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.1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for allowing me to visit with you. I assure you, my books are much more exciting than I am, but here goes. I'm a mom and I work full time. My family usually includes one or two exchange students at any given time. This year we will be hosting a young lady from Japan and another from Spain. I have two rescued dogs who are complete babies and I'm looking forward to retiring in a couple of years and moving to Las Vegas where it's warm and sunny. See, I told you…not very exciting. LOL.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Ha…spare time? What spare time? Seriously, though- I love to camp. I spend my summers in Northern Michigan on a beautiful lake. It's my chill out time, however I seem to always be busy with some activity while I'm there. My favorite time is at night, sitting around the bonfire, especially on a full moon night. There is something very magical about that time for me. During the school year, I stay busy taking our exchange student(s) to concerts, museums, sports, etc., and of course trying to find time to write.
3. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas come from random places, however I must confess, sitting around the fire on summer nights has inspired a few stories. Sometimes I just dream an idea and have trained myself to write it down immediately so I don't lose it. I always keep a pen and paper or my phone (voice ap handy) by my bed for this. The idea for my story The Fire of Beltane happened one morning as I pulled into work on a very frigid winter day, and I sat in my car not wanting to get out (I don't do cold well) and I thought to myself how nice it would be to have some hero come take me away on an adventure. Right then I quickly wrote down that thought and bam…The Fire of Beltane was born that night. I even included that scene in the beginning of the book.
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
My favorite story always seems to be the one I am presently working on, however I must admit, The Fire of Beltane holds a special place in my heart. I think it is because it is the first of my stories to venture into the fantasy/immortal hero genre that I am loving to write. I have found my niche and this is the story that led me there.
5. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Aside from the one scene from TFOB I just described, my stories are from my imagination. A few of my characters are based on people I know. Aislinn from The Fire of Beltane is a combination of four teachers I know and Ewan from The Guardian is based on one of my neighbors.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I still have two more books left in the fantasy romance Shadowstone Legend series, the one I am working on now, The Ghost and the third one called The Fae. After that I don't know where I'll be. I was thinking I might dabble into the shape shifter territory.
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I like any and all that write in the fantasy romance genre.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite male character is Aedan from The Fire of Beltane. He is so totally alpha. He was a blast to write. My favorite female I is Rebecca from The Guardian. She is a tough cookie. I have to say, I am LOVING Fenora as I write her in my latest, The Ghost. Her journey is going to be amazing.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest thing for me about writing is finding the time to sit down and write. I find I savor my quite weekend mornings with coffee and my characters.
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
My advice is simple. Write because you love to write and because you have a passion to tell stories. Don't write because you think you are going to become rich and famous. That is rare.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My latest release is called The Guardian ~ Shadowstone Legend. It's a Fantasy Romance full of magic, mystery and sizzle.
Here is a video I did for it. YouTube Video:
Here is a brief synopsis:
Rebecca Jones receives a puzzling letter from her missing mother imploring her to travel to Scotland and find the Guardian. Along with the letter came an unusual necklace, which Rebecca assumed was a gift for her thirtieth birthday.
Coming up empty-handed in her search for her mother, she instead discovers an ancient portrait of a long-ago laird wearing what appears to be the same amulet that came with the letter. This finding sets into motion a chain of events that tests every truth Rebecca believes.
After saving her from certain death, Rebecca is spirited away by a handsome Scotsman, awakened from the past, claiming to be the guardian. Cailen MacKinnon explains to Rebecca that she is descended from a long line of Fae women who possess a powerful talisman, the Shadowstone. He reveals that the Fae are desperate to have the stone returned to their realm. Under Cailen's protection, Rebecca returns to Skye to learn about her lineage and continue the search for her mother.
Armed with a set of instructions in the form of a cryptic poem, the mystical knowledge of a modern-day witch, and the guardian, Rebecca finds herself drawn into a world of magic and ancient lore. Her quest takes several unexpected turns, including the discovery of the fate of Cailen's brother, who, a thousand years earlier, set into motion the events impacting the present, as well as learning the truth about her own father. In the midst of unraveling clues, a powerful love develops between Rebecca and Cailen; however, an ancient prophecy is uncovered that threatens any future she might have with him.
On a cold night filled with uncertainty, the past and present collide as Rebecca, Cailen, and those who have pledged their assistance, confront the danger from another realm. Together, they use all the knowledge and magic at their disposal, to put the worlds right and attempt to bring home those who are missing.
And if you are interested, here is a excerpt from the story (I've kept it clean, but know the story has adult love scenes.)
Excerpt from The Guardian ~ Shadowstone Legend
Rebecca opened the heavy library doors and slipped inside the darkened room. She could see Cailen's silhouette sitting at the desk and stepped toward him cautiously. As she drew close, she could see he was wide-awake, watching her as she approached. He sported a rough growth of beard; she thought looked pretty sexy. His eyes held the tale tell strain of a massive headache, as did his hand, which was rubbing his temple.
