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Coffee With Characters: Marc Ross Blaque Beauty and the Billionaire

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? My name is Marc Ross and I am the male lead in Blaque Beauty and the Billionaire.
What do you do for a living?

I am a (very) successful property developer and hotelier. My mother would say I am a work-a-holic and she would probably be right. My father and grandfather were both developers and it’s in my blood. There’s nothing like the feeling of conceptualizing a hotel or a residential or commercial space and seeing that vision come to life. My properties are almost like real people to me, with their own personalities and characters. I’m also a tech start-up investor.
Erin

How old are you?
39 years young!

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
I am the guy who was lucky enough to meet and fall head over heels with the amazing Marlee Winters. She’s unlike any woman I have ever met and It’s going to take a bit of doing for her to see that her first impressions of me are not wrong. But she’s worth it!

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
I’ve been told I have beautiful eyes. I actually got them from my dad, who was rather embarrassed by them because he was a no-nonsense man who didn’t like unnecessary attention. Our eyes are a weird sort of medium blue with darker blue in the irises. It’s not something I think about much until someone mentions it but, yeah, it’s kind of cool.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
Yes, I have a tattoo on my left shoulder blade of an archangel in memory of my older brother Philip who died in a skiing accident in Switzerland. I also have a tattoo of an Egyptian Ankh below my left ribcage. I got it on a spring break trip to Alexandria with my best friend Everett.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
You know what, I would actually. She is a homebody and I think she should get out more. We both have a love for art, French cuisine and classical architecture so I would fly her to the South of France for a castle tour. Knowing her she would find a way to incorporate it into a new book!

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?
I wouldn’t mind the ability to read minds. It would have saved me a lot of trouble and money over the years, lol. I can’t think of anything else. I’m a very fortunate individual who has been given opportunities to do a lot of good in the world. But the ability to know exactly what people are all about, what they really want or need or what they’re afraid of could be pretty useful.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?
I’m not the most patient person, lol. I don’t like when people don’t know what they want or what they need. To me it means they haven’t taken more time to figure out who they are and what makes them tick. I’ve learned that if you don’t have a strong sense of yourself there are people out there who will be happy to try and define you. I also don’t like phonies. Wealthy people seem to attract superficial people so I’ve gotten to the point where people who are honest and genuinely kind with integrity attract me the most.

What would I love the most about you?
Lol, I’m probably the only billionaire you’ll ever meet with a separate kitchen just for baking – I love to cook! I created a special cupcake filling just for Marlee. Her dad is from the South and her mom is Jamaican so I used passionfruit, mango and strawberries to make a one of a kind dessert for her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary party.

What would I hate the most about you?
Oh wow! Honesty is the best policy, right? I can be a little possessive, as in a lot. I’m not controlling but I’m not big on sharing the people I care about. My mom says I’ve always been that way lol. I should also learn to be a better listener. I’ve gotten used to giving orders lol.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes, probably a little too accurately – it got me into some hot water!

What is your idea of a perfect day?
Spending time with my dreamgirl – basically convincing her to let me send my plane for her for weekends at the lodge. She’s also really focused on her career. We’re both very active. I’ve gotten her into hiking and she’s gotten me into trail riding. So a perfect day would be riding in the Rockies, dinner at an inn tucked away in the mountains and then a game of strip Scrabble by the fire in our suite. We have yet to finish a game 😉
What is your greatest fear?
Wasting my opportunities, my potential. My father and brother left way too soon and now it’s all on me. They were both good men, strong men who believed you haven’t lived unless you leave something good behind. I can die happy if I’ve done that.
Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?
Whoa! Um, well, a few months ago I would have hoped that person was Marlee! Now I know it is so, yeah, I’m really in a good place now. I’m afraid, however, that you’re referring to my ex. That situation is so absolutely over and I guess I would just say that I wish this level of happiness I now have with Marlee for everyone else out there.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A property developer like my father and grandfather. I was the one kid you did not want to play Monopoly with!
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? Honestly, spend the day with my mom and my sweetheart. We would simply spend the day reaffirming what we mean to each other.
What is the one food you can’t live without?
Sushi!
If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you
Lol, tough one…maybe Jakob Dylan? He’s not an actor so is that cheating? Okay, maybe a less squinty version of Eddie Cibrian lol.

Want to know more about Erin Lee Daniels or where to get her book? Of course you do! Click the links below!!!
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Special Edition Coffee With Characters Cover Reveal

ASGfE Kindle Edition (1)
Thank you so much for joining us today Ellie!

Can you tell us about yourself?
My name is Ellie Whitmore. Well, El’iadrylline Whitmore, but not even mom uses my full name and she’s the one who saddled me with it. I was born in London, but currently reside in New York, where I attend university.

How old are you?
I’ve just turned twenty-one.

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
Oh boy, my role. I’m only just finding that out. You see, not long ago, I thought my biggest worry was the organic chem final I’d just failed. It’s a required class for environmental engineering and I’d hoped to one day use my degree and social status (my parents are pretty well known celebrities) to make a difference in the world. But apparently, I’m a space alien. Not only that, I’m some sort of “chosen one” and I’m supposed to save a whole planetary system from an evil emperor. I still haven’t quite reconciled that in my mind yet. I mean, really, me?

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
My spots. Ugh. I have these marks all over my body, kind of like freckles, but they’re really bright white and they kind of form these geometric patterns that are definitely not random. Mom tried to explain them away as Vitiligo (that’s the skin condition Michael Jackson had), but no, they’re communication diodes and apparently a trait I share with my birth father’s people.

