So glad to have you here, Victoria. Care to introduce yourself a bit?
Hi, I'm Victoria Adams and I am super excited to be here at Melissa's [Insert clever quip here]. Why am I so excited? Today I'm announcing the release of my latest book – Dancing in Circles. It is book one in the Circles Trilogy series. And to celebrate, I brought along the hero of Dancing in Circles – Robert Holiday.
I promised him a beer if he'd sit down and chat with Melissa. So I'm going to step back and let you take it away, Melissa.
Does that mean I get a beer, too? *Shrug* Seemed appropriate to ask. Right, now let me just jump on in here. So Robert, I have to know, what made Julie any different from the other girls you've been with?
Oh fu…uh, jeez, where do I start? First day at Westland Prep, I walked into Biology and there was this girl. She's the only thing I saw. I mean, here's this gang member walkin' into such a rich-bitch (uh, can I say that??) school. I'm tryin' to be cool. Naw – I'm cool. Anyway, she was just sittin' there. I almost ran into the teacher's desk tryin' to look at her but not look like I was lookin' at her.
As I got to know Julie, what set her above the rest was her heart – her soul. She's beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. She has a huge capacity to love and the patience of – gawd, I don't know, but she managed to break down all my barriers.
Julie's the only person, who, when she first looked at me, didn't see a hot cool guy or a gang member, she saw me. And ya know what? That scared the hell out of me. And nobody's ever done that before.
Awww that's sweet. I don't suppose you have some hot friends, eh? Perhaps that like older women? *wink wink* Ha, just kidding. No, don't look crazy. Jeez. Okay, back to it. Now what plans do you have for the future?
*Eyes me suspiciously* I got all sorts of plans, but I don't think I can mention those here.
It's cool Julie ain't here. Cause she'd roll her eyes at me on that one.
My plans – get myself out of prep school, keep workin' at the ranch and keep lovin' Julie.
Secretly, I'd like to go to college and I wish I could get out of the gang – alive.
Wish I could offer you some help, dude. But I have a feeling all will work itself out. Perhaps you might could talk with your writer about that, hmm? How's it been living with Julie and her family? I know you haven't really had much of one yourself.
Weirdly cool. At first, her family pretty much hated me. 'Cept for her little sister, Ashley. We watched cartoons together. But her mom and dad – not so much on the likin' me thing. Her dad's a judge and he sent me to jail, so at first he saw me as nothin' more than a gang punk. Don't know how Julie convinced him to look past that and get to know me – not the gang member, but the person.
Her mom was pretty cool, after she got over the fear of me. For the first bit, I felt like I had a sign hangin' over me – Danger! Bad person alert!
Somehow, Julie convinced her parents to let me stay after I got healthy again.
Sounds like you have your own personal cheerleader in your corner, Robert. That has to be an awesome feeling. Sorry, but I have to ask this. What does the future hold for your gang, The Shoresmen? You don't have to tell me, if you'd rather not.
*Rubs his face and pinches the bridge of his nose, then sighs heavily* Ok – uh, didn't expect you to ask about them. Well, I gotta keep my eye on Marco. He's pretty pissed at me right now. I wouldn't be surprised if he tried somethin'. Somethin' really f'in' stupid and it'll probably involve Julie. The two gang leaders I fought - Blood and the other guy from Death's Desire – I put their leaders on my war council. Gotta keep'em close, so I can keep an eye on them. Had to put a couple of their guys in line, but other than that, things is same old - same old.
Jeez, man, sounds tough. Better you than me. Heck, let's move on to something brighter, eh? If you could whisk Julie away for a long vacation anywhere in the world, where would you take her? And what would you do there?
Well, pretendin' I actually had some bank so I could afford to take her anywhere. It'd be somewhere super romantic. Like a little island with a big beach and nobody else around. There's so much about her I want to learn. I just want to spend hours talkin' with her.
Ok, yea, I want to hold her and kiss her and stuff. Especially the stuff part. But I want to know what's going on inside her head. What are her hopes and dreams. Hell, I don't even know what her favourite food is. (Mine's beer, if anyone's askin'?)
