WINNER! WINNER! The winner from last week’s blog of the copy of Chosen at Nightfall is Nicholas Redden . . . email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com and let me know if you’d like a print or e-copy and either your address or if you’d prefer Amazon or B&N for e-copy. Congratulations!
Today is the day. Saved at Sunrise, a Shadow Falls novella, is being released. And it’s only $1.99. So pop over and order your e-copy right now.
And, also, I’m going to be on the radio being interviewed by Pam Stack at Authors on the Air Online Radio at 11:30 am EST. I’ll be answering questions if you submit them to her online at her Facebook page, as well as starting a week-long contest. So be sure and give it a listen and be ready to answer questions for prizes. And, if you miss it, don’t worry, it’ll be archived for you so you won’t miss a thing! Here’s the link for the interview: http://www.facebook.com/l/aAQEPcIswAQF2-6jtRd7vjeyMFyjtdLn92k2cDOjVLynYKQ/www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheair
Now, back to Saved at Sunrise . . . I had so much fun writing this story. It was one of those that just popped into my head. You see, in the beginning of Chosen at Nightfall, Della and Steve, a hot shape-shifter, are sent on a mission. But since that book is from Kylie’s point of view, the readers didn’t get to see or hear exactly what happened on that mission. And believe me, a lot happened. When I sat down to write the story, it was one of those magical ones that just poured out of my fingers and into the keyboard. I think one reason this story was easy to write was because of the main character. Della is . . . well, I’m just gonna say it . . . Della is a smartass. Yeah, I may have a little of Della in me, too. I think we all have a little of Della in us. But I have found that her personality and sass just make her one heck of a character to write. Below is a short piece I wrote about Della a while back. You see, I sort of do these interviews of my characters where I bring them into my mind, sit them down, and have a chat. They help me get insight into the character and my readers sometimes enjoy reading these crazy interviews.
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The door to my mind swung open and there stood Della with her hand on her hips. The light shining from behind silhouetted her, but there was no doubt it was Della. This sassy vamp had attitude all the way down to her posture.
Not that I blamed her. She’d been through some tough times. Like being turned into a vampire, then practically being disowned by her family. Not to mention the disastrous romance with Lee, who she still loved. Oh, she denied it, but she denied it a little too strongly. Under that tough girl act she always wore like a second skin, Della had a lot of pain. I saw it. Kylie saw it. The only other person who seemed to see it was Steve, the hot shape-shifter who has a thing for Della. And of course, she denied any feelings for Steve. Well, she admitted he had a nice butt, but that’s all she’d admit.
“Come on in,” I said.
She took one step then stopped. “Why am I back here?”
“Because I needed to talk to you about something.”
“About the mission you’re about to go on.”
“I can’t talk about it.” She shot me a smartass look.
“I’m not going to ask you questions you can’t answer. So come in, please.”
She rolled her eyes. “Since you said please.”
Strolling in, she plopped down on the sofa. Then, her gaze shot up to the wall where a sword had once hung. “Where’s that bloody sword you had up there the last time I was here?”
I shrugged. “It keeps disappearing. I don’t know where it goes.”
She frowned. “Is that like some clue to what’s going to happen in Chosen at Nightfall?”
“It could be, I’m not sure.”
She made her sarcastic face. “You’ve got more secrets than a rogue werewolf has fleas.”
“Maybe a few,” I said, and grinned. “So, did you know I’m writing about you and Steve on the mission?”
“Yeah, I heard the rumors. Am I going to kick someone’s ass on the mission?”
I sighed. “Maybe.”
“That means yes.” She rubbed her hands together.
“But I’m worried, Della. I mean, you can’t do this mission alone. You’re going to need Steve’s help to get through this.”
“Bullshit! The guy’ll do nothing but slow me down. I’m furious at Burnett for wanting to send him with me. And when I meet with Burnett, I’m going to try to make him see reason. I don’t need Steve.”
“Della, I’m serious, you and Steve are going to have to work together. Not everything is going to go smoothly. This thing could very easily turn dangerous.”
“I can handle dangerous,” Della said, but for one second, I saw a flicker of fear in her eyes. She wasn’t nearly as confident as she pretended to be.
“Look, Della. It’s not a sin to need someone’s help.”
“Yes it is!” she said.
“Why do you say that?” I asked.
She stood up. “When you need someone, you give them the ability to hurt you. To let you down.”
“Caring about people doesn’t always turn out badly,” I insisted. “You let yourself care about Kylie.”
“Yeah, and how did that turn out? She’s gone.”
“I think she’ll be back,” I said.
“Can you tell me that for sure?”
“See,” Della said. “When you care about someone, you just end up hurt.”
She stormed out the door of my mind. I sighed. I guess Della is going to have to learn the hard way. And this mission is only the beginning. I haven’t told Della yet, but she is my main character in the next Shadow Falls books. Della, sassy attitude and all, is about to embark on some difficult times. I have a feeling she will survive. But it isn’t going to be easy.