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Character Interview: Prince Nicholai
Please introduce yourself for those who haven’t met you in your author’s other books.
The skin around Nicholai’s eyes creases as a smile forms on his lips. “I’m Prince Nicholai. My father is King Monroe, ruler of all the Stiyaha. We are a warrior race of beings sent here from the Planet Lemuria. As prince, I am a leader among my kind, but I keep my distance from others.”
The hair on the back of my neck rises. I cross my legs, anything to distract me from his piercing gaze, but I can’t help myself from asking the question burning in my gut. “and…why is that?”
His lips purse. “I’m a danger to others. It’s best if I don’t form close relationships.”
I swallow. Next question, please.
Did you ever think that your life would end up in a book?
Prince Nicholai steps away from his desk. The highly polished oak reflects the light from the sunstones embedded in the cave walls, blinding me with its glare. He places his hand on the back of his chair, his knuckles turning white. “Actually, yes. My life will be recorded in the scriptures, just like all the other kings, past, present, and those yet to come.” A smile crosses his face. “…but that isn’t what you wanted to know, was it?”
I try to swallow, but my throat is too dry. “Umm…I meant in the book I wrote, Unforgettable Lover.”
His eyes gleam and then a loud, raucous laugh bursts from his lips. “Well, at least you gave me a happily ever after.”
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialogue or the romance?
A smile pulls at the corner of his mouth. “As much as I didn’t want to participate in the Betram ritual, I have to say, meeting Leonna…her honeyed scent, her piercing blue eyes, her naked body sprawled before me…now that is something I will never forget.”
If your story was made into a movie, who would you want to play you?
His brows furrow. “What’s a movie?”
I stifle a laugh. “Ah…nevermind.”
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
A soft chuckle eases from his chest. He shakes his head and rolls his eyes. “I don’t have time to worry about the audience. I fight for my goddess, Alora, to win the battle against the Gossum.” His brow furrows and all traces of his light mood disappear. “You Earthlings have no idea what’s at stake. If we lose the battle, you will be enslaved and forced to ship your precious water to Lemuria. You better pray we win.”
I cough… “Umm…next question, then.”
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
He glances at the ceiling, as if studying the sunstones embedded in the porous cave, then his gaze bores into me. “What I’d really like to know is how do things work out for my son…Noeh.”
Now that is something I can’t answer for him. That just wouldn’t be fair. “Noeh has his own book, Untouchable Lover. You should read it sometime.”
He raises his eyebrows, but doesn’t speak. I can’t help the smile that curves my own lips.
What frustrates you the most?
He rubs his hand over his face. “I hate this bloody war. Did you know this all started because of a lover scorned?” He blinks. “Of course you did.” He glances at me. “How could I forget? You’re the author.”
Ok, now I feel uncomfortable under his scrutiny. Thank goodness there’s only one question left.
Do you have any hobbies?
“I have a penchant for art, although I can’t draw anything worth looking at.” A tic starts in his jaw.
Guess we’re done. “Thank you, Prince Nicholai, for the interview.”
His smile once again lights up his handsome features. “You’re welcome, Rosalie.”
The Betram ritual, when the full moon occurs on the summer solstice, is a sexual rite—and a requirement—for all unbonded Stiyaha of age. The irresistible urge to mate drives their inner beasts. Some succumb and transform, while others hide behind masks. None can escape the compelling need.
For Leonna, Betram offers one night of freedom from a destiny she doesn’t want. Eager to participate, she’s drawn to a formidable male whose tenderness burrows into her soul. Despite discovering she’s below his status, she is caught up in their passionate frenzy, and loses her heart to a male she can never have.
Though reluctant, as an unbonded male, Prince Nicholai must participate in the Betram ritual. Because he fears harming anyone he gets close to, he dons his mask and vows to stay in human form. What he doesn’t expect is the intensity of his hunger for a certain honeyed female hidden behind a disguise. As much as he longs to forget her, he can’t, for she’s unforgettable.
As they raced through the trees, Nicholai caught glimpses of her fine figure. A dark short sleeved shirt fitted her body, accentuating her firm breasts. Long, elegant legs couldn’t hide beneath the short skirt that accentuated her hips. Black gloves covered her hands, extending mid-way up her forearms. Each time he spotted her, he learned more about the female he pursued. She intrigued him, and he intensified the hunt.
He closed the distance in a matter of moments. The excitement of the chase and the thrill of the catch were like a drug in his system. He craved more.
As he took her down, he expected softness and curves. Instead, her delicate skin covered a muscular build that took him by surprise. His beast responded, eager to couple with this strong, virile female. At the last moment he spun, using his own body to cushion their fall.
Ahhhh. Her cry rang in his ears and burrowed down into his soul. A sense of masculine pride and possessiveness filled his chest, a need so raw he couldn’t deny its power over him. A thin veil of red blurred his vision, the power of the full moon on the summer solstice taking its toll on his psyche.
The spongy earth, covered in moss and small bits of grass, provided the perfect blanket of softness. Cradling her in his arms as he lay on his back, he gazed upon her masked face for the first time.
Vibrant blue eyes encased with long lashes stared back at him through the holes in her disguise. High cheekbones, flushed from her exertion, were visible beneath the edge of her mask. Although her nose was hidden behind the tip of the material, ruby red lips provided enough details to spark his imagination.
