September 18, 2020

Featuring characters from Leading the Pack

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guests are featured from Leading the Pack by David J. O'Brien.

Say the word, Boss,” Justin said, almost panting. “I’ll rip his throat out.”

Patrick smiled. Justin showed exactly how much he wanted to spill blood by calling Patrick Boss.

“No, Justin. You will say the word.” The word would be the last this man heard.

The word was werewolf.


In the Silver Nights Trilogy, a pack of werewolves live among us, hidden in plain sight. Their identity must remain a secret – unless exceptional circumstances occur. 

Once the secret is revealed, the word Werewolf spoken aloud, death is usually imminent. 

In the second book of the trilogy, Leading the Pack, new Alpha Patrick must control his pack and ensure they keep the word werewolf unsaid, but it’s not always possible.

Leading the Pack, Silver Nights Trilogy, Book Two by David J. O'Brien

Alphas aren't elected; they're self-selected.


Life has been good since Paul McHew left his werewolf pack twenty years ago and married Susan. Patrick is the eldest of their four children and feels the pull of the full moon earlier than his father had.

Patrick itches for the city, but things have changed since his father's time. The economy is booming and everyone has a smart phone. But in a post 9-11 world, where security cameras abound, everyone is being watched.

Patrick must make the city streets his own as the eldest of a new generation. To do that, he must learn to control his own impulses, and those of his pack mates, if he hopes to become their leader.

Encountering a potential mate and facing a definite rival, can Patrick be the alpha everyone expects him to be?

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Excerpt from Unleashing the Pack:

Patrick McHew strolled along a quiet street at sunset. A spring shower had cleared the air and left small puddles on the uneven pavement. Strings of horse chestnut petals lay along the gutters. The old trees standing up out of the concrete and asphalt shed no perfume into the coming night, but Patrick yet smelled the fallen flowers among the other scents emanating from the street.

He passed a kid of ten or twelve cycling around in circles on a BMX. A block away a young man in his twenties lingered on a corner. He watched Patrick approach, then turned away. An unspoken agreement had been reached. Patrick strolled past as if the man was as much a part of the street furniture as a lamppost or traffic sign.

Further on, a small group of teenagers leaned against the railings of a small park. Two of them pushed themselves from the railings and stood in the middle of the sidewalk. The other three stayed where they were, but stared fixedly at Patrick as he neared. Patrick instantly saw they were different. They dressed in the same kind of clothes—pants hanging down just as far—but these teens were from the suburbs. While the drug dealers and local street kids let Patrick and his friends pass through their territory the same way they let the trains and buses pass, these kids wanted to interact negatively.

Released to the city on the pretence of going to the cinema or some such legitimate pursuit, he surmised, their parents never discovered they found violence more diverting than the movies. These thugs always picked on weaker people and those in smaller groups, so they never went home with bruises.

Tonight they would.

The farthest one shifted his stance and took out his cell phone. Still leaning against the railings, he started to film the proceedings. Another annoying trend among the youth; posting their exploits on the Internet, even when those exploits were beating up other kids or stealing hats from strangers.

"What's goin' on?" one of the two blocking his way asked.

Patrick kept walking. He was now ten feet away and quickened his pace.

"You walkin' on my street?"

"You got to pay the toll," the other added.

Patrick shook his head, wondering where they'd got that line. It sounded like a bad eighties movie. The nearest two thugs let him pass without speaking; they wanted to surround him.

"You talkin' to me?" Patrick asked the nearest teen, imitating DeNiro. Before waiting for a reply, he lashed out. The heel of his palm slammed sideways against the teen's nose, shattering it in a spray of blood. The thug doubled over, holding his gushing face and cursing.

Patrick kept walking, lengthening his stride.

The others stared at their injured companion for a second, too shocked to react. The thug with the phone spun on his heel to follow Patrick as he passed by, his mouth agape.

When Patrick was already five yards away, they began to run after him.

"You'll fuckin' pay for that," one shouted.

Patrick began to jog, then broke into a run.

As he skirted around the block, he yipped loudly. The pursuing teens took this as a cry of fear. They started yelling, breaking into sprints after him.

Patrick looked behind and laughed. He ran fifty yards down the next street and then cut into an alleyway, the gang of youths at his heels.

