Author Interview The River Leith

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I’m hosting an interview today for the book tour for gay romance “The River Leith”. Enjoy the interview.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Carving out the time to get the work done is definitely one of the hardest aspects of being an author. I’m a full-time employee, a wife, and a mother, so making time to write is always difficult. Writing requires a lot of alone time and getting that space isn’t easy with so many additional responsibilities on my shoulders.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The River Leith?
The River Leith is an exploration of the always fun and romantic amnesia trope. I wanted to explore the staying power of love. Can it exist outside of actual knowledge of another person and outside of any mental story line about who that person is and what your history together might be?
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
A stand-alone book.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Some days I spent twelve hours writing and other days zero hours. It depends on how I can fit it in with the rest of my life.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
I’m a huge fan of Ginn Hale’s Rifter Series. (Ravishan! I love you!!) But I’m not sure it counts as being in my genre since it is a fantasy novel and I generally don’t write that sort of thing.
6) What are you working on now?
I’m working on a book titled Smoky Mountain Dreams. It’s a contemporary m/m romance about a failed country music musician who is now working at a country music theme park inspired by Dollywood and how he finds his way to a new definition of success, a new idea of what love looks like, and a new family. I hope to have a first draft completed very soon.

The River Leith

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Author: Leta Blake

Genre: Gay Romance

Memory is everything.

After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.

For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach’s choices may come back to haunt him.

Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.

Author Bio

While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different. Instead, piles of laundry and forgotten appointments haunt her life, but the joy of writing and the thrill of finishing a book make the everyday chaos all worth it.

Leta’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively, but her passion has always been in writing, and she most enjoys crafting romance stories that she would like to read. At her home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

You can find out more about her by following her website (http://letablake.wordpress.com/), facebook (https://www.facebook.com/letablake), or twitter (https://twitter.com/LetaBlake).

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-River-Leith-Leta-Blake-ebook/dp/B00KCR6LXQ/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-river-leith-leta-blake/1119504398

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/436414

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theriverleith-1514412-149.html

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-river-leith/id879242714

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Author Interview The Camellia Resistance

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I’m hosting an interview for dystopian novel “The Camellia Resistance”. Enjoy the interview! My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

 1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Writing is like trying to construct a fully functional life-sized castle out of matchsticks. There is no one to tell you how to solve the inevitable problems, no one to keep you on task. You are entirely in charge, entirely responsible. Of course this is also the best part about writing. You get to build a life-sized castle word by word. What could be more fun?

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Camellia Resistance?

It is 2044 and Willow Carlyle is the youngest cultural epidemiology research director in the history of the Ministry of Health. She is on the fast-track for further promotion until a night of passion shatters her carefully constructed life.

Marked and unemployed, Willow stumbles into the shadows of the Republic where an underground resistance thrives. She is surrounded by people who oppose the Ministry and everything she used to believe in. In the process of discerning friend from foe, Willow begins to unravel secrets that will shake the New Republic of America to its foundation.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

The Camellia Resistance is the first in a trilogy… One down, two mostly written, and three to go.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I’m an irregular writer – some days I spend all day, other days, no time at all. I wish I had more of a schedule, but that’s never really worked for me.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I’m such a fan of the fantasy genre as a whole, but Peter S. Beagle always tops my list. I’ve been re-reading The Line Between, one of his short story collections.

 6) What are you working on now?

The second book in the Camellia trilogy is front and center right now.

The Camellia Resistance

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Author: A.R. Williams

Genre: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy

The Camellias is a trilogy set in the New Republic of America. It all starts with Willow Carlyle, a committed employee of the Ministry of Health.When she gives into temptation in the fall of 2044, she is completely unprepared for the consequences. Unemployed and isolated, Willow struggles to make sense of her sudden downfall. An encounter with a member of the Camellias, a resistance group living outside the bounds of Ministry-approved regulation, immerses her in a world she didn’t know existed.As Willow learns more about her personal history, she uncovers a secret that rocks the Ministry of Health to its core.

