The Man in the Mirror
The ‘cute meet’ is a requirement for romance. The first time the hero and heroine lay eyes on each other needs to be memorable for some reason. Karenna Colcroft has come up with a doozy for her paranomal romance Reflected Love. She and I had a chance to chat about it the other day. Here’s your chance to listen in:
Mia: On your website it says you’ve been writing fiction since you were five! Do you remember what the story was about?
Karenna: I’m not sure if it was the first story I ever wrote, but the first one I remember writing (I was five or six) was about a girl named Maria who went to live with her uncle. That’s all I can remember about it; I don’t think I ever finished it. Unfortunately, that one, along with everything else I wrote before age 9, was lost in a basement flood at my parents’ house.
Mia: Your book Reflected Love features a magical mirror. What can you tell us about how it works?
Karenna: The mirror was created by a Fae craftsman for the woman he loved. Unfortunately, she left their world and ended up married to a human, whom she saw in the mirror. The mirror can exist in more than one place at a time, particularly if those places are in different realms/dimensions, and tends to find its way to people who are meant to be soul mates. When both people have the mirror, it shows them each other and helps them find their way to one another so they can be together.
Mia: Wow. And I thought online dating sites were complicated! What will we love about your hero?
Karenna: Listrial is a Fae soldier who is extremely loyal to his Queen and to those he cares about. He’s tough to the point of death if necessary, but has a soft side that only his grandmother and Ralie, his soul mate, see.
Mia: Tough, yet tender. That works for me. What’s coming next for you?
Karenna: I have two novellas under contract with Ellora’s Cave (no release dates yet): Forever with Benefits is about a woman who returns to her hometown and tries to start a friends-with-benefits arrangement with her high school crush, until she realizes she’s in love with him and wants strings attached. What We Did Last Night, on which I was just offered a contract last week, is about a one-night stand that turns into more.
I’m currently revising a novella called Help Around the House, about a young widow who, two years after her husband’s death, falls in love with the next-door neighbor who’s been helping her cope, and I’m working on the first draft of a sequel to Salad on the Side.
Mia: Sounds like you have a full plate! Where can readers learn more about you?
Karenna: Readers can visit my website, http://karennacolcroft.com. I have information there about my books, both released and under contract, and my works in progress. I also have some links there to online appearances I’ve done, and trailers for my books. The trailers are also on my Youtube channel. I’m on Facebook and on Twitter at @KarennaColcroft.
Reflected Love is available from Pink Petal Books. It will be available on most third-party retail sites beginning in July.
The voice laughed. “Take your mirror out of the box and have a good look at what you’ve given yourself.”
The mirror. Of course. Technology would have made it easy for someone to install a recording or even a two-way radio in the mirror’s frame. A gimmick on the part of the Spellbound Treasure staff, maybe, to con people who believed magical items existed. She carefully lifted the mirror out of the box, surprised at its light weight, and leaned it against the table again. With her fingertips she explored the frame. She found nothing that would explain the voice.
For the third time, she asked, “Who’s there?”
This time, she received no answer.
“I’m overtired,” she muttered. “And overexcited about this showing up so soon. Imagination took over, that’s all.” She picked up the mirror. “Let’s hang you up where you belong and see how you look.”
And let’s stop talking to inanimate objects, she added to herself.
She carried the mirror into her bedroom. On the wall opposite her bed, a nail jutted out, left over from something the previous tenant had hung. The nail was at the perfect height to hang the mirror, with a little space left between the bottom of the frame and the floor, and looked strong enough. Carefully, she lifted the mirror, and almost let go of it in shock when it seemed to pull itself onto the nail as if magnetized.
As if the mirror knew where it belonged.
She adjusted the mirror and stepped back to make sure it hung straight. Her own face stared back at her for a moment, and then the image of a man appeared.
With a gasp and a pounding heart, Ralie whirled around. No one stood behind her. Again she reminded herself that no one would be able to enter the apartment without her knowledge.
Yet when she looked at the mirror again, the man’s image remained.
He looked a bit older than Ralie, late twenties, perhaps, and wore his hair pulled back. His eyes were a shade of green she had never seen before, and lashes as long as her own rimmed them. His clothing, pants and a tunic in shades of brown and green, resembled something from medieval times, and a scabbard hung at his side. Random junk surrounded him, as if he stood in a warehouse or store.
“Hello?” Ralie said tentatively.
The man didn’t appear to hear her. He turned his head and spoke, apparently to someone beside him. She didn’t hear his words.
When he faced the mirror again, his eyes widened, and he put his hand against the glass. The image faded, and Ralie’s own reflection returned.
“It’s official,” she muttered. “Ralie, you’re losing your mind. Too much time alone.”
“You aren’t alone,” the cool voice from before informed her.
Right. Because I have a magic mirror that talks to me. “I’m not listening.”
Hands over her ears, she stomped out of the room to the accompaniment of laughter.
Karenna Colcroft is the alter ego of a shy, sedate wife and mother. She’s been writing since age five. In 2006, she wrote her first erotic romance scene on a dare from a friend, and was hooked. Since 2009, Karenna has been published by several e-publishers, including Pink Petal Books, Ellora’s Cave, Noble Romance, and Siren Publishing. She currently has contracts with MLR Press and Passion in Print Press as well. Karenna lives in the northeastern US with her two children, her real-life romance hero husband, and two cats.
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