I am currently celebrating the release of my third book in the Redcliffe series, Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), and as a special treat, today I will share a short interview with the heroine of the stories, Jessica Stone. Thank you to the good people at Romancing the Book for allowing us space to share our conversation. But first, here’s the blurb from the book…
Life has changed forever in Redcliffe, Cornwall. Jessica Stone used to be a normal, happy human. Now she is an angry, conflicted and confused witch. It all happened when she met Detective Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny. Jessica almost died twice, fell into a love triangle, and she became a murderer. Now she faces the ultimate challenge as she continues the fight to save the man she loves, while simultaneously struggling with her lust for his werewolf brother and their vampire friend. Can she survive, or will love finally end her life completely?
CG – Hello, Jessica. Wow, your story has been a turbulent one so far! Tell us briefly what has been happening in Redcliffe during the past few months.
JS – (Laughs) Turbulent, that’s a good word. Where do I begin? I never intended to share my story with anyone. I mean, who wants to read about a British bookshop owner who falls in love with the wrong man? That’s basically what has been happening. Oh, and I discovered that there are such things as monsters, and most of them live in and around Redcliffe.
CG – You fell in love with the wrong man? Who might that be?
JS – I’m still trying to figure that out. Yes, I fell in love. Silly me. His name is Jack Mason, he is a police detective, and he has an identical twin brother named Danny. Oh, and the monsters I mentioned? They are the Mason brothers. Jack is a vampire, and Danny is a werewolf.
CG – Excuse me? Vampires and werewolves?
JS – Yes, they exist. I didn’t believe it either at first. When I met Jack, he seemed normal enough, apart from the mystery surrounding his recent undercover police job that he had been doing in Scotland. He was very secretive, and it got worse when Danny came home. Well, it all came to a head when the mafia boss they were hunting followed them to Redcliffe and tried to kill them. Apparently, this guy wanted to kill Danny and take over as alpha to the Redcliffe werewolf pack. Instead he nearly killed me, and that was how I found out all of their secrets.
CG – When did all this happen?
JS – Oh, that was the beginning of my adventures, if that’s what you want to call them. I tell the story in the first book Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel). It’s sort of like my therapy diary if you like. I shared everything that happened between me and Jack, and later between me and Danny when I wrote the second book Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel). It gets a bit complicated after that.
CG – It sounds complicated enough already! So, what happens in Love Redeems?
JS – I discovered that I am a witch. Yes, didn’t see that one coming, did you? Not only am I a witch, and I never knew about it because I am an orphan, but I have a power animal that lives in some sort of alternative magical place. She is a snow tiger, and she found a way to get my attention when I got involved with the Redcliffe werewolves. Now she has her sights set on Danny Mason, and she hates vampires. Somehow, I turned into the bad guy, Jack and Danny began to lose their trust in me, and I also caused massive problems with my best friend Liz, because I kept all the secrets from her too. My life is a big old mess, and all because I fell in love. Those Mason brothers are big trouble, take it from me!
CG – I think we will leave it there, thank you very much for your time, Jessica.
Here’s a short excerpt from Love Redeems:
A silence fell around us, and I could feel our energies shifting in the air. Mine was turbulent, full of anger and anxiety. Jack’s was cold and controlling. Danny’s power was hot, forceful and full of promise. Simon’s was similar but with less strength. Eventually I moved backwards, feeling the need to break the tense emotion that filled the air.
“Jack,” I said, “You should get going. You have work to do.”
He blinked, the only movement he made.
“Yes,” he said, and then he stepped forward to give me a kiss. It was a peck on the lips, and he hugged me briefly, “You can control her,” he said, catching my eyes with his, “And you will resolve things with Liz.”
Tears choked me suddenly. I swallowed, forcing them back as I stepped away from Jack.
“Thanks,” I said, “See you later.”
He left with a brief nod to Danny and Simon. When the door closed behind him I looked at the two wolves standing in my kitchen. Both looked like stereotypical surfer dudes. Danny was wearing khaki trousers with a bright yellow t-shirt that had a crazy abstract print on it. Simon was wearing black baggy shorts with a green t-shirt. His blonde hair fell in unruly waves around his face, and his sunglasses were hooked into the front of the t-shirt. I hadn’t even noticed the sun shining outside, although I did feel the unusual warmth of this early autumn day.
“Ok,” I said with a sigh, “Shall we go and watch TV like normal people?”
