Vampire Fun with Jonathan

Jonathan Harvey, the writer of the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy Webcomic has released a set of short stories with a vampire theme! Check out the FREE collection on Smashwords (You can download the .mobi file and email it to your kindle email address and BOOM it’s on your kindle.) You never know, you might see some familiar characters there *hint* Cross-over guest spots*hint*

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Fangs & Fun is a collection of fourteen shorts from the World of the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy. They are humorous tales concerning vampires and featuring character favorites that have been or will be in the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy Comic. Axe: Scourge of the Undead, Willy Osborn, and Biffy the Vampire Killer all feature in stories designed to bring about a chuckle or at least a smile. Undeath in a different light!

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Interview with Paris

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Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to the Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

Today we have Paris from the sci-fi romance Worlds Away, by J.L. Hendricks

Katelina: Welcome Paris! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

coverParis: Well, my name is Paris and I have just been abducted by aliens! But, oh my word, are they hot, hot, hot!!!! I guess I shouldn’t complain too much because I have a very able bodied Commander who is taking good care of me now. You see, I used to live on the streets of LA. I was homeless after my parents died and I never was able to get out of my rut. But, I am only 22. My alien Commander, Venay, is in love with me, although a bit over-protective. If you read Worlds Away, by J.L. Hendricks you will see what I mean.

K: Oh wow! I guess we know you’re involved in a romance, then!

P: Yes, I am the soul mate to an alien commander. His name is Commander Venay, but I call him Venay. Some of the other girls tease me about it, but they are jealous. Sheila wanted him if I was going to turn him down, but I think she ended up with the right guy. Venay is a strong warrior who actually has a great moral compass. He isn’t happy with abducting slaves, but he doesn’t know how to change the situation of his people. Letting them die out is not something he can do, so I think he will work with me to change their society for the better and abolish slavery and human abductions.

K: He sounds hot *fans self and looks to make sure her vampire boyfriend isn’t hanging around* Um, anyway, he sounds almost perfect, except for that slave thing.

P: I am still having a hard time supporting Venay because he is responsible for abducting humans and bringing them back to his home planet to be either slaves, or mates. I can understand why he is doing it, his species almost died out due to a disease, but there are better ways to rebuild a society than forced slavery or marriage.

K: Exactly! Though as you said, he isn’t happy about it, so hopefully he will work for change.  Since we’re talking about his evolution, how do you evolve during the story?

P: I have always been strong and independent, so I am that way even when I am abducted. At first I choose to be a slave, but then I start to realize that I can make change happen much faster if I agree to be the mate, or wife, of the alien commander. For these aliens, once they meet their true, fated mate, they never love anyone else and will do whatever they have to in order to keep their mate safe. I start out taking advantage of his bond to me so that I can try to free the prisoners he has in his cells. Their intent is to sell them as slaves once we reach their home planet. Well, a lot of the women will agree to be mated to the warriors on the ship, but not all. So over the course of the trip (book) I realize that I have fallen in love with the giant alien. He is over 7 feet tall! And did I mention he is gorgeous? I do try to help keep my people from being used as slaves, especially one girl who is only 18 and hasn’t even graduated high school yet! What were they thinking abducting a kid like that? Some men are just stupid, whether they are aliens or humans, doesn’t matter. I hope to talk the alien government into changing how they view humans, and to stop the abductions, but that is something that will take time. I hope by the end of the series all humans will be free and the V’Zenians will stop abducting my kind.

K: I’m guessing when you got taken they didn’t give you time to pack. If you could have anything of yours from back on Earth, what would it be?

P: Lola. I miss my dog. She is the most loyal and loving pet a person could ever hope for! If you read my story you will learn about how she chose me to be her companion. I really hope that one of our friends is taking good care of her. If anyone reading this can go to the Santa Monica or Venice Beach area, could you look for Lola? She must be missing me something awful by now.

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Not Lola, but it is a dog at least.

K: Poor puppy! I’m sure she’s okay, though I’m not sure if anyone reading this can cross into our dimensions…my author would say sarcastically, “Do you think your life and universe are real?”

P: Yes, of course they are! How else could you be interviewing me if I wasn’t?

