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, Nancy Gideon, and her characters from Prince of Shadows. It’s a fantastic paranormal romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Cale and Kendra.
How did you first meet your writer?
Kendra: I was introduced in HUNTER OF SHADOWS, my cousin Silas’s book. I’m afraid I didn’t make a very good impression when his sister Briget and I showed up at his apartment door with me, his unrequited love interest, a teary, clingy mess, particularly since he’d just gotten involved with someone else. Playing the helpless victim in those scenes made me realize that was the role I’d been trapped in for far too long. It was time to take my life into my own hands. Returning to our clan’s stronghold in Lake Tahoe to turn myself over to the ruthless Bram Terriot in order to protect my cousins was my first step toward independence. But when I found myself as the two-for-one mate-and-a-crown prize dangled in front of Bram’s dangerous sons for them to fight over, I knew I was in over my head. And that’s when Cale stepped forward to stake his claim.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Cale: You’d think it would be the action scenes since the House of Terriot is known for being a kick-ass warrior clan, and I do enjoy my fair share of dealing it out—as well as getting it handed to me more than once. But hands down – and hands on – the romance is what it’s all about. I made a promise that I would protect Kendra and make her my queen. My brothers, and even my king, believe the crown is the reward I’m after, but it’s her. It’s always been her. Unfortunately, in order to have this chance to make her mine, I’ve had to do things that have made me into a monster in her eyes. And that’s where the romancing comes in . . .
What is your greatest fear?
Cale: That I won’t be strong enough to protect those I love from the dangers that surround them. That I’ll be the one who brings those dangers to their door . . . again.
What do you find most appealing in men/women?
Kendra: I always admired a strong, capable woman who wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. Brigit is that kind of female, even though she sometimes takes it too far. I want to exemplify her courage but temper it with the kindness and compassion my mother taught me. I always saw Silas MacCreedy as everything I’d ever dreamed of in a man. Heroic, honorable, brave, wise, and loyal . . . and just out of reach. It was quite a shock to discover that my childhood friend, now despised enemy, Cale Terriot could stir any kind of response in me other than fear and contempt. But what he’s been able to awaken with his fierce determination and breathtaking physicality (He has the most amazing arms!) are memories of selfless love and long ago kisses, and something I never expected. Desire. Funny, I never expected to find those same admirable traits in two so very different men.
What is your vivid memory of your mother and father?
Kendra: They made a wonderful home for me when I was a child, filled with affection and safety and freedoms that I took for granted. Now, when I think of my mother, it’s a scene surrounded by a violence that changed everything about how I saw the world and my place in it. When I remember my father, I see his failure to meet my eyes when telling me how my mother died. It was the first time he ever lied to me, and to himself.
Cale: My father, the king. I worshipped him when I was a little boy. I wanted so much to prove myself worthy of his attention until the night he crushed my dreams and those I loved as a harsh lesson of what it meant to be a prince in the House of Terriot. And since then, every time my mother looks at me, all she sees is him. I’m not my father. With Kendra beside me, I can be a better man, a better ruler for our clan. But first I have to convince her of that. And it starts with a kiss.
Others Controlled Her Fate
A gentle female held hostage in a deadly play for power, Kendra Terriot’s only means of survival for herself and her family is to play to a careful courtship game. The one she chooses from her clan’s dangerous heirs will inherit the coveted crown, keeping her their prisoner forever . . . unless she can retain her virtue until rescue arrives.
The Past Destroyed His Dreams
Favored son of their brutal Shifter leader, the only calm in Cale Terriot’s violent world is a childhood love for his delicate distant cousin whom he’s pledged to make his queen. With Kendra at his side, he knows he can become the kind of ruler his clan needs, but first he must learn how to become the kind of mate she desires.
A Choice Would Determine Their Future
In a treacherous race for control, where weakness means death, Cale must prove he’s not the beast his beauty fears and still protect her, especially once her unrequited love returns to free her. The only way to win her respect could mean surrendering his throne. The only way to win her heart could mean letting her go . . . even if she no longer wants to be saved.
