Thursday, November 12, 2009

The 2K Event presents Evy Stone!


Charlie Madigan here. It's not often I get to take a break from patrolling the dark city of Atlanta, but, damn, did I ever need one. Thank God Kelly asked me to do this because I actually got to sleep-in this morning. For once. And bigger bonus -- I get to sit down, kick back, and chat with another woman who understands the delicate art of kicking ass.

I introduce to you, Evangeline Stone, expert in blades, dispenser of justice, and learning how to live -- incredibly -- in a body not her own. Evy's story was recorded by Kelly Meding in the book, THREE DAYS TO DEAD: (Oh, and make sure to read to the end to enter a giveaway for a bunch of books!)

She’s young, deadly, and hunted—with only three days to solve her own murder…
When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue – in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there – her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters — mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives, but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor . . . and she can’t even remember what it was.
Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice – and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days, Evy will die again – but this time, there’s no second chance…

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C: Hi, Evy. It's so cool to meet you. I've read your story, (and besides realizing we have a lot in common), I'm full of questions, so let's get started:

I think we both can appreciate a good, challenging fight. If you had to choose from vamp, goblin, or faeries (each of equal fighting skill level) to take on gladiator style, which would it be and why?

E: Gladiator-style? Feels like I'm re-living Boot Camp graduation all over again, only with a Dreg. Okay, um…well, I'd be stupider than dirt to pick a fight with a faerie—small or not, they are sadistic little bastards when they put their minds to it. Wyatt will back me up on that. And the full-Blood vampires are way stronger than humans, which is why we never serve warrants on them alone—full Triad only for Bloods. I'd say goblin. Not only for the chance to excise some personal issues stemming from being, you know, kidnapped and tortured to death by a goblin, but it's always a fun fight. Goblins are short, but they're f***ing scrappy and fast. And goblin bites aren't fatal, like a Blood bite. Well, unless they tear out an artery or something, then it's obviously fatal.

C: I hear you’ve gotten into some pretty nasty situations: that whole troll thing – eww! Not a question. Just sayin’.

E: Yeah, that goes on the record as being something I've never done before, and I will never, ever do again. Okay, maybe I won't so absolutely never, because it did save our lives, but… *shudders*

C: So how are Pat and Dr. Thomas doing after seeing the dead rise in the morgue? Have you talked to them since scaring the living daylights out of them? Please tell me they’re not in therapy now.

E: I'll probably have to make it my business to stay as far away from that hospital as possible, just to avoid running into them. I mean, I didn't intend to freak them both out, and I have no f***ing idea how they're coping. Most people, when faced with something that can't possibly have happened to them—such as seeing a previously cold, dead body walk over and start talking to them—exist in a state of denial. They convince themselves they didn't actually see what they saw. At least, I hope they're in denial.

And I've been pretty lucky so far, to have only run into one other person, besides Alex, who knew the dead girl whose body I've possessed. And I brushed him off pretty easy. I have enough to deal with as it is without old friends coming out of the woodwork. Plus, I'm pretty sure her parents are still alive somewhere. Shit.

C: Anything you can tell us about the Owlkins? The loss of their clan was so devastating. Are the rumors of survivors really true?

E: Your guess is as good as mine, but there have to be survivors. I mean, sure, they all lived in the same apartment complex, and maybe it was at night when the attack happened and a lot of them were home or asleep, but…. Someone had to have been out, or away, or just not there.

The Owlkins themselves, or at least the few I knew, were…um, cautiously nice. They were one of the neutral Clans. They didn't bother humans, so we Triads never had to bother them back. They just didn't deserve to be slaughtered like that, and I'm kind of amazed the Assembly of Clan Elders hasn't taken the Triads to task for it. Then again, I've sort of been out of the loop for a while with the being dead thing, so I don't know. Maybe they have. Or maybe that particular shit just hasn't hit the proverbial fan yet.

C: You’ve had a pretty tough childhood, orphaned at ten, living on the streets… Can you tell us how you came to be orphaned? Any desire to locate family?

E: In some ways, I was an orphan long before my mother died. I pretty much took care of myself from the age of eight, after my mom married my stepdad, Ron, and they both fell head over heels in love with heroin. I got myself up, fed myself when there was food in the house, stole it when there wasn't, went to school, signed my own test papers, and did my own laundry. Ron left just after I turned ten and took his heroin with him. Mom lost her job, sold herself for drugs, and forgot she had a kid—if she hadn't forgotten already. Then one day she disappeared. Her body was found a week later, but it was another week before she was identified. Jane Doe hookers aren't big priorities for the cops. A social worker and a cop picked me up from school the day after and told me she was dead. I didn't have anyone to take me, so I went into the system.

And quite frankly? My only family died when my partners, Jesse and Ash, died. Blood doesn't make someone family. I don't know who my natural father is, and I don't give a rat's ass. He knocked up my mom when she was fifteen and skipped town, and he's not a f***ing factor in my life. Most of the kids I knew in foster care, in Juvie, and in the Triads, we didn't have mothers who loved us or fathers who cared. In the Triads, all we have is each other. *thoughtfully* Your daughter's really lucky, Charlie.

C: Your training in Boot camp to become a Dreg Bounty Hunter sounds like a ‘Do or Die’ kind of situation. Can you tell us a little about what Boot camp was like?

