by Dee Carver Genre: Paranormal Romance
Shayla, Princess of the Fay, must begin the journey to discover her true power by leaving the island. If she's successful, she will become queen. Her plight won't be an easy one, for there are those who would use Shayla as a means to solidify their own position of power.
Kyle, Shayla's guide in the human world, is destined to bring hope to the Fay even though his own future seems bleak. With Kyle by her side, miracles can happen, offering the promise of the return of the magic.
Once that happens, nothing is impossible.
I awoke standing in the throne room, my Father in front of me weeping. An ethereal breeze lifted strands of my hair as I looked around the expansive room. No one else was there. Slipping silently to his side, I laid my hand on his quaking shoulder. “Father, why do you cry so?”
He shuddered and gaped at me, surprise and fear on his loving face. It nearly broke my heart.
“I do not understand. How are you here before me, when I know you are gone for all time?”
“I received word today of your death in the human world.”
Gone? His words echoed inside me like a yawning cavern, the torment and pain making me doubt my existence.
“I do not understand. Who would tell such lies to you?”
“Lies? I pray for lies. Even now, Jack and Aine travel by sea, bringing your body home. At first, I thought they were mistaken, for you did not fade. Then, I was reminded of the Fay who had fallen before you in the human world. They had not faded until they were brought home. The same is for you.”
Father had never been a fanciful or delusional man. He must believe in my death, yet I knew I dreamed.
“On what day did I die?”
He sobbed. “Your birthday.”
“But, how is it you are weeping for me?”
I got no response. Not being able to reach him to reason, I attempted to reason with myself. My birthday fell a week from now.
“He has been here for the last three days. I am the only one allowed to enter.” Fearghus stood behind me.
“You do not seem surprised at my appearance. Why is that?”
“You are not the first to die in no-Fay’s-land. You shall know unrest until your body is returned.”
“Die! I am not dead. Father said I died on my birthday. My birthday is not for another seven days. There is no limbo here, only a dream.”
“So…dream waking is your true power. Why do you not return home if your quest is finished? Before you truly die and all hope is lost?”
“Because dream waking is not my true power. I was able to do it before I left home.”
It was all the detail Fearghus needed to know, but his voice still grew feral as he stepped near to my ear. “Then you must hurry and find your true power. This is more than just walking in dreams; it is a glimpse into your future. A sign from the Gods of what is to come. I wished for you to learn your heritage while you are gone, not die from it. I give you five days. If you have not evolved by then, you should return no matter what.”
For the first time that I knew of, fear edged his will. “You know I cannot. I will not return to be given to Aidan, nor will I stand by while his family lays claim to what is rightfully mine.”
“I never wished Aidan on you, only for you to take your place as all Fay must do. As your Father did before you, and his Father before him. Rule us, Princess. Rule all the Fay.”
He came around to me. The determination in his eyes shook mountains. Drama for my benefit or his?
“You speak as though more than my taking the throne is at stake.”
“It is. My future is also at stake. I am fading but cannot or will not rest until you sit safely on the throne with your chosen King.”
I had an answer for him. I needed to believe Fearghus was concerned more for our people than I had given him credit for. “I give you my word as Princess of Fay, I will return in five days' time, with or without my power. You must also give your word to help me out of a wedding to Aidan.”
His forehead furrowed and his eyes pierced into mine, but he finally nodded. “On your arrival, if Aidan is not for you, then another suitable husband shall be chosen.”
“I wish I could believe that, but you know as I do, the other Elders must also say so. You will need to convince them. Will you? Can you?”
My name is Dee, I am a mother of 5 amazing children and grandmother of 4 beautiful babies. I began my writing career in 2004 because of a dream about a dress.
My First Novel, La Roe’s was published in 2005 and nominated for the Golden Rose Awards the following year. It has been re-released and is available on Amazon and multiple platforms via Books2Read.
My Second Novel, Fay’s Wish was published in 2006 and re-released December 2019 and is available at Amazon and multiple platforms via Books2Read.
Both La Roe's and Fay's Wish would not have been re-released except for the amazing editing help from Cindy, Personalized Marketing Inc manager.
My 3rd Novel Chocolate Seduction of the Cursed Seduction Series is currently being revised for future publication.
I have also Ghost Written 2 additional books, and written hundreds of articles.
I enjoy spending time with my children, being a grandmother, sitting down to a good book, and learning more about the career that has changed my life. I have been working online since 2005, beginning my journey as an Author, then a Reviewer, Freelance Publicist, and then found a love for websites, coding, most recently WordPress. While here be sure to check out some of the Videos made by me. Take a look at some the Links I have Collected.
I am also the Owner and CEO of Personalized Marketing Inc.
