Elizabeth Tanner has one goal: to find her mother in whatever dimension she’s imprisoned. But to do that, she has to face her estranged father, and to do that, she needs a shot of whiskey…or seven. But after an attempt on her life and the return of her lost love, she wakes up with one hell of a hangover and a whole barrage of questions.
Finn O’Connell doesn’t know why the Fianna want him to aid Elizabeth in her search, but he’ll take any excuse to be near her again. Together, they dive headlong into the shadows of her mother’s secrets and find themselves embroiled in a Fae rebellion that will test Finn’s loyalties and their love.
With the Faerie realm verging on chaos, Elizabeth and Finn will embark on a quest that will lead them from the streets of Chicago to London’s seedy Fae underground. But rescuing Elizabeth’s mother means journeying to a place Finn can’t follow, and Elizabeth is forced to make a choice between finding her at last or saving her own soul.
~ Bewitching BT
“Who…?” I managed to say, the words feeling like caked mud in my mouth.
He didn’t answer, but slipped me into his car and I sank into the leather seat, darkness eating at the edge of my sight. The purring engine lulled me into a daze, and I must have passed out because the next thing I knew, we were stumbling up the stairs to my apartment.
“I live here,” I slurred.
“I know,” Finn mumbled, his muscled arm propping me up. “Where are your keys?”
Snowflakes collected on the crown of his head, his eyebrows knitting together. The curve of his mouth filled my vision, and my fingers slipped over the soft skin, tracing the delicate cupid bow on his top lip. His face softened, multiple Finns swimming through the muted streetlight.
“Mmmmm…” I murmured, running my hand against the side of his face, trying to keep from seeing double. “Stay still.”
He placed a gentle hand over my hand. “Elizabeth, your keys. It’s freezing out here.”
I brought his palm next to my face, brushing my lips against his callused fingers. Need burned through my body, and I fell against his broad chest, covering his mouth with mine with a moan. For a moment, he kissed me back, his hands pressing firm against my shoulders. The falling snow tickled my neck, sending icy trails down my spine, and I pressed into him seeking his warmth. He made a low sound in his throat.
“You’re drunk,” he whispered.
“I don’t care.” I whispered into his ear.
Finn disentangled himself from my arms, and I slipped on a patch of ice, falling on my ass with a giggle. He leaned over me, patting my jeans in search for my keys. His hands strayed to my waist, tickling my side, and I laughed, grabbing his hands.
He hovered over me, his hair grazing the firm line of his jaw. “Elizabeth, stop. I mean it. Where are your keys?”
He rifled in my coat, and something landed on the balcony with a thud. The book of Yeats’ poetry lay in the snow, white powder quickly accumulating on its worn cover. Finn made to grab it, but I snatched it away, wiping it off and sticking it safe back inside my coat. He stared down at me and swallowed hard, the tinkling crystal of falling snow the only sound in the silent street.
“Elizabeth…” He whispered, his hand brushing away a wet lock of hair plastered to my cheek.
I shrugged away, rifling in my jeans pocket for my keys and threw them at him. A wave of dizziness washed over me and I curled up on the balcony, willing the snow to blanket over me, desiring nothing but to become the winter so I could sleep for four months and reemerge whole again. Stinging numbness gripped my fingers and toes, and I shivered, burying my head against my arm.
“Let’s get you inside.” Finn’s arm slipped beneath my shoulders and under my knees.
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?
CHILDREN OF THE VEIL is the sequel to my debut novel THROUGH THE VEIL. When I wrote the sequel, I had just finished school, and a lot like Elizabeth, I was learning how to wield this new-found knowledge and power I possessed. For various reasons, I was struggling to find full-time work in my field, and I experienced a lot of disappointment and failures in my career. Yet, like Elizabeth, I found strength in my mistakes and they made me stronger. I think this book is a lot about becoming a leader and embracing one’s power as a woman.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ?
Elizabeth starts out as a graduate student of Irish literature, and so was I, once upon a time, and boy was I a hot mess. I channeled a great deal of my experiences for this character. She’s scrappy, a bit unpolished, and struggles sometimes with imposter syndrome. This was me in my twenties, in a nutshell.
As for the antagonist, CHILDREN OF THE VEIL has several of them, but perhaps the major one is the bard Amergin who runs the secret warrior sect of Trinity called the Fianna. He derives from Irish mythology and as legend tells it, he and his tribe of Celts invaded Ireland and banished the Faeries to a magical, parallel realm called Tír na nÓg.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?
