Sunday, March 10, 2013

Character Interview Knights of the Darkness Chronicles

Character Interview: Sergio Giovanni

I enter the hotel lobby and immediately spotted Sergio, the “Italian Stallion”, sitting in one of the numerous lounge chairs taking a sip of his drink. He indeed is a vision to behold. Dark hair cropped short with loose curls I find myself wanting to run my fingers through. His gray eyes catch me in their sights and he gestures for me to join him.  I try to calm down the jitters skittering throughout my body as I approach him. I swear I can feel the animal magnetism radiating off of him in torrents. It doesn’t help that he’s as gorgeous in person as he is described to be within the pages of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.  This sexy bastard gives me a cocky smirk and I nearly melt in my shoes! By now, I’m sure he can smell my arousal and all I can do is pray I keep it in check long enough to conduct this interview.

I sit down opposite his chair.  “HI Sergio. I wanted to thank you for agreeing to meet with me for this interview,” I greeted.

“It was my pleasure. I’m actually flattered that you called me about it,” Sergio said; then he took another swig from his glass. “Do you want one?” He tapped his finger on the side of his glass indicating what he was offering.

“Oh, no thank you… you know what, on the other hand, sure, I’ll take a glass of water.”

He rises to his full height and again, I find myself in awe. Even his perfectly fitted clothes couldn’t fully conceal the powerful muscles that moved with him as he walked away.  I couldn’t help being mesmerized by him, his every movement as graceful as the majestic leopard he turns into. He returned, handing me a tall glass of ice-cold water. I took a sip… well actually, I took several sips. I needed something to cool me down, literally.

Sergio settled back into his chair, resting one ankle on his knee. “Are you ready?” he asked me.

For crying out loud, I should be the one asking him that! Get it together, D.N.!

“Yes, I’m ready. Okay, I have a few questions from readers who wanted to know more about you. To be perfectly honest, I’m very curious myself.”

“Ask away,” Sergio said with a playful smirk.

“Lindsey sent this in: Obviously you love who and what you are and you’re proud to be a shifter. But was there ever a time when you thought of yourself as "cursed" or just a monster? Is there some part of you that wishes you were another form of supernatural?”

Sergio frowns immediately and I think I’ve just opened a door I shouldn’t have. “What kind of f*cking question is that?” he asked with a slight sneer.  “Would you ask a woman if she felt that she was cursed, or if she’d rather be a man? I don’t view what I am as a curse. Being a shifter is beautiful, we’re in tuned with nature. We are powerful predators with strong family bonds and I wouldn’t want to be anything else? What, you think everyone wants to feed off of humans like some damn parasite?”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean anything by it. You know, it wasn’t even my question, a fan wanted to know.”
“You know what, forget about it. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable. Let me apologize for reacting the way that I did. I just wasn’t expecting that kind of question,” Sergio said. “Seriously, relax… I’m not going to do anything to you. It’s just the way I am, I’m very passionate about certain things that matter to me.”
He offered me a warm smile as if to reiterate his point; that he wasn’t a threat to me. Still, I can deny what I felt when his anger flared. The heat he sent pulsing through my body was no doubt a warning. If anyone made the unfortunate mistake of thinking shifters weren’t as threatening as vampires, they’d surely regret their assumption. Sergio was every bit as sexy, aggressive and dangerous as any vampire I’d ever met… maybe more so in the aggressive department.

 I watched his body return to a more relaxed state. The muscles in his shoulders seemed to uncoil as he settled more comfortably into his chair.  I was beginning to understand just how proud he was to be a shape-shifter.  I wouldn’t be making the mistake of asking him that sort of question again.

“Well, another question submitted addresses the fact that people find vampires to be alluring, mysterious and all kinds of sexy—”

“--I’m going to stop you right there. Vampires have nothing on shape-shifters. We have the day and the night. I don’t find walking, talking corpses attractive in the least. I want to feel the heat flowing from a woman’s body as she lies down beside me without having to give her my blood first to get her heart pumping.  I want to see the sunlight reflecting in her hair or glowing off her skin. I know vampires got that whole ‘blood’ thing and for some reason people think that sh*t’s sexy.  Shifters like the taste of blood, too. Bloodsuckers like it more, I suppose, but whatever.   However, we don’t need blood to experience power or pleasure or even fulfillment like they do,” Sergio said. “Truth be told, I don’t understand the fascination with vampires… can you explain it?”

“I’ll try my best. People are attracted to them because of what their bite can offer. I’ve never been bitten, but I’ve heard it’s extremely erotic and pleasurable.”

“So is sex when you know what the hell you’re doing.”

“Well that’s most definitely true. I also think it’s the whole immortal thing and super strength.”

“We’re not immortal, but shifters have very long lives and our own impressive strength,” Sergio stated.
“They’re pretty otherworldly and I think vampires like to play up to their mystery and danger.”

Sergio chuckled. “If I didn’t have eyes for Elise only, I’d be more than willing to show you exactly how ‘alluring’ a shape-shifter really is. And as it stands, I don’t know if you have any idea just how dangerous our species can be.”

“Oh, don’t be mistaken, I know.  But let us continue, shall we? How would you defend your Pride against a vampire assault?”

This time, Sergio laughed out right. “These are some interesting questions to say the least.  Personally, I’d f*ck a vampire up. As King, it is my duty to protect the Pride.  So if those bloodsucking sons-of-b*tches are stupid enough to think they could just waltz onto our territory, they’ve got another thing coming. We’re not weak and our senses are sharper than you could possibly imagine. You ask me how I would handle that situation.  I’d take my hand, extend my claws, and rip their heads from their bodies. “

“Remind me not to piss you off.  Something tells me that you’re one formidable opponent.”

“You’re damn right.” He smiles again, showing off his beautiful pearly whites.

“Okay, here’s a question I think you’re going to love.”

“I’m all ears.”

“How much effort it takes for you to break your foot off in a vampire’s ass?”

Sergio barks out a laugh so loud, it attracted several onlookers. “I think that’s my favorite question so far.  Ah, breaking my feet off in vampires asses take very little effort at all. I’d do it for sport if I had the time.”
I giggle myself.  “All right, Mr. Giovanni, that concludes this interview and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to come and chat with me today.”

“It was my pleasure, D.N.. This was fun and I look forward to chatting with you again.” Sergio winks and I immediately feel the blood rushing to my cheeks. Elise was one lucky woman to have man like him.

The Guilty Innocent
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book Two
D.N. Simmons

Genre: Urban-fantasy
subgenres: Horror, Paranormal Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Mystery/Thriller.

Publisher: Rushmore Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615688381

Number of pages: 271
Word Count: 106415

 Book Description:

The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget!

Desires Unleashed
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book One
D.N. Simmons

Publisher:    Rushmore Publishing

ISBN-13:   978-0615678641
ASIN:   B004DCB6P4

pages:   294
Wordcount: 121436

Genre:   Urban-Fantasy/Dark Urban Fantasy w/Paranormal Romance elements.

Content warning: Multicultural and mixed genre such as gay/bisexual/straight pairings/sex scenes.Graphic language and violence. Strong sexual themes.

Book Trailer:  

Book Description:

Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.

When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help.

Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was... normal and supernatural free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where she wanted them to be--far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives.

All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires.

Original, gritty and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor and wit, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget. You don't want to miss out on this amazing series!

About the Author:

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.

She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at   D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.

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