Author Bio

ALR20121121_036bA.R. Williams is obsessed with language and myth, not just playing with words and making up stories, but with the real-world impact that the words we use have on the way we live our lives.  Words are the only things that never get boring, an endless puzzle with no right answer, and an infinite variety of ways to get wrong.  Writing is the only thing she has wanted to do consistently: other hobbies, such as sewing and photography, become alternate means to feed the writing habit. Ms. Williams feeds her obsession with curiosity: people, philosophy, technology, psychology, and culture.  Living in Washington D.C. is a good source of inspiration.  From the sublime heights of arts and achievement available for free at the Smithsonian to the bureaucratic banality of Beltway politics and scandals, it is a great city for fantasy, possibility, power, and consequence—ideal fodder for the fictional life.
As a teenager, Ms. Williams drove her parents crazy with her taste for adventure.  Her father questioned her taste in crushes once and she told him “don’t worry, it will just give me something to write about later.”  That approach eventually led to a cross-cultural marriage that failed spectacularly – not on the promise of love but on the reality of trying to negotiate contradictory assumptions about everything.  The subsequent divorce, combined with her emergence from a conservative Christian subculture, eventually evolved into the first book in the Camellia Trilogy. Ms. Williams lives in-between an ordinary external life filled with time cards, meetings, and deadlines; and an extraordinary imaginary world where anything is possible, and everything is fueled by music.  Language is our only means to bridge the distance between ourselves and others.  Imagination, the co-creation that happens between a writer and reader, is alchemy.  It is an aspiration that never gets old.
From an eclectic mix of upbringing, genetics, experience, and the best possible luck in friends and family, Ms. Williams writes with the hope of doing for others what her favorite authors did for her: provide company through difficult days and create a sense of wonder and possibility when everything seems limited by circumstances.

Links

Author Links -Website-  http://entropy.wordpress.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Camellia-Trilogy/276922695801249

Twitter – @entrope

Buy Links – http://www.amazon.com/The-Camellia-Resistance-Camellias-ebook/dp/B00AXMRPL2/

Author Interview with Donna Hatch-Moore

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I’m hosting an interview with Donna Hatch-Moore, author of romance novel “Star Magic”. My questions are bolded, Donna’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I find the hardest part of writing is people think because I work from home I am available to run their errands for them or pick up their packages because I “don’t have a job”. I do have a job – one I love.


2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Star Magic?

Star Magic is set in Siberia during the winter. The clan is awaiting the birth of Falynn and Hunter’s child while preparing for the battle they know is coming.


3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

This is part of a series.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I write 6 to 8 hours a day.


5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn


6) What are you working on now?

I am working on book four of the Magic Series.

 

Star Magic

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Author: Donna Hatch-Moore

Genre: Romance

In the third installment of the Magic Series we find our heroes in Siberia awaiting the birth of Falynn’s child trying to live life normally under the constant threat of the Zealot.

In the growing tension Seth finds himself inexplicably drawn to Serena. How can he be sure his feelings are his own or manufactured by Serena

In Siberia waiting for the birth of Falynn’s child everyone is on edge wondering when the Zealot will strike. They are back where it all started 500 years before.  Seth is attracted to Serena. She is magical, mysterious, and beautiful. How can he know if his feelings are truly his or just her magic?

Author Bio

          My Author PhotoAfter we lost our home to a fire we were forced to live in our car. while my husband worked I stayed in the car with our pets. I read a lot of books and then started to write my own book. I wrote it long hand then would type the pages on an old manual typewriter I found. I wrote every day while my husband looked for work. The result was my first book, Twice In A Lifetime.

          Today we are still homeless but now live in an old motorhome. My husband has found full-time work and I still write every day although now I write on a laptop my husband surprised me with for Valentine’s Day.

Links

donnahatchmoore.net
http://donnahatchmoore.blog.com/

 @donnahatchmoore

Author Interview Sister Surrendered

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I’m hosting the book tour today for memoir “Sister Surrendered”, with an interview. I hope you enjoy the interview.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Being completely honest, for me, the hardest part is considering myself an author at all. Writing a book is not something that I had envisioned on the horizon for me, ever. I did develop a love for writing screenplays several years ago. The entire process of learning the proper formatting, character development etc. became very therapeutic for me. But even then, I never saw myself as a screenwriter either. The truth is, I think this a common thinking pattern for anyone who struggles with self-esteem issues. I’ve never been extremely comfortable in the whole “self-promotion” arena, but I’m working through this every day.

Can you give us a short synopsis of Sister Surrendered?

After many years of struggling, I lost my twin sister Kelli to over-prescribed, addictive, suicidal medications. A lawsuit was filed against the United States government and a settlement agreement reached.

