It’s Friday! Time for my blog feature, Building Character in which you get to meet characters from a book. Talking to a character outside of their book is fun! Huge. Amounts. Of fun.
This week Strands of Thought plays host to Reece from Faery Marked. Reece, I reviewed your story earlier this week, but for the sake of this interview, let’s pretend I’m a clean slate. Why don’t you start by telling our readers a little about your swoony self.
Hi, I’m Reece Michaels and I’m a Guardian. I know what you’re thinking. I’m some kind of bodyguard. And you’d be right. But, you’d also be wrong. See, a Guardian is a role, but it’s also a race of Fae. So, what do I do? Right now, I’m charged with watching Callie Rycroft to see if she is the chosen Champion. That means I hang with her as much as possible watching for a sign that she has magical powers. Definitely not the worst assignment I’ve ever had.
You’re right, that doesn’t sound too tough. So, what kind of conflict are you up against?
Prince Lorcan, the vile leader of the Adhair Fae, wants the barrier between the human and Fae realms to fall. It’s my duty, as Guardian, to keep the Champion safe while she finds the Cordial needed to keep the Ash Dance-the portal between the realms-closed to humans.
What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you’ve encountered trying to find the Cordial?
Gwen and my brother Kale. They’re both here working for Lorcan. Kale is Gwen’s Guardian and a formidable foe. And Gwen is no weakling. She’s a Faery princess and wields some powerful time manipulation spells.
What have you learned while trying to resolve your conflict?
Be careful who you trust. Even with family. Sometimes the person you think you can count on turns out to be the one who stabs you in the back.
Ah, that is a heartbreaking lesson to learn. Thanks for visiting Reece. I hope you and Callie accomplish your huge task and keep us all safe. Readers, here is more info on Reece’s book, Faery Marked:
When Callie Rycroft wakes to find purple flames flickering on the ceiling, she believes she’s still dreaming. But soon she’s forced to accept that she has magic―a special magic that grants her entrance into the Faery Realm.
For centuries humans have been banned from Faery, but dangerous times call for dangerous measures. Declared Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is assigned a Guardian, and tasked with finding the Cordial―a magical elixir needed to keep the portal to the Faery realm a secret from humans.
The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she's been crushing on for years, is her Guardian. Callie hopes that, by spending time with Reece, he'll start to see her as more than just his best friend's sister.
The downside? She's in a race not only against time, but against another Champion, and a rogue Guardian―a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.
Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie's worries when she learns that the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk everything―even Reece―to complete her task as Champion? Or will she let the portal open, and doom both realms?
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Readers, here is more about Reece’s lovely author:
YA author Mary Waibel’s love for fairytales and happy-ever fill the pages of her works. Whether penning stories in a medieval setting or a modern day school, magic and romance weave their way inside every tale.
Strong female characters use both brain and brawn to save the day and win the heart of their men. Mary enjoys connecting with her readers through her website: marywaibel.blogspot.com