I don’t think you expect this kind of story from taking a look at the cover, but I can assure you is even better.
The Warrior’s Progeny (The Heaven and Earth Series Book 2) by Jeny Heckman released Monday in the Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance genre.
Colton Stone is a newly traded tight end whose reputation is as battered as his football helmet. When he receives a vacation invitation from his new teammates, he accepts. There he collides with Dr. Lillian Morgan, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, and doesn’t know what to think.
A widow with two children, Lilly travels to Kauai to attend the wedding of a friend and witness the union she lost three years prior. When she meets Colt, she struggles between letting go of her perfect past for an uncertain future.
Strange events begin to occur, out of the realm of normal consciousness. Black energy touches their world and the couple become pawns of the immortal Greek gods. Is the love between them real, or part of a larger prophecy?
“You couldn’t have known,” Colt said.
“I’m a doctor,” she retorted. “I’m trained to know.”
“Oh, bullshit.” She drew her brows together and looked at him with irritation. Undaunted, he continued. “You were his wife, not his doctor.” Glancing back at the picture, he drank from his glass. “He was a young guy…looked fit…father of two.” Colt turned to look at her again. “Young, fit, fathers of two don’t get stage four pancreatic cancer and die in ten months. He wasn’t your patient, Lillian, and you weren’t looking at him like a patient. He was your husband, and he died.”
“Colt.” She took a breath, placed a hand on his, and backed up a little. “Look, I know you want something, but we’re broken here, and I can’t give you what you…”
“It’s not bullshit. It’s how I feel. I’ve got kids to think about and responsibilities. You want easy and I’m not that.”
“You don’t even know me, Lilly.”
“I know. That’s what I’ve been trying to say.”
“No, that’s what you’re trying to use as an excuse. Those kids aren’t damaged because of their dad, you are. Those kids have a mom who loves them and makes damn sure they aren’t damaged. You’re afraid to try, so you hide behind your dead husband.”
“How dare you be so callous?”
“How dare you use your husband to get out of trying again? You’re a beautiful, intelligent woman and your life isn’t over.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Award-winning author, Jeny Heckman, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and was the youngest of two daughters. She met her husband, Jeff, in August 1992, and eloped three months later, at Magen’s Bay, on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
She wrote her first book, the Catch, in a few short months but took several years before she gained the courage to self-publish it at her son’s urging, and her love for writing began.
In 2018, Jeny knew her next project would be a series that showed adults could have adventures in the paranormal-fantasy genre too. So, she created the Heaven & Earth series, a story of doomed Greek gods and their only salvation, their modern-day descendants. Her first book of the series, the Sea Archer, was immediately picked up by the New York publishing house, the Wild Rose Press, and won, “Best in Category” from the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards.
In the year 2020, Jeny released, Dancing Through Tears, a short story from the anthology, Australia Burns: Volume Two, highlighting the Route 91 massacre from the perspective of one family at the concert, and at Mandalay Bay. She also intends to release, the Warrior’s Progeny, and Dee’s Cornucopia, in 2020, continuing the Heaven & Earth Series.
Jeny lives in Washington State with her husband of over twenty-eight years.
What was the hardest part of writing this story?
It’s funny, I’m asked that all the time. Is writing hard, or is it difficult coming up with ideas for a story. For me, the complete opposite is true. It’s not hard at all to write or come up with stories. The hard part is everything that comes after the words “The End.”
Editing, revising, marketing, publishing and all that goes along with it, is the most challenging. I’m not a sales and marketing gal and the nuances are a bit lost on me. Social media and promoting the book can be fun, because I believe in the story, but again algorithms and ROI’s are not my style, nor my cup of tea.
As for the writing, I love the process. I love outlining and creating the bones of the story. After I’ve determined who the characters are, what they want and how they look and sound. I leave it up to them to tell their story. I guess if I had to pick one challenge from writing it would be all the characters wanting to be heard, and sometimes they are very loud in my mind. It sounds strange to say, but I have to compartmentalize them. Today, we’ll hear from a, b and c, but tomorrow d, e, and f will get a chance.
The only other challenge would be research. It’s hard for me to leave gaps when writing like so many authors do. They write their story and when they come to something that stumps them or requires research they use a marker to come back to the spot after they’ve had time to do the research. I’m a little OCD, and like things uniform, so as I go I like to have things done. This requires me to get my head out of the story and go online to research. I’m trying to use those markers but it’s a challenge.
I’m so thankful you’ve joined me today. The Warrior’s Progeny has been great fun and enlightening to write. I hope to have it out in audio as well, after the first of the year.
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