Character Interview with Sykes from Betrayed by Ednah Walters
I am dizzy with excitement today! Why the EXTRA crazy you ask? Because today I have an interview with the delectable Sykes from Ednah Walters' book Betrayed. After the interview, once you've had your cold shower, I'll give you my review of the book and some great links to check out.
Jeannette (opens the door): Sykes, welcome to my…ooh...chocolate.
Sykes: I was told you were a chocolate-eating-sweet-tea-drinking-sassy bookaholic, so I found the best chocolate this side of the world.
Jeannette: Thank you. Please, have a seat. Would you like some tea?
Sykes: I’ll pass, but I’ll have a hug. (Sykes hugs her)
Jeannette: Let me guess. You love hugs?
Sykes: The best excuse to get a pretty woman into my arms without their men getting antsy.
Jeannette (laughs and wiggles out of his arms): You are impossible and I’ll have you know I’m a happily married woman. I was told you’d try to charm your way out of answering my questions.
Sykes (amber eyes widen as he gives her an innocent smile): Me? I tend to charm my way into…you know…things, not out of them.
Jeannette: Okay, you naughty man. Sit and let’s catch up. (Jeannette grins as he reclines on a chair, skin visible through various rips on his jeans, expensive canvas shoes a bit chaffed and a tank shirt that showed his masculine arms)
Sykes (wiggles his brows): You keep staring at me like that and I’ll forget you are married.
Jeannette (blushes): Okay. Let’s get started. Tell us, what is the one thing a girl can do to melt that tough guy exterior?
Sykes: Tough? Me? I think I need an image adjustment. I’m the easiest going guy around here. I mean, have you met Bran and Remy? *rolls his eyes* Talk about intense and anal.
Jeannette: What kind of girl will it take to tame you?
Besides Lil, of course.
Sykes: There will be no taming me. I’m me—take me as I am or leave me alone kind of guy. Lil is, uh… *sighs*…she would like to see me change, become more serious, but that’s not me.
Jeannette: If Bran wasn’t around, would you chase her?
Sykes (chuckles): Absolutely. I’m old fashion that way. I believe in doing the courting.
Jeannette (laughs): Nice. So how do you feel about southern girls?
Sykes: Classy. Charming. Love them. Actually, my secret is I love girls, period. It doesn’t matter what size, color or height. Girls…women are fascinating.
Jeannette: Once the war is over, if it ever is, what do you dream about doing?
Sykes (stops smiling and sits up): Is that a trick question? This war is never ending.
Jeannette: But what if?
Sykes (shakes his head): I’m a hunter. It’s what I do best. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Jeannette: What do you do when not hunting?
Sykes: I hang out with Remy and the gang, or the girl I’m dating.
Jeannette: Do you think, or hope, Ednah will do a spin-off series about you? I gotta tell ya, I’m really hoping so.
Sykes (stares into space with nostalgic expression): It would be nice to meet a woman that can make me forget about…stuff. (Flashes a smile, the brief bad mood forgotten) Of course. She’d better find me a mate in a year or so. No, make it three years. I still need to find myself.
Jeannette: Does that mean you’re lost?
Sykes (winks): Would you like to find out? I’m free this weekend.
Jeannette (laughs): Don’t tempt me. If you could meet one person past, present or future, who would it be?
Sykes: In my world? The Goddess Xenia. In your world? Kurt Cobain. I love Nirvana.
Jeannette: Ok, tell us one thing, one secret, about Sykes that no one else knows. Something that gives us a little more insight to the guy you are.
Sykes: Promise not to tell?
Sykes: I’m a bookaholic just like you. Espionage…murder mystery…courtroom drama…poetry. Only Remy knows about it and he swore not to tell. If the girls find out, it will spoil my image.
Jeannette: Which is what?
Sykes (grins): A semi-illiterate, ignorant slacker. Haven’t you noticed how Izzy is always yapping at me to read more?
Jeannette (laughs): I have. Well, I’m happy you are not semi-illiterate or a slacker. I promise to keep your little secret too.
Sykes (stands up): Thank you. Now I’ll have one more hug before I leave. Duty calls.
Sykes holds Jeannette just a little longer then steps back. Am I allowed to kiss you too?
Jeannette: My hubby might start world war three if you did.
Sykes (laughs): Then I’d better go. I hope we meet again, Jeannette.
~Sigh~ Well, he melts me faster than hot pan melts butter! Whew!! Ok, please check out my review below and do your best to wipe the tongue streaks off your monitor. Oh, come on! You know you what you did. Bahahaha!
