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Four ways to Spot a Witch by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #urbanfantasyKryssie Fortune shares four ways to spot a witch.

1. Is the witch female?

Women are easily tempted to sin. Remember Eve and that damn apple? It taunted her from the tree branch while poor, innocent Adam ignored it. Historically, women were seen as morally week. Making a pact with the devil opened up a women’s wildest fantasies. Sometime, when struggling as an uneducated peasant, those fantasies were all she had.

Forget science and facts. Although… Okay, witches and flying go together. Ever wondered why? Most bread in the middle ages was rye bread, but that goes moldy fast. That mold’s interesting. It’s called Ergot. Too much is lethal. Smaller amounts are hallucinogenic and can give the illusion of flying. Most witch suspects were healers or herbalists, and they’d include Ergot in their potions. Rub that potion on your broomstick and straddle it, pre-flight. Middle ages remember. No underwear. Their bare genitals absorbed the potion, making them writhe and contort as it sent orgasm speeding though their body. Afterwards, they would think they’d been flying

2. Does the witch have a pet?

Don’t ever be lonely enough to take in a stray cat or dog, no matter how many purrs or puppy-dog eyes they give you. Witch hunters will claim the Devil sent the pet to her. Some believe the creature can shape shift. Historically witch hunters were warned to be on guard for small snakes, birds, cats, rats, dogs, and griffins. It makes you wonder how many griffins they found.

Pets or familiars didn’t only belong to women. During the English Civil war, Prince Rupert of the Rhine commanded the Cavaliers’ cavalry. By the age of 23, he was an experienced soldier, and everywhere he went, he took his huge white poodle, Boy, with him.

Parliamentarians thought the dog was Prince Rupert’s familiar, or even the Devil in disguise. They even claimed the dog could catch bullets in its mouth. Boy held the rank of Sergeant-major-general. After the cavaliers lost the Battle of Marston Moor, parliamentarians shot Boy, some say with a silver bullet. So, devil’s familiar? Werewolf? Or just a well- loved dog? You decide.

3. Does the witch have a wart?

Women breastfeed babies. Since I can’t find a reference to a female witch catcher, I assume they were male. Men are fascinated with women’s breasts, right? So, if the poor suspect had a third teat somewhere on her body, then that was a secret place for her familiar to suckle. Clearly men are terrified of women, why else would they need a panel of expert females to help find the hidden wart. Or maybe the men didn’t mind looking at the women’s breasts but not at her more private places.

4. Is the witch annoying?

What? Who decides this one? Does she get drunk and dance naked around the village? Some might call that local color. Does she come begging at the manor door? Surely powerful men had a duty to help the poor. Perhaps, if they were powerful, they were also greedy. What better way to not give alms than to out the poor beggar woman as a witch.

Why my interest in witches? Easy, the Tempest, the heroine in my book, Claimed by the Vampire, Seduced by the Werewolf is one. Since she’s scared to touch her powers, she’s not a very good one, but then there’s the exploding cauldron to consider. Or the time an injured vampire crash landed on her carpet. Or the way her demon death spell bounced off a cluster of spider demons. All things considered, she’s probably best leaving her magic alone.

Kryssie Fortune’s Claimed by the Vampire, Seduced by the Werewolf

After seven centuries, Elias, a former Spartan turned vampire, finds his eternal bride.

Seth, Elias’s werewolf half-brother, scents his mate.

Vampire and werewolf loathe each other. The only thing they agree on is that Tempest is their mate–and they’re not sharing.

A prophecy will force Tempest, a twenty-first-century witch, to choose between them. As the half-brothers vie to win her heart, they teach her about spanking, the way pain heightens pleasure, and the joy of multiple orgasms.

A vampire can’t survive without his fated bride. A werewolf dies if he loses his mate. Their future rests in Tempest’s hands. Which one will she choose?

Note: While loosely linked to the Scattered Siblings series, this book may be read as a standalone story.

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Kryssie Fortune writes the sort of hot sexy books she loves to read. If she can sneak a dragon into her paranormal books she will. Her paranormal heroes are muscular werewolves, arrogant Fae, or BDSM loving dragons.

Kryssie likes her contemporary heroes ex-military and dominant. Her heroines are kick ass females who can hold their own against whatever life – or Kryssie – throws at them.

