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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Book Waitress Tour ~ Deena Remiel



The Road to Hell series welcomes author, Deena Remiel!!

Please welcome Author Deena Remiel onto the Road to Hell. Deena is the author of The Book Waitress, a new and exciting series. Other books written by Deena are The Brethren series, Picture Perfect, Ghost of a Chance (part of the 1NightStand series) and Freedom in Chains.
Now, it’s time to create a little hell and get to the good stuff by revealing all of Deena’s wicked secrets while on the Road to Hell…or at the very least kidnap one of her hawt Brethren angels while she’s not looking! ;-D 

Grab your favorite drink, sink your teeth into something decadent, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know Deena Remiel…

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GRACEN:  Tell me three things about yourself that we cannot find on the Internet or in your bio?

DEENA: 1. I have secretly always wanted to be a ballerina and dance with Mikhail Barishnikov. 2.When I was a little girl, my friends and I used to pretend we were Charlie’s Angels. I was always Sabrina because I had dark brown hair, but I really wanted to be one of the blondes. 3. I would love to take Ballroom dancing lessons.

GRACEN: What hobbies and interests do you participate in when you’re not writing? Or is there any organization that is near and dear to your heart that you’d like to tell us about?

DEENA: I love photography and enjoy taking pictures of my daughters, unusual cloud formations, and nature. As far as organizations go, I would love people to know about Million Kids. They help victims of human trafficking regain their lives again after being rescued. 


GRACEN: Do you have any writing quirks or certain things you MUST have or do before beginning the writing process or during the writing process?

DEENA: I sure do! I must go through my email and clear it out. I go to my social media sites and make sure all messages and posts are taken care of, and then I go dark. I bring with me peanut m&m’s, iced tea, and headphones if I want to listen to music.


GRACEN: If you were plotting to take over the world, how would you do it?

DEENA: LOL First, I would consult Brain, from Pinky and the Brain. No, no, only joking! I’d consult Morgan Freeman, because he is the closest thing to God we have on earth, and I think he’d know how to do it.


GRACEN: I adore Morgan Freeman! If you could make one statement that the entire planet would hear and remember, what would it be?

DEENA: Nothing worth everything comes without a price.


GRACEN:  What genre do you write and why that genre?

DEENA: I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I love these genres for a few reasons. I love creating alternate worlds with immortal and supernatural beings. I’ve always been fascinated by stories of Good versus Evil, so it was only natural that I focus my energies in that direction. I love writing with an evil, creepy voice as well as a romantic one, so I’m happy PNR exists. Nothing appeals to me more than seeing the Good, reach deep within  themselves to survive no matter what Evil throws at them.


GRACEN: Those are all the same reasons I love to write PNR, as well. I love reading it, too! For those who are not yet familiar with your books, can you please give us some details about the book and/or series?

DEENA: I’ve created another urban fantasy series! The Book Waitress is the series title and the title of the first book. Imagine if you will, a portal to Hell has been opened in the well behind the library Camille works in. Derek, an investigative reporter, and she will be teaming up to find a way to close it and get rid of the beasties and demons that have already crossed over. There are creepy villains, ghastly monsters, Satan, and in the midst of the chaos… love.

GRACEN:  Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?

DEENA: I am actively working on the next two books in the Book Waitress series. I also will have Elixxir, 3rd book in the Brethren series releasing in a few months.


GRACEN: If you could describe your writing with one word or brief phrase, what would it be? Please delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they’ve finished reading your story.

DEENA: To sum up my writing style… organic. What I’d like readers to take away from reading my stories is that no matter how much Evil tries to insinuate itself into our lives, Good shall ultimately prevail.

GRACEN: What, in your opinion, makes your story unique and what makes it stand out from other stories in your genre? Think of this as a pitch to convince readers to pick up your books.

DEENA: When was the last time you saw your librarian dance with the devil and kick demon butt?

GRACEN: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?

DEENA: It’s not too crazy, but I’ve gone on a Jeep tour in Sedona for writing Relic.

GRACEN: Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?

DEENA: I loved creating Camille Dutton, from The Book Waitress, the most because her personality is the furthest from who I am. It was truly a Dr. Frankenstein experience. She’s beautiful, quirky, socially awkward, and snarky. The challenge for me was could I bring a leading female character real enough if she has no characteristics of any person I know. I am confident she really lives!

