From hot romance author Raine Delight- another “delight”!!!!!
Muse interview’s Michael Barnes from the upcoming Devon Falls book, Moonlight & Magic
Muse settles the chairs around the fire and waits for Michael, the newest resident of Devon Falls. Sipping his hot tea, he hopes he doesn’t scare this new one off. Thinking, I can deal with the antics of Rod, Damien and all the others but this one is different. He seems more fragile in a way as if he is afraid of being rejected. I guess I better be a bit more gentle with him then the other guys. Looking up, Muse blinks as he spies a cat lounging in the window. “When did I get a cat?” He blinks again and it is still there. “Jesus…..I am going to have to talk to Raine about this whole “let’s give Muse a cat and not bother tell him about it” thing.” Sighs and sips his tea and wonders if Michael will ever show up, though as he looked at his watch, it wasn’t late…..yet.
A soft knock echoes in the room.
Muse gets up, spies the cat again and shakes his head in disbelief.
“Welcome Michael,” as he open the door and ushers him in. “Please let me take your coat and help yourself to either coffee or tea over by the fireplace. I wasn’t sure what you would like on this blustery day.”
Michael blinks at the man in front of him. Normally he wouldn’t be so timid but this was THE Muse, the one who helped his author create the books and currently can either make you get your happily ever after or turned into dog chow. “Hi there, I am sorry if I am early. The weather is getting bad out there and I figured to start early rather than later. I wouldn’t want to piss you off for any reason, Muse.”
Chuckling, Muse gestures over to the chairs, “Shall we sit where it is warmer?” After his guest was settled and a coffee was steaming near him, Muse settles in to get to the heart of Michael Barnes. “Michael, one I wouldn’t dream of hurting any of Raine’s creations because frankly I am afraid of what she would do to me. See she decided I needed a cat to keep me company.” Grimacing, “I don’t even know if I like cats, Michael and I look up and there one is. How long it was here, I have no idea but it looks content thank god and not dead like the plant I saw over the summer. I had no idea I even had a plant much less one where I needed to water it.”
Muse clears his throat softly as Michael chuckles. “Now let’s get to you, my boy. What brought you to Devon Falls?”
Michael: “I knew Damien Dracon from his time in Europe and we became friends. He has encouraged me to come to Devon Falls for several years now and it always felt like it wasn’t the right time to do it.” Michael shrugs as he continues, “It seemed after years of roaming from place to place, trying to find that one place to call home, it was the right time to do it.”
“You are a were-tiger, one of the rare white tigers to be specific?”
Michael: “Correct, Muse.”
“So what happened to your pride then?”
Michael shifts uncomfortably in his seat, “Muse, the only thing I can say is I was thrown out after my mother died and my uncle took over the pride. I have been alone except for a few friends ever since.”
Muse pats Michael’s knee. “It’s ok, Michael. I had to ask you see. No other details need to be given until the reader opens the book.” Sipping his rapidly cooling tea, Muse asks, “So what will you do while you are here in Devon Falls? Find work yet? A girl to see?” Muse slyly sees if Michael will mention anyone.
Michael blushes and fiddles with his leather bracelet. “Well I …..um……live over the Dew Drop. Damien’s girlfriend, Alicia generously let me stay there while I get my bearings. I found work at a local garage working on cars and Damien keeps trying to fix me up with every single woman in the town.” Sipping his now cold coffee, Michael tries to stare at the floor but finally gives up and blurts out “I did see someone I want to know more but I am afraid she won’t return my affections.”
Muse leans in, “Is it Dixie by chance? She is a feisty little package you know.”
Michael blushes even redder and nods slowly as his hair covers his face. “I feel so embarrassed. I should go up and talk to her but she is so beautiful with those dark chocolate brown eyes, a smile that lights up the emptiness inside and her genuine warmth that goes to everyone, though I have to say she does have a temper.” Michael chuckles as he sits up, pushes back his hair and smiles. “She is like a firecracker that goes off once and then calm is restored. She makes me feel happy whenever I am in her presence.”
