Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dante & Ciara Interview Part One

Since Dante Baptiste (of Adrian Phoenix’s A Rush of Wings and In the Blood) and Ciara Griffin (of Jeri Smith-Ready’s Wicked Game and the upcoming Bad to the Bone) are from two different worlds, it seemed likely (and sad) that they’d never meet.

But then the dimensional fabric between their worlds thinned for a brief time, so that they could share a few (okay, make that a lot of) drinks at the Bar Between the Universes (not to be confused with the Restaurant at the End of the Universe—the Bar only serves basic pub grub) and got to talking:

ROUND ONE (see yesterday's blog for an explanation of rounds)

Dante (drinking Absinthe King Gold): Hey Ciara, bon soir. We’re the only ones in the club, and I’m content to play bartender. Name your poison.

Ciara: Hmm, given your choice of words, I’ll take a Coke. In the original container. Unbroken seal.

Dante: (snorts) So you’re saying that the drink used world-round to clean car batteries is safer than anything I’d pour for you? Oh-kay. (Hands Ciara an ice-cold short bottle of Coke. Unopened. Offers her a bottle opener.)

Ciara: Hey, I’m new in your world. Lots of scary-ass folks, including nightkind. Always gotta watch out for numero uno, right? Trust no one. Well, almost no one.

Dante: C’est vrai, but you gotta trust yourself, yeah? It gets old always watching out for Numero Uno. You never know when he’s gonna blindside you with a flying tackle. I ain’t trying to be cold, but I think it’s time Numero Uno was told he ain’t with the Saints no more. D’ya think there’s an assisted living center for delusional ex-football players?

Ciara: (blinks)

Dante: Oh. Wait. You meant numero uno as in (points a finger at Ciara’s chest, then points at his own). Gotcha! See, there’s this . . . never mind, ain’t important. (Downs his drink)

So I read Wicked Game.

Ciara: And you told all your friends, right? Maybe talked about it onstage? Been my ever-lovin’ pimpalicious baby?

Dante: (pouring himself another tumbler of Absinthe King Gold) Oui, I told all my friends about WVMP and its vampire DJs, and I think I mentioned you. And Shane. And all the hot sex.

(A smile tilts his lips)

I even told them there was another book on the way full of action, hysterical one-liners, deadly fanatics, and – oh, yeah – more hot sex. I ain’t mentioned it onstage, but where do I sign up to be your ever-lovin’ pimpalicious baby? What are the perks?

Ciara: Gold chain medallions, ankle-length leather coat with arctic fox trim. The standard pimp accoutrements. I think you’d look cute in one of those big purple hats.

Dante: (chokes on his drink. Turns around so Ciara can lean across the bar and pound on his back as he gasps for air.)

Ciara: Anyway, I’ve read both of your adventures, A Rush of Wings and In the Blood, which puts me one ahead of you. I’ve even read the sections you didn’t narrate, which means I know seeeeeecrets. Which I’m willing to sell.

Dante: Secrets? To sell? How much? (works hand into pocket of leather pants, then his gaze lights on the cash register. He grins and pulls his hand free of his pocket.)

Ciara: Actually, I’m not sure I want to be around when you find out some of those not-so-fun facts. Maybe I could mail them to you and you could wire the money to one of my offshore accounts. After I’m far, far away. Out of “unmaking range.”

Dante: (blinks) Offshore accounts? What, are you Le Chiffre from Bond? Does that make me Bond or the Bond chick? And I ain’t one of those ‘unmake the messenger’ types, p’tite.

Ciara: That’s good to know. So where was I? Oh yeah, your books. I tell all my friends about your antics, and once I have some free time in between all the not-getting-killed, your stories will be the first ones I review on our dormant website. Because they officially rock.

Do people still say things “rock”? Sometimes I worry I spend so much time with Nineties Boy, my slang gets out of date.

Sorry. You were saying. Or maybe I was saying. Who was saying?

Dante: (reaches over and yanks the bottle of Coke out of Ciara’s hand.) You’ve had waaaay too much caffeine, p’tite. Choose a non-caffeinated drink.