GRACEN: Ha! From what I've read of her, she's just like me! Socially awkward nerd here. *points to self* If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?

DEENA: I’d want to meet my mangels, my Brethren angels, naturally. Specifically, Nathanael. *Sighs* Something about tortured souls…

GRACEN: Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?

DEENA: Satan. He scares the crap out of me.

GRACEN:  If you were interviewing yourself, what is the one question you would ask yourself and please give us the answer to that question?

DEENA: Q: So how do you keep that gorgeous figure of yours looking so good? A: I work hard at eating the right foods, such as ice cream and potato chips. I also make sure I walk back and forth from the couch to the fridge.

Okay, so maybe Camille has a bit of my snark… :P


GRACEN:  Thanks so much for joining us, Deena!  It’s always a treat to help you gather new minions for your books!

DEENA: Thank you so much, Gracen, for being my buddy in crime and the darker side of romance!

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Where you can find Deena on the web:
Website: www.deenaremiel.com 
Facebook.com/deena.remiel
Twitter.com/deenaremiel




BLURB:

Camille Dutton learned early in life Satan was not to be trifled with. Escaping his evil clutches as a child, he's come back with a vengeance for her now.

Derek Galloway's inquisitive nature has led him to be an award-winning investigative reporter and straight into the path of pure evil.

When a child vanishes from a sleepy island town, Camille, its subdued librarian, becomes embroiled in Derek's investigation. A satanic cult has plans for the child, while Satan has plans for Camille and the rest of the world. Amidst evil of the most supernatural and human kind, Derek and Camille find a shred of light and goodness in the form of their budding relationship.

First in the Book Waitress Series, the portal between Hell and Earth will be torn asunder, and it will take everything Camille and Derek have and then some to close it. Satan won’t go down easy, but nothing worth everything comes without a price.


EXCERPT:

“Watch your step there, young lady.” A deep, raspy voice broke through Camille Dutton’s frantic mind. “Just up those stairs to the upper deck. It’ll be about eight minutes to the island once we shove off. Enjoy your trip.”

“Thank you.” Eight minutes? It might as well be eight years! Ignoring the nausea threatening to erupt and drown the ferry before it even left the dock, she smiled graciously. The weather-beaten gentleman, the deckhand, she supposed, nodded at her with a crinkled smile and ushered the next person onboard. With every step she climbed up the steep metal stairs, she repeated a mantra to soothe unsettled nerves.

It’s not forever. It’s not forever. Finding an opening at the bow of the ferry, she took up temporary residence against the railing, and dropped the heavily laden backpack from her shoulder to the deck. The churning clouds mirrored her dark mood and hovered dangerously low over the expanse of water. Eight minutes of deep, dark wetness would now separate her from the life Camille had known for twenty-four years. She’d never been further than eighty miles from her home. She didn’t need to travel far; not when she had thousands of books at her disposal to take her wherever she wanted to go.

Her involuntary transfer to the Shelter Island Library, or forced exile as she preferred to call it, would last only as long as it took to find a permanent librarian. Her boss had promised, and she vowed to hold him to it. With her parents’ recently passed, she longed to stay in the house where they’d infused her life with cherished moments. This upheaval at work made their absence all the more painful to bear.

Shelter Island seemed the antithesis of its name. Camille had been lovingly sheltered by her parents and insulated within the comforting walls of her town’s library. She’d read all of the books repeatedly, from cover to cover. Going to this unknown town, living in a strange home, and working at an unfamiliar library left her feeling exposed to more than just the elements. It invited all manner of creature born to lay siege on her well-constructed fortress of solitude.

The ferry’s whistle blew as its engines kicked on and thrust the boat into the Sound. She gasped and closed her eyes, pressing fingers against the cold steel that kept her from jumping ship. A gusty breeze whipped her ponytail into a frenzy of curls that slapped at her neck and cheeks. Eyes smarted and watered as a rush of air assaulted her face. She couldn’t bear to watch as her life receded into the horizon. Looking forward was just as painful, and she pondered what lay ahead.


