Let me introduce you, if you don't happen to already know her.
Helen Scott Taylor is the author of The Magic Knot (American Title IV winner and 2008 Golden Heart® finalist) and The Phoenix Charm.
To me, though, Helen Scott Taylor is not only a talented author, but also a dear friend.
In late 2008, as the published author judge in the preliminary round of a contest, and before she had ever heard of me, she recognized the promise of Aliya Arabesque, my contemporary single title that has since become a finalist in seven more contests, including Writing with the Stars I (the successor to American Title).
More, as the mentorship program coordinator of FTHRW, she introduced me to my mentor, Janice Lynn, American Title I winner, 2003 Golden Heart® finalist, and multi-published author.
More, for five months from September of last year through January of this year, she encouraged her family, friends, and fans to vote for me, and otherwise held my hand, during Writing with the Stars I.
I have been so fortunate in, and if truth be told, a bit awed by, Helen Scott Taylor's support.
Now I need my family and friends to support her.
A Midwinter Fantasy, the anthology in which Helen Scott Taylor's A Crystal Crib appears, is a finalist for Romance Anthology at The Romance Reviews.
Here is an interview from the Border's Blog:
Setting: Contemporary Iceland and the Norse gods’ Kingdom of Asgard.
Subgenre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Hero: Vidar, son of the Norse god Odin.
One sentence summary: In the frosty North, in the ice palace of Valhalla, Sonja’s life depends upon unraveling the mystery of the Crystal Crib—and upon winning the love of Odin’s son.
Scene you like most and would never cut: I love the juxtaposition of the normal world and the fantasy world so my favorite scene is where Vidar takes Sonja to the Norse gods’ kingdom for the first time.
Thing your heroine would never be caught dead doing/saying: After her experiences in Iceland, she will be sticking to sun and sand vacations and staying away from snow and ice.
What is your heroine’s occupation, or if unemployed, what should she be doing: Sonja works for her aunt’s travel business.
What is your hero’s occupation, or if unemployed, what should he be doing: Vidar owns a theme park in Iceland called ‘Santa’s Magical Wonderland’. This keeps him busy when he isn’t doing Odin’s bidding.
What do you think readers will like best about this book: For me the most magical part of the story is Sonja’s journey of discovery as she meets her extraordinary father Troy and discovers her heritage. I hope readers will enjoy sharing Sonja’s revelations.
The person that readers want you to write about but you haven’t yet: I’m guessing the heroine’s father Troy. He has been in the other Magic Knot Fairies books and I know readers want his story as I have many emails asking me when it will come out.
What’s next: The third in The Magic Knot Fairies series will be released as an e-book in July 2011. This book features Nightshade, the winged vampiric fairy. His story takes him to Scotland where he clashes with both the Seelie and Unseelie Scottish fairy courts before he wins his feisty Scottish heroine.
I love anthologies, not only when they give me the chance to discover the writing of an unknown author, but also when they give me the chance to have a little more of the storytelling of a favorite author who has spun out a novella in between novels.
All three of the stories in this Christmas anthology appeal to me.
I love the Victorian England setting of A Christmas Carroll, not to mention the possibilities of a repressed passion between a vicar and his true love.
And The Worth of a Sylph gives me a world of which I know very little, but of which I would like to know more after having read the author’s summary.
But The Crystal Crib is brilliant. The fantasy world is in the frosty North, in the ice palace of Valhalla. Vidar is Odin’s son. Sonja is Troy’s daughter. There is a mystery involving a crystal crib. Wow, I’ve been hooked. But wait, there is more.
In the normal world, Sonja works for her aunt’s travel business, and Vidar owns a theme park in Iceland called ‘Santa’s Magical Wonderland’. Wow, now I’ve not only been hooked, but reeled in.
In the interview, Helen Scott Taylor said: “I love the juxtaposition of the normal world and the fantasy world…” That is what she has done rather brilliantly, and for me, that is what makes this a must read.
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