K: Exactly. Authors have a weird sense of…I don’t know. Megalomania if you ask me. Speaking of authors, if you could say one thing to yours, what would it be?

P: I have two things: 1-don’t make me pregnant! I have too much work to do and no time to care for a baby, especially if I am going to change an entire society. 2-don’t kill off any of my friends! I have read your Eclipse Series and you kill off a lot of great characters, like Xandrie! So please leave my friends alone. And by friends I mean Lisa, Sheila, and their mates. Please!!!! I will gladly do whatever you want if you grant me my two wishes.

K:  Do you have an enemy, aside from the whole alien kidnapping thing. Though they sound less like enemies and…*cough* anyway…

P: The Zateelians attack my ship right after we leave the solar system. Well, not MY ship, but Venay’s ship. They have acquired some advanced weapons and attack us which forces us to crash land on a planet that is controlled by the V’Zenians, thankfully. But a few of them get on my ship and try to kill me, but to be fair, they are trying to kill us all. However, I prove to them that I am a force to be reckoned with! Well, I have a laser pistol. Sooo, I guess my pistol is a force to be reckoned with.

K: I need a laser pistol! What is the one event that you think helped to shape your personality?

P: When I was 17 my parents died, I don’t wish to go into the details, it is still a tough subject for me. However, I have survived living on the streets for the past 5 years. All of the things I have had to deal with, like finding dead bodies of other homeless people I knew, and fighting off men who wouldn’t take no for an answer, have all made me the strong fighter I am today. I don’t think I could have survived this current situation if I was still living a fairy tale life with my family. Not that I am happy about it, but it has made me the warrior I am today.

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image by Yogendra Joshi via Flickr used under a CC license

K: And it looks like we’re running out of time. If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

P: Keep an eye out for some recruiting opportunities to join the V’Zenians on their home world!

K: Hee-hee! Right? I mean, um…For a final question, if you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

P: For my parents to come back to life. But this is real life, for me at least, and people don’t come back to life. So what I want most, is to help the V’Zenians to save their species and to stop abducting humans. I know there are better ways. How many people on Earth would jump at the chance to mate with an alien? Or to come to an alien world to work, not be a slave, but for an actual job with benefits? A ton! They would have to get in line and only the best and brightest would be chosen, but the V’Zenian society would benefit so much from this. Earth would too!

K: Yes! I can see the possibilities! And with that we’re out of time. Thanks so much to Paris for letting me interview her. You can read more about her in Worlds Away, by J.L. Hendricks.

Worlds Away, available on pre-order now for only .99c at Amazon. Price will go up after launch date.
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And a special thanks to J.L. Hendricks for playing along!

 

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

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Interview with Josh and Cherry

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Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to the Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.

wantedKatelina: Today we have a special two-fer  from Terry Compton’s Wanted – in other words, two characters. Please meet…um…

Josh: My name is Josh Gunn.  That blue pile of junk over there is Cherry Kang.  In case you can’t tell, he’s an android.

Cherry: A very special android.  You’ll have to excuse him, he’s still too young to have matured yet.  He’s only thirty-two.  I on the other hand am over a hundred.

K: You’re both older than me. Since this is a text only interview, would you mind describing yourselves for our audience?

J: 6′ 2″  black hair hazel eyes.  Scar on left cheek.

C:  6′ 8″ humanoid shape.  Blue skin with lights underneath.

K: The blue skin is interesting, I have to say. Where do you guys live?

J: Right now we’re living on a spaceship or the asteroid city we found.

K: A spaceship could be cool.  Are there any other interesting characters in your story?

C: Well, I’d say a rogue Hanami captain would be interesting.  We have to find out if we can trust him.

K: I imagine that’s pretty hard to determine. So is this story your only adventure?

J: No, we have a few others and I think we’ll have more.

K: Do you guys have an enemy, or a nemesis?

J: A really stand out enemy or just an enemy?

C: Yeah, he has a tendency to invite trouble when he acts without thinking things through.

J: I do not.  I’ll have you know…  Oh, never mind.  Let’s just say our main nemesis is Lobos.  She’s a real piece of work.  Works several sex palaces from her spaceships.  We’ll shove one of them —

C: Josh, let it go.  The readers can see for themselves.

