Buffy meets Blade without the butch in this action-packed paranormal romance.
Vampires, demons, a rebellious werecat, and impossible male chauvinist colleagues are just a few problems Seattle P.D.'s spunky rookie cop, and Slayer Maiden, Samantha Kensington, has to deal with.
Not much of a social butterfly, her only friends are Chi, a mysterious Chinese monk and her live-in mentor, and her obese pet cat, Sammie.
As Slayer Maiden, Samantha is an indestructible warrior. She possesses an arsenal of equally indestructible weapons such as her morphable, and inexhaustible, crystal shards and...the Slayer's sword, the Emerald Empress.
Just three months shy of her twenty-fourth birthday, the age when all Slayers perish, Samantha knows she's running out of time. Things take a turn for the worse when she's teamed up with enigmatic Detective Julien Chateau, and can’t get him out of her mind or dreams!
Now, not only does she have to battle mobster Gabrianni's growing army of vampires, but she has to guard her sensitive heart when she feels powerfully drawn to her new partner.
For the legendary Slayer Maiden is invincible unless her slayer's heart, the source of all her power, is compromised.
And it can only be compromised if she falls in love.
* Recommended for 18+
* Coming soon in Paperback.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I really love Samantha Kensington, the Slayer Maiden. She’s a fun character to write because she’s so spunky and she doesn’t let a lot get to her although she takes her calling very seriously. Writing her fighting/action scenes were challenging but incredibly fun because she cracks jokes (usually because she’s a little nervous). It takes me four to five tries to get the scene written just so in order for me to see it unfold in my mind’s eye. Challenging but fun.
Tell us about your current release.
The first two of the four books in the Equilibrium series are already published. Equilibrium: Slayer’s Heart and Equilibrium II: Rebirth. Slayer’s Heart allows you to get to know Sam Kensington, her close friends, and the trials and tribulations she suffers internally being the Slayer because she’s constantly fighting to protect her heart; the source of all her power. If she falls in love, she’s weakened and it’s the only time when her enemies can actually destroy her.
In EQII: Rebirth, her evolution is showcased as she grows in her very important role as the “new and improved” Slayer Maiden with a new destiny ahead of her, but her heart is still in conflict.
There are actually several. I plan to release another paranormal romance (PNR) urban fantasy story with a different take on the werewolf/cat legend entitled, Cursed and Coveted. Then there’s my new Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy book entitled, The Girl in the Leather Jacket and it’s about a sixteen-year-old vampire girl named Lola Fox who lives in San Marino, California. She’s a butt-kickin’, young femme fatale of a vampire with a human heart and human DNA, and she comes into her own on her sweet sixteenth. The first book of what will be a four book series will be released 01-31-2012.
Who is your favorite author?
I have two. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Stephen King. Woodiwiss because her book, The Flame and the Flower, had introduced me to romance novels, and Stephen King because he can write using very few words to paint the picture he’s trying to convey to his readers. Both are incredible authors in their own genre.
Where do you research for your books?
Online. I used to have books, encyclopedias, and thesauruses stacked beside my desk to look up information, but thank god for the Internet! It makes researching so much easier! Especially while writing Cursed and Coveted, my heroine, Jaydee Jamison, is a Professor of History, specifically of Middle Egypt (ancient
). I wanted to get the back story as close to accuracy as I possibly could for those few Egyptologists who just might be bothered by inaccurate information. Egypt
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Pantser! Definitely Pantser. I only become a Plotter toward the end of a story when I have to tie all the loose ends together to bring the story to a satisfying end. I always want to end my stories with a BANG. The reason why I’m a Pantser is, I have to enjoy my story as much as I want my readers to and if I have to plot a storyline before I can write it, I lose interest and it’s shelved.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Yes, as the vast majority of authors do, I use a pen name. Catharina Shields is my pen name. Catharina is my middle name and Shields is my late mother’s maiden name.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
Obviously, it hurts. Deeply. But once you’re over that point, you can appreciate the bad review and see it as a challenge to do better next time. Since I write for free online story sites, I’ve learned a great deal from some negative feedback. Some have been pretty scathing, too. But over the course of three and a half years, I’ve developed a thicker skin and a bad review of a story or book only challenges me to do better next time. Luckily, bad reviews are few and far between.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
Choosing first, last, and sometimes even middle names for my characters make them real to me. And if they’re real to me I can feel comfortable and confident enough they’ll feel real to the reader, too.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Mexican restaurant Acapulco! Hands down. They serve fried ice cream – my favorite dessert. When I lived out of the country many moons ago, I read in one romance novel how the characters had fried ice cream in some Tex-Mex restaurant. I was always curious how ice cream could be fried, and when we first had dinner at
and I saw they served fried ice cream, I had to order it. It was love at first bite, and it’s become my favorite dessert of all time. Acapulco
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Hah! You’d have to come really early in the morning since I write till the wee hours of the night—which is early in the morning. But if you came by, say, around five or six in the morning, you’d pretty much find a chirpy bird. If you came by, say, around eleven a.m., think grumpy growling bear! That’s when I need to have my two hour nap.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born May 1962 in theYear of the Tiger, Burbank, CA. I've lived both here as well as abroad, specifically The Netherlands. I am bilingual in the sense that I read, write, and speak both English and Dutch.
I adore exotic goldfish (I have Lionchus, Demekins, Black Moors, and Orandas and I've recently adopted a huge, golden Oscar fish named, Scarr}. Along with writing, keeping exotic goldfish is my passion.
I don't have any formal education in the sense that I've never finished high school or went to college. I do, however, have passion, and I am creative. I design all my own book covers, and I actually enjoy doing it.
I LOVE storytelling, watching movies, reading a good book, and writing, and I hope you'll see that in all of my stories.
Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart, is the first in the four-book Equilibrium series. I guess I loved Samantha so much, I couldn't stop writing about her. Just an FYI, all my books will be available in both e-book and paperback editions. Slayer's Heart's paperback is on its way, so please keep your eyes peeled!
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