I’m thrilled to welcome Celia Breslin, author of urban-fantasy-romance Haven, to our lucky 13 series. Apropos to the month of March, when we celebrate all things Irish, Celia’s contribution includes her Irish grandmother. Perhaps there is no greater luck in life than to have a wise grandmother to share tales and treats. Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
by Celia Breslin
When Liz asked me to pen a little something on how luck helped me along as a writer, the very first thing–or rather person–my brain landed upon was my grandmother.
When I was a kid, my parents worked long hours, so I spent a ton of time with my grandparents, particularly my Irish grandmother. Most every day, she would bake up some Irish treats and tell me stories of the Fae. Loaded up with sugary goodness, I’d listen with rapt attention as she knitted and told me wild tales of fairies and sprites, goblins and brownies and more… Imagination fueled, I wrote a lot of fairy tales during my younger years and kept on writing to this day.
For Halloween 2013, I wrote up one of my favorite stories she ever told me, one that used to slather me in goosebumps every single time she told it to me. It was the tale of her personal encounter with the Banshee. You can read about it on my blog: http://celiabreslin.com/2013/10/31/halloween-happiness-banshees-pumpkin-bread/.
My grandmother passed away when I was in college. Her tales of the Fae inspired my lifelong love of writing my own stories. I am very fortunate to have had her in my life.
“May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold.”
— an Irish blessing
Connect with Celia:
Web site: http://www.celiabreslin.com/
San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.
Haven on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Haven-ebook/dp/B00DQH3SZI/
Haven on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haven-celia-breslin/1117105185?ean=2940045320832