The geometric patterns on your skin, do they do anything?
They do quite a bit, actually. I can transfer information to my ship and I can silently communicate with another Eidyn through touch. Unfortunately, they also broadcast my emotional state to anyone who understands Eidyssic diode speak, which is kind of embarrassing. Especially when I’m supposed to be saving the world and my mind wanders off to how hot a guy is. Supposedly, I’ll eventually learn to control this. Hopefully soon.

What was it like growing up with famous parents?
I guess I’m privileged. I’ve been all over the world and I’ve met all kinds of celebrities, so it’s really cool, but at the same time, it’s super annoying. Mom’s a supermodel, so people always gush about how gorgeous she is. Don’t get me wrong, mom is a beautiful and exotic woman (really exotic since she’s actually a Korghetian), but everyone acts like my spots are some sort of embarrassment. Richard, my stepfather, is a film director, which is pretty neat. I just learned that some of the shots in his artsy sci-fi film actually used live footage of mom’s spaceship. How cool is that?

Would you ever want to hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
Maybe. She seems pretty cool and open-minded. In fact, she’s a lot like my friend Bethany (don’t tell her I said this, but I think she wrote Bethany to be like her, but cooler). I know she’d totally hang out at MochaMoka with us because she’s a coffee addict. But I’d probably ask her why she had to go and give me these spots. I know why she made me tall. She’s tall, so she made me taller than her. Kind of rotten to just pile these things on, isn’t it?

If you could have a super power, what would it be, and why?
Well, I kind of have the most powerful relic in the galaxy woven into my genetic makeup, but I’m not sure that’s a super power. Especially since I have yet to figure out if this is truly a good thing or not. So I’ll say invisibility. When you’re weird looking and famous, it’s difficult to stay anonymous.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?
When people think they can say anything because I’m “famous.” I have feelings too.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
She did a pretty good job, though I think she spent far too much time talking about my appearance.

What is your idea of a perfect day?
Vegging out and binge watching television with the ringer off on my phone.

What is your greatest fear?
That I’m not going to live up to the absolutely insanely crazy high expectation that I’m somehow going to save the galaxy.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut, if you must know. Talk about irony.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
I’d run myself ragged trying to have one last moment with everyone I hold dear to my heart so that I can tell them how much they mean to me and thank them for being in my life.

What is the one food you can’t live without?
New York style pizza. Mom would tell you that Italy is the only place to get good pizza, but she’s dead wrong. New York pizza is the only pizza.

For more information on the author and the cover reveal go to Author Christina McMullen’s website

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Hot new release…What?

So, in case you didn’t know, I released a new book last Thursday! Yay! I am so excited about this one! Beautiful Sacrifice is the second book in my Pride and Honor Series! I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out on the top 100 Hot New Release list for Literary Romance with the Fabulous Annie Arcane!

HNR with Miss Ember

Isn’t that amazing! I just had to share this awesome accomplishment. Annie writes wounded heroes and if you haven’t read The Cale and Mickey Series yet then I just have to ask. What are you waiting for?!?!?! Well you can’t say you don’t know where to find them cuz… Bam! Here they are!

Aaaaand! If you want to connect with Annie and tell her how awesome her books are, well then I have a few more links for ya! You’re welcome!
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Coffee With Characters with Derrick Porter from Wolf’s Challenge

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?
1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
Hey all. My name is Derrick Porter. I’m a business lawyer, recovering workaholic, and most importantly, a shifter wolf. I live in Great Oaks, Virginia. My story began when I fell for a fiery, red-headed artist named Sydney who wanted to keep me in the friend zone. She didn’t know I was a wolf shifter, didn’t really know me at all, but she was convinced I was a player. My main goal in Christina Lynn Lambert’s debut novel Wolf’s Challenge was to convince Sydney she would be the only woman for me. It was a challenge for me to be patient and not ask Sydney for everything I wanted too soon. 

Wolf’s Challenge is the first in the Stranger Creatures series. There’s a lot of weird creatures out there in the world, and crazy things can happen when people discover their world isn’t as plain vanilla as they thought, but don’t worry, each book in the Stranger Creatures series can be read as a standalone. Christina hates cliffhangers but she loves sexy alpha men. I’m a wolf shifter so I’m strong and powerful in both wolf and human form, but I’m not a caveman about it. I’m pretty clever too and I use that to my advantage whenever and wherever I can. 

