Introducing the cast of THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC……

ARUENDIEL
The magician Aruendiel, also known as Lord Aruendiel of the Uland, also known as the Black Wizard. Innovator in real magic. A checkered history with women.

NORA
Nora Fischer, lately a graduate student in English literature, more recently a fairy princess, still more recently a cook in Aruendiel’s castle and his pupil in magic.

HIRIZJAHKINIS
Former witch priestess of Holy Sister Night, now a formidable magician, thanks to Aruendiel’s tutelage. A little too attached to her pet ghost-demon, the Kavareen.

ILISSA
Not exactly the beneficent heiress/fashion designer/impresario that Nora first takes her for. Queen of the Faitoren. Aruendiel’s ex.

RACLIN
Ilissa’s son, prince of the Faitoren, and the man of Nora’s dreams. That’s before she encounters his less charming side.

Thanks to youngest for the maps…bit from the bottom of the second one is missing but was tickled to get what he did!  It was a beyond my techy abilities…Enjoy the inside look at the world of THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC.  Amazon~B&N

MAPS

The Language of Ors

Ors is the common tongue in the kingdom of Semr and a few nearby lands, although some districts, like Pelagnia, also have their own dialects. Its 30-letter alphabet is written vertically, left to right. Ors is a highly inflected language: Verbs, for instance, are conjugated according to eight tenses, five moods, three voices, and three genders.
In the novel, when rendering Ors speech, I have chosen the closest English equivalent without trying to achieve a literal translation.

Nora’s Poetry

The poems that Nora has memorized come in especially handy when she meets the ice demon. However, she quotes poetry all through the novel.

“She was secretly proud of how easily she could learn poetry by heart, none of the other grad students seemed to bother.” (Nora would have enjoyed studying with the wonderful poetry critic Helen Vendler, who has spoken about the importance of memorizing poems—but unfortunately Nora didn’t get into the grad program at Harvard, where Vendler teaches.)Donne, Swinburne, Wyatt, and Sidney are just a few of the poets whose work Nora quotes.

“Full nakedness! All joys are due to thee.” —John Donne, Elegy XIX, “To His Mistress Going to Bed”

“I am weary of days and hours . . . desires and dreams and powers, and everything but sleep.” —Algernon Charles Swinburne, “The Garden of Proserpine”

“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”—Thomas Wyatt, “They Flee from Me”

“Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain”—Sir Philip Sidney, “Astrophel and Stella I”C

PLAYLIST

ROXY MUSIC
Avalon

ELLA FITZGERALD
That Old Black Magic

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
No Light, No Light

SIGUR ROS
Track 4

STEELEYE SPAN
Dance With Me

THE HANDSOME FAMILY
The White Dog

LEAVES EYES
Vinland Saga

SNOW PATROL
Run

TALKING HEADS
And She Was

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RECIPES

Ilissa’s Moonlight
From THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC:
She poured herself a drink, ice cubes chiming in her glass, and took a long swallow.
Some sort of punch. She couldn’t quite describe the flavor. Draining her glass,
she poured another…
“Do you like it?” the woman asked. “A friend of mine gave me the recipe.”
“It’s delicious,” Nora said politely. “What’s in it?”
“Blood oranges, hibiscus nectar, moonlight!” she said, laughing again.
Not quite sure what the joke was, Nora smiled anyway.

1 part Campari
2 parts blood orange juice
2 parts seltzer
TIPS: Don’t have blood orange juice? Try grapefruit juice instead. Too bitter?
Replace the 2 parts seltzer with 2 parts ginger ale.

Walnut-Honey Bars with Thyme

1 1/2 cups flour
6 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons softened butter
1 egg white
Mix in a food processor until until it forms a dough. Press into the bottom of a
greased 9” x 9” pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
To prepare the topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 tsp dried thyme
Mix sugar, honey, melted butter, salt, and eggs. Add walnuts and thyme. Spread the
topping over the baked shortbread crust and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Cut into squares.

Have  y’all have enjoyed this inside peek at Ors and a few of it’s inhabitants?  I’ll be sharing my review in September.  Hope some of y’all will also read and share your thoughts, looking forward to hearing them! 

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