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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dark magic and a trail of black feathers - Black is the Colour (Tales from the Hearthfire) by Nicole Hurley-Moore

Published: October 27th, 2014
Cover Artist: Conor Moore


Ciana has loved Oran all her life and nothing, not even her father will prevent them from being together. But the Mayor of Stonemark has higher aspirations for his daughter than the village blacksmith. He engages the help of a witch and dark magic to bend Ciana to his will. 

Oran knows that he doesn’t deserve Ciana. But their love is stronger than the metal he forges and welds. She has his heart and he will never turn from her no matter the cost. 

Separated, Ciana will need all her strength to journey through the deep forest and save Oran from the witch’s curse. Alone and with only a trail of black feathers to follow, Ciana will fight against the odds and attempt to bring her lover home. 

Lovers of paranormal romance, with a touch of magic, will love BLACK IS THE COLOUR, nicely written by Nicole Hurley-Moore. Perfect introduction in her new series Tales from the Hearthfire, the story of three sisters Ciana, Mariella and Elisabetta. If you are looking a great quick read, just sit back, relax and follow Ciana and Oran's journey, set in medieval which it's filled with magic, curse and a witch! It's the fantastic love story of Ciana, the loving, caring and headstrong daughter of the Mayor of Stonemark and Oran, the village's gentle blacksmith. In this short novella, you will discover that they were meant for each other, whatever happens, Ciana will do anything for HER man. Will love break the curse put upon Oran? I really loved this paranormal! I'm excited to read her next novella MY WOLVEN HEART, Mariella's story. I recommend this beautiful, sweet and charming fairy tale. - Amazon
Author's Bads (mistakes) of the romance literature 

1. Killing off the hero 
2. The misunderstanding that keeps the couple apart lasting the entire length of the book. 
3. Killing off the heroine 
4. Prologues that last forever 
5. Too Stupid To Live Heroines 
6. Heroines with no backbone or gumption 
7. Heroes who are too autocratic and overbearing (or are just being jerks for no apparent reason). 
8. Not enough research 
9. Not enough depth 
10. Not making the reader care about what happens to the main characters



Oran’s arms were around her, holding her tight. She snuggled against him to capture his warmth. Outside the wind had picked up. It caused the branches to scratch against the cottage walls. Ciana closed her eyes but there was something that wouldn’t let her sleep.

She tilted her head back and looked at Oran. His eyelids flickered for an instant before closing altogether. His dark hair had fallen forward and obscured part of his face. Reaching up, Ciana brushed it back. 

“You should sleep. The dawn will be here soon enough and we have a long journey ahead of us,” he said as he tightened his grasp.

“I know, but I can’t settle... it’s as if...”


“Oh, I don’t know. It’s as if something isn’t right.”

“All is well, my love,” he answered sleepily. “It’s been an eventful day. You’re worried that your father will come after us but we will soon be far beyond his reach.”

“I suppose you’re right.”

“We’ll be long gone before he even returns. Fear not,” he said as he kissed her shoulder. “We’ll be at Havensport in three days and the very thought of Stonemark will be far behind us.”

“I’m sure that’s true,” Ciana said as she closed her eyes and willed herself to fall asleep. But the wind shrieked and circled the cottage and Ciana could not shake the feeling of foreboding. 

“Of course I’m right. There is nothing to worry about...”

The door burst open with a bang. The wind tore around the room, circling the bed. With it came leaves, sticks and debris from the woods. Oran threw himself over Ciana in an attempt to shield her from the maelstrom. The wind howled like a banshee and the bed shook, until she was sure that both of them would fall. 

“What’s happening?” Ciana shouted.

“I don’t know – but nothing natural I’ll wager,” Oran said as buried his head above hers. “Just hold on, love and wait for it to pass.”

But it didn’t. The wind became stronger and rattled the cottage until Ciana thought the whole thing would blow away. Ciana wrapped her arms around Oran’s waist but let out a cry as a branch dragged across her forearm, scratching and snagging her flesh until it bled. 

“Put your arms beneath me and keep down – I’ll protect you.”

“But who will protect you?” 

“I’ll be fine as long you’re safe. Everything will be...” Oran broke off as the wind tugged at his body. It began to lift him up.

Ciana grabbed his arms and tried to anchor him to her. “You can’t have him!” she screamed against the circling wind. “You can’t have him!”

Oran held on to the rough wooden bed head and she felt his muscles strain and bulge as he gripped on. “Ciana, I...”

The vortex spun quicker around the room. Noise thundered in Ciana’s ears as she was buffeted by more twigs, leaves and black feathers. She held onto Oran until her knuckles were white and her nails dug into his skin.

“I won’t let you go.”

His dark eyes locked onto hers for a moment. “I love you.”

“Nay, I won’t let you go...” But even as the words fell from her lips her grip slipped. 

The force of the wind lifted Oran off the bed. The leaves swirled around him and swallowed his body so only his outstretched arms and head were visible. The strength of the whirlwind wretched Oran from Ciana’s grasp, the bed head snapped and with one final look Oran was dragged off the bed, back through the open door and into the night dark wood. 

About the author:
Nicole has always been a lover of fairy tales, history and romance. She grew up in Melbourne and Central Victoria and has travelled extensively. Her first passion in life has always been her family, but after studying and achieving her BA in History and Honours in Medieval Literature, she devoted her time to writing historical, fantasy and contemporary romance. She is a full time writer who lives in the Central Highlands of Victoria with her family, where they live in the peaceful surrounds of a semi-rural town.


collenga said...

Great excerpt, beautiful cover. Sounds like an awesome read!

stacey dempsey said...

Thanks for the giveaway , the excerpt sounds good and the cover is gorgeous, I havent read it yet so I cant really comment about the book but look forward to reading it

johnthuku0 said...

Thank you for the giveaway. The cover looks very nice plus the excerpt sounds very interesting.

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book Nicole! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt! This sounds like such an interesting read! I will definitely be adding it to my "to-read" list!

Jolanda said...

Amazing cover.

Thank you for the chance.

Piper said...

Thank you for the giveaway. This blog has opened me upt to new authors that I love.

This book sounds great and right up my alley. Anything fairy tale related and I am there.

Anonymous said...

sounds awesome, thanks for the chance!

CCAM said...

I agree with your Top 10 mistakes
No so much nice covers like yours anymore..
Thank you

Juana said...

Story sounds like a keeper. My favorite book genre is paranormal. What a lovely book cover.

Juana Esparza