Hey, ya’ll! I have a special character interview today with Alex McGuire from Carly Jordynn’s latest novel, FOREST OF THE MIST: AWAKENING, which is currently up for preorder! Yay! Read on to find out more about this interesting fella and to learn about Carly’s latest novel. 😀
Welcome, Alex! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure I can. I’m Alex McGuire. My life changed forever when my girlfriend, Lily, was in a car accident that sent her to an alternate reality known as Paradise Valley. Now, instead of marrying her like I had always planned, I am now pretending to be the father of a young boy whose mother, I have never met, but have been ordered to marry by the young woman’s dead husband. Oh, let’s not forget the woman is still in a coma and met my ex-girlfriend in the alternate realm. Tell me that’s not messed up!
That sounds totally messed up! Must be seriously stressful. What do you do for work?
I was going to become a lawyer, but that has been put on hold. I had to take care of Lily while she was in a coma. Fat lot of good that did me. Now, I am a paralegal for my mentor, John Yoblonowitz. He is teaching me useful skills like creating false papers and prepping me to pass the bar exam.
Aw, well that’s sweet of you to take care of Lily anyway. At least John is helping you out. If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
That’s a tough one. Relax is at the top of the list. All I do is work, attend classes, study for the bar, and take care of these chuckleheads from Paradise Valley. I would love to go back in time and change the way I cared for Lily after she woke from the coma.
Sounds like you’re working super hard. Sounds like you need a drink to relax! Favorite alcoholic beverage?
I don’t drink . . . at least until I moved to Ireland. Now I enjoy a Guinness with my buddy, Keegan.
Gotta love the Irish! What’s your favorite music?
Metal bands from the 70’s and 80’s. Love that music.
Me too! Love me some Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue. 😛 What do you love most about Lily?
Technically, I have two loves. Lily was my first. I have loved her in some form or fashion since we were children. The accident and coma changed that future. Now, there is Jennifer. She is the girl I mentioned earlier. I just met her when she woke. We fight like cats and dogs, but after she goaded me into a heart attack, I knew she was the woman for me. She is passionate, angry, loving, and beautiful. We are very happy together, or will be when we stop fighting.
Nothing like a heart attack to make a man fall in love with you! 😛 Before the story began, what were your hopes for the future?
To finish law school, pass the bar exam, and marry Lily. We would live in our hometown and raise our children there.
The accident. That night changed everything, not only for me, but for Lily and her husband, Connor, whom she met in the alternate realm.
Sounds like you’ve had quite the adventure, Alex. Any parting thoughts?
I know I talk about Lily a lot, but I really do love Jennifer and the life we will build together. I hope you read our story in Forest of the Mist: Awakening.
I know I will definitely check it out! And I hope you do too, dear reader. Thanks for stopping by, Alex! It was great having you. 🙂
Keep reading on to learn more about FOREST OF THE MIST: AWAKENING and for an awesome snippet of the novel!
FOREST OF THE MIST: AWAKENING
ALEX McGUIRE never dreamed his life would take such a turn. His plan to complete college, become a lawyer, and marry his girlfriend, LILY LAVERY, tanked following his kidnapping to the alternate realm known as Paradise Valley. Now Alex has been ordered by a dead man, DAVID KYLE, to marry his young wife, JENNIFER BURKE KYLE, and raise their infant son, DAVY KYLE, as his own. That would be a great plan if it weren’t for the fact that Jennifer is still in a coma, has never met him, and her son has some strange attributes too.
JENNIFER BURKE KYLE woke from the coma to the realization that she was a widow and the mother of a young son who could read minds, create portals to an alternate realm, and have unforeseen growth spurts when he is in or near Paradise Valley. As if that wasn’t enough, a complete stranger has stated he is to marry her and raise her son as his own. All on the order of her dead husband, David.
DAVY KYLE was tickled pink that Alex McGuire would be his Dad and couldn’t wait for his mother to wake from the coma so the wedding could take place. What Davy didn’t see, was the trouble in the form of PRI, otherwise known as the Percival Research Institute. PRI agents were after his family and it was going to be up to Davy to hide them all until it was safe.
Together, Alex, Jennifer, Davy, and their friends from Paradise Valley, must join together to keep the family safe, destroy PRI, and protect the still comatose COLIN O’BRIEN, the last member of their Paradise Valley family. With the help of student nurse, DEANA COOK, they may just succeed in their plan and find happiness along the way.
“What?” Jennifer said. “I’m not ready to be married to you. I don’t even know you.”
Alex had had just about enough of her routine. “Listen, sweetheart, it’s no picnic being with you either. I’m tired of trying to live up to your lofty expectations. I’m not David Kyle, nor would I want to be. I’m doing this all for you, to protect you and Davy. A little gratitude would be welcome.”
“Excuse me?” Anger flashed in her eyes. “You are darn lucky that I even give you the time of day. You overbearing, egotistical control freak.”
“Control freak!” Alex shouted weakly. “Are we back to that song and dance again? Can’t you come up with some original material? I’ve busted my ass in order to help you, and you have the nerve to say I’m controlling you?”
“Oh, what a load of crap, Alex! You are not doing this for me or Davy. You are doing it for Lily.” Jennifer spun away from him in disgust.
Alex wanted to pound something in frustration, but he could barely move his arms. “For crying out loud, Jennifer, Lily isn’t here. She married Connor. They moved away. Lily has nothing to do with this. If she did, I would already be in Texas. I’m here with you because I want to be with you.”
“You do not know me!” she shouted.
“Because you won’t let me get to know you!” Alex countered.
Alex stopped speaking. His face turned red. Spots appeared before his eyes, and he had a hard time catching his breath. He saw Jennifer back away from him as the machine he was hooked up to began to scream. A team of doctors rushed into the room and began working on him. Alex felt himself begin to fade and then he was gone.
MORE ABOUT CARLY:
Carly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.
Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.
Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.