Frustrated and angry, I wanted to immediately instill public awareness of the treatments associated with medications for patients diagnosed with PTSD; we both served together in the U.S. Navy for six years. So I wrote “Sister Surrendered” (an eBook and Paperback on amazon.com released April 12, 2014). It is a documented journey barely scratching the surface of the love between us. It’s also an outlet for me to speak candidly and honestly about my struggles since Kelli’s death. It is a love story turned tragedy, and now a mission. It’s an exposure of one of the greatest healthcare failures killing Veterans and civilians today, and a cry for help to remedy the fiasco.

This memoir includes actual journal entries written by Kelli, destined to pull on the heartstrings of even the sturdiest. It’s a book riddled with raw emotions that will pull you in, and by the end, undoubtedly have you empathizing with Kelli.

What inspired you to write this book?

My sister’s journal entries in addition several discussions she and I had over the course of many years. It’s in her writings that she expressed her desire for me to tell her story, saving lives in the process. She felt strongly that by sharing her struggles, that dialogue would commence amongst the public, including political figures that could help promote change.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

It depends on the chapter. On the lighter ones, I probably spent at the most, an hour or two. But on the tougher ones, at times, barely an hour or so. Emotionally, some of the chapters were almost impossible for me to get through, feeling as though I was peeling of the bandages of wounds I had forgotten about.

Name your top five favorite books.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Secret

The Law of Attraction

The Time of My Life

Her

What are you working on now?

Right now, being self-published, my sole focus has to be on promoting Sister Surrendered. However, I have spent some time kicking around ideas for another book sometime in the near future. For me, revealing certain truths about myself, my life, and Kelli’s has been freeing. I’ve never been much of a journal-keeper, so for me, perhaps its books that I need to concentrate on. I’m still very focused on pursing my acting career as well and that’s something that will forever be my main focus, at least for now.

Sister Surrendered

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Author: Darla Grese

Genre: Memoir

When you’re a twin, loneliness is somewhat unfamiliar because you’ve always had each other. So when a twin passes, the other is left unprepared. Our loyalty was steadfast and our devotion to one another, solid. Our love was unconditional no matter what the circumstances. I’m so grateful every day for the memories of the joy and laughter that we shared together. I know the bond that Kelli and I shared is impossible for anyone to replace.

This memoir has become something so much more than initially intended. It’s become a documented journey barely scratching the surface of the love between two sisters. And surprisingly, it’s also become an outlet for me to speak candidly and honestly about my struggles with the cause of Kelli’s death. This is a love story turned tragedy. An exposure of one of the greatest healthcare failures killing Veterans and civilians, and a cry for help to remedy the fiasco.

I’ve stressed about who I would mention in this book, nervous that I would hurt someone’s feelings by not mentioning their names. But I’ve realized that it’s impossible to do. Kelli had so many great friends, some I’ve never even met.

I need each person to know who has taken the time to reach out to me in whatever capacity that if it weren’t for your heartfelt show of support and love, I don’t know that I would be able to muster the energy to even get up each day. Kelli, we did it.

Author Bio

277920_4153854852406_1828888743_oDarla M. Grese is a twin sister who lost her better half to side effects from prescribed medication. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, she is an advocate of Veteran X and Veteran Hope programs that address mental illness, PTSD, and unintentional addiction issues. Both programs are sponsored by the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and focus on Veteran recovery and independence. She raises money for Team Kelli and annually participates in the Out of the Darkness Walk at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach (http://www.sos-walk.org/sos/). While continuing to bring awareness to this cause, being a loving parent is her favorite passion and the main focus of her life. Darla’s love for the arts has been expressed as a talented actress with appearances in The F.B.I. files, The New Detectives, Diagnosis Unknown, Wicked Attraction, Discovery Channel’s The Haunting, and the movie Atlantis Down. She currently works full time as a respiratory therapist at a trauma center in Norfolk, Virginia.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sister-Surrendered-Darla-M-Grese-ebook/dp/B00JMFPBJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402257715&sr=8-1&keywords=sister+surrendered

Release Party His Paris Affair

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Author Bio

ETNA PLUSChristina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She’s always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.

Author Contacts

Website

Goodreads

Facebook page- Christina OW

Twitter- @Christina_OW

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Blog- Read Me

Book Blurb

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)Ruiz Albury went to the Bahamas for one reason, to get back what was his as the rightful heir of his father with rage and resentment that has been festering for years.  But once he gets there, he’s treated as part of a family, shown love and care he’d only dreamed about and all his carefully laid plans are forgotten. In fact, they are buried deep in his mind when he meets Melody Sinclair.

