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About the Author

Jessie decided to become a writer because the job of Indiana Jones was already filled.
Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them.
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.  For more, visit her website at jessieclever.com.

Interview with Jessie Clever

Why did you write this book?
This story is in response to emails and reviews from readers.  They all wanted to hear more about the Black family, a family of spies during the Napoleonic Wars.  And who was I to say no?  The Black family was happy to oblige with another adventure.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical romantic fiction especially when it has an element of mystery or suspense.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I’m going to be clichéd and say Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.  Ever since he was brought to life by Gregory Peck, I have this weird habit of picturing him as God.  I really do.  There’s just something comforting about that character.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I have just started working on the Shadowing London series, a Regency romantic suspense trilogy that will follow the story line set up in the Spy Series short stories.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Samuel Black must make a decision: to be a spy like his
father or follow his heart.
Either is likely to give his mother chest pains.
For Samuel is no longer a lad with the ambitious and noble
wish of being a lamplighter to keep the seedy streets of London safe. About to
embark on university, his mind stirs with the thoughts of creating a policing
force in London to safeguard its citizens. Held back by his family’s legacy as
spies, Samuel does not make his ideas known.
But when he stops a would-be purse-snatcher, his path
unexpectedly veers into that of one Miss Penelope Paiget, and suddenly, Samuel
must make a choice.
The short stories in the Spy Series:
1. To Be a Spy
2. To Be a Duke
3. To Be a Lady
4. To Be a Debutante

The Spy Series short stories take place after the conclusion
of the Spy Series.

About the Book

Title To Be a Spy: A Spy Series Christmas Short Story
Genre Regency romantic suspense
Author Jessie Clever
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

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About the Author

Mary found her niche in the contemporary western romance genre. She’s the author of eight western romance novels, with more on the horizon. She dabbles in the paranormal romance genre and has written two time-travel romance books, which are now out of print.
She lives in the Great Lake Basin area in the U.S.A., and has two sons. Her career was in education working with children with learning disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels. She’s taught creative writing for a college leisure program.
Besides writing, Mary enjoys photography, reading, going to the opera and dinner with friends, and traveling. Her dream came true when she retired and became a full-time writer.

Interview with Mary J. McCoy-Dressel 

Why did you write this book? 
I wrote this spin off series because it takes place in the same small town where the Carlson cowboys from the Double Dutch Ranch Series live. The new series was created because it takes us off the Double Dutch Ranch. This series will introduce friends and acquaintances of the Carlson family and new characters who live in Canyon Junction.
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read is western romance. I love cowboys, bull riders, and the whole western scene. During the Christmas season, I like to read holiday romance novels.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I’ll say the same thing I said in a previous post on Romance Lives Forever. Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. LOL, I know he isn’t a cowboy. *grin* It isn’t easy to choose only one favorite character.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m working on the second book in Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series and finishing up revisions on the fifth book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series. You’ll see these two books in 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A Double Dutch Ranch Series spin off novel
Rancher Jake Lawton is coming to terms with his wife’s infidelity, but he doesn’t expect to become a single dad overnight. He discovers a malicious act by his wife, which could affect both he and his son’s lives. By chance, he runs into his high school sweetheart, never expecting the same old yearnings to return with one “How are ya?” embrace. Has their unanticipated meeting arrived at the perfect time, or has years apart put an end to what should’ve been years ago?
Beth Marconi arrives home to help care for her ailing father. In town, she inadvertently runs into her first love—the cowboy she nearly married after graduation. Sparks ignite before they say hello, but how do they start over when life has left them so bruised? When her ex comes to town, she’s forced to explain the secret surrounding her marriage. Is Jake the kind of man who will understand, or will he revert to the hell-raiser he had become when Beth left thirteen years ago?
Filled with both anguish and hope at Christmastime, a grieving little boy and two lonely hearts pursue a second chance. Jake and Beth seek to work with what they have today instead of living in yesterday’s memories. Forever love and second chances are possible. Right?

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Title Whispers of Forever: Mending Christmas
Genre Contemporary Western Romance, Holiday
Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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About the Author

In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend (www.kilpatricktownsend.com). With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest  drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.
Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.

