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.
An excerpt from Two Worlds Two Men
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?
An interview with Joy Frawley
How long have you been writing romance, and what inspired you to get into this genre?
I began writing romance a couple years ago when the story for Two Worlds Two Men began to develop in my mind. Once I got into writing the manuscript it was obvious I had a delicious romance story on my hands.
What gave you the idea for your latest book?
I did not really have any particular thing trigger the idea for Two Worlds Two Men. I just had all the characters and storyline come together all on their own in my imagination. It was a beautiful thing.
Who are some of your favorite romance writers or other literary inspirations?
I really enjoyed Elizabeth Loupas’ The Flower Reader and Santa Montefiore’s The Gypsy Madonna. Both of those books really kept me locked into the storyline.
Describe your typical writing routine. Where do you usually write? How many words/pages per day? Do you keep set hours? What does your workspace look like?
I have no set hours or pattern. When I’m inspired to write I do so with every waking moment. My work area consists of my laptop and a table overlooking a window that usually has flowers, notepads, and a candle on it. My dogs, Piggs and Diggs, are normally seated near me and I often have symphony music playing softly in the background. For some reason that kind of music allows me to concentrate and relax at the same time.
Do you have any favorite foods or beverages that help keep your creativity flowing?
Gummy bears are never very far away when I am working. They are always at a safe and convenient distance if needed.
Do you have any writing superstitions or rituals when starting (or ending) a new book?
I do not have any particular rituals while working on a book. I just am completely focused and I tune out all else while I’m working on it.
What do you think makes for a good romantic story?
I think humor and friendship are key to a romantic story.
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked by a fan? And what was your response?
I’ve experienced the most supportive and wonderful readers an author could ever hope for. As for any odd questions I cannot say I’ve had any presented to me that stand out in any manner.
About the Author
Joy Frawley is an author and writer of the romance novella, Two Worlds Two Men, released 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.
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