Ciara: (sighs) Okay. Give me a Smithwick’s. That’s Shane’s favorite beer. But again, sealed, please.

And when you get a chance, come sit with me. You hovering behind the bar feels too much like a shrink with his patient. Unless you feel threatened, in which case, hover all you want. I know better than to threaten a vampire.

Dante: (snorts) Threatened. (Moves in a blur of latex and gleaming steel and sits on the stool beside Ciara, unopened bottle of Smithwick’s in hand, which he extends to her.) You still have the bottle opener, yeah?

Ciara: (gapes) Uh…yeah. (presses cold bottle against neck to cool off)

Dante: I’m impressed by how you’ve been able to play the book off as fiction, but given your skills in the persuasive arts, not surprised. You got any other promotions for WVMP coming up?

Ciara: (recovers at the mention of marketing activities) You bet! We had a rockin’ Halloween party, and then a Happy Hell-iday celebration for Christmas. Eight fanged reindeer pulling Santa’s coffin, devil horns on my elf costume, and of course, the classic holiday songs like “Little St. Nick” by the Beach Boys, and “Christmas Sucks” by Tom Waits and Peter Murphy.

(pops top of beer bottle)

See, some annoying people insisted we were going to hell, so we decided to milk it. Ratings, you know. You can read all about it in my next adventure, BAD TO THE BONE, coming out in May, in stores everywhere!

(looks around for someone to hand a bookmark to, sees no one, is deflated)

Dante: Leave some bookmarks on the bar, I’m sure people will pick ‘em up. I’d like one, too.

Ciara: So what about you? How’s the Inferno tour going? Any more onstage, um, episodes like the one in Seattle that Heather told us about in IN THE BLOOD? That looked pretty rough. I’m not surprised people thought it was a stunt. Tabloid rumors really sell concert tickets! But seriously, I hope you’re feeling better.

(reaches out to pat his shoulder, thinks better of it)

Dante: People thought what happened on stage was a stunt? Wow. I didn’t know that. Tabloid rumors . . . hell, I didn’t even think about that! I don’t even remember what happened, to be honest. But I’m good, merci beaucoup for asking.

Ciara: Good. I want to keep you around for those next two books I hear are coming down the pike. You know anything about them? Any hints for your cutest fan? (bats eyelashes)

Dante: Shane’s here?? Oh. You meant cutest female fan. (Wicked smile.) Umm . . . well, the title is BENEATH THE SKIN. And the series now has a name – THE MAKER’S SONG. I can’t really give you any hints because it might spoil ITB for those who ain’t read it yet. I can say there’ll be fights for survival, sex, love, blood, oh, and a fight for sanity. I know . . . generic. (Shrugs.) Can’t be helped, p’tite.

Ciara: Ooh, your series has a name. I’m jealous. But congratulations—it all sounds very intriguing.

Dante: Your turn. List the DJs in order of hotness. I think it’s a given Shane’ll be numero un. Gotta admit, I think he’s hot too.

Ciara: Why, thank you. In order? Definitely Noah is second—he’s got a kind, gentle soul, and the dreadlocks are a work of art. I also like that he sometimes wears glasses, though of course he doesn’t need them.

Dante: Dreads are smokin’ for true.

Ciara: Then probably a tie between Spencer and Monroe. They’re both so aloof and magnetic, although Spencer, frankly, is a major tightass. But he has piercing eyes, so point in his favor.

Dante: Oui, I’d say piercing eyes earns points, tightass loses points, so maybe Spencer’s a wash, yeah?

Ciara: Overall, yeah, but he’s good to have around. At least the sanest patient is running the asylum.

Back to the hotness rankings. Last would be Regina and finally Jim. Not that they’re not gorgeous, but their personalities are kind of a turnoff. Regina’s a bully, and Jim…well, I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. He’s definitely committed “bad touch” with me more than once. I’d give anything to be able to haul off and whack him upside the head, but that’d probably get me killed.