Jokes aside, I wish I could release what's buried in me and maybe if we had some time I could tell her about the things that haunt me. Maybe she could hold me and scare the monsters away.
Especially the monster that keeps tellin' me that someday I gotta let Julie go. I have to give her up. Come on, gang member and prep school girl – that's like Romeo and Juliet. And that didn't work out so well, did it?
I suppose we'll have to see just what Ms. Adams has in mind for the two of you. Personally, I'm anxious to find out. It's been a pleasure talking with you, Robert. And thank you so much for letting me get a bit up close and personal with your main character, Victoria.
Great Job, Melissa and Robert. And Robert, your beer's in the fridge. You earned it. Thanks so much for letting me visit and announce my new release, Melissa.
My pleasure. :) Feel free to drop by anytime you like. And now for an excerpt, folks!
|Book One in the Circles Trilogy|
Excerpt: **Fair warning - contains profanity and gang violence**
"This is Frank Guiles for CBHY News. Our reporter, Jack Hanes, is currently in North Shore. He has some eyewitness, late-breaking news. Jack?"
The camera focused on a crouching reporter then panned over to an area where a group of men stood. It zoomed closer as the reporter spoke in a barely audible whisper. "Yes, Frank, we're in the field next to Bells Shopping Center. Both gangs are here, Devil's Blood is on the left of your screen and Shoresmen on the right."
As the camera focused on each group, Julie scanned the screen to find Robert. One man from each gang stepped forward and squared off. The screech of tires interrupted their stares. A tall male strode over and stood between the opposing groups.
The reporter looked at the camera. "We're going to open our directional mics to find out what's going on. I advise you to censor who is watching. The language may be offensive and this could get violent."
"Where the fuck did you come from?" The shortest of the three males spoke.
"None of your fuckin' business."
"It's Robert." Julie jumped out of her chair. "He's alive." She settled onto the edge of her seat, fists clenched and heart pounding.
Robert pushed the person to his left. "Move Marco. We got Pete's killer. Get out of here."
"You fuckin' disappear and then try to tell us what to do." Marco shoved Robert.
"I was tryin' to keep the god damn peace." Robert grabbed Marco's jacket then released it with a flick of his hands. "Now, get back or I'll take ya out here and now."
The two Shoresmen stood nose to nose. Marco blinked first and walked away. Julie released the breath she'd been holding.
Robert turned to the shorter man. "Juan, get your guys outta my territory, or I'll let my guys eat ya alive."
"You sure you got control of them?" Juan nodded towards Marco.
"He'll be dealt with. Now get outta here."
"Let's say, for the fun of it, you and I fight. Winner takes all." Juan stood tall, trying to appear threatening.
Robert snorted. "No problem. I ain't got no plans for the next two minutes."
Juan pulled a knife out of his jacket pocket. "Big tough guy. Thinks he's so fuckin' tough."
"I'll pound your face into the pavement and take your gang." Robert threw his arm out and pointed. "Just get the fuck outta here."
With screeches of brakes and slamming doors, several carloads of gang members lined themselves alongside the Blood gang. Another person walked over to the spot where Robert and Juan stood. He was almost as tall as Robert was. Even his long, unwashed hair added to the impression of height. His voice was too low for the microphone to pick up what he said.
"Fuck!" Robert shook his head and aimed his index finger at Juan. "Point for ya. I didn't realize ya was stallin'. I just thought ya was just fuckin' stupid." Robert shifted and yelled over his shoulder. "Blood and Death want Shoresmen turf."
The Shoresmen screamed obscenities and threw visual insults at the other gangs.
Robert waved his arms silencing them. "You'se guys sit. This is between me and them. Last man standing."
"Shoresmen rule!" A voice called out.
Robert raised his right fist. "Shoresmen rule!"
The leader of the second gang jerked his thumb towards Robert. "Who gets to go first?"
Juan sneered. "I've had to put up with this hombre for longer than you. I get the first crack at killin' the bastard."
Robert gave Juan a push. "Leave my lineage out of this."
Available for purchase at: Amazon
Book Two in the Circles Trilogy coming February 2013
Book Three, Circles Interlocked, is available at: Amazon
(Totally fun to type that, just saying)
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