My Chat with Aura

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…

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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.

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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.

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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

Buy link: Amazon •  Audible US • Audible CA • Audible AU • (iTunes is not live yet)

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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.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with Thorn

Hello and welcome!

Today I have another of my old book boyfriends who came for a chat last year on the other site! And he came alone this time yessssss *fistpump*

Welcome! Welcome!
oh my! I forgot how handsome he is *sigh*

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Have a seat here in this comfortable chair. I prepared some iced coffee, perfect for this heat, would you like some?

What is your full name?
Lord Thorn of Rathhaven

Do you have a nickname?
No, they just call me Thorn, or Lord Thorn

What is one word best describes you?
One word?  M’Lady, you jest.  There is no one word that describes me.  I am the Lord Thorn, and I am many things to many people.

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Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I am relaxing, so the chainmaille is off.  I only have on my leather trousers, with a stout pair of boots, my tunic and sword.  Never know when you are going to need your sword.
I love leather…

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Personally I think she talks too much, told too much about me, and that can be bad.  It lets the enemy become too familiar with your character and they can take advantage of the situation.  The less the enemy knows, the better.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Watching M’Lady blush, she does do that well.
he smiles that wicked smile of his *sigh*

What is your favourite dessert?
Aura makes something she calls apple pie.  I love it, can’t get enough.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing Aura again.  I never want to live through something like that again.

What is your favourite colour?
I know this will make me sound unmanly, but I like pink.  I have learned to like many different hues since I met Aura, but that is the one that suits her the best.
I don’t think pink is unmanly. I love a man who is not afraid to show his softer side.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Don’t we all wear the same thing?  A smile.
I would if I would be next to you… did I say that out loud? No! Phew…

Ahem…
What is the perfect romantic date?

Date?  I am unsure what you are talking about, but I will try my best to answer.  How does skinny-dipping in a secluded stream sound?
Oh! I do love skinny-dipping.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Warriors aren’t ticklish.

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What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The smell of fresh baked apple pie.  I am a man of simple tastes and it reminds me of my love because she bakes them just for me.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
What catches any man’s eye, a pretty face, and the sway a shapely set of hips?  I have been a man with a healthy appetite, but that is in the past. I do have eyes with perfect vision yet, but I know how to use them selectively.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
I keep telling you, M’Lady Aura.
Yes, I do know, she is very lovely, but some of our readers don’t.

What is one word best describes her?
In the beginning she was waspish and elusive, but I have taught her that it is better to be loving and sweet.  So for now I would have to say she could be described by saying she is mine.
His eyes are showing so much love, he makes my heart melt.

Is your book part of a series?
No, it is a stand-alone book.
Well… it was worth a try, I keep telling the author that I would love to read more about you two.

Just for curiosity sake… Do you know how Aura’s pet snake got out of the fortress in the middle of winter?

Thorn grins, gives a wink shaking his head.

Thank you Lord Thorn for chatting with me! Give my love to Lady Aura!

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Thank you for coming by and hope you enjoyed the chat with Lord Thorn of Rathhaven, please ask any questions you may have and will make sure to get the answers for you.

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Lord Thorn hails from Aura, a great time travel romance by M. A. Abraham, one of my top fave authors. I love the cover created by Becca Abraham.

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?

And here is a small excerpt:

“Is the food not to your liking my lady?”  Thorn asked, noting that Aura had eaten nothing of what she had been given.

Aura looked at him, then lowered her lashes as she answered.  “I fear I have no appetite your lordship.”

A smile tugged at the corner of his lips, as her color rose and he knew she lied.  She would not be pleased at his pointing it out, and for some reason that was just what he was going to do.  “You should never tell a lie, my lady.  You have no talent for it.”

She took a deep breath, but refused to rise to the bait, though she felt sorely tempted.  His smile widened as he watched her and sought other ways to goad her, for some unknown reason he hoped she would react to his badgering in a fit of temper.  He remembered with extreme clarity how beautiful she looked when she was angry.  The picture of her heightened coloring, coupled with her dressed in the clothing she now wore, made her even more appealing.

“Surely you will eat something, if for no other reason than to please me, your future love?”  Thorn taunted.

It was too much.  No matter what anyone else thought of him, she still agreed with her initial impression of the man.  He was an absolute boor.  Her eyes flashed with suppressed anger and she answered him from between clenched teeth.  “As I have no talent for lies, perhaps I should tell you the truth of the matter.  I am of the full belief that if I ate now I could not hold down my food, for I find the present company more than my stomach can handle.”

“Really?”  Thorn smoothly continued to taunt in a purring fashion.  “I shall have to be wary of the state of your being then, especially after we are wed, as I hold you in my arms throughout the night.”

“It will never happen.”  Aura hissed at him, embarrassed by the picture his words brought to mind.  His manner irritated her.   Her reaction to his taunting dissolved her resolve to placate him in a fashion that he might listen to her pleas to release her.  

“Of course it will happen my lady and I am especially looking forward to it.”  Thorn continued to goad her.  He could barely help himself, she looked about ready to spit fire at him, and her temper-heightened color lent her a vibrancy he had never seen in her before.  It made her look incredibly beautiful, and his hands itched to touch her.  He wondered how long he could refrain from making claiming her in every sense.  He leaned over towards her, as if to give her a light kiss on the cheek, but instead moved his mouth to her ear, which he traced with his tongue.

For Aura it was just too much to accept, the ultimate insult and embarrassment.  To have any man touch her, in public, in such a manner could not and would not be tolerated.  Her hand flashed and struck his cheek with a resounding crack, just as he had begun to back off.

“Never touch me like that again!”  Her outraged voice echoed throughout the hall as she rose and stormed off.

Check out some great reviews from various bloggers, including mine, here.

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One lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of Aura, courtesy of Ms. Abraham. The winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random after 3pm EST on Monday, August 10, 2015. Good luck!

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