Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: July 2, 2013
Number of pages: 372
Word Count: 124K
Cover Artist: Amanda Kelsey
San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life...without getting killed in the process.
About the Author:
Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
Web site: http://www.celiabreslin.com/
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Character Interview Questions:
I would like to welcome Carina & Alexander from Celia Breslin's Haven.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Carina: Hi, I’m Carina Agostina Ottavia Tranquilli. My friends call me Rina. But my fated soul mate calls me Carina.
Alexander: That would be me, the soul mate, full name Alexander Wallace. Many call me Alex. I prefer Alexander, especially when Carina says it when we’re…intimate.
What is your hair color? Eye color?
Carina: Dark brown hair and eyes. When I go all vampy, though, my eyes darken to black. And when my special super power kicks in? Add some blinking stars in there, too.
Alexander: My hair is more milk chocolate to Carina’s dark chocolate tresses. My eyes are blue-grey. Carina likes to call them smoky blue.
How old are you?
Carina: I’m 25. Okay, don’t be startled when Alexander tells you his age. He doesn't look a day over about 28. He was turned in his twenties.
Alexander: 45. Flattery will get you everywhere, Carina.
Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?
Carina: Born in Italy. I live in the U.S. now. West coast. San Francisco. Best city on the planet.
Alexander: Born in San Francisco. I still live there, in the inner Sunset. But in truth, Carina is my home. I’d follow her anywhere.
What is in your refrigerator right now? On your bedroom floor? On your nightstand? In your garbage can?
Carina: LOL, you really want to know? Okay, fridge first. Thai takeout leftovers, sake, sparkling water, orange juice, bacon, eggs…Stopping now. Otherwise, we’d be here all day. My fridge is well stocked, thanks to my roomies Mark and Ren. Those boys can cook! Workout clothes on my bedroom floor. Water bottle on nightstand. Huh, garbage can is empty. I’ll thank Mark and Ren again. Those boys are super tidy.
Alexander: Is this a serious question? I have blood in my refrigerator, of course. Bedroom floor is clear. Nightstand is also clear. Garbage can…yes, empty. I’m a bit of a neat freak.
Who are the people you are closest to?
Carina: My close friends are my family: my business partner Adrian, my psychic pal Faith, her boyfriend Kai, and, of course, my badass bodyguards Mark and Ren. I have three brothers, but I’d call our relationship…hm…let’s just say it’s a bit strained. A work in progress.
Alexander: Thomas. No comment on the family.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Carina: I love karaoke and wish I could sing as well as a trained singer. Of course, my lack of vocal chops doesn’t stop me from belting out the tunes with my pals at our local sushi-sake-karaoke hangout.
Alexander: I have it. I play piano and guitar. Classically trained on both.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Carina: When I’m upset I tend to curse in Italian. Porco dio spills out of me most.
Alexander: Pass. But here’s the word the older vampires overuse - Youngling. I hate it when they call me that.