Jocelyn and Neely are having a perfectly pleasant dinner at the Sheep Heid Inn when it happens: Jocelyn suddenly finds herself sitting across the table, not from Neely, but a strange man dressed in medieval garb. This man is no apparition. His eyes, the deepest brown, clearly look on her in intimacy; his touch causes her pulse to rise. Jocelyn realizes two things: from his clothes, he is clearly an aristocrat, and that she, Jocelyn Stewart, seems to be in some sort of romantic relationship with him! Minutes later Jocelyn returns to Neely, in the present day, weak and terrified. Together they begin to unravel the forgotten past and find themselves facing the reality of medieval Scotland. A strange world steeped in folklore and superstition; where life begins and often ends with the sword. As Jocelyn travels back to medieval times she learns that the man she keeps seeing is no other than Sir Colin Campbell of the powerful Campbell Clan. When Jocelyn is with Colin, she wants never to leave his side; then she returns to the present and cannot imagine herself with anyone but Neely. Jocelyn struggles with a choice. Which man will gain her heart when both offer such different love? She is in love with two different men in two different worlds.
1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
The storyline for Two Worlds Two Men pretty much developed while I was walking my dogs.
2. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
Two Worlds Two Men originally was called Kilchurn, which is named after the castle in the book. I changed the title because of a writing competition judge who said Kilchurn was boring and that I should change it. I think it was one of the best pieces of advice I ever got from anyone.
3. Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
The story was a romance from the moment it began to grow in my mind so I really didn’t choose the genre one way or another as far as what kind to write. That being said, romance is a wonderful genre because it gives readers some spice that they may not have in their real lives. And this can bring a fresh perspective to spice up real life as well! I just find it plain entertaining and fun.
4. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
The different marketing has been phenomenal to experience. This is my first published book so all the different areas to gain exposure are completely new to me; from my blog to this blog tour. It is exciting to be the captain of how and where to market your book because it is allows creativity and the ability to be versatile. You cannot find that everywhere so I consider it a major thrill as an author.
5. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
To be honest I cannot tell you! Once I began to write I rarely read anymore due to lack of time. And since this blog tour started and the holidays I have had even less time.
6. What is your writing process?
I begin to toss around an idea for a storyline and the pieces come together in my head. Once I have the characters, setting and purpose of the book figured out I begin to type it up. If I feel compelled to write down the order of events I do so, otherwise, I just go at it till I run out of steam.
7. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
Two Worlds Two Men is only EBook form so this is not something I can comment on.
But I am a writer and tend to be wordy which would make me guess I would write notes
on several of the books. I also like to doodle stupid characters so I imagine some of the
poor readers would end up with a Joy Frawley original stupid pet picture on the inside
cover of their book which may/may not be a good thing depending on their sense of
8. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to be shy which is hysterical to anyone who knows me. I am a talker and rarely embarrassed which is why that tid bit is so funny. I once wrote in a blog post that I could rock a pair of bell bottoms in the seventies and I believe it too! I think that in itself shows that I am not only NOT shy, but also bold, or crazy. Take your pick.
9. How do you react to a bad review?
I haven’t had one yet so I cannot comment from experience on how I would react. However, bad reviews are going to be a given just like the fact we won’t become best friends with everyone we meet. Not everyone feels or likes the same things and that is okay. It’s part of the territory. Plus, I found the negative feedback on my writing skills while doing writing competitions gave me constructive criticism which only improved my book. So my attitude is a big part of how to handle it. I think it’s important to focus on the positive and what you can gain from any experience.
10. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I celebrated with my hot boyfriend and some cocktails. I still have the congratulations card he gave me on my desk and I plan on saving it forever as a memento. I would elaborate on what kind of cocktails we celebrated with, however, I think I may have had too many to recall. Nature of the beast I guess!
Jocelyn looked around for the driver who was supposed to be waiting for her arrival with a sign. She had hired someone to pick her up because, as an American and first-time visitor to Scotland, she had figured it would be less stressful.
She didn’t see the driver anywhere; then, just as she started feeling nervous, she saw a man holding a sign with her name on it. And what a man he was! He was broad shouldered, strong and had dark brown hair with reddish tints. He exuded masculinity like some cologne, and even across the airport, she thought she could smell it. Smoothing her unruly hair, she started to walk over to him.
The man, seeing her approach him, took a step toward her. “Are you, Jocelyn?”
When he spoke her name, she found herself frozen in place unable to respond. She’d heard this voice before; she knew this voice. This man spoke her name exactly like the dream she had had all those years ago! She had been stirred awake in bed by a voice of a man, who spoke her name with a Scottish accent. His voice was gentle and low; as if he wanted to gain her attention, but not cause her alarm. Jocelyn had clutched the sheets to her chest and stared out into the darkness of her bedroom almost feeling his intimate presence beside her. She lifted her hand up to her ear having sworn his warm breath had brushed her skin. Jocelyn remembered she had turned her head, anxiously, toward the pillow next to her and almost thought she would be looking into the eyes of a stranger; yet she had not been frightened. This man, his voice, somehow comforted her.
Now, she stood in the airport and caught her breath as she faced the man before her. Her eyes searched his face for something; though what it was she wasn’t sure. Jocelyn felt her heart beating so fast she was certain the man could hear it as memories flooded her mind of that night so long ago when he or someone spoke her name in the darkness. Was that the reason for her vacation to Scotland? Was she unconsciously trying to find the man?
Joy Frawley is an author and writer of the upcoming romance novella; Two Worlds, Two Men due to release on October 2014 by Resplendence Publishing. Joy lives in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan relishing in living the life of the classic “townie” with her two dogs Piggs and Diggs. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or joyfrawley.com .
Resplendence Publishing: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8/706-978-1-60735-807-7--two-worlds-two-men-by-joy-frawley.html
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