Shane put him in his place, though, in BTTB. He totally drank his milkshake. Well, he took a sip, at least.

Am I talking too much? Do I seem nervous? Don’t answer that.

Dante: I never really got that “I drink your milkshake” line in that “There Will Be Blood” movie. I mean, what the hell was that movie even about? Um…excuse that digression.

(C&D speak over each other)

Ciara: I didn’t actually see it--I spent most of that December trying not to get killed. But these days, the catch phrase is enough to fake one’s pop culture awareness.

Dante: You seem a little nervous, yeah. But I ain’t gonna do any “bad touch” stuff or let anyone else bother you – if anyone should walk in, that is, which they won’t. Club’s closed. Just you and me, chere. Whoops. I wasn’t supposed to answer that, yeah?

Ciara: Answer what? Huh?

Dante: (pours fourth Absinthe King Gold and waits for her to catch up)

Ciara: Anyway, instead, answer this: What’s your favorite song you’d never cover onstage? A secret guilty pleasure, like REO Speedwagon or Barry Manilow, perhaps?

Dante: My secret guilty pleasure--but it ain’t secret anymore--is Justin Timberlake. I’d love to do a cover of “Cry Me a River” that song’s just brimming with rage, but the guys would probably tie me up and stuff me head first into a laundry hamper full of smelly athletic gear. My other secret--dammit…not anymore!--guilty pleasure would be Kelly Clarkson’s “Addicted.” That song cuts to the core. But…the guys would probably tie me up, stuff me into a laundry hamper, etc.

You next. What song or band is your secret guilty pleasure?

Ciara: Does Coldplay count? I’m told they’re not cool, but they’re my musical Valium. Except for their new album, which I hate. Now that they’ve been praised for reinventing themselves, they’ll do it every time, and I’ll never get my mindless soothing Brit Pop melodies back. Ah well. There’s always Snow Patrol.

Dante: Oui, Coldplay counts. The reinvented Coldplay is too generic to be worthy of secret guilty pleasuredom. (Clinks his tumbler against Ciara’s beer bottle). Hey! While we’re starting to feel no pain, it’s the perfect time to indulge our secret guilty pleasures, yeah?

(Dante jumps to his feet, blurs back behind the bar, much clinking, clanking, and muttering ensues. He straightens, shaking his hair back from his face, a triumphant smile on his lips. He thumps a karaoke machine on the bar.)

Le voici! Ain’t never done this, but I think it’d be fun, yeah? Just you and me and any song we’d never sing in front of an audience. I can set this up, we can take turns singing in the Cage or on the bar! I totally want to sing “Like a Virgin!” Whatcha wanna sing? We can flip a coin or arm wrestle or kiss or something to decide who goes first!

Ciara: Ooh, I know—let’s start with a duet! Like maybe… (flips through karaoke book) Perfect! (programs machine and hands Dante a mic) First one to laugh has to sing anything the other one chooses.

Dante: D’accord. And drink anything the other one pours.

(We hear the opening strains of the world’s tenth cheesiest vampire song: Ozzy Osbourne and Lena Horne’s “Close My Eyes Forever.” Fade out as Dante snarfs absinthe out his nose.)

To be continued next month...


Um...yeah. Anyway, leave a comment or a question for Ciara and/or Dante between now and 11:59pm EST next Wednesday (January 7) to be automatically entered to win an autographed copy of In the Blood.

And since I'm still skeptical about the level of people's internet engagement over the holidays, I'll throw in a $10 Amazon gift certificate if we reach 50 comments, so you can buy another copy of ITB for a friend. That way you won't have to lend it out and get it back with coffee stains and cat-chewed cover corners.

If you don't have a Blogger account, no worries! Just sign your name and be sure to either check back next week to see if you won, or leave a way to get in touch with you (leaving an e-mail in the address not recommended, due to spam issues).

Get an extra chance to win by friending Ciara or Dante on MySpace. Be sure to let them know you're entering the contest and what name you've commented under, so I know which commenter to assign the extra chances to. Clear as mud?

