Once in a while, a series comes along that makes you fall hopelessly and irrevocably in love. Runes is one of those series for me. Ednah Walters has created a world where myth and reality blend so seamlessly you start to wonder where one begins and the other ends. I am stoked to get to bring you this special Runes Week celebration, complete with a free book, a huge sale, some mouth-watering, gut busting interviews with Andris, Ecora, and ToRaine, plus a brand spankin’ new giveaway!
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Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
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Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something…
Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them.
So Raine comes up with a plan…
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.
Other books in the Runes series:
Grimnirs: Amazon http://bit.ly/GrimnirsKindle
**Clean Version http://bit.ly/GrimnirsCleanKindle
Seeress: Amazon http://bit.ly/SeeressKindle
Souls: Amazon http://bit.ly/SoulsKindle
**Clean Version http://bit.ly/SoulsAmazonClean
Witches: Amazon http://bit.ly/WitchesKindle
Coming soon: Demons (Eirik’s Story, book 1)
My sincere thanks to Ednah Walters and Tracy Vincent of Textual Love for these fabulous interviews!
TORIN and RAINE’S INTERVIEW
The powerful sound of a twin engine grows closer. I’m not sure what is wrong with me!, My hands are sweating, I’m a nervous wreck, you know, like that reporter in Interview with a Vampire, except my guests are not vampires or they wouldn’t be riding a Harley in broad daylight. I walk to the window, lift the corner of the curtain and peers outside. A sigh of relief escapes me when I see them pull up, followed by pure excitement. I can see Torin sitting behind Raine, He dismounts the bike and my heart skips a beat, He removes the helmet from Raine’s head gently, her dark hair tumbling down to her shoulder. He says something, causing her to playfully punch him in the stomach then she grabs his T-shirt and pulls him closer. He drops the helmet on the seat, cups her face and I swear I can see the gleam in Raine’s eyes right before he kisses her. Yowza.
My heart is racing again, I fan myself, those two are sweet but damn so Hot. Even my neighbor from across the street stops watering her garden to watch. Afraid they’ll see me spying on them like any loyal fangirl would, I let the curtain drop and run to my bedroom to make sure I’m presentable. I’ve never been so nervous, it is the tenth time I check myself but I can’t help it…
Suddenly there it is, the knock I’ve been waiting for all this time. I run back to the door, reminding myself to breathe but the excitement gets the best of me and before I know it I’m yanking the door open. I mentally chide myself cringing noticeably as Raine chuckles. I take a deep, calming breath: Welcome to my home, Torin and Raine?
Torin (grins, hand tight around Raine’s): Thanks for having us.
Me: (step back and indicate for them to come in) Please, come in and have a seat. Would you like something to drink? Tea? I know you English love tea?
Raine: No, thanks. We’re good. We had lattes before we left.
I move back to give them room. I walk to the living room noticing Torin as he waits for me to sit, ever the English gentleman, then he takes the chair across from me and pulls Raine onto his lap. She sinks against him, welcoming his embrace comfortably, her eyes going to her ring.
Me: By the way, I want to say congrats first! I cried a little during the ceremony.
May I see the ring? ( A brilliant smile curve Raine’s lips, reaching her eyes as she extends her hand to me and I cant help but stroke the stone). Wow, its absolutely gorgeous.
Raine: Thank you.
Me: So you ride the Harley now?
Raine (glances at Torin): Oh yes. He loves me in the driver seat.
Torin (his grin turns wicked): That’s because you’re still learning just how powerful you are.
I can feel my cheeks burning, something tells me they were not just talking about riding a bike): Do you ever distract her?
Torin (his blue eyes widen as he gives Raine an innocent smile): Do I distract you, sweetheart?
Raine (face pink): All the time. *looks at Me* He gives me control, then wants it back. *she elbows him* You have serious control issues, luv.
Torin (chuckles): Okay, Tracy. So what did you want to ask us? Cora and Echo are expecting us at their house.
I cant help but smile at the obvious love pulsing between them. They can hardly stop touching each other. Raine is stroking his hair while he keeps rubbing his lips across her shoulder): Okay. As we know, you both met when Torin had moved into Eirik’s old house. Ednah was kind enough to allow us to see both your points of view of that meeting. My question is, did either of you know how this would end up? How far you’d go in your relationship?
Torin (looks at Raine): You want to answer first?
Raine: I didn’t. I thought he was hot and totally my type, but I, uh… *she looks into his eyes* I never thought we would end up here.
Torin: I knew you were the one. I just had to work on convincing you. *glances at Tracy* I had to work my magic on her.
Me: Raine this question is for you. We know that you had a crush on your buddy Eirik and that your best friend Cora had a blog about all the hot guys in school. Did it ever bother you when she would highlight Eirik or later Torin?
Raine: Not really. I knew that Eirik hated her blog, so when she highlighted him, I knew he wouldn’t read it. As for Torin, we were already together. I didn’t care what the other girls drooled over his pictures. They drooled over him right in front of me, shameless hussies.
Torin: Cora wrote about me? What did she say?
Raine (elbows him): Nothing important. Next question.
Me: Torin, we know that there were several times when we thought that you and Raine wouldn’t make it. And I can promise you that our hearts were in our throats each and every time. Were you ever truly worried?