"I brought you some coffee."
"I have not acquired a taste for this drink."
"Maybe you should start. It helps with a hangover."
"If you refer to the morning after a drinking binge, then aye."
Cailen lifted the steaming mug to his lips.
"You look like shit, by the way," Rebecca commented on his disheveled state, "but the beard is nice."
Cailen half-heartedly smiled.
"So did drinking yourself into oblivion help?"
"What do you think?"
"I think you're mad I know what transpired with your brother. I think this is the reason you keep pushing me away."
"You know nothing."
"Why don't you enlighten me, then?"
Cailen just glared at her, a scowl furrowing his brow.
"Cailen, your intentions were honorable. You acted in the best interest of your clan."
"But what of my brother? Did I act in his best interest? Blood comes first, and I failed him. I am not a good person, Rebecca."
"Yes. Yes, you are."
"Donnae make me a saint. Your assumption that I accepted the role of guardian to atone for not helping my brother is incorrect. My purpose is nothing more than vengeance toward the Fae. My actions are nae noble, only necessary retribution."
"Cailen, the sacrifices you've made in order to ensure the safety of Brynn's bloodline are the epitome of noble. I've seen firsthand the heartbreak you suffered at being displaced, of seeing everything you defended reduced to a pile of stones. I've seen your willingness to protect me, to be taken to Fae with me, to die for me. Those aren't the actions of a spiteful person. Those are the essence of nobility and speak volumes of your loyalty to your brother. You said yourself you wondered if you played the role fate had in store for you. Maybe everything happened the way it was supposed to."
Cailen's face had the most pained expression; it reached right inside her chest and twisted her heart. She sighed. "I'm so sorry I brought up these memories. There's more I wanted to tell you, but it can wait."
"More? Tell me." Cailen requested.
Rebecca rose and picked up her coffee cup. "It can wait until you feel better."
"Tell me, Rebecca," Cailen demanded in a much firmer tone.
"Not now. Not when you are hung over and pissed." She turned to leave.
Cailen rose from his chair and came around the desk, standing right in front of her, blocking her exit.
"God's blood, Rebecca. Tell me," he bellowed, grabbing her arm to turn her around. Coffee splashed over the edge of the mug.
This moment was the second time in her life Rebecca felt like she was in a Hollywood movie, anticipating the action of the scene. The first time was when she first walked into John's pub, and she knew all eyes would be upon her, and now as Cailen's stormy eyes bore right into her. She knew he would kiss her the instant he grabbed her arm. His whole body exuded sexual tension. He was rigid with frustration on so many levels, and her reluctance to speak of what she saw in the stone only added to his already pent-up rage. He had reached the end of some self-imposed limit, and now crossed over that invisible barrier.
His lips slammed down on hers with such heat and desperation, the intensity stunned her. And just like the first time he had grabbed her and kissed her to keep the Fae from seeing her, denying him was not an option. He ripped the coffee mug from her grasp, dropping it on the desk with no regard for the liquid sloshing over the sides. His arms encircled her, pulling her tight against him. He tasted of Scotch and coffee and unleashed fury that rolled off him in waves she could not resist. Every part of him was hard with need as he backed her up against the desk, moving between her thighs, grinding his hips against her.
His kiss was hot and passionate and left fiery trails along her jaw and neck. His tongue demanded entrance to her mouth, tasting, exploring…claiming. His hands roamed the length of her, stroking and caressing as if reacquainting themselves with something that had been lost.
Everywhere he touched, she burned with total surrender, and she would
have capitulated right then and there to anything he wanted of her. However, through her passion-induced haze, Rebecca became aware that Cailen stiffened, and his movements ceased as the voices of Ewan and Fenora reached them. They entered the library, unaware of what was transpiring.
"Oh," Fenora exclaimed.
Everything froze in that awkward instant, until Cailen stepped back. Regret washed over his features like a veil falling into place. He took another step back, allowing her room to scoot off the desk. She discreetly straightened her shirt and returned her gaze to Cailen.
"Don't do this," she whispered, knowing exactly what he was about to do. He took another step back, increasing the space between them.
Cailen glanced back over his shoulder at Ewan and Fenora who were making a hasty retreat. He spun his head back toward her, his eyes boring deep into her.
"I let my need overshadow reason," he gave her an apology of sorts.
"Oh, Jesus, Cailen. Cut the self-sacrificing crap. I was just as caught up in the moment as you. Twice you've done this to me. Twice you've retreated from me. Don't let this happen again. You can't do this to me." Her voice fell away. "Please don't do this to me. Whatever it is that makes you pull away from me, tell me."
Cailen turned away from her.
"Don't walk out of here."
Ignoring her plea, Cailen strode to the door and walked out of the library.
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