(Book Two of Two: Once in a Blue Moon Anthology) Dawn Thompson, DeborahAnne MacGillivray, Leanne Burroughs, Gerri Bowen, Ann Marie Bradley, Candace Gold, Sherrie Holmes, Victoria Houseman, Patty Howell, Jill & Julia, Judith Laik, Jacquie Rogers, Michelle Scaplen, Kemberlee Shortland, Jeanne Van Arsdall

Genre: Romance Anthology
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0974624977

Beneath the Velvet Blue Moon

By Candace Gold

Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery Official Reviewer for The Mystic Castle

Some things are just meant to be, while others rush through our lives with the bittersweet longing of youth. At age nineteen, Nadine Stone thought her summer fling with Michael Greene was meant to last a lifetime, the kind of instant love that is sure and solid. When family tragedy strikes, she is torn from the world she so dearly loved and loses contact with the boy that she lost her heart to. She wanders through life for many years, wondering if the only choice she has left is to settle for the next best thing. Though she's come to love her life, there's something missing and it takes her coming full circle under a blue moon to find what her heart has been crying out for.

This was a riveting story from start to finish-then I went back and read it again! Author Gold deftly uses first point of view to delve deep into our heroine, connecting the reader in way that nb other point of view allows. We are literally walking every step ofNadine'_ emotions and inner turmoil, a very interesting way to connect and look at the story. Gold's subtle wit and poignant writing is not to be missed. Look for her story in the anthology "Blue Moon Enchantment': and be sure to pick up the first in the series, "Blue Moon Mag:ic" as well. Bravo. Ms. Gold. for a touching and entertaining read!

TITLE: Blue Moon Enchantment

AUTHOR: Various

ISBN: 0974624977

4.5 STARS!

***** This is the second book in the Blue Moon anthology series. The first, titled "Blue Moon Magic", was released only a few months ago and is still selling wildly. I predict that this companion book will do as well. Short stories are even harder to write than full length novels and this anthology has FIFTEEN magical tales by various authors. If you want some sweet dreams, read one of two of these stories just before bed. Terrific! *****


(Reviewed by Detra Fitch)

Dawn Thompson, Leanne Burroughs, Jill & Julie, Jacquie Rogers, Victoria Houseman, Judith Laik, Michelle Scaplen, Ann Marie Bradley, Sherrie Holmes, Patty Howell, Gerri Bowen, Jeanne Van Arsdall, Kemberlee Shortland, Candace Gold, and DeborahAnne MacGillivray
ISBN: 0-9746-2497-7
September 3, 2006
Highland Press
Romance Anthology
Trade Paperback

Rating: Four Shamrocks

Legend has it that a blue moon is enchanted. What happens when fifteen talented authors utilize this theme to create enthralling stories of love?

Candace Gold's bittersweet tale demonstrates how enduring love really is. Nadine's continued memory of the bliss she once shared with Michael is simply beautiful. The emotional impact of Beneath the Velvet Moon will leave nary a reader with a dry eye!

BLUE MOON ENCHANTMENT is a wonderful, themed anthology filled with phenomenal stories by fifteen extraordinarily talented authors. Readers will find a wide variety of time periods and styles showcased in this superb anthology. BLUE MOON ENCHANTMENT is sure to offer a little bit of something for everyone!

Reviewed by Debbie

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Reviews for Beneath the Velvet Blue Moon
an anthology
Beneath the Velvet Blue Moon
"Which star do you want to wish on, Nadine?" Father asked as we leaned against the railing, gazing up at the brilliant star-studded summer sky.

I pointed to the brightest star and we each made a wish.

Sometimes when they were two full moons one month- a Blue Moon- which happened approximately every two and a half years, we made special wishes. All my wishes were special to me, for I always wish for a handsome Prince to calm and sweep me off my feet.

However, I was willing to wait until I grew up.

One beautiful summer's night in early August, Michael and I walked along the lake holding hands. We stopped by the rail where my father and I had made our wishes when I was a child. A gentle breeze ruffled his hair as he smiled down at me. I smiled back at him. He drew me close and covered my mouth with his. Then he turned to look at the full moon.

"Look, Nadine, it's a Blue Moon."

"My father told me that anything you wished for under a Blue Moon always came true," I said.

"Always?" he asked with the mischievous little smile I found adorable.

"That's what he said."

"Then let's make wishes." His eyes were like emeralds, twinkling in the moonlight.

We closed our eyes and made wishes. I wished to be with Michael forever. Since you couldn't tell anyone your wish or it wouldn't come true, I didn't know what he'd wished for, but by the look on his face I had a pretty good idea.

"Promise, Nadine�promise me on that Blue Moon that you'll meet me here next year."

"I promise," I said.

Then, under that magnificent moon, we sealed our pledge to meet with a kiss. If I could have put that moment into a bottle and saved it forever, I would have. I had been granted my childhood wish. My handsome prince stood there before me. And no matter what, I knew with all my heart I would always love Michael.