The Gifted Realm Series by Jillian Neal
by Jillian Neal
Series: The Gifted Realm, #1
Publication Date: June 26, 2013
Publisher: Realm Press
Number of Pages: 423
Genre: NA/Adult Paranormal Romance
Available at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
The Gifted walk among us. They are unseen, but in plain sight. The Earth’s energies are as visible to them as the tangible world is to us and they can harness and bend these forces to their will. Atop the Pentagon resides the government of the Gifted Realm.
Rainer Lawson is set to join the ranks of Elite Officers in the Gifted Police force. With his fellow officers, they will work together, using their abilities, to try and end the most sinister criminal organization in existence. His parents fought and died to re-establish the Realm, and he won’t allow them to have sacrificed in vain.
The will to protect those he loves has always driven Rainer, but his desperation to protect Emily, the love of his life, consumes him. While passions ignite and vengeance is sought, Rainer may discover that all of his money, fame, and power, could cost him the only thing that has ever truly mattered.
by Jillian Neal
Series: The Gifted Realm, Book 2
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Realm Press
Genre: NA/Adult Paranormal Romance/Slightly Erotic
Page Count: 460
Available at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
One breathtakingly hot, passion-filled, night ignites a fire in his soul. Everything in his world should be nothing short of perfection…but he is Rainer Lawson.
His wild evening with Emily is the Realm’s front-page story. Could he have lost the respect of the man that has been like a father to him? Could his family’s hard-earned fortune really dissolve before his very eyes?
Evil rapidly cinches its chokehold, and everything his father fought and died for threatens to implode. Rainer attempts to protect those that he loves and satisfy the fiery passions between he and Emily, but everything in his world is spinning wildly out of control. His desire to prove himself could very well be his undoing.
Sometimes the best of intentions are not enough, but perhaps it is the trials by fire that make the man. Steel sharpens steel, and passion burns white hot in “Lessons Learned.”
Okay, you've seen the books, now meet two of MY favorite characters! I asked Jillian to interview the "Ozzie & Harriet" of the Realm Series-Here it is, (complete with Jillian's personal thoughts in the interest of full disclosure, of course)! Gotta love when an author is nervous meeting her own characters LIVE!
Jillian Neal Interview with Governor Haydenshire and his amazing wife, Lillian!
I’m so nervous. I cannot believe I agreed to do this! What was I thinking? He is probably the most important man in the entire Realm. She is just absolutely amazing. Not to mention the fact that they are two of my very favorite characters, and now I’ve agreed to interview them, even though they really aren’t two of my main characters. They’re the parents of my main characters to be exact, and I suppose we do see where Logan and Emily and even Rainer and Adeline get their courage and their strength. I stop wringing my hands and playing with my hair nervously long enough to answer the knock on my front door….
Jillian: “Hi! Welcome! Please come in…
Mrs. Lillian Haydenshire: “Well thank you so much for having us. We’re thrilled to be here.”
The Governor leans down and kisses my cheek and shakes my hand all in the same smooth move. He looks so friendly to be such an important guy!
Jillian: Well, come in, can I get you something to drink? Coffee? Tea? Dr. Pepper?
They both chuckle, probably at my exuberance and my nerves.
Mrs. Haydenshire: “Coffee would be great, and please don’t be nervous. We’re so excited to be here. Atlanta is such a great city. We really don’t get down here enough, Stephen.”
Governor Haydenshire: “Sweetheart, I told you, if you want to spend our day in the city that has somehow actually managed to have worse traffic problems than D.C., not to mention the fact that the city planners are actually confused as to how people are constantly in a state of rage when they decided to name every other street, in a city that crams over six million people in just over one hundred miles, Peachtree, then I will try desperately not to get us lost.” He winks at her with a smirk that I swear in that moment makes him look precisely like Garrett, and she shakes her head.
Mrs. Haydenshire: “Savannah is fine, dear. I’m rather looking forward to our little weekend getaway.”
Jillian: “Oh Savannah is such a romantic city. My husband ask me to marry him on Tybee Island actually.” I felt the need to leap in. They are so intimately connected; I think they would have gone on with their teasing and playful banter and never realized anyone else was in the room. The Governor has had his hand in his wife’s since they walked through my front door and has been gazing at her longingly.
Governor Haydenshire: “Me too!” With another chuckle he accepts the mug of coffee I give him and answers his wife’s quip before ever turning his attention to me. “I made reservations at the Eliza Thompson House. Good, bad, ugly?” He quizzes.
Jillian: “Oh, Good! I’ve never stayed there, but I’ve heard great things. It’s supposed to be very romantic!” I tried to be reassuring. It is supposed to be one of the most romantic B&B’s in Savannah, which is saying something. He sips his coffee and gives his wife another signature Haydenshire smirk.
Governor Haydenshire: “Well they had me at ‘No Kids Allowed’ so let’s get this interview going. I have plans for this evening.”
Mrs. Haydenshire: “Stephen, for heaven’s sake, would you stop it!”
I join in their laughter and draw a deep breath. Here we go:
Jillian: “I thought we would start with the kids. You have ten. Would you mind telling my readers if that was planned, or perhaps what the philosophy behind having such a large family might’ve been?
Governor Haydenshire: “I would say the philosophy I’ve always lived by would be that my wife is incredibly gorgeous, and I just really can’t keep my hands off of her.”
Mrs. Haydenshire: “Stephen!” She rolls her eyes. “You know Jillian I do always laugh when we’re asked about the kids. I really think that you can plan endlessly to either have them or not to have them, but the choice isn’t really ours now is it? I always laugh when I hear the kids’ friends planning out their lives in such detail. ‘I plan to be married by the time I’m 25 and we’ll have two and half children before I’m 30.’ Seems to me that you might not quite get a say in all of that. Life ebbs and flows and we really just go along for the ride. I can name you dozens of couples that try desperately each month to conceive and dozens that have taken every precaution they can think of and wake up with a pregnancy test sporting two blue lines that they cannot figure out. I really think that if you step back and try to relax and enjoy whatever God has put in front of you that life’s really much easier to deal with.
