Welcome to the blog tour for Once and Future Wife by Clarissa Kae. I really enjoyed this clean fantasy romance, and I hope you will too. You can read my review of the book as well as my interview with the author. And don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the end!
About the Book
Once and Future Wife
by Clarissa Kae
Immortal men like Rhys Glyndwr belong to forgotten fables—along with his reincarnating wife—but instead, they haunt the mind of a modern scientist, Isla Belle Thorne. Like an old blanket, visions of the healer servant and his wife, the daughter of a duke, have comforted Isla Belle, the only constant in her unstable childhood.
When her mother is hospitalized for a mental breakdown, Isla Belle fears for her own health and keeps the visions a secret. As Isla Belle starts her new job at a renowned medical organization, she comes face to face with Rhys—the same man from her visions.
She’s told an impossible tale of a love that death cannot kill. Surrounded by science but faced with an implausible legend, Isla Belle must decide what to believe and what to leave behind.
About the Author: Clarissa Kae
Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She's the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.
Since her first novel, she's explored different writing genres and created a loyal group of fans who eagerly await her upcoming release. With numerous awards to her name, Clarissa continues to honor the role of storyteller.
Aside from the writing community, she and her daughters founded Kind Girls Make Strong Women to help undervalued nonprofit organizations—from reuniting children with families to giving Junior Olympic athletes their shot at success.
She lives in the agricultural belly of California with her family and farm of horses, chickens, dogs and kittens aplenty.
Interview with the Clarissa Kae
Emily: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Clarissa: Sadly, I have no idea! I think you’re born with tendency to create, whether our tool of choice is word or chalk, I think we’re just innately born with that desire.
Emily: How long does it take you to write a book?
Clarissa: Shoot, this is a tough question. I’m knee deep in contract negotiations with a publishing house for a Victorian novel that took me four months to write and yet Once And Future Wife took me years. The difference is Once And Future Wife was written in between my editor projects where the Victorian was written after I closed my consulting/editing firm. Pieces To Mend (releasing October 2020) took me roughly six months to write and another six months to polish.
Emily: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Clarissa: I can’t write without having a big fatty fountain soda (crushed ice, 75% diet Dr Pepper and 25% regular Dr Pepper). I know, weird.
Emily: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Clarissa: Inspiration comes from life around me, the quirky cashier at the super market or the crazy story you heard from a friend.
Emily: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Clarissa: Riding horses—hands down, my favorite thing. We have four horses (I competed in college).
Emily: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Clarissa: That no one does everything well. Recognizing my strengths and weaknesses should have been humbling but I’d never felt more free.
Emily: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Clarissa: Yes—do NOT go at it alone. Find your tribe and don’t apologize for dating around. Some writers will be great acquaintances while others will be absolute lifelines. Every time I am in Utah I make time for those writer friends (they’re truly more like family) and am completely unapologetic in my love for them. Some are seasoned (20-30 books published in their career) and some aren’t quite yet published but they are vital and sacred. Find that, and you will succeed.
The Once and Future Wife is a clean fantasy-ish romance.
Isla has had visions paired with headaches her entire life. If she tells someone, she’s sure they’ll lock her up for being crazy. But when the man she always sees in her dreams shows up in real life, she’s not sure what to believe and begins hunting for answers.
This was a very interesting book, and I wasn’t sure where everything was going. It was great!
It reads a bit like a split-time novel. Isla lives in modern day California, dealing with her crazy, hospitalized mom, her cousin, and her new job at a medical research organization. Meanwhile, about 500 years previous, the English duke’s daughter Isla Bell is in love with the healer’s apprentice, Rhys, and in danger of her life from the politics of England and Wales with King Henry VIII on the throne. The main thing these two girls have in common? Rhys, who lives in both timelines. And the modern-day Isla doesn’t know what to do about it.
This was a very imaginative story. It makes me want to fact check to see if the science mentioned and the historical events are real. They sounded real enough, though I haven’t heard of them before. It was really interesting.
The romance was so sweet. My heart hurts for Rhys, and I can’t wait until the next book to see how their romance deepens in the modern day. How long will I have to wait?!
I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the second one, especially since the end was a tiny bit cliffhangery.
I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for sharing them.
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