Happy New Year!

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I'm SSOOO amused!!! This little story is so much fun, I can't wait to hear more! And if you two decide to make a book together, I promise I won't be upset ;)

Have a great New Year!!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/31/2008 1:54 PM

Ha loved this! These are two amazing characters. I can't wait to read more!

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 12/31/2008 2:12 PM

Okay ...I'll ask the obvious question since no one else has ... Where the hell is Shane and Heather? Why weren't they invited?;0)

Posted by: Blogger Tyava at 12/31/2008 2:14 PM

This was so great..I hope that you do many more. Loved the first exchange you guys had via blog a while ago too. Great timing between the two. I can't wait to read the new books...the firsts were great and have read them both more than once.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Blogger Jules at 12/31/2008 2:58 PM

What about a Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana song? Do you guys ever cover them? LOL


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 12/31/2008 3:27 PM

Haha, that's awesome! Happy new years, guys

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 12/31/2008 5:27 PM

Or least you have a better one than me - I'll be spending it working, thanksverymuch, argh!

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 12/31/2008 5:28 PM

Cool conversation! Dante sounds somewhat happy/content right now...hope that's true. :)

Love that Dante would sing Cry Me a River!
Where can you get Absinthe King Gold?

We're headed out to celebrate New Year' of our hosts favorite beers is Smithwick's.

Still laughing trying to imagine Dante being anything 'pimpalicious baby'!!!

Posted by: Blogger Kristin at 12/31/2008 7:21 PM

Cat-chewed cover corners? Not in my house! Thankfully my feline hasn't turned to book destruction. He tolerates books, but doesn't particularly like them - that's why he always looks so surly or sleepy whenever he's photographed with them ;-)

Jeri - Wicked Game will have its first Australian publication on 1st June 2009. Here.

Adrian - A Rush of Wings will be re-released in Oz on 1st May 2009. Here. In the Blood will be released on 1st March 2009. Here.

Have a lovely day! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 12/31/2008 7:45 PM

That was awesome. There were some great comebacks in there. Is there the possibility for any surprise guests pop in for the next?

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 12/31/2008 11:23 PM

Hi Guys. I loved it. Those character are so cool. Would loved to meet them. They made me laugh. Love your Friend,Ruth

Posted by: Blogger Ruth Violet Moran at 1/01/2009 9:04 AM

I'd love to see Dante in a big purple hat ;)

Posted by: Blogger Night critter at 1/01/2009 4:29 PM

This is great! Can't wait for more!

Posted by: Blogger rainstorm at 1/01/2009 11:11 PM

Happy New Year to you, Jeri & Adrian! I love this blog and ya'll played off each others characters so well! Would love to see the two of you do a whole book together as I enjoy reading both of you!
Take care and looking forward to more!

dragonsflowers (my space)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/02/2009 2:58 AM

The whole "pimpalicious" was rocking!! Yes some of us still say that for true!
I already have Dante as a Friend and I just friend Ciara!

Have a Great Weekend!

dragonsflowers (myspace)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/02/2009 3:01 AM

That was great you guys! Looking forward to part 2! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/02/2009 5:07 AM

OOOH Woe is me.

How can those two be so chirpy and drinking !

Maybe my New Year festivities were a bit (only a little bit) to intense but the thought of alcohol is making my stomach queasy.

I think they should move to the Restuarant !

No hold on, just thinking about food is even worse.

Lets just draw the curtain and let them go to bed as that is what I am going to do.


Posted by: Blogger buddyt at 1/02/2009 8:52 AM

Thanks, Caprice, and everyone else who enjoyed the interview. I had a great time doing it, and so did Dante.


Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 8:57 PM

Okay, now as to Tyava's question as to the whereabouts of Heather and Shane during this interview, I don't know about Shane, but Heather was most likely setting up her office, adjusting to her new life. She knows about the interview, of course. But I don't think she knows how attractive Ciara is. . .

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 9:00 PM

As to Deidre's comment: Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana?