As he passed by a dumpster, Patrick saw two men standing behind it. He pulled up short. Above him, on a fire escape, another five men stood.

One of these dropped to the ground behind Patrick.

Patrick turned around. The figures at the dumpster stepped out of the shadows. They smiled at Patrick.

He grinned back. "Say hello to my new friends."

The teens thundered into the alley and came to a halt when they saw Patrick had stopped.

When they saw the men step out from behind the dumpster they spread out, ready for a fight.

Then the other four figures dropped from the fire escape, landed light as cats on the asphalt.

It was five against eight, now.

The youths looked at one another and in unspoken agreement began to back out of the alley. Behind them, however, two more shadows materialised into the shapes of men, and slowly approached.

Patrick glanced right and left at the men now standing beside him; his own gang, his pack.

September 14, 2020

Featuring Tavish MacLean from The Sins of the Sire

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Tavish MacLean of The Sins of the Sire by Emily Royal.

“Please, Elyssia, I beg you. I cannot continue on this path of vengeance. You’re not my enemy. Did you not once tell me that were I to embark on the path to vengeance I would have to dig many graves, including my own? For myself, I care not, but I must stop now before it’s too late, for there is one grave I have no wish to dig. Yours.”

Tavish, the hero of the novel, is motivated by vengeance. He pledged before the whole of his clan, to avenge the death of his beloved sister at the hands of an English nobleman, by abducting Elyssia, the nobleman’s daughter. But faced with Elyssia’s fortitude and courage, despite her captivity, he realises he can no longer deny his feelings for her, and begins to question his motives and his duty to his clan. This quote comes from a scene where he asks Elyssia to stay with him—as his lover, not his prisoner.

The Sins of the Sire by Emily Royal

Two years ago, English noblewoman, Elyssia De Montford, risked her life to free the Highlander held prisoner by her sadistic fiancé. She cannot forget the man who first stirred her heart–a memory that burns anew when she finds herself once more on the road to Scotland.

Tavish MacLean has sworn vengeance. It’s been six years since his beloved sister was raped and murdered by an English lord, a tragedy which almost destroyed his family. On his deathbed, his father demanded retribution and Tavish pledged before his clan to enslave the lord’s daughter then send her back to her father, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. When he learns that she is travelling north, he seizes his opportunity and orders her abduction.

But when his men fling the prisoner before him, Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life. Loyalty to his clan trumps the debt he owes her and he claims Elyssia as his captive. Though she’s one of the hated English, her willing body ignites passion in him at night, though she fights him at every turn during the day. As time passes, he questions his loyalty, finding himself increasingly enthralled by his fiery captive.

Treachery surrounds Clan MacLean. When long-buried secrets come to light, Tavish must risk his life and his clan, or all that he holds dear will be destroyed.

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September 11, 2020

Featuring Skylar Landis from One Night in Minneapolis

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Skylar Landis of One Night in Minneapolis by Margie Church.

The familiar voice from behind Skylar rekindled her anger. Marcie. You do wear the balls in your family. Eight months pregnant and still fighting your lame husband’s battles for him. What a woman.

She faced Marcie. “Of course they are concerned for me. No matter my age or rank, I’m still their child. However, they respect my choice even when they can’t know much about where I am or what I’m doing. They’re a proud Marine family that supports their soldier.”

One Night in Minneapolis by Margie Church

Marine Major Skylar Landis doesn’t resemble the demure Catholic high school girl Vince Andersen once knew. They’d dated briefly until she'd patched things up with his nemesis, Ethan Standfeld. After school, she joined the Marines and they’d lost touch.

Their ten year class reunion in Minneapolis brings Skylar face-to-face with Vince, awakening her memories of the past. She asks him to plan a hot, no-strings attached hook-up to sustain her sexual fantasies while her intelligence unit is deployed to the Middle East. As their adventure unfolds, and he gives her exactly what she needs, Skylar wonders whether she can forget the man who put her desires first and asked for nothing in return.

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September 4, 2020

Featuring Ally Reynolds from Earthbound

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Ally Reynolds from Earthbound by Melora Johnson.

"It would have been a very intimate moment if I weren't covered in chicken blood..."

Earthbound by Melora Johnson

Ally Reynolds is a veterinarian specializing in raptor rehabilitation in New Hampshire. Other than one horrific incident in her childhood and a little extra “spark” for healing in her hands, both of which she has kept secret from even her best friend, her life has been singularly boring. It has also been extremely lonely. Ally longs for someone to share her life with, but how can she trust someone with her secret?