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Winners for Zoe Winters and Kimberly Kinrade Kindle Fire Giveaway




The contest was held HERE <--- click on that word to be taken to the contest

The winners are as follows:

First Prize: Signed copies of Zoe Winters’ and Kimberly Kinrade’s books (all the books pictured above): Alexandra Z. (email addy starts with “vair”)

Grand Prize: Signed copies of all books plus an Amazon Gift card for $200 (to purchase a Kindle Fire or whatever the winner would prefer instead.): Valerie L. (email addy starts with “just.v”)



Blogger Prize: (the blogger with the most comments on their post): Signed copies of all books: Gracen Miller (Road to Hell blog)


If you didn’t win but thought books from either of our authors looked good, then please support them and their work! Information again for the authors and where to find their books is below:

Learn more about Zoe Winters's Preternatural Series here:
Book 1: Blood Lust

Book 2: Save My Soul

Book 3: The Catalyst

Book 4: Life Cycle
Dark Mercy (novella)

And more about Kimberly Kinrade's Forbidden Series here:

Book 1: Forbidden Mind
Book 2: Forbidden Fire
Book 3: Forbidden Life (coming Oct. 2, 2012)



About Zoe Winters

Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance. Her favorite colors are rainbow and clear.
To receive updates on new releases from the author, send an email to: zoewintersbooks AT gmail DOT com with "Subscribe" in the subject line. Newsletters go out only when there is an actual new release or a big contest. Your inbox will not be cluttered, newsletters won't go out more frequently than once a month, and you may unsubscribe at any time.
You can visit the author at: http://www.zoewintersbook.com
Be sure also to visit http://www.theriantype.com for some fun supplemental material.



About Kimberly Kinrade

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes all things paranormal and fantasy, including award-winning young adult and children's books.

Also visit http://IPIAcademy.com to participate in a fun fan-based site with swag and info on all things paranormal. You even get to be a secret agent!




Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Author, Elissa Daye!



Interview with Author Elissa Daye

GRACEN: You're a new author, just starting out. What inspires you to write?

ELISSA: That’s a tricky question actually, because it has two parts to it. The first part is why did I want to be a writer. I was an avid reader from the moment I could read my first words. I read everything I could get my hands on. In third grade I remember getting a notebook as a prize from a teacher and I started writing poetry where every line had to rhyme. Something like “The little kitten lay, fast asleep in the hay.” The other reason I started writing was that it was an escape from life. Reading and writing got me through some very difficult times growing up. There is nothing like getting lost in another world to avoid the one you live in. In many ways I want to provide that outlet for others.

As far as what inspires me to write my stories, it’s different all the time. Sometimes it’s a certain feeling I get that there is something inside just itching to come out. A lot of ideas pop in my head right as I am working on another project. In the past these ideas have distracted me from finishing whatever writing I was working on at the time. Now I just write down the general idea and promise to come back to it when I can devote adequate time to it.  Here lately it’s the inspiration of fellow writers that gets me moving. Seeing that others believe in you and have walked the path before you really helps when you are just starting out. Having people who appreciate what I write and give me feedback has been so helpful since I’ve been terrified to share my work with others. You know how it is, we’re always our worst critic and we sometimes expect others to treat our work as critically as we treat it.

GRACEN: You have a young family. How do you juggle writing while doing all the homelife things you need to get done, too?

ELISSA: Actually so far it has been easier than I thought it would be. My daughter is about 23 months old right now and she is extremely active, so it has been a challenge. I take advantage of naptime. She gets a good two hours of sleep in the afternoon which is a good chunk of time. I sometimes put cleaning on the backburner and make meals that last a couple of nights so I have more time to focus on other things. My husband has been very helpful too, especially when I need to take a break from life to write. I have left the house with the laptop or camped out in the bedroom away from family life for a few hours at a time. Weekends have become my friend as I let daddy take over caring for baby. It gives me time to work on things or take a break while he gets to bond with our daughter. The biggest chunk of time that I have is when my child goes to bed for the night. When everyone else is asleep I finally get the quiet time that I need to focus on writing. My house may not be as picture perfect as people expect, never clean enough to pass the white glove test, but it’s enough for us to function and certainly a lot cleaner than it was when we were both working desk jobs. Sometimes we sacrifice for our craft. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.  
  
GRACEN: Do you work outside of the home? If so, what kind of work do you do and do you incorporate your work life into your writing?

