Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Sondrae Bennett, and her characters from Kalindra. It’s a fantastic paranormal romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Kalindra and Cameron.
Cameron, what do you do for a living?
Cameron: A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Things have changed in the past couple month, although I’m still an adventurer at heart. Before I met Kali…well, let’s just say, nothing illegal, exactly. But nothing I’m proud of either. Afterward…I’ve finally found exactly where I’m supposed to be. And I’m who I want to be. I have a purpose, and can be proud.
Kalindra, what do you wear when you go to sleep?
Kalindra: Well, I used to wear a nightgown, but…
A grin splits Cameron’s face, followed by a wink.
Cameron, what is your most prized possession?
Cameron’s grin slips from his face, replaced by a darkening scowl.
Cameron: Who told you to ask that? Cameron’s eyes narrow. What do you know? Pause. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be rude. There’s been some complications regarding my most prized possession. A lot of people would like to have it as their own, but it’s something I always keep on my person. Something that could change the world for evil if the wrong person got their hands on it. I think it would be best if we move on.
Kalindra, what do you think your greatest weakness is?
Kalindra: It would be foolish for any warrior to admit their weaknesses to others. And even in my youth, I was never a foolish woman.
Cameron waits until Kalindra turns her head, before pointing at himself and mouthing, “I am so her weakness”
Kalindra: What are you doing?
Cameron: Uh… lowers his hands nothing?
Kalindra stares at him for a moment before turning back.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
Kalindra: I am a good warrior, and when assigned a duty, I do it to the best of my ability, even when I don’t necessarily want the ‘honor’. Never did I think I’d be called upon to be a gatekeeper and protect the gate between worlds, but I never shirked from the duty, and have dedicated my life to becoming a better warrior so that I could survive against any assault.
Cameron reaches out and grabs her hand to halt her words
Cameron: All of that is true. But Kalindra has so many attributes. She forgets to mention her heart, her passion, and her soul. She has all of that in spades, and so much more. Courage, love, strength of character.
Kalindra: I didn’t forget, but she asked for strongest attribute. I am a strong warrior.
Cameron: You are more than a warrior.
Kalindra: I know that. She blows out a frustrated breath. Okay, smarty pants. You answer the question. What is your strongest attribute?
Cameron: Although it’s awesome that I can hold my own in a fight against Kali—Kalindra scoffs—my humor. I like to make people, especially Kali, laugh.
What happens when a warrior woman meets her match?
Harpy Kalindra stumbles upon three human corpses who’ve mysteriously crossed from Earth into Outremer through the portal she guards. A human prisoner with two traveling vampires seems her only clue. She captures the man, and brings him back to her lair to discover the truth–not only why he came to Outremer, but how he got past the defenses of the gate. She expects answers. What she doesn’t expect is the intense attraction she feels for him…attraction he seems to share.
Cameron has a secret. For years, he’s used a shard of the gateway to cross worlds without detection–for his own gain. When the gatekeeper saves him from the clutches of vampires who want the shard, he learns she’s not just another monster from Outremer. He can’t resist his attraction to her human form, and before long he’s feeling more than simple lust for her.
Kalindra’s gateway comes under constant attack from creatures who want what Cameron has. The assaults are his fault, but he can’t hand over the shard, which is a family legacy. He must convince Kalindra he can help defend the gate…but how?
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
Kalindra’s anger drained away. This was her fault. She never should have let him get this close. Never should have let him kiss her.
“Damn it, you can’t do this. You can’t try and protect me.”
He snorted in response.
“I am a warrior, not a woman. Protecting the gate is my task, not yours.”
Cameron tilted his head, his eyes sweeping down her form in a slow caress that made heat rise to the surface. Biting the inside of her lip, Kalindra barely managed to hold off the shiver as awareness woke the insatiable hunger for him inside her. The desire in his eyes echoed the emotions whipping through her, destroying all control.
“You look like a woman to me.” His deep voice rolled through her, bringing the shudder she could no longer hold back. When he looked at her like that, she felt like one. Not just any woman, but a sexy one.
When he looked at her with naked desire shining from his eyes, she felt…alive. After coming so close to death moments before, she needed that feeling. Needed him. Passion tore through her until she shook from the force of holding herself back.
Understanding shone on his face, in the roguish tilt of his lips and the fire kindling his gaze. This time when he took a step forward, Kalindra did retreat. Not from him, but from what he made her feel. But he was faster. Wrapping his arm around her waist, he yanked her forward until she stood plastered against him. Every inch touching him.
She melted into his heat, her arms gripping his shoulders as she stared into his eyes. Her body, still churned up from the fight, demanded satisfaction. The fight had denied her any. Here stood a means of getting what she needed.
Their lips met in the middle. Tongues tangling together in desperation for the other. She jumped into his arms as he moved backward, slamming her back against the tree trunk behind her. She grunted at the impact.
He let up for a moment, staring into her eyes as if trying to determine if he’d been too rough. Sweet.
She didn’t want sweet. The fire inside her demanded to be conquered by the warrior inside him. She ached to be taken. Hard, and fast.
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I love romance. I love reading romance, living romance (who doesn’t), but I especially love writing romance. There’s no greater feeling than watching my characters come alive in each other’s arms. Most of all, I love giving my characters the happily ever afters they deserve, with a little necessary drama first.
One of my favorite things is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing myself in the emotions between the characters. I hope someday to inspire readers the same way my favorite authors have inspired me.
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