Jillian: “Ok, on that note, what kinds of things do you see on the horizon for Rainer and Emily? They’re young, very obviously in love, danger and trouble seems to be around every corner, where do you see life taking them. Where might they end up?
Mrs. Haydenshire: Rainer and Emily are turning out to be fine young adults. They may not always quite do things the way Stephen and I would like, but none of us do things just the way our parents would prefer. I worry about them, Rainer especially. He wants so much to always do right by everyone.” Governor Haydenshire begins nodding. He looks quite concerned.
Governor Haydenshire: I always tried to show him growing up that you can’t always do right by everyone because unfortunately not everyone is doing right. He learned at a very young age, when Joseph was killed, that the world isn’t always a very friendly place. I’ve always wished that I could soften that blow for him, but no one could’ve, except maybe my Emily, and she’s always been the one he wanted. She’s always been the one that made him smile. For all of my fussing, I’m very thankful that they have each other. I’m certain their lives will have constant ups and downs, just like all of ours do, but Rainer Lawson is a great kid, an outstanding Iodex officer, and a hell of a good guy, and he and Emily will always cling to one another, of that much, I’m absolutely certain.
Jillian: “All right, how about you two, speaking of young love, could you tell us how you met? Maybe a little about your first date?” The Haydenshires give each other a sweet, tender gaze. The memories seem to form in their eyes at the same moment.
Mrs. Haydenshire: “Well we certainly weren’t as young as Rainer and Emily when we fell in love.
Governor Haydenshire: “Emily Anne has been telling me that she was gonna marry that boy since she was four. It was like she came out of Lillian engaged to Rainer.” He shakes his head and sighs though there is a sense of peace about his proclamation.
Mrs. Haydenshire: “Stephen and I started dating at the Academy. Joe and Maggie (Rainer’s parents and friends of the Haydenshires) had been dating for a year or so, and she kept telling me that Stephen liked me, but I didn’t believe her. I’d had a crush on him for so long and he never even seemed to notice me.”
Governor Haydenshire: “I noticed her, believe me! Just took me awhile to work up the courage to ask her out. Then like an idiot when I finally asked her out it was to one of the Academy formals.” He laughs at the vivid memory. “So, I not only had to ask her to the dance I then had to ask her TO dance every time. I was a disaster, and I was constantly afraid that some other guy, that didn’t have two left feet, would ask her to dance, and that I’d never see her again.”
Jillian: “You sound a little like Logan taking so long to ask Adeline out.”
Governor Haydenshire: “Logan and his old man are more alike than he’s yet realized and than he’ll ever admit.” Mrs. Haydenshire nods adamantly and begins to chuckle.
Jillian: “Ok, when would you say you knew she was the one?”
Governor Haydenshire: “Monday afternoon. Two days after the dance. I’d thought about nothing but her all weekend. I’d tried to call her, but I never seemed to catch her at home. I walked out to the student parking lot, and there she stood beside her car. It wouldn’t crank. I stared at her for a moment praying that she’d let me take her home. My baby was standing there beside a car that wouldn’t start. I couldn’t stand it. She looked so frustrated and helpless, and I just remember thinking that all I wanted in this world was to make her smile again. I asked her if she’d let me take her home. I’d just finished fixing up that old Chevy truck we keep in the barn. She agreed, and I held her hand to help her up into the cab. She turned on my radio and sang along while I drove slower than I’d ever driven before. I wanted that afternoon to go on for the rest of my life. That long blonde hair whipped out the open windows in the breeze, and I was done for. She was it. All I’ve ever wanted and all I’ll ever want.”
Jillian: “Is that why you still have that old truck, Governor?”
Governor Haydenshire: “Never selling the truck.” He wraps his arm tighter around his wife. “Men should never give away pieces of their soul.”
Jillian: “Well we’ve just finished “Lessons Learned,” and I would say there’s quite a bit of change heading the Haydenshire’s way.”
Mrs. Haydenshire: “You could certainly say that….”
Governor Haydenshire: “Should be a very interesting few months coming up. We’ll have to get through “Every Action” to see where we end up.”
Jillian: “Well I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me, it’s going to be a rip-roaring ride!”
Governor Haydenshire: “It always is! Could I ask you something, Jillian?”
Jillian: “Uh….ok, I guess?”
Governor Haydenshire: “Honestly, I know your readers love reading about Rainer’s escapades with my baby girl and all about Logan and Adeline, but have you ever considered writing a love scene about us?”
Jillian: I turn bright red and break out in a cold sweat. “Well, I mean maybe?” I begin considering that. “Would you be comfortable with that?”
Governor Haydenshire: “Sure, why not? I don’t want people thinking that only the young kids get to have fun. Things get better with age in my opinion.”
Jillian: “Oh I completely agree, and you know, we’re going to be adding in another couple here in a book or two in this series, but I am just about to start my third series and you never know where that one might take us.”
About the Author
I’m a Southern girl with a sassy mouth that occasionally gets the better of me. I’m an author, and a mama, and a wife to my high-school sweetheart that still keeps me smiling and my skirt flying up after all these years. I’m an Allure magazine obsessed, shoe-aholic, java junkie, toe ring lovin' girl, that creates characters, love scenes, and entire worlds on the fly while I’m in the carpool line at the school, and I’m usually running around with my hair and my pen on fire! My granddaddy always said- "She's full of smarts, sass, and sizzle and that's a lot to get into barely five feet of girl with her head always in the clouds!"
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