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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Interviewing author Hildie McQueen about Desperate Betrayal

I'm pleased to have the chance to interview Hildie McQueen about her newest fantasy romance release, Desperate Betrayal.
In your book, Desperate Betrayal, the hero, Cyn Frasier, is a member of the Protectors, a group of immortal warriors who slay demons. Was he born into this position or did he earn it? What unusual characteristics does he possess as an immortal warrior? How does he kill the demons?

Protectors are predestined. They are regular humans who during their early twenties begin to experience extraordinary changes.  They grow taller, more muscular and develop keener hearing and eyesight.  Cyn can see without aid in the dark, he also can hear most thoughts and he springs fangs when angry. The Protector’s leader, Julian then comes for them.  The most common way kill demons is by beheading them or stabbing them through the heart. 

The heroine, Emma, is a half-demon. Does she take human form? What supernatural abilities does she have? 

For all intensive purposes Emma is human, she was raised by human foster parents and doesn’t have the blue tinge to her skin that distinguishes demons.  Half demons do not need to feed on blood to survive, but are susceptible to urges and can be pulled into the darkness of bloodlust and violence. Although some doe, she doesn’t possess any supernatural abilities, poor Emma.

Emma approaches Cyn to gain his help rescuing her sister from powerful demons. What does she offer him in return or how can she improve his life?

She used his oath to protect innocents against him.  When he resists, she informs him that she knows where his best friend, another Protector is being held captive.   

Working together puts Cyn and Emma at risk. What risks do they face?

After realizing Emma is the key to getting into the demon compound, Cyn allows Emma into the world of the Protectors.  He risks it all in an effort to save his best friend, a Spartan named Roderick.  By the time they arrive at the compound, Emma is beginning to have feelings for Cyn and she puts her life on the line to save him from the trap the demons have set for him.

What betrayal must Cyn and Emma overcome?

Emma’s deceit  

Desperate Betrayal 

By Hildie McQueen 

Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is a member of a group of immortal warriors, the Protectors, assigned to protect humans in Atlanta, Georgia, the epicenter of a major uprising in demon activity. When Cyn is approached by a beautiful woman in a dirty alley, he is intrigued by the fact that she can see him for what he is, a terrifying demon slayer, and still dares to approach him. 

Emma Blake, a half-demon, has to convince Cyn to help rescue her sister from powerful demons. Terrified that the Protector will kill her if he realizes what she is, she still goes against every instinct and approaches Cyn for help. Despite knowing that she is leading them both into territory so wrought with treachery, neither of them may survive. 

Can Cyn and Emma overcome betrayal, the ancient rules that prevent Protectors from taking a wife, unless she is his one true mate? And if they do, will it even matter?  
Available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Excerpt from Desperate Betrayal

“Turn around.” His smooth voice flowed over her like velvet.

Emma tried to swallow but her mouth went dry. She turned to find he stood very close.

God help her, she’d never seen a more handsome man than the one who stood before her now. Her body screamed for his touch. She wanted to be with him, her skin against his. But she wouldn’t sleep with him as a form of payment.

What if during sex he sensed that she was part demon and killed her on the spot? But, then again, maybe he would kill her just for saying no.

She forced herself to remain calm, and placed her hand on his chest only to draw it back when the urge to caress him became too strong.

“Listen Cyn. I know most women throw themselves at you. I mean you’re extremely good-lo… but, I, – I am not going to have sex with you, right now. What happened before between us, out there in the alley was because of the rush from the adrenaline after your encounter with the demon…,”She stopped babbling, at a loss for words.

Cyn stood back with his arms crossed while he stared down at her, one eyebrow cocked. His lips curved into a crooked smile.

“I was going move the chair for you and ask you to come sit by the desk, so I could get some more information from you. But I see your mind is on other things.” He leaned in closer to her and his smile widened. “You said ‘not right now’, does that mean we’ll have sex later?”

Hildie McQueen is a whirlwind who refuses to wear anything but jeans and heels. 

She grew up on the San Diego/Mexico border, joined the military at seventeen and never returned.  After living in Germany, Texas and Hawaii, she finally settled in the beautiful southern town of Augusta, Georgia.

Biracial, half Mexican and half African-American, Hildie’s native language is Spanish, but English is her favorite way of communicating now. 

Her mission in life is to make as many people as possible to feel normal.  It’s an easy thing to do, for others to feel normal around her, because she’s anything but.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. She is the author of the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE. Look for her first of an epic fantasy romance series, SEEKING A SCRIBE: ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS ONE, to be available March, 2012. For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


Hildie McQueen said...

Hello Marsha! Thanks a bunch for having me here today. Great blog you've got here.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks! Glad to have you here for the day!