The Elusive Interview with Cappy

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I asked what character interviews readers were still craving after I had done the other four. Several readers said they wanted to read more about Cappy. I thought this would be a fun time to track down the mighty warrior and gather his thoughts. Enjoy!

I was born into a large family as the 5th out of 7 children, I was the second son with five sisters. My homeland was beautiful, the highland areas far north from Cliffehaven. Our meager croft sat close to the sea among the black cliffs. I can still remember the smell of the salty brine melded with the sweetness of the long green grass and the earthy scent of the animals on our land. 

 

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My brother and I fought with each other early on. Never did we see eye to eye. My sisters were always about the domestic chores of keeping house. I was a misfit and I knew it. Life changed drastically for me when a foreign man killed my mother and tried to take my sisters with him. My father was sowing seeds that day and I was playing out in the dirt with my slingshot. My brother was chopping wood for the fire. He just screamed and cried as our mother was attached, her throat slit from ear to ear. I was perhaps a lad of eight years.

Seeing my brother react the way he did made a fire burn inside of me. I shot my dear mother’s attacker square between the eyes and dropped him to his knees and it took him a moment to shake off the effects of that pebble. He looked around, not sure where it came from, I’m sure. One look at my angry, ruddy face gave me away. I ran to the barn. I ran faster than I ever had in my life and the man followed me. 

I knew right where my father kept a sword buried in the hay. The man burst in behind me, his forehead showing a berry red mark where I’d hit him. He cursed me and spat on the ground in his fury. I placed the loft ladder between him and I. He reached between the rungs and grabbed my tunic…a whole fistful. I bent backward to free myself and my hand reached for the hay. He jerked me hard against the ladder and I stuck him in the gut with my poorly crafted weapon.

I knew in that moment that I would protect people from men like that. In the night, once we had buried my mother, I left my home by the sea and wandered. 

I learned a whole new book of wisdom in my years of living off the land to survive and avoiding the evil that plagues the world. I happened upon the tired village of Cliffehaven and I inquired of a position in the guard under the Earl Devlin Darktower. 

 

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Quickly, I rose in the ranks and became the captain just months before Rosehill attacked. All the memories of the death of my mother flooded me and I was angry that kin was advancing on kin. But I failed to protect my lord and he perished needlessly. 

It was a miracle that young Thorne survived. He had always held a special place in my heart. Never could he say my given name correctly and it’s not important what that name even is. He called me Cappy out of affection and so that’s what I became.

However, after the trauma of the boy’s family dying in that battle, he grew violent and angry. I suppose I saw myself mirrored in his actions. Having grown and matured some, I tried to pull him under my wing. But he was insistent that he needed to be as his father had been…or his perception of how Devlin had lived. It wasn’t right. 

It took many years for an angel to be sent to his lordship. She was as precious and beautiful as Thorne was dark and terrible. And with all things, there can be no darkness in the presence of light. And it was no different for Thorne. She blinded him with her goodness while others plotted against her to remove the lady from Thorne’s company. 

I’d like to feel that one day my death would mean something. That I would leave behind enough of myself to matter and make a difference in such turbulent times.


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Virtual Birthday Bash: Day 5!

  

I hope you are having fun with the virtual birthday bash! It’s been fun to revisit the books in The Aspen Series and it means a lot that you are joining in the fun. Thank you for being a part of it!

Today, my dear friend and author, Cynthia Hepner is hosting the stop for today. Please visit the Book Barn for her feelings on the Aspen Series and a spotlight on The Benevolent Light!

Catch up with the fun in Facebook too! There are games daily with fun prizes! All winners will be chosen via a live drawing once the event is over! 

You can read up on all the other stops so far!

Day1: Noble Courage Spotlight

Character Interview: Thorne Darktower

Day 2: Price of Power Spotlight

Character Interview: Rayven St. Michael

Day 3: Tears of Penance Spotlight

Character Interview: King Rothan

Day 4: Salvation of the Forgotten

Character Interview: Aspen Tiller

Duchess of Cliffehaven: Lady Aspen Darktower

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Aspen is such an amazing woman. She starts her journey as the girl I used to be…shy, backward, and submissive. And as my mind opened up, she grew wings and emerged from her cocoon as the leader I wish I was. But what makes her all the better is that she has faults and makes mistakes…just like you and I. She is real. She is very tangible. She will be your best friend. She will always be mine.

