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Character interview – Alexander Gordon from Highland Storm by Ranae Rose

   If you haven’t read anything by Ranae Rose, you have been seriously missing out.  Ranae        Rose writes Red Hot Romance.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexander Gordon, the very sexy man from her book Highland Storm.   Here is a brief blurb of the story:

  A Gordon man ruined Isla Forbes’ life. Blamed for her brother’s death and desperate for escape from her father’s abuse, she journeys to a saint’s spring to plead for help. A fierce storm that sweeps across the highlands drives her into the arms of the striking Alexander Gordon, heir of Benstrath and half-brother to her own brother’s murderer. It’s obvious he’s the answer to her prayers…but should she redeem herself by killing him to avenge her brother, or let him save her by loving him?

   When I met Alexander, I felt myself blush like a school girl  just looking at him.  He was tall and muscular, terribly charming, with long black hair and blue eyes.

I’m such a sucker for black hair and blue eyes!

Being from the Highland, he also had on a nice little kilt, and I wondered if he had anything on underneath. But my mind tends to head to the gutter like that 🙂

I met him at his family’s Highland estate, Benstrath.  After a huge feast, Alexander and I sat down together and had a little chat.  And no, I didn’t get a peek under his kilt!

Carly:  Thank you for your hospitality, Alexander.  I appreciate your time.  Can you give a brief synopsis of your story Ranae has written?

Alexander:  The story is about how I met my wife, Isla, and how we were merrit, and all the trouble that caused. It wasna exactly what ye’d call a proper marriage – I was ridin’ home when I found a lass stranded near the edge of Gordon land, and she was a Forbes – our clans were feuding, and still are. She didnae think much of me at all, nor my offer of assistance, but it was a wretched day, and I couldna leave her there alone with her nag to weather a storm. So I helped her get to where she was goin’, and it wasna long before I found out that she’d been wronged by one of my kinsmen, and had endured a great deal of suffering for it. As far as I could determine, there were only two ways to restore her honor: to let her take my life in recompense, or to marry her. I reckon ye know which she chose, for I wouldna be here to tell ye about it if she’d chosen the former.

Neither of our families were content with our decision to marry, save for my father. T’was his opinion that truly mattered, if ye ask me, but damned if my half-brother and step-mother didn’t try to bring our union to ruin – and that’s not even mentioning Isla’s own father.

Carly:  Is there a part of your story you wish Ranae hadn‘t told?

Alexander:  Well, I dinna see why she had to go into such great detail when it came to my wife and I lying together. I dinna think Isla knows all that’s been written down in a book, and I willna tell her, for Icanna imagine that any woman would be pleased over it.

Carly:  Did she leave anything out you wish she would have told?

Alexander:  Aye, there’s a part in the book where she mentions the scars I bear from the many times my half-brother Alpin tried to do away wi’ me. I wish she would hae made it known that I repaid the wee bastard with a few of his own, when we were lads.

Carly:  Will your story go on in a sequel?

Alexander:  I amna the one writing the books, but I dinna think so. Life has settled down at Benstrath, and we have a family now, Isla and I.

Carly:  Well, it was a pleasure to meet you, Alexander.  I wish you much happiness with Isla, and thank you again for having me into your home.

 About Author Ranae Rose

Ranae Rose is an avid reader and writer who can’t resist a good love story, and the hotter the better. She lives on the US East Coast with her family and animals, and when she’s not writing she prefers to be in the saddle or lost in a good book with a cup of tea. You can find out more about Ranae and her books at: www.ranaerose.com

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Guest interview with a Prince

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Damien from The Third Son by Elise Marion.  Needless to say, I was a bit nervous.  I mean, how often does one get to interview a prince?  Let alone a really, really good looking prince who is charming in a bad boy way?  It’s not an everyday ocurrence for me!
Damien and I met at his castle, which is a lovely place filled with all the best furnishings and doting servants.  Damien was terribly charming.  He gave me the special smile I have read about, offered me a brandy which I gladly accepted, and took me out to see his beautiful horse in the stables.  We finally sat down over lunch by a roaring fire in the fireplace.

Carly:  Damien, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me.

Damien:  Of course.  It’s my pleasure. 

Carly:  Damien, I’m currently reading your story, which I am really liking a lot, but I’m not all the way through it.  Can you give me a brief synopsis of your story?

