Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: Out of the Dark by Quinn Loftis - Character Interview

Hi and welcome to today's stop on the tour for Out of The Dark by Quinn Loftis.  The Tour is sponsored by These Paper Worlds.  I am a huge, huge fan of Quinn's and if you haven't read any of her books, they are an absolute must read.  The Grey Wolves Series is amazing.  Today, I have a very special treat for you.  Quinn is here with Jen, Decebel, Fane, Jacque, Vasile and Alina, and we are going to do something a little different than your typical character interview, but I think you all will really like it.  There is also a giveaway, which you can check out below.     

I thought it would be fun  if we played a game to find out just how much each of these couples know about each other.  So we are going to have a werewolf version of the Newlywed Game.  Now I know all you mated couples have your “special connection,” so we are going to ask you to block each other from reading your thoughts while we play the game.  I know Quinn knows you guys really well, so she’ll be able to tell if you’re sneaking a peak into your mate’s brain, so no cheating. 

Question #1:  If your mate was a cartoon character, who would he/she be?

Couple #1:

Jen: “Hmm, well Decebel would be multiple characters. It would just depend on his mood. Sometimes he’s the Incredible Hulk when’s being all bad ass. Then when he’s sulking and blah, blah he’s Eyore. Then sometimes, you know the private times *wink, wink* he’s” *Decebel slaps his hand over his mates mouth shaking his head. Jen just shrugs and rolls her eyes.*

Decebel: Lucy from Charlie Brown (“OW!” Decebel grunts as Jen elbows him.) “I meant Wonder Woman baby, it just came out wrong.”

Jen: “Oh, I’m so sure fur ball cause Lucy and Wonder Woman sound so much a like.” *Decebel is grinning unrepentedly*

Couple #2

Jacque: Fane would have to be Superman, he’s so suave. Ok and yes, he’s always rescuing me. Cheesy, yes, but you know you chicks are jealous.

Fane: *Winks at his mate* I’m going with Jessica Rabbit. *Jacque lets out a loud laugh. While Jen smacks Decebel’s thigh and growls “maybe you should take a look from Fane’s play book.”

Dec: “Baby I have over a century on that pup, I assure you he has nothing on me when it comes to moves.” *Jen grins and holds her fist up to Dec to give him a fist bump*
Jen: “That was a good one babe. You think quick on your feet.”

Couple #3

Vasile: “Mina would have to be the mother lion on that movie the Lion King. So loving and nurturing and always looking out for her family”

Alina: “Vasile would be that cute little skunk, Peppe le Pew.” *Vasile chokes back a snort. Alina looks at him and smiles with love in her eyes* “It’s because you are so romantic my love, not because you smell.”
Vasile: “I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt on that one Mina.”

Question #2:  Who initiated your first kiss?  Feel free to comment about it if you’d like. 

Couple #1

Jen: “If I remember correctly our first kiss was right after Dec attempted to kill the guy who had felt me up.” *Decebel growls* “Oh give it a rest flea ball. You made your point, I am yours, you kick butt blah, blah, yada, yada. Okay back to the kiss. It was intense. He was so angry and I knew I needed to do something to distract him. And seriously girls, what better way to distract a man than with your lips.” *rolls her eyes* “All you with your minds in the gutter…welcome to the neighborhood, I’ll throw you a house warming party.” *Laughs as Decebel lowers his and shakes it, letting out a deep breath.*

Decebel: “I will agree that was our first kiss.” *looks over a Jen and the intensity in his eyes almost makes me want to look away at the intimate moment* “The first of many, and they just keep getting better.” *ok everyone say Awwwwe*

Couple #2

Jacque: “I remember our first kiss. It was when Fane was telling me about the Blood Rites. I thought I was going to pass out. Let me tell you, then man has got a set of lips on him.” *Fane chuckles at her*

Fane: “Technically there were many other kisses before that one, just not on the lips.” *Jen leans around Decebel to Fane.*

Jen: “oh really Prince? Kisses not on the lips, now this sounds promising. Do tell.” *Decebel growled*
Decebel: “Jennifer how many times do we have to have this discussion. Their love life is theirs and ours is ours.”

