Mona Karel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Kendra Weiss from the book, My Killer My Love.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Cover artist: Pepper O’Neal and Mona did the cover together
Length: 324 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: An immortal enforcer is sent to punish an innocent woman,
and discovers the soul he’d forgotten he possessed.
Blurb: She came to the woods to heal and found evil lurking among
the trees… Upon her grandmother’s death, Kendra inherits a cottage deep within
an ancient forest, along with the powers given only to certain women in her family—powers
she doesn’t know she has. Recovering from a vicious attack, Kendra returns home
to the remote cabin determined to heal both her body and her spirit. But the forest
is ailing, too. Evil stalks its dark places, turning its quiet glades into a battlefield.
When a strangely beautiful man appears at her cabin intent on punishing her for
a crime she didn’t commit, Kendra needs all her strength to protect her forest,
her life… and her heart. Can she learn to use her powers and to trust Mykhael
in time to save the ancient forest?
He came to the woods to redeem himself and found an innocence
that would be his undoing… Throughout his long life, Mykhael has struggled, often
in vain, to please the Atrahasis, immortal overlords of the sacred places in the
universe. Now they have given him one last chance to redeem himself. He must punish
the person they think desecrated an ancient forest in Northern
California. But when he meets Kendra, he realizes he’s doomed to disappoint
them once more. Not only is she innocent of the crime the Atrahasis have accused
her of, Kendra is the missing part of the soul Mykhael didn’t know he still possessed.
Can he defy the Atrahasis yet again and live long enough to save the only thing
in his life that matters?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Kendra Weiss is in her mid twenties. She’s been a folk dancer
but with her injury plus her grandmother’s death, she’s come back to the cottage
to heal herself and, as it turns out, the forest.
Mykhael Alastor, oh, he’s ageless. Seriously. He would have stopped
aging when the Atrahasis offered him an opportunity to right all the wrongs he encountered,
around mid to late twenties. Which three thousand or more years ago was quite an
advanced age. He’s an enforcer, a guardian of the sacred places on Earth.

Interview with Kendra Weiss

Tell us about yourself.
“I’m afraid I’m
a bit of a disappointment to my family though they try to say otherwise. My father
controls large corporations, my mother is the ultimate hostess and my siblings are
at the top of their field. I was uncomfortable in that life as a child, so they
let me stay at Gran’s cottage deep in the Sequoias.”
Tell us about Mykhael Alastor.
“Mykhael’s had a
rough life. He was rejected by his father, one of Atrahasis overlords, though he
was known as the god Alastor, whose duty was to ensure the sins of the father were
visited upon their sons. Kind of grim, don’t you think? Since his mother was not
of the Atrahasis, he grew up away from the family and alone after his mother died.
In spite of this beginning he became a soldier, then a war lord, then was offered
a position with the Atrahasis. Even though his life has been one of war and fighting,
he loves sunlight and the natural order of things.”
What do you think is your strongest point?
“Oh, I’m not much
really. I learned to keep the garden growing and how to live here in the woods.
For a while I performed with a folk dance group, which was great fun until I had
a set piece dropped on my legs and couldn’t dance any more. I guess my strongest
point is being too stubborn to give up when other people might.”
What would Mykhael say is your strongest point?
{smile} “Mykhael
really likes my cooking. Seriously, I guess he’d agree I don’t give up easily…oh,
here he is.”
“Yes, and just in
time. It sounds like you’re once again bending reality, my dear. Let’s see, hmmm…a
disappointment to your family? And they LET you stay at the cottage?” Sigh.
“My darling you really don’t need to hide yourself from these people, after
all they want to read your story. Kendra’s grandmother recognized the power in her
as a baby, and asked that she be sent to be raised in the woods. They resisted until
they realized Kendra didn’t belong in their modern world. They could not be prouder
of their ‘fey’ daughter even when they don’t completely understand her. As far as
her strongest point, stubborn does come to mind. But even more her inner self glows
with the light of her power, which she has never used to her own benefit. Although
she does bake a marvelous loaf of bread.
“Now let’s see about
these other questions, since you seem hesitant to be truthful about yourself. Hmmm,
weakest point, you have none except you don’t think enough of yourself. You grew
up here in these sacred woods, a magical area for sure. I’m not going to let you
wish for something different in your life since all of your life brought you here
to be with me in these woods, and isn’t that your fondest wish?”
“Am I not allowed
to answer questions for myself? And here I thought you’d become a more modern man.
Now let me answer my own questions…oh, a place of perfect refuge–“
“I do believe you’re
blushing my love. Do you really want to tell them about your refuge…our refuge?”
“Why not let them
read what Mona had to say about it?”

About the Author

Mona Karel is the writing alter ego of Monica Stoner, who has
lived her life in a manner guaranteed to give any parents gray hairs. She’s been
a dog groomer, horse trainer, stable manager, waitress…then at thirty five took
a job as a buyer’s assistant at a nuclear power plant. A few years later she married
the man she’d loved for far too long, and settled down for a while. During this
passage into normal life she rediscovered her love of writing. Of course she couldn’t
do that the easy way either, completing numerous manuscripts which will never see
the light of day while learning her craft. Distractions abounded, including her
long time involvement in pure bred dogs and her husband’s amazing artistic talent.
Eventually her characters called to her to be set free upon the world, and she braved
another round of submissions.

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