This time I had to track Della down to ask her some more of your questions. I found her hiding out in the new Shadow Falls library, added since they are now a real school. I think she thought it would be the last place I would look for her, but she forgets how well I know her.
CC: Catching up on your reading? Or are you hiding from me?
Della: She looks up from the book on the table before her. I may have had a few things I wanted to check out.
CC: I see the book is on vampire diseases. I know what’s happening in Reborn right now, I know what she’s trying to figure out. It breaks my heart. But it’s not time for her to know the truth yet. That will happen toward the end of Reborn.
Della: And… She snorts. I wasn’t hiding? I heard you when you entered the building. If I really didn’t want to be found, you wouldn’t be talking to me now.
CC: Good point. I smile and sit down across from her.
Della: You’ve got more questions, don’t you? She frowns. Can’t they just wait for Reborn? She slams the book shut.
CC: Not everything about you will be in your books. Besides the fans just want to know more.
Della: She seems to consider this a moment. Why me? Kylie’s the kind one. Miranda, too. Why do they care about me, I’m just …?
CC: A really cool, kick-ass vampire?
Della: Is that how they see me?
CC: A lot of them do, yes. Though, I think a few might think you’re a smart a$$.
Della: She tries to hide a smile. What are the questions?
CC: Jaia wanted to know if you are mad at Kylie for giving Steve advice about you.
Della: She crosses her arms over her chest and leans back in the chair. Well, DUH! When I first found out Kylie had talked to Steve about me I was really pissed. Who wouldn’t be? I mean, she went behind my back and told Steve some private stuff about me. I don’t like anyone knowing anything about me unless I choose to tell them. Her eyes briefly flash red. She takes a deep breath, forcing herself to relax. But once I had time to think about it, I know she was just trying to help. That’s Kylie, isn’t it? It’s what she does. And, yeah, maybe it did help a little. But next time, she needs to let me handle it. I’ll tell Steve what I want him to know, and I told Kylie that, too.
CC: That’s kind of funny. I mean, in the scene I just wrote, Steve was upset because you didn’t tell him something.
Della: I’m dealing with that.
CC: Moving on…Sandra wants to know what you thought about Steve having to rescue you.
Della: What? She stands up, tipping the chair over behind her. First of all, Steve did NOT have to rescue me. I had it under control. I could have gotten that knife away from the were. But Steve just jumped in before I had time.
CC: He was worried about you.
Della: Yeah, I know that. I think we’ve established that he’s a sweet guy. And I was hurt, so I wasn’t fighting at hundred percent. She places both her hands on the table and looks me straight in the eye. But make sure you tell your readers Steve didn’t HAVE to rescue me. It was more like I let him.
CC: I think you just told them for me.
Della: Good. She nods and starts walking away, then stops but doesn’t turn around. And for the record, I could have taken on the weres in the ally, too. Then she is gone. Della has left the building!
CC: I look down at the book and I sigh. Della has some tough times ahead. Thank goodness she is a kick-a$$ vampire.
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Meet Me in Wisconsin!
I’ll be at Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation luncheon in Wisconsin April 26, 2014, and am I ever excited! The luncheon will be filled with fun, gift bags and door prizes. There will also be a raffle of many baskets filled with books and other items. There will be 40+ authors attending (of which I’ll be one!), and NYT Best-selling author Debbie Macomber will be the key note speaker. Now my luncheon table is sold out, but there are still spots available at some of the other tables. So you’ll still be able to meet me.
If you arrive Friday, you’ll be able to attend a Q & A session with a chance to ask authors questions. Afterward, there will be a Harlequin sponsored meet and greet with the authors.
Hurry, there’s only enough room for 500, and it’s filling up fast! You can find all the details at Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon.