Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blaze Ignites by JL Madore: Character Interview and Excerpt


 





Hello Readers!  Today we have two characters  with us from Blaze Ignites. Each will be interviewed separately. Let's get right to it, shall we? 

Interviewing Jade Glaster-Caleblasse (spoilers)

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I've Flashed all over the world as a Talon Enforcer, but I've been talking to Reign about taking Galan, Tham and Aust to some of the places they've never seen. First, I want to take them to see the ocean. Highbornes love to swim and since they swim nude, who could argue. Castian has a private island we can go to in the Mediterranean so there would be no risk of exposure…ha ha…exposure of their naked bits as well as exposure of Elves living among us. And although I can't guarantee the same in Africa, I'd love to take the Highbornes on a safari. I think they'd all love it—but Aust especially.

 
Who is your favorite author?

I'm a fan of the classic gentleman, so authors like Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.


Tell us about your family.

Family is what you make of it. Until recently, my family consisted of my adoptive father, Reign, and my three siblings (also adopted) Lexi, Bruin and Julian. But after the Fates tossed my life into a blender and the shitstorm settled I found myself mated to Galan, with an instant Highborne family and knowledge that my biological parents were still alive…man, what a change.


What was the scariest moment of your life?

Being stuck in that root cellar. And I, uh . . . don't talk about that.


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A cow. I know, it's a hard dream to achieve, but I swear that's what I wanted.


What are your favorite TV shows?

Galan and I don't watch much TV. Honeymoon phase and all…lol.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Actually, Galan and I are secretly taking dancing lessons so we can wow everyone at Lexi's up-coming birthday bash. She's a leap-year baby, so we go all out on the years she can celebrate on her actual day. Looking forward to it.


What group did you hang out with in high school?

My brothers, sister and I were kind of the brat-pack of Haven. We weren't exactly bad . . . just had strong ideas. Well, Lexi might have been considered bad…but she got away with a lot because of who our father was.

 

Interviewing Galan Caleblasse (spoilers)

Do you play any sports?

Tham, Aust, Iadon and I have recently been recruited to play capture the flag with the Talon when they are letting off steam. I cannot say for certain if it is a sport, but our night vision, tireless running and ability to move among the forest unheard seems to be in high demand by the others. I am also considered to be skilled at archery, though again . . . is that a sport?


What are you passionate about these days?

Jade-passionate beyond all description, Lia-her recuperation worries me as her headaches persist, and Sentinel of Souls-I look very much forward to taking my place as Castian's representative to the innocent.


What do you do to unwind and relax?

Oftentimes, when Jade is teaching one of her classes, I enjoy running in the forest with my Highborne brothers or Faolan (Aust's wolf). Spending time with Lia, my younger sister. I also enjoy woodworking and carving. But by far my favourite non-Jade-related pastime is to tend to Ella. What a sweeting that young is.


If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

No one. Those in my past shall remain there. My future is where I am focusing and for the first time in my life I am accepted for who I am. Blessed be.


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

Both or either. Elves do not waste away our days like you lazy humans. A solid four hours of reverie equates the six to eight hours that humans sleep. Though if I were to lounge in bed for hours, I would hope that Jade was there to pass the time.

What would we find under your bed?

Likely Tham about to let off one of his pranks or mayhap Cowboy or Nash. It seems my Elven brother has found other tricksters who share his love of mischief.


What makes you happy?

Knowing those I love are well and happy themselves.


What one word best describes you?

Loyal

 

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

I should think extravert, though if I were standing next to Tham, I am certain that would change. No one has the gift of social ease that my brother possesses. He is a true marvel of a male.






Blaze Ignites
Scourge Survivor Series: Book 1

JL Madore

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

ISBN: 978-0-9916763-1-6

Number of pages: pdf- 276, epub- 172

Word Count: 107,000

Cover Artist: David Wysotski



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Book Description:

Blaze Ignites blends strong, clever women and tough, sexy men in a fast paced, volatile cocktail of action, seduction and wicked humour.

"Destiny my ass." Jade Glaster refuses to believe the Fates rule her life. Orphaned after an attack by Scourge soldiers, a young Jade vows never to be powerless again. Once grown and strong, wielding the affinities of fire and healing, Jade protects innocents as an enforcer for her world's elite policing agency—The Talon.

When an emissary mission to reinstate a race of exiled Elves brings Galan into her life, Jade finds herself overwhelmed by new passions, some welcome, some not. Although Galan's antiquated views on women offend her to her heated core, when the Scourge attack his family, she helps him navigate the outside worlds he knows nothing about—the magical Realm of the Fair and, stranger still . . . the modern streets of Toronto.

