Hey Hey romance junkies. Welcome to a special, happy anniversary version of What A Character chat. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my debut title, Gift of the Realm, was released. I guess the saying is true. Time does fly when you’re having fun. As you can imagine, this book and its characters are close to my heart. To celebrate their one year anniversary, I’m taking advantage of being my own blog boss by opening the hot seat to Keely O’Brien, my very first published heroine. Keely is celebrating by giving away a copy of her story to one lucky commenter. So, without further ado…
Welcome Keely! Before we start, tell the junkies about Gift of the Realm in 140 characters or less.
Keely: Can reluctant Halfling lovers break an ancient curse by embracing their fairie heritages, or will old resentments doom them for eternity?
Mac: What do you consider your biggest strength?
Keely: Believe it or not, I consider my stubborn determination to live a normal life my biggest strength. How else could I have survived the dreams so long? Okay, so being a Halfling isn’t exactly normal, not in modern times, anyway. Still, I’ve discovered my mystical heritage has some definite perks.
Mac: LOL You really are pleased with those amazing fairie gifts I gave you, aren’t you?
Keely: Well, yeah. Who wouldn’t be? But I was actually referring to a certain gorgeous Irishman.
Mac: *Sigh* That Colin, he’s a definite perk. Okay, biggest weakness?
Keely: Colin is and always has been my biggest weakness. I fell in love with him when I was eighteen, you see. He quickly crushed my heart when he treated me like the little girl I was. I tried to put my feelings for him behind me, but when a guy sneaks into your dreams every night, it’s hard to put him out of your mind. These days, he no longer sees me as a little girl, but unfortunately, his weakness, his stubbornness, doesn’t make life easy for a woman—even if she is a Halfling with those amazing fairie gifts Mac mentioned.
Mac: Oh, my money’s on you, babe. Colin is toast. Even if he doesn’t know it yet. So, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict but what makes you laugh?
Keely: My wolfhound, Donovan, makes me laugh. He’s a sweetheart really, but has a nose for trouble.
Mac: He sure does. Gotta love a mischievous hound. I know the answer to this but will you tell the visitors which aspect of your story was the toughest for us to work through?
Keely: I’m tempted to say choosing my gifts—I really wanted to fly—but I can’t complain about being able to zapp myself from one spot to another just by speaking a word. I’m sure Mac would say balancing the heartbreak of debilitating dreams, ancient curses and unfulfilled fates with enough levity so the story remained fun. I think we pulled it off. I know I had fun, anyway.
Mac: Me too, in fact I had a blast. How about sharing a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.
Keely: I have lots of favorites, but this one takes place immediately after Colin and I…ah, consummated our mystical connection.
“The bed’s a bit small.”
She snickered, unable to argue his point. His large frame took up most of the mattress. If it weren’t for the muscled arm bracing her to him, she’d tumble off the side, and it wasn’t necessary she open her eyes to know his large feet dangled several inches over the edge.
Not that she could open her eyes, she thought. In fact, she may never be capable of moving again.
“It was Gran’s,” she said on a yawn. A second low groan reached her ears.
“Did you have to mention that?”
She smiled. “Do you think she’d mind you using it?”
“Using it, no. Sharing it with her granddaughter? Aye, she might.”
Keely: Ahem! Do I really need to explain why it’s one of my favorite scenes?
Mac: No. No, you don’t. Happy anniversary, Keely. Be sure to send my wishes to Colin and Donovan as well. Before you go, do you have a question for the junkies?
Keely: Thanks, Mac. A question, huh? Let’s see… I mentioned my fairie gifts, my favorite of which is Zapping. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to travel through space with just a thought? And Colin has promised to teach me to fly. I can’t wait! So, romance junkies, if you could have any magical gift, what would it be?