Thank you for the feedback. Version 6, based on your kind comments.
I took out the bio, bc I got consistently positive feedback on it from agents and writer contests. So below is just the narrative part. As always, I will scratch your back. Thanks!
Magic is Beata’s only joy––and her greatest peril.
In 1600s Lorraine, village magistrates convict Beata’s mother of witchcraft and have her stoned. Then Beata discovers witch hunters are after her. Chasing a dream of safety, she forswears magic, and elopes with Henri de Dinan, a charming Parisian perfumer she healed of leprosy.
Twenty years later, Henri unwittingly reveals her past to his business partner, Ismail, an ambitious alchemist. Ismail invented a Happiness Elixir that would earn him political clout. But the elixir’s effects are fleeting, its side-effects deadly. Threatening to bankrupt Henri, Ismail demands Beata use magic to make the elixir safe. Beata is out of practice and has no idea how to counter the elixir’s poison. She does know her magic can heal one of Ismail experimental subjects, a Jewish orphan girl.
Ismail’s political rivals spy on him, and now on Beata. She yearns to save the orphan and protect Henri’s fortune. But if she wades into magic, she will suffer her mother’s fate and orphan her own daughter.
THE MAGIC OF HAPPINESS, (104K words) is an adult historical fantasy with series potential that would appeal to fans of The Girl in the Tower and The Da Vinci Code.