Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October's Paranormal romance characterfest with J. A. Belfield and giveaway !

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

An Interview with Darkness & Light’s Ethan Holloway (by Aimee Laine).

A while ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Sean! (yes, with the !) from Darkness & Light, to pick his brain about ... well ... himself. Today, I find myself standing here behind Sean's brother, Ethan, the man of mystery that every woman on the planet wants to get to know.

Why is that?

Well, first, we all know he's a werewolf. Secondly, at least as I walk into this coffee shop to get my hot chocolate, I know he's single.

That means I have a shot, right?


I'm married?

Well, damn. Now what's my excuse for what I'm about to do?

A balance from foot to foot and I have an idea, 'cause I know he'll help out a girl in need ...

"Oh! Look out!" The contents of my purse fall all over the floor. I kneel down to pick them up, as Ethan turns and...

He rolls his eyes. “Really, lady, you ought to be more careful.” He scoops up my purse and waves it under my nose. “This thing weighs a ton and it nearly smacked me in the head.”

I, of course, expected that gesture. As I take the bag from him, my hand inadvertently (ok, read that 'on purpose') slips and it tips over again. Every bit of my money flies out—all of the hundred pennies I've been saving up sliding along the floor. 

His gorgeous, muscular hands start picking them up one by one. As a few other patrons do the same, I glare them off. I have 100 pennies to get a few questions in before he figures out my ruse. Unless he has already. 

Go, go, go! my inner teenage girl says.

"So ... um ... it's Ethan, right? You're Sean's brother?"

His head snaps up and his eyes narrow. “Do I know you?”

"Uh ... well ... not really. But, you see, I met Sean once, and he talked about you a little." I lean to pick up a penny. "He kinda said you'd be too chicken to talk to a writer about your life." I bite the side of my lip ... "Are you ... willing? Maybe just ... like ... five questions?"

“You have a lot of spunk—sneaking up on me this way.” He drops to one knee and collects a handful of coins before he freezes and looks up. “Sean said I was what?” He shakes his head. “Cheeky little runt.” Three more pennies find their way into his hand. “Five questions?” His dark eyes seem to intensify as he stares hard at me. “I’m a busy guy. You have five minutes.”

"Yes!" Oops. I said that out loud.

His eyebrow shoots up.

"We'll do them right here in line and I'll buy you coffee."

“Yeah, whatever. But”—he smiles—“it’ll cost you a burger, too.”

Ooh, they don't have burgers at this place, maybe I'll get more time with him. "Suuure … so … Redhead or brunette?" I tap my dark hair.

He straightens to his full six-five height. “What’s hair got to do with anything?”

I slap his bicep, a rigid muscle that flexes under his T-shirt. "Hair, Ethan? What would you go for? Women want to know what you'd want in ... them."

He peers down at the spot I assaulted him then back to me. “A female is a female. What are you? A rep for the local dating agency? Did Jem put you up to this? There is nothing wrong with detached physical contact with another consenting adult.” He grumbles beneath his breath—words too low for me to decipher—and shakes his head.

"And what about hobbies ... outside of ... you know ... sniffing stuff ... what else do you like to do? Jog? Paint? Bowl? What do you do for fun?"

“Too easy.” He shrugs. “Hunt. Run. Basketball.”

"Oh, c'mon, Ethan. Give me one morsel, one tidbit, one little hidden shining thing about yourself. Tell me your deepest darkest secret.

"Like ... who was your first?" I offer him a wink hoping that will lighten him up.

“First what? Kiss? Bed partner? Though I doubt Chloe Newton could be considered a bed partner.” He snorts. “Not when we did the dirty in her dad’s potting shed whilst he was at the local horticulture show.” He chuckles, rubbing a hand across his jaw. “Dad bust my hide when I got in stinking of … you know.”

"Um, yeah ... that." My entire train of thought has been shot thanks to the first bit of silliness I've ever seen in Ethan. "Okay ... so ... yeah ... clearly you've got a sneaky side in ya. Tell me one thing your Dad hasn't caught you doing ... yet."

Amusement lightens his brown eyes as he leans in close. “You can’t tell a soul, but … me and Kyle went out the one night. Picked up a couple females. We were in someone else’s territory so we couldn’t just wander around the streets, you get me?” He tucks his hands into his pockets. “Anyway, even trying to avoid the ‘locals’ we managed to run into one. Some fugly bastar—” He winced. “Sorry—some moron who wanted to squeal to his Alpha that we’d crossed the line without their pack’s permission. So I took him down an alley for a friendly chat. He changed his mind.” His smile borders on smugness. “Dad never found out we weren’t where we supposed to be.”

"You sly dog, Ethan. Pun intended." I mirror his grin with my own. Seeing as how we've collected all the pennies on the floor, I figure I ought not push my luck for me. "Okay ... one more and I'll leave you be .... If you were ever in a fight with a vampire ... would you win?"

“Well … I’ve never lost a fight yet.” He stares hard at me, his eyebrow quirked up. “So what do you think?”

This interview was very kindly conducted by Aimee Laine, author of Little White Lies.
Thanks, Aimee.

The blurb is below:
Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.

Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn't met--at least, not in this lifetime.

Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.

Together, they'll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.

When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.

Can Jem accept her destiny before it's too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10835992-darkness-light
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Light-J-Belfield/dp/0983405816/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1309544813&sr=8-2
B&N link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/darkness-light-ja-belfield/1031438025?ean=9780983405818&itm=1&usri=j%2ba%2bbelfield
Book Depository link: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Darkness-Light-JA-Belfield/9780983405818

Youtube link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaIqHa9jo1c&feature=share

Julia is  giving away is an E-copy of Darkness & Light. So please leave a comment along with an email.


