So, I’ve been wanted to interview Max and Sarah ever since TEMPTED came out, and I finally got a chance to sit down with them at a brand new coffee shop in my town. If you’ve read my earlier interviews, you know why I had to find a new coffee shop. Max arrived early and we got started. Here’s the transcript of the interview, with a couple of my thoughts thrown in:
ME: Thank you so much for meeting me here! I know how busy you are. Where’s Sarah?
MAX: Ah, Sarah’s on her own time schedule. She had some stuff planned with the queen and said she’d be here on time. But ‘on time’ for Sarah means about five to ten minutes late.
At this point I should probably tell you a bit about Max if you haven’t met him yet. He’s huge with a very slight Russian accent. A bodyguard to the king and then to Janie, Max is pretty formidable. Brown eyes, dark hair, and he has that tough guy look that makes people not bump into his chair in a coffee shop.
ME: Okay, that’s fine. So, you finally found your mate, huh?
Max blushed. I mean, he really blushed. Suddenly he went from looking like a hot killer to a sweet guy. I wanted to punch him in the arm or give him a noogy. I think I’m in love. (Yeah, I know he has a mate. But give me a second for a fantasy here.)
MAX: Yes. Sarah was being chased by some Kurjans, and I went after her to help. Well, there are a few more details involved there, but it’s Realm business and I can’t really talk about it. Um, is it hot in here?
ME: You know your story is in a book, right?
MAX: Aren’t you funny? There’s no book.
So Max doesn’t know about TEMPTED? What’s up with that? Then he stiffened and glanced toward the door. A curvy brunette skirted several tables to find her way to us. Max instantly held out a chair and she sat. Max introduced me to Sarah.
ME: Hi Sarah, thanks for coming. Max says you’re always late.
SARAH: (After elbowing Max in the gut). Not true. What did I miss?
ME: Not much. Max was just telling me about you running from Kurjans.
SARAH: (After giving a huge shiver). Yeah, I saw one, nobody believed me, and I was sent to an asylum. I escaped, and well…everyone came looking for me.
ME: I’ve heard the Kurjans are still a big threat and that they’ve upped their attempts to get to Janie Kayrs.
The air seemed to change around us. Max lost the charming look, his eyes glinting. Finally, I could see the Russian hunter Dage had trained to kill and defend. No way did I want to give the guy a noogy now. I shivered.
MAX: The Kurjans won’t get Janie. Ever.
SARAH: We have excellent security…there’s no way the Kurjans will come close. Max, stop scaring the nice reporter. Though, those Kurjans are creepy.
She shivered again. Max frowned and asked Sarah if she was cold. She said kind of. So Max offered to go tell the coffee shop people to turn up the heat. (Keep in mind, it was about 70 degrees in there). Sarah said no. So Max scanned the entire shop, decided it was safe, and headed off to get both Sarah and me some warm coffee.
SARAH: Yeah, I know. The war makes them all tense. But underneath the big, bad, tough-guy killer exteriors, the vampires are nice guys. Well, most of the time. Well, sometimes. Well, ALL the time with their mates.
ME: That’s nice for their mates. You’ve read Tempted. What’s your favorite line from the novella?
SARAH: That’s a great question! Well, we’d just met and he saved me from several scary Kurjans. Then he tracked me through the woods where it had been raining, and I was freezing when we found shelter. And, don’t tell him, but I was kind of scared of him. You should see him fight. Well, here’s the line:
Two strides and he shoved her over. “Don’t panic here, darlin’. But we’re about to snuggle.” Quick movements had him under the blanket, turning her to spoon against him.
SARAH: The idea of the big guy using the word ‘snuggle’ just threw me. He was so dangerous and so sweet at the same time.
ME: Okay, that is really sweet. So how is life at Realm Headquarters? You’re a teacher, right?
SARAH: Yes. Oh my goodness. I love teaching there. But I have to tell you, going from teaching a bunch of young kindergarteners to teaching humans and a bunch of young shifters is a huge leap. The shifters will shift right in the middle of class. I’m having so much fun!
Her eyes sparkled and her entire face lit up–and I could totally see why Max adored her. Yeah, they belong together for sure. Then Max returned and gave us both coffee, once again scanning the coffe shop for threats.
ME: What are you looking for?
MAX: Talen told me that trouble seems to follow you, and I’m looking for problems.
I started sputtering. I mean, really sputtering. The only trouble I’d ever had was caused by Talen causing problems.
SARAH: Don’t worry, Izzy. We all know that reporters have dangerous jobs.
Even the Realm women were in the dark? Then I noticed the amusement in her eyes. Oh. Yeah, she got it. So I shared a smile with her and nodded.
MAX: We have to get going in a minute because Conn’s heading over to Ireland to fetch his mate, and I’d like to say goodbye. Though I’m sure Conn will be home with her soon so we can keep her safe.
ME: Isn’t she a witch?
SARAH: Moira is a very powerful witch…and I don’t think she’s the type to be ‘fetched.’ Something tells me their meeting is going to have some powerful fireworks involved.
MAX: (After shrugging). Doesn’t matter, sweetheart. Love always wins…you know that.
At this point Max got a call and said they had to go. But that was all right with me…I’m heading out to pick up my copy of HUNTED. I SO want to see those fireworks. See you next time!