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, Gina Danna, and her characters from Her Eternal Rogue. It’s a fantastic regency romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Alexander Barrington, aka Captain Sword.
How did you first meet your writer? I was relaxing at this pub, near Port Royal, drinking rum when she found me. Made some nonsense statement about wanting to write my story.
Ah! My story…. What do you do for a living? <leans forward> I sail, yes, that’s it. I sail the West Indies. Occasionally I have a run to England though I try to avoid that.
What other profession would you like to try? Ha! I’ve the best profession in the world! Haven’t you heard of me? I’m one of the worst nightmares on the seas…I’m the pirate Captain Sword!
Are you a morning person or a night owl? I’ve tried both. Depends on the seas…traffic rather ordains my working hours.
If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do? Darlin’, zombies aren’t a bother – not when I’m already dead. I’d have a hankerin’ to see what they’d do with a vampire.
What’s your favorite animal? I’d have to say my horse. He’s not like any other. Stole him, as it were, from that Roman bitch who turned me into a vampire. Minion’s his name. All black, breaths fire, or so they think. And he is rather particular on who rides him – me basically. Frankly, he’s an easy keep – doesn’t eat, per se, being immortal and such…
Alexander Barrington flees his tyrannical uncle for the open seas where he becomes a ruthless pirate who turns vampire.
Captured and sentence to hang, a fate he must avoid to keep his vampire self hidden, a reprieve comes if he rescues Lady Lavinia Sinclair from the French pirates and returns her to her fiancé in England.
In this Vampire Diaries meets Pirates of the Caribbean, Alexander falls for the woman who makes him feel human and alive, but can he really have her without exposing what he is – a thief, the undead? The damned? Refusing to taint her innocence any further, he erases her memory of him and vanquishes into the night but can he really exist without her?
Release Date: July 1, 2013
She knew she was awake with the slight twitch against her stomach. She put her hands up against his chest and pushed hard. It was like solid rock.
“What are you doing?” she whispered, afraid if she screamed, servants would come. How could she explain him in her bed?
“I’m here with you,” he said, his voice sultry.
Every nerve inside her tingled at his touch and words. Her body molded perfectly against him. Succumbing to him would be so easy…and so wrong.
“No!” She pushed against his stone chest harder. “You can’t be here.”
“Yes, I can,” he stated smoothly. “I’m a pirate,” he kissed her neck, “I take what I want.”
His lips came dangerously close to hers again. “I thought you said privateer,” she countered and broke free of his embrace to leap out of bed. The cool night air made her skin prickle. She could see he noticed it too as his gaze swept over her body. With a groan, she yanked the coverlet off the bed and wrapped herself in it.
He lay there, turned to face her as she paced back and forth at the foot of the bed. His eyes were half hooded, his smile seductive.
It hit her with the force of a train. She remembered him. Her heart thudded hard in her chest, and she stumbled. Before her eyes, the pirates, the ship, the French pirate, her wound and his slow seduction of her came perfectly clear. Their emotions and her love flourished―and died.
“You abandoned me!”
With a slight frown, he sat upright on the bed. He squinted, confused. At first, he didn’t utter a word, but he seemed to evaluate her accusation. The tick in his cheek didn’t escape her notice.
“I did what I needed to do.”
Lavinia’s fury mounted. She felt betrayed, angry and confused. She walked up to him and slapped him as hard as she could. Her hand stung. She’d hit a wall of solid mass. Thankfully, he flinched, but she knew it was only for her benefit.
“You didn’t even turn to say goodbye,” she hissed, the pain evident in every word.
He didn’t say anything. When she had disembarked that day, she had walked off his boat and out of his life.
“Why did you come here? Why now?” she demanded. “And why are you in my bed? What if Nicholas walked in? He’s on the other side of that door!” She pointed at the closed dressing room door. She fought to hold back the tears that welled in her eyes.
Within a second, he stood next to her. “You know he’s not home,” he murmured, his low voice in her ear, the words skittering down her neck.
“Don’t, Alexander. Don’t…” She tensed, banging her fist against his chest. “You made me forget my life, made me hurt for something I couldn’t remember, and now you come? Why are you here?”
Silence loomed between them. His piercing blue eyes locked on hers. Her anger and hurt spread over her like wildfire.
“I came back for you.”
Gina has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.
Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other lifelong dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!