EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: White Fire by Michele Callahan
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The Triscani spent centuries searching for Emma Lawson's soul. They know her bloodline, they know her power. They fear her, but Emma is human, not Immortal.
Ajax, the Lost King of the Immortals, has spent the last seven hundred years held by the evil Triscani in a prison with no key. He's weak and tortured, a prisoner of his own dark power. Centuries after his disappearance, his loyal crew plays a desperate gamble... to go back in time and change history.
Emma might be dangerously attracted to the newly freed Ajax, but her first priority is to save Earth from two warring Immortal races. While Ajax believed himself in love with his Queen, history has changed and the Queen he once knew never existed. The woman now destined to be his will defy her own destiny and anyone who stands in her way. She's going to win--a new life and her man.
White Fire is the high-octane conclusion to the Timewalker Chronicles. This is a sci-fi action adventure with a romantic twist! The story is a stand-alone time travel adventure with kick-a$$, sarcastic heroine, a smoking hot, alien hero and a HEA. (*Previously released in 2014 under the same title)
Don't miss the rest of the 5 book series - the Timewalker Chronicles:
Red Night (Book 1)
Silver Storm(Book 2)
Blue Abyss (Book 3)
Black Gate (Book 4)
White Fire (Book 5)
Q & A with Michele Callahan about White Fire
Tell us about White Fire.
This is the FINAL book in the Timewalker Chronicles five book series. It was my favorite to write (as everyone shows back up to say hello), there is an epic final battle scene, and a fun, feisty, incredibly powerful heroine. I loved writing this book. If you love a true adventure with a seriously dark love story, I hope you’ll check out White Fire. Their friends, the Darkwalkers, will be making an appearance this fall in their own series. ;)
What initially inspired you to write White Fire?
I’m a sci-fi geek, through and through. I’m obsessed with the question “what if”. What if you could go back in time and kill Hitler? What if you could go back in time and stop the Black Plague, or warn the people of Pompeii to get out before the volcano blew? Would you? That’s been a very tough question for me and I used these time travel adventures to explore the possibilities. Plus, I got to write kick-ass women with superpower, so...there’s THAT. LOL.
Tell us little about the characters in this book.
Alexa Lawson was born because of a disturbance in the timeline. She’s not supposed to be alive. She’s not supposed to have the power she has, or know what she knows. But she does, and containing all that is the job of one very angry, very sinister immortal who WAS supposed to be king. He remembers what once was, she does not, and doesn’t care. (Which drives him crazy, on top of the fact that he can’t keep his hands off her.) She’s a wild card in a centuries old game that neither side of immortals can control - and she’s all human. She’s on our side, and falling in love with a man who was once king isn’t going to stop her from taking on the enemies from his world. It’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s sexy as hell.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Oh, this was a ten year love affair. I started the series back in 2005 and didn’t finish it until 10 years later. I love these characters like they’re family, so writing the last line of the last book felt like saying good-bye. It made me sad. (I guess I’ll have to re-read so I can visit them all once in awhile - like the annoying relative who stops by unannounced for dinner.)
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite part was the final battle in the throne room, Emma and Ajax realize what their power truly is -- and how to use it. I loved writing it so much. (Can’t give it away! Spoilers!!)
What are your future project(s)?
I’m finishing up my contemporary romance, love song series, and then I’ll be tackling the Timewalkers’ cousins, the Darkwalkers. I hope to have 3 of their books out by the end of the year.
Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series.
This series was a labor of love for a decade. I ate, drank, slept, showered, drove carpool and drank lots and lots of coffee with these characters. They are my family, and my writing grew with them. The first book, Red Night, to the last, White Fire, is a visual journey of the development of a writer. I considered going back to the beginning and writing the first books over, but decided to leave them, as they are the truth of the story when I wrote it. I hope you all love these crazy adventures as much as I did. Happy reading!
