Boy, this was fun! This character interview was conducted a couple years ago now, but I thought new readers might like to see it. There were so many things I could've asked my guests Aaron Fielding and Stacy Macken of Passion's Sacred Dance, but they got a little distracted. You'll see what I mean.
Juli D. Revezzo: Thanks for being here my dears. I know you’re busy what with this whole war looming, so I’ll try to make my questions brief.
Stacy Macken: Take all the time you need, Juli.
Aaron Fielding: Not a problem. Anything we can do to help, that’s what we’re here for.
Juli D. Revezzo: *eyes Aaron’s Sword like weapon* Um, yeah. Would it help if I remind you I’m on your side?
Aaron: Don’t worry, dear lady. I only use this on Balor and his minions.
Juli D. Revezzo: *brow crinkles* All right, I trust you (aside: Besides I think I know how it works). Let’s begin, then: Question 1. What’s the first thought in your mind when you wake up?
Stacy: Coffee; then, what disaster will befall the gallery today?
Aaron: What disaster might befall Stacy and her gallery and what the hell I can do to stop it.
Juli: Question 2. Tattoos or piercings?
Aaron and Stacy together: Tattoos.
Stacy: For me, it’s a sign of a permanent commitment.
Juli: Don’t say the C word. You know how men are.
Stacy: Fortunately, mine isn’t gunshy.
Juli: Phew! Good. Aaron, why tattoos?
Aaron: I've had them since my early days with my tribe. I can't remember what those little tattoo needles felt like, really. *Aaron shudders* Plus, piercing is sort of a professional hazard. Going into battle risks a piercing or two I’d rather not have. Have you seen the Harbingers’ claws? Imagine if they got caught on something other than my blade?
Juli giggles* Actually, I think I can picture it. Ooh, hey, when’s the next battle?
Aaron aside: (By the gods I worship, why did I give her that idea?)
Aaron: Nothing, dear lady. Do you have more questions?
Juli: Yes. Question 3: Someone is calling you by a nickname. What is it?
Stacy: I’m known variously as Darlin’, Miss Macken, the Macken family Steward, but Aaron calls me “love”. *Sigh* I think that’s my favorite.
Aaron: Balor’s minions have the unfortunate habit of referring to me and my brothers-in-arms as unsavory one but other than that, I can't really think of a nickname anyone's called me lately.
Juli: Question 4: You hear a noise in the middle of the night. It wakes you from a dead sleep. What’s your first move?
Aaron: Grab my harshad in case I need to defend Stacy from something. I don’t sleep deeply.
Stacy: Go for my pistol (What is this defending me, stuff? I can take care of myself).
Aaron: (That fight in the gallery says otherwise, love.)
Juli: I have to agree with him, there, Stacy. I think you did need a hand, that night. Ahem, question 5: You can go anywhere and do anything. What’s first?
Aaron: I’d pack up and go somewhere Balor and his gang can’t get us. The moon might be a good destination. Maybe.
Stacy: Hope to heck Aaron lets me pack first before he whisks me off. Teleportation may be fun, but a girl has to have a change of underwear.
*Aaron winks*: Who says?
Juli: *Ahem* Moving on, question 5: It’s a quiet night and you’re home with nothing to do. What’s your game plan?
Aaron: If I say Stacy, do you think she’d whack me over the head?
Stacy: *Raises eyebrow* (Actually, no, I wouldn’t. :)) And, um, what he said. If I don’t settle down with a good book.
Juli: I dunno, Stacy. With Aaron (or Isaac, or Laurco, or Tam) around, I think my TBR list would go neglected. A lot.
*Stacy glares* Get your own harshad warrior.
Aaron: Technically, what?
Juli: Nevermind. Question 6: A cutie is interested in you and you’ve taken notice. What happens next?
Stacy: I throw him up against a closed door and kiss him blind.
Aaron: You knew there was a reason I liked her, didn’t you? Besides the whole Steward relationship thing. She’s not as tame as she looks, despite her wardrobe.
Juli: Oh, I know. She kisses and tells, remember.
*Aaron sits up straighter*: She does what?
*Stacy glares* Now you’ve done it. Moving on?
Juli: Yes, of course. Question 7: Aaron, can you tell the people, what exactly is a harshad?
Aaron: Ah yes, that might be important. Um, wait. You don’t think there are any Harbingers listening, do you?
Juli: I doubt it. This gallery is pretty well guarded.
*Aaron eyes the cameras above suspiciously* Okay, if you say so. A harshad then? For one thing, it’s the way we calculate our ritual battles. Each battle happens exactly five hundred years apart.
Stacy: He says "exactly", but how in the world their druids figure out the exact date of the first battle is beyond my comprehension.
Aaron: Well, you’d have to talk to them about that. I’m sure Cyreth can explain it.
*Stacy eyes him skeptically* If you say so. Pre-modern era math gives me a headache.
Aaron: Also, it’s what we in the Tuatha de Dannan’s army call our favored weapon, created by Goibinu the Craftsman god, to aid us in our battles against Balor and his minions, who, though they may look like natural creatures, aren’t. The blade can easily penetrate their hides and if we need it to, become almost any weapon a warrior might need—long sword, short sword, sheliegha etc. Technically it can become about five hundred or so, hence the word harshad.
Juli: Handy little thing to have.
Stacy: Isn’t it, though? (Do you really know how it works?) I haven’t figured out how to get it to do all the neat things Aaron can. I hope one day I’ll wheedle the information out of him.
*Aaron winds an arm around Stacy and kisses her* Wheedle all you want, love.
Juli: Maybe we better leave the lovebirds alone, folks, what do you say? ;)
Here’s the Synopsis:
Passion’s Sacred Dance
Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn't a clue.
Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.
Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?
Bonus: Includes brand new flash fiction piece, "About A Warrior"
On behalf of Stacy and Aaron, (who, *blush* really do seem
rather occupied—Aaron is not shy at all! I think next time we’ll talk about something safe, like…cows. Cows would be good, right?) I hope you'll enjoyed their new video:
Look for the rest of the Celtic Stewards Chronicles books:
DRUID WARRIOR'S HEART, available at Amazon
Druid Warrior Prince, forthcoming.
I hope you enjoyed this interview!
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of Gothic romance Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. All books available at Amazon. Some are also available at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.
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