2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
In wolf form, I’m larger than the average wolf. My wolf’s teeth are razor sharp and my senses are off the charts, except my sense of smell which is still above average. As a man, I don’t guess my features are that notable. I’m about 6 feet tall and muscular (but not steroid gym rat huge). My hair is black and my eyes are grayish blue but they get darker depending on my mood.
3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
No birthmarks or tattoos. My left ankle bears a faded brand of the letter e just below the faint scars from an injury that never fully healed. The brand and the scars are the result of the anti-shifter group called the Equalizers finding me at the weakest, most vulnerable moment of my life. 
4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
Yes, I think I’d enjoy hanging out with Christina. We could watch X-Files together or maybe hit a comic book convention and score a bag full of new books, or we could go for a hike in one of Virginia’s beautiful parks. 
5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?
The ability to teleport would be great. Long drives and plane rides annoy the wolf side of me. 
6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?
I hate liars and I especially hate traitors. People who betray their shifter brethren get dealt with –torture, shifter jail, or death. My vote is for a fair amount of the first two before sending a traitor to the bottom of the ocean in tiny little pieces.
7. What would I love the most about you?
I’m a pretty decent guy, or try to be anyway. I screw up from time to time but I would give my life to protect the people I love, whether they’re shifters or regular humans. I’m not perfect but I’m loyal.  
8. What would I hate the most about you?
Some humans hate shifters just because we’re different. They think we’ll try to use our strength and abilities to take over the world or something, but I hope you’ll understand that most shifters just want to be left alone to be what they are in peace. Shifters don’t want to take over the world, we just want to keep it from being destroyed.
9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Christina really got inside my head, a little too much for my liking to be honest, when she wrote about me. My strengths, my weaknesses, my fears, and doubts, yeah, she put all that stuff down on paper for everyone to see. 
10. What is your idea of a perfect day?
A whole day in bed with Sydney where we have nowhere to be, no distractions, and no disruptions. 

11. What is your greatest fear?
Losing the people I love. Rabbit shifters are a close second, though. 

12. Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?
Sydney’s the only woman I want. Nobody else has a chance in hell with me. 

13. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A football player or a helicopter pilot. 
14. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
I’d make sure I spent the day with Sydney and Angel along with my best friend Jack and his wife Carly, who is actually Sydney’s best friend. It wouldn’t matter where we were or what we did, just as long as we were together and I got to say goodbye. I can’t think about this anymore though. I’ve lost too many people and I can’t imagine being separated from Sydney and sweet little Angel. 
15. What is the one food you can’t live without?
Nachos with chili, cheese, and jalapeños. 
16. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?
Maybe Karl Urban or Dave Franco. They look a little like me, I think. Here’s a picture below if you want an idea of what I look like.

Christina says to tell you that if you want a peek at the story or if you want to learn more about her you can check out her blog site at http://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com and her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/christinalynnlambert 
Thanks for having me on your blog site Ms Winters!  

Awww!! So polite! Thanks for joining us today!!!!

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Coffee With Characters Eddie from Written in Blood

Nathan

Thank you so much for joining us today!  Please introduce yourself!

Hey, Ember.  And thank you for finally giving me my due.  It’s not often that the real reason people read books get some attention.  Yeah, sure, the author has the job of putting our words down, but we all know that it’s us characters that truly run the show.  Am I right?

 

Tell us who you are and what you do!

I’ve always been called Eddie, and nothing else.  Well, that’s not completely true, I suppose.  My dad always had some rather choice names for me whenever I messed up.  Or if he was high or drunk; or both on some occasions.  But I don’t really want to go into that right now.  I’ll save that for another time.   And as for what I do?  I kill people.  Not for a living, mind you.  It’s more of a therapeutic thing for me.  It kinda helps push the monsters back into the shadows, for a time, anyway.

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

Well, as much as it pains me to say it, I share the lead with my nemesis, Detective Collins.  Although I think Nathan gave way too many chapters to Ken.  He should have focused a little more on me.  After all, if it weren’t for me, there really wouldn’t be much of a story.  I mean, it IS a crime novel.  If I didn’t do my part, there’d be no need for Ken.

How old are you?

That isn’t discussed in the book.  Just one more of my points about Nathan not focusing enough on me.  But that’s neither here nor there.  I’m somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty years old.  Can’t be completely certain, as I haven’t seen a bio on me anywhere in Nathan’s notes.  Not like he has for Ken, that’s for sure.  I drive the story, but does he try, even a little, to focus on me?  Hardly.

Sorry, when it comes to Ken, I just can’t seem to let go of my anger.  I’ll try to stay focused.

Tell us about your story.  What is it about and what role do you play?

As I mentioned before, it’s a crime novel.  Ken, excuse me, Detective Collins, is just finishing up his rookie year in the Homicide Division of the Foley Police Department, when his world comes crashing down on him.  Not only has his dad’s illness returned, but Ken begins having some physical and emotional issues.  And thanks to his meddling Christian partner, Senior Detective John Filcher, he starts thinking about his eternal security.

As for me, I’ve been locked away for years, watching and waiting for a chance to escape and exact some revenge.  Ken is the main reason I’ve been out of the limelight for so long, and I’ve grown tired of seeing him get to be free and live whatever kind of life he’s wanted.  Needless to say, I’ve planned for a long time to get back at him.  I’ve wanted nothing more than to knock him off his feet and see how well he adapts to having his world turned upside down and inside out.  And that’s just what I do.  After I get free from my imprisonment, I set my plan in motion, and I start killing prostitutes.  That goes back to the therapeutic thing I was talking about earlier.

Anyway, Ken and John must catch me if they want the killings to end.  I certainly won’t stop on my own.  Along the way, I eliminate some undercover cops, and an operative of the Governor’s ‘Special Crimes Division’.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

That would probably be my eyes.  There’s nothing really distinguishable about them, per se, other than the coldness locked inside them.  You aren’t likely to get a caring glance or see love in them.  You certainly wouldn’t find them too pleasant if you were on the receiving end of my cold glare.  Not unless you want to feel a chill run down your spine.  John can tell you about that, if you ever interview him.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

No.  I have considered getting a tattoo, but I’m too afraid of needles.

Would you ever want to hang out with your author?  If so, what would you do together?

I wouldn’t have a problem hanging out with Nathan, but I can’t say the same thing for him.  I don’t think he’d enjoy any of the fun I could show him.  He’s too much of a goody two-shoes.  At least he is since he found God.

