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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Wolf by RJ Blain: Character Interview

Winter Wolf
Witch and Wolf, Book 2
RJ Blain

Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2014


Book Description:

The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

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Almost everyone in the store had a phone. Dormant devices, from reading lights to mobile chargers, littered the tables. One woman, browsing books nearby, had four battery-powered devices in her purse. One was a phone, and like mine, it hungered. Its need was strong; its battery waned to the point of failure.

If I wanted, I could charge it for her.

No one would notice if I did. Maybe the woman would wonder how her phone hadn’t died before she got home. It only had a few minutes left. It’d take me all of ten seconds to fix it for her. If I did, I wouldn’t be so aware of it. But to do so, I’d have to touch her—or her phone. Some things I could manipulate without having a direct conduit, but cell phone batteries were tricky, greedy things.

I cringed a little, setting the thriller book down. I picked up the next nearest title. I flipped it over, not reading the text on the back. Did I dare? Out of the corner of my eye, I watched the woman browsing through the books. All it would take was a few seconds. I could charge it without her noticing.

That was one thing I was actually good at.

I put the novel I held down and wandered to the same table, careful not to look at her. Book by book, I investigated the titles, circling to where she stood.

“You’re Nicole Thomas, aren’t you? The actress. You’re her.” My quarry appraised me with a pleased expression.

People normally recognized the mainliners, people with beautiful faces and voices to match, people who didn’t avoid crowds.

In short, people other than me.

I met her gaze, abandoning my perusal of novels. “I am,” I replied, wincing a little at the sandpaper-rough quality of my voice. At least I hadn’t been reduced to a whisper—yet. My fatal flaw was my rough, grating voice. Chronic laryngitis did that to a person. It ruined careers, as it had mine, though I hadn’t quite given up on being an actress. I’d already lost the ability to sing.

I wasn’t going to let a stupid disease take everything away from me.

The woman smiled, not seeming to mind talking to someone who sounded more like a zombie than a human. “You’re taller than I expected. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

She thrust out her hand.

We shook.

I left her phone alone.

“They keep putting me next to giants,” I quipped. It was true. When I did manage to get on the silver screen, I worked alongside actors easily a foot-and-a-half taller than me. “It’s a pleasure to meet you too.” I matched her smile. She didn’t tell me her name, and I didn’t ask for it.

It took all of my will not to fiddle with her phone. All it would take was a murmured word and a thought, and it’d be done. It would have been easy to charge the battery when our hands had been clasped together, but I hadn’t dared.

If, sometime later, she noticed her phone had magically been charged—literally—she might remember me. She knew my name.

And in true cowardice, I couldn’t bring myself to help her. If she connected the strange behavior of her phone with me, she might tell someone. If she did, I’d be as good as dead—or worse. I had dabbled in the occult, and the occult had dabbled back, and there were those who didn’t like when that happened.

The last thing I needed was them finding me.

Author Bio

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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RJ’s Favorite Books & Series in no particular order:

Anne McCaffrey's Pern

Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar & Gryphon Series

Jim Butcher's Codex Alera & The Dresden Files

Brandon Sanderson's Elantris

Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series

Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time

Character Interview  

Please welcome Nicole Thomas and Richard Murphy from RJ Blain's Winter Wolf to Diane’s Book Blog. 

What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

Nicole: The name I currently go by is Nicole Thomas. Don’t ask. It’s a really, really long story. I’m not all that big on nicknames, so everyone calls me Nicole—except for my father and sister. I guess I can always trust my family to put a kink in things…

Richard: Most people call me Mr. Murphy, if they know what’s best for them. You can call me Richard. The only people I allow to give me any form of nickname are my brother and Nicole. Alex likes calling me ‘His Alphaness’ and ignores when I growl at him about it.
Nicole calls me whatever she feels like at any given time. I don’t usually mind. I do regret having introduced her to Amber, though. One armed and very dangerous woman in my life is difficult enough, but now there are two of them.
I guess I should be relieved that they haven’t shot me yet—and are typically satisfied after calling me an idiot a few times.

How old are you?

Richard: Somewhere between thirty and one hundred and thirty. I’m sure it’s written down on a birth certificate somewhere. If you ask my mother and father, I’m sure they’d tell you, right along with a lot of stories I wish they’d forget. Good luck finding them, though… last time I heard from them, they announced that my brother and I had driven them mad and went on a long overdue vacation.

I’m pretty sure they’re somewhere in the Bahamas smugly laughing while I enjoy the Canadian winters…

Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?

Nicole: I was born in Seattle, Washington. I currently call Los Angeles my home. L.A. is okay, although I don’t know if I’ll want to stay here forever—hopefully I can move somewhere a little quieter and a lot cooler...

Richard: I was born in Yellowknife, Canada. My main home is there, although I’ve spent the last year of living in hotels between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I move around when needed, but my permanent address is still somewhere near Yellowknife. I’m looking forward to going home and staying there for a while.

What is in your refrigerator right now? On your bedroom floor? On your nightstand? In your garbage can?

Nicole: I’m trying not to think too hard about what is in my refrigerator right now. With all of the things going on, I fear there’s something alive in there, waiting for me to come home and exorcise it. I might have to burn the contents just to make sure.

As for my floors, normally they’re pretty clean. I don’t own a whole lot. However, in its current state… I’m pretty sure everything I do own is currently tossed around. Never tell someone to fetch something from your place and give them full rein to do whatever they want. They just might.

Richard: I wish I knew. I haven’t been home in so long that I’m certain my pack has done something nefarious to my house. Fortunately, most Fenerec dislike clutter, so I’ll likely have an intact home when I return.

Hopefully my pack will see this and make certain everything is as I left it when I flew out of Yellowknife last year…

And yes, Frank, I do mean everything.

Who are the people you are closest to?

Richard: I’m closest to my younger brother, Alex. He’s not much younger than me. He also has the patience of a Saint. While he’s dominant enough to remain my Second in the pack, he’s the type of person no one wants to fight. He’s a huge help—even if it means I will sometimes fight his battles for him so he doesn’t have to humiliate his opponents.

When Alex does decide to fight, he doesn’t play fair. I, at least, will pretend they have a chance—for all of a minute or two. Alex doesn’t.

Who is your funniest friend?

What is your most treasured possession?

Nicole: I’m not really one for treasured possessions, although I’m quite fond of my mother’s brooch. I may have stolen it when I left home…

Richard: I have a very special ring I carry around with me in my wallet. Please don’t tell anyone. Not even my brother knows they’re in there.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Nicole: Before I was diagnosed with chronic laryngitis, I loved to sing. It’s a sore subject. On the romance front, love isn’t something I’ve really dedicated myself to… so I guess one day I’ll find out. I’ve had a lot of other more important things on my mind lately.

What do you most value in your friends?

Nicole: This may sound odd, but I value my friends because they are my friends. It isn’t any one characteristic that makes them my friend. This may be why my friends are few and far between. I’d probably have an easier time getting close to people if I did value specific traits over others.

If I didn’t value everything about them, they wouldn’t be my friend in the first place.

Which living person do you most despise?

Richard: There are few people I despise. There have been a few, but they’ve already been dealt with… permanently.

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