Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Her real name is Clover



Charity Greves has the gift of healing. So when a wounded bleeding Highlander materializes out of the air into her kitchen, she does what any rational free-thinking herbalist under the same circumstances would do--she heals him. She didn’t expect to be drawn back to the 13th Century where a dangerous whacked-out witch holds the handsome Highlander captive.

Nor is she prepared to be drawn so strongly to him that she’ll do whatever it takes to save him. 

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Yes, her real name is Clover and she happens to be my good bud from my writer's group (NTRWA). We volunteer together and chat and encourage. She always has a smile on her face and she's an awesome author.

HIGHLAND SORCERER
Red Rover Books
ISBN:  147008827

CURIOUS ABOUT THE MAGIC?
She came to him—in his dreams—all creamy skin and lustrous dark hair. He'd wanted to feel the softness of it when he'd first seen her, but coming as a beggar in search of a Healer Enchantress's aid, he had refrained. 
He walked in the dreamworld now and she a manifestation conjured by his mind. 
She ran to him, across the moor, mist curling at her hips, teasing cloudy swirls around her breech-covered legs until she stood before him, slender hands upon his crisp white shirt. 
"Toren," she breathed.  
He smiled at the unusual inflection she gave to his name and since she was but a dream, he indulgently dragged his fingers into her hair, sighing at the silkiness. 
"Toren, I need you to tell me where you are. I'm going to help you." 
What's this? Toren grazed the back of his knuckles along her cheek. His dream conjured sorceress shouldn't look so troubled. 
He wanted her to be pleasant, pliant, a lovely peaceful image to hold on to, to focus his mind on during the worst of what Aldreth would surely bring. He didn't know how long he'd be given uninterrupted sleep and he intended to make the most of it. Toren willed his dream to fall into order, arranging his thoughts so that the focused lines above Charity's pert little nose would smooth. 
Her lips tightened in exasperation. "Toren, focus please. Tell me where you are. Where is the dungeon? Within a castle? Tell me how to free you." 
Toren pulled back, holding her at arm's length to really get a good look at her. Impatience and sharp intelligence stared back through disarming violet eyes, filled with far too much life to be a dream-induced manifestation.
"Are ye dream-trailing?" 
CURIOUS ABOUT CLOVER?
Inspired by her love of Louis L'Amour heroes, Clover (yeah, that's her real name), packed up and moved to Texas where she found a real live Texan of her own. She's been there ever since where she and Pat (who else would a Clover marry but a Patrick?) have one beautiful daughter and four not-so-beautiful, but extremely handsome and always busy boys.


I WAS CURIOUS SO I ASKED…
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
CLOVER: When a good story grabs me, I will get lost in it well after I’ve finished it. I think about a character and continue worrying over him for a long time. Like a valued friend, I don’t let go of strong characters easily. And when an author brings something to that level of hanging on, I’ll read everything she’s written.  

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
CLOVER: Wow. Gonna have to go way back for that. I was reading at a very young age and I do remember reading a book about a porpoise not having toes, though it does have a nose.  I must have read that silly book at least a thousand times. But it was Andre Norton’s short story “Sand Sister” that got me hooked on fantasy, and yeah, I’ve read and loved a good portion of everything she has out there. (That woman is really prolific.) I get lost in her characters and books every time. Her books are categorized as fantasy, but to me, she’s the pioneer for “paranormal romance” before that was labeled as a genre. 

ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
CLOVER: Acceptance. When you truly love someone, you accept everything about them…all the quirks, drama, even things that annoy you. And when you feel accepted in turn, barriers come down and you let yourself be truly open and loved.  

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
CLOVER: Sleeping Beauty. I’m not sure why because she isn’t exactly the kick-butt heroine I’m usually drawn to. It must go back to childhood memories of watching the Disney version and wanting to be a princess dancing with birds in the woods. I really have no idea. Time for some self –reflection maybe.   

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
CLOVER: Toren is a powerful sorcerer who during the course of most of the story, can’t access his magic; yet even though he is at the most vulnerable he’s ever been in his life, he is still willing to endure whatever he has to in order to protect his family and clan.  

