Night World Series
Gretchen S. B.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: Aug 21st, 2015
Number of pages: 235
Word Count: 84,500
Cover Artist: Bookin' It Designs
Viking was not sure what to do with himself with Gwen in Montana. That is until his path crosses with Mia's. She is a beautiful sensitive who is being haunted by a strange being Viking has never heard of.
Mia Jones might not have an exciting life as the owner of an independent book store, but she is okay with that. Then she meets Viking and it is as if her life goes tumbling down a rabbit hole.
Mia and Viking must pull together to fight off the being that is haunting her. As Mia adjust to the Night World it appears this being might not be working along.
Viking's heart beat four times its natural pace. At the same time his breathing stopped. He didn't have it in him to move. The shock was overwhelming. He hadn't even realized Poet came out from behind the registers until the other man grabbed his shoulder.
It was then he finally turned his head from where Mia had been moments before. Looking at his third in command he could see the shock on the other man's face.
"Though you are strange. And your abilities are far beyond that of a Warrior. I would bet money you just felt the Flash."
Viking didn't respond. He didn't really need to. Poet had been around Viking long enough to know his expressions. He couldn't hide it. And he wasn't sure how to cover it up. He just felt the Flash. The warning bell that announced to a Warrior he just met his mate. Not just met his mate but touched her, flesh to flesh.
Viking had been around centuries and now here she was. Some woman he just happened to come across. He had been interested in her. Knowing there was something special about her. Could that have been it? Could he have known she was his mate without touching her? He blinked several times before turning towards the door again. That couldn't have been it, could it?
He turned towards Poet. The other man blanked his face.
"Yes, I did." Just saying it out loud seemed overwhelming. He didn't know what to do. Where to go. He didn't know how to find that woman.
Before he realized what he was doing Viking was out the shop door and looking down the street. He scanned both ways and jogged to the end of either block. He had no idea how long he stood there staring but clearly it was long enough for her to get her car and leave. Cursing himself repeatedly he walked back into the store. Several of the employees gave him funny looks. He ignored them and headed straight out the back doors.
There was only one person he could think of to talk to. Once he exited the back door of the shop. Into the staff only area he didn't stop his momentum, he ran up the stairs. Taking them several at a time. He didn't slow until he burst out the door on the top floor. He yanked out his keys in a jerky motion and unlocked Gwen's apartment. Slamming the door behind him he went and sat down in her favorite oversized chair. He tried to calm his pulse and his breathing. He needed to talk to Gwen.
He had never tried to reach her from so far away before. He wasn't entirely sure if it would work. She was supposed to be on her honeymoon, as it were, but he knew she would understand why he would call.
"Little One! Little One can you hear me?" He was yelling it so loud in his head the only thing louder was his racing heartbeat.
He concentrated on his breathing as he waited. If he could calm his body down, maybe he would have a better chance of reaching her.
"Viking? Viking is that you? What's wrong? What's happened? Is everyone okay?" The worry and fear in her tone was clear as a bell. It overrode the sleepiness he heard.
Viking took another deep breath before answering. "Everyone's fine. Everything is fine. I just. I just needed to talk to you. I needed to hear your voice."
"What's happened? Viking you tell me right now or I'm walking out the bedroom door to find August and making him call over there to tell me what's wrong."
Viking knew that was an empty threat. Gwen would not stoop to chasing down her husband, who could be doing important political business just so he would answer her question.
He blew a few random strands of hair from his face. Gwen could always tell when something was wrong. She'd gotten good at reading every single one of his micro-expressions in the two decades they'd been together.
"I felt the Flash." He didn't even get out an entire thought before she answered.
"You what?! Who is she? I'm coming home right now. I will be on the next flight to Seattle."
This is why Viking loved Gwen so much. She had such a big heart. She would drop everything if she felt someone needed her.
"That is not necessary Little One. She's someone I met paying off the debt to Lucia. There is no need for you to come home before your proper honeymoon has begun just to sit with me."
If he was honest with himself there was nothing Viking wanted more than having the woman he had grown to think of as his little sister by his side through this trying ordeal.