If you could have a super power, what would it be, and why?

Hmm.  Most definitely invisibility.  Imagine what I could get away with if no one could see me!

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

People!  Do you really want to go there?  Ok.  A lot of people don’t show the real them.  They wear a mask to hide their true identity.  They act one way to your face, but become someone totally different when the chance arises.  At least I let my victims know up front what kind of person I am.  I’m a straight shooter, figuratively, and literally, as you’ll see when you read the book.

What would I love the most about you?

Probably nothing.  I’m a cold and calloused individual, for the most part.  Comes from the upbringing, I would say.  I don’t know how anybody could be different than I am, if they had to grow up as me.

What would I hate most about you?

Pretty much everything.  See the previous answer for clarification.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

No.  I think he took a little too much artistic license in portraying me and my emotions.  Maybe if he spent a day alone with me, and he managed to survive, then he might be able to better articulate the depth of my anger and cold-heartedness.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Perfect day?  Is there such a thing?  Not where I come from.  But just for the sake of an interesting interview, I’ll say that the perfect day would be being able to do whatever I wanted, without the fear of consequences.  Who wouldn’t want that kind of freedom?  I bet if you took a poll right now, most of your fans would agree with me.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

…See?  What’d I tell you?  Never underestimate the depravity of the average person.  That’s what I always say.

What is your greatest fear?

                That’s an easy one.  Getting locked away again, for good.  The first time was bad enough, but I don’t think even I could deal with another extended stay in solitary confinement.  In there, I have no way to release those sadistic little monsters running around in my head.  They’re enough to drive a guy crazy.  Or do you think I’m already there?  You can be honest with me.  I can take it.

                May I ask you a question, Ember?  If you’re crazy, do you think you know you are, or does someone need to tell you?  And if they told you, would it even matter?  You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.  Just thought I’d ask.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Samantha Adamson.  That would be absolutely perfect.  It would go so far into helping mess Ken’s life up.  He’s so smitten with her, I think it would actually destroy him.  Of course, I’ve thought more than once about doing away with her, just to see Ken’s reaction.  Did I?  Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Normal.  My life was too much of a wreck to even think about dreaming of growing up.  Now Ken, he had plenty of time to think about having a normal life and dream about what he would be when he grew up.  I’ve had plenty of envy over him where that is concerned.  I guess maybe I did dream of having a life like his.  He’s always been pretty much carefree and happy-go-lucky; even considering some of the hard times he did have early on in life.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

                As much as I could get away with before getting caught!  Oh, you want something specific?  Well, I’ve thought about taking out someone famous.  Who wouldn’t matter, as long as they were high profile.  Even now, just thinking about it, I can imagine my knife blade sliding into their skin; the blood pooling around the handle.  Can you smell their fear?  Feel their quivering skin beneath your touch?  Can you see their soul leaving their body?  Stick with me and I can show you so much more.

What is the one food you can’t live without?

                I haven’t been in control of much of my life, so I’ve never really thought about it before.

If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

                Who would be cast?  Probably some two-bit character actor not worth the industry minimum.  Who should be cast?  Pacino, De Niro or Hopkins would be my choice.  Unfortunately, they’re all too old.  Apart from that, it wouldn’t really matter.  I’m probably dead, or they wouldn’t be making a movie.  Would they?

 

                You’ve had enough?  Okay, well, thanks for your time.  And thanks again for talking with the only one deserving the honor.  I’ll be watching…I mean, I’ll see you around.

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Coffee With Characters… Err This should be interesting! The characters (All of Them) of Judge by the Cover

 

1. Hi—okay, sorry before I start this interview, I really must ask. Why are there three of you?

Oh, hi. My name is Tracy. I’m just here to be the buffer between those two. *points at a boy and a girl glaring at each other with crossed arms*

2. But why do they need—
Trust me. They need a buffer.

3. Oh. Okay then. Well, thank you so much for joining us today. Please intro-duce yourself!

The Girl: I’ll start. I’m Haruna Mitsukai. I’m 17 years old and I’m the main char-acter of the story. I’m a student in my final year at Shady Glenn Private Acade-my. I’m Head Girl (which is kind of like student president at regular schools) and I’m aiming to be valedictorian. One of my main goals is getting into the Universi-ty of—
The Boy: She just asked who you are, not for your life story.
Haruna: Shut up! Why are you even here?
Tracy: Stop it, you guys. *gives a deep sigh* This guy over here is Ryu Debiru. He’s the story antagonist.
Ryu: Antagonist? I’m the main character in this story too!
Haruna: But why? That’s what I’d like to know.
Tracy: Yeesh. I’ll take over from here. *looks over with a smile* I’m Tracy Hasan and I’m one of Haruna’s best friends. I also go to the Academy. Ryu does too.

4. Let’s step back for a moment. What is your story about?

Tracy: So the book is called Judge by the Cover which is part of the Hafu Sans Halo series. It’s a YA/New Adult series.
Haruna: And the first book is about this assignment we have to work on for our English class. And it’s a major assignment—like super important. But naturally, it’s impossible to get anything done with this guy.
Ryu: I’d gouge my own eye out with this icepick before spending five minutes with her to be honest.
Tracy: Ahem. Just to be clear, no eyes were lost in the making of this book.
Haruna: Am I the only one wondering why he randomly carries around an icepick?

judge

5. Wait, I’m curious about something else. What does “Hafu Sans Halo” mean?

Ryu: Well, “hafu” is a word meaning “half.” We’re both half Japanese so I’m guessing that has something to do with it.
Haruna: You’d have to read the book and come to your own conclusions.

