So I was trolling Twitter a couple months ago and saw a tweet that caught my eye. It was a link to a new romance, The Selkie Spell. "Hmm," I thought. "I like Selkies." And while I confess that I was referring to Nicole Peeler's character Jane True at the time (but that's another freaky fan-girl post), I followed the link, read the blurb, and hit the buy button.
And despite the height of my TBR pile, I read the thing. And loved it!
After that, every time I saw a tweet about The Selkie Spell, I forwarded it, and after a while, I started chatting with the author, Sophie Moss. I invited her to do a guest post on my blog, and today, I'm very excited to say she is here!
I'm going to shut up now and let Sophie tell you about what inspired The Selkie Spell and it's sequel, The Selkie Enchantress.
What is it about fairytales that draw us to them? Is it because they awaken that long lost dreamer inside us? That hidden part of us that still yearns to believe in magic, true love, and the power of good over evil? I write Irish fairy tale romances so I can go back to that place every day. My stories are magical and mysterious and filled with enchantments that usually come in the unsuspecting form of a beautiful rose.
Each story in the Seal Island Trilogy includes a different colored rose with a unique, magical power. In The Selkie Spell, American doctor Tara Moore is in hiding and cannot reveal her true identity, but she uses the mysterious, fast-growing red rose petals as an herbal remedy to heal ailing islanders. But the magical power of Tara’s roses goes far beyond medicine when they begin to play a part in unraveling the mystery of a centuries-old Irish curse.
In The Selkie Enchantress, coming out this summer, the magical roses are white and hold secrets to unlocking a mysterious Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years, overlooked even by seasoned professor of Irish folklore, Liam O’Sullivan. When the petals of a white rose grown in winter start to fall, the legend is set in motion. And only one woman holds the power to change the ending before the last petal falls.
When I started writing, I knew I wanted to weave magic into my stories. But I wasn’t sure how until discovering the selkie legends of Ireland, and I was drawn to them as naturally as the selkies were drawn to the sea. As a writer, or reader, have you ever stumbled across a fairy tale that pulled to you? That you went back to re-read again and again? What is it about that story that spoke to you?
Sophie Moss writes contemporary Irish fairy tale romances. Her stories are full of magic, mystery, and small-town Irish charm. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont. When she's not writing, she's tending to her garden. She has a strange knack for finding four-leaf clovers and writes best while sipping a Guinness. http://sophiemosswrites.com/
The Selkie Spell is available from Amazon. The Selkie Enchantress will be available soon, and Sophie's sharing a sneak peek at the cover art with us today. Isn't it pretty? Thanks, Sophie, for stopping by!