Whenever I feel stuck in a middle of a story, it helps me to call up a friend or critique partner and talk through it. My eldest brother was an interrogator in the Army for a long time, and I needed a character to confess to something, and he helped me through it. Sometimes I’ll write notes to myself for “future Colleen” to figure it out, so I can keep moving. Forward momentum is always paramount. Sometimes it takes me several drafts to work out a problem, but I have faith in the process. I may not always come up with the most beautiful solutions, but as long as I keep writing, I’m good with that.
5. Your all time favorite book? ?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
6. What made you pick that one above all others? ?
Jane’s struggle for independence and equality resonates with me deeply. The world wanted to crush Jane’s spirit, but no matter what, she burned with an incredible fire.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ?
Well, my dissertation took almost four years to write, lol. After that, writing a novel seems like an inconsequential amount of time. I tend to write rough drafts quickly, but my revision process can take up to a year. Every project is different.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ?
I think becoming an author has made me more watchful and sensitive to others. As an author, you have to take up several positions and perspectives. You need to understand a character’s motivations even when those choices seem despicable or irrational. I see myself doing this more at work and in my professional relationships than I did prior to writing creatively.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
No, never. Goonies never say die.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?
I have two small children, so my day begins with helping them get dressed, fed, and out the door to school. I work at home as a literature professor for a non-profit online university, and I split up my shifts so I can write in the afternoons and sneak a workout in, as well. I go back to teaching when my children get to bed, and stay up late talking with students and helping them with their course work. It’s a long day, but I find my work very fulfilling. I generally end the night cuddled up with my husband and a glass of wine in front of the television. We’re watching the last season of Scandal right now. I love everything about Olivia Pope.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?
No one enjoys a bad review, what I’ve learned is that you have to have complete and utter belief in yourself, your voice, and your creative vision. This doesn’t mean you turn away from valuable feedback and criticism, but you have to be prepared to stand by your work and radically accept the fact that you are on an artistic journey. Whether people love your writing or not is inconsequential, in the end. The question for you, the writer, is not “did people like this?” But rather, “am I a better artist for creating this novel? Am I walking away from this experience a little wiser? A little stronger in my storytelling abilities?” If the answer is yes, then you cannot fail.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ?
CHILDREN OF THE VEIL is the second book in the series, and readers will have so much to look forward to in the next book, I think. There’s going to be time travel, battles, secret betrayals, and a lot of kissing. And sex.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
Currently, I’ve been working on a series of erotic historical novels that focus on Irish heroines. They’re like XXX versions of my dissertation, and I’m crazy about them. I really hope readers connect with these stories and these female characters. Come for the bondage, stay for the class critique of absentee landlordism in Ireland in the early 19th century.
Fun facts: :
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?
Honestly I have all that I could ever wish for in my life, but if I had one wish, it would be to have the freedom to write full-time. That seems like a very distant dream right now, but I’m working for it. Also, if I could write full-time in a beach house in the Caribbean, that would be cool, too.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?
3. Name your favorite fruit. ?
4. Coffee or tea? ?
Coffee. Always coffee. Coffee forever.
5. Favorite season? ?
6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?
Twilight time. The gloaming. Sunset hour.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ?
Hell yeah I was a girl scout.
8. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
There’s this Tex-Mex dish called “migas,” which literally means “throw up” in Spanish. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s delicious. Peppers and onions mixed with eggs and tortillas with a side of black beans. Oh, lord, this was my hangover helper when I was in college at Texas State back in the day.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
I just read Tessa Dare’s Romancing the Duke as a part of the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club, and I just loved it. She writes such smart, captivating heroines. I highly recommend her.
10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
I love scarves. I can’t wait until the weather cools when I can bust them out.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?
12. Drama or comedy? ?
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ?
“Always stay gracious. Best revenge is your paper.” Pretty much everything Beyoncé says.
14. Cats or dogs? ?
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
Dinner by candlelight.
16. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
I’m listening to Florence + The Machine right now. “Third Eye” just came on.
17. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ?
Honestly? A week of sleep.
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ?
I’m not sure I can post this in a public forum, lol.
2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ?
3. Your oldest memory is… ?
Watching snowflakes melt in my hands on a playground in Germany.
4. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ?
Snark. I also make a mean Thai curry.
5. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ?
6. Your favorite part of a date is… ?
Not having to cut a child’s food, take someone to the potty, etc. Actually being able to taste my food and have an adult conversation.
7. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
Elfquest. Michel Foucault. Harry Potter. Not necessarily in that order.
8. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ?
Signed copy of THROUGH THE VEIL, Book 1 The Aisling Chronicles
Signed copy of CHILDREN OF THE VEIL, Book 2 The Aisling Chronicles
A select collection of pins, patches, and stickers from Creepy Company
$50 Amazon Gift Card
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About the Author & Links:
As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshmen. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children. CHILDREN OF THE VEIL is the follow up to her debut urban fantasy novel, THROUGH THE VEIL.