Interview with Darin Gibby

Why did you write this book?
Gil is one of those books I wrote for myself.  It tells a powerful story about the price required to pursue one’s dreams, and about what really matters in life. Gil’s dedication to his wife, Keri, was the main theme I wanted to convey.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I tradeoff between historical fiction and thrillers.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Johnny Nowlan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months? 
I am finishing up a thriller entitled Chasing Hindy. This book is about a patent attorney who thinks she’s landed her dream job with a company who has invented a technology to let cars run on water only to discover that there are other interests who are poised to make sure it never comes to market.  It should publish in March 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Some gifts come with a price.
Twenty years before, high school coach Gil Gilbert gave up his dream to play professional baseball so he could marry his pregnant girlfriend, Keri. When he miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful career and familiar family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil stuns the pitching staff with 100 mph fastballs and is offered a contract.
After joining the Rockies, the world soon learns that Gil is a supernatural phenomenon and the Rockies keep winning. But Gil soon faces stiff opposition, including a frivolous lawsuit, a father who feels his son’s calling to pitch is to save souls, and threats from the striking players. As the season progresses, Gil discovers that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death. While Keri supports his decision to keep playing, she is fearful about her husband’s bizarre heath condition.
Gil must decide what price he is willing to pay to live his dream.

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Title Gil
Genre Literary Fiction – Sports
Author Darin Gibby
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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Publisher Koehler Books

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About the Author

Diane Benefiel enjoys writing contemporary romantic suspense. A high school history teacher in her day job, she is always searching for pockets of time to write. Diane enjoys spending time with her husband and two mostly-grown children. They recently bought a trailer and have taken to the open highway to expand their ‘been there’ list. A huge fan of the national parks, last year she visited eight, including her current favorites, Capitol Reef and Mesa Verde.  Visit www.dianebenefiel.com to stay abreast of new happenings.

Interview with Diane Benefiel

Why did you write this book?
I love the idea of a strong man who falls in love with his friend’s wife – that’s what got me started on Ryder’s journey. He has to protect Brenna, and still protect his heart. Ryder was the character in my head that wouldn’t let me rest until I wrote his story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write what I read – romantic suspense. This genre has so much potential for conflict and tension that it keeps me turning the page. I love experiencing characters who get swept into dangerous situations where they must rely on each other to survive – nothing amps up sexual tension better. Another favorite genre is westerns. When I was young, I read Louis L’Amour novels and watched John Wayne movies – I think this is where I developed a love for the wide-open spaces of the West. The image of the cowboy rancher appeals to me, though in the back of my mind is a story of a female rancher that I might write someday.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
In literature, my favorites are those characters who seek justice, like Atticus Finch and Reverend Casy. In romance fiction, a character who has stuck with me is Abigail Lowery in Nora Roberts’ The Witness. She is an amazing woman with incredible strength and resilience. She doesn’t need a man to protect her or make her whole, so when she does meet a man who challenges her comfort zone (Brooks is downright yummy), she is strong enough to meet that challenge.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Speaking of westerns, I am currently finishing a romantic suspense set on a ranch in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The story begins with the heroine Addison arriving at the ranch of her nemesis Elijah MacElvoy after she witnesses a murder. Despite their history of dislike and distrust, Addy knows that the only place she will feel safe is with Elijah.
Please tell us about your latest book.
ALONE…
After surviving a deadly Taliban attack on his unit, Sgt. Ryder Bronson returns home to fulfill a promise—to keep his dead friend’s wife safe from a scandal so dark that it threatens her life. But protecting her from a distance is essential. To be in close contact with Brenna McMurtrey means fighting the guilt and desire waiting to destroy him. Being honest with her would reveal more than his heart can bear.
TOGETHER…
Over a year after the death of her husband, Brenna is finally ready to move on. Yet, just as she begins to push past the grief and start living again, danger rises at every turn. Several close calls prove she is the target of a sinister scheme. Nowhere is safe, especially not home. Her next-door neighbor appears to be watching her, a handsome if bad-tempered stranger who seems everywhere at once—and whose gray eyes hold an ocean of tragedy. Even if he is capable of protecting her, a part of Brenna will still be in jeopardy. The part that believes she can never love again.