Now an exciting excerpt from White Fire
Dark green eyes devoured her with their gaze from the other end of the bar. He had gorgeous hair that shone like polished mahogany in the bar’s faint light. A deep shade of brown, it was just long enough to frame his face, and just long enough that she could wrap her hands in it and not see them again until she released him.
He was Itaran. An Immortal. She was sure of it. She’d seen enough of the gorgeous males growing up to know power when she saw it. The knowledge had been hard-won, as both Bran and her parents had been determined to keep her as far from the Immortals on Itara as they could. Which she’d always thought was a cruel joke. They expected her to rule the Immortals one day, but never see one? Ridiculous.
She was a jumper. And curious. And she’d taken her chances on more than one occasion, jumping to the few cities on Itara where she knew she’d be one more human among many, lingering in places where the human government and the Itaran mingled. Straining for a glimpse of the elusive Immortals. Humans outnumbered them on Itara, by about a hundred thousand to one, which just made catching a glimpse of one in person equivalent to a human in this Portland karaoke bar meeting a rock star or famous actress in person.
In other words, nearly impossible, if you were a normal, everyday citizen.
She wasn’t. And neither was the male sitting across the bar, staring at her like he knew, like he could see her through the wig and contacts.
The Mark on her ankle sent a jolt of pain through her leg, like she’d just been stung by a bee. She jumped in her seat. Scared. Surprised.
Not now. She wondered what the Immortal would do if the Triscani walked in. Help her? Or walk away?
She was afraid she was about to find out. Too bad, really. He was hot. Smoking hot. Tangle me up in the sheets and not get out of bed for a week hot. Not that it would do her any good. No, her whole life, the only thing her parents or Bran had told her was that she had to wait, meet the Lost King, fall in love, save the world, and live happily ever after. Not once had her dad said, “Go hook up with a smoking-hot criminal in a bar and have some fun. It’s all right, honey. Just get it out of your system.”
Shit. She had to get the hell out of there. Now. She’d have to take her chances with the Hunters. If she waited for the human bartender to try to take her home, she was afraid she’d be in deep, deep trouble with that sexy Itaran across the bar. She couldn’t touch him, even accidentally. If her Mark jumped onto his ankle, there was no way she could get it back unless he chose to reject it, and her. And if not? Lifelong commitment to an Immortal criminal, one who was most likely linked to a Triad on Earth? Marriage from hell wouldn’t even come close to an apt description.
He had to be living here. Which meant he was in exile, a criminal condemned to the chute. The Itarans had few absolute laws, and only two punishments for their people. Execution by Angel’s Fire at the hands of the House of Judgment, or shot off into a trans-dimensional portal like an egg down a tube. Destination? Permanent exile on Earth. Earth was their freaking penal colony.
If he lived here, he’d arrived via option number two. Which meant he’d survived the other Immortals already here, and joined one of the dangerous and very territorial Immortal ruling Triads. From what Bran told her, they made the human mafia look like kindergarten bullies.
Bran had explained it all to her years ago, said she needed to know everything if she was going to rule with her Lost King. Said she needed to know what she’d be up against if she survived the battle with the Triscani.
But there was no King here, just a sexy-as-sin Immortal criminal, two run-of-the-mill Triscani Hunters, and the other, the patient one, the captain. The evil being who stalked her dreams and called her name while she slept. He was close. She could feel his anger and frustration. Maybe he couldn’t deal with the fact that she continued to elude him. And she would again.
Time to get the hell out of here. Four Immortals at one damn bar was waaaaay over her limit.
A #1 Amazon Bestseller, M.L. (Michele) Callahan is a science fiction and romance fanatic and full time writer whose earliest movie memories are of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and light sabers. (Still waiting on Santa to come through on that one.) She wrote her first short story at age eleven about five friends who fell into another dimension and had to save the Earth - all in ten, sloppy but action packed, wide-ruled notebook pages. Her mother inspired a love of reading and writing and Michele writes seven days a week. She writes sci-fi action adventure as ML Callahan, and romance as Michele Callahan.