Kryssie’s pet hates are unhappy endings, and a series that end on a cliff hanger.

Her books are all stand-alone even when part of series. Plot always comes before sex, but when her heroines and heroes get together, the sex is explosive and explicit. One review called it downright sensual.

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Welcome Shari Elder author of Unnatural Allies, a new Paranormal Romance.

Why did you write this book?

Last year, Evernight published my novel, Shifter Trials. Although I had not planned for it to be part of a series, two of the secondary characters in the book—the wolf beta and heroine’s best friend, and a rat alpha – started bucking for their own story. Then I fell in love with the idea of a love story between a rat and a wolf. I like to push at rules, and this story definitely does that.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love science fiction, fantasy and paranormal stories, romance and non-romance. I just love to see how writers create new worlds, new rules of engagement, new species, and new cultures. It’s why I write them as well. I also love mysteries. Like romances with their HEAs, mysteries have to tie up the story by the end as well.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I have to share two, because I always like to have to have a male and a female. The first is Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings. He’s not the hero, yet the final victory (and happy ending) would not have succeeded without him. He’s the best friend, the sidekick, the shadow, on which the hero’s success ultimately rests. He’s a unique character, often overlooked, because his evolution is to become his best self, beyond what he thought he could be. And he gets the girl in the end.

The second is Ms.Jane Marple, because I adore the quiet, older character that everyone ignores. Yet it she who sees and hears everything, and ultimately is the only one who can figure it out. Reliable, loyal and kind, with depth and intelligence that comes out quietly in the acts of day to day life. Like Sam.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a science fiction romance novel called the Scent of Memory, which is book 2 in my Green Rising Series. In this novel, a rebel computer genius is reunited with her fiancée, who she believed to be dead from a mining accident. Instead, he was rebuilt as a cyborg and had his memories wiped.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

In addition, to the Scent of Memory, I am also working on book 3 in Shifting Alliances, where shifters continue their battle against the fae (see blurb below). In this novel, a cougar shifter and a fae man find love. I also plan to write a holiday hannukah story.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A World in Transition

Violent fae encroachment on shifter land is heating up. With death tolls rising, the impossible becomes necessary – an alliance among predator and prey shifters.

An Inconceivable Love

Nicca Baron, lone wolf and wolf clan beta, finds herself under the command of Evan Grant, the rat alpha. In different circumstances, he’d be dinner. Or so her wolf keeps reminding her. Evan proves to be a perceptive leader, a skilled fighter and irresistible to her lonely heart.

To rule the rats, you have to rule the pack. Evan is a whiz at managing people and groups. Until he finds himself leading a mission made up of every single large animal that thrives on rat flesh. And not the kind between his legs. The only bright light is Nicca. Her storm gray eyes miss nothing, her brilliant mind comprehends everything and her succulent curves offer the perfect place for a rat to nestle.

An Impossible Future

In each other’s arms, Nicca and Evan discover love and a new perspective in an off-kilter world. But a wolf cannot mate with a rat, no matter the strength of the human attraction.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0718ZTNFY/
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/unnatural-allies-by-shari-elder/
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Hello, I’m Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges. I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her furry minions). As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia. In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can’t resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one.

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USA Today bestselling author Lisa Carlisle loves stories with dark, brooding heroes and independent heroines. She’s honored to be a multi-published author writing in different genres since she’s wanted to be a writer since the sixth grade.  For much of her professional career, she’s written non-fiction — but she’s discovered writing romance is the most fun. Her romances have been named Top Picks at Night Owl Reviews and All Romance Ebooks.
When she was younger, she worked in a variety of jobs, moving to various countries. She was deployed to Okinawa, Japan, while in the military; backpacked alone through Europe;  and lived in Paris before returning to the U.S. She owned a bookstore for a few years as she loves to read. She’s now married to a fantastic man, and they have two kids, two kittens, and too many fish.