Ciara's gonna have to pound on Dante's back again as he chokes on more absinthe. LOL.

Ciara? Is Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers another secret guilty pleasure?

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 9:03 PM

Kristin, glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, the interview was a quiet moment in Dante's life, a happy one.

Here's the address for a great place to buy all kinds of absinthe. (I've bought several bottles from them.)

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 9:07 PM

Donnas - a surprise guest or Heather?

I think Dante and Ciara have anough on their hands with each other. LOL! But who knows? ;)

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 9:09 PM

Nightcritter - as for seeing Dante in a pimpilicious purple hat? Maybe when he's Sleeping and helpless to stop anyone from putting one on his head. LOL!!

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 9:12 PM

Happy New Year to y'all and thanks for all your comments!

All the best, Chris, Jules, Caprice, B, Tyava, Deidre, Wendy (sorry you had to work!), Kristin, Tez, Donna, Ruth, Nightcritter, Lornamoon, Carol (hope you survived the hangover)!

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/02/2009 9:16 PM

Thanks for a fun interview! I hope the two of you had a great time together!

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 1/03/2009 9:25 AM

Such fun! I love both series, and am so glad for the cross-pollination. Thanks for the fun, and Happiest of New Years!

Posted by: Blogger slyboots2 at 1/03/2009 2:23 PM

lmao about fell out when i heard you say "like a virgin" ..... oh just gotta say spencer is not so bad was in tears for days over his story ciara tut /// and honestly dante i think jack would do waaaaaay worse than that lmao .... anywho my question : since the rush has a series title have you had any movie offers and if so who would you want to play you in the movie ..... ciara also if given the chance who would you liek to be played by in a movie !!! ok and once again like normal rambling stopping promise lmao

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/04/2009 7:39 PM

Hi Lena,

I'll let Dante answer your questions: "Like a Virgin" would so rock! I'm pretty sure I could sing it with a straight, no, probably not. ;) And you're right about Jack!

No movie offers at this time and who would play moi? Hmmm. Dunno. Probably someone undiscovered yet.

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/04/2009 8:13 PM

This really is hilarious! I'm excited for the rest and sorry for my lateness in commenting. I don't have a comment honestly. Truly fun and funny.


Posted by: Blogger Shooting Stars Mag at 1/05/2009 5:05 PM

Loved the interview. Now I've got visions of Dante dressed as a pimp a la Kramer from Seinfeld.

Posted by: Blogger Leslie at 1/05/2009 5:54 PM

that was great.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/05/2009 7:36 PM

Leslie, you made me spray coffee out my nose at your comment!! Well-done! *chokes* ;)

Posted by: Blogger Adrian at 1/05/2009 10:55 PM

I was reading this at work and I was trying really hard not to laugh...I really enjoyed this!

Posted by: Blogger StyleVamp at 1/06/2009 5:08 PM

Its cool learning about you two! What a great interview!

Posted by: Blogger macbeaner at 1/06/2009 6:07 PM

That was great! I'm looking forward to more!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/06/2009 9:01 PM

Loved the post and can't wait to read more.

Posted by: Blogger Carmen R at 1/06/2009 9:52 PM

I love the post. It should be put into a book. Kind of like reading a diary. It's so good.

But, Justin Timberlake. I'm soooo disappointed Dante. You should have someone more suave and sophisticated.

Posted by: Blogger orelukjp0 at 1/06/2009 11:47 PM

Well, now I want to read all of the books involved, to read more about the characters!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/07/2009 2:17 AM

Simply loved the interview! To bad the blog is probably the only place Dante and Cara will meet but I certainly enjoyed their interview and I'm looking forward to reading more about each of them in upcoming books. I also wish I had been able to sneak into the bar and steal some of those bookmarks. ;)

Posted by: Blogger LadyVampire2u at 1/07/2009 6:52 AM

Ciara, do you want Dante? That is my question.


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/07/2009 10:33 AM

lol that was great. Thanks very much for the interview. Maybe they could appear in a book together sometime in the future?

