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http://www.robindowens.com RITA Winner (Oscars of Romance) 2002 for HeartMate. Heart Thief out 06/03/03, Heart Duel out 04/04, Heart Choice 7/05, Heart Quest 8/06. Creativity exercises, affirmations on my website. I am a serious writer of 10 years, past President and contest chair of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. My most pressing interest in the craft of writing is CREATIVITY. My book, HeartMate, was the first futuristic-fantasy romantic adventure published by Jove in it's Magical Love line. It won the RITA for Best Paranormal Romance and finalled in Best First Book.
At the beginning of the story, Signet is very depressed. Signet's family members are deceased, her friends are gone, her flair is unfocused and unexplainable, and her life seems bleak and futureless. Enter the prophet Vinni, who wants Signet to assist his HeartMate Avellana through her magical passages. Avellana had an accident as a child, and consequently, her brain patterns are damaged. Vinni fears for her life, but with his visions, Vinni sees that Signet can save Avellana. Avellana's family installs her in the mansion and also sees that Signet and Avellana are guarded by Cratag Maytree. Cratag is a diamond in the rough - a strong, supportive man with limited flair, but loyal and a warrior to the bone. Signet quickly realizes that Cratag is her Heartmate. The story is basically about Avellana's crisis with her passage and the love between Signet and Cratag.
Lately, I haven't been reading too much. It seems that my old standby authors are heading in directions I don't particularly care for, i.e., Linda Howard with romantic suspense, and some of my other favorite authors are stretching their series way too far - further than the story can hold your interest, i.e., L.K. Hamilton's Merry series. Still other favorite authors' books seem forced (Nora Roberts) or just plain scattered. Perhaps it's me, but lately, the publishing world doesn't seem to know how to leave the authors alone to tell a really good story. Heart Change is the first book in a while that I started reading and read through within a day or so. It held my interest, and it was a sweet, pleasant story - no overwhelming emo and angst, as some of the stories lately. It was well-written and definitely worth the money and time.
If there are any complaints at all, I felt the ending was rather sudden.Read more ›
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Heart Change was a pleasant journey to a favorite world, the wicanish Celta, where magic takes the place of technology and where, if you are lucky, you'll find your perfect love - your Heartmate.
When Signet D'Marigold agrees to aid young seer Vinni's Heartmate, Avellina, through her "passage" - a passage which Vinni `sees' that Avellina will not survive with out Signet's help - Signet suddenly finds her lonely life changing for the better. Not only is Vinni able to finally help Signet identify her formerly unknown yet powerful talent of being a Catalyst who brings positive changes in the lives of those around her but also Signet suddenly finds her home filling up with her young charge and the body guard Vinnie also deems necessary for Avellina's survival - the scarred yet solid Cratag Maytree.
Both Signet and Cratag are pleasant characters and their relationship grows despite Signet's fear of abandonment and Cratag's issues as well. Missing between them is the insurmountable obstacle that many of the former Heartmate pairs have to overcome in order to be together. And since so much of the story is centered around Avellina's passage and bad luck, and with so many other characters having bits of the story, Signet and Cratag don't get a great deal of time alone in the spotlight. This means that they don't get to do a lot of the normal Heatmate things like exchanging Heart Gifts or sharing the Heart Bond.
Overall, Heart Change was an enjoyable enough read with lots of Fams (magical pets), and pieces put into play for future stories, but with most of the focus and the peril not centered on Signet and Cratag, theirs was not one of the most memorable pairings in the series.
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I loved this romantic tale about a lonely woman with a battered sense of self-worth finding out not only does she have a future, but her innate gifts will save that which she holds most dear.
Signet is a woman of means, a modicum of status in Celtan society and without purpose. Every person, to one extent or another, has a talent that betters their respective communities and society as a whole. Everyone except Signet and it's wearing her down. Right away the author had me sympathizing with the heroine.
This is the eighth book in the Heart series and it completely stands on its own. Ms. Owens has created an astoundingly vibrant, rich, and busy world populated by Earth's descendants. They don't have technology like we know it. It's powered by psi-talent and incredibly powerful. Because it has become so commonplace, it's become a standard of life and a lot of importance hinges on what kind of talent a person develops. It's eagerly looked forward to and anticipated with a mixture of hopefulness compounded with fear and anxiety of the unknown. Not everyone survives when their talents bloom, like an exploding flower. That is one of the conflicts of Heart Change - a child in her first psi Passage is in danger but no one that they know of can help her and the girl's parents are frantic.
The other conflict is with Signet and it's mostly internal. At first she's despondent, and then a friend of hers visits with news that proves an exceptional boon to her aching heart. However, this information is a good news/bad news kind of thing. She is charged with a duty that will either destroy her, and others, or will be the realization of a dream she'd thought long dead.Read more ›
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