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"Spur of the Moment breaks the mold of mainstream time-travel romances. With a heroine that doesn't know the meaning of the word weakness and a story rich in authentic history, Candace C. Bowen has woven a classic love story that will keep you up past your bedtime." - Misty Rayburn, The Top Shelf Book Reviews

"Just when you think Candace C.Bowen can't awe you anymore, she does it again with Wicked Embers. Romantic, mystical, I could not put it down. a must read!!" Debbi, Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

The story for Wicked Embers came to me as I was nearing the end of the original novel, Spur of the Moment. I tend to become attached to my characters and often find it hard to let them go. By deciding to write a sequel to the story, I was able to hold on to them for just a little while longer.

Please enjoy and excerpt from Chapter 6:
Numb, Bree backed away from the door. "What are you doing here?"

Dressed in jeans and a black pullover shirt, Reese was in desperate need of a shave. "I have been up and travelling since I received your message. Aren't you at least going to invite me in?"

"You shouldn't be here." Shaking her head, Bree murmured, "You can't be here." She closed her eyes and reached out toward Janelle. Sensing the distance in their connection, she opened her eyes. "You have to go, Reese. Now."

"Not until you tell me what's really going on."

"Please, you have to go while you still can."

"I am not going anywhere until you talk to me."

"I told you everything in the message," Bree lied. "I'm not interested in archaeology anymore." She belatedly added, "Or you."

"Is that why you're holding a set of excavation tools?"

Bree set the canvas bag on the foyer table beside the door. "I was going to see if my little brother wanted them."

"You honestly expect me to believe that you of all people are no longer interested in archaeology?"

"Yes." She met Reese's gaze and swallowed hard. "That is what I am asking you to believe."

"Come off it, Brea. First, I hear you near panic on the phone, and then I cannot get a hold of you on the mobile. If that is not bad enough, your mother brushes me off right before you leave me some bizarre message about quitting school."

Bree's voice shook. "I can't face her with you here."

"Thank you for the invitation." Reese stepped past her and dropped his duffel on the carpet before closing the door. "Face who?"

"You wouldn't believe me."

"Since I am not going anywhere, why don't you start at the beginning to find out for sure?"

Taking a deep breath, Bree found the resolve she needed to keep him safe. "Face my mother. I told her I was thinking about getting involved with you and she doesn't approve."

Reese crossed his arms, holding her gaze. "Really?"

"Yes, really. She said it would be best with all that has happened if I moved back home for a while, and I agreed." When Reese did not even blink, Bree began to fidget nervously. "Look, she should be coming home any minute, so I suggest you leave."

"Why don't you cut the shit and tell me what's really going on here?"

"I have told you. I'm sorry you came all this way for nothing, but I made up my mind to withdraw from school."

"Is what the cab driver said true?"

"I don't know," Bree hedged. "What did he say?"

"Was your grandmother murdered yesterday?" Reese's voice gentled.

"Yes," she choked out without thinking.

"The cab driver seemed to be under the impression you were in some sort of danger and felt the need to personally grill me on my connection to you."

"It's a small village, I likely know him."

"He also happened to mention that the girl reported missing was seen fleeing from your grandmother's house yesterday," Reese added.

"Kerra," she whispered, "but not Kerra."

"Are you in danger from this girl? Is that why you're so afraid?"

"She can take everything I love from me," Bree admitted, memorizing his face.

"No, she can't," Reese replied with drawn brows. "Why aren't the police here?"

"They're powerless against her," Bree said. "I promise to explain everything when this is all over. Please, you have to leave here now."

"I am not leaving you."

"Please." Bree broke down sobbing. "I can't do this if I know there is a chance she will hurt you."

"She is not going to hurt me or you." Drawing her into his arms, Reese held her close. "The entire village is out looking for this girl. In the meantime, I can at least keep you safe."

She shook her head, wrapping her arms around his waist. "No, you can't."

Reese took her face in his hands. "Brea, I spent every moment since you left filled with regret for not going with you. I am not leaving here until you are no longer in danger from this girl."

"It's not what you think, Reese."

"Then tell me what it is."

"If I tell you, will you leave?"

"I can't promise you that, but I am not leaving until you tell me."

"Fine." She reached past him and twisted the deadbolt on the door. "This is going to take a while, so you better come into the kitchen."

Reese took a seat at the table as Bree opened a cabinet to take out two glasses and her father's best bottle of blue label scotch, pouring a liberal amount of liquor into each glass. She slid one toward Reese as she took the seat across from him. "I suggest you drink it all, you're going to need it when you conclude I've lost my mind."

Reese leaned back in his chair without touching the glass. "I would never think that."

"We'll see." Bree downed the glass in three swallows, wincing as it burned a path to her stomach.

"Just tell me, Brea."

"I honestly do not know where to start."

"Why not begin from the time your mother picked you up at the airport?"

"Oh, right, the airport, where things went from horrible to downright dreadful." Bree felt on the verge of a hysterical giggling fit. "The protective bubble I lived in burst at the airport."

"Does this have anything to do with Wicca?"

"Yes," she replied with a bitter smile. "It has everything to do with Wicca. Something I never believed in before yesterday."

"Tell me."

"I was wrong about my mother, Reese. I was wrong about a lot of things."

Bree told him everything that had occurred from the moment they parted. Explaining her mother's family history, she went on to tell him about the power of the necklace. She rushed through the part about how the fates chose her to save the family bloodline, and then told him why her family had to leave. When she finished telling him about what happened to Bronwyn when she faced Jaenelle and her own trip to the nether, Reese picked up his glass to down the scotch.