ELISSA: I used to work outside the home before I had my child. I’ve taught middle school and elementary school, so I think in the future when I write children’s novels I will pull greatly from that experience. I will be kind to the teachers when I write my books, because we often read about the evil, nasty teachers and never hear about the ones that put their heart and soul into the classroom. I also worked a desk job, so I guess it is easy to say that I could incorporate the daily frustrations of dealing with people and working in a small cubicle that sucks the life out of you. Currently, I am a stay at home mom, and am thoroughly enjoying raising my daughter. It allows me to watch her grow and encourages me to be the best role model I can for her. Someday I know she will be proud of me for pursuing my own dreams. I hope to encourage her to do the same.

GRACEN: When did you start writing either creatively? What were some of the early writings that you did? Would you ever use any of them now?

ELISSA: I think I sort of answered this on a previous question. I have been writing for a very long time. I have never written professionally before though. When I was a child, I loved reading and escaping into other worlds. My favorite books when I was a child were written by C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George. I very much wanted to live on my own and survive in the forest. When I was in third grade I wrote a fanfiction story for Highlights Magazine, but it was never published. The title was Superfudge Junior, and you can probably guess it was all about Farley Drexel Junior and how he was very much like his father as a child. I did not understand copyright infringement at the time, which is why I think they never responded to my inquiry.  From there I continued to write more poetry. I remember when my mom attended a parent teacher conference for 8th grade. My English teacher told her how impressed she was with my writing and told her that I wrote like a 20 year old. It was the best compliment I had ever received at the time and it made me want to do even better.

When I entered high school I started writing short stories, mostly for school assignments. By the time I was a junior in high school, my English teacher encouraged me to enter for a chance to attend the Illinois Summer School for the Arts. At that point in time I had already been writing longer short stories, one of them being a ghost story, which I entered as an example of my writing. I won a scholarship to attend the two week summer camp and had the time of my life. I decided from then on that I wanted to be a writer. The funny thing is that I had such a logical head on my shoulders and decided since writing was not a guarantee that I had to have a profession to fall back on.  So I attended Illinois State University and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I became a teacher, who put everything I had into my work and had very little left over to work on the book that I had started when I was in college. When I was finally able to quit teaching, my writing became my focus again.

GRACEN: What else would you be doing if you couldn't write, and why?

ELISSA: Well, I’ve already done it. I was a teacher. I loved teaching, but the dealing with administration and bureaucratic imbeciles that had never even spent a day in the classroom literally sucked the soul right out of my body. I would probably find a desk job if I could no longer write. Or just stay home and raise my children and let my husband take care of us. One day he says I will keep him in the manner to which he should be accustomed. Ha ha ha! Dare to dream I tell him.

GRACEN:  Who inspires you to write?

ELISSA: I think it is fair to say that the people I know and love inspire me every day to write, but every part of my past is a stepping stone to another story. It is true that writers suffer great melancholy, and I have had my fair share which I think allows me to put more emotion into my writing. I also think that everything I have gone through in this lifetime has inspired me to be who I am. I waited most of my life to get to the point where I believe in me and while having others like what I do is nice, I have to be the one to inspire and motivate myself to continue. There was nothing like finishing the first book, being proud of myself, and knowing that I could repeat the process anytime I wanted. From there, I have only continued to grow my world in my books and my personal life.

GRACEN: Have you always wanted to write paranormal romance novels?

ELISSA: Actually, until recently I didn’t know it was possible to write them. I have just learned that the box I was writing myself into no longer exists. People are ready for almost anything you can dream up these days, which opens my writing up to whole new worlds that I had never thought to explore. I have been reading romance novels for most of my young adult/adult life. I liked to escape from my world and live in someone else’s for awhile and I liked the idea that most romance novels gave you a happily ever after.

GRACEN: Tell us about In Flames.

ELISSA: In Flames was not the first book I have finished, but it was the first that I wanted to share with the world. I loved the romance between Lysandra and Aiden. It’s not an easy romance. Nothing about their situation is easy. Lysandra has been torn away from everything she knew way before she could ever understand who she was or who she was meant to be. Aiden knows who he is, he has already lived through some of the darkness that is new to Lysandra. They both have their road blocks that keep them from seeing the overall picture. They are destined to be together, destined to fall in love, and destined to change their world together forever. Their love ignites the pages, so be prepared, for this story is not your typical handholding romance novel.


