By Cara Bristol
For some people into New Age spirituality, crystals and gems are imbued with healing powers that affect the wearer. For others, the effect is symbolic. Either way, crystals and gems have specific properties applied to them.
In A Scent of Longing, my 1Night Stand pararnormal romance, heroine Lily Dansen wears an aquamarine pendant. It serves as a good luck charm, and one that she uses to calm herself. When she’s nervous, she touches it.
As I was writing the story, I chose aquamarine because it mirrored the color I envisioned for the hero’s eyes. After I finished the story, I looked up the meaning of the stone. Guess what? As a healing stone, aquamarine is said to be effective for soothing anxiety and fear, reducing stress, quieting the mind and promoting meditation!
Lily has hardened her heart against vampires because she was turned against her will. She desperately wants to make a connection with someone, but is adamant: no vamps. Aquamarine is said to evoke tolerance of others and overcome judgmentalism, something she needs when she meets Luc, because he’s a Half Breed, part vampire.
Did I pick the perfect stone, or what?
Aquamarine is a relatively hard gem in the Beryl family. Its hue ranges from almost colorless to blue green. Most of ones I’ve seen are ice blue. It’s the birthstone for March and is sometimes given for 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.
As it happens, this year – the year A Scent of Longing was published, my husband and I celebrated our 19th anniversary – but I didn’t get an aquamarine.
Lily Dansen refuses to date vampires. The last time she trusted a one, he turned her. She agrees to a date arranged by 1 NightStand, believing that a quick tryst is all that’s left for her.
A 376-year-old half-vampire, half human Luc Fortier can’t continue to satisfy the vampire fantasies of young ladies while his dreams go unfulfilled. He vows to bedazzle one last date before he calls it quits.
Neither Luc nor Lily expect more than an evening of passion, but they haven’t counted on Madame Eve’s superior matchmaking skills.
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