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The Last Wedding at Drayhome – Aileen Harkwood – 5 Magical Wedding Destinations Fit for a Romance Novel

Here’s another Magical Weddings’ story, this time from Aileen Harkwood.
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‘Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose’

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From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

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Here are Aileen’s thoughts on the perfect setting for a romantic wedding:

 5 Magical Wedding Destinations Fit for a Romance Novel

by Aileen Harkwood

Many a bride fantasizes about holding a destination wedding, typically involving a tropical beach, a lush vineyard in the south of France, or the ever popular Las Vegas. Destination weddings pose challenges, however, in terms of costs and the difficulties of getting everyone in the right place at the right time. Provence might beckon, but in the end, many couples eventually opt for the more practical local wedding spot, forced to leave daydreams behind.

Not so in RL. In RL, anything is possible. Whether you envision a snowy hot tub ceremony at the most exclusive resort in Aspen, getting married with 300 of your closest friends in the grand ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria, or zip-lining to the altar through the jungles of Costa Rica, in RL it’s all doable.

I refer not to Real Life, of course, but to Romance Life, the world inhabited by the heroes and heroines of your favorite romance novels. I love writing romance precisely because I’m allowed to dream up the impossible, the impractical, the magical. With that in mind, here are five insanely over-the-top locations in terms of sheer romance. I would absolutely choose any of these enchanted wedding destinations for my characters.

Image Credit :via Wikimedia Commons
Image Credit :via Wikimedia Commons

Château de Marqueyssac This 17th century estate perched atop a cliff overlooking France’s Dordogne Valley is romance personified. Almost too whimsical to be believed, its sculpted gardens, originally planted in the 1860s by Julien de Cervel, outdo any fairytale setting the producers at Once Upon a Time could dream up.

Bonus Almost Love Scene Points: A giddy chase through winding topiaries leads to passionate kisses hidden among the boxwoods.

2.IsleofSkyIsle of Sky, ScotlandJust the name alone is enough to bewitch the romantics among us. From its rugged, windswept coasts to its “fairy pools” and quaint country manors where intimate weddings might find a home, this would be a nuptials to remember.

Bonus Hero Points: Your groom, and every other male in the wedding party, in a kilt.

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Wisteria Flower Passage, Kawachi Fuji Garden, JapanApproximately 150 wisteria vines in a variety of colors create a tunnel of love like no other in the world. If your romance heroine could actually secure this venue (seriously doubtful), a May wedding would be best, when the tunnel is in full bloom.

Bonus Savings for Frugal Heroine – Flowers? We’ve got you covered.

The Champagne Suite, The New York Palace Hotel At $25,000 per night, and featuring a 2-story view of Midtown Manhattan, this sinfully extravagant locale is appointed with polished marble-vaulted-crystal-glistening everything and comes with its very own “champagne cave.” Though the booking page lists the suite as suitable for 6 guests, an entire wedding party would easily fit in its 5,000 square-foot sumptuousness.

Bonus sex scene inspiration – Hero and heroine could spend three sensual chapters exploring the gargantuan bathroom and still not find their way out.

Frégate Island, Seychelles Who wouldn’t want to have their own “palatial teak villa” on their own private island to serve as backdrop for the ultimate destination wedding? Okay, so there are actually 17 palatials on the beach, but each has their own private pool, dining pavilion and butler. Considering the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were rumored to have spent their honeymoon here, magic comes standard.

Bonus reverse-Roman Holiday plot twist – Could your hero, the butler, be a royal in disguise?

While it may not be the Seychelles or the Palace Hotel, you’ll find a bespelled destination in The Last Wedding at Drayhome, my contribution to Magical Weddings: 15 Enchanting Romances. The venue for the wedding in this novella is Drayhome, a great estate in Breens Mist, Oregon with a mind of its own, cared for by the witch and warlock who struggle to save it from ruin.

Poppy - Author Bioharkwood200x300Aileen Harkwood is a Readers’ Crown finalist who lives in the Southern Rockies. The Last Wedding at Drayhome is the prequel to two concurrent series of fantasy romances, Spell Touched: Breens Mist Witches, Book 1, and Wedding Spell, first in the Breens Mist Weddings series, due out in September 2015. She’s passionate about green chile and the mysteries hiding in antique photographs.

Flowers - My ReviewA witch, a warlock and a house with attitude makes ‘the Last Wedding at Drayhome’, full of magic, deception and paranormal events. Ax’s and Colleen’s interactions are always filled with passion, whether it is anger or desire and they bring this fantasy to life. The other witches in the story are colourful and The Priest is certainly not the benevolent warlock his name suggests. The house is a notable character in the story. This novella is perfect for those of us who love battles of good versus evil and the power of the elements. The Wedding is full of mystery and surprises and has a lovely romantic ending.

I am intrigued to read other stories in the forthcoming series’.

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5* Review : finding Reese – (SAFELIGHT Series) – Imy Santiago

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Hope Breeds Life…

Sometimes destiny and fate have a weird way of reminding us of our inescapable vulnerability, but more importantly our inexorable humanity. Life is fleeting, and what little time we have left in this world, we must make do with what we have, and cherish those whom we love by our side.

Fresh back from the Jackson Reese Press Tour, sports journalist Catalina Pardo rushes back to British Columbia after receiving unexpected and distressing news. With the help of award winning photographer Stryder Martynus, Catalina is determined to prevent the news of tragedy and heartbreak from governing her life again.

Together they will embark on a new journey of introspection to overcome the ghosts and raw emotions of their pasts−on a long and unpredictable road full of complicated circumstances−to find healing, hope and salvation.

The smallest of gifts−like a friendship bracelet−have the power to save your life, and unlike fairy tales, happy endings are seldom guaranteed…

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Flowers - My Reviewfinding Reese. (SAFELIGHT, #2)

The easy to read writing style makes you forget you have spent an entire novel, in three people’s heads, sharing their dreams and deepest emotions. It’s only when you stop reading and feel emotionally drained, you realise how realistic and beautifully written this story is.

Complex characters are believable and underscore the story’s message of friendship and love. There is laughter, companionship, love and poignant sadness and a multitude of other feelings all seen through the eyes of Catalina, Jackson and Stryder. All three characters have outgoing almost celebrity roles, yet there true personalities hide loss, fear and addictive behaviour from the world.

The vocabulary is contemporary but the friendship, romance and sensuality, timeless. Perfectly paced, there is enough action to hold the interest, without detracting from the characters’ introspection, which is the story’s mainstay.

The love scenes between Catalina and Stryder are sensual but retain the romance and enhance the couple’s deepening feelings for each other. Jackson Reese remains an enigma. I look forward to seeing his character in love.

‘finding Reese’, is an excellent sequel to ‘chasing Reese’. More reflective than the action packed first story in the series, it shows the depth of the characters’ feelings and how being part of a family helps them develop and heal.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

finding Reese. by Imy Santiago

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


finding Reese. (SAFELIGHT, #2) by Imy Santiago

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