Interview with Lisa Carlisle

Why did you write this book?
I’ve always had a thing for gargoyles. I envisioned writing a story about five statues; the story begins when one begins to move. That story bloomed into a much larger world—one on a mystical Scottish island with five gargoyle shifter brothers. I wrote the first book, Knights of Stone: Mason, and was thrilled and surprised when readers asked for more. Of course, I was happy to comply and ideas began spinning for each brother. Bryce is the second oldest brother and the beta of the gargoyle clan. He’s content as his role as second—until he meets Mairi and his entire world changes.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy reading romance, mysteries, and nonfiction, but the last year I’ve read many shifter romances.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I’m drawn to dark, brooding characters, like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, or Snape in the Harry Potter books.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
For 2016, my main focus is on stories for each brother in the Knights of Stone, but I’m also working on other paranormal and military romances. I’m also in three upcoming, multi-author boxed sets.
Please tell us about your latest book.
What happens when love interferes with plans, during the most unfortunate of times?
Gargoyle shifter, and the last of her clan, Mairi, is running for her life, desperate to keep hidden. When she spots two winged creatures flying high above her in the Highlands of Scotland, she momentarily panics, thinking they’re the same beasts who murdered her family along with her entire clan. Realizing they’re gargoyles like her, she takes flight and discreetly follows them to an island.
Bryce, beta of his clan and drummer for the Knights of Stone, senses something is amiss on the Isle of Stone. At first, he believes he’s merely discomfited by the rumors of atrocities occurring in the Highlands. However, he discovers an intruder on the magically-concealed island home. Once he ascertains that the flame-haired beauty is the sole survivor of a traumatizing attack, he returns to the Highlands to warn his former clan.
Somewhere between cautioning the clan and realizing the necessity of destroying the beasts that threaten them all, Mairi and Bryce discover an attraction that quickly evolves into a consuming passion. A problem even greater than the murderous fiends becomes apparent – the love they share may not survive the battle.
For a unique shifter romance series with hot men in kilts, read about the brothers in the Knights of Stone today!

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Title Knights of Stone: Bryce
Genre Paranormal / shapeshifter romance
Author Lisa Carlisle
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Today’s featured book is Alpha Awakened by Jocelyn Dex.

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Title Alpha Awakened
Genre Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance
Author Jocelyn Dex
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Hale, a fox shifter, hates everyone and everything,
especially himself. He’s an angry, bitter, mentally unstable drunk who blames
himself for his mate’s death. Not being able to tolerate being in the presence
of female fox shifters, uncontrollable rage erupts when he meets Hope, and he’s
torn between killing her and kissing her.
Hope knows she has to have Hale the second he steps inside
her shop. The fox inside her comes to life and demands to be claimed. Even
though Hale is vulgar, volatile, and threatens her at every turn, she wants to
ease his pain, bring joy back into his life, and make him hers.
Can Hope break through Hale’s walls and awaken the alpha
within, or will Hale finally scare her away for good?

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Jocelyn was born in Iowa and currently resides in hot-as-hell Texas. She shares her home with her very own 6’4″ alpha male and varying numbers of spoiled cats and dogs. Jocelyn writes paranormal and contemporary romances that include humor, lust, love, and four-letter words on the way to a Happily-Ever-After.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Wolf on a Mission by N.J. Walters.

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Title Wolf on a Mission
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author N.J. Walters
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When love runs wild, there are no limits.
Salvation Pack, Book 6
Full-blooded werewolf Elias Gallagher, sole guardian of his half-breed teenage nephews, is all too aware that the world is not a safe place for a werewolf on his own. Doubly so for half-breeds.
He brings his nephews to North Carolina to check out the Salvation Pack’s openness to half-breeds. He never expected to find a mate—the fully human mother of a young boy—while there.
After enduring one tragedy after another over the past two years, Sue Walsh is focused solely on earning a living and raising her five-year-old son. With her ex suddenly demanding custody, the last complication she wants or needs is an attraction to a ruggedly handsome stranger.
But the sexual pull between them is too strong to be denied. And when there’s trouble with the local hunters, Elias will do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves. Even if it means revealing his biggest secret.

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Wolf’s Blade by Clare
Dargin.

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the Book

Title Wolf’s Blade
Genre Paranormal, Contemporary, Erotic, Shifter, Romance
Author Clare Dargin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Samantha Dixon rescues a wounded wolf shifter in the woods
near her home … and unwittingly gets drawn into a dangerous game of cat and
mouse with a murderer. Callum Blake is on the trail of an evil man who would be
king of all wolf kind, no matter the cost … it’s up to Callum to stop him. How
can Callum fulfill his duty to protect his pack and save the woman who is
destined to be his mate?

