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Daria Morgan is a magic practitioner, one of a group of people who uses magic and spells to do their everyday jobs. Her job: A management consultant. John "Bent" Benthausen is a CEO who, despite every improvement in product and production, can't get his bottom line out of the Red Sea. He needs a management consultant. With her special gifts, Daria gets right to the heart of her employer's problem --- crooked employees. Crooked, vicious, employees who are now out to get Daria. Those are just problems one and two. Problem three: There is an ancient force, an irresistible compulsion, called the soul-mate imperative. It's known throughout the practitioner ranks for bringing together magic-users and their mates in a lifelong bond. And it won't be happy until the participants surrender to the inevitable the oldest kind of magic.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.1" Height: 1" Weight: 0.1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815430 ISBN13 9781932815436
Availability 0 units.
More About Ann Macela
Hi, I'm Ann Macela, and I write enchanting, smart, and sensual contemporary romance and contemporary light paranormal romance. Sometimes with a touch of humor, sometimes with a little sorrow, always with passion and emotion. My latest books are a two-book contemporary romance series, Wolves in Business. Wolf in Jester's Clothing and Wolf on Thin Ice tell the story of two brothers who find their true loves where they least expect them. Warning: These are NOT shapeshifters, but alpha businessmen. Like the Magic Series, it's best to read them in order. My award-winning Magic Series is about a group of people who can cast spells to help them with their everyday jobs. Wouldn't you like to have an ability that would help you type faster, make accurate change, fix the plumbing, or grow flowers and vegetables? Or whatever it is that you do? And these people, who call themselves practitioners, are guaranteed to find their soul mates. Ready or not, and whether or not they want one at that particular moment. As the series progresses, the magic gets more complicated and so do the relationships. Included in the series now are the last two stories, never before published. Windswept won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Romance, Small Press, 2008, and several other awards. Writing this standalone contemporary with a historical twist took me back to my first love, the study of history, and it definitely shows off my Texas roots. There's a terrible secret in the papers of the Windswept Plantation . . . I'm a native Gulf Coast Texan, now living in The Frozen North of Chicagoland. I started life reading mysteries, then sci-fi and fantasy. When I discovered romances, I saw a way to combine all the aspects of books that I liked into my own stories. And what a welcome difference from writing computer manuals--my old job and which has no magic about it at all. Let me know what you think of my stories. Contact me either at ann@AnnMacela.com or AnnMacela@msn.com P.S. Those of you interested in how my magic works, check out the article, A Theory of Magic, on my website.
Ann Macela currently resides in Native Texan Tranplanted to Ch, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Oldest Kind of Magic (Magic series)?
Lame and labored Jan 20, 2008
This is one of the lamest and limpest of the plethora of romance novels trying to combine magic with the mating urges of the male and female protaginists. First off, the names are so horrible that you have to laugh. No male hero in a romance novel should be named 'Bent'. I will not explain further, but anyone who reads romance novels should understand why a "bent" hero makes me laugh so hard that I choke. The stilted conversation between the couple is beyond believable. My personal favorites are during their early courtship when he mentions that they're both going to some business event and she says some blah-blan-blah about taking business cards and then ends with "How is your raspberry-and-cognac-liqueur gelato?" Yeah, during my dating days I always asked my date how his chocolate-mint and vanilla double scoop ice cream on a waffle cone was, just as I was moving in for the heat! Later on the same date, she asks him in for a nightcap and he turns her down by saying,"Thank you, but I have to decline. I have too much work still to do tonight." With that as the start, I could just see this romance getting so hot that maybe they would hang flowered wallpaper together! The heroine, a thirty-year-old virgin, can't decide whether to go ahead & have a romance with her soulmate (eyech!) or not. We get to hear about the fact she is a thirty-year-old virgin pretty much every page or two. I'm glad this occurred, since I forgot that fact so quickly. I'd be reading along and suddenly say to myself,"Oh, yes! She's a thirty-year-old virgin! That explains everything!". The inclusion of her pathetically warm and batty family comes off as a desperate attempt to 1)provide the story with some action and warm family fun, 2)give the woman people to discuss her virginal status with every three or four pages, and 3)provide the author with lots of secondary characters to base books on in the near future (you get this message ten pages in when the mother tells her daughters that all of them will find their soulmates in the next year--sense a sequel, ladies?). The whole book is so laughabley bad that I started reading it out loud to my husband while giggling so hard that I cried. He was reading information about pellet stoves at the time & I found his reading material way more interesting than mine--good comparison for anyone trying to read this book. Folks, if you're into this genre of book, there are so many better ones out there, don't waste your precious time on this cow turd. Life is too short and trees are too scarce for this sad thing to have ever been published.