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K: Ooookaaaaay. Are either of you in a relationship? Like, with someone else? I mean, a romantic…

 C: He definitely has a sweetie.  What she sees in him is beyond me.  Humans are just impossible to understand.  Her name is Kassie Stevens.

J: What about Lemmy?  Isn’t she your honey?

C: Bite your tongue.  How you made that crazy Ezrawe a partner, I don’t know.  She should be committed but she’s the best ship’s engineer we’ve ever seen.  And man can she eat.  Don’t hold any food in your hand when she’s around or you might lose your hand.

J: She’s not that bad.  He just doesn’t like it because she calls him Twinkles.”

*Cherry shakes his fist at Josh.*

K: *laughs* Twinkles? Oh, because of the lights, right? Or is there something more? Never mind, I bet it’s in the book. Okay, next question, would you kill for those you love, and would you die for them?

J: I already have – umm killed that is.  I almost died but that’s a different story.

C: I agree with him.

K: This sounds like an exciting story. What’s the biggest challenge you face in it?

J: Oh, I don’t know.  Maybe trying to keep from him and Lemmy from killing each other.  Getting a spaceship that’s workable is also a bit of a problem.

C: A bit?  Taking two derelicts and piecing them together is a bit?  And you in a body cast so all you can do is give ‘helpful’ hints.

J: What can I say?  I’m just good.

K: Body cast? Oh my! You guys must be living dangerously. Do you have any family?

J: *frowns* I’d just as soon pass on that.

C: I only have factory made family.

K: Can you give me an interesting fact about yourself?

J: We’re both from 500 years in the future.

K: Oh wow. And with that we’re out of time. Thanks so much to Josh and Cherry for coming in today! You can read their adventures FREE in Wanted by Terry Compton.

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And a special thanks to Terry Compton for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

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FREE Fantasy by Justin Sloan

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Free September 12th and 13th:

Narcel’s enslavers took everything from him: his family, the woman he loves, and his freedom. All he has left is his will to live and a burning hatred for his masters.

Years of living and training with the Mawtu changes Narcel. Once his sworn enemies, he now considers these men friends and brothers-at-arms. He would snuff the life from those who oppose them, and fight and die to protect them.

Battle looms on the horizon and the Mawtu army faces its toughest challenge yet. Will Narcel side with his enslavers and lead their army to victory? Will he honor his friendship and allegiance with his new brothers? Or was this all a ruse and will Narcel finally exact his revenge and betray the army that took everything from him?

As Game of Thrones is based on the Wars of the Roses, Land of Gods is the first book in an epic fantasy series based on Ancient Greek wars. It features fast-paced action, a love triangle, and bitter revenge.

Get your copy FREE on Amazon!

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An interview with Justin:

How much, would you say, has your military training influenced your writing?

My grandma was always asking me to write about my military time and travels, so instead of writing a journal or memoir, I thought I would write a fictionalized version of my bootcamp experience. I had taken a class in my international relations MA program on the Peloponnesian War, and loved it. So it made sense to combine these two ideas – a military fantasy novel based on Ancient Greek wars, that in some ways tells my story of going through boot camp and the years that followed.

Of course, the book changed drastically and totally took on a life of its own, but you could certainly say my military time has greatly influenced my writing. In fact, my other books have strong military aspects – the little girl in Back by Sunrise loses her father to the military, and Allie Strom’s mom is in the military (kind of) in Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon.

How different is writing novels from writing the stories for video games?

The writing process for video games is much more like screenwriting than writing novels. There are many similarities, such as character creation, plotting, and coming up with awe-inspiring reversals and plot twists. The main difference would be that writing for games, in my experience, is extremely collaborative. You might think that writing with a partner on novels is collaborative, or working with editors, but the word collaborative takes on a whole new meaning when there are six or seven writers all on one two-hour episode of a game, with producers, people in marketing, and studio executives all weighing in. And that’s not even talking about working with art and programming and all those other considerations!

However, when it comes to the actual writing, it’s still the amazing process of sitting down behind your computer and entering a magical world that is, at least to some degree, your own.

Relationships between brothers in arms and family members is a recurring them in your books. Why do you find it so important?