6. Wow. I guess being half Japanese means you have some things in common?
Haruna: No way!
Ryu: Not. At. All.

7. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Haruna: I’ll go first. I’m an honour student. I have advanced levels in piano and violin. I play the clarinet in the school band. I tutor. At my church I’m a Youth Minister—
Tracy: Haruna, she means physical features. *turns to smile* Like for example, if you look closely Haruna’s got freckles on her nose—
Ryu: Also her eyes are like this weird blue-green colour like that gross algae that kills people.
Haruna: Excuse me? What do you mean “weird?” You’re weird! When’s the last time you combed your hair? It’s a mess. *looks back* It’s always a mess.
Tracy: *drags palm across face*

8. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

Tracy: Oh I don’t have any tattoos. I’d like to get one but I definitely can’t. My parents wouldn’t like it and it’s against my religion, actually. But I’ve done henna once.
Haruna: Yeah, I’m not allowed to get them either. I don’t want one anyway. On-ly try-hards get tattoos. Piercings too.
Ryu: So you’re calling me a try-hard now?
Haruna: He has, like, a zillion ear piercings.
Tracy: Hey Ryu, do you have tattoos?
Ryu: None of your business what I’ve got.
Haruna: See! He’s rude, isn’t he?

9. Er, how about I change the topic? Oh here’s a fun one! Would you ev-er want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do to-gether?

Tracy: No. She’s way older than us.
Haruna: Maybe she can give us advice for university though?
Ryu: Everything with you is school.
10. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

Tracy: I’d like to be able to fly. That would be pretty sweet!
Haruna: Hmm…I think invisibility would be great sometimes.
Ryu: She’s lying. She loves attention.
Haruna: He’s just jealous because he’s already invisible.
Tracy: Haruna!
Haruna: Okay, fine. I’ll stop.
Ryu: *ignoring her* Anyway. I’m pretty much able to read minds. It’s not a super power, just intuition I guess. And I have a 4th degree black belt so…yeah, I’m good. But I think it would be cool to be able to teleport.

11. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

Tracy: I don’t have any.
Haruna: Some people are just really dumb. I can’t stand idiots.
Ryu: Me neither. I also dislike posers, and that’s pretty much everyone around here. Plus, people can never seem to say my name right.
Haruna: Heaven forbid you mispronounce this guy’s name. Geez.
12. What would I love the most about you?

Haruna: I’m passionate about anything I set my mind to. I never give up!
Ryu: I tell it like it is.
Tracy: I bring the comic relief, but I tell it like it is too.
13. What would I hate the most about you?

Haruna: Hm, I’ll admit I stress out over small things sometimes.
Ryu: She’s somehow both a drama queen and a teacher’s pet.
Haruna: We’re answering for ourselves, idiot!
Ryu: See? Exclamation marks for everything.
Haruna: Get me out of here. Please.
Tracy: I’m just going to go on a limb here and say everyone loves me. Even the haters.
14. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Haruna: I think so.
Ryu: Mostly.
Tracy: I feel like she made me look more boy crazy than I really am.
Haruna: You are pretty boy crazy though.
Tracy: But who isn’t though? We’re teenagers!
Ryu: Stereotype.
15. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Ryu: A day when everyone just leaves me the hell alone.
Haruna: A day spent with my friends and my boyfriend. After all my homework and chores are done, of course.
Tracy: Same answer. Minus the boyfriend part. Ugh. Forever alone….
16. What is your greatest fear?

Haruna: Getting assigned to work on something with this guy.
Ryu: Whatever.
Tracy: That’s a good question. I think I’d be embarrassed to say.
Ryu: Yeah, I’m obviously not answering this question either.
17. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Tracy: Oh my gosh—please let it be Samuel Hope! Hottest guy ever!
Haruna: He’s too old for you.*looks back* He graduated when we were juniors.
Ryu: Some girls secretly like me apparently, but I couldn’t care less. It would be a waste of my time and theirs.
Haruna: Gross. Why would anyone like you?
Tracy: *leans in to whisper* Pretty sure these two are secretly in love with each other.
Haruna: TRACY! EW—NO!
Ryu: Not a chance.

18. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Tracy: An actress. I want to star in something cool and edgy like Vampire Dia-ries.
Haruna: Do you mean when I was really little or now? When I was little I don’t think I ever thought about it.
Ryu: I’ve always wanted to be like my dad. Now I’m not so sure.
Haruna: What’s that supposed to mean?
Ryu: It means exactly what you think it does.
Haruna & Tracy: …
19. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do to-day?

Tracy: Wow, this is deep.
Haruna: Yeah I agree. I don’t really know? Go shopping?
Tracy: But what if you can’t use all the stuff? I think I’d rather throw a huge par-ty.
Ryu: I’d probably do the same thing I usually do. Since the day I die could be any day.
Tracy: Well… that was rather cryptic, Ryu.
Ryu: Good. It should be.

20. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Haruna: Waffles!
Tracy: I’m a sucker for junk food. Also my mom’s naan is delish.
Ryu: I like the food from Long’s Restaurant, but I can’t afford to be too picky. I live with six other guys.
21. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

Tracy: I’d play myself! But I really like Yasmine Al-Bustami. I think she could rock my short hair too.
Ryu: For me, maybe Kato Keisuke? He’s a Japanese actor.
Tracy: But don’t you need someone who speaks fluent English?
Ryu: I don’t care who plays me. As long as it’s not Keanu Reeves. Although… I’m pretty sure Emma Stone could play Haruna.
Haruna: Oh aren’t you just the comedian today?
Tracy: Who do you think would play you, Haruna?
Haruna: Katie Chang or Reina Triendl I think.
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Flash Fiction One kiss, as soft as a sigh.

Hey all of my amazing readers. I am so sorry this Flash fiction is so late this week! My brain has been mush with trying to finish book 3 and promote books 1&2. But, here you go! This weeks flash fiction!

She squeezed her eyes shut tight when the loud bang of the gunshot rent the air. The worst part was the eerie silence that followed. It shouldn’t have been that quiet. There should have been…something, right? She carefully opened her eyes and was shocked when she saw nothing. Mason and Luke were gone and in their places were the two biggest wolves she had ever see in her life. She knew the white one was Luke she had him as her pet for the last two weeks but she had never seen the slightly smaller tawny looking wolf, that was snarling and growling at a bleeding Luke, before that moment.

Luke lunged and the two began snapping and clawing at each other. She had no idea what she was doing. She found herself looking around on the floor for the gun without conscious thought. Luke grabbed Mason by the scruff of his neck with his massive jaws and threw him into the solid oak dresser across the room. Aurora saw that as her one chance and moved for the gun that had been dropped next to her bedroom door. Luke was staring at her with his back to Mason, no doubt wondering who she was going to point the gun at.

“Luke, watch out,” she screamed as Mason jumped on his back and bit into Luke’s shoulder with his enormous fangs.

Finally, she reached the gun and took aim. She was starting to panic and that wouldn’t do well for her aim. She attempted, but couldn’t get a clear shot. Luke had shaken him off but was seriously injured and she had no idea what to do. Luke hit the ground and rolled just as Mason took a flying leap at him. There was no stopping it he was headed straight for her. Out of reflex she pulled the trigger and screamed. The large wolf barreled into her and she hit her head on the door frame, hard.

She had no idea how long she had been unconscious, but she felt one kiss as soft as a sigh over each eyelid and opened them sleepily. Luke looked relieved to see her eyes open and she shot him a tentative smile and tried to sit up.

“Don’t move,” Luke growled and lifted her from the floor. She laid her head on his shoulder with a contented sigh and drifted off to sleep.

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Coffee With Characters: Amber Eckart

Thank you so much for joining us today!

“You’re welcome, and thank you for asking my author to send me over.”

Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do!

“My name is Amber Eckart. I’m thirty six and unmarried, although I do have a long-distance boyfriend who I don’t get to see nearly often enough. As to what I do, I own and operate a small private investigations firm out of south Seattle, and have for almost eight years now. A lot of firms like mine, most of them are highly specialized, but I’m a generalist. I’ll take almost any kind of case provided the work is legal. I do well enough at it to stay afloat, but I’ve had to tighten my belt a few times.”

Tell us about your story. What is it about?

“The series I star in concerns itself with the occasional ‘interesting’ case I’ve found myself working, and so far there have been two, a mortgage fraud and a suicide investigation. I’ll stick with the mortgage fraud. The suicide investigation was…well, let’s just say it’s not a favorite memory of mine.

“The case happened during the robo-foreclosure scandal that went down around 2012…you know, where a lot of innocent people lost their homes. My client was an elderly lady who had found herself in difficulty with her mortgage provider. Right away I could determine that the foreclosure was fishy, and it only grew fishier the more I dug. As far as what happened next, I’m afraid confidentiality rules prevent me from giving out any more details. It was interesting, though.”

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What role do you play?

“Catch-up ball. (laughs) In all honesty, it depends on how you look at it. The author chose to tell the story from my perspective, which makes me the star I guess, but in the grand scheme of things I was more like a fly in the ointment for a bunch of powerful people. Or maybe the pain in the ass they didn’t take seriously enough until it was too late for them. Again, confidentiality rules prevent me from handing out any juicy details, but I can tell you this. I mostly remember being worried about keeping my business intact and me and my employees out of prison.”

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

“Well, physically speaking I don’t really have any, which is good because so much of my job involves watching people or following people without them spotting me. In my business we call that ‘being made’, and it’s something I try hard to avoid.

“As to what people notice, I do have a scar under my right eye that people ask about. And I will admit that if I wear the right blouse-bra combo men sometimes have difficulty keeping their eyeballs out of my cleavage, but come on, that’s the plight of anyone with D cups.” (laughs)

“If I had to give a non-physical thing about me people have commented on, I’d have to go with how I notice stuff other people miss. I’m not Sherlock Holmes or anything, but I have creeped people out by picking up on something everyone else didn’t notice. It’s always baffling to me when that happens. Usually I’m like ‘how did you not see that, it was right there’. That’s all I can think of at the moment.”

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

“I don’t have any birthmarks, but I have two tattoos. One is what’s called a ‘Tri-Ryche’ in yellow and black, which is the symbol that the metal band Queensryche uses on their album covers. You can easily find what it looks like online. It’s on my ankle. I got it done back when I was in college and going through my rocker-girl days. The other is on my arm, and believe it or not confidentiality rules prevent me from telling you about it. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.”

Would you ever want to hang out with your author?

