Mystical Pearls—tears of the moon—in Staurolite: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Four
by Marsha A. Moore
In my new release, Staurolite, the fourth book in the Enchanted Bookstore Legends,I’m expanding and developing the foundation of the magical lore of my fantasy world. The characters find themselves needing the world’s ancient wisdom to solve their own present day problems. The basis of this ages-old magical power is a group of four mystical gemstones that parallel the four Chinese elements of nature: air, earth, fire, and water. These stones serve as four powerful keystones which, together, can empower the good Alliance to overcome the threatening attacks of the evil Dark Realm. There is one controlling master gemstone, the Staurolite, which gives this fourth book its title.
The gem corresponding to water I’ve chosen to work with is the pearl. When I selected that particular keystone, I considered many attributes that would make it an empowering symbol.
Pearls have been called teardrops of the moon. Others say they that a single pearl forms from a raindrop fallen from the heavens which later becomes the heart of an oyster.
Pearls symbolize purity, innocence, and faith. Magically, a pearl is said to help the wearer open to the meaning of one’s true self, enabling extraordinary foresight and also protection from the evil eye. Interestingly, the magical properties depend on color. Brownish hued pearls enable wisdom, yellowish ones promote wealth, and greenish tints foster happiness. Pearls are believed to be the main ingredient of “immortality elixir”. Many carry pearls as talismans to enhance personal integrity, calmness, and balance, clearing the mind to be a channel for wisdom and spiritual guidance. Proponents allege that the pearl helps balance the human body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles. Pearls are thought to have very strong “magnetic” powers and have been used in “gem therapy” to strengthen nerves.
The Chinese have depended on the healing properties of the pearl for centuries, treating everything from simple eye ailments to serious heart problems, bleeding, fever and indigestion. Even today, the Chinese still use pearl powder as a skin whitener and a cosmetic.
But the real magic is in beholding a pearl’s beauty and seeing it as a reminder of “all things good and true.”
In Staurolite, the Pearl of Pendola is the keystone corresponding to the water element. Stolen from its place with the other keystones a thousand years ago, the gem was lost for centuries, buried in an evil enchanted tidal pool. Recovered by one of the early Scribes of the Alliance, the pearl is entrusted to a sea nymph in order to maintain a balance between good and evil in the Sea of Cogadh which separates the Alliance from the Dark Realm. Returning the Pearl of Pendola to the set of original keystones must happen to bring needed power back to the Alliance—an arduous task the present Scribe, Lyra McCauley, must face. Find out more in Staurolite: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Four.
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Staurolite: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Four by Marsha A. Moore
Genre: Epic Fantasy Romance
Lyra McCauley, current Scribe of the Alliance, is the only one who can decode magic hidden in the recently retrieved ancient texts written by her ancestors, the first four Scribes. Information in those writings can help Lyra locate the four missing keystones, which will restore power to the Alliance and allow overthrow of the Dark Realm. With peace restored, she and her beloved, Cullen, could finally marry.
Time is short with the Black Dragon’s Dark Realm increasing attacks to avenge the death of his heir. Many innocent lives are lost. Alliance residents are forced into hiding. Magicals and blue dragons follow leadership of the Imperial Dragon and the other three Guardians into battle to defend the Alliance.
While Lyra unlocks the ancient magic, she opens herself up to scribal powers from her ancestors. She alone can fight the deadliest of the Dark Realm’s forces—the cimafa stealth dragons—but at a cost. The energy flux threatens her health and ability to learn where to find the missing keystones. Can Lyra overcome this shrewd tactic of the Black Dragon to decimate the Alliance?
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Enchanted Bookstore Legends (series description):
The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.
Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.
When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.
Marsha A. Moore is an author of fantasy romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.
The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical! She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is excited to be taking part in a Kripalu yoga teacher training program during 2013. That spiritual quest helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy.
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