Jen: *huffs* “Yes but again they may have some tips we could use.” *Decebel growls again*
Dec: “If you think I need tips, than I’m doing something wrong.”
*Jacque laughs*

Fane: “No worries Dec, I can give you a few pointers.”
*Decebel rolls his eyes muttering under his breath*

Couple #3

Vasile: “Our first kiss has been a very, very long time ago.” *looks over to Alina with longing* “it was frowned upon to show affection to your betrothed. In fact you had to have a chaperone at all times. Well I snuck a way one night and met her in the barn on her land late one night. It was there that I stole my first kiss.” *winks at me* “It was all very scandalous.”

Alina: *smiles and laughs* “Oh yes, that little peck you gave me indeed stole all of my virtue.”
*Fane groans* “I do not need no do I ever want to listen to my parents talk of scandalous kisses.”
 *Jen and Jacque shush him* 
Jacque: “It’s so romantic.”

Alina: “That was our first kiss, and I will never forget it. No matter how simple it was.” *Vasile takes her hand in his and puts it to his lips kissing it.*

Question #3:  What is a funny or embarrassing thing about your mate that everyone knows, but your mate thinks no one knows about?

Couple #1

Jen: “Decebel is under the impression that everyone thinks he’s this big tough guy, when really everyone knows that he’s a big teddy bear.”

Decebel: “Jen is under the impression that I care what others think about me. Oh and she also sings so loud in the shower that people walking by our room in the hall can hear her.” *Jen gasps*

Jen: “You didn’t think you should tell me this?” *Decebel is trying really hard not to laugh, the others aren’t attempting at all, they are rolling*

Decebel: “Baby don’t be upset. It’s cute really it is.”

Jen: “Oh, don’t worry my love. I don’t get upset.”
*Jacque snorts* “She just gets even. I’d sleep with one eye open. Better yet, don’t sleep at all.”

Couple #2

Jacque: “I don’t know if others know this or not, but Fane has a thing for Willie Nelson.”
*Jen and Jacque fist bump* Jen: “Nice one Red”

Fane:We’re going to play it like that Luna?” *Jacque’s grin falters*

Jacque: “Now, don’t go getting all carried away wolf-man.” *Fane chuckles*

Fane: “Jacquelyn has to eat things in groups of colors. Everyone watches her do it but she thinks no one watches. When she eats skittles she eats all the red, then the green and so on and so forth.”
*Jacque’s jaw dropped open* “You noticed that?”
*Jen rolled her eyes* “Red you knew that we knew.”

Jacque: “Well, but I didn’t know that he knew, and that he knew that you knew that he knew.”

*Decebel lets out an exasperated sigh* “Okay we get it, you all know something, though whether it’s beneficial to the human race is questionable. Let’s move on.” *Jen sticks her tongue at her mate. Who leans forward and nips her neck* “Behave” he whispers to her.

Couple #3

Vasile: “I’m not sure if anyone knows the things about Alina that are funny.” *Rubs his chin thinking* “Okay I’ve got one. This has been a century or more ago. Alina was walking out to the barn to check on the horses. It was winter and icy. She slipped and fell. She jumped up so fast looking around to see if anyone had seen her. I was in the house watching through the window. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed that hard.”
*Alina smacks his thigh* “See if I ever help you when you are old and fall down and break a hip”
Vasile: “I will never fall and break my hip Mina.”

Jen: “Hey old man, accidents happen. One minute you’re walking along being all Alpha like and then BAM, you’re on your ass wailing in pain.”
*Everyone is staring at Jen with wide eyes. I’m trying not to laugh*
Jen:  *shrugs* “What? I’m just saying.”

Alina: “Vasile patted some strangers backside in the market one time thinking it was me.” *room erupts in gasps an laughter*
Vasile *actually turns red* “You saw that?” *Alina nods with a wicked grin on her face*
Vasile: “And you never said anything?”
Alina: “I thought it was embarrassment enough when she thought you were coming onto her and you were stammering about trying to get away from her.”
Vasile *leans over and kisses his mate thoroughly* “You are a wicked, wicked woman.”

Question #4:  What song best describes your mate?

