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What would a character most like to do before he/she dies?

Bucket list of Capt. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's Hope Ginger Monette #HistoricalRomanceLet’s meet Captain Darcy from The Darcy’s Hope Saga, a Historical Romance by Ginger Monette. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Darcy’s Hope Saga

Genre: Historical Fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Pride and Prejudice meets Downton Abbey in this blogger-favourite saga!
Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War I alongside Jane Austen’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in this TWO-volume saga!
In Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, you’ll watch the couple’s tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
In Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, Darcy is crushed when espionage separates him from Elizabeth and injury leaves him in a dark and silent world. But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything….
“…a stellar example of fine Austenesque literature. …an exceptionally moving story complete with a compelling plot, danger, mystery, action, introspection, vivid detail, and an emotionally wrought romance.” ~Austenesque Reviews
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Profession: Landowner, now serving as Army Captain
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I stand right at six feet, with dark brown hair inherited from my father. Women consider me handsome, although my 1914-issue Captain’s uniform doesn’t fit as smart as it once did as army fare on the Front is rather…lacking.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the owner of Pemberley, a large estate in Derbyshire, England, which has been passed down through six generations of Darcys. Both my parents are deceased, and I share guardianship of my beloved sister Georgiana with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. At present, I’m serving as an Army Captain in France. My specialty is telegraphy communications.
Who is the significant other in your life?
<cough> Err. There is a certain young lady, a Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who captured my affections when I was sent to Meryton to requisition property for the Army from her father. In a gesture of goodwill, I made the man a promise regarding his daughter.
I made a muck of it, and let’s just say things did not turn out as I anticipated…
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

Eldest. Heir.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A brown filly gifted to me by my father on my fifth birthday. She was my constant companion until I left home to attend Eaton.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I’m rather fond of the scones prepared by Pemberley’s cook. Preferably spread with orange marmalade or strawberry jam.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have more acquaintances than friends, but I do find great enjoyment spending time with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Of course I’ve known him all my life, and I trust him. He understands me.
Outside of family, Charles Bingley is my closest friend—although I’m not sure why. We could hardly be more different. He is outgoing whereas I am reserved. He enjoys dancing and social affairs where I find them tiring. Perhaps that is why the Army paired me with him in requisitioning land for military use. I negotiate the business; he manages personalities. We’re good complements.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I travelled Europe extensively as a young man, but America holds some curiosities. My father was an acquaintance of George Vanderbilt. I hear his estate is one of the nation’s crown jewels.
A trip to the Great Pyramids might tempt me as well.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Bloody trenches in France! Rats, mud, death, filth. Not fit for pigs.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
<sigh> Although already acquainted, I hope for a future encounter with Elizabeth Bennet. She never responded to my letter…
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
George Wickham. He’s been a thorn in my side for years. I’ll never forgive him for what he did to my sister.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I would like to travel back to 1812 or so—the Regency Era. I would be keen to look in on Pemberley and see how my great-grandfather ran the estate. See how things were different back then and ask his advice.

About Ginger Monette

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Weaving a romance into a complex and unfamiliar WWI setting with both the hero and heroine experiencing significant character evolution, all in the context of a mystery was a HUGE challenge. I’ll never try to combine that many elements again.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Jane Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy from the Regency Era is one of the most famous characters in literature.
I thought readers would enjoy seeing him 100 years later in the era of Downton Abbey, which is the setting for The Darcy’s Hope Saga.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Although he came from a very stable and static background, he was able to adapt to a harsh and volatile environment completely foreign to him. He learned to respect and embrace people he would hardly have associated with before the war.
I loved how he evolved as a leader and man, and how his romance with Elizabeth Bennet bloomed among the thorns of war.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South plays a role in Darcy’s Hope. He may one day have a Great War Romance of his own!
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Contemporary Romance. I have pages and pages of notes for a Sons of Steadman series—three cousins who all served as Marines in Afghanistan. They return home to find love in spite of their “wounds.”
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
The first fiction story I EVER wrote was my first novel, Tree of Life ~ Charlotte and the Colonel. My forte’ had always been expository writing, but within fifteen minutes of trying my hand at fiction, I was hooked!
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I “hit” on all the bases romance readers are looking for:
•Compelling plot centered on a well-developed romance
•Multi-faceted, “living” characters
•Deep point that really immerses readers in the story
•A suck-you-in story that is hard to put down
Both books in the Darcy’s Hope Saga were voted as 2016-2017 favourites by several bloggers, and both have received stellar reviews on Amazon.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Do you like Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey? Then you will LOVE the Darcy’s Hope Saga!
Even if you typically “don’t do war stories,” I encourage you to give this one a try. Just like Downton Abbey, it isn’t a “war” story, it’s a romance in a wartime setting.
Readers have commented that they couldn’t predict where either story was going, and much of that is due to the volatile nature of the war-time setting.
A video trailer and excerpt are on my website at https://www.gingermonette.com/darcy-s-hope-beauty-from-ashes