“5 of 5 Stars! Full of intrigue, danger, and an intense love story. An emotional roller coaster with passion that sizzles, characters that will capture your heart, and a compelling story to take your breath away. A delicious addition to a fascinating paranormal series. Swept me away to a world of danger, romance and sensual desire. A winner of a read!” – Addicted to Romance
Instead of taking the chair, Cale Terriot leaned against the wall, one booted foot crossed over the other, focusing not on her with his brothers’ devouring attention, but at some point behind her. She could hear him inhale her scent with a slow savoring pull.
Even as the memory of his arrogant words on the stairs fired indignation, her gaze was drawn to his mouth by the stirring remnants of that morning’s dream. By the forbidden taste of him that made her lips soften and part. How fast her heart was beating, in upset, anguish, and uncomfortably, with attraction. Cale sensed it, too.
“Did you ever think of me?” he asked at last, his tone quiet.
Kendra hadn’t been alone with him in years. At one time, she’d dreamed of saying so much to him but her answer was clipped and truthful. “Not in ways that would flatter you.”
He studied her, his emotions masked. Then came the surprise of his unfurling smile as he confessed, “I’ve missed you.”
The corners of his eyes crinkled and everything he’d meant to her came flooding back so fast, she was swept under without a struggle. She swallowed, emotions flailing, desperately trying to recover her footing.
He searched for the right words before saying plainly, “Everything I’ve done has been for you. I’ve been waiting to make you my queen.”
Now she was truly at a loss, managing to gasp, “How could you say that? How could you make what you’ve become about me? Don’t you dare blame me because you were weak.”
His stare went blank. “Weak?” A strained laugh of disbelief escaped him. “Is that what you think of me? That I was weak? I was eleven years old. What did you expect me to do?”
“We were friends, Cale. I—“ She caught herself and replaced the word that sprang to her heart. “I trusted you. And how did you repay that?” She turned away from the sight of him, her eyes flooding with pain. “You were there that night. You were there when your father had the MacCreedy family killed. Were you there when my father died?”
She shuddered and covered her face with her hands to shut out the horror of what he’d become in her eyes.
He’d crossed the room before she was aware that he’d moved, coming down on one knee to nudge his head beneath her chin the way he’d done when they were children. The gesture was so intimate and unexpected that she didn’t know how to react until he spoke again in a tight throated whisper.
“But I didn’t agree.”
Kendra’s hand was on his hair before she could stop herself, stroking lightly. So soft, the rest of him so hard. Her arms went reflexively about him, tightening as if her life depended upon her ability to keep him close as she breathed him in, the bittersweet familiarity of his scent instantly soothing the ragged edges of grief. Oh, Cale. How I loved you. How I’ve missed you. She touched her lips to the back of his neck as her fingertips traced the foreign textures of his adult face.
“I would never hurt you, Kendra.”
Her thumb brushed against the raised scar cutting across his cheekbone. Remembering where it came from returned her senses with a harsh jolt.
“You don’t think my parents dying hurt me?”
“What was I supposed to do?” he asked again, his words vulnerable and searching as he continued to lean into her. “Die with them? Would you rather they’d killed me, too?”
She closed her eyes and saw him clearly standing in the carnage of the MacCreedy living room, a soulless reflection of his father as he watched her being led past him without a flicker of response. Her answer was wooden.
She felt his sharp recoil, heard his quick intake of breath. She was pushing him away, setting him back on his heels where he regarded her from behind that carefully guarded stare.
“You don’t mean that.”
“I will never forgive you.” She enunciated each word for emphasis. “And I can never be with you.”
“I’ll change your mind.”
“How, Cale? By bringing my parents back from the dead?”
For a long moment, he held her agonized stare unblinkingly, then rose without a word, leaving her alone to shed her tears.
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Nancy Gideon is the award-winning author of over 54 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix. She works full-time as a legal assistant, and when not at the keyboard, feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl. Her latest release, PRINCE OF SHADOWS, Book 8 in her dark paranormal “By Moonlight” series for Pocket Books, is now available as an e-exclusive.
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