E: You know that television show, Survivor? Kind of like that, only with kids, martial arts, weapons training, and death. No one goes in to Boot Camp with any idea of what it's really going to be like. I sure as hell didn't. But most of us are facing Boot Camp or real, adult jail sentences, so Boot Camp becomes an easy damned choice. Especially when Bastian, the man who recruits you, is blond-haired, blue-eyed, and handsome as a movie star. He looks so f***ing harmless, how bad can it be, right? *snorts*

In six months, you are constantly beaten down, beaten up, taken apart, and reassembled into the perfect killing machine. We learn how to fight with our hands, with different weapons; we're taught how to take one Dreg's strength and use it against them. I'd guess it isn't all that different from the military, with one big exception—only half of us ever graduate. And the half that doesn't graduate isn't sent home or drummed out—their bodies are cremated. It was the only final exam I ever took where failing meant being killed by my opponent. But we can't effectively do our jobs as Hunters if we're the very best, and that means killing off the weakest links.

*thoughtful again* I've never forgotten the name or face of the girl I killed to graduate. I doubt any of us do.

C: So the whole dying and resurrecting thing can really do a number on you, huh? I’m still getting used to the ‘new’ me. How are you coping?

E: *snorts* At least your "new" you is still physically the old you. Do you know how frustrating it is to know how to do a spinning roundhouse in your head, but be unable to get your f***ing body to actually, you know, do the damned roundhouse? The knowledge is there, but Chalice—she's the former tenant—wasn't much a fighter. Or all that graceful, I don't think. And did I mention the attraction thing? She's got all this intense sexual attraction to Wyatt, who is my boss and someone I care a lot about, but I've never been attracted to him that way. Until now, and I have no idea how to deal with it. Resurrection should come with a User Manual. Seriously!

And you had a support system in place. I woke up with almost everyone I knew thinking I was a murderer and a traitor. Thank God for Wyatt. Of course, I wouldn't have come back at all if not for him, and I still can't figure out if I want to thank him or thump his ass for that. *sigh* I need a vacation….

C: Yeah, me too. Shit. *sitting down coffee* Hold on a sec, Evy. This damn phone... *reads text message* Goddamn it! Rex let the hellhound out of the kennel again and now Spooky, our cat, is stuck on the roof. *stands* I swear, living with a Revenant is harder than dealing with a toddler.... Thanks for chatting with me, though. We'll have to do this again some time!

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Okay, folks -- Kelly here... So, all you have to do is comment here and your entered to win a sign copy of THREE DAYS TO DEAD, a signed copy of THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS, and a random book of my choosing (and every person who comments will be entered into our $100 grandprize giveaway!). Not only will the randomly selected winner here win three books, but they'll also gain and extra entry into our $100 Grandprize giveaway.
(This contest is open until Wednesday, November 18th, and the winners will be announced on the 19th.)
Want a second chance to win? Head on over to Kelly Meding's blog to check out Charlie Madigan's interview with Evy Stone!


Pamk said...

I so love this interview and dayumn I have to buy this book. It sounds like a rocking good read.
I would so love to win these. cause it will definitely after xmas before I have book money. Too words for being broke all the time santa and tuition rofl.

donnas said...

Great interview. I am really looking forward to getting the chance to read Three Days to Dead. It sounds great. Thanks!!

Dee said...

Ugh... another good book to read? I don't have time for this! Stop writing awesome stuff!

And please enter me in your drawing :)

Wendy said...

OMGG, I need these books asap! Love the interview! :)

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Three Days to Dead sound good. I love the cover.


Melanie Hooyenga said...

This is awesome! These interviews are such a great way to get to know the characters. You're both on my TBR list!

jeanette8042 said...

Loved the interview and I can't wait to read the book!

Mardel said...

I loved reading the interview with Charlie and Evangeline Stone. Cute. Now I really want to read this book even more than before.

Mitz said...

Great interview girls. Glad you got to take a break and sleep in Kelly. I have read a few reviews on your books and they sound awesome. I would love to win so I could check them out myself. Thanks for sharing with us today enjoyed it.


BrigidsBlest said...

This was an awesome and amusing interview. I hadn't heard of the book before last week, but I definitely want to read it now.

Lilixtreme said...

Nice interview, gals! I have been wanting to read both your books for quite some time, because I know they will be awesome!

elaing8 said...

Another great interview.Love the cover too.

Abigail said...

I;m a big fan of character interviews. I get a sneak peek at the character's voice. I've already gotten an inside look into Evy on my blog and I'm hooked. This was great too!


Unknown said...

Hi Kelly :)
I love character interviews. It's like a special extra in a DVD except for a book. Evangeline Stone is a vivid intriguing character. Thank you to Kelly & you for sharing this fun interview.
All the best,

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

The Scarf Princess said...

This was a really fun interview! Really hoping to read this book soon, it sounds really good and super exciting!

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Lizzielvr said...

I'm so looking forward to these books! Thanks for the interview!

K. said...

Thanks so much for the comments so far, you guys! :D

Trying to decide on the mystery book I'll be giving away (besides my own and Kelly's). Hmmm. Maybe a Rachel Vincent or a Vicki Pettersson or a Gena Showalter... ;-)

M. said...

Hi, my first time here, arrived via SciFiGuy and 'the other Kelly's' blog.

Fun interviews! Now I won't be able to rest till I find out what 'troll thing' exactly means. That last troll I read about was from Harry Potter, and it seemed there wasn't much you could possibly do with him.

Congratulations on your new releases - I'll look forward to them.

Van Pham said...

Great interview, can't wait to read the book!!



Christine said...

LOVED the ladies' voices. What a fun interview.

woo! signed copies!

Stacey said...

great interview!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your interview. I can't wait to read Three Days to Dead. Thanks for hosting this contest! Please count me in.