Thanks so much for joining me today on my blog! Let’s get to know you a little bit. What’s your name?
Hello, my name is Dr. Lillian Morgan, but my friends call me Lilly.
It’s great to meet you. What are you a doctor of?
I am lucky enough to be a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, and work with kids all day.
That must be hard, working with sick children and scared parents.
It can be at times. The goal is to keep everyone calm and worry about things when we actually need to worry about them. Children are amazing resilient beings, and the parents of a child warrior is something to behold.
You went to Hawaii recently and had quite an experience?
Oh, you heard about that. Yes, my dear friends were getting married. My kids, Travis and Chelsea, and I hadn’t had a vacation since my husband passed four years ago. So, we packed up and headed for Kauai for the wedding.
And you met Seattle’s newest football star, Colton Stone. What did you think?
Yes. Colt. Well, he hit my friend in the face with a football. In all fairness, it was his friend, Aulelei Tua’s bad throw but he missed catching it and hit Que right in the face. Not that she’d notice.
And what did you think of Colt? Be honest.
Fine, he’s hot, but he’s like 6’7” and huge and I’m, only, what, 5’6”, and a hundred and ten pounds soaking wet. He’s all flame and fire and I’m an educated woman. It’s been a long time since I’ve been with a man and I’m not sure I’m ready for it.
I’m sorry about your husband. What happened to him?
David, my husband, was diagnosed with stage four, pancreatic cancer, when the kids were just three and four years old. He died in less than a year. We had the perfect marriage, and I don’t know, maybe I’m just scared to try again. Somehow it doesn’t feel right to do that to David.
That’s too bad because you looked like things were heating up between you and Stone?
Colt’s amazing, he really is. He’s not what I originally thought and he sure as hell isn’t anything like his public image. He can be arrogant, but he can also be very sweet. You should see Travis and Chelsea around him, they absolutely adore the man. But I’m being cautious. Like I said, I’ve not really dated anyone since David passed and Colt and I are very different. However, I can’t lie, there is something about Colt that’s a part of me.
Why do you think the author chose to tell your story?
It’s unusual, isn’t it? I mean to most people we live relatively normal lives. When things started happening…the dreams, the emotions…somehow we stepped into something different. I can’t say, except that I feel so weird, and not like myself at all.
Weird? Weird how?
I’ve never in my life been jealous but I’ve had these terrible thoughts. And every once in a while I’d swear I see things in the shadows, like dark ribbons of energy or smoke. I’m having these dreams that feel so incredibly real and I don’t know, it scares me. Something’s gonna happen. I feel it…something’s coming.
–I’d like to say thank you so much to Sydney and all her readers for taking some time out to be with me today. I appreciate you more than you know.
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 is looking forward to her friends’ wedding. When she meets Colton Stone, his arrogant attitude only makes her long for the love she took for granted. Lilly struggles between letting go of her perfect past for an uncertain future.
Strange events occur, out of the realm of normal consciousness. When black energy touches their world Colt and Lilly become the pawns of the immortal Greek gods. Is the love developing between them natural, or part of a larger prophecy?
Excerpt From The Warrior’s Progeny
Lilly looked down at the football, lying prone and guilty in the sand, as realization hit her.
“Oh my God, Que! Are you okay?”
She examined Que’s head and neck checking for injuries, with rapid authority. A small goose egg already formed just above her right temple. A tiny cut opened in her eyebrow, from her broken sunglasses now laying in the sand, causing a small bead of blood to well up.
Used to the recklessness of her son and his friends regarding the sport, Lilly turned, gearing up for an impressive tongue lashing to teenagers.
“What in the hell…” she bellowed, turning around and smacking her face into the sweaty muscular chest of a massive redhead. Refusing to let the fourteen-inch height difference and the hundred and sixty pounds of additional weight intimidate her, Lilly balled her small fists on her hips, shifted her gaze up, and narrowed her eyes.
“What in the hell is the matter with you? You’re on a crowded beach with a bunch of young children and families. You’re a grown-ass man. Can’t you catch a football?” When he stared down at her in fascinated disbelief, she continued. “There is a wide-open park just over there,” she said, stabbing her finger in the general vicinity. “Maybe you and your little friends”— she looked over at all the massive men in his group, but continued undaunted—“should go over there and pull your heads out of your asses.”
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.
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