They both nodded and headed for the stairs. I grabbed some cans of Coke from my fridge and followed more slowly. Both men took the drinks from me as I entered the living room, and we all moved towards the sofa and chair. Before I could sit down however, my tiger appeared. It was like a flashback in my head, or as if I was having a vision. One minute I was moving towards my armchair watching Simon as he switched on the TV, and the next I saw Suri emerge from the trees in her enchanted forest. She padded out slowly with her ears upright, her head held high, and her tail swishing. Raising her nose, she delicately scented the air and growled.
“The alpha is here,” she purred, “We can play.”
“No, Suri,” I gasped, dropping my unopened can onto the floor, “Please, leave me alone.
I gripped the back of my armchair, breathing in and out, trying desperately to ground myself in the way that my witch mentor Crystal had taught me. Suri laughed. “You still owe me for saving your life,” she said, “And the alpha will be the perfect reparation.”
“Please,” I said out loud, “Don’t do this.”
I was aware of movement around me, and felt the heat of the wolves as they stood either side. Danny spoke in a low, urgent voice.
“Jessica,” he said, “Jessica, come back to us.”
Opening my eyes, I turned my head slowly to look at him. My green eyes were burning, and Danny’s expression showed me that I did not look human. My heart sank.
“What is it?” I asked, “What is she doing to me?”
“Your eyes are glowing with power,” Danny said, his Dublin accent sounding strong in his agitation, “She is growing stronger Jessica. You must stop this.”
“I can’t.” I said weakly.
Danny’s arms were by his sides, hands clenched into fists. I knew that he wanted to touch me, to reassure me, but he didn’t dare. He remembered our passion of only days ago, and it frightened him. I frightened the alpha male of the Redcliffe werewolf pack. Inside my head, Suri laughed loudly, and spoke with a growl that echoed through my human lips.
“Of course we frighten the alpha,” she said scornfully, in my mind, “He is but a wolf. We are far superior. Allow me to demonstrate.”
And she sprang forward without warning, heading straight for my body. I cried out, trying to move away from Danny and Simon, but I was too slow. My body convulsed as Suri merged her spirit with mine. I felt it happen, but I was powerless to react. I had no idea what I was dealing with. I was still just a witch in training. Opening my eyes, I turned slowly, searching for the alpha male. Danny was standing in the doorway, staring at me, his own power flaring, swirling around him in a delicious storm of turmoil. Licking my lips, I advanced upon him slowly, stalking my prey. My body felt lithe and supple, and while I still looked and walked like a human, I could feel a tail swishing behind me, and my muscles were that of the snow tiger. She was superimposed around my body, and both wolves could clearly see her.
“Jessica,” Danny said, shaking his head, “Jessica, please don’t do this. Send her away. Fight her.”
I laughed, and my voice sounded deep and throaty, ending in a growl.
“I do not want to send her away,” I said, “I want to embrace her power. She is my tiger. We work together.”
“You don’t mean that,” Danny replied, “Remember who I am.”
“You are the alpha male,” I said, “You are worthy of our attention.”
“Jessica,” Danny said, “I do not want to play with your tiger. I want you,” he paused, staring at me with glowing blue eyes, “Jessica, I want you.” He said again.
I hesitated, mulling over his words. Something stirred within me, a memory of another man who looked identical to the alpha. The other man was not a wolf. He was dead. I didn’t want a dead thing. I wanted heat, power, and life. I moved towards the alpha, my body preparing to pounce. My movements were smooth, agile and feline. I loved the way I moved, so graceful and delicate, so strong. I pounced.
Author of adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Aside from the Redcliffe novels, Catherine has short stories published in YA anthologies, non-fiction articles featured on Suite101, is a contributing writer for Write and Share UK, and is also a freelance copy writer and copy editor.
Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories. She is a shaman in training and a mother of one, with an interest in crafts and social history. Catherine practices Law of Attraction and truly believes that everyone can achieve their dreams if they can step beyond the fear of social conformity.
Catherine is currently working on several writing projects, although she is slightly distracted by the impending birth of her second child! Taking a short break from the Redcliffe novels, Catherine plans to publish a Victorian vampire novel that tells the story of Marcus Scott from Redcliffe, and she is working on two more contemporary vampire novels. After that, she will return to Redcliffe and begin writing book 4 in the series.
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