This is a great careful-what-you-wish-for story.
Luka by Dianne Hartsock released in January in the mm romance, fantasy genre.
Luka makes a desperate wish and the earth shifts to his will. Regretting it immediately, he tries to undue the sorcery, but it is too late. He asked for hope, and to his horror, all the hope in the world is given into his keeping. He desires nothing more than to return this gift to the world.
Aethan wants to get his hands on the Well of Hope in Luka’s keeping. If he can ransom out hope to others at his whim, the world will be at his feet. Where it belongs.
With the aid of his lover, Rhys, Luka stays one step ahead of Aethan. But Rhys has his own enemy in Aethan, his estranged father.
Rescued by Luka, his sweet, gentle witch, Rhys now stands with him against Aethan. They have vowed to return the Well of Hope to the earth despite all odds, or die trying. For what is life worth, for anyone, without hope?
Rhys knelt up and stirred the glowing embers of their fire into a pile, adding a few large pieces of wood against it, then sat with his back to a nearby wall, feet toward the fire. He’d seen Luka ward their home with sage and sweet grass. Widow Ravan used cedar. What would Luka do with a stone?
Luka moved to the center of the cave and took a slow turn around, banishing any malicious energy from the hollow. Raven had taught Rhys that much, explaining they wouldn’t want to trap anything negative in with them when she warded a place. After several long heartbeats, Luka sat cross-legged on the sandy floor, a dark figure in the bright glow from the fire, relaxed, comfortable, as if he rested in his own home. Watching him, pride stirred in Rhys’s breast. Most others he’d witnessed would strut around the area they warded chanting under their breaths, making grand gestures and filling the space with smoke that stung his eyes. It all seemed to be for show, their wards precarious at best.
It was never like that with Luka. He went calmly about his business, with purpose, and a reverence for the magic of the earth. He sat calmly now, his focus on the stone he passed back and forth between his hands as if weighing it, studying its structure, its essence. He did this for a long moment, then stilled.
The hair on Rhys’s arms and the nape of his neck lifted, and he shivered. The air felt different, charged. His senses heightened.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Dianne is the author of m/m romance, paranormal suspense, fantasy adventure, the occasional thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. She lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee warming her hands, which kindles her imagination.
Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.
What is the message you want the readers to get from this book?
LUKA remains one of my favorite stories. Luka, my shy, sweet witch, was a pleasure to write about. The villagers call him a witch, but he is so much more than that. He’s gentle and compassionate with a love of nature in all its myriad of life, from its living creatures to the essence of the earth itself. He is a magical being guided by love and hope.
First of all, LUKA is a book about love. Luka’s love for Rhys, for his daughter Ravan, for Tarian. The villagers. For the small animals he tends. The bounty of the earth. The very air he breathes. Luka’s pure love reminds us of the joy we can find in the romantic love of a partner. The care and nurturing we give to children, even those not our own. The warmth and affection for our close friends and family, even those we sometimes disagree with. The love and gratitude we can give the earth itself for its beauty and bounty, if we allow ourselves to do so.
Secondly, LUKA reminds us how important hope is to the world. Can you imagine life without it? In despair, hurting, Luka makes a terrible wish and snatches hope from all creation. And now his enemy wants control of it, to dole hope out or withhold it at his whim. How meaningless life would be without hope. Luka reminds us how we can find hope in our loved ones. How we can search for it in our friendships. Find hope in the kindness of strangers.
Most importantly, LUKA reminds us that even if we lose hope, we mustn’t despair. Hope remains in the world. If we reach for it we can find it. Hope is in the dawning of a new day, a new beginning, in the smile of someone as we pass by. In the comforting hand on our shoulder as we grieve. If alone, we can find hope in the knowledge that others care and will aide us, we need simply ask for it.
I didn’t write LUKA with any intentional message in mind, it’s a story of my sweet witch and his lover and the dangers they face together. But if you bring anything away with you from reading this book, it would be the message of the love and hope we can find with each other.
Thank you for stopping in! I’m curious, are there any books whose message touched you? If so, what are they and what message do they tell?
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