A while back, shortly after the death of the late, great Paul Harvey, I blogged about his catchphrase – “the rest of the story.” As that blog post advocated, the rest of the story can be a writer’s best friend. This post is a follow-up to that one because even the rest of the story has a flip side. That flip side can be the rest of your story.
A Faerie Fated Forever was inspired by my muse and I discovering the famous Clan McLeod legend from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. That clan has a faerie flag and shares blood with the wee folk thanks to a handfast marriage between a former laird and a faerie princess. After a year and a day the faerie had to return home, leaving behind the laird and their infant son. The faerie returned to comfort her son one evening when music from a party drew his nurses away. Left alone for the first time, the baby cried and the faerie mother soothed her son by wrapping him in a special cloth. The swaddling cloth was a faerie flag that could be used 3 times to save the clan.
Well, that’s a great legend, but my muse had to finish it – to find the rest of the story. What happened to the laird who let his faerie bride leave without a fight or a fine bargaining session with the King of the Faeries? Why didn’t he at least try to renegotiate his deal with the King? And later, surely the then-single laird married. Let’s say, he contracted a marriage because the clan coffers were dwindling. How sad his forsaken faerie princess would have been on the laird’s wedding day! And would her father, the powerful King of the Faeries, just stand idly by, doing nothing at his daughter’s tears? Likely not. Why, surely, he’d have visited the groom after the wedding and pronounced a curse on the lairds of the clan! The curse would have been aimed at making sure no future laird cast aside another beloved to wed for money or power. It would have been a curse of love.
And so the rest of the story of the McLeod legend became my first book in the Forever Series, A Faerie Fated Forever.
While faeries may appear in the books at unpredictable intervals (the wee folk thrive on the unexpected, after all) the series isn’t about faeries. It’s about what strong alpha males will do to secure their happily forever after. The whole series is a flip side of the rest of the story. Real life is too often about what women change, alter, amend or surrender in the name of love. What do the men face? What would we like them to face? Wouldn’t we like to see men who’ve had it all their way for way too long get so crazed with love that they’d surrender pride and duty and even do the thing they’d sworn never, ever to do? Of course we would, and in the forever series, they do just that.
My brand new book, A Sixth Sense of Forever, is the flip side of Faerie. The hero of Sixth Sense is Boz, the Duke of Sedgewick. Through his mother Boz is a cousin of Nial, the Laird of the Clan Maclee who descends from the union of Ian, the former laird, and a faerie princes and had a curse to overcome in Faerie. That relationship is well known and public. What isn’t known, what is kept a close Sedgewick family secret, is that through his father Boz shares the blood of the rich woman Ian married after the faerie princess returned to the land of faerie.
If the Clan Maclee has a curse to face after Ian weds another, then is it likely that the bride’s family walked away unscathed? The Maclees face a curse of love that requires them to marry for love. The bride’s descendents, the Sedgewicks, who have hidden their family history to hide the secret, face a curse forbidding them to marry for love. That’s the flip side of the rest of the story and sets off the conflict in A Sixth Sense of Forever.
Boz faces a curse that says if he marries for love, his bride will die before birthing a child. He does what dukes of his line have done for many, many years – he betroths himself to a rich, powerful lady who wants his wealth, title and consequence but cares not a fig for him. Having secured a future wife he can never love, his task is then to find a mistress he can love because Sedgewicks are cursed with an overwhelming abundance of the emotion of which the ton believes them incapable. The book starts when Boz’s best friends since childhood, the Malones, show up with a bizarre request – they ask him to give sex lessons to their little sister, Lily. Considering that favor forces Boz to face what he’s made himself forget – he’s been in love with Lily for his entire life. Since he loves her and since sex lessons that are never meant to take her virginity bring him way too close to the marriage that would cost her life, common sense says he must refuse the favor. The sixth sense Boz inherited from his mother’s faerie-kissed lineage argues otherwise. So what’s a duke to do?
Like all my stories, Sixth Sense is a little tongue-in-cheek and a lot over the top. Will the voice of reason that Boz brought to Nial’s courtship in Faerie and to Colt’s in Golden stand him in good stead when he faces his own delicious dilemma? Absolutely not because a man in love in one of my stories is in for a bout of crazed passion that will defy reason and destroy common sense.
A Sixth Sense of Forever will take the reader on a precarious and improbable ride over the top with a handsome hero who has everything except the one thing he can’t live without.
Check it out and let me know how you enjoy the journey!!