Matthew Blake, an ornithologist at Cornell University, calls Ally, asking for her help with an injured raptor. Matthew grew up in New Zealand and has lived around the world. He has read about Ally’s high success rates in raptor rehabilitation and suspects there is more to it than is generally known.

Matthew has some secrets of his own; he is a demon hunter. He suspects Ally’s healing powers could benefit him. He wants her to join him and thinks they’d make a great team.

Can Ally trust him or is he just using her? Matthew definitely has more secrets, and some of them are about her.

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August 28, 2020

Featuring A Mystery Character from Fated Always

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is a mystery character from Fated Always by Becky Flade.

“If you try to kick me, I’ll slice up your face, and I don’t want to do that. It’ll be harder on your parents and Sawyer if you make me cut your face. Understand?”

FATED ALWAYS by Becky Flade

Book 4 in The Fated Series


Friendship. Secrets. Murder.

When her best friend, Sawyer Gavin, roars into town on his motorcycle, Tala Gael thinks life couldn’t get any better. What she couldn’t have anticipated was his appearance heralding a time of change in her quiet, comfortable existence.

With her life turned upside down, Tala resists Sawyer’s advances, clinging to the familiar. Tragedy changes her mind, but as she takes the leap of faith into Sawyer’s arms, they find themselves suspects in a murder investigation. And Tala learns she’s not the only person in Trappers’ Cove keeping an impossible secret.

Jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have; envy is coveting what someone else has; and both can lead to murder.

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August 24, 2020

Featuring Fingin from Age of Secrets

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Fingin from Age of Secrets by Christy Nicholas.

In Age of Secrets, the main character, Fingin, is talking to his dog, Bran. They’ve just had to leave their home and are traveling through a strange forest, searching for shelter before night falls. “I already found someone who likes me, and he’s enough.”

Age of Secrets, The Druid’s Brooch Series, Book #8 by Christy Nicholas

Fingin had no drive in his life until he finds a half-drowned dog who becomes his best friend. That friend leads him to a cottage where a powerful woman sends him on a quest to find his grandmother. With his dog, Bran, and a donkey, Sean, they embark upon their journey. The problem is, his grandmother no longer seems to exist in this world.

Between falling in with a band of Fianna, nearly drowning in a river, and climbing to the rocky top of Skellig Michael, Fingin had just about had enough of this quest when some magical creatures sent him in the correct direction.

Once he finds his grandmother, he realizes nothing works out as it should have. She is far from what he remembers and even further from what he’d expected. And she entangled in a power struggle of her own and has little time to attend her wayward grandson.

Soon, a battle ensues, and Fingin is caught in the middle. He decisions will have long-term consequences for himself and those he loves.

Christy Nicholas, aka

Green Dragon, Artist and Author Website Blog

Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore

August 21, 2020

Featuring Hermione from One Night in Budapest

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Hermione from One Night in Budapest by Lucy Felthouse.

“Seriously? We’re going swimming outdoors in the snow?”

One Night in Budapest by Lucy Felthouse

An unexpected break-up means Hermione’s visiting Budapest alone. Determined to make the most of it, she goes on a night-time river cruise and meets Emil, sexy cocktail server. When he asks her out for dinner, she’s tempted, but she’s a long way from home and he's a complete stranger. She decides to take a chance, and what follows is an unforgettable night which will transform her life forever.

August 18, 2020

Featuring Gillian Davis from Dark Energy

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Gillian from Dark Energy by Addison Brae.

“Damn promises. Why do I make promises that always get in the way of my own happiness? I’ll keep my promise and never let Pinkie down, but why do I always consider everyone else before me? Rule nine of my new fresh start—remember me.” 

This is the ninth of ten rules Gillian creates for herself to help avoid life’s land mines.

Dark Energy by Addison Brae

Cybercrime doesn’t talk. It creeps in and destroys lives right under Gillian’s nose when a cryptojacking scheme lands her boss, Pinkie, in jail. Gillian had just started over with a new career, boyfriend, and confidence after escaping a vicious murder investigation that shattered her ability to trust. Then Pinkie’s arrest leaves her struggling to run his two bars while also unraveling the conspiracy.