Melody Sinclair thought she’d found one of the good ones.  She loved Ruiz and trusted him enough to make him a part of her life, only to have it shuttered when she finds out his secret. Heart broken and distraught, she gets drunk and decides to get over him by getting under someone else, only for it to turn out to be the worst mistake of her life.  Trapped, with nowhere to turn, Ruiz sweeps in like a knight in shining armor ready to battle her dragon.

This is the last instalment of The Albury Affairs Series.

Book #1 Her Venice Affair

Book #2 His Bahamas Affair

Book #3 His Paris Affair

Book Excerpt

Ruiz slouched in the lawn chair, a bottle of beer in one hand and his cell phone in the other, watching and listening to the sounds of a happy family as the knife of jealousy repeatedly stabbed him in the chest.

He watched as his sister Riana blew her husband a kiss to where he stood at the grill with his best friend Matthew and with a broad smile Allan caught it and pressed it to his chest over his heart. She smiled lovingly at him as she strolled rocking the new addition to her family, Allan Patrick Sinclair III, to sleep. Ruiz knew his nine month old nephew would wake almost immediately after, once the laughter and other happy noises grew louder, penetrating his haze of sleep. He didn’t like to be left out. Ruiz could relate.

And just a few feet away from him, Reno and Loraine were having one of their famous rows that usually ended with them sneaking off together and emerging an hour later with the biggest grins on their faces. Loraine was now four months pregnant so there was no sneaking away this time. They all had their fingers crossed—Reno especially—that she would carry this baby to term with no complications. After the attack over a year ago that resulted in Loraine losing their first baby together they had fingers and toes crossed. Sure they were all worried, treating her like a fragile egg but Reno was a little extreme. From Loraine’s complaints they barely had sex which apparently was like torture to a horny hormonal pregnant woman—who knew? Ruiz was sure one day his brother would lose it and wrap his wife in bubble wrap. The attention was driving Loraine nuts considering she was barely showing. At the beginning of her pregnancy, she had been very understanding but now she really looked ready to punch Reno when she stood up mere seconds after he settled her down on the cushioned chair. Amy, Matthew’s wife watched, quietly laughing as she cradled her second son, seven months old Ethan in her arms.

Why couldn’t he have his happily ever after? Did he not deserve it? Wasn’t his entire life difficult enough to earn one?

 

Get your copy

Amazon | Secret Cravings Publishing

Author Interview Zandernatis Tour

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Gordon Keirle-Smith on “Zandernatis”

ZANDERNATIS VOL 1 - 2500With the first volume of his Zandernatis trilogy, Francophile Gordon Keirle-Smith, who has built up experience in many different spheres – ranging from visionary artist to communications coach and top freelance copywriter — claims to have invented a whole new genre. If you’re a fan of ancient legends, interested in philosophy and tempted by conspiracy theories, this is one for you. 

Tell us something about yourself:
I always felt it was important for me to try and live as many lives as possible — and at the risk of seeming to be something of a dilettante, I do seem to have crammed in quite a few. Writing was always my first love, but around the age of 21 (after two years in an advertising agency and one in a repertory theatre) I morphed into an artist exhibiting in London’s Cork Street with a studio in a West End theatre.

A year later I moved to Paris, where I worked as a tour guide before heading a team of 40 language teachers in a business school just off the Champs Elysées. Life became very hectic, leaving little time for art. This was when I decided to paint with words rather than oils and brushes. 18 months later, in 1974, the first version of Zandernatis had been completed. Agents and publishers largely dismissed this effort as being “too ambitious for a first book”. They were probably right.

After two decades in Paris working in communications and advertising — I moved to the south of France with my wife and our adopted two-month-old son. There, I built up my own marketing agency. After creating my own “Home Opera Theatre” and website (http://www.operadou.info), retirement began to loom. With the self-publishing tsunami gathering speed, in 2013 I decided to revive Zandernatis.

Who are your favourite authors?
My mother went to school with Arthur C Clark, so I always felt a certain affinity with him. I also devoured William Morris, Lord Dunsany, CS Lewis and Tolkein of course. I was addicted to Lord of the Rings long before the blockbusters.

In writing Zandernatis you claim to have created “a new genre”. Can you give us a flavour of what the book is about?
The book is based upon the discovery of 21 urns buried under the Antarctic ice in 1962 by the Vostok Traverse expedition. These contained a vast library of manuscripts, most of which described the history and governance of an advanced civilisation existing on the Antarctic continent tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago, when the climate was more temperate. There were also two epic poems describing key events in this ancient civilisation’s history.