Damien: My story is quite intricate and complicated, but I’ll try my best to be brief. My name is Damien Largess, and I am a prince, the third of three sons. Even though I am a prince, no one seems to expect much from me. They’re all too busy fawning over my brother Lionus, the crowned prince. One day he will be king, and if at all possible, become even more annoying than he is now. He accuses me of being a disgrace, a stain on an otherwise pristine aristocratic family. Because I am third in line, and very unlikely to take the throne, no one cares what I do. And so, I fill my days with the things that tickle my fancy: cards, women, and drink. I suppose you could call me a bit of a rake, although I do endeavor not to break too many hearts if I can help it.

My entire world was changed, however, when Esmeralda came into my life. Like something out of a dream, she appeared from out of nowhere and turned my world upside down. I loved her, more than any man could a woman I think. It wasn’t until after I was so madly in love with her, that all hell broke loose. Suffice it to say that someone is killing off members of my family one by one in an attempt to gain the throne. They will not rest until we are all dead, as they intend to claim the throne when we are. At this point, I am faced with the possibility of having to claim the throne and I must confess, I am less than thrilled at the idea. If I must take the throne, I risk losing the single brightest spot in my life.

Carly:  Wow.  It seems you have quite a road ahead of you.  I wish you the best of luck, whether you claim the throne or not.  Damien, what is your favorite part about being the son of a king?

Damien: My favorite part of being a prince is being the youngest. No responsibility, no pressure; I am free to do as I please. Not to mention the fact that I have an entire wing of the palace to myself, and never run out of fine brandy or cigars.

Carly:  What is your least favorite part?

My least favorite part of being a prince is the scrutiny that comes along with the position. While I have gotten used to living in the public eye, I often wonder what it would be to not have everyones eyes on me all of the time. I crave solitude, and revel in those moments alone when I can find them.

Carly: What was the most challenging thing about telling your story that you and your creator faced?

Damien: There were several challenges in the telling of our story. I wanted Elise to properly convey just how much I love my Esmeralda, just how far I was willing to go to make her mine. I believe she accomplished this. Though, for the record, we spent many a sleepless night arguing over just how the sensual scenes should be written. We wanted people to feel the connection as if they are really there.

Another challenge for Elise was keeping up an air of mystery and surprise. There are several moments that may take the reader by surprise. One of those moments is the revelation of the villian toward the end. It was difficult for her to leave little clues as to who it might be without making it to obvious. I think readers will be pleasantly surprised; the ones who had no idea will be shocked, the ones who suspected or had an inkling will be pleased.

Carly:  Is there any part of your story that you wish your creator had told? Are there parts of the story you wish hadn’t been told?

Damien: There is a part of the book where it seems as though all hope is lost for Esmeralda and me. Elise may leave the reader with the impression that we are doomed to loneliness and despair the rest of our lives. I do not regret the telling of this chapter in my life, but I do not remember the time with much fondness. It was quite possibly the darkest chapter in my existence. I wish that part of the story didn’t have to be told, but in the end, Elise and I both agreed that it needed to be there. It makes the ending so much sweeter. The conclusion is well worth any suffer the reader might face wondering if we’re ever going to be together.

Carly:  Will your creator feature you in another book? If so, when will that be out?

Damien: The story of Esmeralda and I continues on as Elise continues to tell the story of both my and Esmeralda’s families. You will see glimpses of us in our happily ever after as you continue on a journey that began with us falling in love. I almost feel as though our joining was the catalyst for the things that have followed.

The second installment ‘The Second Son’ is about another member of my family finding love. It will be released January 1, 2012. If you have read my story and enjoyed it, then I hope that you will read this one as well. It has all of the passion, intrigue, and danger that was present in my story. You won’t be disappointed!

Carly:  Do you have anything to add that you think the readers should know?

Damien: If I could leave readers with one thing, it would be simply that love conquers all. Look at me, a man once labeled a rogue and a libertine. I was once thought incapable of love; I even thought this of myself. It just serves as an example of how strange love can be. One moment you’re walking alone, and in a single instant, your world can collide with someone else’s. When that happens….well let’s just say that once you give yourself up to it, it’s the single most important thing that can ever happen in your life. At least, it was for me.


Carly:  Damien, thank you once again for meeting with me and your generous hospitality.  It was an honor to meet a prince.  Your story is beautiful, and I wish you and Esmeralda the best in your future together!
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