Gillian will not let her mentor and friend go down for something he didn’t do. Neither will Jon, the most talented musician on the bar’s stage and the perfect boyfriend...until his good fortune sends her reeling. Gillian forces herself to trust the cops, people who hurt her, and known criminals. Will it be enough to free Pinkie and save her life?

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August 14, 2020

Featuring Jack Slaughter from Slaughtered

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Jack Slaughter from Slaughtered by K.A. Lugo.

Jack doesn't really have a saying, quote or motto, but he is adamant about finding the person or people who took his family from him. In his mind, without his family, his life is useless. This is his internal monologue.

Without Leah and Zoë, he had nothing to live for.

Character Info

Jack Slaughter was once one of San Francisco's most decorated cops. Working in homicide, he and his partner and best friend, Ray Navarro, had taken down some pretty nasty characters. But the night his family had been taken from him—his two-year-old daughter and the family dog had been murdered and his wife is missing—he's been unable to keep himself from falling deeper and deeper into despair. He left the force and got his private investigator license so he can dedicate as much time as possible into finding out what happened to his family. And now, he has a stalker who tortures Jack every three months with texts telling him where to find his wife. Everyone of them a dead-end.

Slaughtered by K.A. Lugo

The Texter

Fallen San Francisco homicide detective, Jack Slaughter, closes the door on the home where his perfect family has been brutally snatched from him. Moving across the city, he works as a private investigator to fund his own investigation into what happened to his family—who killed his little girl, Zoë, and where is his wife, Leah?

Every three month for the last three years, Jack receives a simple text telling him where he can find his missing wife. There’s a body at each location, but none of them are Leah.

Jack hates missing person’s cases, but they’re his bread and butter. He only takes the case to find Carl Boyd's missing wife because the details of her disappearance closely match Leah’s. He hopes by finding Bonnie Boyd, he'll find his own wife.

The Butcher

Following the leads in the Bonnie Boyd case, Jack discovers someone has been killing women all over the city for the last three years, a fact Jack’s ex-partner and still best friend, Ray Navarro, has neglected to tell him. The city has a serial killer and officials haven’t been able to find a single lead on the person they’ve dubbed The Butcher.

Could Bonnie Boyd’s disappearance be linked to The Butcher? More important, was Leah one of The Butcher’s victims? Could he have gone so far as to murder a child?

With every clue Jack weaves together, the more his own life unravels.

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As a private investigator, he had never needed to carry a weapon. As proficient as he was with a gun, he was equally as lethal with his fists. Fortunately, he also had rare cause to use them. Physical violence was rarely called for when he was searching for missing spouses and lost pets. And when he worked security jobs, he opted for a baton and pepper spray over a gun every time. Less paperwork that way when taking down assailants.

Inhaling deeply to steady his nerves, Jack pulled the box toward him. The small dial built into the lid glared up, as if taunting him. Beside it were two small lights. The red shone now, telling Jack the box was securely locked.

Could he remember the combination? Of course, he could. How could he ever forget the date his life had changed forever?

He held his breath as he spun the dial one way, then the other, and back again until the red light turned green, telling him he’d got it right.

He hesitated before lifting the lid. He’d only ever planned on using the weapon three times—the first for the range qualification in order to keep his CCW permit up-to-date, the second when he found the person who’d killed his daughter and taken his wife. The third and last time he would make the ultimate sacrifice to be with his family again. Without Leah and Zoë, he had nothing to live for.

Author Bio

K.A. Lugo is a native Northern Californian who grew up in Carmel-by-the-Sea, part of a larger community founded by artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, George Sterling, and Jack London. Over the years, she's worked with several Carmel notables, but it was in 1997 she left the employ of Clint Eastwood to live in Ireland for six months. It was during this time she met the man she would marry, and relocated to live in Ireland.

While always writing since a very young age, K.A. earned her keep in Ireland as one of the country's foremost travel consultants who also wrote travel articles about Ireland.

Since 2005, K.A. has published fourteen titles in genres including romantic suspense, erotic romance, and cozy mystery as Kemberlee Shortland, and now thrillers.

Slaughtered is the first in the new highly acclaimed Jack Slaughter Thriller series, set in San Francisco, a city close to K.A.'s heart. Witness to Slaughter will be available summer 2020.