My new genre is a meta-realist allegory in which an allegorical story is given credence by an abundance of corroborative material. This can be in the form of press cuttings, interview transcriptions (backed by recorded versions on the blog), scientific records, analysis by sociologists and historians, past life regression testimonials, and more. Subsequent volumes, exploring the mystery of the urns’ disappearance, will encompass other media such as webpages and transcriptions from Hansard.

Zandernatis is the first part of a trilogy. What’s going to happen in the next two books?
That would be telling! There will be various things happening on various levels. As far as the retelling of the fable is concerned, we will see our hero brave the dangers of the Forest of Dissemblance and the Deserts of Jerah until he comes to the city of Pardilys, home of the Lord Protectors, creators of Zandernatis and the Paradise Garden. We will witness the momentous events that led up to what became known as the “Fall of Man” in sacred texts written many tens of thousands of years later.

On the parallel documentary level we will see the “conspiracy” unfolding, learn that relics of a genuine unihorn have been discovered (backed by solid proof) and witness some of the greatest advances in past life memory research ever made. We will also catch glimpses of the sometimes disturbing impact the Haakon Urn writings are having on our society.

How did you go about researching Zandernatis?
GK portraitThe internet gives all of us access to everything, from the mundane to the bizarre. And when you’re working in the meta-realist genre, if there is any shortage of corroborative evidence, you are perfectly free to create it! What has been surprising though are a number of curious coincidences that have cropped up at various times while researching this project. In particular the recent discovery that the most-visited place in Antarctica, on the peninsular stretching towards the tip of South America, is called Paradise Harbour.

Why did you decide to self-publish?
I decided to self-publish simply because you can. And because the time to market is so unbelievably fast. At last writing becomes the supreme art form where you can stay in full control and not be a slave to market forces, prevailing trends or anyone else’s publishing policy. There is tremendous satisfaction in being able to manage all aspects of your book, from the actual writing to doing the page layout, working with your cover designer and editor.

Imagine your ideal reader: which authors do they enjoy?
Due to the broad spectrum of interests this book covers, the ideal reader is almost impossible to define, so it would be more a question of the genres, rather than the authors, they choose. Those drawn to ancient lore and legends will find much to please them here, conspiracy theory fans will also discover a potential cause celèbre, while the more philosophical may enjoy seeking parallels with our own times. The readers who get the most out of this book will be those who can “go with the flow” and suspend their disbelief just long enough to start really pondering these alternative truths.

Buy Zandernatis: Where Legends Were Born, Volume 1: Pre-Destination (ebook and paperback)

 

Guest Post Legends, Lovers and Lives

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What’s A Little Grace Between Friends? A Character Interview With Merceline Renault

 

Cover Image_Lisa OlsenHello all, Lisa Olsen here – writer with a robot brain.  I’m a new adult, paranormal romance author of 19 books, best known for my bestselling Forged Bloodlines series.

I’ve been asked to be a part of a huge multi-author sale this summer.  On June 14th, 16 authors will make one of their Fantasy New Adult and Coming of Age books available for $0.99!  I’ll be participating with Angel of Mercy, the first in The Fallen series.  There will be a massive party going down on Facebook with freebies and games from all participating authors.  Stop by the Facebook event page to join.  There will be a prize given for whoever invites the most attendees, so be sure to invite your friends!

https://www.facebook.com/events/668633266542543

Angel of Mercy is about a girl whowakes up in the hospital after a brutal stabbing, with broken memories of a mysterious stranger with piercing blue eyes that haunts her dreams. Samael is a fallen angel, bound to the Earth and living out his life among humans but apart from them. Unwilling to let an innocent die, Sam bestowed some of his Grace to Mercy, healing her wounds and imbuing her with some of his angelic powers. Complicating things is Adamiel, the reckless fallen angel who is Sam’s enigmatic friend. Now Mercy’s eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the human realm… and their eyes are opened to her.

Here is an interview with Mercy:

Iris: Iris here, and I’m talking to Merceline Renault, a bartender in Seattle and part time angel.  You’ve had a crazy few months, thanks for taking the time to talk to me.

Mercy: Call me Mercy, please, nobody calls me Merceline but my mother.  [Her nose wrinkles with distaste, and I remember she doesn’t have the best relationship with her mother by all accounts] I wouldn’t say I’m a part time angel, I’m still me.  I’m just… well, not entirely human anymore.

Iris: That sounds interesting, how did you get that way?