Here’s the interview of Aspen Darktower…Have fun with this read!

Virtual Birthday Bash: Day 4!

  

The day has arrived! 

It is officially Aspen’s birthday…and mine too. Haha! It’s going to be a great day!!

  

You know, Aspen has been with me through so much. But she was born from a cancer scare when I was in my mid-twenties. Yes, a loooong time ago. She’s pretty much my best friend. More than anything else, she has given me hope.

Needless to say, what started out as a simple bucket list project has fueled a passion that screams to come out of me just about every single day. And one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one chapter at a time, and one book at a time, I have built up my series to be an amazing legacy. It’s not smut (even though that sells), it doesn’t entertain silly characters, and it has a grounding sense of reality throughout the many pages of five full books. 

So, today Noble Courage is free on the Kindle Store. Take just a moment and go grab it! 

But what I do want to touch on is Salvation of the Forgotten. This one is book four in the series. It is in this book that plague finds the unsuspecting people of Shadowed Meadow and the Darktowers are right in its path. How do you spend your final moments? If you knew death was breathing down your neck, how would you face that fate? When I was faced with the possibility of a bad kind of cancer, it did amazing things to my mind. There were lists of wishes and wants that formulated over the days that I spent waiting for results. I can only imagine what it would feel like to know that you would probably not make it two weeks. 

Salvation of the Forgotten is a great book of power and strength…taking back control of one’s life and moving forward. And I just love it when unknown people of various talents grace your life. They are truly all around us. There are some of these people in this book. 

Well, I’m willing to donate my work for the opportunity to forge new fans. Please take advantage of the promo! And as always, I appreciate you reading!

Catch up on the tour!

Day 1: Noble Courage Spotlight

Day 2: Price of Power Spotlight

Day 3: Tears of Penance Spotlight

And tomorrow will be my good friend, Cynthia Hepner! She will be spotlighting The Benevolent Light! Don’t miss it!

We are still having fun with Facebook games too! Come join the fun!!

The King of Elgolan: Rothan Adal-Domhall

RothanHmmm…where to begin with this dude….

I feel that King Rothan is confused. I say that because he feels like he wants to be a good guy but he’s a greedy sot and that gets in his way. Perhaps there will come a day when he finds some peace and power won’t be such a priority. He wanders like a lost soul and he craves love. It doesn’t matter to him where he gets that from but he has his sights set on Aspen. Get the scoop on Rothan HERE!

Currently, I’m writing a short supplemental story starring King Rothan and will only be available to my Lords and Ladies Club members! Don’t put it off! You might miss it!

Virtual Birthday Bash-Day 3!

I hope you are enjoying all the fun we have been having the last couple of days!

Today, the very charming Sir Seumas Gallacher will be hosting the stop of the birthday train! It is day three, my friends…so we are spotlighting book three of The Aspen Series: Tears of Penance!

This was my favorite book of the series…head over to Seumas’ site to find out why!

Need to catch up? Here’s the schedule again:

Day 1: Spotlight on Noble Courage

Day 2: Spotlight on Price of Power

And we are having a lot of fun on Facebook playing games for prizes! Feel free to join us there!

Tomorrow is the great lady Aspen’s birthday! Come back here for a spotlight on Salvation of the Forgotten and a special tribute to my very sweet heroine who literally saved my life and gave me strength to go on for many years!

Every day this week I have done a character interview. Thorne was on Day 1, Rayven was on Day 2, and King Rothan will be tomorrow afternoon, my time!

Rayven St. Michael- Character Interview

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Rayven St. Michael, the ultimate bad-boy. He most likely shocked you, or will shock you, by the end of Noble Courage. He is one determined little fellow and once he sets his sights on a prize, he never quits.

There is one part in Price of Power that often gains a bit of scrutiny. Of course, it involves the scandalous Rayven St. Michael.

Here is the interview on Rayven St. Michael that I wrote a long while back. Have a super fun time getting to know this bad apple!