When Calen MacLeod begins having dreams of an ethereal beauty who beckons to him, he passes it off as just having an itch he hasn’t scratched in a long time. But when he leaves on a journey to find her, following the directions she’s given him in his dreams, he begins to doubt his sanity. And when he finds himself high in the Mackinaw Mountains in a secret fortress with unicorns and a pink and white castle, surrounded by women, each one more beautiful than the next, it’s a fantasy no man would want to wake up from. But Arianna is the only woman for Calen.
The women of the Fortress have lived in peace, hidden away from the humans who tried to annihilate them all. But now a 500-year-old demon is out to destroy the women’s matriarch, Ariella, and he’ll stop at nothing to complete his mission. When Calen MacLeod shows up, he throws a wrench into Damon’s plans. Never let it be said Damon isn’t ready for anything, but when he kidnaps Arianna and takes her to modern day San Francisco, is he ready to meet Calen, who will stop at nothing to save his ladylove?
Excerpt of Calen:
At a stream, he stopped and kicked off his boots, stripped and carried his clothing with him as he waded into the cold water. As he made his way upstream to a pool damned by fallen logs, the water inched up his body, causing gooseflesh to rise on his skin. When it reached his stomach, he dove under and came up gasping for breath. He used the lye soap he’d pilfered from the laundress and washed his clothing, tossing each article onto the bank with a wet plop. Then he began washing himself.
She sat on a log at the edge of the trees, watching him, fascinated by his body. His muscles rippled when he walked. With well-defined thighs and calves, his high, tight behind appeared much whiter than the rest of him, and she licked her lips. Watching as he washed himself, she imaged those big hands roaming over her body in much the same way, even though she didn’t understand the feelings going on inside her where this man was concerned.
She knew what a man was, of course, though he was the first mortal male she’d ever seen with her own eyes. The males of her kind had been annihilated so many years ago, she had nearly forgotten them altogether. Since that time only two women had dared leave the safety of the Fortress to be with mortal men, and now, both were dead. Arianna guided this man now because his life had been entrusted to her, even though she wasn’t supposed to be watching him this way, or be developing feelings for him, either. She wasn’t sure exactly what those feelings were, but the need to touch him was nearly overwhelming.
Beautiful, she thought, and now knew why those who had chosen to leave the Fortress for a mortal had done so. She would leave for this one, even though she couldn’t say why. But the task ahead of them both was much more important than what she wanted for herself. Nevertheless, she would take what she could get.
Some Questions for Rie:
What do you like to read in your free time?
I don’t have much free time but when I do, I love to read the latest Alex Cross installment from James Patterson.
How do you feel about e-books vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
Statistics prove that e-books are gaining popularity steadily. With last Christmas being a top sales period for e-readers, stats show that in January of this year, e-book sales topped print book sales by 30%. That’s huge and I think e-books will continue to gain momentum. They are convenient, an e-reader holds hundreds of books and fits in your purse or brief case, and the price is right.
What are some day jobs that you have held?
I’ve had lots of different jobs from being a cocktail waitress, a bar tender, the kennel master at a no-kill shelter, a cross-country truck driver, and I was a drug & alcohol counselor at an all male prison – with me and 120 male inmates on one unit. I’ve also worked in community corrections, been a substitute teacher, and a teacher’s aid.
How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
Hard work. Nobody rides for free. You work hard and you pay your dues and sometimes you wind up where you want to be. That’s where I am now.
Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured in your book?
Not in this particular trilogy, but in my last release, One Good Man, there was. The heroine is a size 16, and most romance novels portray the heroines as thin, graceful, beautiful – never fat. Some people may be surprised to learn that the average woman is a size 14, not a 2 as portrayed on so many TV shows.
How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
Like most little girls I grew up believing in fairy tales. As a child I read voraciously, and loved Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, etc. but as adults we tend to read more “age appropriate” books, but I missed the fairy tales. I decided to write a fantastical fairy tale adventure for big girls, and viola! My Soul To Keep was born.
What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?
Storytelling has been handed down since the dawn of man. From drawings on cave walls, to the drawings of the pyramids, every culture had it’s way of telling stories about life, hunts, battles, etc. After the written word came to be, people carefully recorded stories of their family history, births, deaths, marriages, etc. as well as stories for entertainment. Reading and writing is what we used to do before TV stayed on all night and there were no computers!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Each of my books, except for the short stories, has older secondary characters that also find love. In Calen, the scene where the heroes maiden aunt and his widowed father finally get together brings tears to my eyes.
What do your plans for future projects include?
The next installment of My Soul To Keep, which is about Calen’s brother, Caleb, is coming, followed by the last installment, Arion. And I’ve also got a very personal, biographical story I’m writing about the love of my life, who passed away last December. We had an unbelievable relationship and marriage, and I wanted to write something that our grandchildren will be able to read and remember him by.
What are your top five favorite things?
5 – Coffee
4 – Chocolate
3 – Doggies
2 – Motorcycles
1 – Family
Rie McGaha is a multi-published, award-winning author with more than a dozen books to her credit. She lives in the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains of SE Oklahoma with her family and 9 furbabies. She is also the review coordinator/editor for The Pagan & The Pen Book Reviews.
Rie rescues abandoned, abused and neglected animals, rides motorcycles, and is proud to be a member of The Patriot Guard – motorcycle riders who stand between protesters and the families of our fallen military during funerals. If you would like to contact Rie, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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