If you are looking for Personalized Marketing Inc click here https://personalizedmarketing.info
Education: University of Phoenix
2017 – B.S.A.I.T. with Advanced Software Development Certification
2020 – M.B.A. with a Concentration in Marketing Certificate
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I am a proud mother of 5 and grandmother of 4 and I own a marketing company which I have run for over 10 years.
My journey as an author started with a dream I had about a dress. I was unable to draw the image, so I decided to write out the description. Once I had written every detail about the dress, I had to write about the woman wearing it, then the room she was in, and why she was there. This led to other characters and eventually a story.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I have a stuffed teddy bear that I occasionally sleep with when one of my grandchildren aren’t with me.
I have a love affair with my coffee pot, it makes my absolute favorite thing in the entire world… coffee! When my previous coffee maker died, I actually cried and held a small memorial service for it before embracing my new one which sparked a new beginning.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
Becoming a mother and grandmother are probably the two most precious moments in my life. I have also obtained my B.S.A.I.T. and will have my M.B.A. in June. Last September my business manager, Cindy, and I got to meet for the first time after knowing one another for over a decade. That experience will probably last me a lifetime.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Pet peeves? Moving my stuff around on my desk is probably my biggest. I tend to place things and not really look where I laid them, it’s just always in the same place. However, when I go to pick the item back up and it’s no longer there. I end up searching a long time for it, which frustrates me completely. I also do not like doing only half a job. If I agree to do something, I want to make sure it is done right and thoroughly.
Where were you born/grew up at?
We moved around a lot while I was growing up but all of it was in the Southern States.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend the day with my children, grandchildren, family and friends. I would want them to know how much they matter to me and that I love them with all that I am. I would not want any place special just create a memory with them that would last their lifetime.
Who is your hero and why?
I have had a lot of heroes in my life, my dad and mom (stepmother) are the two biggest. My dad loved my mom with all that he was and while she fought cancer, he was always her rock. My mom is a hero because no matter how hard it got, she was always smiling and grateful for the life she had. We know that she had a hard time, but she would never admit it.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
I don’t think that I would qualify for such a position, but if I had to give an answer, I would hope to be a fair and honest one. I would want to see everyone equally, find a way to stop bullying and promote ways for people to communicate with one another. My answer might seem a little naive but someone that cares for others first should be the one to wield that kind of power.
What are you passionate about these days?
It has only been the last couple of years that I took writing back up, so getting back in touch with that part of me is something I am passionate about. My family and friends are always something that motivates me. My clients and company are a daily passion that I hope to always do well at.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I enjoy puzzle games, music and taking walks to unwind. Anything that helps me to totally disconnect from technology.
How to find time to write as a parent?
I could say it’s easier since all my children are grown but there are still times that they just want Mom’s attention. Then there are the grandbabies as well. My family will always come first so writing takes place when the day’s work is done and everyone is off doing their own thing.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Despite everything, I still believe.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Funny enough it was not until I got the first copy of La Roe’s in my hand and saw my name on it.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Return of the Jedi, it was one of the first movies I saw in the theater.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I was once told that La Roe’s reminded them of a movie being played out in the first chapter, so I would say that one.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Just going for a walk is sometimes the furthest I go.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Definitely a panther. I love the sleek way they move, the fierceness of them, their overwhelming presence and how they are nurturing even if it cost them everything.
What inspired you to write this book?
My mother had recently passed away and I was sitting at the kitchen table watching the rain fall. I ended up writing about how the rain falling made me feel, which turned into a wake scene for Shayla’s mother.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am currently working on the Cursed Series with my manager who is also my editor and cover artist. It is a series about the descendants of two men who were cursed for their cruelty for women.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
No, I don’t.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Fay's Wish?
Shayla, Fey Princess, is the main heroine in the story, she has a limited amount of time to go out into the human world to recover the lost magic of the fey. Her guide is Kyle, a human and the man who has been visiting her dreams. Shayla faces a forbidden love, forced marriage and even death to try and regain what was lost.
Kyle a human who can walk in dreams finds himself drawn into Shayla’s dreams which go beyond anything normal. He is facing his own imminent death due to a family curse, so he has no limits when it comes to living life to the fullest. Kyle’s past has its own dark secrets and those secrets will either end his life or save him.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
Rain began the story line, the people affected by the mourning and then the man who would be there for her even through it all. I have always been interested in the fey and the chance to write about them and Scottland is a dream come true.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I researched the names of the characters to match their traits.
In Irish Gaelic, Shayla means "fairy palace."