Nothing new here Jul 8, 2007
I gave up at page 156. When only one new major plot development occurred by that point, I just decided the book had wasted enough of my time. This romance novel has a decent idea behind it, and a possibly fascinating story line. Here's a witch who uses her supernatural powers to help businesses flush out bad employees. There could be numerous uses for someone with these kinds of skills. But the story is slow going, and the color-by-numbers romance scenes wore on my nerves--with the heroine always pulling back at the last minute. How many times have we seen that before? The dialogue was completely unnatural and I don't know how many times the reader had to learn that the heroine didn't believe in soulmates. Okay, we get it! Really, this smacks of amateurish writing with its heavy dependence on adverbs and lack of good, strong action. Where was the editor in this project? Let's just say it was a good idea that never lived up to its promise.
Flat Characters Ruin A Good Idea May 2, 2007
Overall, the idea behind the book was good. A Soulmate Imperative that brings people together, an interesting kind of magic, and a underlying plot of intrigue in the corportate world.
The idea is good, but sadly Ms Macela could not follow through.
To be honest, I was only able to get to page 130 after repeated stopping and starting before I had to put the book down for good. I started disliking the characters from the start, and that ruined the story for me, pulling me out of what was happening again and again. One of my biggest problems was with the dialogue. No one says things like "that sounds exceedingly plausible" in normal everyday conversation. I could not find it in myself to believe that this supposedly everyday, average woman with some magical talent had the vocabulary of a university professor. Also, characters would too often launch into a conveniently placed explanation of what was happening that, sometimes by other character's own admission, was not the norm for them. The deviations from personality in an attempt to explain things ruined what little interest I had left in the characters.
Aside from the overly formal, stilted conversation I found it hard to see the chemistry between Bent and Daria. It could easily have been there and my dislike of the story colored by perception of it, but to me all the chemistry I noticed was them both rubbing their chests a lot at the same time, and Daria showing a complete lack of inhibitions and rational thinking when it came to having sex with Bent, when normally she is supposed to be a "logical and rational" woman.
I felt that the plot itself needed work as well. The corporate intrigue would normally have fascinated me, but I felt that it fell flat. The characters werent responding to the problem in a way to make me think it was serious. I was told by the author it was important and big, but the characters couldnt make me believe it. The set up of the problem failed to engage me, and from there I felt that Ms Macela couldnt recover.
Once the subplot was taken away, the only other issue was the Soulmate Imperative, which meant Daria and Bent climbing into bed together. At the time I threw down the story they had only reached the heavy groping stage, but I found it easy to predict what would happen if I had continued to read. Amazing sex, the issue of Bent not having magical powers, some third party (most likely the corportate intrigue evil person) causing issues, and Daria saving the day through some act of amazing, unexpected power. Or something like that.
All in all, I found it to be a standard romance plot that fell flat. The characters were too one dimensional and I could not believe that they were in any way real people. The dialogue was forced, and sounded like the author had gone through with a thesarus in an attempt to make the characters seem more intelligent. The storyline was predictable, and all in all completely unengaging.
If you really feel the need to read this book, dont waste your money. Borrow from the library, where at least you wont be upset when you realize what a waste of money it was.
The Oldest Kind of Magic Oct 21, 2006
I loved the chemistry between Daria and Bent and the way the two tackled the problems together. It was a fun read and I never put it down. I can see why it's won so many recent contests and I'm looking forward to the sequel!
Boring...couldn't finish book Jul 19, 2006
I'm the type of reader that can usually plow through a boring book, especially if I already spent time to reading half of it. (I read the other this site reviews) But I couldn't force myself to wasting anymore time to it-it wasn't getting any better. There is hardly any magic in it, the writing is stilting, the corporate intrigue boring and hardly any romance. (maybe it got better the 2nd half) There was WAY too much corporate intrigue going on-I'm just not the type of reader that enjoys that. I enjoy love, fantasy, magic, action and romance. ! However, it did have interesting premises with family members and loved the interactions with the cats!