Mercy: I got stabbed in the alley outside of the club I work at, Eden.  I don’t remember much about it, but when I woke up in the hospital, I was different.  [Her expression grows distant for a fleeting moment with remembered pain or something else, it’s hard to say] I found out later that Sam had healed me and some of his Grace rubbed off on me.

Iris: Sam is your guardian angel?

Mercy: No, not exactly.  He didn’t follow me around or anything you normally think of from a guardian angel.  I’d never met him before that night in the alley.  For whatever reason he decided I was worth saving and he healed me.

Iris: I dunno, sounds kind of like a guardian angel to me.  What kinds of things can you do with the Grace?

Mercy: I can’t fly or anything, but there are a few tricks I can do like make myself imperceptible to people and the Grace protects me from harm.  I can see people’s souls now, tell if they’re good or bad, that sort of thing.  Oh and my eyes turned blue, they used to be brown. [She leans close to show me]

Iris: They sure are, I was noticing them before.  They’re just like Sam’s.

Mercy: Oh, Sam let you see him?  That’s impressive, usually he hides from most people.

Iris: Why would he do that?

Mercy: I don’t think he’s comfortable around people for the most part. He takes the exile part of being Fallen very seriously.

Iris: But not Adam, right?  Does he take anything seriously?

Mercy: [A scowl crosses her face and she shifts in her chair] I don’t want to talk about Adam.

Iris: Fair enough.

Mercy: Have you seen him?  Is he okay? [Her expression softens, teeth worrying at her bottom lip]

Iris: Not yet, I’ve got an appointment to talk to him next week.  Is there anything you want me to ask him?

Mercy: No.  Yes, ask him… no never mind, I don’t care what he has to say. [She waves the question away]

Iris: Yeah, I can see that…  Okay, if we’re not going to talk about Adam, who should we talk about?  Ben?

Mercy: Just because he’s sexy as hell doesn’t mean I’m sitting at home thinking about him…

Iris: Who, Ben is sexy as hell?

Mercy: What? [She blinks, as if she has just realized she was talking aloud] No…  I mean, yeah, he’s sexy in a different way, I guess.  Ben is a great guy. Things are going great between us.

Iris: That’s good. He seems like a really nice guy, for a cop.  He was really there for you when you were attacked by that Weatie guy, wasn’t he?

Mercy: Yeah, he was really great. He even let me stay with him for a little bit after Weatie broke into my apartment.

Iris: Yes, you said that already.  So you guys smoothed out the rough patch you were going through when he thought you were hiding things from him?

Mercy: Well, to be fair, I was hiding things from him.  I couldn’t just come out and tell him I was seeing angels, fallen or otherwise, let alone tell him about my Grace.

Iris: Why not?  If he’s such a great guy?

Mercy: I don’t really know.  Something told me he might head for the hills, and I really wanted one thing in my life to be normal, you know?

Iris: I can understand that.  So everything is back to normal then?

Mercy: For the most part, yes.  You could have knocked me over with a feather when Sam walked into the bar.  He is not a bar kind of guy.

Iris: So, I’m dying to ask you, what did he say?

Mercy: [She hesitates for a moment, as though she’s not sure she should talk about it, and then leans forward, her voice dropping conspiratorially] He said that there’s a prophecy that talks about a demon or something trying to be reborn to the world through me.  Well, someone who sounds an awful lot like me. My name wasn’t in it or anything.

Iris: Yikes, that sounds scary.  What are you going to do about that?

Mercy: Honestly?  I have no idea.  [Her voice takes on a forlorn note and I remember she’s really still in the middle of dealing with some major stuff here] I really wish Adam was here.

Iris: I thought you didn’t care where Adam was?

Mercy: [Just like that she sits up straighter, the vulnerability gone] I don’t.  Not specifically… I just need all the help that I can get.

Iris: I think you’re not being honest with yourself.

Mercy: I think you talk too much. [Uh oh, I may have worn out my welcome here…]

Iris: I’m sorry, occupational hazard. I’m just calling it like I see it.  And from where I’m sitting, it looks like your feelings for Adam are unresolved.

Mercy: I’m with Ben.  [Those blue eyes stare me down until I change the subject]

Iris: So did you tell Ben about what’s going on?  About fallen angels and demons and the prophecy?

Mercy: I’m going to.  In fact, I should get going right now.  No sense in putting it off any longer. [She doesn’t sound too thrilled by the prospect]

Iris: Good luck. [It doesn’t seem like enough, but she accepts it with a tight smile]

Mercy: Thanks.  Something tells me I’m going to need it.

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