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
CLOVER: I read every day with several books going at a time stuffed in different locations like my car, one on the treadmill, and yes, okay, there’s always one in the bathroom. 

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
CLOVER: My family used to houseboat a lot and I loved napping in the bow’s hull during a long excursion to the sound of the engine and bounce and slap of water.  

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
CLOVER: I love a good fairy tale, but if I had to choose, it’s action adventure hand’s down.  

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
CLOVER: Whenever a fantasy-based character says “Okay”. I know it shouldn’t, but that drives me insane. Unless that hero was born after 1840 when Martin Van Buren (Old Kinderhook) used it in his presidential campaign, “okay” is off-limits. Time-travelers may use it of course. 

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Clover, can you explain where any of your fantasy ideas come from? Or are the characters just there?
CLOVER’S GOTTA ANSWER: It’s usually a fantastical creature in a weird situation that pops into my head. I’ll want to write about a merman who has to be raised far from the ocean…or have a hero figure out how to get rid of a Banshee after he’s heard her scream…or have a heroine travel through time without just happening to know when the next eclipse will happen or or or… with fantasy, the only limitation is your imagination.  

SATISFY YOUR CURIOSITY
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UP NEXT:
The Vampire and The Highland Empath
The second book in the Highland Sorcery novels. Great title, right? *laughing* I never thought I’d write about a vampire. This story focuses on Toren’s sister, an empath who got caught in a sleeping enchantment for almost a thousand years. (Huh, there’s that Sleeping Beauty fixation creeping in.) The venom of a vampire is the only thing that can wake her, but turns out there are worse evils than vampires when she awakens in 1941 Scotland with a supernatural Nazi on her tail.

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GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
Now that you have me self-analyzing why I like Sleeping Beauty and how she’s nothing like the heroines I gravitate toward (gee thanks, Angi)-- I’d like to know if y’all’s favorite fairy tale heroine resembles the heroines you like to read about or are they very different. 



25 comments:

  1. Good morning, Clover !
    And welcome to GLIAS.

    Love your unknown fascination with Sleeping Beauty and I'm sooo glad I could help with the reveal!

    Fairy Tale heroines....well, my favorite anamated heroine so far has been Rapunzel from TANGLED !! Absolutely love her. And the heroines I write about...actually, pretty close. They're taken out of their element, help solve the problems, but trip up the hero once or twice along the way.

    ~Angi

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  2. Thanks for having me today!

    Having read some of your books, Angi, I can see the relation of your heroines to Tangled's Rapunzel. They are spunky and fun and determined...

    Btw, didn't I see that you are in the mountains somewhere?

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    1. Sorry I missed this yesterday. We were in the Davis Mountains over the weekend. Posting lots of pictures over the next couple of weeks on A Picture A Day.

      And thanks for the compliment, Clover. I like spunky!

      ~Angi

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  3. Hey Clover!

    I wanna go house-boating so badly!! We're thinking of renting one for our 20th anniversary.

    Favorite fairy tale heroine...hmm...does Tinkerbell count?? She's cheeky and strong and opinionated. Kinda like Pilar...

    But I like all kinds of heroines, except the too-stupid-to-live kind. I guess they all have to be strong even if they're soft and feminine.

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  4. Hi Jen. You'll love house-boating. Some of my best memories. And yeah, Tinkerbell definitely counts and would make a great heroine in any setting.

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  5. Clover, your story sounds wonderful! A must read for me. And I love the cover.

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  6. Your books and covers look great. I like Sleeping Beauty, but she doesn't resemble the heroines I like to read about.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Hi Clover! Great questions, Angi. I love hearing what's inside Clover's head. Clover, your facination with Sleeping Beauty and the way it might influences your heroine's is interesting. I played Rumpelstiltskin when I was 8 yrs old. I never thought about how it influences my heroines now. I'll have to ponder that!

