Thanks all for commenting! I put your names in a hat and my 11 yr old son pulled out Trisha! Congrats. Please email me at killarneysheffield(at)gmail(dot)com with 'Marie Winner' in the subject line and let me know what format you prefer. Thanks again and happy reading! Please remember when you read any book to post a review on any book buy sites you like or send it directly to the author.
Congrats, Trisha!!!! Now, for more from Killarney.
Many people have asked me just how I came up with the idea of a blind heroine and a guide animal in the form of a seeing eye pony named Jester. Like many authors I sometimes struggle with ‘showing’ vs ‘telling’ and developing the sensory dimensions in a novel. I started writing a short piece from a blind woman’s pov. Obviously my character could not ‘see’ the world around her but had to interpret it through touch, taste, smell and the sounds around her. It is a wonderful exercise that really helped me connect with Delilah. The story just took off from there and refused to stay quiet until I seriously wrote her story and for me as a Canadian farm gal a book is never complete without some kind of animal sidekick.
Most people would have gone with the guide dog approach but, I hate to offend anyone here, I am just not a dog person. My whole life has been spent around show horses of various breeds and disciplines. As I was thinking on an animal sidekick I remembered an old show I saw once on ‘Animal Planet’ about a lady in the USA who trained miniature horses to be guides for the blind. She used a harness similar to a dogs, put cute little sneakers on the pony’s feet for traction and house trained them. These remarkable little creatures could do everything a guide dog could and posed less allergy problem. From this simple show the idea behind Jester was born and he quickly became a most endearing character who threatened to steal the story in more than a few scenes! You can view a quick teaser of the tale here:
True to my love of critters big and small I am currently polishing another historical romance novel with suspense, adventure and paranormal aspects to it titled ‘Love’s Magic’. It is the story of a female magician and her unusual sidekick, a black Holland rabbit named Dexter.
Delilah Daysland doesn’t see herself as marriage material. After all, who could love a woman locked in darkness? Try telling that to Lord Tyrone Frost. He’s determined to do his duty and see her wed to a suitable gentleman, as the King commands.Delilah has other plans. Convinced her father’s death was no accident, she must depend upon her pony Jester to guide her through everyday challenges as she seeks the truth behind mystery, murder, and deception. Though drawn to Tyrone she’s afraid to trust him, until she sees the world and love through gypsy eyes.
Pre-release review for Through Gypsy Eyes:
Through Gypsy Eyes is not your usual romantic novel, and is all the better for it. The author has a compelling way of writing her stories. She is a master at choosing the few words that make a character come to life for the reader, of offering you people and situations larger than life but with the ring of truth. Ms. Sheffield's characters have virtues, flaws, and challenges, traits that make you want to read on into the night. And of course, in Through Gypsy Eyes, there is the pony, a very endearing addition.
Heather Haven, author of The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries and The Persephone Cole Mystery Series.
Through Gypsy Eyes is available at Crimson Romance
Award Winning Author Killarney Sheffield- Because, 'Love Makes You Believe'.
Guilty Kisses- 2011 Covey Trailer winner,
A Courtesan's Desires- 2012 YouGottaRead Cover award winner & 2013 Epic Ebook award finalist.
Inventing Love- 2012 P&E best Steampunk winner.
Releases from MuseItUp Publishing: Guilty Kisses, Stand & Deliver Your Heart, The Horseguard's Lady, A Courtesan's Desires, Inventing Love, Love's Deception & Marie.
Releases from Crimson Romance: Through Gypsy Eyes.
sheffield.spruz.com & Twitter @authorkillarney