Hello and Welcome!
Today I’m happy to introduce Sharon Clare author of Trick Me Once. Sharon thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today.
First, thank you kindly for hosting me here today.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The first book I wrote (still unpublished) was a historical romance set in 1724 New France. Although I love that story and learned a lot about Canadian history and native relations, so much of the story needed to be researched. When I finished that book, I wanted to write something lighter and more imaginative.
I’ve always been fascinated by paranormal things. I’ve had some odd experiences in my life, enough that at times I wondered if there was something going on just beyond my perception, things I got glimpses of now and then. Some of these moments inspired the Magical Matchmaker series.
What do you do when you are not writing?
My favorite thing to do is get outside in nature. I live by Lake Ontario, so I head there whenever I can. I also have a pretty active social life with family and friends and I love to travel.
A couple decades ago, I fell in love with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The love story between Jamie and Claire had me hooked. I thought it would be pretty nice to have my own fantasy love story in my head.
Karen Marie Moning is another author whose Highlander books I devoured. I liked the way she paired contemporary women with strong alpha males who were magically gifted. I would call this series light paranormal, similar to my own style of writing.
What are some books you have enjoyed recently?
I just finished Elizabeth Berg’s The Last Time I Saw You. The book made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed All The Light We Cannot See by Anothy Doerr. I also loved Anita Moorjani’s, Dying to be Me. It’s a non-fiction story, but the message is just beautiful. You’re reminding me I need to make more time for reading!
Which character in your books are you most similar to and why?
In the Magical Matchmaker Series, the hero Aiden is more like me in that he tends to reflect on his life experience. He’s also an artist and while I’ve done some painting over the years, mostly folk art, he’s a true master. I can only aspire
Trick Me Once
Magical Matchmaker #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: December 28, 2016
Magic pushes them together. Reality pulls them apart.
Humiliated radio show host Jessica Stirling is a survivor, yet nothing prepares her for the stage trick that transports her across the country to a man suspiciously like the nineteenth-century folk hero idolized by Hollywood. About to lose her job, her life savings, and the home that matters to her more than love, she can’t stay stranded in the mountains with a dangerously appealing man who believes in elves.
Trapped in an Elvin world for a century, Scottish artist Aiden MacAuley is finally free and back on Earth. But he’s not home. He’s not safe. And he’s not alone. To prevent the destruction of his bloodline, he must get back to Scotland immediately. He can’t be distracted by the exasperating woman sent to him by a match-making elf, even if she does stir his lust like no woman has.
When she tries to heal the sins of his past, he can’t open his heart. There’s too much to lose and as the new guardian of the gate between the human and Elvin worlds, he isn’t free to fall in love.
Would you tell us a little about the Magical Matchmaker series?
The series is light, paranormal romance with a little magic, humor and suspense. Each book in the series stands alone. Finn is the thread that ties the books together. He is an elf (think tall like in Rivendell), but much like a trickster, from a world just a wee bit off Earth who plays games with humans while pairing them in love matches. He believes every time human love is experienced, powerful energy is released.
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for Trick Me Once?
One day I watched Dave, my cat, drinking from the pond in my garden. The goldfish seemed fascinated by this intrusion into their world, but there was no way they understood Dave was a cat on planet Earth just inches from their world. The fish made me wonder about perception. A story idea started to percolate that became the premise for the series. What if there was another world just one step away that we don’t perceive?
In Trick Me Once, Aiden MacAuley returns to Earth after being trapped in Alfheim, an Elvin world, for over a century. The gateway between Earth and Alfheim is guarded by the MacAuley clan, and like the fish in the pond, Alfheim is only a step away. Unfortunately, it was a step Aiden couldn’t take until the story begins.
I wanted to pair Aiden (born in the nineteen hundreds) with a contemporary woman who would never believe in elves. I also wanted to write a heroine who’s different from me in that she has no love of the natural world. Give her the city, thank you very much. It was fun to strand her in the mountains with a man from another century.
What was your favorite scene to write in Trick Me Once and why?
My favorite part was writing the magic trick scene where Finn sends the heroine across the country to a mountain top and into the hero’s bed. She thought she was already having a bad day, but now she believes she’s losing her mind. It was great fun to show her trying to rationalize the craziness.
If you could have given your characters any piece of advice before the opening pages of their book, what would it be and why?
I would tell Jessica to take a deep breath and trust that as the author of this story, I have her back. Even though she’s terrified as she loses everything that matters to her, this is the only way for her to make the necessary changes to be truly happy. I’d tell her to let go of her relentless strategizing and trust that all will be well.
Wow, as I answered that question, I realized a similar thing happened to me last year. It’s terrifying to make drastic changes, but on the other side, there is happiness and maybe even love. My new mantra is to believe that what’s coming next in my life is better than I can imagine.
If you could spend a day with one of your characters from Trick Me Once, who would it be and what would you do?
I would love to spend a day with Aiden. Even though he’s terribly hard on himself, his life experience has given him a wonderfully unique perspective and new values. I’d love to learn about his life in Scotland before he was trapped in the exotic Alfheim and about the Alfarian elves, their king and the princess. It would be fun to help him navigate his life in this new time.
Last, what is next for you?
Thank you for asking. While I do have an idea for the next book in The Magical Matchmaker Series, my next release will be book 1 in a new contemporary series. Race of Hearts could be described as The Dating Game meets The Amazing Race. In a small town, Adair and Josh compete against other randomly matched couples in challenges geared to spark romance. All would be fun and games if someone weren’t manipulating the challenges to drudge up the secret Adair held for thirteen years, a secret that nearly destroyed Josh life.
Look for Race of Hearts in late winter.
Sharon, it was a pleasure having you visit. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today!
Thanks again for having me today and thank you kindly for reading!
5 ebook copies Trick Me Once
Sharon Clare writes light, paranormal romance with a little magic, a little suspense and a little humor.
She’s always been fascinated by the idea there’s more to the world than we perceive. That’s why she created Finn, a mischievous, match-making elf, from a world just a wee bit off Earth who believes every time love is experienced, energy empowers our worlds.
Life has enough difficult times, so it’s important to Sharon to write novels where happiness ultimately triumphs. She helps her characters overcome their demons, open their hearts, and find the love everyone deserves. When you reach the end, she strives to leave you in a happy place.
If you’d like a free book in the Magical Matcher series, please come visit Sharon at: www.sharonclare.com