Where to buy Darcy’s Hope Saga

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0778XWLWH/
Universal link Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes: https://books2read.com/u/47kXOj
Universal link Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey: https://books2read.com/u/3yP2Le

Ginger Monette Social Media

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
Website: https://www.gingermonette.com/
Blog featuring Turkish Drama actor Kivanc Tatlitug: https://www.gingermonette.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GMonetteAuthor
Facebook featuring Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, Period Drama: https://www.facebook.com/Ginger-Monette-Author-612096318934524/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7434573.Ginger_Monett
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Bucket list of Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble @BarbCaffrey #RLFblog #YA #FantasyLet’s meet Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble, a young adult urban fantasy/romance by Barb Caffrey. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your story.

A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

Genre: Young Adult urban fantasy/romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Bruno’s Elfy mentor Roberto the Wise is about to be sacrificed by a Dark Elf, and Sarah’s parents have decided to help the Elf rather than the Elfy. Things look bleak and are getting worse by the minute, but Bruno and Sarah have a number of allies — human, Elfy, and ghosts — that the Dark Elf can’t possibly expect. Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: Seventeen, nearly eighteen
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Davis, California
Profession: Student
Ethnicity: Anglo (apparently)
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): human with some Elfy heritage
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m about four feet tall, with long brown wavy hair and deep brown eyes. My fiancé, Bruno, says I meet his expectation of classic beauty, but I don’t see myself as anything special. (Glad he does, though.)
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Until about a week ago, I thought I was only ten years old. My parents lied to me my entire life. I didn’t know I was part-Elfy until I met Bruno by accident, after he’d been captured by my parents. (Long story; look up An Elfy on the Loose for further details.) I knew I was short, and they thought I had a condition akin to Dwarfism, but that wasn’t it at all; my mother, unbeknownst to me, was half-Elfy, part of a race of extremely short Elfs. (Do not call them “Elves,” please, if you value your life. They hate that.)
Anyway, Bruno came into my life, and I figured out a number of things. We found my original birth certificate, proving I’m seventeen, almost eighteen. While I’m still an intelligent person – and I’d better be, as it looks like a GED is in my future considering how my screwed-up parents had enrolled me in a much lower grade than I should’ve been in – I’m probably not a genius. And I have a talent to feel other people’s pain, as well as use magic…none of which I knew a week ago.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Bruno the Elfy, AKA Bruno Johnson, an Elfy from a parallel universe called the Elfy Realm, though he holds an Irish passport. Bruno is a very good guy. He cares about me, and, like me, he thought he was much younger than he actually was. And we met by accident; my parents captured him, because they wanted an Elfy to perform for their friends. (Some friends! But I digress.)
He managed to get away to the Elfy Realm, taking me with him. But then, we somehow were backlashed to Earth, along with his mentor, Roberto. Because my parents can’t seem to tell one Elfy from another – despite my mother’s Elfy heritage – they took Roberto captive while Bruno hid in my bedroom. (Don’t worry. He slept on the floor.)
While trying to aid Roberto a bit (as my parents refused to feed him or get him any medical care), Bruno and I fell in love. He’s only a bit older than I am, and he, too, was lied to his whole life, so we have a lot in common.
I never felt understood before, so this is the most amazing thing in my entire life. And I hope it never ends.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