  1. I love this book. I've already read it ... um ... 3 or 4 times. :) Sean and Ethan and ... Josh are eye candy for the mind. :)

  2. Thanks, Aimee. :o)
    And yeah, the Holloway boys are certainly hot. ;o)

  3. I was lucky enough to read Fated Encounter in a goodreads promotion, and I was instantly drawn to this story of the Holloways. Darkness & Light is definitely on my TBR list :)

    Liz @ Fictional Candy

  4. This sounds sooo good and I love werewolves.
    Thanks for taking the time to do the guest post and offering a giveaway. I'd love to win a copy.

    WildAboutBones (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. @Liz. So happy you enjoyed Fated Encounter. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    @WildAboutBones. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

  6. The interview was fun. The book sounds cool and I like werewolves. Thanks for the chance.


  7. Thanks, Vanessa. Aimee aine kindly offered to conduct the interview and she did a great job. :o)

  8. The book sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  9. Gargh, that should have read Aimee LAINE (silly sticky keys).
    Thanks for stopping by, Sariah. :o)

  10. ethan is cute ;) if sean is like him i will love the story.

    witchvela at web dot de

  11. Hehehe, Sean's a little smoother to Ethan's rough. :o)

  12. Ha......Ethan is definitely the big, bad....whatever !! (Older, responsible brother???)

    Sorry, not intending to interfere, but "Darkness and Light" is brilliant for a first novel; and "Fated Encounter" just fills in some few gaps which make D&L more interesting, and Sean is soooo cute and lovable!! The Holloway clan are well introduced - leaving one (me!) drooling to know more - so I am REALLY looking forward to the next story (whether it be Ethan or Josh !!)

    Hugs to JA for a super read; and thanks to Aimee for 'tackling' the MAN !!


  13. Thanks, Carole-Ann for hopping over to comment. I really appreciate it.

    ((hugs)) back your way. :o)

  14. Great interview, but what about the coffee and burger? Did she get to sit down and join him for that? I want to read more! =)


  15. I cant wait to read this book!! I love these interviews!

  16. Want more Ethan!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  17. Now, Aimee although you are married there is nothing wrong with LOOKING and admiring! You did a great job...no drooling! Ethan sounds like a great character to write...when is his book out? How many books do you have planned for this series?

    books4me67 at ymail.com

  18. Another new to me author. Thanks for the interview. I am enjoying characterfest.

  19. Great interview! I'd like to get to know both Sean and Ethan a little better...guess I better pick up this book, huh? Would love to win it!


  20. Barbara, Jen B., books4me, MaryC, Alicia 0605, KainsHottie, thank you all so much for stopping by to read.

    @Books4me, I'll try not to bore you when I answer your question about the series, lol.
    Darkness & Light (out now) is focuses on Jem and Sean (Ethan's brother).
    There is a short story (Marked) due out in the Into the Unknown anthology on Dec 1st, told from Sean's pov, and a novella (also from Sean's pov) titled Instinct, which is a prequel to Darkness & Light, due out Jan 1st.
    The 2nd full length Holloway Pack novel, Blue Moon, has a projected release date of winter 2012--that's told from Jem's pov again, but the reader does get to spend more time with Ethan in that one.
    I am currently writing novel number 3--Caged--with around 10% left to complete of my first draft. That is 100% Ethan, written from his pov, and I have a (very hopeful) projected release date of winter 2013 for that one. I have vague outlines for novel number 4, 5 & 6 in the Holloway Pack Stories, as well as ideas for shorter works, like another prequel novella I'm currently writing.

    If you all enjoyed meeting Ethan, I have a short story scheduled to go live on my blog on 28th October for Halloween (aptly titled Halloween Hunting), when the readers will get a taste of him in all his young glory (as part of a blog hop)--as well as another chance to win Darkness & Light. It would be amazing to see you there. :o)

  21. Man! Please excuse any typos. I'm currently in bed with a horrid flu-bug (and trying not to alert Mr B to the tapping of keys because he thinks I'm resting. ;o)

  22. Great Interview, Aimee! ^_^ After reading Darkness and Light, I'm happily waiting for the next installment -- 2012 is almost here, right? ^_~

    Kelly Said :)

  23. Almost, lol. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. :o)

  24. I already have an ecopy of Darkness & Light do I'm not entering. I just wanted to say great interview and mmmm, Ethan ;)

  25. Unless I can enter and pass the ebook along to a friend if I win?!

    If so, my email is

  26. Of course, you can, LRAtRandom. If your entry wins, I'll simply contact you after the contest closes to find out your friends details. :o)

  27. Looked the interview, will Ethan get his own book?

    (Paused to read other comments)

    Oh, Caged will be Ethan's story. Great!


  28. Gah! I even reread my comment and still didn't see the mistake. I will never be an editor.

    I LIKED the interview.

  29. LOL, I make errors in my comment posts ALL the while. Thanks for commenting, Anne. :o)

  30. Wow...okay this is the first time I have heard of this book. I must read more about the Holloway pack, especially Ethan! Yummy.

    Areeths at new dot rr dot com

  31. There can never be too many shifter stories for me. They are my favorite kind of paranormals. I will be adding this one to my wishlist.

    jen at delux dot com

  32. Thanks for stopping by and comenting, Anne R & JenM. :o)

  33. Another book for me to add to the list! So many books, so little time!


  34. This sounds like another great shifter novel! Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  35. I love these events I get to see new authors and my tbr list suffers LOL



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