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the Author

Clare Dargin is a multi-published romance author. She has
written for several publishers in different genres, including erotic romance,
military romance, contemporary, paranormal, and sci-fi. She lives in the
mid-west, and when not surfing the web, she is hard at work writing her next
romance novel. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Amazon.

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This quick interview includes info about the author, and
introduces the story.

About the Author

Lisa Carlisle is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance
and suspense. She loves stories with dark, brooding heroes and independent,
caring heroines. Lisa feels very honored to be a multi-published author since
she’s wanted to write since the sixth grade. Her travels have provided her with
inspiration for various settings in her novels. She backpacked alone through
Europe, and lived in Paris before returning to the U.S. Now she lives in New
England with her husband, two children, a cat, and many fish.

Interview with Lisa Carlisle

Why did you write
this book?
Dark Stranger is part three in the Chateau Seductions
trilogy. The manager of the art colony is a loyal companion to the owner of the
chateau, Antoine. Since Cameron was first introduced in book 1, Dark Velvet, I
knew he deserved his own story. How did he end up working for a supernatural
being on a remote island when he is human? How does he feel about the
isolation?
With the wolf shifters coming to the island and his wariness
of shifters from an earlier altercation, I wanted to see what would happen with
him paired up with one of them. And oh my, the forbidden attraction is hot!
Especially when Nadya resists the idea of her mate being human.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Paranormal romance, especially shifter romance at the
moment.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
I’m a sucker for dark, brooding characters. My favorites are
Dracula and Heathcliff, and if we’re including movies, Darth Vader. I’ve always
had a bit of an obsession with him.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m finishing up a short story with one of the characters
from the Chateau Seductions series. Also, I’ve started book two in the Highland
Gargoyles series, the follow up to Knights of Stone.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Dark Stranger is part 3 of the Chateau Seductions trilogy
Wolf shifters come to Chateau
seeking a missing pack member. During an altercation, Cameron Stevens, the
manager of the art colony, is separated from the others. He ends up alone with
Nadya, one of the female shifters.
Together, in the forests of DeRoche
Island, they struggle against conflicting feelings. In addition to battling
each other as well as their mistrust, they fight a powerful, inexplicable
attraction to one another—one that leaves them irrevocably entwined.
They’re mates? Cameron can’t
comprehend or accept such a thing is possible. They’re two different species
and their worlds don’t mesh. He can’t fight the heated desire burning between
them and her touch is impossible to resist. His heart and mind aren’t on the
same page where she’s concerned. One thing is certain—Nadya is stamped on both.
Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Shifters, vampires, gargoyles

About the Book

Title Dark Stranger
Genre Paranormal romance
Author Lisa Carlisle
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Dai’s Dark Valentine
by Dariel Raye 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces
the story. Join the author’s Facebook party on Feb 21st for fun and giveaways.
What happens when a sheltered cat-shifter and a dark fey come
together?
Three-hundred years is a long time, but left to its own devices,
what began as the vendetta of one man can grow to encompass even more formidable
hatred.
Daitre Salons is a beautiful but naïve heiress whose true heritage
has been kept secret even from her. Now, her abilities are emerging and her father’s
enemies want her dead, but what bothers her most is that her new husband “in
name only” insists on treating her like a child.
Joban Beaucoup, professional guard to the Salons family, and
dark fey (alternate spelling from Vodouin origin), has chosen to leave the quaint
yet suffocating French town of his orphan-childhood and venture to the Americas,
but he needs one thing he cannot concoct, despite his magical abilities: a wife.
When Joban agrees to marry Daitre and take her to the Americas
with him, he carries her three-thousand miles away, then whisks her three-hundred
years into the future to assure her safety, but while Daitre struggles to adjust
to this strange new world, manage her newfound powers, and make peace with her feelings
for Joban, Joban learns that even here, their enemies have followed them, now more
deadly than ever.

