Please welcome Charlene and .... Dang! It looks like she brought the whole gang. So please read on. LOL.
Hi, I’m Charlene A. Wilson. I’m always thrilled when I get to participate on Bitten by Paranormal Romance. My characters look forward to being a part the activities…partly because I let them just be themselves. I find I get more out of them if I give them a topic and sit back to see what happens…
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Cole enters the den and stops short as heavy tension hits him. He curses his ability read emotion. Thick waves of hate, concern, arrogance, and nervousness raked through him. He scanned those in attendance; Vincent at the wide picture window, square jaw set; James seated in the dark leather winged chair, elbows on his knees, thumbs and fingers steepled; Elaina patting the wall-sized bar counter, sending several glances to Dressen who appeared unaffected by it all, lounged comfortably on the over-stuffed sofa, arm resting on the back cushion.
Elaina: *quickly pours a drink and brings it to Cole* *whispers* Charlene really wanted Lord Dressen here for this post?
Cole: *accepts drink* Actually, I was under the impression that I’d be the one to be interviewed for the CharacterFest.
Dressen: *crosses his legs* I’d say she knows who the most driven of her characters is. Yes, I heard you.
James: Drive has nothing to do with this topic. Charlene wanted us to share something fun with the readers…what we wanted to be when we grew up.
Cole: Most driven. *mumbles* Nobody’s more driven than I am.
Dressen: I’ll grant you that you are determined concerning Anna. But you underestimate me, Cole Shilo.
Elaina: *blinks at him timidly* What does that mean?
Dressen: I’ve been at this game a long time. I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up at an early age and I saw to it that I achieved that dream. Weak-minded morals never got in my way. And I’ll have one of those fine Ambrosias from Meridian, Elaina.
Elaina: Oh, sure, Lord Dressen. *rushes to get him a drink*
Vincent: And what would that dream be? A self-serving, manipulative gloat?
Dressen: I get what I want.
Vincent: At the expense of others.
James: *holds up a hand to quiet Vincent* Let’s hold off on all that. That’s not why we’re here.
Vincent: And why are we here? If Charlene wanted Dressen to talk to the Bitten by Paranormal Romance readers she could have just invited him to her office and leave us out of it.
Dressen: And forego all this entertaining bantering? *chuckles* She knows what she’s doing.
James: Perhaps she just wanted everyone’s input. Elaina, we’ll start with you.
Elaina: *blinks to the side and turns red* Um, come back to me. I think I need to think about this. *hands Dressen the ambrosia*
James: Okay, Vincent.
Vincent: I used to want to train gilries. The first time Father took us to a show, I wanted to take one home with me.
Dressen: *cocks an eye* What’s a gilrie?
James: They’re similar to a seal.
Dressen: Ah. You wanted to train sea creatures? *nods with a crooked grin* Charming.
Vincent: *growls and sparks dance along his fists*
James: Well, I wanted to travel to the stars.
Elaina: An astronaut? Really, James?
Dressen: *grin widens* An astounding dream. Most definitely.
Vincent: *furrow his brow*
Dressen: Well, Sir Cole, I believe that leaves you. And I must say I’m looking forward to your youthful aspirations.
Cole: *leans against the wall and looks at his glass as he swirls the liqueur* I wanted to write. Adventure, mystery.
Dressen: *eyes sparkle* A writer. I would be very interested in reading one of your works.
Vincent: *scowls* What’s going on?
Dressen: I beg your pardon?
Vincent: You’re being awfully…nice.
Dressen: *shrugs* You all merely confirmed that Charlene chose correctly when she asked me to do this post. Each of you had dreams as a child that were simply that. Dreams. As a child, I wanted trained servants to do my bidding. The senior position in the Grand Marshal’s court. *looks into Cole's eyes* A woman dedicated solely to me. And I saw to it that I achieved it.
Cole: *pushes himself from the wall and forces his thoughts to his mind with his words* You’ll not have her!
Vincent: *neon flares arch from his fists*
James: *waves a hand and an opalescent barrier divides the room, separating them from Dressen*
Elaina: *gasps, eyes wide* Magic!
All men pause and look at her shocked expression.
Elaina: *nods wildly* That’s what I wanted when I was little. I dreamed of living in a world of magic. And…and now I do!
Cole eases his stature, Vincent’s neon power bands fade, and the opalescent barrier dissolves.
Dressen: *chuckles and leans into a stand* It seems I’ve been exceeded. *raises his glass to Elaina then sets it on the end table* *nods at the Shilos* I’ll take my leave.
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Find more about the Chronicles of Shilo Manor, including excerpts and free reads, at the series’ website, ShiloManor.com!
CHRONICLES OF SHILO MANOR
Chronicles of Shilo Manor
It's their nature - long lives and rebirth. They're from another dimension, one gifted with advance abilities, but they serve in Cornerstone Deep. They're the Wizards of Shilo Manor.
"We are of another plane. Only by ancient covenant do few know our true natures. We walk this world among you, beside you, loving you."
Cornerstone Deep blurb
They outlive the mortals of this realm by thousands of years, and when it comes to love the cruel fact is reinforced. Reincarnation doesn't exist on this plane. They lose their wives to death with no hope of reuniting. Yet they continue to accept others for whatever time they have together. Save for Cole. His love for his last wife still burns in his soul four centuries after her death.
When the service they render to the noblemen of Cornerstone Deep brings him face to face with Anna, something unexpected happens. In a realm of silent souls, hers calls to him. He responds with a kiss—one that joined with the spell of servitude she inhaled, binds her soul.
Breaking ancient covenants, angering the lords, and bringing the gods' wrath upon him, Cole tries desperately to undo his wrong and free his love—despite the determination of the nobleman to keep her.
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“My life is a mirage of endless time. But you in this moment engulf me, rivet my mind, encompass my soul.”
Cornerstone Deep Echoes blurb
Mianna’s return heals Cole’s soul and he promises to follow her for the rest of his existence. But the past isn’t what he believes. The fight for her has only begun.
Lord Dressen’s obsession grows as unexpected knowledge is revealed. His search for Mianna has spanned six life times and he won’t give up now. The courts stand behind him. Power pulses through his veins. Determination peaks and not even Cole Shilo can stop him. He will win his prize.
Struggling to stay ahead, Cole’s anger explodes. Nothing is sacred when it comes to keeping his love—not even covenants made with gods. But, through all his efforts, lofty or damned, the truth remains. Will echoes of another life cause him to fail?
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“Every breath you take is a song to my soul.”
Buy Links All Books:
Class Act Books: http://bit.ly/cabWilson
Smashwords (CD) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/227151
Smashwords (CD Echoes) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/227209
Smashwords (Cornerstones) https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206740 (free sampler)
About the Author
Charlene is an author of paranormal suspenseful tales that sweep you away to other dimensions. She weaves magic, lasting love, and intrigue into multi-layered story lines to immerse you into the lives of her characters.
Author site: http://CharleneAWilson.com
~ Giveaway ~
One lucky winner will receive a PDF of their choice from the Cornerstone Deep installments of the Chronicles of Shilo Manor, Cornerstone Deep or Cornerstone Deep Echoes. And high resolution printable bookmarks. All entrants may download a copy of Cornerstones: The First Ten Chapters From Cornerstone Deep as a gift for participating.