takes it’s rightful course, in spite of the pesky Keely.
Much Ado About Faeries (Faery Court, 1599 (in the human Year))
Caedmon, the last of the Golden Clan warriors is commanded to woo Gracie of the Red Clan, his betrothed to ensure an heir and keep the powers of the Portal rather than cede them to the queen. Caedmon and Gracie end up playing parts of the changeling Will Shakespeare’s play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
*** Our two leads, Caedmon and Gracie were definitely at odds, but Caedmon was determined not to let the Queen take over his guardianship of ‘his’ portal. Watching them play parts in Shakespeare’s play was extremely innovative in helping them to end up mating the way they should - in spite of Keely’s interference?
Faeries of the Caribbean – London 1655
With the help of her Faery Godmother Keely, Myra who is down and out and working in a tavern is whisked to a pirate ship captained by Captain Devlin Angel… Would Myra’s dreams come true of marriage to a handsome, wealthy Viscount or to a pirate of the sea?
For some reason, I never thought of faeries being anywhere but in the isles of the United Kingdom. This was truly original and a good take on a Cinderella type of scenario. You’ll love Myra, the down and out and tavern maid, who had managed to keep her innocence for her very own Prince Charming to find her, even though he was just a Viscount.
Faery Thee Well (1750 in the Human Year, Catskill Mountains) ……
Rhionne, Goddess of the Harvest is told by Queen Yana that she is to bear the child of Lugh, God of the Sun – only her golden dream man Duncan Fletcher is a human. Will Rhionne with the help of Keely convince him to mate and remain in the faery world?
*** Let me see, the choices here are should Duncan remain in the human world, to grow old and die, or should he make the decision to mate up with a gorgeous faery woman for eternity? Umm, now that may or may not be a hard decision for some, but when Keely is around to interfere – you can bet anything can and would happen. This was definitely a very sensually inspired story.
My Faery Lady (London, 1814)
Posing as Lord Kemball, Gryffyn has created eye glass lenses for three human lively elderly ladies. On the day they come to pick them up, he meets Miss Euphemia Edeson (Effie). Gryffyn had never pursued any female faeries before but something about this human Effie has taken hold of his heart.
*** I’m not sure why but I truly loved this story, probably because I could empathize with the human frailty of faulty eyesight and because Gryffyn was such a warm hearted and simply wonderfully characterized faery. Effie was also very warm and her love for Gryffyn even though she was betrothed to a Duke was extremely heartwarming.
A Faery Good Bet (The Human Year, 1850)
When the human Zachary Dillon is brought to the faery infirmary to be healed by Gwennyth the faery healer, she had to use desperate measures to save him. In the process she lost her heart and later her healing powers, and needed Dillon to come back and be her mate for all time!
*** This was a very different story that also showed originality and creativity. Gwennyth’s healing abilities had never been tested quite so severely as when Zachary was brought to her more dead than alive. Naturally she fell in love with him but had to release him back to the human world to take care of his ‘kids’ and the author shows her heartache in letting him go. In intertwining stories from the first part of the book, the author enables the two to get together as well as complete a condition that allowed a couple in the earlier part of the book to complete a promise. The little pixie Morketo is an absolute delight!
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Faery (Idaho Territory, 1885)
Kegan a faery himself who stayed in the human world to avoid marriage to a shrew of a faery meets Grace, the childless Dowager Duchess of Willoughton. Keely is sent to negotiate – marriage and a few thousand years to live childless in the faery world, or a human lifetime with lots of babies in the human world. Which realm would they decide to live in?
Kegan is just wonderful in this amusing story. Isabelle (the duchess) is totally inept in trying to adapt to life on the frontier, not knowing how to light a fire, let alone cook. When she discovers that Kegan is a faery man who helps her to escape her pursuers, she really doesn’t blink an eye that he happens to have wings. The author puts the two in some amusing and adventuresome predicaments and ends this in a very satisfying way.
Faery Foxy Flapper, Upstate New York, 1926
Jazzie the faery flapper needed a job in order to live in the human world. Also hanging about in the human world were Quinn, the faery flyboy whom Jazzie had a crush on for 400 years and Blair, who according to Keely was Jazzie’s true soulmate. Could Keely be wrong? You’ll have to read it to find out.
*** This was amusing from the very first sentence to the very end. I loved the idea of a 1920’s flapper, along with the author using the 20’s cant in the dialogs. This was another original and imaginative story with Keely sticking her nose in where it sometimes didn’t belong. Very amusing.
Faery Hot Date (Homedale, Idaho: 1968 Human Time)
Dr. Sean Morgan practiced dentistry by day, and played the tooth fairy for his region at night. When the very luscious Candi Collins walked through his office door, Sean’s heart did a flip flop but could he turn human for her or would Candi and her daughter Moriah live in the faery world with him?
*** Now this was a perfectly delightful and precious story. Who better to be a ‘tooth fairy’ than a dentist by day, and faery by night. The interaction between Sean, Candi and her daughter Moriah was perfectly paced and heartwarmingly real (or as real as fantasies stories go) . This was totally charming.
Faery Good Advice ( Auburn, Washington: Shortly after the Frozen Time)
Keely tries to make it in the human world running Virgin Freedom Travel and having a hard time of it. When Tyler Grant chose to book his honeymoon, Keely didn’t have the heart or the opportunity to tell him his fiancé was pregnant and marrying the father of her baby. Tyler was ecstatic when he found out, he didn’t want to marry his fiancé anyway because it was an arranged marriage. Instead, he convinced Keely to accompany him on his honeymoon…. Oh my!
*** Keely finally found the man of her dreams, and surprise of surprises her dream man, Tyler has close ties to one of the original stories (my lips are sealed!) Believe me when I say, this entire volume has a delightful collection of stories! This impressive author took the concept of the young faery Keely and brought her through the ages (Faeries live thousands of years, don’t cha know!) from pesky adolescent to adulthood. In each story she is sometimes charming, sometimes bossy, but always amusing in her antics and smart aleck dialogs. Each tale is charming all on its own and you will learn a lot about faery life from this wonderfully conceived and precious collection of short stories that will entertain you from the first to last page!
Marilyn Rondeau – Reviewers International Organization (RIO)
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