Couple #1                                     

Jen: Alabama’s “Forever’s as far as I’ll go”

Decebel: Faith Hill’s “Wild One” *Jen grins at Jacque and gives a nod. Much to my enjoyment the girls stand up and start singing together, hands held up like microphones.*
“They said change your clothes,
She said no I won’t,
They said comb your hair,
She said some kids don’t.
And her parent’s dreams went up in smoke.
They said you can’t leave,
She said yes I will,
They said don’t see him,
She said his name is Bill.
She’s on a road and it’s all uphill.
She’s a wild one, with an angels face,
She’s a woman-child
In a state of grace,
Since she was eight years old on her daddy’s knee
He said you can be anything you want to be,
She’s a wild on, runnin free.

Couple #2

Jacque: Jason Mraz “I Won’t I Give Up”

Fane: Needtobreathe “A Place Only You Can Go”

Couple #3

Vasile: Jushua Radin “They Bring Me To You”
Alina: Travis Tritt “Whisper My Name”, I have a thing for country music like my son.” *small smile appears*

Question #5:  When you first met your mate, what would they say was the one thing that first caught their attention about you?

Couple #1

Jen: “He’s just freaking hot. I mean seriously, look at this man.” *Stands and motions towards Decebel, who is rolling his eyes like a pro*

Decebel: “Her big, round,”

Jen: “So help me Dec if you say what I would never in a million years think you would say I will totally keep my clothes on in public for like, ever.”
 *Jacque, Fane, Vasile and Alina are laughing out loud. Decebel is grinning innocently*

Decebel: “Blue eyes.” *Jen lets out a low groan*

Jen: “This close Dec, we were this close to corrupting you just a little.”
Decebel: “Sorry to disappoint baby.”
Jen: *unlady like gesture must be sensored* “No you aren’t you furry Mcfur bag.”

Couple #2

Jacque: “Broad shoulders and beautiful blue eyes.” *pauses* “Oh and just that small little thing where he could talk to me through our thoughts, ya know no big deal.”

Fane: “Fiery red hair and emerald eyes that saw too much.” *smiles at Jacque. She blushes bright red at the look in Fane’s eyes*

Couple #3

Vasile: “The first time I saw my Alina she was telling off a merchant for trying to swindle a little old lady. She was fierce and I knew I had to have her. Our bond snapped into place almost immediately. I had never been happier in my life.”

Alina: *laughs* “Well, he was trying to rob her asking way too much for that old fruit. The thing that grabbed my attention about Vasile was his confidence. He walked into a room and owned it. As Jen and Jacque would say it was he was freaking hot.”
*Girls all laugh*

Question #6 (This is for you guys) Would you prefer your mate in a one-piece or a bikini.  What would be your mate's response to your answer? 

Decebel: “I would prefer she not be in one at all. She can swim in a big bath tub that I will build for her where no one other than she or myself will have reason to be.” *Decebel grins* “She would tell me I’m a crazy ass, possessive, control freak infested flea bag.” *Now is laughing*

Fane: “I second Decebel’s motion. Jacquelyn would second Jen’s motion”

Vasile: “These two are still too young to realize the benefits of seeing their mate in a bikini. It’s simple really. Build a pool with fifteen foot privacy fence and threaten any of your pack with their lives if they come anywhere near it when she is swimming.”
*Decebel and Fane are smiling obviously thinking the same thing*

Decebel: “And how long exactly is this bikini going to stay in place?”
*Vasile lets out a booming laugh* “Don’t you two know that unwrapping the present is half the fun?”

Question #7:  Complete this sentence:  We argue when my mate puts his/her __________ in my __________.  (This should be good)

Couple #1

Jen:  We argue when my mate puts his tongue in my mouth. Like that is really going to distract me, when that doesn’t work he puts,”
*Jacque and Decebel holler at the same time* “JENNIFER” 
Jen: “What?”

Decebel:  We argue when my mate puts her __________ in my __________. “I’m really sorry but I can’t answer that, it would be totally and incredibly inappropriate. You all know Jen. Get creative.
*Jen laughs* “Now you guys know why he likes to argue so much.”
*Decebel actually blushes. Wow that’s too cute*

Couple #2

Jacque:  We argue when my mate puts his sweet thoughts in my mind
*Jen rolls her eyes* “You two are so boring.”

