I’d like to welcome Carly Jordynn, a fellow Soul Mate author! She’s in the midst of writing a series – like me, her first book is out now and the second one will be released in August!
Carly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.
Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.
Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
When I wrote the Perfectly Series, it didn’t quite turn out as planned and the second book ended up being a prequel to the first. Carly, did your Forest of the Mist series unfold as you had planned?
When I first started to write the Forest of the Mist series, I had a general idea where the story was going. I knew it would be a three book series. I knew each book would focus on a specific character. What I didn’t expect was one of the secondary characters to take over. Yes, he literally took over.
The first book went basically as I thought. It followed the main character of Lily and her adventures in an alternate reality. My plan was to have the second book focus on a character from the first book, Jennifer. More of her story would be explored in book two. This is where the detour happened. Jennifer had a son while in the alternate realm. When they returned to reality, I discovered that Davy came back with some freaky abilities like accelerated growth and intelligence, mind reading, almost unlimited power while in the alternates, and the ability to create portals in time from reality to the alternate lands.
Davy tried to take over the book with his shenanigans. I had to rein him in a couple of times, but ultimately allowed him to have his way. As a result, Jennifer’s story is still the main focus, but Davy plays a much larger role than I anticipated. He actually changed a huge portion of the storyline . . .for the better.
Book three was supposed to focus on Lily’s friend, Deana, and Colin, the last one left in a coma. It was going to explore their relationship after Colin wakes. Instead, Colin wakes in book two, he and Deana have fallen in love, and book three now focuses on Davy and his story.
So it looks like Davy got what he wanted and I got a completely changed series.
Haha. Sometimes our characters can be very stubborn! 🙂 Tell us about, Travelers, Book 1 in the Forest of the Mist series.
Seventeen-year-old LILY LAVERY never dreamed her homecoming night would turn out like this. First, she was chauffeured to the dance by her parents, while her boyfriend followed in his car behind them. Second, she never dreamed her Dad would lose control of the car and wreck. Third, she never expected to become orphaned, in a coma, and enter an alternate reality, all in one evening. No, she thought she would arrive at the dance to the cheers of her classmates after being crowned homecoming princess at the big game, dance the night away with her handsome boyfriend, ALEX McGUIRE, and maybe end the night in his arms.
CONNOR O’BRIEN took one look at the girl, who arrived in the alternate reality known as Paradise Valley, and knew she would be trouble. She oozed it from the top of her tiara, down to her cheerleading uniform. Connor knew that type of girl and vowed to stay away from her. The problem was she looked so sad and broken from her experience. The large class ring on her left-hand, ring finger should have been enough to warn him away, but he found himself drawn to her anyway.
Together, Connor and Lily must battle Kramm, the Warrior King of the Dark Land, and his second in command, COLIN O’BRIEN, Connor’s twin brother, in order to access the portal paths that will lead them back to reality and their sleeping bodies.
What will happen when they return? Will Lily continue her previous life with Alex, or will she stay with Connor, the man of her literal dreams?
To buy Travelers, click HERE.
And here’s a taste of Awakening, Book 2, scheduled for release in August!
ALEX McGUIRE never dreamed his life would take such a turn. His plan to complete college, become a lawyer, and marry his girlfriend, LILY LAVERY, tanked following his kidnapping to the alternate realm known as Paradise Valley. Now Alex has been ordered by a dead man, DAVID KYLE, to marry his young wife, JENNIFER BURKE KYLE, and raise their infant son, DAVY KYLE, as his own. That would be a great plan if it weren’t for the fact that Jennifer is still in a coma, has never met him, and her son has some strange attributes too.
JENNIFER BURKE KYLE woke from the coma to the realization that she was a widow and the mother of a young son, who could read minds, create portals to an alternate realm, and have unforeseen growth spurts when he is in or near Paradise Valley. As if that wasn’t enough, a complete stranger has stated he is to marry her and raise her son as his own. All on the order of her dead husband, David.
DAVY KYLE was tickled pink that Alex McGuire would be his Dad and couldn’t wait for his mother to wake from the coma so the wedding could take place. What Davy didn’t see, was the trouble in the form of PRI, otherwise known as the Percival Research Institute. PRI agents were after his family and it was going to be up to Davy to hide them all until it was safe.
Together, Alex, Jennifer, Davy, and their friends from Paradise Valley, must join together to keep the family safe, destroy PRI, and protect the still comatose COLIN O’BRIEN, the last member of their Paradise Valley family. With the help of student nurse, DEANA COOK, they may just succeed in their plan and find happiness along the way.
Sounds like an exciting adventure and I love the covers of your books! Thanks for dropping by! Here’s how you can connect with Carly~