Two Worlds, Two Men
by Joy Frawley
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.
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?
It is my pleasure to welcome Joy Frawley, author of Two Worlds Two Men, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
I like to exercise daily and walk my dogs, Piggs and Diggs. Unfortunately, the walks haven’t helped my Puggle, Piggs, to stay fit. He has ballooned up over thirty pounds and has a tubular shape about him. He is still cute as a button, but a fat button. My Corgi, Diggs, is my other canine buddy and he is the most beautiful tri-color Corgi you have ever seen. I also enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, and travel. I love spending time with my sexy boyfriend and going to shows, beaches and any adventures we can find as well. I am still amazed the man has stayed around even after being subjected to my twisted wit and quirks. I am very grateful for that too considering I am well aware I’m a handful!
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Dr. Wayne Dyer has written several books that encouraged me to take hold of my life. His self-help books have been very inspirational to me.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Absolutely. First and foremost, I had never written a book in my life so I spent countless hours researching anything I could find about how to do it. By that I mean basics on POV, dialogue, and how to create a bit of suspense to not be predictable to your reader. I was basically starting from scratch so it was a challenge to overcome not only my ignorance on all of it, but also my insecurity that I could manage to write a book. Also, I had some rejections for a few months until I landed a contract with Resplendence Publishing. I told myself from the beginning that it would be part of the process so I better learn to deal with rejection if I expected to succeed in getting published. I also experienced what I felt was a lack of support from most of the people in my life when I said I was writing a book. In the beginning, it hurt and really affected my confidence. However, I learned that what others thought really couldn’t be a focus of my attention if I wanted to obtain my goal. Our goals need to be for ourselves, therefore, I started to toss what I felt was unsupportive out of my thought process and just do what I set out to do-write a book.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
This question is great! I love it! I would pick the Superman power of flying. Then I could travel when and wherever I wanted all over the world! I could even dive down into the ocean and see all the amazing creatures first hand because I could fly so fast I wouldn’t run out of oxygen. I could stand at the top of the Eiffel Tower and look over the horizon. It would be incredible. Plus, I would get a hot and sexy costume like Wonder Woman used to have. I always loved watching Lynda Carter, the actress, fight bad guys in that costume when I was a kid.
What was your first job?
At Showbiz Pizza Place, now called Chuck E Cheese. I was a waitress and occasionally the big mouse. If the mouse employee called in sick one of us waitresses had to hop into the massive mouse suit and trudge along in the restaurant waving at the little kids. It was a horrific experience and we all dreaded it because those kids would pull on the mouse tail or grab your big fat mouse head and try to shake it. I fell down a time or two as someone stepped on my tail and I can say firsthand it is NOT easy trying to get back up on your feet in a huge costume with ears the size of a pizza! Otherwise, it was fun working there as we got awesome pizza and the cakes they used to serve for birthday parties was the absolute best ever.
What types of books do you write?
Two Worlds Two Men is a time travel romance.
Who’s your main audience?
For this book females are my main audience because many of us love books with sexy men and brave female characters. I love snuggling up on the couch reading a romance book from front to back when I have the time. I’ve often planted myself on the couch and only left it long enough to hit the bathroom or grab something to eat because I need to know what’s going to happen in the next chapter.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
Neely Cochlin, the present day Scottish innkeeper, is probably my favorite in the book. I seem to have a soft spot for the charisma and animation he displays as a character. He makes me laugh and that is a feature of men that I simply adore and relish in. A man who makes me laugh has my attention.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I don’t really have a schedule. I go with the flow right now on what needs to be done and right now marketing Two Worlds Two Men is my priority.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I haven’t time traveled, but I did face having to decide who I felt I was best with in a relationship before. It is not a comfortable place to be. There are so many feelings and memories shared in relationships and each one offers something unique. My main character, Jocelyn, is traveling in time back to medieval Scotland to her lover Colin Campbell and she has Neely in present day Scotland. She has to choose where she wants to be. I never really pondered it much, but I guess I probably did pull some things out of my own experience while I wrote the book. Though I guarantee my personal experience was not as exciting as Jocelyn’s!
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
To be honest I had some help with that. I originally titled it, Kilchurn, after the castle in the book. I entered it into a writing competition and one of the judges, a published author, suggested it was a boring title and that I needed to change it to grab reader’s attention. I will be eternally grateful for the advice as I know without a doubt that Two Worlds Two Men grabs attention. But I may not have changed the title if not for that feedback.
What profession would you pick if you were not an author?
I’ve always wanted to own a big old historic house with some land by the water. I would offer a wedding venue and community workshops at it. Basically, be an innkeeper and have a few bedrooms rented out, but that wouldn’t be the main focus.
What are you currently working on?
A non-fiction book about how to manifest your goals.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Anything Breyers
Night owl, or early bird? Early Bird
Red, or white wine? Red
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Ocean
Walking or fitness club? Walking
Any last words?
I hope readers find Two Worlds Two Men a fun read and that the characters are memorable. Thanks for hosting and thanks to your followers for taking the time to stop by.
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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.
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