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Title Solitary Man
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Diane Benefiel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R

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By Emily Mims
When I wrote ‘Solomon’s Choice’
back in 2012, I had no idea that it would become the first book the nine book ‘Texas
Hill Country’ series, set around the fictional lake community of Heaven’s Point
of Verde County, Texas. I had a wonderful time with those stories. I drew
deeply from my own lake community and quaint charm of the Hill Country of
Texas. I used my own house in the story, and sent my heroes and heroines on the
same moonlit boat rides and eagle watching trips I had been on. I wrote about a
place and the people that I loved.
At the same time, as a writer I
recognized that series have, or should have, a finite lifetime. As long as two
years ago I was already thinking about my next series and getting to know the
characters as they developed in my imagination. But at the same time, I didn’t
want to just drop the Hill Country series cold, leaving my readers wondering
what had happened to that series and those settings and characters. So I
decided to do something I’ve seen done a few times but not often enough in the
world of series romance. I decided to tie the two series together, by
introducing a couple of characters in the last book of the Hill Country series
that would travel to Tennessee. They would become two of my heroes in the ‘Smoky
Blue’ series, set in the folk and bluegrass music world of the Appalachian
Mountains. Hopefully, my readers would be eager to travel with these characters
and join them in their new setting.
My readers have already met Ren
Navarro, the hero of ‘Mist’, in the last two books in the Hill Country series. He
and his friend Sawyer Ellison both find themselves in Appalachia, again
investigating drug dealing associated with a music club. Ren and Sawyer were
both mysterious characters in ‘Once, Again.’ Although Ren’s true nature and
Sawyer’s true mission are not revealed until the end of that book, I wrote both
characters with the subsequent series in mind, making sure Ren had the traits
and talents he would need as the hero of ‘Mist’ and laying the groundwork for
Sawyer’s continuing development as a character and his role as an eventual
hero. As cousin to the heroes of the last two Hill Country books and a part of
the family business, through Ren we will see Alex and Misty again, and the
series will continue to have ties to Texas and the characters we left behind
there.
But not too many ties. The Smoky
Blue series has its own characters and stories. And it is set in a part of the
country that in many ways is very different from Texas. This time the story is
set not around a community, but around a bluegrass nightclub called Acoustics,
and the heroes and heroines are in some was associated with the club. Many of
the characters are musicians. This time, I’m drawing deeply from my experiences
as a musician and avid lover of mountain music. The jam sessions depicted are
modeled after those I’ve played in. My dulcimer-playing heroine, Kylie, plays
the same songs on her dulcimer that I do on mine. The ukulele-playing heroine
of the third book, ‘Evergreen’, plays the same music I play on my uke. The
festivals-I’ve been to every one of them. Even the dulcimer on the cover
belongs to me. These stories are coming from a very different
place than the others. They call for fresh characters in this new setting, with
new challenges to face as they find the man or woman of their dreams.

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Title Mist
Genre Romance/romantic suspense
Author Emily Mims
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Someone is distributing drugs out of the nightclub
Acoustics, and musician and undercover operative Reynolds Navarro has come to
Bristol, Tennessee to find out who. His prime suspect is the beautiful dulcimer
player Kylie Barstow Richards, whose drug-dealing husband was gunned down and
who has an unexplained source of money feeding into an offshore account. As
part of his investigation, Ren must gain her trust-and access to her home. What
better way to do that than to become her lover?
Kylie hates liars-she has been lied to all her life and she
vows never to be lied to again, especially by the appealing Ren Campbell. But
with danger drawing nearer and everything Kylie’s ever wanted about to be lost
to her, can Kylie put her faith in the man she loves but knows she cannot
trust?

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Publisher Boroughs Publishing

About the Author

Author of twenty-eight romance novels, Emily Mims combined
her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the
classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons and six grandsons, she and
her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in
Tennessee and Georgia. For relaxation she plays the piano, organ, dulcimer and
ukulele. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance
happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”

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Today’s featured book is Snowbound with Mr. Wrong by Barbara White Daille.

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Title  Snowbound with Mr. Wrong
Genre  Contemporary romance
Author  Barbara White Daille
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley’s annual children’s party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.
The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can’t stop thinking about her. And soon, he’s fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.