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/07/2009 10:42 AM

That was great! Now if only they had their own book together ;)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/07/2009 11:51 AM

Awesome fun, can't wait for part two!

Posted by: Blogger DavidH at 1/07/2009 3:46 PM

This was great. I had so much fun reading this. I loved the pimp imagery. I had this picture in my head of this gorgeous hot guy trying to look "cool" and instead looking like the pimp from one of those 1980's cop shows.

Posted by: Blogger Gina Marie Pettitt at 1/07/2009 4:32 PM

This was great! Loved Wicked Game and can't wait to read In The Blood! :)

(Blogger's been giving me problems, so hopefully this isn't a duplicate post.)

Posted by: Blogger Cari Quinn at 1/07/2009 7:08 PM

OMG! That was one good interview. These two are awesome together. They have a good dynamic together.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/07/2009 7:37 PM

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by! I'll try to answer the questions directed to me and leave the rest to Ciara (if I can find her).

Tez: Thanks so much for the update on the Australian publication. I wasn't even aware it was being published there. Cool!

Donnas: Oh, you've given us some wicked ideas.... :-)

Lena: Ciara doesn't know about Spencer's story (they only tell the absolute truth to me ;-). She'd probably be more sympathetic if she knew.

catbyte/wyrdcat: Hmm, I don't think they could appear together in a book, since they come from different universes. The vampires in Ciara's world are way different from the nightkind like Dante. And I think her head would explode if she learned about the Fallen. ;-)

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the interview! Adrian and I--I mean, Dante and Ciara--have really enjoyed it so far.

And we've only just begun!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/07/2009 11:12 PM

OMG, I've only got like 13 minutes to post or the universe will implode or something.

So I'll take these 5 at a time in case Blogger craps out on me.

Caprice: Thank you! I can't see us in a book together, though. I mean, his world would kick my ass in about three seconds.

Brooke Reviews: Aw, you're so sweet. Mmmwah! Happy New Year to you, too!

Tyava: Hmm. I think it was football season at the time, which explains where Shane was.

Jules: Oh yes, that blog exchange was fun, too. That was when I first started to worry we wouldn't see eye to eye. Thanks for loving the books!

Ddurance: I think that was a ? for Dante, but I personally would love to see what his band could do to a Jonas Brothers tune. Leave it in shreds, I imagine, which it would deserve.

OK, that's 5. Posting!

Posted by: Blogger Ciara Griffin at 1/07/2009 11:46 PM

This is so embarrassing. Jeri and I have the same Blogger photo. That's like showing up at a party wearing the same dress as your mom.

Wendy: Happy New Year to you, too! Sorry you had to work. I know what that's like. Or at least I know what it's like to have a boyfriend who works holidays, which is almost as sucky.

Kristin: Ooh, enjoy your Smithwick's! Shane has me hooked on that stuff.

Tez: Awesome! I can't wait for the folks down under to read our tale. I wonder if it'll have the same cover. P.S.: I'm blonder than the girl on the US cover, and I have no tattoos. Low pain threshold + commitment-phobia kinda strikes that out.

Donnas: Glad you enjoyed it! I wish I could remember some of the later parts. There might have been special guests, or maybe I dreamed it.

Ruth: I'd love to meet you, too! Except I'm told that I don't "exist." *eyeroll* Whatevs.

Posted by: Blogger Ciara Griffin at 1/07/2009 11:52 PM

Night critter: Me, too! Though I might actually bust a spleen laughing.

LornaMoon: Thanks! It gets better (and weirder), as the whiskey and secrets start to flow.

Chris: Thanks for friending me on MySpace! I don't know how long I'd survive in Dante's world, honestly.

L: Ooh, mystery person goes by a one-letter name. Happy New Year to you, too, Secret Agent "L"!

Carol: Sorry about your hangover. Hope you're feeling better by now. But drawing the curtain and letting us go to bed is definitely not the answer. *pulls out mace to keep Dante from following Carol's suggestion*

Posted by: Blogger Ciara Griffin at 1/07/2009 11:57 PM

Ha! I just made it in under the wire. Now Jeri has to buy one of you an Amazon gift card.