I’m an only child. (Considering my parents, perhaps it’s just as well. They’d just have screwed someone else up, too.)
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A Slinky. I liked how it moved around. It hinted at so many possibilities, you see…
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I like potato soup. I haven’t figured out how it’s prepared yet, but I do know that I enjoy the potatoes, the onions, the sour cream, and the feeling of fullness I get after I eat it.
Tell us about your best friend.
Aside from Bruno, you mean? (Your intended husband should be your best friend, right?) Well, my friend Mikayla Andrews and I have been tight for three years, ever since she started going to school with me down at St. Betsy’s. She knew she was sixteen, and she thought I was much younger, but she never cared and neither did I. She’s from Jamaica, originally, and her parents are a reverend and a teacher, respectively. She has a lot to live up to!
Of course, now that we know I’m older than she is, it’s a little strange. But she still accepts me, and she likes Bruno a lot. So it’s working out.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’d like to go to Paris. It’s the city of love, right? I think Bruno would enjoy the history, and I’d enjoy watching him go into paroxysms of rapture over it. (He does love his history, especially cross-species history.)
Otherwise, I think I’d like to go somewhere a bit closer: Vancouver, British Columbia. I’ve heard that’s an interesting place. We could walk around, look at the flora and fauna, and just be by ourselves for a bit. That sounds really attractive right now.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
God knows, I can’t stand Bruno’s home, the Elfy Realm. (Earth in a parallel universe.) Those people frighten me. They all have magic, and most of ’em waste it. And they all wanted Bruno dead because they felt he had “too much power,” whatever that means.
Anyone who wants Bruno dead is someone I definitely don’t want to know or be around. Because he’s the best and kindest and most decent person I have ever known, by far.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d like to meet Nelson Mandela. (With Bruno’s talent of talking to the dead, I still might be able to do so someday. How’s that for something I never expected?) He was a strong leader, someone who had to deal with many uphill battles, and was imprisoned for quite some time before being freed. I think I understand at least some of what he went through, and would like to know how he withstood all that to win through to his own truth and power. (Besides, he was a great man. Who can’t learn from someone like that?)
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
I’m sorry, but I can’t stand President Trump. He seems like he is easily led. The Dark Elfs would have a field day with him, and my hope is that whoever has strong magic that is of the Light will try to stay around him, providing they have strong stomachs of course, to keep the Dark Elfs away so the current President won’t do even more damage than he’s already done.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d like to go fifty years ahead, just so I’d be able to see how many children Bruno and I have had, how we’ve managed to make the Elfy Realm see reason when it comes to Bruno, and just know that we’ve overcome it all. I think that would be cool!

Bucket list of Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble @BarbCaffrey #RLFblog #YA #Fantasy

About the Writer

Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, musician, and composer from Wisconsin. She’s the widow of writer Michael B. Caffrey, and is continuing her work and his, as a way to keep their love alive. Find her at https://elfyverse.wordpress.com for conversations all and sundry, as she loves hearing from readers!
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Writing it wasn’t hard, but revising it was. My husband died during the revision period, and it took almost eight years to find a publisher interested in my work. At that time, An Elfy on the Loose and A Little Elfy in Big Trouble were just one book: Elfy. My publisher, Lida Quillen of Twilight Times Books, said it was more likely people would find my work if the book was split. Which meant more revision, so the second book would feel a bit more like it was supposed to be separate in the first place.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I’ve never done an interview solely from Sarah’s viewpoint. Bruno is the point-of-view character, but Sarah is the person most of the readers I’ve heard from have appreciated the most. (I didn’t expect that.) I thought maybe they’d like hearing more from Sarah, as a “Thank you for reading” sort of thing.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Sarah is incredibly complex. She thinks she’s not, but she truly is. She’s had to hide a great deal of herself until Bruno shows up, and it took a toll. But now that Bruno’s here, and she’s able to be fully herself, she’s gaining self-worth by leaps and bounds.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Absolutely! I have a sprawling sequel planned called An Elfy Abroad, which is a horrible pun. (Bruno’s the Elfy, Sarah’s the “broad.” Though if you called her one, she’d probably stun you with her magic. And rightfully so.) This book looks like it’ll end up as three separate books as the “Elfy Abroad” trilogy down the line, and it’ll take us to the Troll Realm, the Elfy Realm (again, as much as Sarah hates it), and different parts of the Human Realm (our Earth).
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I would like to write a straight romance someday. But so far, I’ve written military SF, milSF/romance, funny fantasy, urban fantasy, romantic fantasy…so far, I haven’t had a story idea that didn’t have some sort of SF or F element to it. And until I do, I just won’t write that straight romance as it would be an utter bore.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I have two degrees in music, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s. I play the saxophone, clarinet, and oboe, and compose music.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I think most people will enjoy the romance, the humor, the coming of age stuff, and the fact that the story doesn’t take itself too seriously. (I also would like to think that Sarah isn’t the only one who loves Bruno. Though perhaps only Sarah should love him romantically, as that last would just be weird.)
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Thanks for giving a little-known author a try! I hope you’ll enjoy my work.

