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, Beth Caudill, and her characters from Enchantress’ Destiny. It’s a fantastic paranormal romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Rowe and Clairessa.
Jennifer, Thank you for having my characters Rowe and Clairessa on your blog today. Claire and Rowe waited six years for their story to be told and they’re excited at finally being released into the wild.
How did you first meet your writer?
Rowe – I was driving in an dark green convertible enjoying a night out with Derwyn, my friend and bodyguard. Suddenly she decides my story would be better if I joined the world of Arilase and those wolves she’d just finished writing about. Now I’m either walking places or being magically transported from place to place. I really miss that car.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Rowe – Apparently my author believed I’m a Disney princess like Aurora/Sleeping Beauty because she forgot to give me a fight scene against the dark elf who cursed me. Fortunately, a Beta reader pointed this out to her and I joined with my bondmate in trying to fight him off.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Rowe – Yes! I hear it is very poor form for a romance to end with a main character dying, so I’m very thankful for my bondmate Claire and her spell casting abilities.
Did you have a pet as a child? What happened to it? How did you feel about that?
Claire – No pets that belonged to the family. But living in a tree house and roaming the forests gave me ample opportunity to make friends with creatures of every type. I only needed to avoid the Tree Lynx; they are very territorial and have poisonous claws.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Claire – Sit on the porch and listen to the rain. It’s a magical sound full of life and the promise of renewal.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Rowe – I definetly enjoy playing at night. It can be filled with many hours of enjoyment. (And a bed is only occassionally necessary.)
What is your most favorite memory?
Claire – When I was eleven, I learned to make a small shielding spell. During the twilight festival, I was able to add my own tiny shielded fireballs to the giant spruce tree. Long into the night, the twinkling lights remind everyone that there is hope in the darkness.
If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do?
Claire – Develop a Deanimation spell. After spending three days tied to Rowe’s life-less body, I never want to see another corpse again.
One dark curse, two elves and a destiny neither could escape.
Disregarded by her betrothed, elven princess Clairessa Bellehaven analyzes spell books and dreams of finding someone to share her life. Betrayed by her unfaithful witch boyfriend, she convinces herself a single night with another elf will do no harm. Except the Goddess has a plan and Clairessa will have to fight to save the man who seized her heart and refused to let her go.
Clan prince Rowe Calder arrived in Wildeloch to settle problems with his family’s business. What he found was the one elf he’d spent his life avoiding. His bondmate. The woman destined to bring about his death. Now he must find a way to keep his family safe when the dark elf comes to claim his soul.
Will a love long denied be strong enough to save them when darkness seeks retribution?
“Have you gone out with him yet?” Sarah Winston, a mid-level witch, asked over the top of a tree limb separating their desks.
For a moment, Claire ignored her friend. But Sarah could be persistent when she wanted to know something. Thank the Goddess it was the end of the day and they were alone. “No. And I don’t plan to.”
“Ri-ight.” Sarah rolled her eyes. “I believe that like I believe there is a troll bridge for sale in the Desert Resort.”
Sometimes friends were a pain; they never let you get away with deluding yourself.
“It’s better this way.”
“Honey, you’re so frustrated, sparks are dancing along your skin.” A wicked gleam infused Sarah’s gaze. “My suggestion to you is quit hiding and take what you need.” She winked and ducked back into her space. Her cheerful laughter echoed in the mostly empty room.
Claire shook her head at her friend’s good-natured teasing. While the idea of capturing Rowe was intriguing, the reality of the situation was filled with nothing but trouble. She concentrated on her mirror interface and hoped work would distract her.
The Living Tree’s magic connected the mirror to a collective knowledge base. While a lot of her job as spell book tester was actively casting spells, she also needed to verify ingredient information. At the moment, she was verifying the information on an obscure herb called Moonsglow. The leaves were silvery gray, extremely poisonous if ingested, but could amplify magic spells if used sparingly.
“Good. You haven’t left yet.” Rowe’s deep voice rumbled behind her.
She jumped and then spun her chair around. “Wha…What are you doing here?” Why did he have to sneak up on her? She always seemed to be out of control around him.
His lips twitched at the corners of his mouth. “I’ve come to beg your help with a project.”
She hated how composed he appeared. With his sky blue shirt opened at the neck, his wrinkle-free dove gray suit, and his mussed hair; he possessed a rakishly attractive air. It drove her crazy that he affected her. For four weeks, she’d reminded herself that he was off limits. If only images of them in bed wouldn’t keep intruding on her thoughts.
He was cordial and patient with her. Yet she wanted the man who took what he wanted, exactly like he had their first night together. The self-restraint he exercised heightened her frustrations. He’d been considerate in their interactions since that first day in the office. She wanted to tear away his social mask and discover if he was just as unbalanced as she.
“Can it wait until tomorrow?” She turned back to her work. “I have someplace to be tonight.”
The choked laugh from the other side of the branch made Claire blush.
“I’m afraid not. Please, Claire. I need your help.” Standing with his hand out, Rowe looked so earnest, her resolve weakened.
Her parents had instilled in her the responsibility to share her gifts. She couldn’t say no. “Very well.” Wiping the image from the mirror, she turned and placed her hand in his. The hum of his power tickled along her skin. “I’ll see you tomorrow, Sarah.”
“Have fun,” Sarah said, wiggling her fingers at them. “Do everything you think you shouldn’t.”
Claire shook her head and hid her reddened cheeks behind her long hair. Rowe’s chuckle only intensified her embarrassment. At least Rowe appreciated the good-natured teasing. Gavin would have suspended Sarah for such a comment.
Doing everything she shouldn’t would endanger her heart. Rowe’s competence and easy demeanor already had her falling for him. Her heart wasn’t free to give but somehow he had a strong grip on it.
“What shouldn’t you do?” His eyes sparked with flirtatious energy despite his innocent tone.
Her face heated even more and she to refused answer. How could she tell him what she couldn’t do was become involved? With him. “Um. What spell do you need help with?”
He stared at her a moment before leading her downstairs. The sparkle in his eyes made her face heat like a boiling cauldron. She feared he knew her secret: she still wanted him.
He led her along the covered walkway to the casting area, a magically protected building with three rooms for conducting spell work. At the end of the hallway, Derwyn stood guarding the center door. Rowe nodded to him and held the door for her to enter.
On the large limestone slab in the center of the room sat a staff made from purpleheart. The wood had been cured, carved, and a vined flower pattern was burned into the rounded stave.
“This is a special commission for a friend.” He directed her to stand in the center along one of the long sides of the slab. “I’ll be doing all the spell work, but I need to take energy from you to balance the effect.”
“No problem.” She’d participated in other rituals before. Spell casting wasn’t only about being the main caster, but also sharing your energy with others.
Rowe raised his arms and power gathered in the air around them. She focused through the use of words, but it seemed he actually drew figures in the air to congregate his spells. Focusing on his work, energy flowed around her in a gentle spiral.
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Beth loves everything fantasy and grew up a lover of fairy tales. Her favorite TV shows are Once Upon a Time and Leverage because both combine a bit of good with a hint of wickedness. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and homeschools her two sons and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. In her free time, Beth creates fantastical distant worlds for her romantic fantasy and paranormal romance stories. And for a bit of bling, she weaves metals rings and crystals into beautiful chainmaille jewelry.
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