"Don’t be ridiculous. I'll be there in the morning. One of you guys are to pick me up from the airport. I'll text you the flight information as soon as I have it."
With that last statement he almost physically felt her disconnect from him. And he knew at that point the argument was over. He couldn't convince her not to come. Not that he really wanted to. He would be grateful to see her. He and all the other Warriors missed her terribly. She meant a lot to a lot of people. He had been eternally grateful when Cesar agreed to move part of the Warrior government to Washington State so she could be near the people she loved.
Closing his eyes to the room around him, Viking concentrated on his breathing. The next few days were going to be difficult. He had to somehow woo a woman he didn't even know. It had been longer than he cared to admit since he had been up for such a challenge. He was going to take the opportunity while his head was still relatively clear to meditate and relax his body. Hopefully, ward off some of the initial effects of the Maddening.
When the Flash hit, a Warrior only had three days to bed his mate. If he didn’t, the Warrior in question would be driven insane by the overwhelming lust that came over him during that three day period, or as it was usually referred to, the Maddening.
During the Maddening, the Warrior would experience physical pain when away from his mate. He would lose his senses should she be injured or touched by any other male. Warriors tended to stay away from those in the Maddening or in the first stage of mating while all the Maddening symptoms lowered to the tolerable level mated Warriors dealt with. The first stage of mating could last anywhere from three months to a year, depending on the Warrior. The more the Warrior bedded his mate in that first stage, the easier it would be for him to handle the symptoms. Viking wasn't sure how to get a near stranger to sleep with him once, let alone multiple times over the coming months.
About the Author:
Gretchen is a Seattleite that loves her home. She has a day job as a Program Coordinator a local university. She is a struggling Indie Author, struggling as in she is trying to make her living writing books. She loves to read, write and create characters. As well as knit and binge watch Netflix. She is also on a sporadic book blog and internet radio show with some of her college friends. She currently lives with her husband and their mischievous Rotti mix, who always seems to find something new she shouldn't be chewing on.
Where are you from?
Just south of Seattle, Washington
Tell us your latest news?
I have just published my fourth book, the second in my Night World series
When and why did you begin writing?
I have been telling stories as far back as anyone can remember. But, I didn't take my writing seriously until I was in college. I loved creating worlds and I still do.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I struggle with this. I have this notion that I can only be a writer if I make my living writing. I know that sounds crazy and I have no idea where I got the idea from. But the hope that I would someday become a writer bloomed the first time I held a hard copy of one of my books in my hands.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The first line in the book. I wrote down, "The Night World weaned me from reality". I thought the concept would be cool. Nothing came of it for a year, maybe, then one day I opened that file and started writing. Seven months later I had my book.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don't think so…but I could be wrong. To me it seems each of my series has a different voice it wants to be written with.
How did you come up with the title?
Titles are hard for me. For the current title, Viking Sensitivity, I used the leading man's name and a descriptive word that describes the Heroine. She is a Sensitive so it is a on the word.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If there is my subconscious hasn't told my yet. ;)
How much of the book is realistic?
I think a lot of it minus the supernatural species of course. I like to throw in real places in to my books to give anyone who has been to the area a strong sense of where the action is happening.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I hope not. Some of these creatures are scary. I am not sure I would handle things as well as some of my characters.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Works by: Laurell K Hamilton, Simon R Green, J.D. Robb, Sherrilyn Kenyon. I read their books and become energized in my love of writing and creating Urban Fantasy/Paranormal worlds.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
…so difficult…I think I am going to go with Sherrilyn Kenyon. Because of her use of mythology in some of her books. I love her style and her ability to have different main characters in every book while still having an over arching theme.
What book are you reading now?
I am currently rereading my book Berman's Wolves. Not because I am narcissistic, I promise! I am about to start writing the sequel and am freshening up on all the characters.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
She is new to me, but Ava Miles. I recently read her Nora Roberts Land and loved it. She balances the romance with the rest of the story beautifully.
What are your current projects?
I am currently doing my last read though, before it goes to the editor, for my next book, a romance, The Doll Making Delta. Once that is sent off to the editor I wil start writing the Berman's Wolves sequel.
What would you like my readers to know?
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