Cate: Please welcome Karen Michelle Nutt. Karen, will you please share a short bio with us?
Karen: I live in California with my husband, three fascinating children, four dogs, three cats and a guinea pig. Jack, my Chihuahua/Yorkshire terrier is such a sweet pooch. He’s my writing buddy and sits long hours with me at the computer.
Time Travels have been a passion of mine. I have always been intrigued with the possibility of being able to reach back in time and change the past. Common sense says influencing the past isn’t impossible, but I can’t help but wonder: What if I can?
Vampires, shape shifters and Fallen Angels embrace my darker side, where their worlds intertwine with ours.
Cate: Tell us about your latest release and where it's available.
Karen: I have a new fallen angels series in the works: Warriors For the Light. All stories will be released in e-book formats and Print. Eli’s story is the first and is available at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/tags-on-product/B003V4B48O/ref=tag_dpp_cust_edpp_sa
There is a legend passed on from generation to generation among the Fallen. If one of the brethrens finds their true soul mate, they’ll not suffer damnation, but shall find eternal happiness. They are known as the Warriors For the Light.
The humans have a legend, too. A brush of an angel’s wing is a blessing, a binding of their love. Her life will be his and his will be hers, forevermore.
Cate: Sounds incredible. Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Karen: Eli is being tried by the Elders for breaking the rules and forming a relationship with a human. He didn’t go easily and is banged up a bit and his hands are bound.
Eli turned back to face the elders. “If one of the brethren finds their true soul mate, they’ll not suffer damnation, but shall find eternal happiness. We all know the legend and I believe it’s true. I won’t give her up.”
“No?” Chaz turned on him. “You say no. You have no choice. You stay away from the human or we will strike her down, then we’ll deal with you.”
“There can be another way,” Elder Lailah said, using her power to calm the room. Warmth bathed Eli and his limbs relaxed. Even Chaz seemed calm as he looked at her and she continued. “On Ol’ Hallow’s Eve, the veil between worlds is thin and all beings may walk the same path, be them preternatural or human. Ole Hallow’s Eve is today. Eli has broken no rules this day.”
“You twist the rules to save him, dear wife, but what of tomorrow? What of next week?” Chaz lifted his hands. “What say you to that?”
Elder Lailah’s lips curved. Obviously, she had an answer. “He says the female loves him. Perhaps glamour did not play a part in the affair and the human was drawn to Eli’s arresting dark looks and his engaging wit. Let’s see if what he says holds true. Bind his glamour and send him back with only his human attributes at work. Send him to a time before she knew who he was.” She lifted her slim shoulders in a shrug and sat back in her seat, meeting Eli’s gaze. “See if she falls in love with him without the magic of his gift. If her soul recognizes him, then his life with her was never a lie.”
Bind his glamour? That meant they would bind his wings. Eli’s mouth felt suddenly dry. He’d be defenseless as a human, too, but if he could be with her it would be worth the sacrifice. He straightened his back with resolve. “I’ll do it.”
Chaz paced as he thought over what Lailah suggested. The elder never made rash judgments and wouldn’t be rushed now. The crowd surprisingly was quiet. It was as if all held their breath for the final say of his fate.
Chaz finally stood still, his gaze pinning him down with a fierce look. He had the feeling the elder would much rather kill him than deal with what he felt would be a farce. Chaz glanced at his wife, his features softening for a moment. His eyelids closed, the thick lashes were surprisingly dark against his skin when his hair on his head was a light shade of bronzed gold. When he opened his eyes again, the decision was made. His gaze narrowed in on Eli once more. “So be it.” With a wave of his hand, magic poured from his fingertips and landed on him, bathing him with warmth. The binds around his wrists vanished. Bones knitted together, bruises faded, making him whole.
Eli stood and spread his dove colored wings wide, testing them. He looked at the elder with a raised brow, confused to why the elder healed him.
“That is all the favor you shall receive,” Chaz told him. “From now on there will be no healing yourself in an instant from major injuries. You will have no powers.”
“I thought you were going to take my wings.” He probably shouldn’t have pointed out that fact, but his tongue obviously didn’t know when to keep quiet.
Chaz’s lips curved, but the smile didn’t reach his eyes. “Oh but I am. Remove your shirt so I may see your wings where they’re attached to your flesh. There can be no human concealments for the binding ritual.”