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About the Author

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis, with a brand-new series from Entangled Bliss (Snowflake Valley), an ongoing series from Harlequin Western Romance (The Hitching Post Hotel), and many more books on the schedule.
She would love to have you stop by her website and blog and to look for her the next time you’re on Facebook and Twitter.

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Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.
Influenced by old movies, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where special moments come to life in a great read.
Naughty or Nice?
Read her books and decide.

Interview with Anita Philmar

Why did you write this book?
I have been fascinated with the question of whether or not Neanderthal DNA was in the human genome. I know it is a geeky thing to get hung up on, but I liked science in school. After reading the journey of the scientist Doctor Svante Paabo that made the discovery, I had to find a way to create a book about it. This led me on a journey to incorporate science with fiction. Wow, was it fun and it’s not over. This is the 1st book in the series.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy romantic suspense and love having them with an element of the paranormal which is exactly what The Warrior in Me represents.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I really like Wolverine.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
At the moment, I working on the last book in my series – The Cowboys of Naked Bluff, Texas. It is a western, historical suspense that is very hot.  I’m hoping to have it out in January, but the holiday always seem to put me behind.
Please tell us about your latest book.
 Special Security Agent Sebastian Berlin is eager to track down his partner’s killer. Instead, he’s assigned the job of baby-sitting a scientist. His boss thinks she’s the key to an Ancient Warrior Prophecy. Science never interested Sebastian, but the know-it-all female standing at the end of his Alaskan dock could persuade him to do a little experimenting. That is, if he can keep his Neanderthal Warrior genes from taking control.
DNA specialist Lily Sinclair is in need of a vacation, or so her over-protective ex-husband tells her. Arriving in chilly Alaska instead of sunny Cancun, she’s tired and cranky and so not in the mood for her bodyguard’s he-man tactics. Still, there’s something about the sexy eye-candy that makes her want to lick him all over even as she’s demanding to go home.
Then Lily’s ex is poisoned, and Sebastian is certain the two murders are connected and she could be next. She knows he’s hiding something, but with the worldwide release of Neanderthal DNA project only days away, she has no choice but to trust him to protect her. But can she trust him with her heart?

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Title – The Warrior in Me
Genre – Romantic Suspense/ ScienceFiction
Author – Anita Philmar
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Today’s featured book is Storm of Seduction, a novella within the Snowy Knights Boxed Set by Nicole Morgan and others.

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Title: Storm of Seduction (Snowy Knights Boxed Set)

Genre: Contemporary Suspense Romance
Author: Nicole Morgan
Book heat level: PG 
Lori Hammond wanted for nothing. As the only heir to her family fortune she’d learned at a young age she only need ask for whatever she desired. All the money in the world hadn’t gotten her the one thing in life that she’d wanted most, Kevin Preston.
As the head of The Gilpin Search and Rescue Team, Kevin knows the dangers that a Colorado blizzard can bring. And with one looming closer to their patch of the Rocky Mountains he and his team prepare for the worst winter storm to hit their county in decades.
Hearing of the blizzard, Lori concocts a scheme to get exactly what she wants. But, will her plan be the thing that brings them together? Or will the rewards not be worth the risk as their very survival hangs in the balance?

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About the Author

Nicole Morgan is a multi-published author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. While she’s written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more often than not be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
Nicole currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region where she continues to gain support and inspiration from life’s everyday blessings.

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Today’s featured book is Wish Upon a Waltz by Alanna Lucas.
About the Book
Title Wish Upon a Waltz
Genre Historical Romance- Regency
Author Alanna Lucas
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Quiet lady’s companion Anastasia Quintin understands her place in society and wishes for no more than the life she has undertaken…until a fateful house party for the Earl of Huntingdon gives her one night, one dance, one chance at all of her discarded hopes and dreams. 
One Night, One Dance, One Chance
At twenty-five, Anastasia Quintin has resigned herself to live in quiet seclusion as companion to Miss Albryght, but one lost wager by her headstrong bookworm of a mistress soon requires Anastasia’s return to the society from which she hides. Her first event in eight years is to be a house party in honor of the recently entitled Earl of Huntingdon, hosted by his haughty old grandmother.
Having come to his title by tragedy, the handsome Huntingdon is new to the ton, but he is not new to Anastasia. Dante St. Clair is the very man who long ago stole her heart and thereafter dashed all her hopes and dreams. He is the man she must never let discover her identity, but whom she can no more avoid than a moth can a flame. One waltz will destroy her, and for it, Anastasia will risk everything…and win.
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About the Author
Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.
Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite pastime, reading.
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Meet Sorcha Fay from A Theft of Magic.

