Friday, June 15, 2012
Are there Werewolves in London?
Karilyn Bentley thinks so! In honor of her release of Werewolves in London, I've invited her here so we can all get to know her better...well that..and to read an excerpt! Happy book birthday, Karilyn!
Alisha: Can you tell us a little bit about your childhood? Favorite memories?
Karilyn: We lived in the city and didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but we had a lot of fun. Some of my favorite memories are the homemade Christmas gifts, based all on puns. Like the 12 carrot necklace. Or the years Mom and a friend crafted gifts in the shape of the 12 days of Christmas. Dad used to make up poems with clues and hide them around the house, each “clue” led to the next one and at the end was the present. I was always encouraged to make up stories and to this day Mom is really upset b/c one of my stories was never finished and she wants to know the end and I have no clue what she’s talking about.
Alisha: Tell us about the hero and heroine in your latest release.
Karilyn: Vonda and Tom. Vonda is a werewolf who is currently hoping to be a dog trainer. Tom is her first client. When his daughter is kidnapped, Tom has to rely on Vonda to help him rescue her. But there’s more to the kidnapping than meets the eye.
Alisha: If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?
Karilyn: Oh wow. I don’t know, let me think. Hmm. Eeek! The Hubster just doused me with a bucket of water b/c he thought I was on fire from all that smoke coming out my ears. Okay, sorry (shakes self off). I would wish to be able to eat whatever I want without gaining weight, world peace (cliché, I know, but it would help me to be able to read the paper without getting scared and/or pissed off) and to continue to have my stories published, read and liked.
Alisha: Okay. You're a twig. You should probably use that wish for something else. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Karilyn: I’d go back to Sweden with a stop-over in Scotland and Iceland. Or maybe I’d tour the National Parks. So many places, not enough money.
Alisha: If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?
Karilyn: The first thought that popped in my head was Jesus and Buddha. Don’t ask.
Alisha: But what if Jesus and Buddha are the same person? Ouch. That thought hurts my brain. You could choose six people to spend one week on a desert island, who would it be and why?
Karilyn: Am I there with them, or am I punishing them? Ha! Okay, I’m there with them. Hmm. Hey, Hubster, put the bucket down. Down I say! Okay, where was I? Desert island. Perhaps my favorite authors. Then I could pick their minds and learn all their secrets. Bwahahahaha!
Alisha: Oh. cool! So you'd pick me and Vicki Batman and Liz Lipperman and Sasha Summers and Kathy Ivan..oh...why don't we just have an island princess party!! Didn't you already have dinner with Sherilyn Kenyon? Well, invite her to the party too!!! Will you invite Rebecca York for me..oh and Stephen King and Anne Rice...I'd like to hear them talk shop..wow! What word or phrase tingles in all the right places for you?
Karilyn: A sentence that pulls me in and makes me become the character and feel the same things she does.
Alisha: If you had one day to spoil yourself, what would you do?
Karilyn: I’m assuming money isn’t an issue so I’d go to a spa. Get all wrapped up in seaweed and have them rub salt all over until my skin glows.
Alisha: Can I go with? If you could change one incident in your life, what would it be and how would you change it?
Karilyn: I’d stop and help the lady having car trouble instead of thinking she was crazy (in all fairness, she was hopping around shaking a white scarf like her car was the bull and she the matador). My conscious is still beating me up over that.
Alisha: Don't worry about it. I was okay. I got it fixed. It was a bee! That's why I was waving the scarf! What’s the sexiest thing a man has ever done for you or said to you or both?
Karilyn: My hubby is great, but he wouldn’t like me to say what it was. One thing I will say, he’s a great cook!
Alisha: Way to share with the girls! ;)
Werewolves in London
“Your dog doesn’t respect you.” Vonda reached down to scratch behind Sam’s ear. “I can help you with that problem, but I can’t help train him to herd. Do we have a deal?”
Tom took off his hat, scratched his head and slammed it back on as if to hold in steam. Judging from the color of his face, he should have let his hair wave free in the breeze. It might cool things off. One long finger pointed at Sam. One nicely shaped, work hardened finger. The list of things that finger could do to her body rushed through Vonda’s brain on fast forward. It didn’t help that the man whose finger provoked such lascivious thoughts was the best-looking thing in this little Podunk town.
Why was she thinking such thoughts? Concentrate, Vonda, concentrate! Last time she thought this way about a man she was in heat. Oh shit. Not again. No wonder Sam stuck to her like proverbial glue.
Wait. Tom’s mouth was moving. “...me?”
“Huh? I’m sorry, what did you say?” Good job Vonda, way to look stupid on your first visit with a client.
“I said, how can that dog not respect me?”
“Well, dogs see things differently than humans. If you don’t act like the alpha, then they assume they are the alpha. That’s what creates problems. That’s where I can help.”
“Yes, yes. I know. But I have other herding dogs. None of them give me problems. What’s up with that?” A frustrated green stare bored into her.
Men frustrated so easily. Humans in general. Ever see a canine with hypertension?
Sam licked her hand. Then she smelled it. The scent of a man. Not just any man. A man she wanted to mate with. A man about six four, with sandy blond, almost brown hair and green eyes. A man who stood less than three feet from her.
If she didn’t get out of here soon she’d lose any chance of ever being a dog trainer.
Karilyn: Thanks so much for letting me visit today, Alisha! I’m excited that The Wild Rose Press is re-releasing Werewolves in London! Come visit me at www.karilynbentley.com or on the Plotting Princesses blog at http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
Alisha: I loved having you here! Please come back, Twiggy.
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