Kelley writes Celtic historical romances with fantasy elements. Her stories reflect her passion for ancient history and the supernatural. She is drawn in particular to the ancient Celts who are shrouded in mystery and associated with the otherworldly realm of the Fae. With her pen and paper, she recreates long ago places filled with fierce warriors, bold women, magic, conflict and romance.
Blurb for Cat's Curse, Book One: Dark Goddess Trilogy:
Cardea, follower of the Great Goddess is cursed to live an eternity as a blood drinker. For centuries she has lived with hate hunting and feeding off humans. Now she finds herself at the end of a sword blade held by the most handsome and arrogant man she has ever met.
Aedan mac Gabrain, prince of Dal Riata and a Christian, trusts no one after suffering a curse that keeps him from touching any females or he will turn into a black cat like his brother. He especially distrusts this strange female who could be the one who cursed his clan since no one knows Cat Anna's true face.
Can two tortured souls find love while battling a dark goddess determined to destroy them?
Excerpt from Cat's Curse, Book One: Dark Goddess Trilogy:
AD 564, Alba
The hunt called to her, singing in her veins. Moonbeams cleaved through the frozen night, striking the earth between outstretched branches like gleaming metal blades. Cold air cut into her bones with sharp, icy talons, reminding her she had once been mortal. Venturing further into the thick forest of tall pine, oak, beech, birch and rowan, Cardea's booted feet crunched on the frost-encrusted earth, her senses searching out the sweet scent of blood.
A sharp sound roared on the black wings of night. Something stirred in the forest, waking slumbering birds in a nearby wide-branched tree. Wings fluttered far above her head, breaking the silence of the night followed by a man's deep voice echoing in the night, sounding like a thread of angry curses.
A pleased smile formed on Cardea's lips. The strong scent of blood stirred her senses--warm blood.and human. Like an experienced predator, she adjusted her step, moving on silent feet through carpets of fern toward the scent of fresh blood, eager to sate her thirst. She moved like a shadow, darting in and out of the lofty trees.
Another sound stirred the hushed, sleeping wood. Something moved toward her through the forest at a fast pace, crunching leaves and twigs beneath pounding feet. Cardea stopped in her tracks, her body shimmering into the shadows.
The baying of hounds tore through the night.
She froze. Fear struck her like a resounding hammer blow. Could they be demon hunters coming for me? Demon hunters used hounds because animals could sense her even when she became one with the shadows. In her haste to hunt the human, she failed to notice the scent of hounds. Before she could react, two hounds the size of calves had her pinned to the ground, stunned. They licked her face, showering her face with drool.
A man's deep voice shouted out a command for the dogs to back off. Cardea sputtered, struggling to get the slavering beasts off her.
"Fian, Donnan!" The two hounds backed off, obeying their master's stern command.
Cardea pushed on her arms to sit up and faced the sharp edge of a sword blade, the sight of which made her draw in a sharp breath and remain still. The splash of pale moonlight revealed a man with long black hair standing over her, his great height matching a towering oak, his arms thick and muscled as oak branches.
"I would not move if I were ye, lass." The man's thick brogue washed over her, sweet and honey-like.
For more information on all of Kelley Heckart's books, please visit her website at www.kelleyheckart.com
In the Gloaming: An Anthology of Faerie Stories
Blurb: Step into the world of glamour where the beautiful, the dreamy, the vicious, and even a bit of the sexually bizarre will captivate you. Authors: Cora Zane, Esmerelda Bishop, K.M. Frontain, Nita Wick, and Kelley Heckart
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Praise for In the Gloaming
The last story is The Enchanted Meadow by Kelley Heckart. I enjoyed this story as well. I liked the characters and the plot was well thought out. It had just the right amount of myth and magic. Taran and Alina were one of those couple you cannot help but hope they are able to be together at the end.
Reviewed by Megan at Bitten By Books
In the Gloaming was a quick and enjoyable read, I would recommend this anthology for faerie and non-faerie lovers alike! 5 Delightful Divas.
Reviewed by Eliza Knight
4 Cups! Absolutely Magical! This book is made for those of us who still believe. All the tales are different but compliment each other well. These fabulous stories will stay with you for a long time. A phenomenal read.
Praise for The Enchanting Meadow:
Hauntingly beautiful; this enchanting story takes the reader into a magical meadow where there is a bad curse and an evil source watching. These exceptional characters carry out a plot that ensnares the reader and keeps you there until the end.
Reviewed by Wateena Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
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A unique story, The Enchanted Meadow brings the other worldly right to your door. I felt like I was a part of Taran's group-a sure sign of a fine writer. In The Gloaming really is a superior set of tales. Rating: One whole champagne bottle and a flute!
Reviewed by Nutty Nana at Cocktail reviews
Of Water and Dragons
Blurb: Of Water and Dragons weaves together the Roman history and Celtic lore of ancient Britain to create an unforgettable story of love and sacrifice.
