Fangs are easier than guns and just as effective.
If that doesn't turn you on and make you want to learn more about this story and the author who created it, well . . . stick around as Wild Women Authors welcomes Debra Doggett and Gates McHenry from Gambler's Moon, a paranormal release out of the Wild Rose Press. As usual, we'll begin with Gates.
Where are you from? I grew up in Chicago, darling, not the fancy part but the mean streets. It was the Prohibition era.
Darling. Hmm. It's been a while for us, but tell us a bit about Gambler's Moon. When I left Chicago, I did what most men looking for a better fortune did. I headed west. There were few things I wanted more than a place I could hide and I found just the place in the little town of Cuba, New Mexico. My gambling skills came in handy when I got into a poker game with the owner of Los Almas Perdidas, the local bar. I won the bar on the best hand I'd ever played. To my surprise, Cuba had something else I wanted: Ava Harper, the widow of the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. Ava's managed to hold out against my charms for eighty years, but I figure she can't do it forever. We've both got time. Now Ava's in trouble. Someone's stalking her and in a pretty nasty way. She needs my help and I might be able to prove to her how much she needs me in other ways too.
What did you think the first time you saw Ava? That I needed to touch her more than I needed anything else at that moment.
Nice one, Gates. And second thought? That she just might kill me if I did touch her.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Lust maybe. Obsession definitely.
What do you like most about her? Ava lives her own way, does things her own way.
How would you describe her? She's like New Mexico, a survivor, tough enough to take on life out here. But underneath there's a sadness, a loneliness that eats away at her.
Yowee kazowee, that's nice but how would Ava describe you? As a nuisance. She'd probably use less polite terms but she was raised a proper lady in a time when that meant certain manners.
Hah. What made you choose gambling for a career? Gambling was a way to make money. In a city like Chicago that wasn't always an easy prospect. But it taught me how to get a feel for people. As a vampire, that's an important tool for staying alive.
What is your biggest fear? Death. Real death.
How do you relax? Sex. Nothing beats it for relaxing the body and the mind.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Matt Dillon. I love living in the remains of the Old West. Times have changed and things aren't as wild as they were, but Matt's ways still work most of the time.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Fangs are easier than guns and just as effective.
Well. Say. This has been an experience. We hope you'll come back to visit us—and you can leave Debra home if you like. Heh heh. Now, let's talk with her.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love stories that delve into the character and make them come alive. I don't have a favorite genre, as I will watch, or read, anything I find appealing. A few favorite movies are LA Confidential, The Hurt Locker and The Lord of the Rings series. As for books, I love historical fiction and fantasy. Some favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Neil Gaiman and Patricia Briggs.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I live not far from Cuba, New Mexico and drive through it often. The isolation of so much of New Mexico makes such a great setting, especially for a character who wants to hide. And I've worked with lots of archaeologists and love how they work.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I met a lady who was an editor for The Wild Rose Press at a local writers group. The first novel I submitted was called The Prize and I was thrilled when they published it. I love Wild Rose. They are amazing to work with. My editor is incredible and so are all the other folks who work for them.
What project are you working on now? I am working on a Regency, which is the first time I've tackled that particular genre. It takes a bit of research to keep everything accurate.
What's up next for you? I have an urban fantasy coming out on August 19th. It's title Bone of My Bones and it's the story of a witch who finds out there's far more to her destiny than she ever dreamed.
Debra brought along an exerpt of Gambler's Moon:
He grinned up at her and a slow smile spread across her face, something that sparked a bit of concern inside him. When she bent down and leaned over him, he stopped thinking at all. Then she put those moist lips by his cheek and he was glad he didn't breathe, for the feel of her against him would've driven the air from his lungs. In spite of his touted control, having her this close had him struggling not to reach out and take what he wanted. His mind started to wander, envisioning all the ways he could make her…
His words were cut off by the pressure of the stake tight against his heart. Ava leaned down close, that satisfied smile broader now. The point of the wood nipped at his clothing and drove all the nude images out of his brain.
"What's the matter, gambler? Don't like the stakes?"
"You carry a stake with you? Where the hell did you have that hidden?"
Ava pointed to the flowerbed by the porch. "There. You were so deep in your horny daydream I could've pulled out a Mac truck and you wouldn't have noticed."
"Why is it every time I try to get romantic with you, you whip out a stake? What have you got against having a good time?"
She plopped down on the ground next to him. "Your obsession with playing almost got you killed."
It's always a treat when a character lights our imaginations and Gates McHenry certainly did that this week. To learn more about Debra Doggett and the stories she creates, go to:
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