Fane:  We argue when my mate puts herself in my shoes.”

*Jen groans* “I think I just threw up in my mouth.”
*Decebel smacks her leg*
Jen: “You can’t tell me that doesn’t make you want to barf.”
Jacque: “Jen, I’m not about to tell the world what Fane and I do when we argue and make up.”
Jen: “Why the heck not?”
*Jacque shakes her head obviously exasperated with her friend*   

Couple #3

Vasile:  We argue when my mate puts her __________ in my __________. “I must agree with Decebel and plead the 5th, definitely not appropriate for innocent ears.”

*Jen jumps up and pumps fist into the air* “That is what I’m talking about. Keeping things spicy. Jacque you and Fane need to observe that V and Alina here must be doing something right if they’ve been putting up with each other for centuries. I’m just throwing that out there. Maybe,” *shrugs* “it’s time to bust out the kama sutra or something. Or Decebel and I could give you guys some counseling. You know they have that. Sex counseling. Happens to the best of them, you don’t have to be ashamed.”

*Ok I’m trying really hard not to pee my pants. Decebel is attempting to grab Jen around the waist and pull her into his lap. Fane is laughing and pulling a fuming Jacque into his arms. Alina and Vasile are both grinning. Who knew this would be the interview to have a questioner lose their bladder probably for the first time in history.*

AlinaWe argue when my mate puts his __________ in my __________. *Clears her throat, still smiling* “Well I would say he puts his love in my heart but I’m worried that Jen would vomit again.”

*Everyone looks over to Jen who is sitting in Decebel’s lap with one arm wrapped around her waist and the other up with his hand covering her mouth. She looks as mad as a drowned cat.* 

Question #8:  Complete this sentence:  I knew I found the love of my life when he/she _______________________.

Couple #1

Jen: “You guys get to see a lot of our relationships. You see some of our good moments, our not so good moments and then some. But there are some moments you don’t get to see. It’s these moments that made me realize that Decebel was it.” *she looks back at Decebel who is still holding her and his eyes begin to glow. Yowza ladies*

“Sometimes it was in the way he would hold my gaze across a room. The way I can always feel him come into a room. How I get butterflies every time I see him, even if it’s for the fifteenth time that day. How gentle he is with me, even if he is harsh with everyone else. The way he kisses me and holds me. It wasn’t one thing for me, it was the collection of little things that have confirmed over and over that Decebel was made for me and I for him.”

*The room is quiet as we stare at Jen, who is staring at Decebel, who is staring at her in awe. I try to turn away when Decebel holds Jen’s face in his hands and mouths the words I love you and then kisses her, but I can’t. How amazing their love for each other is.*

Jacque: I don’t get her. She acts like an ass over and over and then out of nowhere she comes up with that. It really scares me when she comes out with that profound stuff. I feel like I should see if that man in hell who wants ice water finally got that glass. Or if pigs have finally learned to get their fat little boddies in the air.” *shakes her head with a slight smile at her friend. Jen winks at her*    

Decebel: “When I saw her still form lying on the ground only feet away from a burning vehicle, my throat closed up, my stomach fell to my feet and my vision blurred at the thought of her dying. When I knew that I could not live without her simply being alive in this world, that’s when I knew she was mine.”

Couple #2

Jacque: “The first time Fane held me. Something snapped into place. A hole that had been inside me that I didn’t even know was there, was suddenly filled. I knew in that moment that I would never be along again. I would never wonder if I was loved.

Fane: “Our bond connected immediately. From just being in the same location. When I looked up at her window and saw her, everything else faded away and she became my world.”

Couple #3

Vasile:Like Fane, Alina and our bond was immediate. There was no doubt in my mind that she was for me. And when I approached her, she knew what was going on. She rolled her eyes at me. Then I really knew it was love. Gotta love a good challenge, a good chase.”

*I notice Decebel smile at Jen and get a good glimpse of his canines. Wow.*

Alina: “I knew Vasile was my love when I rolled my eyes at him, he laughed, slapped me on the backside and said ‘you will Mina, you will do.’ I knew then he would be able to dish what I could take. He was an Alpha, I needed that. I loved him more every time he laughed at my sarcasm, or argued with me just to make up.”