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15th
Jacklynn Sizemore – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 16th
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Ruled by the Moon
by Naomi Bellina 

By Naomi Bellina

I’m minutes away from hopping on a plane leaving St. Louis Missouri.
I’ve been visiting my mom and sister and I’m waaaaaay past ready to go home. For
one thing, I’m freezing my butt off! Time to get back to Florida. I grew up in St.
Louis and I knew without a doubt, it was not the place I wanted to spend the rest
of my life. Now before you St. Louis dwellers start blasting me for picking on your
city, let me say, there are many wonderful features of this area. Fans love and
support their sport teams, for sure. St. Louis offers a wide variety of good food
and entertainment, a fantastic highway system, nearby wineries to make you drool
and the most beautiful autumns you’ll ever see.
But not for me. I longed for something more in whatever place
I lived. I can’t describe what that something was, but knew I’d recognize it when
I felt it. In Ruled by the Moon, magical people such as witches and werewolves are
drawn to Nocturne because of powerful ley lines that run through the area. I’ve
always been fascinated with ley lines so I did some research and found they could
very well be running through my fictitious Midwestern United States town. Check
out this Google
page for some great maps of ley lines. They’re everywhere! According to Wikipedia, ley lines are
“…supposed alignments of numerous places of geographical and historical interest,
such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords.”
I believe they’re spots that contain certain kinds of power.
On this visit to St. Louis, I checked in to see if I could feel
energy from that strong line running through Missouri. Nope. At least not anything
I could pick up. Or maybe, the energy that flowed was exactly what I found unpleasant.
Maybe it affected me on some level I wasn’t even aware of. I live in Florida now
and though there are many qualities I love about this state (it’s soooooo much better
to be here in February), it’s still not quite my perfect home. I’ve always been
drawn to mountains and after a recent visit to Taos, New Mexico, would love to explore
that area. Maybe one day.
How about you? Do you have a place that resonates with your soul?
Thank you so much for visiting today.

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Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A psychic vet, a secretive werewolf, a menace stalking the shifters.
Welcome to Nocturne.
Dylan is a werewolf with a problem. He shifts at the new moon
as well as at the full moon. He was born a werewolf, not made like most shape-changers
and due to these unique traits he’s avoided joining a pack and has given up hope
of having a normal life. Morgan is a veterinarian, ready to be on her own for a
good long time after leaving a cheating, spineless husband. She has a plan for her
life that doesn’t include a bossy, furry man.
Both are drawn to Nocturne, a town filled with magic due to a
strong convergence of ley lines in the area. Morgan and Dylan recognize a connection
when they meet, but neither one is looking for romance. After a harrowing encounter
with a panther shape-shifter, they must combine forces and work together to uncover
a menace that threatens the town. If they can learn to trust each other and let
their guard down, they have a chance to solve the mystery and open the door to love.

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Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a
magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is
drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love.
So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and
creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible. Her
motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

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To Eternity
by Daisy Banks 
Introducing Magnus Johansson from To Eternity. This is his
bucket list.

About the Book

Title To Eternity, wild beneath the moon-Book 2 in the Timeless
series.
Genre Paranormal
Author Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
For four centuries Magnus has lived
according to the dictates of the moon, his heart isolated by the domination of his
wolf nature. Now fate has brought the beautiful, independent Sian to his house at
Darnwell and their irresistible attraction has exploded into a white-hot passion.
Yet she is not wolf, and the time has come for her to embrace the change. But once
she completes the ritual and claims her place next to Magnus, the rivals will appear
on the horizon…

The Bucket List of Magnus Johansson

This interview is designed for your hero to describe his/her bucket list for
readers. Answer the questions as the character.