One question that’s always been on my mind, since joining the military, is the moral one of where does your loyalty lie. You’re told you answer to the president and your chain of command, and if you don’t follow every order you can be shot or thrown in the brig (jail). Add to that the fact that these men and women training and potentially fighting alongside you become like family—you have to trust each other completely, or you could die.

So what happens when you’re forced to choose between the two groups? If you are presented with an order that will save thousands or millions, but will cause someone you love to be hurt or killed? It might be a simple answer for some of us, but it’s the moral line that shows like Game of Thrones or games like the ones Telltale does handle so wonderfully. And the audience loves it.

Read more at ManyBooks.net!

You can follow Justin at:

Twitter: @justinmsloan

Crusade Across Worlds by CG Coppola

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Today we have an excerpt from the awesome book Crusade Across Worlds by CG Coppola. If you haven’t read my review of it, here it is:

It’s another awesome entry in the Arizal series!

As the book description says, Fallon finishes her training and joins the usual crew – including the super hot Reid – on an adventure that sees them moving seamlessly from world to world. Fallon has grown as a character, not just personal growth, but physical growth as well. She’s gone from being a pretty normal twenty-something in book 1 to a kick butt fighter. This is a transition that few authors handle well, and generally leave me shaking my head and saying “yeah right,” – but not Coppola! She handles it beautifully and makes Fallon’s transition feel not only plausible, but believable.

Another thing she does well is turn a phrase. I always enjoy her writing and this book was no exception. Several of the descriptions, such as “His fingers unfold like flower petals in bloom”, literally made me stop reading and think “Dang! I wish I’d thought of that!”

And did I mention Reid? Still as hot as ever, a little bit of a love triangle gives him the chance to be just possessive enough to be hot, but not so possessive as to be creepy. Even better, I appreciate the way Fallon handles it – no throwing herself at the other guy like so many book heroines do.

Basically this book (and thes series) are a perfect example of the right way to handle…well… everything! Coppola has an amazing sense of timing and flow, and seems to know just when we need some action, or some tension, or a tragic flashback, or some romance. I don’t want to get into too much because of spoilers, but I can say that I loved, loved this book and I love, love this author and am so excited for whatever she writes next!

And to show you what I mean, here’s an excerpt! To explain a bit, Fallon can talk telepathically with Sampson, hence their silent conversation:

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A sharp zap hits my back, immobilizing me. My instinct is to scream, but I have no voice, no way of responding. I drift to the ground, helpless, vulnerable. Reid curses and then another body falls next to mine—I think it’s Tucker. White blasts flash back and forth but I’m too distracted. Everything is numb, like my body isn’t mine, like I’m just a pair of eyes, lying here, watching this.

A terrifying thought hits me.

Oh God…what if I’m paralyzed?

Sampson, we’re at the Gorgen Fields. There’s a rock formation in the middle and an entrance that leads inside. The Shadow Bag is here.

You are sure?

We’re here. But Perio and Varielle are too. Reid and Walker are fighting them but Tucker and me…we’re hit. I-I don’t know. I can’t feel my body.

Stay calm. I’m nearly there.

You are?

Maris and the others are watching the city. Clarence and I are almost there. We’ll get you out.

I try looking at Tucker, but I can’t feel my head. I can’t feel anything except for my eyes, which continue to dart about, watching the fight as it flashes with each white blast above me. Reid and Walker shoot past the center boulder that holds the Shadow Bag, lighting up the other end of the small cave and sending rock crumbling around the Muskos.

Reid glances over at me. “Fallon!”

My lips won’t move. I can’t tell him that I can’t feel or move a thing. I also can’t tell him that Sampson and Clarence are on their way. Right now, I’m useless.

Reid continues shooting at Perio and Varielle when a painful cry erupts and Walker falls next to Tucker, motionless.

Shit.

It’s Reid against the two of them. How much longer can he—

And then Reid is on the ground next to me, his eyes piercing mine with panic. An eerily chipper laugh rings through the darkness and the next moment, a bright white glow illuminates the tiny underwater cave. Perio and Varielle are at the other end of it, and casually making their way over, the Musko leader presents a hand-held object shaped similarly to the Enidd. Except it’s glowing white and filled with some soft, jelly-like liquid.