Author Bio

Cara McKinnon wrote her first fantasy romance at the age of six, about a unicorn couple that falls in love and has adventures (there is also pie). Now she writes about humans falling in love and having adventures, but she can’t quite stop including magic. She loves history and historical romance, so she decided to set her books in an alternate Victorian era where magic is not only real, but a part of everyday life. Cara attended the best genre writing school in the world, Seton Hill University, where she received an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and found her writing tribe. She lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.

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Title A Theft of Magic
Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A woman sworn to truth. A man who deals in lies. A passion lighting the way to love…or loss.
At the behest of the Duchess of Fay, Ronan McCarrick, thief, smuggler, and Irish revolutionary, travels to the Isle of Skye, the domain of Sorcha Fay. She is known as the Seeress of Skye, an elusive figure who rarely leaves the island. Ronan’s arrival triggers one of her defensive spells, incinerating his clothing and everything he’s carrying. Including the letter that would have told Sorcha why he has come to Skye.
Despite an instant attraction to the naked and furious Irishman, Sorcha believes that Ronan is an interloper who has been attacking her wards for months. Even when part of his story is confirmed, she still mistrusts him. But when she discovers that two powerful objects are missing from the Fay vaults–someplace he couldn’t have been–she’ll need his help to steal them back.
If he doesn’t steal her heart first.

Introducing Sorcha Fay

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Sorcha Fay
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Fay House, Skye, Scotland
Profession: Caretaker of Fay House
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Human
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I’m very short and very curvy. I curve out far more than I curve in! My hair is light blonde, with a streak of silver/pearl color that everyone in my family gets when they’ve used magic long enough. I’m very pale, as you might expect from a blonde, with pale blue eyes. I’ve been told they look like a summer sky.
Who is the significant other in your life?
The only significant thing in my life at the moment is Fay House. But I recently met a man named Ronan, and if I can trust him…
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve spent nearly all of my life in the Highlands and the Isles of Scotland. I am in charge of Fay House, the ancestral home of my clan, but the rest of the family only comes here once a year, so most of the time I’m alone with my small staff and the tenants. Like most of the members of my clan, I can do magic, and I am known for having frequent visions of the future and very strong magical intuition.
On what special skills do you rely?
My magical intuition provides me with extra information about people and situations. I can usually tell when things are about to go wrong, although that doesn’t mean I can do something about it!
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I have frequent visions of the future, and coupled with my intuition, I’ve been given the nickname the “Seeress of Skye.” But I dislike that name, because I can’t control my visions the way true Seers can. The visions come at their own whims, and are about wildly different things. Sometimes they give warnings, or show me scenes from my own future, but most often they are of distance times, places, and people.
What is your family like?
My family is big, loud, and rambunctious. It is always a bit of a shock when they descend on me at midsummer and stay for two weeks, or when I travel to a gathering for a marriage, birth, or funeral. But though I do miss them when they aren’t around, I prefer my solitude, quiet, and peace.
Are you involved in your community?
Very much! Our family owns all of the land in the vicinity, including the town, so everyone nearby is a tenant of Clan Fay, and a nominal member of the clan, though not everyone has sworn oaths to Le Fay, our chieftess. As the representative of the clan on Skye, I settle disputes, collect rents, and oversee any needed improvements or repairs. I am also the strongest mage in the vicinity, so if anyone needs a spell cast, they come to me.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
I would like to know who my father is. He was out of my mother’s life before she knew she was pregnant, and she never told me his name, or where I could find him. I don’t even know if he’s still alive.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
I would have the solicitors who manage Fay House’s finances actually open the pursestrings and allow me to invest in improvements to the house and grounds. At the moment, I am only allowed enough money to cover repairs and upkeep, but the house is in desperate need of modernization and renovation.
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
It is very difficult for me to lie. When I try it, I am usually stiff and awkward about it, and stumble over my words. I also flush easily with my pale skin, and lying makes me feel embarrassed, so even if I manage to get the lie out, my cheeks and throat give me away.

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