Studying his calm demeanor, Bree smiled sadly. There was no way someone like Reese, who based his entire life on scientific fact, would believe her. "Will you please leave now?"

His reply was cut off by the house phone ringing. Bree picked it up on the second ring. "Hello?"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936850605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936850600
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,435,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author Candace C. Bowen

Born in a suburb of Chicago, Candace C. Bowen moved to Pompano Beach, Florida with her family at an early age.

On March 17, 2008, she witnessed deaf actress Marlee Matlin's amazing performance on Dancing With the Stars. Inspired, she selected her favorite time-period in history to form a rough story outline. Using a laptop in her free time, her first attempt at writing became a full-length historical romance entitled, A KNIGHT OF SILENCE. Available through Seven Realms Publishing, A KNIGHT OF SILENCE was voted Best 2010 Romance eBook of the Year by The Gatekeepers Post.

The idea for Candace's second and third novels came to her as she held two medieval religious medals. Literally created as she typed, her paranormal time travel romance, SPUR OF THE MOMENT, and its sequel, WICKED EMBERS, were born. Released through Rhemalda Publishing in early 2012, they were self-published through Amazon's Kindle Direct in late 2013 due to Rhemalda closing. Also available in AudioBook.

The second volume in the Knight Series, A KNIGHT OF BATTLE, is available through Seven Realms Publishing. She is currently working on the third installment entitled, A KNIGHT OF VALOUR.

Candace's romantic suspense novel, JACK OF HEARTS, surrounds the infamous Ripper murders in Victorian England. Available through Seven Realms Publishing.

Also from Seven Realms is Candace's novel, VOODOO FIRE. Set in present-day New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the story follows a group of college kids encountering more than they bargained for when they conduct a séance beside the tomb of the infamous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

Be on the lookout for Candace's contribution to The Order of the Knightshades in a novel entitled, The Stygian Stone. Coming late summer 2014.

Candace resides with her son and adopted cat in South Florida.

Website: knightseries.com
Email: ccbowen@knightseries.com
Facebook: Candace C. Bowen-Author
Twitter: @candacecbowen

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Well, Candace Bowen has done it again!
Albert R. Barron
I definitely want to check out her first book, which is the prequel to this one, and I'll be on the lookout for her next book as well.
J. Gallagher
Coupled with a great writing style, this mix makes Wicked Embers a wonderful read.
C. Peace

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert R. Barron on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Well, Candace Bowen has done it again! In her thrilling sequel to "Spur of the Moment", Candace tells a cautionary tale of the follies of succumbing to the lures of darkness. I would have read this book in one sitting even if I hadn't been housebound by tropical storm Isaac! Keep writing, Candace. Yours is an amazing talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Weaver on November 21, 2012
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What my stars mean:
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
It's been one year since Bronwyn Chase left the modern world behind, and an ancient evil is stirring in Cornwall ....

Bree Peltier is a skeptic. She doesn't believe in mystics or witches. Between keeping up with her university studies and falling in love with her archaeology professor, her life is complicated enough. When a vengeful spirit possesses her childhood friend and goes on a killing spree, she is forced to re-examine her beliefs. The spirit is out to destroy the descendants of Bronwyn, and Bree is the only one who can stop it. If she believes.

Bree is a mystic. If she doesn't embrace her birthright, she could lose everyone she has ever loved. If she does embrace it, she could lose her soul mate.

MY TAKE
This is a fast-paced story that goes from the mundane life of skeptic Bree who's crushing on her professor and ends with a tense and heartbreaking peak at the end. The reader makes the journey with her as she discovers that all she'd scoffed at and denied was true--and she was the only one who could confront the evil that threatened her entire family.

And, oh, my heck. Once you get really close to the end, you understand the significance of the cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbi on August 17, 2012
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Just when you think Candace C.Bowen can't awe you anymore, she does it again with Wicked Embers. Romantic, mystical, I could not put it down. a must read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Peace on October 3, 2012
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I found this book to be a delightful mix of romance, mystery, courage, vengeance and downright evil. Coupled with a great writing style, this mix makes Wicked Embers a wonderful read.
Emotions sizzle between Bree Peltier and her Professor of Archaeology, Reese. There is great interaction between her group of friends, some of it pretty funny. There is horror and sadness at what happens to her best friend, Kerra, her first love Jory, and her own grandmother. And there is support, advice and a welcome return appearance by Bronwyn Chase, heroine of Spur of the Moment.
If you liked Spur of the Moment, you'll love Wicked Embers. And if you haven't tried either - why on earth not? Go read them - you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela on August 29, 2012
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I was overjoyed when I realized I was able to read Wicked Embers the sequel to Spur of the Moment practically back to back (in the world of book publishing that is.) For me, revisiting a story line is always best when the image of the character's faces are still fresh in my mind. In Spur of the Moment I fell in love with Bronwyn Chase. She's a powerful mystic and relative of the main character in Wicked Embers. That would be Bree Peltier. Her storyline begins quickly and you are sucked in so effortlessly that if you just read Spur of the Moment it's so easy to forget you are reading a different book, even though they are worlds apart. You will laugh at that after you've read both books! Is there a love interest? Yes! Is there action and suspense? Yes! Is there an awesome group of friends that will have you laughing out loud? Yes! This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster when Bree's world including the foundation of her belief system seems to unravel. Bree must follow her heart, and the instructions of loved ones who cross time in order to help her fight an evil that has come back to destroy her family line. The romantic under tones are seasoned within the story's humorous and sometimes gruesome events that border toe curling in some cases for me! Yes, I did pull the covers up to my neck while reading in bed late at night. Yikes, it was just too good to put down! I hope I won't have to wait too long to find out where the story will lead to next.....
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