Name: Magnus Johansson
Age: Approximately four hundred and eighty five.
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Darnwell England
Profession: He is of independent means and therefore has no professional
title.
Welcome to Romance Lives
Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you better. Please
tell us about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to take part in this interview. Man
or myth, or something in between, that is how I have described myself in the past.
My existence, I can’t call it life, was grim. Until I met Sian I had been solitary
for many years. I preferred to be alone rather than risk forming relationships with
others. I had some bitter experiences in my youth and the pain from them was compounded
by living through the losses of the war years. I thought being alone was my only
honorable option.
I am sure you are aware I am afflicted with the werewolf curse.
Please, don’t worry. I am quite safe at present. The full moon is past for this
month. Even during the full moon I try to limit the number of times I hunt and am
very selective of my hunting grounds. When I am not under the control of the moon
I spend much time in organizing restoration work on my home. The orangery and the
walled garden are current projects. Since I met Sian she has helped me with these
tasks and so many other things. Sian has turned my world around, I wouldn’t be here
speaking with you today if not for her influence. Sian shares my interest in antiques
and architecture. She has an eye for beauty in its many forms.
I do apologize, this is supposed to be about me, but I can’t
help talking about Sian. Shall we continue with the interview?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.”
Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations
to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.” We’d like
to know yours, please. If you haven’t made one before, perhaps now would be a good
time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling
us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What are two places you
would like to visit before you die, and why?
This is very interesting. As a werewolf, my death, barring unfortunate
circumstances, is very unlikely, but I would like to answer the questions all the
same. I would enjoy the chance to visit Egypt with Sian. She quite rightly pointed
out that if I journey there I could relish the sense of a time well beyond my own
existence. That would be a very enlightening experience.
There is also a beach I once visited in the Caribbean and I would
like to return there. The memory of the place features often in the dreams I share
with Sian. I would like to take her there and show her the reality. Hopefully, in
the intervening years since I first visited, the beach hasn’t changed too much.
I once found peace there and in my younger days that was a very rare occurrence.
Where is a place you would
never like to return, and why?
The place is London, but not as it is now. Sian has taken me
to visit London several times and I have enjoyed each journey we have made. I would
prefer not to return as I was in the eighteenth century. I behaved rather badly
then and have no pride in my activities in that era of my life. Grief can have a
very damaging effect in many different ways. I’m afraid it made a self-centered
creature of me. I hunted with impunity and relished the chase in a way I am rather
ashamed of now.
Who is someone you would
like to meet, and why?
I would like to meet the founder of my family line and discover
how the werewolf curse first took hold. I would ask them if they ever found a way
to conquer the wretched affliction.
Who is someone you would
like to avoid, and why?
At present the person I would wish to have no contact with is
Mr. Franklyn Gorsewell. He is a despicable creature who has threatened and even
physically harmed the woman I love. A reckoning between he and I must eventually
come, and I believe it will be savage. Please don’t think I fear that, I don’t,
but Sian will be distressed by such an event, after all he was once her employer
and so called mentor. He abused that position of trust. He is utterly without merit.
If you could time travel
to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I have a rather strange and sometimes strained relationship with
time. If I were able to travel in time I would wish to return to the day I met Sian.
I would do things differently you see. I’m afraid to say I wasn’t very grateful
at first that she made me live. I’d been alone for so long, I might as well have
been dead. I fought against being dragged back to life in the fear of its hurts.
I shouldn’t have done. I ought to have been gentler with her, accepted the wonderful
love she offered me and thanked her for it. Yes, if I could travel in time I would
return to experience those first days with her again. She is the most courageous
woman I have ever met and I’d like to honor that rather than being as difficult
as I was. Of course, Sian has forgiven me my foibles, but I would like to make her
memories of our meeting sweeter.
What is your birth order?
I am an only child.
Tell us about your favorite
toy as a child.
My childhood was rather isolated, understandable given my heritage.
I had few toys but I did have several dogs as companions. It was then I discovered
my body is not that of an ordinary person. The dogs aged and died, but I hardly
changed. My parents always provided new ones, but I had to accept the loss of creatures
I loved. Each lost hound proved bitter lesson for me. I also had several favorite
ponies and horses as I matured. Their loss though painful didn’t sting quite so
much as those of my dogs. They did not sleep on my bed, nor beg from my plate or
offer such devoted companionship.
I was very fond of a hunting hawk. I’d named her Starlight, for
her gleaming under wing feathers, when she died I gave up hawking. Later, once I
reached adolescence and I’d undergone the first year or two of moon induced transformations,
my parents departed and I became master of my home. I amused myself as any young
man of wealth might in the era.
Describe your favorite
food and how it’s prepared.
The wolf inheritance influences many aspects of my life and as
a man I eat a great deal of steak. My cook knows to serve it rare.
Tell us about your best
friend.
Other than my few servants, my contact with people over the recent
past has been very limited. In the war years when I was quite active there were
young men who I called friends, however, they never truly knew me as I am. Sian
is the one person who knows and accepts me. She offers me the gift of her love.
She is everything.
I must leave now as Sian is waiting. Thank you for your questions.
I hope we meet again sometime in the future. Good day.

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Author Bio

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical,
Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer, Daisy is passionate about her
stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married,
with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire,
England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing, she has
also occasionally been known to make a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.

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