15 May, 2013

#SpecialFeature :: #Spotlight on Alicia Trent Mystery Series by Eileen Harris

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Antique Magic, is the first in a series about Alicia Trent. She owns an antique store in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has a knack of getting involved with mystery and murder in fascinating environments. Occasionally a little magic occurs. 

Carrie on Goodreads Says : "This book is the amazing first book in a new series about an exciting character! Very fun and enjoyable read!!!"

This second book in the series takes the reader further into the life of Alicia Trent and her friends. Magic, forgery, betrayal, and fabulous jewels surround Alicia as she struggles to find the reason for her friend's death. 

Evelyn Cullet on Goodreads Says: "Antique Forgery was a well-written, well-plotted enjoyable cozy. The characters were interesting and likable."

A vacation becomes complicated by murder, discovery, and friendship. Danger lurks in too many directions. Alicia and her friends will have to stay alive and sort through the clues carefully if they want to save an innocent friend and prevent the destruction of an historic treasure. 

SMJ on Amazon Says: "Please read all of Eileens Books they are great. Keeps you guessing till the end. Eileen please keep them coming your books are fabulous."

Meet the Characters from the Series

Meet Alicia
Tell us about your teenage years… What were you like?
I don't think I was much different than most teenagers.  I have always been interested in mysteries and read quite a lot.  I liked sports, played a lot of tennis, and talked about boys with my friends.

How and why did you get into the Antique Business?
As explained in Antique Magic, my mother was in that business as were all her friends, so I was exposed to all areas of the antique business very young.  Since I lived with just Mom, I spent a lot of time traveling with her and hearing the fascinating details when members of her group made extraordinary finds.  Making a living looking for those kinds of treasures was irrestible.

Do you believe in magic?
I think magic is a wonderful concept and would love to believe it's out there and accessible, but no, I don't believe in magic. I do believe there are lots of things that we don't, as yet, understand.  Since there have been humans on this earth, they have always thought of the things they didn't understand as magic.

What are your feelings regarding the Magic Clock & Bottle?
Over the time these items have been in my possession, I've had a whole host of different feelings. At the moment I consider them my most prized possessions, I find them both useful and confusing, and I wouldn't give them up for anything.

If you needed back up and you could choose only one person, who would you choose between Nick, Lawrence and Barry? And why?
If given the choice, I'd choose Barry every time.  I would and have trusted both Nick and Lawrence with my life, but I have known Barry a lot longer.  Our friendship doesn't contain any element of romance.  It is based on mutual respect, and the years have forged a trust that is hard to match.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Narrowing this down to three is difficult.  I definitely want to do a lot more traveling.  I hope to find ways to understand the clock and swirling bottle better, and like most women, at some point I'd like to find a soul mate to spend my life with.

I hear that ‘Alicia Trent’ will be taking a break… So what’s on your agenda right now and when do you plan to make a comeback?
Right now I am just trying to adjust to all the changes in my life.  I am concentrating on my antique store and my friends.  I don't have any specific plans for a “comeback” as you call it, but one never knows when a mystery will pop into their lives.

Meet Nick
You have had a rough childhood. How has that helped shaping up your life/character/personality?
I'm sure that all the experiences of our lives affect and change us.  My childhood was worse than some and better than many.  These days I don't have any problem facing myself in the mirror in the mornings, and I don't think we can ask for any more than that.

Have you made peace with your family? How is your search for your brother going on?
Things with my Mom are fine, and I think she is content and maybe even happy.  As for information regarding my brother, people will just have to read Antique Discovery.

What is it about Alicia that attracted you to her in the first place?
Alicia, is one of a kind.  Originally I was attracted to her intense loyalty to her friends, and her determination to do the right thing, no matter what the cost.

Do you see a future for the two of you?
I suppose I have my hopes, but I know better than most that life is full of surprises.

The unique clock & bottle have always been right so far, so why are you so skeptical about them?
Oh, I don't think I'm skeptical any longer.  I just prefer to be able to understand the tools I use.  I'm not big on trusting the unexplainable.

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
There are a million things I still want to do.  I couldn't possibly list them all here, but I will say that the main thing is to be able to keep on being thrilled to get up each morning to tackle the day ahead.

Meet Lawrence
We know a bit of your background from ‘Antique Magic’ but not as much as I’d like to know. Can you tell us a bit more?
Well, as you know from Antique Magic, I had a wealthy upbringing, but my family wasn't especially affectionate.  Even so, things were fine until I got sick.  After that there was more confusion than anything else.  Since my most recent medication has made living a normal life possible, I've been happier than ever before.

What was your initial reaction to Alicia Trent when you two met in Antique Magic?
We met under very strange circumstances, and my very first impression was to realize how extremely brave she is.  It wasn't long until I also discovered her compassion and loyalty.

You have become quite an important part in Alicia’s life and have been there on all of her adventures. Has your opinion of her changed over the time?
Of course it has.  The better I get to know here the more positive qualities I discover.  She isn't like anyone else I've ever met.

What is your take on the magic clock & bottle?
Pure and simple fascination and amazement.

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
That's an easy question.  I only have one, and that's to stay healthy as long as possible.

What is your plan now?
With my condition I try very hard not to plan ahead.  I take one day at a time and try to enjoy each one.

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  1. What inspired you to start writing?

  2. I noticed that all your books are titled with the word antique. Do you have a background in antiques, and if not, how did you come up with the concept of the main character being in the antiques business?

  3. This is the first time I've been asked this question. Attending a ton of antique auctions and visiting antique stores has long been a hobby. For the factual information in the books I did a lot of research. As for how I can up with the idea for making Alicia an antique dealer, I have no answer. Ideas just come, but I am never sure from where. Thank you for being interested. The one book Desert Shadow is not part of the Alicia Trent series and I have another completed book I hope will be published soon that is also different.