|Callileon, a prince of the Hatti, has closed off his heart to love only to rediscover it in the arms of the mysterious and fiery slave girl he has purchased. He is caught up in a dangerous world of power hungry gods, jealous goddesses and potent magic, which even the Fates cannot steer him away from.
Can two mortals fight the will of the gods?
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About Kelley Heckart
Kelley’s stories reflect her passion for ancient history, storytelling and the supernatural. She is drawn in particular to the ancient Celts who are shrouded in mystery and associated with the otherworldly realm of the Fae. She spends most of her time daydreaming and recreating long ago places filled with fierce warriors, bold women, otherworldly creatures, romance, conflict and magic. She can be found online at www.kelleyheckart.com.
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An Interview with Kelley Heckart
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By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Kelley, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Daughter of Night. Where did the idea for this fascinating romantic story originate?
KH: Daughter of Night is part of my Past Lives series. The other books in this series are Of Water and Dragons and Ravenwolf. I didn’t plan on writing a series, but when I was writing OWAD, I had an idea that these two characters knew each other in a past life. I discovered that in Greek mythology the souls ready to be reborn drink from the River Lethe and can’t remember their previous life. In Ravenwolf Nemu is forced to remember her past life and this is the set up for Daughter of Night, which is the 3rd book in the series, but also the prequel. I should add that Daughter of Night is a tragic romance/love story, but these characters do end up getting a HEA.
HH: What do you like about Becuille and what's her greatest strength?
KH: What I like about this character is her courage and loyalty. She is thrust into this foreign land to serve her goddess and she does it with courage. She expects to hate these people that are destined to destroy her goddess, but she discovers that they aren’t the evil destroyers that she imagined so she struggles with her loyalty. Her greatest strength may be her conviction. Without this, she would be afraid to stand up for her beliefs.
HH:What do you like best about Callileon and why will readers love him?
KH: He is kind of a tortured hero with a tragic experience in his past. One thing I like about him is that he can be arrogant and even brusque when it comes to dealing with people, but he is gentle with animals, especially horses. I love a guy that connects with animals and hopefully readers will love this about him.
HH:What sort of research was required to bring this story so magnificently to life?
KH: I had to do a lot of research for this book. The Hittites/Hatti people that this story is based on took tons of research with hours spent taking notes on their cities and their customs. Most people don’t know that these people rivaled the Egyptians in wealth and power.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
KH: I used a lot of real recorded history in this book and was very excited when the research I did matched my plot. The story started as bits and pieces and then turned into an epic with battling gods and cursed iron. I love when a story idea comes together like that. And I was happy to finally be able to tell the story of when these two characters first met.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KH: I am working on a new 3 book historical fantasy series set in ancient Arcadia so it will be based on history and Greek mythology. I became fascinated with the wild lands of Arcadia and the opportunity to set some stories there. I’m also working on another series with cursed druids that is based on some actual history.
HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?
KH: I’m excited about the possibilities open to me now that e-publishing is easier for authors to do on their own. I’m not sure yet if I will go Indie or not, but it’s nice to know that there are more options.
HH:What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
KH: I’m looking forward to cooler weather and spending time with family during the holidays. And I am hoping to finish my Arcadia series before the end of the year.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
KH: I’m not reading anything at the moment, but I do have my Kindle Fire filled with some books I can’t wait to start reading. One that I am looking forward to reading is The King’s Daughter. I just finished reading The Granite Rose. I really liked that one -- it’s set during the war between Dacia and Rome.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
KH: I have more than one favorite author -- I grew up reading Stephen King and Ann Rice, but I also like Morgan Llwelyn and Marion Zimmer Bradley. All of these authors have accomplished much in the writing world and I admire them all.
HH: Thank you!