“Word of advice: if you are going to follow your enemy into a dark corner, make sure you bring the better weapon,” he smirks. Swimming between us, Perio examines our motionless states with satisfaction. “Do you like how that feels? It is my own creation—a serum that immobilizes you, yet you are able to feel every ounce of pain I wish to inflict,” his gaze falls on me. “Shall we start with the female?”

Grabbing the front of my suit, Perio jerks me from the ground and my arms fall back.

“So many ways…” he sighs. “I could remove the headgear and watch her turn blue as she drowns. But that is…too fast. Would you not agree? Hmm…” he strokes his chin in contemplation. “Any removal of the suit and it would crush her bones…a definite possibility, but she would most likely pass out or die from too much crushing pressure and I need her awake for this.”

Sampson…please hurry.

“So many options…”

“Just kill her and get it over with,” Varielle snaps. “There are three more to play with.”

“Oh this is not a game, sweet princess. This is justice.”

“You can seek justice on all three. In fact, I believe that,” she points at Tucker with disgust, “is the human who had the audacity to court Ariana.”

Still clutching me, Perio scowls. “Filthy mongrel. I shall save you for last. You can watch your friends die and then I will feed you to the Gorgens.”

“We must make this quick, Perio. The fighting will not last too much longer,” Varielle swims for the top of the central boulder and after a moment, returns with a seaweed-knit bag like the kind we used to collect the Dilly. “If you wish to take your time, bring the humans back and we can give a show to the Muskos. They deserve a reward for their service.”

“Hmm…” he scratches his chin again. “Perhaps you are right. We shall bring the mongrel back and fillet him alive. That will prove entertaining indeed. But you,” he snarls at me. “You will die here, female. You tried to convince my Ariana that I was evil, that she should be with a human—a human!

“Perio—quickly.”

“Shall I fillet you, too?” his livid eyes flicker between mine. “Cut you up piece by piece and feed you to my army? That would serve for your misdeeds. Or should I just slit your throat?” he retrieves a black blade. “So many options…”

Sampson!

“There are many things I would like to do to you, but I am afraid I need to make this quick. Have no fear,” he brings the blade to my throat, right below my helmet, “I will make this as painful as possible.”

A loud boom erupts and Perio hisses, dropping me and the blade.

“Hands off, asshole!” Pratt fires her Enidd again, knocking him back a second time. She keeps going, firing round after round until Perio finally jerks behind the boulder for shelter.

“Why you little…” Varielle jumps out just as Sampson and Clarence race in, Enidds raised and pointed.

White blasts fill the cave again and suddenly, Arizal Mybyncians rush in, filling the small space. Varielle and Perio back up as far as they can, scanning their limited options. Grabbing something from his side, Perio retrieves the same tiny sphere-like object that Lolin threw at us during our first night in the FH. He tosses it up. When the device reaches the ceiling, it explodes, sending pieces of rock crumbling down. I’m shifted back, cradled by someone’s arms as black dust settles.

“No!” I hear Varielle scream. “I have dropped it!”

“Now!”

“But we must—”

“NOW!” Perio roars and the two of them swim out of the new opening above, taking the light with them. Everything is opaquely dark again.

“Fallon?” Clarence calls.

I can’t speak…but I’m here. Someone has me.

A white blast goes off and in that fleeting moment, Clarence spots me along with Reid, Tucker and Walker, who are propped up beside me. “Pratt,” he turns to her, “I need you to stand here and shoot upward every three seconds. Right into that hole they blasted. Understand?”

“Yup,” she says and fires the first round.

In the flash of light, I see Clarence making his way over.

You can’t speak, he says, why can’t you speak? What did he do to you?

Shot us with something. Some serum that immobilizes us. Says he made it himself.

Another flash of light and he’s in front of me.

Well, if it’s home-made, I’m sure it’s not permanent. We’ll have the Healers take a look, he sweeps his arms under me and cradles me against his chest.

Is everyone at the city okay?

They’re fine. His intention was always to bring the army here, he turns around. Speaking of… “Sampson—did you hear what I did? Did Varielle say she dropped it?”

“You mean the Shadow Bag’s here?” Pratt fires another white blast. “In this rubble somewhere?”