Where to buy A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

Publisher (sample chapters): http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/ElfyinBigTrouble_ch1.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018B4699W
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-little-elfy-in-big-trouble-barb-caffrey/1123003283

Barb Caffrey Social Media

Blog https://elfyverse.wordpress.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/BarbCaffrey
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/barb.caffrey.1
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/barbcaffrey/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2843982.Barb_Caffrey
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Barb-Caffrey/e/B00H8EROC8
Google-Plus https://plus.google.com/+BarbCaffrey

 

About the Book

Title
Shadow’s Edge, Book 1 of The Kyn Kronicles
Genre
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Author
Jami Gray
Book
heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially
the monsters…
When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the
mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A
series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to
partner with the sexy Gavin Durand.
As the trail leads to the foundation haunting
Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not
only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical
community.

The Bucket List of Raine McCord

Name:
Raine McCord
Age:
Let’s stick with late twenties and call it good, shall we?
Gender:
Female
Birthplace:
Oregon
Profession:
Taliesin Security Officer/Wraith
Welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you
better. Please tell us about yourself.
What
more can I tell you. No, seriously, there’s not much I can say. Somethings are best left alone, like me. Still, if you
dare rattle the cage, you might get more than you expected. Don’t turn on me,
and you’ll live a long and peaceful life. Cross me, and you might as well start
digging your own grave. It’ll save me time. (shifting in the chair) Of course
Gavin might have a few things to say about it, but it’s not like I have to
listen, right?
When
someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of
things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to
experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.” We’d like
to know yours, please. If you haven’t made one before, perhaps now would be a
good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how
about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the
questions.
What are two places
you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Hmmm,
I haven’t really thought about it much, considering a Wraith’s life expectancy
can be cut short rather abruptly. (drumming fingers on table) I wouldn’t mind a
trip back to Europe, maybe check out Ireland, where my mother’s family came
from, see if anyone remembers her. Of course, that may stir up more trouble
than it’s worth.
Where is a place you
would never like to return, and why?
(eyeing
Kayelle) Is this a trick question? Let’s just go with Aaron Talbot’s lab, and
the reason should be self-explanatory. Three months under that mad man was more
than enough for me, thanks.
Who is someone you
would like to meet, and why?
(slow,
spreading smile of grim intentions) Gavin and I have discussed a possible trip
to Turkey, maybe drop in on a few Council members, convey our regards, make our
presence known, that kind of thing.
Who is someone you
would like to avoid, and why?
I’m
not much on avoidance, but I might actually step carefully around Rio Castle,
the demon lord of the Southwest. Yeah, that old bugger might worry me a bit.
If you could time
travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
(paling
a bit, lips tightening, looks away) It’s not just one. Having those I love pay
for my mistakes isn’t something that sits easy with me. (inhales and turns back
to face Kayelle) The most obvious answer is the night my mom and I were
kidnapped. I’d make sure Talbot and his cronies thought hard before coming
after us.
What is your birth
order?
I’m
an only child, which isn’t so bad for me, but my uncle may wish differently.
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
(face
softening) My mother’s dirk. I keep it close, even now.
Describe your
favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Hmmm,
Gavin’s pasta primavera, all those grilled veggies and cheese. Yeah, it’s my
favorite dish. (a serene, secretive smile) He’s great in the kitchen and rocks
an apron like no one’s business.
Tell us about your
best friend.
(chuckling)
That would be Xander Cade. That girl. (shakes head) Men see this little curvy
blonde and think they’ve got it made. Boy are they in for a surprise. Never
underestimate the power of a woman, especially one with sharp claws and even
sharper teeth. Her bite is way worse than her bark. Just ask Warrick Vidis.

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Author Bio

Jami Gray is the
award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn
Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can
be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males
and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with
the voices in her head.

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

About the Book

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

The Bucket List of Magnus Johansson

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

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

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Author Bio

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

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