Hello and welcome!
Since the book is coming out in audio format, I was thinking it would be perfect to ask one of my fave book girlfriends, Aura, to come for a chat. But how will I do that? How can I contact her? She is back in time, somewhere in the 10th century, reunited with her love, Thorn. Remember him? He was my guest here a few years back. If you missed it, check it out here.
Turns out that if wished hard enough, they do come true 😀
Read on to see what happened earlier today…
As I walk towards my office, I can see someone knocking at my door. She is covered in a deep, dark red, full-length cape with fur trim that is totally out of sync with our time. It is also something I think is absolutely gorgeous.
Excuse me, I call out, as I approach the lady, can I help you?
The lady turns, looks at me enquiringly for a moment, and then smiles. I don’t know who she is, but I smile back, mainly because the expression on her face is so filled with happiness. I am a little surprised when she seems to know of me, calling my name.
Eniko, I am Aura, and I would like to thank you for the time you spent interviewing my husband, Thorn. He was quite impressed with you at the time. He says you are a real lady. Aura spoke.
Oh Do I remember Thorn!!! 😉
I am honoured he would think so. Please come into the studio where it is warm, I will make some tea, or would you rather have coffee? It is cold outside.
Tea would be fine. Aura smiles wider.
I unlock the door and we enter. The first thing I do is take her cape to hang it up… I know, but it is red, and I have to at least have an excuse to touch it. I also find it heavy, and find that it is lined with fur, no wonder the cold wasn’t bothering her.
Aura watches me and laughs, as she admits, I did the same thing when Thorn gave it to me, it is so soft and warm. He says he has to take care of me so I won’t try to disappear on him again, as if I would.
I want that dress! I blurt out, even as I slap my hand over my mouth to stop myself from saying the words. Too late.
Aura is wearing a dress to match the colour of the cape. The collar is slightly scooped from shoulder to shoulder, the sleeves are belled, there is a braided belt in black leather that winds loosely around her waist to tie in front and fall to the hem of her belled skirt. The edges of the gown are embroidered in black thread, and it looks heavenly on her.
You have come a long way. I comment.
I can’t stay long, Thorn will miss me if I do, and he definitely won’t take kindly to my coming back to this time, but I had to at least meet you and let you know that you are thought of fondly in our home. Aura spoke. You would be surprised how many people take Thorn for granted amongst those that live in our time. He is so well known for his fairness and leadership ability that he is in constant demand. When he is gone, my world is empty, so I understand why he hates it when he arrives to find me missing, even if I am on the grounds collecting herbs for the kitchen, or teaching the children.
You are happy then? I ask, as I place a cup of tea before her.
I have never known happiness like I have with Thorn. I would never have believed it existed before him. He is everything I could ever want or need. Aura admits.
What is it like to live in the time you do, after having known the luxuries of the modern world? I wonder out loud.
You get used to it. Sure, there are things I would like to have, but I have learned to do without. Aura states. There are also things that I don’t miss at all, and before you think of luxuries, those I don’t miss at all. It is a simple life, but it is ours and as long as Thorn is there for me, that is what is important to me.
There is silence for a while, and I feel the yearning building in my heart. She looks so happy, so pleased with her lot in life. She is also gorgeous, more than I imagined she would be, despite the callouses on her hands. It gives me the feeling that despite the hard work, she feels she has the best of both worlds.
As a thought runs through my mind, I grin and ask, You don’t think you could find a way to take me back with you, please? You sound so content, so happy with your lot in life. I think I might like to experience this too.
Aura smiles and shakes her head, even as she answers, It is not possible, nor is the life I am living for everyone. The only thing that binds me to that time is my family, and the love of the man that prayed for it to happen to make his wish come true. I have to admit, there are still times I have trouble with that, but I have learned to accept it.
As Aura stands to leave, I have to know one question about that gorgeous hunk of hers, Is Thorn ticklish?
Aura smiles and winks, then after donning her cape, she walks out the door.
I wish I could have gone with her. Would you?
As I mentioned earlier, the audiobook format of Aura by M. A. Abraham was released today and I hope you will give it a chance. It is my fave standalone from Ms. Abraham’s books. Narrated by Paul Woodson, one of my fave voices I listen to with delight every chance I get, I am sure it will provide many hours of listening enjoyment. If you missed my chat with Mr. Woodson, you can check it out here.
Aura is her mother’s love child, a living memory of the biggest mistake she ever made, and she never lets Aura forget it. Shunned by her mother, dismissed by her stepsisters, Aura drifts through life. She has little to sustain her miserable existence but her dreams. Until fate takes a hand and tosses her far into the past, a past she must learn to survive in. Alone with nothing but a couple of pets Aura learns what it is like to be on her own. She learns how to make a life for herself in a time where she does not belong. Or maybe she does.
Thorn is the right hand man of the Duke Vernon. He is a warlord, a great warrior and leader. He also has a belief that somewhere in the world his soul mate waits for him. Each day he prays for the guidance that will bring her to his attention, but when it does, will he know her? Will he accept that she is the one who is meant for him?
Aura finds a knight beaten and left for dead and she nurses him back to health. It is the first time Thorn meets her, but not the last. A year later they meet again, by then she is a favorite of the Duke Vernon because of her knowledge. Vernon wants to keep her close because of what she knows. Thorn wants to keep her closer but for other reasons. Here is the woman he has searched for, his soul mate. Can he hold on to her, or does fate have other plans?
My review of the book from 2013
5 stars loves transcends time and place
I really enjoyed M.A. Abraham’s story, Aura. It is very powerful and deep tale of a young woman, Aura, who is very unhappy due to the lack of love she craves from her mother which is never freely given. This has repercussions in her dealings with facing her soul mate. She finds him in the distant past where she is transported back in time from the cave she takes refuge from the hurt heaped on her yet again by her Mother. She adapts and grows as she did all her life, she is strong, witty, but afraid to believe that love does exist.
Thorn is a highly respected warlord, a very strong and proud warrior, also very warm and caring. He has dreamed about his soul mate for some time and those dreams come true when he meets Aura. Despite the rough beginning, their relationship blossoms into love. Makes us believe that you have to really believe in something, never let go of the hope you hold strong, and only then it will become reality.
I strongly recommend this book, it is a journey of two people who complement each other and together they are whole. A story showing that loves transcends time and place.
Here is a short clip from the audiobook
To celebrate the release, Ms. Abraham is giving away one copy of Aura audiobook. Comment on this post if you believe in soulmates and love capable of transcending time and you are entered. Sexy Mr. Random will pick winners sometime on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
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