Available in Trade Paperback on www.amazon.com
Praise for Of Water and Dragons
"Author Kelley Heckart's compelling verbiage and tightly-wrought plot grab from page one with a tenacious intensity evocative of the early classics of fantasy fiction. Of Water and Dragons is an appealing amalgam of magic, erotica, military history, and romance that will leave readers breathless in its wake."
Reviewed by New York Times Best-selling Author, Ellen Tanner Marsh
"This reviewer found it an interesting tale, rich in myth and preserved history. The author has tied the story in with well-known and still not understood
happenings in history. This tale is filled with well-written prose, some great
dialogue and descriptions. The characters are well drawn and true to the time
frame. It also brought the land and the tribal outlook to life in a new way as the
historical background rolled forward. If you like unusual fantasy and can suspend belief for a while, you will enjoy this trip back in time."
Reviewed by Pam at www.loveromances.com
4 Cups! This tales speaks of another time. A time of faeries, soldiers, druids, and magic. Ms. Heckart draws the reader into the pages and enchants them with her words, making them believe for just a little while that they too can call on dragons or control armies. For the time it takes to read this book, we just might have the power to control the universe. Of Water and Dragons is a romance to make you believe again.
Karen Magill Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
The author spins a fine tale. The characters are three-dimensional and easily captured my interest. The plot weaves seamlessly through a complicated time in history, taking advantage of ambiguities to insert an otherworldly mystique. I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from this author.
Debra Rodensky for Historical Novels online
"The riveting novel is authentically set in ancient Scotland and Britain. Conflict
and cultural differences affects their relationship adding suspense, surprise,
mythic, and historical fantasy to a spellbinding plot...Real Celtic lore and
Roman history combined adds synergy to the exciting, soul-stirring story about
separation, conflict, love and sacrifice."
Recommended and reviewed in The Mindquest Review, by Lightword Publishing
Blurb: Blending Celtic lore and history, Ravenwolf takes the reader on a journey to an ancient land filled with spiteful goddesses who threaten to tear Ambiorix and Nemu apart.
Available in Trade Paperback on www.amazon.com
Praise for Ravenwolf
Heckart's work offers beautiful, poetic descriptions rich in detail. Reading this book is a sensual pleasure. It is especially a joy to read about the idyllic agrarian lifestyle, and the sense of people's connection to the land, to the tribe, and to the spirit world. The richness of detail in descriptions create a powerful aura that positively fills this work.
Reviewed by Snapdragon at The Long and the Short of It
It might be easy to categorize this book as fantasy because of its supernatural elements or as romance because of the explicit sexual content and story of lovers in jeopardy, but the lovely writing and incorporation of well-researched Celtic history and mythos elevates the book to something beyond either clichéd genre. Below the sensual surface, the book seems to touch on themes of balance and unity between genders. Women are empowered in the story with the depiction of powerful female goddesses, but Heckart carefully avoids the trap of choosing one sex over the other by emphasizing the need of each to come together as a balanced whole. The story will be entertaining to most and fascinating to anyone interested in Celtic history and myth.
Reviewed by Amanda Yesilbas for Historical Novels Review Online
Do you like a bit of history mixed in with a touch of spellbinding romance? In Ravenwolf Kelley takes you into a time and place where all is magical and amazing.
Reviewed by Angela McCarthy at TCM
White Rose of Avalon
Blurb: Morgaine will do anything to save Avalon, but is she willing to sacrifice Lancelot, the only man capable of filling her heart with love?
Praise for White Rose of Avalon
5 Flowers! Ms. Heckart has done very well with this tale. I really enjoyed the new twist on the old King Arthur tale. I liked Gwen's new looks. (The author) kept my attention and it was well written, nicely paced and filled with steam. Grab a copy and enjoy it, I am.
Reviewed by Robin L. at My Book Cravings
Four Books! The mystical quality suggested by Kelley Heckart's title, "White Rose of Avalon" indeed fills this romance; the aura of the long ago and the magical, gives a dreamy quality to the story. Fairie queens, prophecies, and magic all abound here. The dreamy quality allows some powerful characters to shine through, however. Descriptions of place are to be savored, as at times Heckart's descriptions seem near-poetic. One need not be a fan of the old legends, nor knowledgeable about the assorted knight's tales, though, to find themselves spellbound by this delightful and power-packed romance.
Reviewed by Snapdragon at The Long and the Short of It.
This is so colourful! The old characters are all there, but they are incredibly alive, and there are lots of new twists on this classic (desire stirs throughout a lot of the scenes). Kelley Heckart's writing makes me wish for a fireplace and a harp in the background.
Cat's Curse, Book One: Dark Goddess Trilogy
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Praise for Cat's Curse, Book One: Dark Goddess Trilogy
4 cards! Ms. Heckart has written an entertaining tale that combines both history and fantasy in a way that will enchant the reader. Definitely put this one in your "I'm gonna read it next" pile!
Reviewed by Rie McGaha of Book Reviews by Rie McGaha