EXCERPT of IN FLAMES:

Chapter 1
Outlands 1342
The Outlands was a favored stopping place for the soldiers of Blackwolf Keep. It was a
village filled with wanton women who had decided to live away from the rest of the world. The
soldiers were always eager to slake their lust within its walls. The wars that waged across the
countryside had almost diminished, making their visits to their favorite stopping point few and
far between but always treasured. When they arrived within the wooden gates, the women of the
village rushed toward their horses with their buxom chests and swaying hips. Everyone knew
that the night would be filled with sounds of passion.
Lord Aesov walked into the middle of town like he owned the place. After days of conquest
he was more than ready to find a warm body to relieve the tension from his aching body. The
Outlands was certainly the place for that. He had taken his pleasure with most of the women in
the village and today would certainly be no different. The women were lounging all around him,
but none of his usual conquests would quench his thirst today. That was until he spotted Bridget
from across the camp. Something about her distracted him from the swarm of beauties before
him. Perhaps it was the fiery hair that fought to escape from its ties, the way her chin jutted out
in defiance as he perused her body, or maybe even the way she tried to ward off the blush that
crept up her face. He had never seen her in the Outlands before. He would certainly have
remembered her. When he dismounted, he walked over to where the quiet woman stood. When
he reached out to take her hand, she pulled it away. He bowed low to her and let his eyes meet
hers slowly. “I’m Lord Aesov, leader of Blackwolf Keep. I am humbled by your beauty, my
lady.”
“Humbled my arse,” she chided him.
“I’ve never seen you before. Are you new to Outlands?”
“What you mean to say is you’ve never ridden me before. I’m not a doxy and I do not tussle
for the mere sport of it, my lord.” She lowered her blue eyes away from his and turned away
from him.
“Aye. I can see that.”
From that moment on, Aesov made it a goal to stop in the Outlands as often as he could and
a slow courtship began. He had never been turned down before and his ego made him feel like a
stuffed porcupine; his prickles were always up whenever she was around. It took time and
perseverance on his part, not to mention spending time away from his husbandly duties at
Blackwolf Keep. His wife, Lilyana, had known better than to keep him on a tight leash. While it
would have been objectionable to most women, the riches she enjoyed made turning her back on
his dalliances easier to do.
When Bridget finally caved in to his demands, Aesov could not get enough of her. He had
stayed with her for weeks at a time hoping that soon his desire for her would be quenched. He
knew she was becoming attached to him, so he planned on breaking it off as soon as he had his
fill of her.
Aesov ran his warm hands all over the beautiful body before him, his desire for her so
unworldly he thought he would explode. She had been rather difficult to seduce away from her
naive notions that love was the only thing that separated them from the wild animals of the
forest. It had been hard to trick her, to make her believe that her feelings were returned, but
Aesov had been persistent. He would never settle down with the fiery redhead, not the way she


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Guest Blogger Caitlin Ricci




Hey, I'm Caitlin Ricci. Thank you for spending some time with me today. I’d like to talk about my upcoming book, Taming the Lion Tamer which is available on August 18 through Silver Publishing.
The idea for Taming the Lion Tamer came to me one afternoon while driving east along I-70 on the Colorado plains. There’s a billboard next to the highway advertising a wild animal sanctuary about an hour east of Denver. I went on their website, looked at the stories of some of their big cats, and started thinking about the kind of man that would devote his life to saving big cats. He would have to be compassionate, a real animal lover, and brave to be able to spend time with animals so much more powerful than himself. As someone getting to be around these majestic animals daily, he’d have one of the dream jobs as far as I’m concerned. But he wouldn’t think of it like that. The man that I pictured in my mind months ago would be humble and appreciate that he got the chance to work with endangered cats and help them in whatever way he could.
And then Quinn Fitzgerald was born and I liked him instantly. I knew he would be a great guy for this story. I enjoy characters that are sexy without trying, love their careers and stand for something. Quinn is all of these and more. And then there’s Charlie Deagman. He’s cute, shy and is amazed that someone as attractive as Quinn has any interest in him at all.
This was a fun story to write because these characters played well off of each other for me and there are some parts that really made me smile. It’s a cute story with a definite Happily Ever After and a pair of guys that I hope you’ll fall in love with as well.

