June 20, 2013

Character Interview: Clint the #ZombieKiller @aria_kane #RLFblog

Once Upon a Darkness
Aria Kane, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Clint from the book, Once Upon a Darkness.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Kendra Egert http://creationsbykendra.com/
Length: novella
Heat rating: mild sensuality
Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.
Clint's only skill is war, but he's weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen's team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better.
On Clint's second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area. Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.
When Hank is taken, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Gretchen is in her mid twenties and she leads a team for The Company, an organization that escorts people through and rescues people from zombie-infested areas.
Clint is a few years older than Gretchen and has just left the Marines to join The Company.
Hank is Gretchen's twin brother. He's on her team and serves as the team's tracker.
Erik is the serious muscle of Gretchen's team. He's about the same age as the twins.


"Can we try something else?" Clint swung the practice sword in a wide sweep. "I think I got this motion down."
"When you're facing a crowd of zombies, there's no time to think," a woman's voice said behind him.
He spun, sword in hand. She lunged at him. He had enough time to register pale skin and straight white-blonde hair atop a lithe frame before her arms crashed into his shoulders with shocking force. Air rushed painfully from his lungs as his back hit the ground. His sword rattled out of reach. She crouched on top of him, somehow holding him down with not much more than a hundred pounds to her. Eyes the color of ice on an Alaskan glacier stared back at him.
"If I were a zombie, you'd be a three-course meal right now." The woman, who was maybe a few years younger than him, snapped her jaw and laughed.
"Or a new zombie, yourself," another male voice said. Clint looked over her shoulder to find the male version of his attacker standing about twenty feet back from the scene. Next to him, a mountain of a man smirked with amusement. All three of them were nuts.
She shaped her hand like a gun and pressed it to his forehead. "No, I'd kill you before I let that happen." She said it casually, like telling someone lunch was ready.
"Thanks?" Was this some sort of weird initiation?
The woman leapt to her feet and yanked him up after her. She tapped the back of his skull. "When you're attacked, your lizard brain takes over. You have to do something like a sword swing or a roundhouse kick thousands of times so that it becomes instinctual. Hesitation is fatal." She punctuated her words with practiced movements; the swinging of an imaginary sword and a roundhouse kick aimed at the practice target.
"Right." He had known this, of course, but had forgotten it in the absolute boredom of swinging the sword the same way for hours.
The woman stood there with her hands on her hips as if she were waiting for some kind of applause. He didn't know what else to say that would keep her from jumping him again. Though, now that he got a good look at her, maybe he wouldn't mind another roll in the dirt. She was tall, with long legs bared by khaki shorts. A tiny white tank top stretched over a black sports bra that definitely earned its keep. Lean muscle stretched along the full length of her arms, torso, and legs. Strapped to her legs and waist were weapon holsters of all varieties that - in his mind, at least - only made her sexier.

"What are you, Zombie Slayer Barbie?"
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Interview with Clint

Tell us about yourself.
Not too much to tell, really. I grew up with a good extended family and joined the Marines when I was eighteen.
Tell us about Gretchen.
She's the most incredible woman I've ever met. You know the first time we met, she tackled me and promised to shoot me? Yeah, I guess that doesn't sound great, but she meant it in the best possible way.
I just wish she'd open up to me.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I don't lose my cool.
What would Gretchen say is your biggest weakness?
I'm not sure about biggest weakness, but she sure gets pissed when she tries to pick a fight with me and I don't react. I think she just likes to fight.
What was it like where you grew up?
I don't know if I remember what it was like before the virus. Sometimes I think I have a memory of my dad, but I couldn't, right? I was too young.
Both sets of grandparents and my aunts and uncles lived in Orlando, which was one of the first Safe cities, so we moved in with them about a year after the outbreak. It was crowded and loud.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I wish my sister was still here. And, if I can be greedy, my dad too.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
My mom tells me they used to say, "If you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you?" I don't know much about him, but I'd definitely take out the bastard who created the virus.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
The minute right after I wake up next to Gretchen, before the world catches up with us.

About the Author

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. She lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a Chihuahua. She is the author of Once Upon A Darkness and A Titan For Christmas. You can learn more about her at ariakane.com
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A Titan for Christmas, a sci-fi romance novelette.

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  1. Thanks for having me, Kayelle!

  2. You had my interest hooked with "abandoned to a zombie horde." Who doesn't want to know more after that?


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