School is out for Tony Gunari, and now it’s time to grow up, to be what he was meant to be, a Sióga Feiceann -- a Fae assassin. After years of hiding what he truly was from his nearest and dearest friends, Tony has decided to travel to New York and discover the whole secret of his legacy including what really happened to his father. The Fae war is in full swing so Tony decides that while he’s at it; he’s going to kick a little Dark Fae butt.
Jillian O’Neal is a Sorceress, sent by her parents from Ireland to train with a man named Nico in New York. Her tough, sassy attitude sometimes gets her into trouble, but she could never have imagined the trouble meeting someone like Tony Gunari, a real Sióga Feiceann, was going to cause her especially when she realizes that her duty is to protect him at all costs.
When Tony meets Jillian he is instantly intrigued by the fireball throwing, Irish witch with a sassy attitude. Protecting her becomes his number one priority. Who knows…
With a bit of Irish luck they may just have a chance to save the world and fall in love…
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like? I am a writer with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, but I am also a wife, a mother of two and a Resource Aide at an elementary school. Every day is different, however, on weekdays, I wake up at six A.M., get the kids ready for school, take out the dogs, eat breakfast and go to work. Right now I am mostly working with Kindergarten, teaching phonics, third grade, teaching math, and sixth grade teaching math. Which to me is strange, because I never felt that strong as a math student growing up. During my lunch hour, I try to get a little reading or editing in. After school, I come home and spend time with my husband. He works nights, so that is when I get most of my writing accomplished. I’m usually in bed by eleven, sometimes midnight, and then it starts all over again.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation? As a child I always wanted to be a teacher. I am happy that I have, in a way accomplished that dream through being a Resource Aide.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today. I have always moved around a lot. As a child, my father’s job transferred us all over the mid-west. And when my husband joined the Army, it allowed us to do even more traveling and see more of the states. I think that meeting new people and seeing new places has really helped make me who I am today.
Who are your favorite authors? This is a very long list! I love to read, I am a voracious reader, I devour books and the genre’s vary, I read and enjoy so many different ones. Some of my favorite authors are, because it would be too hard to list them all, Rue Volley, Madison Daniels, Linna Dremel, Catherine Stovall, Armada West, Laurell K. Hamilton, Karen Moning, Janet Evonovich, Nathan Squiers, Sinead MacDouglas, Dawn White, and that is just off the top of my head.
What are you passionate about? My family, books, teaching.
What would I find in your couch cushions? Oh golly, I wouldn’t look in there if I were you… my daughter lives on that couch, so I am sure you would find make-up, clothes, candy wrappers, pens, paper, probably some jewelry, video games, a cat, hopefully her house key which has been missing for a while, but no money, unfortunately.
What’s your biggest fear? I don’t really have a lot of fears, I’m a pretty optimistic person. I suppose that if I had to come up with one, it would be something happening to one of my kids and not being able to do anything about it.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you? I’m probably in my pj’s writing and or watching Disney Channel… they’ve got some cute little shows on there.
What sets you apart from other writers? Oh we’re getting deep now aren’t we, lol. Well, I don’t know if it’s really apart from all other writers, but I don’t write from an outline. I don’t brainstorm before I write, I research as I go, writing as things come to me. I also edit as I write and what I mean is, before I even start writing for the day, I go back and read what I have already written and edit and make little changes if they are needed. It helps to put me back in the scene and I think helps me create a story that flows well.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? I love Amaretto Sours, but I also like wine, so a glass of White Zin is always fine too.
What are you currently reading? I just finished The Touch, by Louisa Albrect, which was awesome, and I am currently in the middle of Breathless by Scott Prussing. It’s pretty good so far.
How do you deal with rejection? I am sure I deal with it as any author would… I cry and scream and throw a temper tantrum… oh, wait… LOL, no honestly, I just look at it as it wasn’t the right place for the work anyway and I readjust my plans and try something different.
