I’m thrilled to feature The Keeper by Soul Mate author, Rebecca Neely. I highly recommend this well-plotted, character-driven novel that introduces us to a magical and intriguing world.
The Crossing Realms series takes place in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Having grown up about thirty minutes north of the city, there’s so many things I love about the ‘Burgh I knew I wanted to use it as a setting for the series. It’s small enough to be familiar, and big enough to be mysterious.
The city has a unique landscape, including a bustling downtown and a variety of old and new neighborhoods. Hills, interstates, alleys, a train station, neighborhood bars, old and new houses and businesses—the city provided a host of interesting locales in which to place my characters, and many that I’ve personally visited. Plus, the Steelers hail from here—and the Keepers are fans!
Perhaps the most interesting bit of research I learned regarding the city had to do with fallout shelters. From the 1950s through the 1970s, bomb scares and drills were a part of life. In response to that fear, over 2,000 fallout shelters were constructed in Allegheny County. But many are gone or long forgotten, including the buildings under which the shelters were constructed, according to my research. But of that 2,000, some remain, and it’s anyone’s guess where. Perhaps they’re waiting to be discovered beneath a building, a warehouse, or in someone’s backyard.
My writer’s brain ran with that great unknown and I decided they’d be a perfect place for my villains to hang out. And that’s exactly what they do! I develop that idea even more in THE WATCHER, the second book in the Crossing Realms series, tentatively due out in November.
Here are 10 Fun Facts about the Hero and Heroine from THE KEEPER
5 Fun Facts About Nick Geary
He’s exactly what he appears to be: a blue collar Irish Catholic, born and bred in the ‘Burgh
Plays acoustic guitar
Digs his holey Levis
Likes a rare New York strip steak
He can waltz
5 Fun Facts About Libby Klink
Sherlock Holmes fan
Can’t wait to go to a Steelers game
Holupkis (pigs in a blanket, cabbage rolls) are one of her fave foods
She enjoys going fishing and camping
She’s never without a bottle of water
THE CROSSING REALM SERIES – Sacrifice or salvation? A chosen psychic few may be both. As the city’s Keepers battle Betrayers to save the human race, all’s not fair in love and war.
Nick Geary, jaded clan leader of human guardians, the Keepers, is doomed to love a human woman who’s forgotten him, time after time, for thirteen years: Libby Klink, a skittish accountant who’s as terrified of her recent and strange intuitions as she is of her mundane existence.
When Nick is ordered by the clan’s guiding force to seek Libby’s help in defending the clan against enemy Betrayers, romance sizzles as the pair forms an unlikely alliance in their desperate search to discover the key to the clan’s salvation—which Libby alone holds.
But a haunting secret could cost Nick everything, and in a race against time, both will be forced to choose between their hearts and duty. Can their love, and the clan survive, or will the very forces that drew them together ultimately destroy them?
A sucker for a happy ending, Rebecca strives to write the kind of stories she loves to read—gritty, suspenseful and featuring authentic, edgy and vulnerable characters, smack dab in the middle of action that explodes from page one.
With music, books and laughter as constant companions, she grew up working, cooking and eating in the family’s restaurant business. A certified book and hoagie junkie, she thrives on live music, mysteries and the outdoors.
Careers, past and present, include freelance writing, accounting, mother, problem solver, doer and head bottle washer.
Rebecca is a member of Three Rivers Romance Writers (TRRW), a PAN member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), and is proud to serve as a judge for several writing contests each year.
Where to find Rebecca…