My Email: authorcaitlinricci@gmail.com

Please enjoy my interview with Quinn Fitzgerald

Me: Today I have Quinn Fitzgerald sitting with me. He owns the Amherst Big Cat Sanctuary in Wyoming. Thank you for joining me today Quinn.
Quinn: My pleasure Caitlin.
Me: So, tell me what it’s like working with all those big cats.
Quinn: It’s by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I enjoy every minute of my usually crazy busy day.
Me: What do you normally do at the sanctuary?
Quinn: I’d like to say that I spend the day on my back sunning myself like the African lions, or swimming like the Bengal tigers. But sadly more often than not I’m stuck in the office doing paperwork and paying bills. I do get out and help as much as I can though. I’m far more a hands on type of guy than the kind of boss that just sits back and lets everything happen around him.
Me: Then does your team handle the rest of the daily stuff?
Quinn: Yes. I’m fortunate to have a great team working with me. We all keep the cats as our first priority so there’s that understanding between us that if something isn’t in the best interest of the cats, no one should be doing it.
Me: Aside from taking care of the cats, what else do you enjoy doing?
Quinn: I enjoy seeing movies, though usually I just rent them and watch whatever I can in the evenings. I’ve got a great collection of classic horror movies and I’ve seen each about a dozen times. But my absolute favorite thing outside of the cats is frosting.
Me: Frosting?
Quinn: Yes, especially cream cheese frosting. It’s my favorite.
Me: What do you like to have it on?
Quinn: A spoon.
Me: Anyone you like to share the frosting with?
Quinn: Maybe someday. But there hasn’t been anyone more than just a casual partner  for months. Want to have some frosting? I’ve got some in my bag. I try not to leave home without it. Never know when a craving will hit.
Me: No thanks.
Quinn: You don’t know what you’re missing.
Me: I’ll take your word for it. But unfortunately that’s all we have time for. Thank you for joining me today as I interviewed Quinn Fitzgerald. You can find out more about him in my new book, Taming the Lion Tamer, available August 18th on Silver Publishing.

Excerpt from Taming the Lion Tamer

Quinn parked the large van along the backside of the animation studio. This spot was normally reserved for loading, but he'd understood why the department head had asked him not to bring Aseem through the front lobby. It wasn't easy to control a young hundred pound Asiatic lion in such a large space, especially if someone happened to get nervous around him. The man that had invited them today, Mr Barker, had assured Quinn the people he was bringing in to meet Aseem had all been briefed about how to act in the lion's presence. Still, Quinn wasn't taking chances. He'd seen the news stories of what happened to a big cat once it got hold of a human and he wasn't going to let that happen to his best friend.
He hopped out of the van, making sure to grab the visitor badge he'd been sent as soon as he'd agreed to bring a lion to the studio. Aseem was a pro at this. The big cat actually seemed to enjoy the human attention when they did talks at the sanctuary. Quinn supposed that was probably a result of spoiling him as a cub. In those first few months, Aseem had barely left his side, acting more like a playful puppy than the fierce predator he was supposed to be. Quinn opened up the back doors and grinned at Aseem who blinked wearily at him.
"I know, big guy, it was a long drive down to Denver, wasn't it?" he said as he undid the padlock and opened the heavy metal cage that had been built in the back of the van. "You ready to go put on a little show?" Aseem yawned, his large canines flashing perfectly white in the summer sun. Instead of being nervous about being so close to the big cat, Quinn merely complimented himself on taking such good care of the animal's oral hygiene. He put on his leather work gloves and unhooked the heavy chain leash from where it attached to the cage. He stepped back out of the way and gave Aseem a little click with his tongue. The lion huffed, but lumbered to his feet after a few more clicks. "Come on, old buddy, I'm not a morning person, either, and I still managed to drag my ass out of bed at five. You could bother to jump down out of the van. Please."
The old van creaked as Aseem managed the short leap to the pavement. "Good, thank you. It's a great cause and the director has promised us lots of goodies, so let’s go do our best," Quinn said. He stifled a yawn and then closed the back doors with a slam that echoed through the empty back parking lot.

Thanks for hanging out with me and reading about Quinn and Charlie! You can check out excerpts, find the pictures that really helped round out these characters and read more about all of my stories at my blog.

My Bio
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn't writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance, their dog and Blue Tongue Skink. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.