“Oh shit, that’s a tough one! Some days I wonder if that guy hates me or something. (laughs) But I guess yeah, on balance I wouldn’t mind meeting him. I’d even be nice about it, although I’d definitely have some pointed questions for him about why he gave me such a crappy love life!” (laughs)

What would you do together?

“I’d challenge him to a game. You know, poker or pool, something like that. Probably poker because I’m a pretty good player and so is he. Since he controls my actions and can see inside my head, I’m wondering if he’d cheat, or let me win, or whatever. I’m honestly not sure how that would go, but I’d be curious to find out.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“I wouldn’t want a superpower. Hell, I’m glad superpowers don’t exist.”

Why?

“Under my right arm is a nine millimeter handgun. If I were to draw it, point it at you and apply about eight pounds of pressure to the trigger you’d die. As long somebody isn’t crazy, a felon or whatever they can walk into a store and buy what I carry or something like it, and in America there are plenty of stores who want to sell people guns. The ability to end life by twitching your finger is historically speaking pretty goddamn superpower-ish, it’s real and it exists. And you know what? People misuse it every day. Fuck, you can’t turn on the news without hearing about how somebody shot somebody else over something stupid. So no, I don’t think we’re ready for superpowers just yet. We can barely handle the powers we have already, and I know myself well enough to know that I’m part of the ‘we’. That’s one reason.

“The other is how I wouldn’t want to be that different. Sure, if everybody had a superpower, then maybe I’d be cool with having one. But I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be the person with some weird-ass ability no one else on the planet had. Working as an investigator I’ve dug into the reasons why people do bad stuff to each other, and a big one is how people are scared of anyone who isn’t them, and the difference is almost always something silly. I mean come on…people kill each other over skin color for Christ’s sake. Imagine how people would react if somebody could, like I don’t know, walk through a wall and they couldn’t. I don’t think it’d be pretty, and I sure as fuck wouldn’t want to be the wall-passer-througher. I get enough static for being a woman whose idea of happiness is something other than marriage and babies. Walking through walls or reading minds or whatever…Jesus, no thank you. I have zero wish to be that special. I’m weird enough already.”

If everyone had a superpower, what would yours be?

“The ability to eat whatever I want and have my system treat it as health food. I know, I know, that sounds shallow but really, I spend so much time in situations where my only options are ‘eat junk food’ or ‘go hungry’ that having the ability to live on Taco Bell and gas station corn dogs without it killing me would be a godsend. Either that or the superpower of not having to pee. Anyone who’s ever sat through a stakeout will feel me on this one.” (laughs)

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

“People have this stupid habit of making snap judgements after hearing like one or two pieces of information and then not wanting to change their minds when someone who knows better tells them they called it wrong. I run into this with clients an awful lot. Sometimes people hire me to find something out, like a wife wanting to know if her husband’s cheating because she thinks he is, so I dig and I find out he isn’t. She believes he is, so when I tell her he isn’t she thinks I didn’t do my job, that I must have missed something. I’d like to remind you that these are people who hired me because I’m better than they are at finding stuff out, but noooo, all of a sudden their vague suspicion is oh-so-superior to my investigative skills. It annoys the hell out of me, but when a client pulls that horseshit I can’t do much more than politely negotiate around it. Annoyance is annoying, but I still need to get paid.”

What would I love most about you? What would I hate the most about you?

“Honestly, those are both tough questions to answer because it really depends on who you are, and I don’t know you. If you’re the sort of chick who has a problem with women who want to do something other than the marriage-and-kids thing, I’m pretty sure what you’d hate the most is how I’m bad at ‘girly’ but I’m still making it anyway. Believe it or not, I run into that a lot. I don’t have too many female friends and that’s a big reason why.

“If you aren’t that type of person though, I’m guessing that’s what you’d like about me. I’ve also been told I curse too much for some people, which is something I’ll totally own. When I get upset, ‘fuck’ is my stress-ball. No joke, I’ve made Marines and street cops blush!” (laughs)

Do you think your author portrayed you accurately?

“If you’re talking about what I do, not quite but I forgive him. PI work is by and large a lot of paper-chasing and courtroom mechanics, and he shows me doing a lot of exciting stuff, high-drama stuff. Sure, he mentions the dull procedural parts but he focuses on the exciting bits. I forgive him for that though, because six hours of sorting through documents to find the one you need isn’t all that exciting unless you’re me and you’re living it. In my heart I wish he’d focus on the procedural elements more because that’s such a huge part of what I do, but in my head I know this is why he’s writing the novel and I’m living it, because that stuff doesn’t make for a good book. Or something. Damn, this meta shit will give you a headache if you think about it long enough.

“Anyway, as to who I am as a person, yeah I feel pretty well represented. There are some parts of my life I wish he’d get around to putting into a story already, but he’s a finicky artist-type and everything just has to be perfect. I’ve learned to be patient, but really, some of this stuff he just needs to either say or not say. ”

What is your idea of a perfect day?

“I don’t have those, but I do have perfect moments. You have to understand, I’m pretty grounded in reality so the idea of a ‘perfect day’ doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. But perfect moments do exist, I know this because I’ve felt them. I feel them when everything swings right at my business, when the phones are ringing, all my employees are busy, I know we’ll finish out the month in the black and all I see around me are smiles.