Monday, June 18, 2012
A SCENE IN SYKES’ POV
I settled in front of the TV with a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, propped my feet up on the table and started to chow when she pinged me. Lil. It was hard to describe how I felt about her. Was this love or a crush? Even the communication beam from her sent my pulse racing.
“Hey, Red. Want something to eat?” I got up and offered her my food when all I wanted to do was ask her what was wrong. She had that look in her eyes, like someone had switched off a light inside her. Lil had never been good at hiding her feelings. One could say she was easy to read, but that would be a lie. I was just sensitive to her moods. “It’s hot and spicy.”
“No, thanks. Where’s Remy?”
“He just left with Llyr.” Pretending like I cared, I asked, “So what’s up with him?”
She stiffened. “Uh, what do you mean?”
So Bran was responsible for her pain. What did he do? I watched her as she walked around the couch, wishing he were here so I could punch him for hurting her. “He was more anal than usual tonight. I asked him a simple question and he nearly bit off my head.”
I tried to make her smile by poking fun at Bran but it didn’t work, so I chose the direct method while acting like the answer wasn’t important. I twirled my fork and coiled strands of spaghetti. “Did you two have a fight?”
“N-no. Why would you think that?”
“The sparkle in your eyes is gone. Want me to beat him up for ya?”
She laughed it off. “So when are we leaving?”
I didn’t care about leaving for our next mission or fighting demons, and said so. She was important right now. No, she was always important. I knew I couldn’t have her, but being around her and making her smile made up for it. I ate, aware of her eyes on me. Sometimes, I wondered what went inside her head when she did that. I’d caught her eyes on me once or twice, a thoughtful expression on her face. Did she ever wish she and I had met first? That she had fallen for me instead of Bran?
Not liking that my thoughts were wandering into a dangerous zone, I teased, “Don’t get any ideas, Red.”
“You’re lusting after me, but you can’t have me,” I glanced her way, “until you ditch Neanderthal Llyr. Usually I don’t care what my girls do when they’re not with me. But you,” I winked, “I wouldn’t share you with another guy, especially him.”
She blushed, looking even prettier, if that were possible. She mumbled something about my clothes and got up. “I’m heading home. Ping me when everyone is here.”
“Whoa…whoa, don’t go.” I sat up. She’d go home and mope, and I wasn’t having that. “Come here.”
She eyed me suspiciously, a confused expression on her face. “Why?”
“I want you to take a look at my hair. Remy said I have split ends.” I lifted a lock and pretended to study it. I didn’t care about my hair, but I had to do something to stop her from leaving. “Split ends, my ass. Because of him, I tried to trim it, but did a crappy job. How about you level it for me?” I shook my head.
She took the bait, walked to where I sat and touched my hair. “It’s not bad.”
Our gazes locked. It took all my will power not to wrap my arms around her waist, pull her down onto my lap, hold her and make her pain go away. Would she let me?
The others arrived, including Bran, and the moment was gone.
Posted by Forbidden Passions Reviews at 12:48 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2012
CHARACTER PROFILE: SYKES
Birthday: February 14th
Zodiac sign: Aquarian
Favorite Song: “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi
Background: Nephilim with the ability to manipulate energy to create energy balls out of thin air. The most powerful of them creates alpha balls, destructive energy orbs capable of great destruction. Because of the destructive nature of their abilities, Energy Guardians rarely use their ability during training unless in a closed environment.
Sykes is a first generation Cardinal, meaning he is the first person in her family to become a Guardian. Unlike the others, he thrives on breaking Cardinals rules. In fact, his hero is Cardinal Falcon, who is also known to bend and break rules.
Sykes has an edgy charm that makes him irresistible. He attracts the spotlight and has a wacky sense of humor. Friendship is easy for him, and so he doesn’t work at it. Romance is easy for him too and he loves women, which means, he changes girlfriends often.
Sykes is an only child and proud of it. Like the other Guardians, he grew up in Xenith, the Guardian world before she moved to earth. He loves to party and dance, partly because he’s always hooking up with some girl. He has a calculated image of hobo chic—worn out jeans and canvas shoes, and washed out T-shirts.
At six-three with his blond hair complexion and hazel eyes, he is handsome without trying and knows it.
Casting Call: I had an image of Sykes when I started writing the series and we’ll see if you agree….Green Arrow from Smallville.
Posted by Forbidden Passions Reviews at 3:38 PM
Friday, June 8, 2012
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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