“Just keep shooting…” Clarence nods, still cradling me to his chest. “I’ll take the kids back if you want to look for it.”

“We shall help, Fychu,” three guards swim closer. “It would be our honor.”

A bright flash and I see Sampson nod, indicating that Pratt should return with us. A guard switches places with her and she joins Clarence’s side.

“Come on, guys. We need to get back to the city,” he carries me out of the cave and toward Lalu who is outside, waiting. Three other guards bring the boys behind us as Clarence peeks back. “And you four need to get un-immobilized. It’s weird not hearing anyone talk,” he places me on Lalu and jumps on, securing us. “Boy this is going to be one long, quiet ride.”

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Smashwords Alerts

Smashwords has added an awesome new feature: Smashwords Alerts. When you sign up, Smashwords will send you an email alert when the authors you’re following have a new release. That means whenever I publish a new free short story, or a new novel, Smashwords will let you know. All you have to do is sign up.

To follow an author, log into your Smashwords account at http://Smashwords.com, then find your favorite author’s page. On the left side, under users who’ve favorited the author, you’ll find a button to favorite the author and to subscribe to author alerts.

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But what if you don’t buy books from Smashwords? What if you like Barnes and Noble, or Amazon better? I can’t speak for all authors, but when I publish a book or story on Smashwords, I also publish it on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and all the others, so an alert from Smashwords would still let readers know that a new story was out there, waiting for them on their platform of choice. (Of course, Smashwords has file types compatible with all eReaders, so you could go ahead and grab it from them while you were there.)

And, should you ever decide you don’t want alerted anymore, shutting them off is as easy as clicking the button. You really have nothing to lose. So, head on over to Smashwords and sign up for alerts from all your favorite authors today!

 

Indie Authors Book Expo

13567444_512523918934579_1726561630786136091_nSo, I’m finally doing it. On November 5th, I will have a table at the Indie Authors Book Expo, held at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The best part of the event? It’s FREE to guests! That’s right, you can come see me and a slew of other awesome authors, including Maegan Provan, for FREE.

Want to see what awesome authors I’m talking about? Check out the uber cool slide show (WordPress won’t embed it, so sadly you have to click the link) 

 

So get ready, and I hope to see you in November!

Interview with Troy

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Hello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

This is the last of our interviews, so before we get into it I want to thank everyone for their questions, and for checking these out! This is the eighteenth of the set, the most I’ve ever done, and I’ve had so much fun  – and it’s all because of you! So, thank YOU!

troyJo: And now, the least for last.. erm, I mean, the meanest for last – can you tell I really don’t like Troy?

Troy: Pffft. Whatever. You need me to be the villain.

J: True, but I don’t have to like you just because I need a villain. You might like to know though, that Steve likes you. (He’s reading Patrick right now, where Troy has a bigger part.)

T: Not as big as I deserve, but whatever. Let’s get on with this shit, huh?

J: Fine with me. Since I mentioned Steve, we’ll start with him. He asks: What kind of aftershave does he use?

T: Ha! Aftershave. Well, all right. There wasn’t no aftershave back in “my day”. That shit didn’t get popular until the 30s. But I always like aqua velva.

J: Nice. That should help their advertising campaign. Wait. Do they even make it anymore?

T: *Snickers* You’re bein’ hostile.

J: Not at all. Sherry asks: Troy, what was it like trying to pick up the pieces after your parents left you and your brother alone?

T: Ha ha! This is where I’m supposed to get all emotional and touchy-feely, right? Well, it ain’t happenin’. We managed. I was old enough to know what the fuck was goin’ on, and my brother and my sister were pretty enough to be worth a little cash. I found the clients, they did their jobs, I made sure they got paid, and we all ate a goddamn meal. We had a good racket too, ‘til my sister went septic from the damn abortion and died-

J: Yeah, I’m gonna stop you right there. Amy asks: What are your top three regrets, and what would you do differently?

