January 19, 2014

Character Interview: Roman Cardiff from Love Entwined @Danita_Minnis #RLFblog #paranormal

Love Entwined 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Danita Minnis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Amelie's goal is the top of the jewelry designing world. Her orderly life comes undone when jewelry tycoon Roman steals her away on assignment to a remote English estate. He wants Amelie all to himself but St. Clair Manor's ghost has waited for her much longer than he has.
An unseen gunman takes a shot at Roman and he blames a business rival. But Amelie and Roman are to blame, for falling in love 200 years before in a time neither of them remember.
From the heartbreak of pre-Revolutionary France to modern day corporate wars, Amelie and Roman uncover a history of blood jewels, lust and demons.
When Amelie discovers her inner witch she learns the real reason she was summoned to St. Clair Manor. Il Dragone will kill to get her back. Amelie will kill if they do.

Interview with Roman Cardiff

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I call it Amelie. She wants me, I know she does, but her inner demons won't let go. I'm taking her to Yorkshire where there won't be an office full of people for her to hide behind. Just me, her and about fifty bedrooms. Of course, I'm not a sadist; I'll give her a running start and wait until she's more comfortable with her conscience.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
All things point to Amelie being in league with my business rivals, the Garamonde family. I sued them last year for patent infringement and now it seems they've enlisted Amelie to take more of my jewelry designs. Am I mad for wanting this thief? I might be, but then you haven't seen Amelie. I start out to ruin her rising jewelry designing career and then … well, you'll have to see how it goes. I'm just a man after all and her curves are hotter than Hades.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I must say I have always been a warrior of sorts. I'm a practical man and never would have thought I was a Roman warrior when I first met Amelie. We were sworn enemies back then, not much has changed in that regard. Add il Dragone demons to the mix and I'm struggling to remember what they are, what they want with my family. It's frustrating, how does a flesh and blood man fight demons? If only I could remember.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I didn't have a fear until I met Amelie. Now that I know what we meant to each other in the past, I know why we've met again. I am beginning to realize a new fear: the Cardiff legacy of lust, murder and blood jewels and what will happen if I can't stop the cycle in this lifetime.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Amelie thinks she is all business on the way to the top of the designing world. I have to laugh at that. Oh, she's an excellent designer, number two, after me, but that's not all there is to life. When I get her out of that suit and, say, into the secluded hills of Yorkshire, she comes alive. Not only is her temper French but so is her inner witch. I don't think I will let her go home to the states.
What would that person say about you?
Amelie would call me a playboy and rightfully so, but at least I know how to have fun. As a matter of fact, I remember a particularly fun swim session we had one late night. She tried to hit me with a beach ball. She paid for that. Let's just say it got me a bit closer to my goal, breaking down that barrier she holds up against men.
What is your family like?
There is a tragic story. My mother died giving birth to my still born sister. After that, my father lost himself in the business of running Cardiff Jewels. When he died, I took over and everyone thought it would be a disaster. I am here to tell you that a playboy can run a business and run it well. Just look at my numbers. I have no competition. And, would someone please tell me why I'm expected to get married just because I'm thirty-four years old and the head of Cardiff Jewels? I know, all you mothers out there are saying; it the money, you need some heirs. In good time. For now, what is wrong with loving women, and loving them well? Ah, this question is for the men out there. I already know what the mothers think, thank you.
What special skills do you rely on?
I am a wicked businessman, born with the talent to design jewelry that woman will give their all for (and have). I am not boasting, I don't boast. I deliver. Did I mention my silver tongue?
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
There is a question. I wouldn't want it to be the High Priestess, that snake charmer who I seduced one night in the Roman camps. The one who wants my soul, the one who summons the preternatural enemy of the Cardiff family, the oldest demon who all il Dragone serves. There is just one problem with keeping the High Priestess away; Amelie is the High Priestess reincarnated.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Is it over? Read it and let me know what you think.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Paranormal romancer living in the wrong era. I'm more comfortable around witches, soothsayers and ancient demons to conquer.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
Roman Cardiff literally came to me in a dream and would not go away. After three weeks of what I can only describe as my muse trying to get my attention in a very busy, real world, I succumbed.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I always knew Roman Cardiff was a powerful man. What I didn't realize was his family's connection to an ancient demon. As the story unfolded, it was clear Roman is not just an ordinary man, he is a Warrior of Light.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Excited about Roman Cardiff's jewelry empire and how it came about from a dream his ancestor had two hundred years before. As that ancestor is an important part of the story, it was that much more exciting to see Roman at the top of the game.
It was sad for me to write Roman and Amelie's tragic past life love story. It hurt as the truth does. I love these two and thought they'd been through enough over several lifetimes, but that's life.
Why do you write?
Writing is my passion. I enjoy creating worlds. I can't stop writing.
What do you want to write next?
I have a family who is bugging me. They have a ghost who lives with them and keeps interfering in their lives. They love the ghost, he loves one of their daughters and will leave only if she comes with him. That's what they need my help with so far. More to come!

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Author Bio

Danita Minnis grew up singing and once thought she would do that all her life. She soon found writing just as fulfilling and writes paranormal romance. She loves mystery, mysticism, the fantastic and the fey. She has published The Cardiff Novels, a series about one family's trials with vengeful demons, a legacy of ghosts and mysterious blood jewels. She is currently working on the third novel in the Cardiff series, which introduces the Cardiffs' connection to ancient vampires.
Danita is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is a lover of chocolate, a good, scary movie, kittens and pups - especially Siberian Huskies. When she is not writing, she exercises her lungs at her son's soccer matches and their favorite theme park, because everyone knows it's easier on the stomach to scream your way down a roller coaster.

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  1. Thanks so much for having Roman on today, Kayelle!
    He needed a fun day away from the top of the jewelry designing business, and he loves to talk about his obsession with that little French witch Amelie. :)

    1. Heroes are always welcome here. ^_^ Welcome back!


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