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Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton : Character Interview with Excerpt

By Lauriej

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Character Interview with Ashlyn Silverthorne
It’s a real treat to get this opportunity to find out more about you!Thanks for stopping in!What was the scariest moment of your life?The day I was announced as Verdane's next Chosen was the scariest moment of my life. It was devastating. The entire town gathered in the town square that day. There were so many people packed together, it was hard to breathe. When the announcement came, it didn't click right away, you know? I remember being shuffled to the front by numerous hands, until I was standing on the wooden dais with the mayor. Everyone yelled and cheered. They laughed. I was being sent to my death and they all cheered.Wow, that must have been rough. Do you know why they chose you?I'd like to think it's because the townspeople thought I might succeed due to my hunting and martial arts skills. Perhaps I was considered the most expendable of the girls in the village. It doesn't matter anymore. What's done is done.How about a lighter question: What do you think makes a good story?Lots of adventure. Travel to distant, strange lands. Amazing creatures. Oh, and romance–that's the most important element. A swoon-worthy hero who sweeps the heroine off her feet is a must.What is your favorite meal?Mmm. So glad you asked! Seafood, especially crab. I was introduced to the best fresh seafood during my time on the pirate ship. Taranis and his crew eat quite well.What would we find under your bed?A couple of broken bow strings I can't bear to part with—Zane bought those for me when we first started our adventure. The romance novel I stole from my sister, Celeste. A dress my mother made for me when she decided I needed to be more feminine—not my style at all, but I love it anyway since she made it. Oh, and Taranis' new boots. He let some girl talk him into these awful pirate boots. I swiped them while he was sleeping. No one should have to look at him in those boots!If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?A grumpy bear. And if you wake me up before the sun rises, I'm a grumpy bear who bites!What is the next big thing?Don't laugh, but Taranis won a treasure map in a poker game. After we stop for supplies, we are going on a good, old-fashioned treasure hunt. The map looks real. Well, if old and worn are indications of validity. I'm really excited, though. Who hasn't dreamed of searching for pirate treasure?What's your message to others based on your experience?Live everyday like it's your last. We are responsible for shaping our own destinies. I thought being chosen was the worst thing that ever happened to me, the end of my life. After you read my story, you decide. Was being chosen the worst or the best thing that could have happened? I know my answer…
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Shadow Fire

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.
 Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.
 Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.
 Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

 As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.
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  Praise for Shadow Fire
"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer
"Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer
"I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialog well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads
"Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer
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Wewalk in silence for whatseemslikeseveralhours.Thesun isatmidday,yetwestillhaven'tstoppedtorest.Zane isn'tholding myhandlike hewas inthe forest.Ofcourse,there'snothingformetotripoveronthis wideclear road,withtheexceptionoftherutsfromthewagonwheels.I missfeeling his stronghandgrippingmine. PerhapsIshouldjustbe boldlikeCeleste andtake his hand ifI wantto holdit.Thethought leadstoatinygiggleescapingmymouth.I'mmortified whenZaneglancesbackatme,hisrighteyebrowarched."Areyouokay?"he asksashe stopswalking. Myface mustbecrimson. WhenIdon'tanswer,heplaceshishandonmyforehead."You'requitewarm.Maybeweshouldrestfora littlebit."Inodmyagreement andsitdown inthetall grassonthe side ofthe road. Hopefullythegrasswillconcealmyredfacefromview.Zanedoesonelastsurveyofoursurroundingsbeforeloweringhimselfto thegroundnextto me."Here,"he says,handing hiscanteento me, "Havesome water. It'llhelpyoufeelbetter.Be sure to tell mein the future when youneedto rest."Nodding,Itakea slowdrinkwhile tryingtocalmmyracingheart. Thenanotherunbiddenthoughtentersmy mind, andIpicture his lipsonthesameflask.IchokeonthedrinkI'mtaking.ZanepatsmybackasIsputter andcough.Soembarrassing. Iwonderwhatotherevilsmymindhasplannedfor me."I'mokay,"Isay, handingthe flaskback, "butI thinkI'llholdoffonwater forawhile."Settlingonmy back in the thickgrass,I hide myredfacebeneathmy arm.Just acoupleofminutesand the flushwillfade.IfIdon'tstopblushingaroundhim,he'llstartto thinkredis mynaturalskincolor.Ifeelmovement inthe grassbesideme.Hisfingertipstraceafeather light caressalongthearmslung over myface.Loweringmyarm,Ibreatheouta tinygasp.Zane'sface is within inchesofmine. Iwatchhislipscurlintoaslightsmileashishandmovesfrommyarmto caressmycheek. Hisgarneteyesaremesmerizing,trappingme withinthetwinpoolsoffire.Heleanscloser,hislipsso closeyetstilltoo far away.Myheartpounds inmychest,myeyesstillensnaredby hisgaze.His lipsmeetmine, softlyatfirst,thenmoredemanding.Asoftmoanescapesmythroat,andmyeyesflutterclosed."Isthisokay?"he asksinabreathlesswhisper,hislips brushing mine whenhespeaks.Instead of answering, I wind my arms around his neck, pulling his body closer. My mouth opens under the soft pressure of his tongue, granting him entrance. He explores my mouth with excruciating slowness. My body feels like it's on fire as tiny shivers of pleasure race up and down my extremities. I bury my fingers into his auburn hair trapping him against me. He groans, pulling me against him, tightening his arms around my upper body, and I feel a delicious warmth pool deep within my body.When his lips leave mine I'm still lost to the sensations, all so raw and new. Opening my eyes, I gaze up at him, my limbs not quite ready to function yet. His eyes are darkened with passion, which sends another wave of desire coursing through my body."As much as I'd like to stay like this all day," he murmurs, nipping at my lower lip. Clearing his throat he continues, "We need to get moving."
Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.
She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.
Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)
Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.
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