Author: Cari Z
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 30
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Genre: Romance, Action, urban fantasy, magic, magic user, psychic/soothsayer, myth/folklore, mafia, reunited, road trip, spirits, possession
Cillian Kelly can look into people’s eyes and see their fates. He’s running from a past filled with mistakes, lying low and selling his services on the sly. When he learns that Sören Egilsson, a man who sacrificed himself so Cillian could escape imprisonment two years ago, is somehow still alive, Cillian has to find out how. What he gets is the body of the man he loves possessed by an ancient spirit who draws Cillian into a battle to the death for the right to control Sören’s fate, and the power that comes with it.
Cari Z © 2017
All Rights Reserved
My phone buzzed, interrupting my musing. I frowned as I pulled it out of my jacket pocket. Only a dozen people had this number, and I wasn’t expecting to talk to any of them any time soon. I unlocked it and looked at my new message.
Move ten paces to the right.
My feet were moving even before my brain caught up, obedience was so instinctual. Two seconds later, I was out of the mouth of the alley, and three seconds after that, a beat-up silver sedan coming down the road was clipped by a delivery van and veered straight into the corner of the building. It wasn’t moving fast, thankfully, but the crash was plenty loud, especially since I was just a few feet away from the point of impact.
A memory flashed through my mind, one of my personal rare and painful gems. I was in the backseat of an old Lincoln, and I was very small. My feet wouldn’t have touched the floor even if I hadn’t had my knees squished to my chest, and my face was pressed to the knobby joints so hard they were leaving red blotches on my cheeks. The man driving was on a phone—an old-school cell phone, clunky in his hand, distracting. He wasn’t paying attention, but I knew the moment before the car was hit and covered my head with my hands, so when I went flying into the door, it didn’t hurt as much. Metal crunched, and bright spots flashed across the darkness behind my eyelids as the car spun and spun…
I shook my head and took a deep breath, focusing on the present. The van hadn’t stopped, but I didn’t bother trying to catch its license plate number―there were plenty of people exclaiming and getting on their phones. I headed over to the driver’s side and opened the door, but didn’t reach in to touch the woman who had been driving. She was moving under her own power, picking her head up off the remains of her airbag and whimpering softly. “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god…”
“It’s all right,” I said gently. I might not be a martyr, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t feel compassion for another person, especially one who’d just been thrown into a wall. “You’re okay. Just a little accident. There’s an ambulance coming to help you.” I could already hear it in the distance. We were only a few blocks from a major hospital. “Can you look at me for a moment?” She blearily turned, and as soon as our eyes met, I sighed and backed out of the way. One of the employees at the auto-painting store took my place, and a second later—bam. The fucking Ace of Cups moment. Who found true love as a result of a car accident? This wasn’t exactly the heartwarming scene I’d envisioned getting me through the day earlier.
“Are you all right?” the newcomer asked frantically. “What’s your name? I’m Felix. I’m gonna stay with you until the ambulance gets here, okay? Oh Jesus, are you all right?”
“I’m…I think so?” the woman said, her voice gaining a little bit of strength. “I’m Paula.”
“Paula, hey.” He smiled at her, and she smiled back. I rolled my eyes. “Nice to meet you.”
For fuck’s sake. Well, at least the settlement from the trucking company would give them a nice nest egg to get their new place together. I turned away and walked to the end of the block before getting out my phone again and making a call.
She picked up on the second ring. “Hi, baby.”
“What, you can see me getting smeared across a wall, but you don’t bother to let me know about having a gun pulled on me?”
“Cillian.” My mother sounded half apologetic, half resigned. “You know it doesn’t work like that.”
Yes, fine, I did know that, but I didn’t feel like being reasonable right now. “So you didn’t see that this morning, then?”
“Did you need me to see it?”
I wasn’t about to go down the self-sufficiency road with her. It meant a surefire argument, and I was still buzzing with adrenalin from being so close to the car crash.
“No,” I said flatly. “I guess not.”
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Meet the Author
Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She writes award-winning LGBTQ fiction featuring aliens, supervillains, soothsayers, and even normal people sometimes.
Exclusive Interview with Cari Z.
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
This question has so many answers, so I’m narrowing it down to when did I write my first published story, because I have reams of unpublished kindling that are slowly yellowing in hidden boxes. I started looking at calls for submissions on a few different sites, and found one for vampires. I wrote a vampire short story, sent it in, and got lucky. $25 and a few months later, I was a published author. Yay Cari of 2008!
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
I have a writing schedule only insofar as I set a daily wordcount and, as often as I can, hit it. I squeeze in time to write around my day job, hobbies and the rest of my life. Dogs won’t walk themselves. (Well, they will, but then they might never come back, so…)
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
My writing process in three simple steps: one, get a brilliant idea that’s going to be the best story EVARRRR! Two: ignore that idea for the next six months to a year, while buckling down on other stories that have already percolated and matured. Three: remember that brilliant idea, be a little more realistic about it, outline it as much as possible (this is a relatively new phase for me) and get going on it. Oh wait, step four: write it all, then EDIT THAT MOFO before I let other people see it, because raw story is no one’s friend.
Where did the desire to write M/M romance come from?
I completely blame Horatio Hornblower and the way-too-many Regency romances I read in my teens.
How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
I do as much research as I think a story needs. Most of my efforts go toward making contemporaries at least slightly realistic, but I’ve done a lot of research for urban fantasies and science fiction in the past as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love making shit up, but I don’t want to be flippant with my worldbuilding or character development.
What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?
Titles. Titles are the hardest thing ever, they’re the worst. They’re almost always the last thing I think of, and they’re inevitably the source of much consternation and swearing.
“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
I say, “Where did you hear that? What? Nooo…” Unless I’m with people who actually know my by my pseudonym, in which case I say, “Let me tell you about my WHOLE BACKLIST!”
What does your family think of your writing?
Now that they know about it, they’re supportive. I was unsure about telling my parents about my writing for years, but in the end I didn’t want them to think I was slacking away in my free time instead of writing four or more novels a year, which is totally what they were thinking before I filled them in. Yeah. I’m the not-a-doctor in my family.
Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.
I’ve got way too many WIPs in the works, but I love them too much to choose just one. I just finished a werewolf story, I’m about to finish a sweet contemporary, and I’ve got a series in the works with L.A. Witt that’s amazing. The future is…busy. Hopefully with more of Soothsayer, too 😉
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
Find a group of beta readers who love you enough to be honest with you and treat them like they’re worth their weight in gold, WHICH THEY ARE! Beta readers make your stories better.
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