What can I say? I'm a sucker for Character Interviews. An author offered one once and I fell in love with the concept! I'm always begging for them now! I love getting into the head of the characters :) I hope you enjoy it and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
Black Widow Demon
(The Demon Outlaw series, Book 2)
by: Paula Altenburg
Publication: Entangled Publishing (Nov. 26, 2013)
Length: 400 pages
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Cover Artist : Kim Killion
Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she's set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.
A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he's one step closer to redemption.
But as Blade's sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can't abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he's trying so hard to escape.
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Interview with Blade, from Black Widow Demon (Book 2 in The Demon Outlaws series)
Thanks for having us here today!
I hope it’s okay, but I’ve dragged along my reluctant hero, Blade, to answer a few questions. As a retired assassin he’s quite anti-social and not much for the spotlight, but I heart this guy to pieces. When the apocalypse strikes, you’re going to want him around. He does what needs to be done, and he’s not much for dwelling on the past. He’s all about the future.
So. Blade. Can you tell us 5 things about yourself that no one would guess, or that they’d have to read the book in order to find out for sure?
Blade: Five? Hmm. I don’t like to kill. I do it because it’s necessary. I like children a lot. I don’t like bullies. I can carry a tune. And I really want to see the world. Hopefully, someday the goddess boundary will fall.
You say you don’t like to kill, and yet you were ready to kill Raven. Why?
Blade: No one should have to suffer such a horrible death as the one she was facing. If I’d known she could free herself from the stake, and that fire wouldn’t have harmed her anyway, I would never have considered interfering. As it was, she saved me the trouble.
Seriously. Why Raven? What’s the attraction?
Blade: She’s vulnerable, and yet so independent. She doesn’t smother me. She has a positive outlook on life. Despite this need she has for revenge, she’s really about doing the right thing. And she doesn’t talk too much. (*Fixes Paula with cold stare.*)
O…kay. (Daring to push the boundaries, here.) It’s got nothing to do with the fact that she has demon allure working in her favour?
Blade (*Fixes Paula with even colder stare*): No.
In The Demon’s Daughter (Book One in the Demon Outlaws series) you were a saloon owner. Why did you walk away from what was a safe lifestyle?
Blade: You answered your own question. It was safe, and it was boring. I’d lived there as a cripple for ten long years. When Airie (the heroine from The Demon’s Daughter) healed my damaged leg, I wanted to find a real purpose. A challenge. I’d felt half alive for too long.
About that damaged leg…. How did it feel to be almost eaten alive by a demon?
Blade: How do you think? I feel lucky to be alive. I feel grateful to Hunter, the Demon Slayer who saved me. I feel like I don’t want to talk about it anymore. Next question.
Boxers or briefs?
Blade: Only Raven knows the answer to that. I’m fairly confident she’ll keep it to herself.
(A voice shouts out in the background, “Briefs!”)
Blade (looking pained): Or not.
It’s a well-known fact that you hate demons. Why, then, are you okay with half demons?
Blade: I’m not okay with them. I’m okay with some of them, just like I’m okay with some people. But half demons were born into a mortal world, and they have nowhere else to go. This is their home, too. Everyone deserves a chance. But make no mistake, a few of them are going to die. (Pauses to consider that.) Maybe more than a few.
If you could have anyth—
Blade(cutting Paula off): That’s it. Interview’s over. If people want to learn more, they should read the book. Black Widow Demon, from Entangled Publishing. Besides, Raven’s the far more interesting character. Next time, why don’t you interview her?
It seems Blade’s had enough. Thank you so much for having us here today!
Woohoo. I am soo loving Blade! Thanks so much you guys for stopping by and doing the interview! And thanks to Raven for that brief (chuckling at the pun) cameo !
Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys the freedom of working from home and writing fulltime. Paula currently writes paranormal romance and category romance for Entangled Publishing.
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