When scouring the WWW I often stumble on to great info about new books. About six weeks ago I stumbled upon a cover from the TIME RAIDER series and from there on I went on a hunt for more info. What I found intrigued me immensely, strong women throughout history seem to be at the foundation of this series and I could not control myself and poke at the authors for some info. Despite very busy schedules and deadlines two of them had a bit of time and graciously answered my questions.
I find that Harlequin often has series that captivate my attention and the TIME RAIDERS are just the latest in my love for the Paranormal series.
The Book:---------------------The Place:----------------- The Inspiration:
The Seeker (Book #1) ----- Rome ----------------55 AD – Servillia –– mistress of Julius Caesar.
The Slayer (Book #2) ------Persia ---------------5th Century BC – Artemisia ruler of Halicarnassus (near today's Bodrum, Turkey).
The Avenger (Book #3) ----Great Britain --------61 AD – Queen Boudica, Iceni fought against Rome.
The Protector (Book #4)---China --------------- 680 AD – Empress Wu Jao, the only female to rule China in her own right.
What is the TIME RAIDER series about? Read it ~here~
Read about the previous entries in this series; The Seduction - The Seeker & The Slayer ~here~
The authors of The TIME RAIDERS series have various contests, check them out ~here~
PC Cast – The Person:
What was the highlight of your week?
Finding my daughter’s missing dog this morning.
Last movie you watched?
If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
What is your favorite store?
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Grand Cayman Island
PC Cast – author of The Avenger
Q 1 Leontine: What was the first thing that intrigued you in participating in the Time Raider series?
A PC Cast: I loved the idea of being involved with a series written exclusively by women who have served in the military. And time travel has always intrigued me, so that was an added bonus.
Q 2 Leontine: What are the pros and cons of writing a series with multiple authors?
A PC Cast: Pros – there is a lot of creativity flying around and it’s great for brainstorming and feeding off each other. I’ve worked with Mary Janice Davidson, Gena Showalter, and Susan Grant on two anthologies Gena and I created the bible for, and learned then that it can be great fun playing in each other’s sandbox. Cons – authors are used to being in control of what they write and that sometimes translates into inflexibility, which doesn’t work well when you have to weave your story with other people’s versions of the same world/characters.
Q 4 Leontine: What is THE AVENGER about and who are the main protagonists?
A PC Cast: THE AVENGER is the third book in the Time Raiders series launch. Here’s the cover copy:
For Alexandra Patton, the Time Raiders project sends the reluctant psychic back to 60 AD Briton—a world where she can barely understand the accents, let alone its culture of brutality and superstition. Armed only with her “freakish” ability to talk to the dead, Alex must use all her gifts to entice Caradoc, a savagely sexy Druid warrior, into helping her succeed in her mission.
What they discover along the way is pure passion. Now, torn between duty and the man of her dreams, should Alex return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything to begin anew in this strange and mystical land?
Q 5 Leontine: The Time Raider series is at the foundation about exploring time periods and inspirational female characters throughout history. Which historical figure inspired your novel in this series?
A PC Cast: The main secondary character in THE AVENGER is the ancient warrior queen, Boudicca. I’d already researched her life while I was writing one of the first HOUSE OF NIGHT books (the YA series I co-author with my daughter, Kristin), so when I saw that she was one of my choices to revisit via time travel, I was excited and eager to head back to 60 AD and the Iceni tribe.
Q 6 Leontine: Can you give a small enticing excerpt from THE AVENGER?
It was spectacularly beautiful in Alex’s dream. The land around her was lush and so green it almost made her eyes ache. She’d never known there were so many variations of the color green! And the trees! Alex had never imagined trees they could be so big and thick and dense. Sure, her dream self had found a path through the incredible woods, but damn! It was like she’d conjured up a version of the Lord of the Rings movie set and plopped herself down in the middle of Rivendell. She recognized chestnuts and oaks and even something one of her professors would call a witches’ beech. They were all massive and had a look of untamed health – like a contractor would never even consider cutting them down to build a highway or, worse, a development of suburban double-income-all-basically-the-same houses.
Yeah, she’d definitely dreamed up her version of Rivendell. Now all she needed was to conjure Aragorn and she’d be all set. So while she waited for Aragorn to show up, Alex strolled through the lush woods.
Obviously, it was early morning – just barely dawn. The soft young daylight complimented the deep and varied green of the woods, making everything around Alex magical. She was following a small, winding path. On either side of the path the forest floor was spongy, carpeted with thick moss that looked so soft she started to have thoughts about pulling the tardy dream version of Aragorn off the path and having a roll in the moss with him. Or at least she’d do that when he finally showed up.
It was then that she heard the voice for the first time. At first it was just a faint sound coming from somewhere in front of her. Alex paused, listening hard and, sure enough, the sound came again. This time it was recognizable as a voice, a deep, strong, male voice.
Alex practically skipped down the path in glee. Back in the waking world she might be working on a raging hangover, but here in this gorgeous dreamland she was going to play Arwen to a handsome Aragorn. And in this world she was actually going to have sex. With someone besides herself.
The words finally became understandable, and they jolted Alex to a halt.
“Come back?” she said aloud, more to herself than to a randy, but invisible Aragorn. “But I haven’t found you yet.” The voice still came from somewhere in front of her, so Alex kept walking.
“Come back to me…”
Again, the compelling voice pulled her forward.
“I haven’t gone anywhere!” Alex shouted, annoyed at her dream self. She got more annoyed as mist started to pour in from the woods, creeping over the moss and washing across the deer path like unsubstantial fingers.
Alex usually liked fog. It had a romantic, mystical sense to it that appealed to her. Plus, it wasn’t like she was scared of any boogie men it might be hiding. She was way too familiar with ghosts to be freaked by them.
But there was something weird about this mist. It moved oddly, swirling around her body with tendrils of gray licking against her skin. It was almost liquid in its touch.
“Come back to me! I need you!”
He sounded like he was standing right in front of her, but by this time the fog was so dense that she couldn’t see through it.
“Where are you?” she called.
“I’m waiting for you! Come back to me…”
“I’m trying to find you! Where the hell–” Alex bumbled off the path and fell, face first, into the mossy ground.
Nothing of this excerpt may be used without the written consent of the author, P.C. Cast!!
Next month there will be an interview with the author of November's release: Merline Lovelace with THE PROTECTOR