    Molly Cannon

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  8. Hi Clover!
    Welcome to GLIAS! I love your name and I love your book premise. The covers are gorgeous too! I have to say that I have three favorite fairy tale heroines, I think because each of them has a characteristic that I wish was stronger in me. I love Cinderella because she was steadfast and honest and did her unpleasant tasks without whining - and was then rewarded. I love Rapunzel (from the recent Disney movie "Tangled" because she IS so kick butt. And I love Belle from Beauty and the Beast, because she knew exactly what true love was and stayed true to her heart. That's a cop out because I didn't choose one--but that's me -- I want it all :-)

    Good luck with the books--thanks for a fun interview!

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  9. Clover, one of my CPs. I LOVED the interview, LOVE Highland Sorcerer and I can't WAIT to read the Vampire! YAY! I am so excited. Congrats on finishing it. :)

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  10. Oh hey, I stepped out for a bit and a whole bunch of you chimed in.

    Hi Kary, thanks. *waving* and BN, I know, right? I have no idea what it is with Sleeping Beauty or what makes me think she's so awesome, because as far as all the princesses go, she just kind of slept through everything and had to be rescued. Nothing like the heroines I read about or write. Except I do like to take naps. Always refreshing.

    Molly, {{{Rumpelstiltskin}}} Do you watch Once Upon A Time? Rumpel is the BEST most complex character on there. He's awesome!

    Hi Lizbeth, I'm so glad to be here. You did cheat with 3, but they all have their different strengths. It seems that Disney is catching on to us wanting spunky heroines, with Rapunzel being the latest. Who knows, if Sleeping Beauty was remade today, Briar Rose might have a little more fight in her.

    Heyyy Chrissy. What can I say? I love my CPs.

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    1. I do watch OUOAT and Rumpelstiltskin is awesome. He could use a little dental work, though!

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  11. Great interview questions, Angi, and wonderful answers, Clover. Super cover, and I love this pic of you, Clover. I don't know how you come up with the stuff you do. Talk about being truly gifted. That's you, Clover.

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  12. Oh, dear! The hero's ex in my wip is named Clover. Thought I was safe with that one. In her case, it's a stage name because her real name is Cleopatra (or maybe Clothilde -- I haven't decide yet). Anyway, my favorite fairy tale is from the Arabian Nights, where the heroine falls in love with a begger only to discover later that he's a prince in disguise.

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  13. Clover, your books sound awesome! Can't wait to read them!

    I think my favorite fairy tale heroine is Cinderella--who doesn't need a fairy godmother every now and then?

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  14. Good blog by The Red Heads. Give me glass slippers any time.

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  15. Oh hi Marsha, thanks.

    Nancy, trust me, after having the same name as the duck in Animal Farm, while my fourth grade teacher read it out loud, any other use of Clover is a mild. And I love all the Arabian Nights tales.

    Lara and Mary, Cinderella is great. My favorite version is Drew Barrymore's in Ever After. She was a spunky kind-hearted go-getter who saved herself and everyone else.

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    1. EVER AFTER-- Terrific version of Cinderella. One of my all-time favorite movies.

      Thanks so much for coming on GLIAS today, CLover.
      ~Angi

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    2. Thank you. I was so happy to be here.

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  16. I liked your love word. Perfect description.
    As far as fairy tales, it's Cinderella but I also like the Princess and the Pea because having traveled a lot over the years, I can identify with her difficulty in sleeping in an uncomfortable bed (or getting a rock in my shoe). You can concentrate on anything but that. True she was extra sensitive to that pea!

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  17. Hi Ruby. Thanks. Wow, that's 3 for Cinderella. The Princess and the Pea makes me remember Carol Burnett's version. (Now I'm aging myself.) Hilarious.

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  18. i love beauty from beauty and the beast and cinderella :)

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    1. Hi Eli. I think Cinderella is the clear winner. LOL. I always liked how Beauty was self-sacrificing and able to see beyond the beast.

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  19. I liked the Cinderella twist in Ella Enchanted.. Also did you know they're doing a tv series of Beauty and the beast on the CW? Can't wait for this fall. I love to read your books Clover. The vampire one looks intriguing.

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    1. Hey Alysha. I did see the ads for the new Beauty and the Beast. He doesn't look like he's always beastly though so it should be an interesting twist. And thanks. You're so sweet.

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