Question #9:  How many boyfriends/girlfriends did your mate have before you?

Couple #1

Jen: “Never really had a boyfriend so to speak, maybe more like boytoys.”
*Decebel growls*
Jen: “Oh shut up you furry man whore, or wolf whore. Whatever it is you have not right to growl.”

Decebel: “No girlfriends.” *lips are tight as he continues to stare Jen down*

*Jen bats her eyes at her mate* “What, you don’t have any stories about your conquests? I mean, you are hot as all get out, so we know you got offers.”

Decebel: “Jennifer we’ve been down this road. Leave it alone.”

Me: “Okay we can just move onto Fane and Jacque now.”

Couple #2

Jacque: “Just the one”

Fane: “None”

Couple #3

Vasile: “There was no one before Alina.”

Alina: “Even if there were, I would never admit it. Vasile would have killed them.”

*Jen groans* “Why do Decebel and I have all the drama? None of you have a little hottie in your closet somewhere? No one night stand? Come on people, help a girl out.”

Jacque: “Jen sweetie, you and drama are like peanut butter and jelly. You just stick together so well.”

Jen: “Ha. When did you become Mayor of I think I’m funny but I’m not ville?”
*Everyone chuckles the mood lightens…thank goodness*

Question #10 If you could have a day alone with your mate and could do whatever you wanted, what would it be:

Couple #1

Jen: “Disney World. Can you imagine all the rides we would get to ride. Decebel would just glower and people would let us cut. It would be awesome! And if that weren’t possible, then it really wouldn’t matter what we did. I have fun with Decebel where ever we are.”

Decebel: *Smiles at Jen* “How did you know that was what I was going to say baby?”

Jen: “Great minds babe, great minds.”

Decebel: “I could lie in the grass and just talk with Jennifer and have the time of my life.”

Couple #2

Jacque: “I honestly don’t know. Things have been so crazy and the thought of things just being without having to think about danger. I think maybe I’d just want to lay on the beach all day together and do nothing.”

Fane: “I would do whatever Jacquelyn wants me to as long as I get to hold her, kiss her and love her in the process.”

Couple #3

Vasile: “There isn’t much Mina and I haven’t done together. I think just being able to sit and talk. Reminisce about our past and future without the fear of losing someone we love. That would be what I would want.

Alina: *looks at Vasile* “One day we will my love.”

I want to thank you all so much for stopping by and playing the game, and thank you Quinn for making sure everyone stayed “honest.”  Since this is a game, there should be a winner, right.  We’ll all of you guys are winners, so, your prize is the answer you gave to question #10.  Go and spend a day alone with your mate and do whatever you want with them, you to Quinn!  Have fun everyone and we’ll all be waiting to see you again in book #5 of the Grey Wolves Series, Beyond the Veil.  

Description:  Darkness has descended on the Transylvanian Alps.  Four packs of the powerful Grey wolves – in a rare show of cooperation – had joined together here in an effort to help their pack members find true mates. Then they were betrayed by one of their own – an Alpha hell-bent on becoming the most powerful of the Canis lupis. And though the wolf's assassination attempt on the currently-reigning Romanian Alpha failed, his plans to get Decebel, the Romanian Beta, out of the picture were coming together even as his treachery was discovered. The wolf fled, leaving destruction, death, and a missing mate behind him.

Unbeknownst to the other packs, the wolf has employed a witch to finish the deadly job and help him gain another tool to increase his power. A curse of devastating proportions will cripple Decebel in a way that may dissolve his fragile bond with Jennifer. Meanwhile, injured and alone, Jen has been fighting for her life. She had come to terms with her fate, accepting that she would not share a life with Decebel, until help came in the most unexpected form...

Vasile will have to use all his resources – including Sally, the new gypsy healer of the Romanian pack – to discover a way in which to destroy the witch, lift the curse from Decebel and reunite him with the one woman who makes him whole, and solve a mystery that's been surrounding the Romanian pack for 300 years. 

About the Author:  Quinn is a 31 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order. She lives in beautiful North West Arkansas with her husband, son and Nora their Doberman pinscher. She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, favourite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy's laughter. 


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