Eli swallowed the lump in the back of his throat and did as he was told. He dropped his T-shirt at his feet and stood straight, his gaze focused in front of him. Chaz circled around him, his fingers caressing his newly healed wings. “Are you sure?” He stood close and his words only reached his ears, giving him one last chance to change his mind.
He found happiness in Ryden’s arms and he knew he gave her joy, too. For him there was no choice but to accept the challenge the elders put before him. He nodded. “Yes, I am sure.”
Chaz sighed and shook his head. “So be it then.” He stepped behind him and the ancient words left his lips to the rhythm of a Gregorian chant.
Blinding pain exploded from Eli’s shoulder blades, sweeping down to his lower back and nausea rose in his throat, threatening to choke him. Staggering, he went down, falling to his knees with his hands on the floor bracing him. Oh God, he was going to die. His wings were melting into his skin and the burning flesh hit his nostrils with the sickening scent. He lifted his head to the heavens and let out a deep guttural cry for mercy.
Cate: Wow, that was great. What inspired you to write about the theme?
Karen: The Dead Sea Scrolls were the inspiration for The Warriors for the Light series. I was intrigued with The Book of Enoch. It’s about the Fallen Angels called the Grigori or Watchers. Of course all my tales are a figment of my imagination and I leaned toward a more romantic view for them.
Cate: Very cool. How do you develop your plots and characters?
Karen: I like to have a background for my characters. For my fallen angels, they didn’t fall from heaven and lose their wings like some of the more traditional stories betray them. They are the Grigori/Watchers, the half-human, half-angel beings. In my stories the Watchers are shifters. They can walk among us in their human form, but have the capability to shift into their more angelic form with wings and all.
Cate: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Karen: When I’m writing the story, they do. Sometimes, I have a difficult time falling asleep because the characters are anxious to be heard. lol
Cate: What's next for you?
Karen: I’m working on Lucca’s story for the Warriors for the Light Series. He’s the villain in Eli’s book so he has a lot to atone for in his tale.
Cate: Any other published works?
Karen: Time Travel Romances: Creighton Manor, A Twist of Fate, At the Stroke of Midnight, and Lost in the Mist of Time
Otherworldly: Moon Shifter (werewolves), Autumn Moon (Vampires), Destiny’s Prerogative (were-jaguars)
Short stories: Second Time Around Anthology: The Spirit of Love is my ghostly tale with a twist.
Black Donald’s Coin, A Heart of Warrior, Shattered Illusions
Coming soon: A Sensual Halloween Collection, my story is “Legend of Tempest Gate Cemetery”
Cate: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Karen: The most challenging is finding time to write and staying focused. I have a day job, husband, kids and very spoiled pets to keep me busy. The Internet and the yahoo groups lure me away from my writing, too. Lol
The most rewarding is when a reader tells me how much they enjoyed one of my stories.
Cate: Whew! You are one busy lady. :)
Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Karen: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series is my favorite time travel novels. I love J.R. Ward’s books (Black Dagger Brotherhood series.) Gotta love the brothers. The Olympians by Guy Bolton. This is a poignant love story between the poet Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin. Unfortunately, I believe it’s out of print. The copy I have was printed in 1961. It was a Library discard, but a treasure to me. Stress of her Regard by Tim Powers is another favorite. A man wakes up to find his bride murdered and seeks help from his friends who happen to be the poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelly. The author weaves the poets’ writings into the book as if their poems were true accounts of their experiences with the lamia (vampire type creature.) Definitely a chilling adventure. I could go on and on. There are so many authors’ works I love. I have six overflowing bookshelves to prove it. lol
Cate: Where can you be found on the web?
Karen: You can find me at: www.kmnbooks.com
http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com or of course I’m on facebook (under Karen Michelle Nutt), myspace and Twitter (KMNBooks).
Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Karen: What are your favorite paranormal tales you can’t get enough of? Do love Vamps? Werewolves? Shifters? Angels? Dragons? If you could become any paranormal being, which one would you choose and why?
Cate: Readers, Karen is giving away a copy of Eli to a random commenter... so start commenting. Karen will draw the winner’s name, notify the winner and post the winner’s name here.
Thanks for being my guest, Karen! Best of luck with all your projects.