Kathy Bryson is my guest today on Wednesday Writers. Kathy writes romantic fantasy. Today, she’s going to be sharing an excerpt from her book romance Fighting Mad. Honestly, when I read her opening comment about a leprechaun love story, and then saw the book cover, I had to laugh. Her leprechaun hero is not of the Lucky Charms cereal variety. Kathy writes clean romance stories that have – as she describes it– “tongue in cheek humor.” Welcome, Kathy.
Thanks, Catherine, for having me to share my latest leprechaun love story!
I know what you’re thinking. Three books in and people still say, “What, wha?” People automatically think little green men, when actually leprechauns are the warriors of the ancient Celtic legends. They also just happen to like a good joke and will do anything to protect the gold and whatever else they hold dear!
About the Book –
Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun? Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!
Excerpt from Fighting Mad
by Kathy Bryson
I don’t know why I deluded myself that I was somehow in charge of my own life, but I took a stab at it anyway. “I don’t have regular events at the Old Jennings Place, just a party once in a while.” That was the bed and breakfast Marilee took over last fall. It was named after Jinx’s grandfather and was one of the older buildings in town, now beautifully restored. Jinx’s family had been one of the original founders of Fayetteville.
“Un-huh.” Lauren held out another sheet of paper. “It’s turning into a monthly gig, so you need to get a contract signed. Get them to put you on retainer.”
“Now wait,” I started, but Ashley shook her head. Taking the paper from her sister, she thrust it at me.
“No way, Mom. This is what we were talking about. You’ve got to stand up for yourself and get a contract!”
“Exactly.” Lauren bobbed her head in affirmative. “No more favors for friends, Mom. This is business.”
I was torn between smiling at my girls’ antics and being terrified at where they were pushing me to go. But since I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot of sympathy over either position, I smoothed the paper across the top of the table.
“Okay, next we need to sign up for the Farmers’ Market. They’re starting early this year, but there’s still time to get a booth before Easter.” Lauren waved another sheet of paper in my direction. Ashley took it and added it to the growing stack in front of me.
“What am I supposed to do at the Farmers’ Market?” I asked, but I wasn’t really listening any more. I could feel tears welling up inside, but they were happy tears. I was so proud of my girls. When we had a problem, they just jumped right in and pulled together. Tentatively, I started, “You guys are just so . . .
“Oh man!” Lauren yelped. “She’s going to cry again. Ashley, do something.”
Ashley giggled. “Look out, she’s gonna blow!”
About the Author –
Kathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She honed her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing award-winning books with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.
Other posts by Kathy on this blog include: A Writer’s Garden–Through the Garden Gates with Author Kathy Bryson