T: Ha! You ain’t ready to hear my confessions, sister! But to keep my author a happy little girl, I’ll see what I can come up with, huh? I regret underestimating Jorick – not that I underestimated what he *could* do, but what he *would* do. I knew he had the hots for the bitch, but I didn’t think it went far enough for him to storm the den. I also regret that I wasn’t the one who got give it to her, but I needed Claudius to do it. Truth be told, I figured since Jorick was there, he’d kill Claudius over it and I could get the coven. And the third…I regret not getting Patrick made immortal. He was better than his brother by a long shot.

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You can read Troy’s short story in the Vampire Morsels Collection (Free everywhere except Amazon)

J: Dawn asks: What did you feel for Patrick?

T: *laughs* he was a pretty little thing, wasn’t he? Ah, what does anyone feel, huh? He was fun to break, and the best part of him was that since he got to escape in between he had time to put himself back together and I could do it again, and again, and-

J: We’re done with that. Dawn also asks: Are you Jealous of Katelina?

T: Ha! Jealous? Of what? That Patrick thought he loved her? No. Truth is, he needed her to keep his head together. That bitch he had at first didn’t do much for him, so she was a nice change. Though it’s funny how fast she forgot he even existed.

J: And that pissed you off?

T: What? That she went for Jorick before the boy’s body was even cold? Nah. I don’t care. Just saying it says something about her. Made it easier to give her to the wolves, if you know what I mean. Had she been loyal, I might have had a soft spot for her. Or a hard spot.

J: Oh God. Steve asks: When he is rogering his victims, does he feel hottest with a male or a female?

T: *laughs* The girls are fun, but the best are the pretty boys – even better are the ones that hate it but like it at the same time. Makes them ashamed for enjoying it, and that shame tastes delicious.

J: Ugh. Steve also asks: Is he shunned by straight vamps?

T: Nah, not for the most part. Once the fangs sink in, they all feel the same. You’d be surprised how many of the so-called straight vampires hop the fences.

J: Sharon asks: If you change one thing, anything, what would it be?

T: We’d go back to the moment when Jorick stormed the den and got the better of me. A smarter way to do it would have been to set Claudius up doin’ what he was doin’, and then to stay down there instead of following orders and going upstairs. Jorick would have been busy killing Claudius, and wouldn’t have noticed me, and I could have been the bad guy in the rest of the book, or in the next one. Hell, maybe I could have teamed up with that bitch Kateesha. She was a dirty who-

J: Ahem! God! Steve asks: Does he have vamp playmates?

T: Ha ha, hell yeah. Of course. Yulia is always up for it, and there’s two or three others that are regulars. Don’t let their better-than-you bullshit attitudes fool ya. I’ve tasted most of that coven in one way or another. Even Joseff, for all his tough guy shit.

J: Right. Amy asks: Do you have any remorse for the horrible, evil things you did?

T: Sorry, sweetheart, but I can’t come up with anything horrible or evil that I did. Anyone who got hurt had it coming, one way or the other. Either they deserved it, or they liked it. It’s not like I went around breaking the wings off angels, just killin’ demons, coz that’s all there is in this world – no angels, just the goddamn demons. Some are just more obvious than others.

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You’ll see more of Troy in the prequel Brothers of Darkness

J: God you’re bitter! Amy also asks: What do you think is your one redeeming quality?

T: *snickers* like what? You wanna hear how I love puppy dogs, or help old ladies across the street? Fuck that. My redeeming quality is that I did what I had to do to survive. I took care of my brother and my sister, ‘til she died and he found a dirty old woman to keep him, then I took care of me. I worked hard, I did what I was told when I needed to, rebelled when I needed to, and I survived. And I woulda had that coven if-

J: I’m not sure that’s redeeming, but whatever. And for our last question, Sharon asks: Where do you see yourself in, say 5yrs?

T: In your nightmares, sweetheart. *rough laughter*

J: And with that we are done. Thank god. Thanks so much to everyone who left a question and stopped in. Unfortunately, you can look forward to more of Troy in the upcoming prequel Brothers of Darkness, where I suppose he’s probably the main villain, just like he really was in the first book.

Did you read all the interviews? If not, catch up!

Samael
Katelina
Katelina’s Bonus Follow Up
Verchiel
Jorick Part I
Jorick Part II
Micah
Kai
Torina
Velnya’s Resurrection
Velnya
Etsuko
Loren
Oren
Maeko
Sorino
Jamie
Patricia

 

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