Character Interview of Eva from Absolution, by Diane Alberts
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I am pleased to welcome Eva to my blog today, along with her author Diane Alberts. Diane, you can sit back for a few minutes while I chat with Eva.
Eva, can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I like to think that I’m caring—but not a pushover. I don’t let anyone get away with pulling the wool over my eyes—ever.
That’s good. Now can you give us a couple of random thoughts about yourself, something that will surprise your readers?
I am a romantic at heart, and I have a soft spot for an underdog.
Both are good things, most of the time. Can you tell us something about your daily world before the upheaval to your life?
I was bored out of my mind without Joseph around—absolutely miserable.
That’s not good. So can you tell us what upset your life and brought you into conflict with Joseph?
Well, my father was working on an undercover case involving the Cartel, and they decided they needed leverage over him—namely, me. My father got a hold of Joseph, since he knows that Joseph is the best shot around, and would die to keep me safe.
Now that sounds good, especially in that situation. What was your immediate reaction to Joseph?
I wanted to punch him in the nose and kiss him at the same time. It had been six long weeks since I last saw him, and my feelings were still raw and open.
Hmmm, interesting reactions together. Were you annoyed that Joseph was getting in the way of obtaining your goal?
I knew he was there to keep me safe, but having him around was NOT easy. It was hard to accept the fact that he wasn’t going anywhere.
A frustrating situation then. What were some of the headaches/trials you faced in dealing with him?
Learning to hold onto my temper and try to listen to him. He makes it so hard sometimes…
Sounds like the typical man. Were there other people who interfered in reaching your goal?
Well, the Cartel was a bit annoying and persistent…
Did you feel an immediate attraction to Joseph? Or an immediate resistance?
There was the old attraction, yes, but I didn’t want to want him. I was still mad at him since I found him in bed with a stripper! I wanted to kill him for breaking my heart and then leaving me to rot in hell…
Attraction/resistance at the same time…always frustrating. Who made the first compromise to make peace in your relationship?
Joseph. I was not willing to listen to him at all until he literally forced me to sit down and shut up.
A determined man, sometimes that is a good thing. When did the heat between you and Joseph start firing up?
Um, when he said hello? We’ve always been on fire for one another—nothing changed.
Ahhh, lots of heat. Still, a struggle. What led to the moment when you thought everything was lost between you two?
In the hotel. You’ll see it, but we’d never fought like that, or remained so distant. Well, except for the time I found him with the stripper. It all comes back to that, doesn’t it?
Yes, that seems to be a particularly bad situation. But you managed to make things work between you after some ups and downs. Would you go through all of that again?
Absolutely. Joseph is the love of my life.
Thanks, Eva, for talking with us. Now you can sit back and relax and I’ll put Diane on the “hot seat.”
Eva, what drives you to be a writer?
The voices in my head. They won’t shut up. No, really. I have too many characters in my head to NOT write it all down!
Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yup. It’s a source of anonymity, if you will. A lot of my friends know what I do, but I like having the option of being secret, just in case I encounter an angry fan. LOL.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
In a little vault inside my head, mostly. Though, sometimes I’ll be watching TV, or reading a book, and a character will say something that starts a trigger effect in my head, and suddenly I’m writing a new book. It’s weird how it works sometimes.
Do you have a regular writing process?
Sit and write? That’s really it. I’m a pantster all the way.
Do you have some “words of wisdom” for other writers, especially new writers?
Edit, edit, edit. Write, write, write. Take a class or two, learn your craft. Read a lot of books. It’s really all it boils down to. And GOOD LUCK!
Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts about writing, Diane. Now let’s talk some specifics about your book…ABSOLUTION.
Series: Honor Guard
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
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Diane, do you have a favorite scene?
In the shower, after their first fight. I love how hot and steamy that scene is, and how raw Joseph’s emotions are.
Did you have a scene that was particularly hard to write? Why?
Hm, the scene at the end, where Eva is hurt. I always get upset when I’m hurting my characters—yet I do it all the time. Huh.
Will there be any sequels to this book?
Nope, I think they found their happily-ever-after.
Eva can’t believe Joseph dares to show his face to her after he’d cheated on her with a stripper—in her bed. She’d kicked him out, and has no desire to let him back in, despite his claims of being assigned to protect her from the Cartel. Her life very well may be in danger, but she fears more for the safety of her heart.
Joseph made one foolish mistake a year ago, and has been paying for it ever since. She might not want to allow him into her life again, but he doesn’t care if she despises the very thought of him. His duty is to keep Eva alive, even if it might end up being the death of him. Because he never stopped loving her.
Can they put their painful history aside, and work together against her enemy? Or will the past prove too strong to be forgiven?
“What’s going on?”
“I’ll tell you everything. But not until I get you inside. Take me to your place.”
She laughed. “Hell, no.” Worried or not, he would get nowhere near her apartment ever again. “I told you when I kicked you out you’d never be welcome inside my house again. Nothing has changed. I’m a big girl. I can handle myself.”
She took a step away, and once again he took her by the elbow. This time, Joseph didn’t stop her but grabbed her and dragged her behind him.
“No, you can’t. And if you won’t take me to your place, I’ll just lead the way. Either way, I’m getting in.” He tugged her toward the red-roofed, stucco building Eva lived in, and she tensed.
“Go to hell!” She struggled against his hold, but he didn’t even pause. She dug her heels into the cement and yanked her arm but failed to free herself from his grip. “I’ll scream.”
He stopped and leaned into her face. “You wouldn’t dare.” Without waiting for her reaction, he continued to escort her toward her building.
She opened her mouth, took a deep breath, and yelled, “Help—”
Eyes wide, Joseph stopped and spun her until she rested against the wall of a nearby building. She had time to yelp before he crushed his lips to hers and thrust his tongue inside her mouth.
She pushed against his shoulders, and he groaned, deepening the kiss. She longed to bite his tongue, to kick him in the balls, but he felt so good. It might have been six weeks since he last kissed her, but her body remembered him well—including all the feelings he brought out within her—and wanted more.
She pulled him closer while he slid his palms down her back and cupped her buttocks, hauling her up tight against his erection. She groaned in unison with Joseph. He tore his mouth away and nibbled on her right ear.
“God, Eva, I’ve missed you so much.”
Nothing he could have said would have sobered her more. Man, but he had some cojones telling her he missed her! He’d cheated on her, not the other way around. She jerked out of his hold and slapped him hard across the face.
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Decadent Publishing: Kill Me Tomorrow, Diane’s first addition to the popular 1NS series from Decadent Publishing, and Reclaimed, a paranormal romance novel, are available. Absolution, the first of a new series with Decadent called Honor Guard, is out March 2, 2012. Broken, a military 1NS book, is out March 30, 2012. Escape To Me, a time-travel addition to the 1NS series, is coming soon.
Entangled Publishing: On One Condition, a novella about a modern day marriage of convenience, is out–and hit the best-sellers list on B&N! Divinely Ruined, a novella about an aspiring angel, is coming soon.