We’re so pleased to have author Penny Brandon dropping in today to chat about her series, The Looking Glass: Choices, First Kiss, and the most recent, His Heart’s Desire, released on June 14th.
What would you do if you saw a stranger in a mirror and was told he was your one true love?
Would you think it a joke? Would you seek him out?
What would you do if you decided to find your soulmate, but you were straight, or he was dying, or you were being lied to?
When I first thought about writing a series about men finding and falling in love with their soul mate, I hadn’t really any idea how that was going to happen. I wanted them to have that instant attraction, that indescribable visceral craving which unequivocally could not be ignored, no matter the circumstances. Something magical.
What I didn’t want to write about was shifters, not because I don’t like them, trust me I do, but because I simply wanted something different; I wanted my readers to experience something different. Shifters know about soul mates, about that instinctual need to be with the one made just for them, but us mere humans—not so much.
We need a push, a helping hand in the right direction, but if you were merely told you were going to meet someone who would mean everything to you, would you believe it? What if you were shown in a way you couldn’t dispute? What if you looked into a magic mirror and saw a stranger, but knew with absolute certainty you’re going to spend your life with him, and love him unconditionally.
Pretty powerful stuff, and that’s what I wanted my characters to feel—those lucky enough to get the chance. The thing is, only those who look into the mirror experience those emotions, that knowledge, and they have to convince those seen in the mirror that they were meant to be together, that they deserve to be loved.
Not so easy, especially when one of the characters is straight, another is dying, and the one who should have known better lied because he didn’t like who was chosen for him. I did say not easy, right, because where’s the fun in that…
About the Books
Book One: Marc was straight, always had been and always thought he would be, but when shown his true love in a magic mirror he was shocked to find out his true love was a man. Not only that, it was up to him to convince his true love they were meant to be together. All bad enough, but after finding Liam, the only way he’s able to persuade Liam to go out with him is to offer him sex – even though that was something Marc was definitely not ready for.
Liam thought Marc was crazy. Marc was straight and he was talking about true love and making a life together, but Liam didn’t believe in love and he certainly wasn’t going to fall in love with a crazy straight guy regardless of how sexy he was. But he hadn’t reckoned on Marc’s pushy attitude or his offer of sex which, no matter how much he knew he should, Liam couldn’t turn down.
Book Two: The second Brenn saw Joey’s image in the magic mirror, he was hooked. The moment he saw him in real life, Brenn knew Joey was going to be his forever. Joey was flirty, and fun, and he had the most gorgeous smile, but then Joey told him he was dying. Though devastated, Brenn didn’t want to give up on Joey, so he offered to look after him and make his last few days as comfortable as possible, but was that going to be enough when all Brenn really wanted was for Joey to live?
Brenn was everything Joey could have wished for; strong, built, and with the most amazing eyes. Also, Brenn was in love with him. That would have given Joey something to live for, if it hadn’t been too late. He had about three weeks left, but that didn’t seem to matter to Brenn. Brenn wanted to take him home, and Joey was willing to go with him, but on two conditions. He wanted Brenn to make love to him before he died, but no kissing.
Book Three: As the keeper of a magic mirror that shows those lucky few their one true love, Simon dreams of the day it will show him his, but he never dreamt of a punk-assed kid with ripped jeans and rainbow colored hair. Devastated, Simon tries to push Alex away, refusing to tell him they were fated, but Alex keeps coming back, showing all the signs of a man drawn to his soulmate. Realizing he’s made a terrible mistake, Simon figures the only way to fix it is to be the man Alex wants because Alex is the man Simon needs if he’s ever to have a future.
Never before has Alex fallen so hard for a man who obviously doesn’t like him, but Alex is sure there’s a passionate man beneath Simon’s prickly exterior. Peeling away Simon’s layers is like ripping off a bandaid, but it’s worth it when Alex finally has Simon in his arms. The problem is, though he may have Simon’s body, he doesn’t have his heart, and that’s the part Alex wants most. Until he finds out Simon has lied to him.
About the Author
Penny is a complete romantic who believes everyone can fall in love if only they’ll open their heart to the possibility, which is why she writes those hot, erotic stories that will always have a happily ever after. However, it doesn’t mean she’ll necessarily make it easy for her men to get there. A lover of things that go bump in the night, Penny’s imagination can sometimes run riot, so magic mirrors and evil dolls are only the beginning.