Message From The Author

Nancy Northcott

Book Title: GUARDIAN
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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Author's Message

The Second Time Around

One of the joys of reading romance is that there are so many kinds of stories out there. Enemies turned lovers, friends becoming lovers, forced marriages, convenient marriages, bodyguards, mistaken identities, and second chances at love are among the most popular themes. As a reader, I’ve enjoyed them all. As a writer, I’m discovering the pleasure of exploring them from the other side of the keyboard.

My current release from Forever Romance, Guardian, is a contemporary fantasy romance that gives former lovers a second chance to find happiness. Nine years ago, Stefan Harper, a medical student with magical gifts, fell in love with Camellia “Mel” Wray, a Mundane undergraduate. Their hearts were already committed before Stefan realized Mel couldn’t accept the truth about his magical abilities.

Keeping the magical world secret is a top priority of people like Stefan, who’re known as mages. Because he couldn’t trust Mel to believe him, he dared not risk sharing that truth with her. If she’d told anyone, that could’ve been disastrous, as Stefan had more reason than most to know. So he sneaked around to study magical healing, and of course Mel inevitably busted him. Rather than have her consider him delusional as well as dishonest, he let her believe he’d been cheating. The parting shredded both their hearts.

Now Mel’s close friend has been murdered, and Stefan is the doctor called in to consult about the victim’s strange wounds. When he and Mel meet, the attraction between them burns as hotly as ever, but neither sees any point in acting on it.

Stefan knows at a glance that Mel’s friend was killed by some type of ghoul, a creature that preys on mages and Mundanes. Mel might dismiss the idea of such a being as a fairy tale, but ghouls are real, numerous, and far too powerful for Mundane law enforcement to tackle.

Stefan thus finds himself caught between the need to destroy this deadly creature and his duty to protect the Mundane population, including the law enforcement officers trying to capture the killer, while keeping the mage world secret. As though that weren’t enough, he can’t stay away from Mel even though she knows he’s holding something back.

For Mel, his evasiveness is a reminder of how everything between them went wrong before. She believes trying again would be lunacy…yet she can’t stop thinking about Stefan.

As the murder cases pushes them together, the danger from ghouls increases. Caught in a web of desire and danger, they struggle to find their way past old wounds and chart a new path. Will they be able to trust each other? Or will love cost them more the second time around?

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Second chances

Submitted by Nancy N. on August 1, 2013 - 10:15pm.

Thank you, Susan! I appreciate that. I love reunion stories, and playing with this one was fun.

Great piece!

Submitted by Anna Campbell on August 1, 2013 - 6:12pm.

Nancy, it is huge fun doing our own spin on all the favorite romance themes, isn't it? Readers love identifying the trope and then watching how it plays out for a particular couple and in the eyes of a particular writer. I must say I love reunion stories too. There's something so life-affirming about a second chance at love. Congratulations on Guardian. It sounds fabulous. Stefan was a wonderful character in Renegade!

Favorite themes

Submitted by Nancy N. on August 1, 2013 - 10:14pm.

Hi, Anna--

Thank you! I'm so glad you liked Stefan. Favorite themes in romance are fun because I never know how they're going to play out in a particular book.

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