Through their sensually charged pursuit of justice, Jade discovers that when dealing with the Fates—destiny is never random.






~ Chapter 1 ~


Gun versus wand.

Lexi and I saw the standoff escalating beyond the crush of half-naked, leather-clad bodies on the dance floor. The patrons of the tavern, human and not, ceased shimmying to the techno-rock of the house band and drew wands and daggers in every direction.
"Let us through people." Raising my palms I called my powers. "Castian, come to me." A surge of arcane energy lifted my hair as my affinity awoke. "Down!" I shielded Lexi and avoided the white-gold energy bolt zinging past our heads. It hit the mirrored wall over the bar, bursting into a shower of sparks and jagged shards.
A shot rang out. Shit.
Magic buzzed and crackled in the air like a bug-light in August. I threw out some heat to part the remaining sea of bodies. Ignoring the sneers of rubberneckers, we pushed through and my sister and I joined the altercation.
A scruffy, brute of a man sporting a bandana stood, gun poised, staring straight into the wand-tip of one of the Academy of Affinities' fifth-year wizardry students.
"Problem, gentlemen?" I asked, easing into their circle.
With shoulders rigid and wand steady, the student, Nash Blackpaw, focused straight ahead. "Jade, this asshole thinks he's dragging my friend back to the Modern Realm."
I assessed the native girl shielded behind his back. She looked shaken but unharmed.
"I don't think," the brute hissed. "This is a family matter. Jade is it?"
Pushing down the urge to wipe the amused sneer off the bastard's face I tried to remain professional. "Jade is what friends and students call me. You can call me Blaze. That is my official nom de guerre."
I held up my wrist and revealed my Talon brand. Cold, sharp eyes narrowed on my copper skin as the trademark golden hawk of a Talon enforcer appeared. "Sir, you are armed with intent to do harm on Haven grounds. This entire mountain is a sanctuary. According to Fae law, the girl is welcome to claim refuge here."
"Screw the laws," he spat, shifting the business end of the gun toward me. "Fae laws force our race to live in the Modern Realm—force us to hide who we are as if we're worth less than those fucking humans. The gods won't care about one worthless runaway. Tell your boy here to lower his wand and we're gone."
Catching Lexi's eye, I glanced toward the girl and my sister dissolved into the crowd.
"Again, that would be no." The muzzle of the gun pointed at my chest at an almost point blank range. My skin tingled warm. I pushed back my temper. "I know how you must feel—"
"You know nothing," he snapped, spittle flying. "You are human."
With his full attention on me, I wove more persuasion into my words. "As a Talon enforcer, I ensure the laws of both realms are upheld. You smuggled a gun from the Modern Realm onto sanctuary grounds. There's no chance you're leaving with the girl. The Portal Gates are sealed for summer solstice and you have things to answer for. Your only option here is to lower your weapon."
My suggestion had the barrel wavering. He clutched the grip with both hands and stabilized it. His jaw clenched as his index finger tightened on the trigger. I gave another push of energy and when I thought I was at my limit, I pushed further. Perspiration beaded across his furrowed brow. I held on. Needles of pain ran through my jaw as I clenched my teeth. After another minute, the Glock clattered to the tavern floor.
He lunged.
My feet left the ground as his shoulder caught my cheek. Something solid connected with my ribs and I hit the dance floor in an awkward half-twist. My back connected with the wood plank right before my head bounced. I was still seeing white splotches bursting in front of my eyes when the brute's staggering weight lifted and two Were-lion bouncers took control.
One snatched the weapon and shoved it into the waistband of his jeans. His litter-mate grabbed the guy's thick arms and wrenched them back until I expected to hear the snap of bone. Rumbling like a storm cloud, the pair of Weres cable-tied the guy's hands and signaled to everyone that the show was over.
"And a good night was had by all." Lexi rolled her amethyst eyes and offered me a hand up. 






About the Author:



September 2009 marked the beginning of my journey with writing paranormal/fantasy romance novels. After spending a year hiatus in Panama with my family, I returned to Ontario relaxed and ready to let stories flow from my mind onto the page. The only problem was—I didn’t know a thing about the craft of writing.
 

Almost four years later, after dozens of workshops, reading hundreds of books, joining a writing community and two critique groups, I've won two writing scholarships and believe I've got a handle on what I’m trying to say and the voice with which I want to say it.

Currently, I am working on the five book Scourge Survivor Series as well as a darker, erotic/romance paranormal series currently called Watchers of the Grey.



Website: www.jlmadore.ca



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1 comment:

JL Madore said...

Good morning Laurie and thank you for hosting a stop on the Blaze Ignites blog tour. I also love comments, so if anyone has anything to say, I'd love to hear it.
Blessed be,
JL Madore