August 7, 2020

Featuring Lacey Devaine from Lacey Goes to Tokyo

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Lacey Devaine from Lacey Goes to Tokyo by C.H. Lyn.

"I drop my hand to my side. I meet my own gaze, staring back at me in the glass. I am proud of this body. The strength on the outside that matches my inner strength. I flex my arms, watching the muscles ripple. I tense my core, and the little pudge under my bellybutton hardens like steel. I turn to the side, and the faint outline of stretch marks on my hips catches the light.

I smile. At myself. At my transformation. At my success."

This isn't something the character says out loud, it's her narration during the scene. Lacey goes through the unimaginable in her youth. This section, and this paragraph specifically, illustrates how different she is now. She is not the girl who was abused, she is a strong, powerful woman, more than capable of taking down her enemies.

Lacey Goes to Tokyo by C.H. Lyn

International travel means international danger.

Lacey Devaine is a four-year veteran of a spy ring which fronts as an exclusive escort service, Miss Belle's Travel Guides. Maintaining her cover is Lacey's number one priority to protect the integrity of the operation she works for.

While on assignment in Tokyo, a nosy newspaper reporter threatens to blow the lid off a scandal that will put dozens of innocent lives at risk. To protect her cover, Miss Belle is called in to act on intelligence Lacey has uncovered.

Can these beautiful, intelligent, and deadly women complete this assignment in time and emerge unscathed? Or will this mission be their last?

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July 31, 2020

Featuring Chloe MacGregor from Warwick's Mermaid

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Chloe MacGregor from Warwick's Mermaid by Ellie Gray.

Her breath was coming in short, sharp gasps as she boldly faced the man standing in front of her. His penetrating gaze once again searched her face, a gaze that spoke of wanting to understand her. A gaze that had never once crossed Chris’s face. Chris. Chloe took a deep breath and turned her face away from Luke’s scrutiny, unaware that she was speaking until she heard her words whispered into the cool night air. “I’m worth more than that.”

Warwick's Mermaid by Ellie 

Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her. The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.

When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?

July 24, 2020

Featuring BOB from BOB

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is BOB from BOB by Tegon Maus.

"Is okay... I have cousin" 

BOB by Tegon Maus

Strange lights in the night sky. The baffling case of a woman locked in a basement and two words, repeated continuously by his friend and guide…’IS BELT.’

Peter Anderson is a newspaper reporter with a career on the slide. After 27 years he’s all but washed up and overlooked for the best jobs.

Sent to cover what seems like a mundane piece, about a series of strange lights in the night sky over Arizona, Anderson suddenly finds himself embroiled in one of the strangest events of his life.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the tedious job becomes a puzzling mystery. A mysterious young woman, trapped in a basement, diverts his attention from the job in hand. She is rescued by Anderson then promptly disappears before he can learn any more about her. And there’s still the lights.

As he returns to investigate them he uncovers more questions than answers. And then there is those two words, repeated over and over again…


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July 17, 2020

Featuring Senemut from Lady of the Two Lands

Welcome back to 'My Character's Favorite Quote.' This week's guest is Senemut of Lady of the Two Lands by Elizabeth Delisi.

"Little Warrior" is a term of affection that Senemut uses when talking to Hatshepsut. Here it is with a short excerpt.

“I understand, little warrior. You have been so brave! But we cannot live our lives in fear. We must be cautious, but we must go on.”

Lady of the Two Lands by Elizabeth Delisi

One minute, Hattie Williams is in a museum, sketching a gold necklace that belonged to Hatshepsut, first female Pharaoh of Egypt; and the next, she's lying in a room too archaic to be the museum, with a breathtakingly handsome, half-naked man named Senemut bending over her.

Hattie soon discovers she's been thrust into the body and life of Hatshepsut, with no way back to her own time. Tuthmosis, the heir to the throne, hates her; the High Priest of Amun and the commander of the army want to kill her and Tuthmosis; and the best bathroom facilities in the country are the equivalent of a cat-box.

To make matters more difficult, she's falling helplessly in love with Senemut, and soon, she's not sure she even wants to return home. To protect Tuthmosis from assassination, the lovers arrange to put Hattie on the throne. But, what should she do when she suddenly finds herself, an obscure artist from Chicago, crowned ruler of all Egypt?

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