It all started twenty years ago with a falcon in the kitchen. Not in my kitchen, mind you—I live in the Rocky Mountains now and hear their amazing calls every day, but birds of prey don’t simply materialize inside my home.
But that was just it—this falcon wasn’t supposed to be in Jilian’s kitchen, either. She was the heroine, and she didn’t know why it was there. Neither did I. The visual of the falcon clinging to the back of a kitchen chair came to me in a daydream as I was waiting for a bus. And I knew there was a story in it. So I started to write. That was twelve years ago.
The otherworld fantasy romance that emerged, The Source of Magic, involves a mystical prince, a woman with a secret past, and a love that spans worlds.
When a gorgeous man clasps Jilian Stewart to his chest and yanks her from Scotland into a magical battle, she thinks it must be another of her bizarre dreams. Plagued by unnerving visions of this man, she’s sure they’re brought on by the stress of her mother’s deadly paralysis. Instead, Jilian finds herself ensnared in a world of fantasy, treachery, and family secrets, opposing the one man who can make everything right.
Prince Alvarr, her sexy abductor, offers a cure for her dying mother, but won’t send Jilian home with it until she helps him destroy the evil mage threatening his people—with mystical powers she never knew she had.
The Source of Magic won sixteen awards over the years and was recently awarded a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews. Denise of The Pen and Muse reviewed it along with an Arabian-Nights-style sequel, Kismet’s Kiss, and gave me a big smile as a result.
For the next couple of days, The Source of Magic will be 75% off at Amazon—just $0.99—as well as in all e-formats for $1 at All Romance eBooks, and $1 at Smashwords with the coupon CW99V. (Grab it in your favorite format before the price shoots back up!)
The irony about the daydream visual that spurred me to write the book? The scene with the falcon in the kitchen didn’t end up in the final novel! But a different bird—a talking one—did, and Kalen is quite the scene-stealer. I’m saving the “falcon in the kitchen” scene for a future trilogy, so no ideas are wasted. 🙂
My thanks to Denise for hosting me today. (Her blog header image always makes me smile, too.)
—Cate Rowan, author of fantasy romance in magical worlds