Cate: Please welcome Sabine Priestley to my special Halloween celebration. Sabine, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Sabine: Hello and thanks for having me! Today especially as it’s my book birthday! I write Science Fiction Romance and a mash of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal. I love Halloween for the myths and mystery that surround it. I also love going crazy with decorating. Skeletons, skulls, rats, carved pumpkins and giant spider webs. I can’t get enough.
Cate: Happy book birthday! So, in keeping with the spirit of the season, have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Sabine: Quite a few, in fact. One of my favorites has to do with possible aliens (of course.) I was maybe ten or eleven and attending Colvig Silver Camps in Colorado for the summer. We were the oldest campers in a cluster of old west themed cabins up on the hill. One night the counselors left us in charge while they had a meeting in the main house down the road. We were gathered in one of the cabins when one of the younger girls saw “a face” peering in the window. She freaked out. Said it wasn’t human and went into shock. Scared the shit out of everyone. We somehow selected two girls to run down to the main house and get help. (Probably should have had an emergency phone in that cabin.) I have to admit I was glad I wasn’t one of the volunteers. They took that poor girl to the hospital but she was ok. The next day when we went down to the outdoor breakfast area on the edge of a field we found (you can guess, right?) a perfect ring maybe six or eight feet in diameter (the ring itself was probably a foot wide) burned into the field not far from our tables. If it was a hoax, someone did an extraordinary job on that ring.
Cate: Wow, that’s *very* spooky! How about a ghost tour, ever gone on one? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Sabine: Not really. We did do a rock and roll tour in London one rainy night. Lots of dead musicians were discussed. That counts, right?
Cate: Oh, I’m so envious! What fun that must have been.
Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Sabine: My latest, Rebellion, releases today! It’s book two in my Alien Attachments series. You can find it here: Amazon
Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Sabine: Sure. One of my favorite bits of tech in this world are the sim rooms used for training. Here’s a taste of what they’re like.
It was she and Dani’s turn to hold their base. Ian and Armond flushed the surrounding area. Ian was ahead in kills, but so far, she and Dani were ahead on team saves. So as usual, the women were keeping them alive, and the guys were shooting things.
Ria wiped the sweat from her eyes. “We need to pick a desert next time. This humidity sucks.”
“You get used to it,” Dani said.
The bushes to their left rustled, and both women swung their lasers in the ready.
Ian stepped out, and Ria sparked with envy when he grabbed Dani and planted a kiss on her before he disappeared back into the foliage.
“Seriously?” Ria said. “You can’t go an hour without locking lips?”
Ian’s laughter rippled through the trees.
Ria rolled her eyes.
Another rustle, and a four-legged creature with razor sharp teeth launched itself at Ria’s chest. “Morits!” Ria called out as she sliced the critter in half.
The sound of Ian and Armond battling away let her know they’d found the nasty critters as well. Six more made it past the men. Dani made easy work of the two that had targeted her. Ria nearly made it unscathed but when four hit her at once from all sides, one managed to latch onto her lower arm. Those jaws had some serious force, and her hand popped off, dropping the creature to the ground with it.
“Aw, come on. Not fair. There were four of them.” Ria lifted up her wrist and studied the bloody stump. “Halt sim.”
Ian and Armond approached from opposite ends of the clearing, equally covered in sweat.
Dani came to her side and inspected her handless arm. “It would almost be easier if they were bigger. It’s hard to keep track of them when they’re so small.”
“Perhaps your relative height to the ground also contributed to your demise,” Armond said.
Ria glared at him. “Are you seriously going there?”
“I’m simply stating that you were closer to them than Dani.”
“Whatever,” Ria said. “Little shits. Reset sim,” she called out.
Morit bodies and Ria’s hand evaporated. The illusion of a bloody stump did, as well, and her own hand reappeared as they all caught their breath. The jungle around them melted into the floor, and they soon stood in the metal gray of the sim room.
Cate: Love it. Especially the line, “the women were keeping them alive, and the guys were shooting things.” Ha! What inspired you to write about the theme?
Sabine: I love action and underdogs. Throw in some steamy romance and it’s a perfect combination.
Cate: Sounds perfect to me! Anything else you’d like to share?
Sabine: The third book, Liberation releases December 1st and I’m going to need a short break after all this!
Cate: Those whirlwind releases can take it out of you. Very exciting, though – triple congrats! And readers, Sabine has a treat for you!
Sabine: I’m giving away ebooks of both Alien Attachments and Rebellion.
Thanks for having me and I hope you have a great Halloween!
Thanks for visiting! Hope you have a spooktacular Halloween, Sabine.