After finishing a rewarding career in finance and accounting, it was time for Rosalie Redd to put away the spreadsheets and take out the word processor. She writes Fantasy/Science Fiction Romance inspired by classics from the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres layered with a good, hot dose of romance.
Her debut novel, Untouchable Lover, won or was a finalist in several contests sponsored by local chapters of Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Oregon, where rain is just another excuse to keep writing. When not at her computer, you can find her at Jazzercise, waterfall collecting in the Pacific Northwest, or relaxing with her husband and their pesky cat, Snookums.
Book of Love by Constance Bretes, on sale for .99¢, this month only.
A librarian, a mechanic, and a psychotic ex. What could go wrong?
When her marriage came to a devastating end, Janice Meyers moved to Montana to try to escape her past and get a fresh start. She's sworn off men, but she didn't anticipate meeting Chris.
After the death of his wife, Chris Jamisen focused all his time and energy on running his auto repair shop and raising his children. He's not looking for love, and when he first meets Janice, the town's new librarian, he never imagines they might embark on a relationship. Sure, he'll admit he finds the smart, sexy blonde attractive, but the frustrating woman expects miracles from him. Her vehicle is practically beyond repair, but she insists he has to keep it running.
As Chris gets to know Janice, he begins to develop feelings for her, but he's reluctant to pursue a relationship. He's Native American, and he worries about the complications of a biracial relationship. He's experienced prejudice first hand, so he knows how difficult it can be.
When Janice's ex-husband shows up seeking revenge, things could reach a horrible end. Will Chris save Janice in time? And will he and Janice be able to set aside their painful pasts and give their relationship a chance?
Content Warning: contains some sexual content
Tell us about your family.
Janice: I came from a middle income family of four, living in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. My parents are deceased, but my sister still lives outside of Detroit and works as a nurse at one of the local hospitals.
Chris: I grew up dirt poor on the reservation. My first wife and I moved off the reservation when we were very young. My sister lives here in Colstrip and helped me to raise my children when my first wife died giving birth to our last child.
What was your first thought when you met the hero/heroine?
Janice: I thought he wasn’t trying really hard to fix my car and keep it running for me. He was the only mechanic in town and I felt at a disadvantage because I knew nothing about cars and car maintenance.
Chris: When I first saw Janice, I was smitten by her beauty. But her car was a nightmare from hell and she was quite demanding about wanting me to fix it and keep it running for her.
Why did you fall for him/her?
Janice: Chris has these endearing qualities. A wonderful dad who loves his children very much. He’s also involved in the community, and he is very gentle, kind and loving.
Chris: Janice has a strong sense of ethics, both professionally and personally. She really brought the town’s library into the 21st century. While at first, we didn’t hit it off very well, I began to see that there was more to her than just her beautiful looks. She was extremely smart and sophisticated.
Why did you choose your occupation?
Janice: My career choice was to be a librarian. I think it’s important that people know how to read and know how to use their libraries. I feel very passionately about this. I also have a minor degree in Music.
Chris: When Cherie and I came to Colstrip. I was about to enter into crime as a way to provide for my family. We had no money and no job. But I met Howie Hauser who was an old time auto mechanic and he showed me the ropes and even paid for my schooling. He left the shop to me when he died.
What is the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
Janice: After my ex-husband tried to maim and kill me, I had to start over, someplace far away from him and the town we lived in. I had some physical handicaps I had to overcome and faced a lot of these painful hurdles by myself.
Chris: racism and prejudice. Enough said.
See what one of several reviewers had to say about Book of Love:
I found myself utterly enthralled by the wonderful sweet romance with its hints of suspense. Janice wants to start her life over and she finds herself applying for a job in a small town library. She is intent on leaving her past behind her but she is finding that the past doesn't always stay in the past when you have a psycho ex-husband with powerful in-laws. Chris owns the one and only auto repair shop in town and he finds himself fascinated by the beautiful newcomer, Janice. Chris and Janice find themselves unwillingly attracted to each other as he tries to keep her vehicle running way beyond its lifetime.
This is a wonderful romance between two very unique characters. Janice is a strong woman who feels she does not need or want a new man in her life but somehow she has slowly developed feeling for Chris. Chris is concerned that a relationship between Janice and himself would not work as he is Native American and he has first had knowledge of the prejudice and worries that difficulties could arise for Janice if they become romantically involve. This is such a well written and emotional story that I became engrossed in the characters struggles to develop a loving relationship while overcoming their pasts and I recommend it to lovers of sweeter romances that enjoy a blend of drama, humor and suspense mixed in to create a beautiful story.
I have to say I usually read sexier books but this book captured my attention and kept it to the very end!
Beachwalk Press at http://www.beachwalkpress.com/book-of-love
Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense.
After spending many years imagining stories, she began her writing about ten years ago at the encouragement of her husband.
Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She loves to write about strong women and the men who love them.
She’s married to her best friend and resides in Montana with him and a houseful of cats.
When she’s not writing and researching for her next book, she can be found basket weaving, reading, or just plain spending time with her husband.
You can learn more about Connie and her books at her website at http://www.conniebretes.weebly.com. You can follow her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/constancebretes, or twitter at https://twitter.com/conniebretes
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