Where did the idea for your novel come from? Soul Mates: Bewitched is book two of the series. Tony was one of my favorite characters. By the end of book one, I knew I had to know more about Tony.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers? Read every day, and write every day and then write even more.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author? All criticism, no matter how small can be tough to take. I received one particular review that compared my work to Dudley Do Right. It did not make me happy, and even kind of hurt, but not everyone is going to like your work. You won’t appeal to everyone and you learn to deal with it by growing a thicker skin. And it helps to have great friends who you can rant to about it.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author? I think Tony thinks of me as a good friend, one he can share the darkness and light with and know that I will always tell him like it is. As his author, yes, I really think he would like hanging out with me, making sure I get the whole story right.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie? I know it’s a bold choice, but I always see Nick Simmons as Tony and Emma Stone as Jillian.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story? Just one? I can tell you that there are several that remind me of Tony, but one of the songs I listened to often was No Rest For The Wicked by Godsmack.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? You have no idea how much I appreciate you! I write for you and love to hear from you.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you? There are a few places readers and fans can reach me. https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethAnneLance
https://www.facebook.com/AgentsfortheCrown and Twitter@ElizabethALance
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe? My favorite quick and easy dinner is taco salad. I use Fritos, add lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. Then I brown hamburger with chipotle seasoning and add it to the bowl. Then I add cheese. Very quick and easy.
Anything else? Thank you so much, Sarah for having me on your blog! I had a great time!
It's always a pleasure, Elizabeth! :)
“So, you know,” Nicolae sighed and sank into his black leather chair. “You know what you are.”
I stayed quiet for a moment; waiting to see if he would continue, give me a hint of why he hadn’t told me.
“I suppose it was inevitable. Your mother never could keep a secret, so-- I assume she is the one who told you?”
Now, that was a shock. As far as I knew, Mom was oblivious to the Fae and all the crap that had been going on for the past year. “No. Mom didn’t say a thing, Uncle Nicu.”
“Then, how did you find out?”
“My fault, I’m afraid,” Max said stepping forward. “I sort of exposed him to some Fae warriors.”
“You what? I should kill you! Do you know what you have done?” Nicolae jumped out of his chair and drew a silver dagger from a wrist sheath.
“Uncle! You don’t want to do that!” I shouted, but it was too late. Max had already gone on defensive mode and pulled one of his own swords from his hip…Veritas. They were hidden by Fae magic until they were needed and then, well, watch out. Max was deadly with them. I suppose I should be thankful he didn’t pull Aequitas as well.
“Antony, just who the hell did you bring to my club?” Nicolae asked backing away from Max.
“Uncle, please put the dagger away. Max, back down, please.” I stood between them, hoping for some peace.
“Who. Is. He. Antony?” Nicolae sheathed his dagger, but continued to stand in a threatening manner.
“Tones…” Max cautioned me, but I knew my Uncle.
“Whoa! Just chill Uncle Nicu. A lot has happened in the past year, and Max is a huge part of it, Dude. I’ll explain, but only if I have your word and stuff that you’ll sit down and listen. And you won’t try to kill Max.”
Nicolae glared at us, but he finally conceded and sat down in his chair. I glanced at Max and watched him sheath Veritas, which then vanished from his side. He leaned against the wall near the door, and far from Nicolae, just in case Uncle Nicu got it in his head to go after him again.
“Okay… okay,” I said, not sure where to begin. “So, you know there’s a war going on out there, right Dude?”
Nicolae nodded. “Between the Light and Dark Fae, yes, I know. What does that have to do with you? Either of you?”
“Well, the Light Fae, as you call them, have a Faerie Mound in southern Indiana. Just a few blocks from school actually.”
Nicolae frowned. “I thought they were only in the major cities. What are they doing there?”
“For the most part they are, but the King of Light and Illusion needed a place where the Dark Fae would not think to look for him. Not that it matters now, they’ve known approximately where it is since last October,” Max said with a frown.
“Beside the point, Max.”
“Not really, Tones. The point is, we have a Faerie Mound back home, I found out that I’m related to the King of Light and Illusion and he sent warriors to protect me. You saw them, and got exposed as a Sióga Feiceann. And then the Unseelie found us.”
“Yeah, what Max said.” I sat down on the corner of Nicolae’s desk. At least he wasn’t jumping out of his seat trying to kill Max again. That was progress.
"So let me get this straight. You--" Nicolae pointed at Max, "--are related to the King of the Light Fae. And you--" Nickolae pointed at me, "--brought him to New York? Are you out of your ever lovin' mind?"
Elizabeth A. Lance lives with her husband, Brandon, their two tweens, three sassy cats that think they own the house and two crazy German Sheppard-Husky mix puppies. She is the author of the Agents for the Crown Regency series as well as the Young Adult series, Soul Mates. She loves to hear from her fans and can be reached at
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