In Scottish Baby Names the meaning of the name Kyle is: Strait. Channel. Narrow.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed learning about Scottland and the Celtic / Gaelic history.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Protecting her family and people are what drives Shayla, while Shayla is what drives Kyle.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Fay’s Wish is from Shayla’s mother, who made a wish for her daughter.
Who designed your book covers?
Cindy W Personalized Marketing Inc Manager and Graphic Artist
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fay’s Wish has been re-released so the areas I would have changed before got changed with this version.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That if writing is not a passion then you will find it hard to make time to work on it.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Gerard Butler, because no matter his age, how dreamy can you get?
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson because her acting is just amazing.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
If it were not for the readers then writing would not be as fun as it is, I hope that each of you take something away from the stories I write and find yourself being drawn into the worlds being created.
How did you come up with name of this book?
Fay’s Wish is from Shayla’s mother, who made a wish for her daughter.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I think the favorite part of the story has to be the waterfall scene but you have to read it to learn why.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would want to spend time with Shayla, to see the world through her eyes and find out how things turned out in the future between her and Kyle. Are they still happily in love, what are their children like, what does she do for downtime?
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Definitely hijacked, I never really know what is going to happen until it does. My heroines have a story to tell and I am lucky enough to be the vessel they choose.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
This isn’t your fairy meets mortal and everything glitters kind of story, the characters face real challenges. They must decide between themselves and those around them. There is love, loss, pain, hate, anger, frustration and hope in the story.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have ghost written a few stories and my other books are currently being worked on.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
French Vanilla or Orange, French Vanilla because it is my favorite candle scent out of all of them. It reminds me of warm cookies and spending time with my family. Orange reminds me of crisp spring days where you open the windows and let nature in.
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Charlaine Harris, Carrie Vaughn, Emily Jane Brontë, and Kelley Armstrong just to name a few. They have all created characters that will be remembered for generations to come.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Charlaine Harrie – Sookie Stackhouse Series
Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake Series (1st half)
Carrie Vaughn - Kitty Norville
Emily Brontë's - Wuthering Heights
Kimberly Kincaid – Turn up the Heat
Avery Flynn – Butter Face
What book do you think everyone should read?
The one that carries them away and reminds them of their dreams.
How long have you been writing?
I used to write poems in high school but that stopped many years ago. I did not pick back up the ‘pen’ until 2003 when the dream about a dress took place.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
They come to me as they will it. La Roe’s came about because of a dress and, Emerald, the woman who was wearing it, then the leading male. Fay’s Wish was because of the rain, then, Shayla who was in mourning, those around her and then the hero. While Chocolate Seductions began as a stand-alone, where Ambrosia wanted her pain to be told, Grant and Harry came next, while Kevin snuck his story in.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Since the characters talk to me before I begin writing, I try to find their names first. Generally, I have an idea of how they look, their mannerism and some of what they are feeling. Once the scenes start to unfold then I know their location and begin looking into it. I have found that if I do too much research before or during the story, the characters voices get stifled.
Do you see writing as a career?
I write for my company’s blog, I have ghost written for others, however story telling has never been about the career or money, it’s always been about the main ladies bugging me to tell their stories.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
Since I work in marketing, I can say that there are some things that have not changed over the past decade but there have been more changes than not. Reaching the readers, using the right methods for SEO / SEM have always been a constant. Organic growth is a must when considering any type of marketing.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I generally prefer romances, however, the last few years I have been obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Masters in Business, that has taken a lot of my reading time. I also enjoy reading books on coding, marketing, and general geeky things.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I write with music playing, my children were little when I began to write stories and though I could always see them, I used headphones to drown out the TV. Now whether I am working on a book or writing code, I prefer to have music playing to drown out the small sounds around me.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I currently have 5 stories for the Cursed Seduction series; however, I have found that I have no choice but to focus on one character at a time. When a new character comes to mind and starts harassing me, I may take notes but I try to stick with the current book.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
That would have to be Sookie! Though the series came to and end, it is one that I have picked up several times to read again and again.
Pen or type writer or computer?
I began using a pen and paper, then went to a typewriter and finally the computer. Though I think that pen and paper inspire creativity, common sense says computer.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I have to say that time is my biggest enemy, often I do not have the time to sit down and write or I am tired from the day and just need to veg out for a while.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Since my heroines are the ones doing the telling, I would say more original.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Lots! LOL … Honestly if I could go back there were a couple of really good offers made that at the time, I did not have the common sense to take. I would like to go back and tell the younger me, jump on it, take a chance… You will kick yourself later if you don’t.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Not only do I believe in it, I have experienced it. The initial rough draft of Chocolate Seduction was done years ago, however, it is only recently that I have felt the call to return. If that is not a block, I don’t know what is.
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