Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wolf Night by Tracey Sinclair: Character Interview and Excerpt



Character interview with Cassandra Bick, Dark Dates

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Just lately my life seems to be pretty full of scary moments – it’s getting worryingly hard to pick just one. I’d say being rescued from a house fire that killed my closest friends was the worst night of my life, but being caught up in an exploding skyscraper and then kidnapped by a homicidal vampire comes pretty close. Oh, no, wait, then there was the fight with the werewolves…

What are your favorite TV shows?

I’m a complete geek so I love shows like Doctor Who, Supernatural, the X-Files, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Being Human. I also love the Wire and have a secret soft spot for ‘girlie’ shows like Sex and The City and Girls.

What are you passionate about these days?

My business, Dark Dates, which matches up humans and vampires for dates. It takes up pretty much all of my time.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I don’t get a lot of time to relax – it seems like the last year has been one crisis after another! But when I do get some spare time I like to hang out with my friends Medea and Katie at their place, just eating nice food and drinking wine and letting them make me feel like I am domestically disadvantaged – they’re a lovely couple but it’s a little daunting having friends who are so much more sorted than you are. Of course if Cain is in town we might have some more… erm, physical recreation, but unfortunately he’s not very predictable!

Who should play you in a film? 

Well, this might be a little arrogant but I do love Kat Dennings in Two Broke Girls – she’s really snarky and has big boobs, like me, so I think she’d be a good fit.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

My business is mostly evenings only, so definitely a night person!

What would we find under your bed?

Honestly, these days, it wouldn’t surprise me if you found a demon under there. But most days, it’s just my cat. Sometimes assorted weaponry, but again that tends to depend on whether Cain is in town.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

“You’re not crazy; the world really is this weird”. Honestly, I was dubious at the time but now I’m thinking of getting it printed on t-shirts.

After narrowly averting a supernatural war in London, Cassandra Bick just wants life to get back to normal. Or as normal as life can be when you run a dating agency for vampires, your best friend is a witch and the oldest, strongest and sexiest vampire in town is taking a very personal interest in your business. But when a vicious new supernatural enemy threatens her friends, Cass finds herself once again fighting for the fate of her city – and having to face some demons of her own.
Snarky, sexy and fast paced, Wolf Night will leave you breathless.
Wolf Night is Book 2 in the Dark Dates series, the Chronicles of Cassandra Bick.


I Sensed him before I saw him. Even in a room half-filled with vampires, he stood out like a beacon, and once I’d caught sight of him, I couldn’t look away. Laclos – one of the oldest and most powerful vampires in London, 1000-odd years of attitude stuffed into the lean, supple body of a rock star. His very presence in the room exerted a gravitational pull. Already I could see people, humans and vamps alike, turning towards him with glances that held various overtones of lust or longing, as he simply leaned back against a table, surveying the scene with lazy satisfaction, drinking in the admiration as his due.
I walked towards him and the two young vampires who flanked him tensed, but Laclos gave a tiny flick of his fingers and they melted into the crowd like mist. His bodyguards didn’t like me very much, possibly because I’d been fairly instrumental in the death of their predecessors – something like that tends to get a girl a bit of a rep. Laclos and I, it was pretty fair to say, had a little bit of a history.
Not that any of this showed in his expression as I approached. He wore the self-satisfied smirk of a man who knows he’s sexier and stronger than anyone else in the room, reclining against one of the tables – it takes a vampire to be able to recline while standing up – a half-full glass of wine in one hand and a glint of mischief in his eye. Much as I would like to say I was immune to the cliché, I felt my stomach tighten. Honestly, I’d never met a man who could lean so provocatively, it must be something in the hips. I stopped a couple of feet away – even at that distance, his proximity was playing havoc with my Sense, not to mention the rest of me. To my Sense, Laclos conjured up scotch and sex and cigarettes, Sinatra and louche living, and I’m embarrassed to admit what an intoxicating cocktail that was, made all the more potent by the fact that he was so clearly aware of it.
Tonight he had eschewed his usual attire – the leather trousers and bare chest combo that should be ridiculous, but was actually hormone shredding – for a pair of black combats which bristled with straps and chains, and a t-shirt so tight it looked like it had been spray painted on, every muscle of that impossibly sculpted torso plainly visible. He’d finished the look with heavy black biker boots and thick leather and metal gauntlets on each wrist. They had a disturbingly manacle-like appearance, giving him the look of a man who, up until five minutes ago, had been suspended from a hook in a dominatrix’s dungeon. Then again, this was Laclos; that was probably just a usual Tuesday night for him. Or maybe he’d heard that vampires were over now and moved onto 50 Shades, I wouldn’t put it past him. He greeted me with a slight nod and his usual, ‘you know you want me and I admire your restraint in not admitting it ’ smile, and I responded with my usual weary sigh and an eye roll at Medea, who had clocked his arrival and was probably unique in the room in being utterly immune to his charm.
“Why, Cassandra, I see you look as exquisite as ever.”
Yes, he really does talk like that.
“And I see you left the Jim Morrison clobber at home this time. Are you supposed to be a punk, now? Does this mean in another 10 or 20 years you’ll actually be in fashion?”
His mouth widened as he caught himself in a laugh, and my Sense prickled at the flash of fang, remembering the feel of them cold on my neck.
“Fashion is for the ugly and the insecure, Cassandra. I am only interested in style. And, of course, sex.”
Oh, yes, he tends to be quite direct, as well.
And though I hated myself for letting him bait me, I still felt myself blush. I took a mouthful of Prosecco and hid my embarrassment by adopting the bored impatience I favoured in his presence.
“So, what are you doing here, Laclos? They run out of whips at the Pleasure Garden?” I asked, with as little grace as I could muster. “It’s not like you need a date.”
Unfazed, he twitched an eyebrow and held out his arms in that expansive, Christ-like gesture I had come to know so well.
“Why wouldn’t I be here? It is, after all, to all intents and purposes, my party.”
I took another long gulp of my drink. That was the other reason, of course, that Laclos walked around like he owned the place. He pretty much did. And there was nothing at all I could do about it – after all, you can’t sell your soul to the devil and then complain when he tries to collect.

Tracey Sinclair works as freelance copywriter, editor and legal directories consultant.  A diverse and slightly wandering career has included writing factsheets for small businesses, creating web content for law firms, subtitling film and TV and editing one of the UK’s largest legal directories. A keen blogger, she regularly writes for online theatre site Exeunt and science fiction site Unleash the Fanboy and her blog Body of a Geek Goddess was shortlisted in the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2011. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies and her short play Bystanders was premiered in 2011 as part of the CP Players New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre, London. She has published two small press books (Doll and No Love is This, both Kennedy & Boyd) before publishing the Dark Dates series.
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Redheaded Bookworm said...

OMG, I LOVE this series. The characters are funny and kick butt!

Denise Z said...

I hopped over to check out more about his series and it sounds like a real hoot. Definitely going on the wishlist. Thank you for sharing and for the treat of a giveaway opportunity :)

Olivia Trujillo said...

Really excited... I haven't heard of this book till now, it sounds like a new great read. Love love the excerpt

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