Adrian: Aw, thanks, but Heather has nothing to fear. Dante's really not my type. I like 'em a little more natural--flannel, not leather, y'know? And I don't need a guy who'll steal my eyeliner. ;-)

No on the HM and JB. Not even a little.

Katie: Happy New Year to you, too! I had a great time with Dante. For the most part.

slyboots2: I'm so glad you're enjoying the books and the interview! Wait'll you read the rest. ;-)

Lena: I'd beg for Scarlett Johanssen to play me in the movie. Not that I'd get any say in it. *grumbles*

Lauren! Great to see you here. Glad you liked the interview. You're not late at all. If you were, what would that make me?

Posted by: Blogger Ciara Griffin at 1/08/2009 12:06 AM

Leslie: That. Is. Priceless. I'm so glad I could put that image in your head. Any time Dante can loosen up and be a little silly (or at least think about it), the universe is a better place. Especially for him.

chekru: Why, thank you. You're great, too! :-)

Tanya: We all need a little more laughter in the workplace. Glad we could oblige.

macbeaner: Thanks! I hope you enjoy the other installments, too, coming in the next three months.

Deborah: Me, too! I mean, I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys think of the rest of the interview...that has already happened. Yes.

Carmen R: Thanks! Come back next month for the cage wrestling!

orelukjp0: I know! Dante has really burst my awe-bubble with the Justin Timberlake fantasies. Though I'm sure Justin is a perfectly nice guy, who should totally call me.

Posted by: Blogger Ciara Griffin at 1/08/2009 12:14 AM

Margaret: Oh, you absolutely should! We are even better between the pages than we are onscreen. Because there's this thing called an editor...

LadyVampire2u: Send Jeri an e-mail at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com and ask for some bookmarks. She doesn't have the final cover for BTTB yet (I've seen the preliminary, and once again, I'm not blonde enough *heavy sigh*), but when she does, the bookmarks will soon follow!

bridget3420: Depends what you mean by "want." I mean, he's hot and all, in a certain odd, overwhelmingly intoxicating and irresistible way. *fans self* But I'm taken. So what I want doesn't really enter into it. Look-don't-touch, right? ;-)

catbyte: As Jeri said, I wouldn't last three seconds in Dante's world. But maybe we're just saying that so he'll underestimate me and fall for one of my tricks. Stay tuned for a later installment. All I can say is "hee." And "hee."

wyrdkat: see answer right up there ^^^^. No, the one right above this one. Down. Scroll down more. Right there. Bingo! Enjoy.

DavidH: Thank you! Did you know our general manager's name is David? Things are complicated between him and me. Or they were, before--oh wait, I can't tell you that until after you read BAD TO THE BONE (coming May 12, that's Tuesday, May 12!). Sorry.

Gina Marie: Ha! Dante always tries to look cool. He's a lot like Shane in that respect. He needs to lighten up. But that wouldn't make for thrilling books, would it?

Cari: Aww, thanks! IN THE BLOOD is amazing. You should go read it now. Unless you win the drawing, in which case, wait for A to send it to you.

Sue: Glad you think so! We warmed up to each other after a while. You'll see. ;-)

Thanks so much everyone again for showing us the love! See you next month (and the next and the next, that's it, actually).

Posted by: Blogger Ciara Griffin at 1/08/2009 12:25 AM

And the winner is...macbeaner! Yay! Macbeaner, please e-mail me your mailing address so I can send your Amazon gift card and Adrian can send your book.

Thanks to everyone for commenting and making Dante and Ciara feel at home. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/11/2009 5:49 PM

I am a new fan I just picked up wicked game and I enjoyed it. I love the list of music and my fav dj is Shane thank you so much for the fun in your books

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/16/2010 2:32 PM

Mistress, thank YOU so much! I'm glad you enjoyed Wicked Game and all the music. Shane is my favorite, too, by a million miles. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/16/2010 6:04 PM

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