“Look…I’m the boss, and being the boss isn’t a bowl of punch, okay? I have three employees, and they depend on me. They look up to me and when times are bad, and that happens sometimes in my profession, I have to know what to do not for me but for them, because they’ll lose a lot if I don’t. They’ll suffer if I make a mistake, and call me crazy but I’m just not okay with that. Sure, it’s the job I took on when I opened up a firm and hired people, but it sure as hell isn’t easy. Especially when they look to me and I have no idea what needs to happen next but they depend on me to know anyway. In that moment, I have to give them something even if I have nothing.

“So yeah. A perfect day for me is when all is right with my business, ringing phones and everything I already said. When that happens, all I can do is smile and think about how none of it would exist if I hadn’t made it exist. If somebody could make that feeling into a drug, they’d be a millionaire. I’m not even kidding.”

What is your greatest fear?

“Take all that stuff I said about my perfect day and reverse it. I do a lot of work to make sure that never happens, but I know it can. All it would take is a bad decision on my part. Not going to lie, that keeps me up nights.”

Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

“My boyfriend, Drake. He’s an old college friend of mine. I never knew he had a crush on me until I crossed paths with him again and well, one thing led to another. Like I said before, right now our relationship is a long-distance one, and it’s for reasons neither of us are happy about. It’s…complicated.”

“As to how I feel about it, jeez, I don’t know. I’ve never been good with the squishy stuff. Mostly, I wish he wasn’t so damn far away. When I’m around him I can relax, not have to act strong and fearless like I do around my employees. He’s really good at that, letting me know that I can be human. I didn’t know how much I needed that in my life until he showed me. I don’t know if that counts as love, but I like it.”

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A police officer, definitely. My dad was a cop, and his family has public servants in it going back almost to the Civil War, cops and soldiers and firefighters and stuff. I was an only child, and I really felt the need to follow in his footsteps. It didn’t work out for me. I’d rather not go into why.”

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

“I’d get my affairs in order. Again I have people who depend on me, and if I were about to check out there’s a bunch of stuff I’d need to do to make sure those people would be okay without me. If I had time, I’d travel to where Drake is and spend whatever hours I had left with him. If I knew I was about to die, I imagine I’d be pretty scared, and Drake’s somebody I can be scared around. Most everyone else in my life isn’t.”

What is the one food you can’t live without?

“Coffee, without a doubt. In my line of work it isn’t a food, it’s a food group. (laughs)”

If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

“Hmmm…I don’t know. As you can see I’m a size twelve, and there aren’t too many actresses in Hollywood who have that much junk in their trunk. (laughs) If I were to go on acting ability, I’d say Jennifer Lawrence. She’s snarky the way I’m snarky, and she’s mentioned in interviews that she’d love to gain weight for a role instead of always having to slim down. Either her, or Catherine McCormick. I’ve been told I look like her, but only by guys who were trying to get into my pants, so I don’t know how true that is. (laughs)”

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Flash Fiction Time! Click, click, Bang

Sorry I missed last week everyone! It was a tough week, but here is the next installment in Luke and Aurora’s story! Hope you enjoy it!!!

I’m not going anywhere. That was what he had said and now she was wondering whether she wanted him gone. She couldn’t help but wonder what was happening. What is he? Did I fall and hit my head and wake up in some crazy paranormal world?

She didn’t feel any different. Her apartment looked exactly the same. She felt her head for any kind of bump, but came up empty. Pinching herself, she winced. Nope, not a dream.

A noise startled her from her musings and she looked up. Luke was standing there in low slung jeans without a shirt. His chiseled abs were on full display and she couldn’t stop herself from running her eyes up and down his body appreciatively. He cleared his throat, it sounded more like a soft chuckle than anything else. Her eyes snapped to his and the smile on his face was almost feral.

“Like what you see, darlin’?” he chuckled.

The deep timber of his voice shot straight through her bones. This man, or whatever he is, is dangerous.

“I-I can’t,’ she stuttered. “I can’t do this. I have no idea what’s going on. You need to leave.”

The look on his face morphed into shock as he stepped closer to where she was sitting up in the bed.

“Well, that could be a problem for me,’ he said through clenched teeth. He looked as if he was warring with himself. Every minute in his presence was scaring her more and more. She didn’t know who this man was. She knew nothing about him or his mental state.

“You’re in danger. I can’t leave you here,” he grated and seemed to relax.

The crash that rent the air startled her and she jumped. Mason came barreling into her bedroom brandishing a gun with a savage look on his face.

“Mason? What the hell?” She said shocked cowering in the corner.

Luke shifted into a fighting stance and placed his big body between her and Mason. The low rumbling growl coming from his throat was terrifying.

“So I guess your dog finally showed you his true self,” Mason sneered.

“What? You knew?” Aurora asked, confused.

“Yes, of course I knew. Why do you think I was trying to get you to get rid of him? He’s going to ruin all my plans.”

“Just go Mason she made her choice,” Luke growled.

“Has she now? To me it looked like she was getting ready to give you the boot.” Mason’s laugh was grating and evil. She was wondering how she ever dated him in the first place.

Leave, Mason,” she said in a shaky whisper. She wished like hell it would have been strong and determined, but she couldn’t muster up the courage with two vicious looking creatures in such a small space.

Mason held up the gun and she flinched. She had never been that close to a gun before and she didn’t like it one bit. Closing her eyes she waited for something…anything, but nothing happened. She looked up and Luke was standing there fuming. She knew instinctively that he wouldn’t let Mason hurt her. She didn’t know how she knew she just did.

“Click, click, bang,” Mason said and pulled the trigger.