“Well that makes it very interesting indeed, Michael.” Muse says as he watches the emotions flicker in the tiger’s eyes. He’s smitten and doesn’t even know it, Muse thought, should I let him on it or just let him find out himself. Nah…let’s have him fall like all the other ones…completely in love with their woman.
Muse looks at the watch, “A few more questions for you Michael then you can head on home before it gets even worse out there.”
“So what did you feel when you got the Devon Falls?”
Michael: “Home. That is what I thought when I drove through town onto to Damien’s Dragon Inn. I felt safe as well which is important to me. I don’t want to cause trouble for other shifters in the area and I was lucky that they are all easy going here. Damien & Rod introduced me to the local Shifter community and they accepted me, thank god. Two alpha tigers in one place are not good so I was pleased to see I was the only tiger here.”
Muse nods encouragingly as he enjoys his time with Michael. “I am glad the others in the community have accepted you, Michael. That shows much promise for your future, I think…among a certain young lady as well.” Eyes twinkling, Muse watches as Michael smiles a little at the thought of Dixie.
“So tell me about yourself Michael. What do you like to do for fun?”
Michael: “I love to read mystery books (whispers-quite partial to Josh Lanyon’s books right now) and watch natural disaster flicks, like 2012, Day After Tomorrow and others. I also hike, in my human and tiger form. I love the outdoors and someday I hope to have a cabin in the forest where I can roam at will and not worry over a poacher or hunter trying to kill me for my skin. Working on cars helps relax me as well. I like taking apart engines and then putting them back together again, all fixed and running better”
Muses laughs, “Josh Lanyon, huh? Will have to let him know on your delight of his work. Good writer though.” Muse smiles and stands up.
“That’s it Michael. See nothing to worry about. I didn’t turn you in a lizard did I? See completely painless.”
Michael stands and sighs with relief. “Thank you Muse for this. I was very nervous since I heard the horror stories from Damien and Rodrick about you. Jaxon and Alicia said not to listen to them but alas, those two kept their comments up until I left. Got me all discombulated.” Michael puts his jacket on and then before he turns to leave, looks at Muse, “I have to say this though about Dixie. Even though she may be Alicia and Jaxon’s cousin, she has a magic all her own in that her pure heart is one of the draws to me. She is sexy, challenging and very beautiful. It is the complete package I am looking to win, not just sample.” With that, Michael nodded his thanks and walked out with a soft click of the door behind him.
Muse blinks, “Well that was unexpected. What a strong man he is. Not at all timid like I thought.” Gleefully rubs his hands together, “Oh the fun I am going to have with these two will be quite entertaining indeed.”
Muse curses as a fur ball lands on his lap and settles in his lap. “OUCH! Damn it cat, can you NOT shred the new pants for god sakes. I just got these and I like them.” Muse mutters on torture devices for Raine while he absently pets the cat who purrs contently in his lap. He looks down, “So who should we sit in the hot seat next, fluffy?”
Check out Moonlight & Magic, Michael’s story in the Devon Falls Series now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebookstore, Bookstrand and at Secret Cravings Publishing. (links are below the blurb)
Can a were-tiger convince one stubborn woman that she is his for all time and show her that falling in love is just as sinful as a chocolate kiss?
Dixie Sinclair has watched her cousins all fall in love and now she wants the same. Dared to go to the annual Masquerade ball, Dixie finds the one thing she desires: love…one problem…can she trust that it will last after that one night?
Michael Barnes is a rare white were-tiger who was thrown out of his pride long ago for a trumped up crime, Michael roams the world searching for the one place to call home. Finding that peace in Devon Falls, he finds the one woman who stirs him like no other. Can he convince Dixie that she can trust in him forever?
Raine Delight loves to be pampered by her harem of men that exist solely for her pleasure. Wait…..that was in a movie she saw. Hey, she can dream. Raine loves to fight with her muse, attack her manuscripts and find a way to silence the many voices in her head. Inspiration hits at odd times and for Raine, a blank word document page gives her many possibilities on story ideas. Living with her two kids, a significant other who supports her every move in writing and doesn’t seem to mind she gets up at 2 am to type away on the computer. With a love for Johnny Depp, movies and 80’s hair bands, Raine finds a way to bring all her chaotic thoughts into a story that tells her readers about love and romance.