Torin: Honestly, yes. I was scared she’d give up on us, especially when the Norns kept coming after her and wearing her down.
Raine (strokes his cheek): I would never have given up on us. Norns or no Norns.
Me: Talking about the Norns. We have a mantra in the Elite Valkyrie’s group called “Eff the Norns”. They have done some seriously despicable things with both of you to try to manipulate you to get their way. So, I’m sure they’re also not your favorite creatures. Do either of you doubt your memories though, because of how dastardly those sets of three can be? How do you manage to be sure that, what you know is the truth.
Torin: All I have to do is look into Raine’s eyes to see my truth. She is my truth. They can erase our memories, but I’ll always find her.
Raine (her eyes tearing): Honey…
Torin (grins): She gets tongue-tied when I tell her how I feel.
Raine (drops a kiss on his lips): And he is the romantic one in this marriage.
Me: Finally, last question, have you guys regained all your memories of those that you know you’ve lost, or are they truly gone and you have to recreate new ones? I’m thinking in particular the events leading to the end of Runes and the snippet that was offered in Losing It.
Raine (glances at Torin): We have them back. All of them.
Torin (chuckles): And we are making more. Lots and lots more.
Me (watching the two of them reminds me of my honeymoon): You two are so cute together. You’re still on the honeymoon stage?
Torin (shakes his head): now and always, Tracy. I gave her my word. Come on, luv. Time to go. (He says pulling her up as he drops a kiss on her cheek and holds her hand once more)
I stand too, and I must admit, a bit sad that their visit is over. After trading goodbye hugs, I take a deep breath and escort them to the door.
Me: thank you so much for coming, it’s a dream come true to have you in my home.
Raine: Oh sweetie, you are very welcome. I wish we could stay longer but Echo and Cora are waiting for us and as you may know Echo is not necessarily known for his patience.
Torin: (scoffs, rolling his eyes and Raine elbows him in the stomach)
Raine: (looks at him with warning in her eyes) Neither are you, Luv
I chuckle as I see Raine smile at me and pull Torin by the hand, walking out of the house…
As soon as they leave the porch, Torin grins, winks at me and sweeps Raine off her feet. I rest my back against the frame of the door as I watch the two laugh, kiss, then get on the bike. Torin is in front this time. Sighing, I wave goodbye and go back inside.
“Alright then, that’s the end… Time to go over my notes of the interview”.
CORA AND ECHO INTERVIEW:
I open the door both excited and nervous to see Cora and Echo here, I mean Squeee!! They are actually in my home! I look at their expectant faces thinking “Ok time to stop fangirling and act like a mature adult, Squeeeeee!! Ok now I’m done”…
ME: Hi guys, thank you for coming, my home is your home. *I step back as I open the door wide for them to enter.*
*Echo peers inside my home, his eyes aware and sharp as he takes in everything around him.*
CORA: *sighs, rolling her eyes.* Sorry, he’s trying to make sure it is ‘Safe’—makes air quotes with her fingers—for me to go in. *Then she steps around him and enters, pulling him in by the hand.*
ME: I chuckle, closing the door: Well there is nothing here that can hurt her, Echo, although I’m sure Cora is badass enough to take care of herself. I mean we all have seen what she can do after reading Grimnirs and Souls. I can assure you there are no dark souls here at all. However, if Dev wanted to stop by for a little afternoon chat, I wouldn’t mind at all.” *Echo looks at me surprised at my statement, finally stopping the “sweep the place for evil” with his eyes, then frowns. Cora and I exchange a knowing look and laugh.*
ME: Please have a seat.
*Cora sits on the couch as Echo sits beside her. I see him grab her waist as he attempts to bring her closer to him but she stops him.*
CORA: Reaper, behave. We need to be respectful of our new friend. We are not in your house. *She sends him a warning look and he sinks into the couch as he crosses his arms over his chest. Cora and I exchange another look and I press my lips together trying my best not to smile.*
ME: don’t worry guys I’ll keep it sweet and to the point, I promise. I can’t really promise it will be short though, because I have a lot of questions. Ok shall we begin?
*Cora nods and smiles. Echo just looks at me with an intense look in his eyes, as if sizing me up.*
ME: Ooook, here we go. Cora, what is the origin of your name?
CORA: My grandmother’s name was Coraline. I’m named after her.
ME: Echo, Is there a nickname that you’re known by? Do you prefer it?
ECHO *cocks his right eyebrow*: Do you really think someone would dare give me a nickname? I’m Echo. End of story. *His voice is dry and Cora gives him another warning look.*
ME: Cora, how much pride do you take in your appearance?
CORA *laughs*: A lot. I don’t care what anyone says, people are drawn by the visuals and I take care of my appearance. My hair is always nicely styled. I love to shop and dress nice. I don’t mind waking up thirty minutes early, so when I step out the door, I look my best. Echo might not admit it but he was first attracted to all this. *waves her hand to indicate herself*
ME: Are you also attracted to guys because of their appearance?
Echo looks at me with a “what kind of question is that?” look in his eyes then cocks his right eyebrow and tilts his head waiting for Cora’s answer.
CORA *laughs*: At first, but what holds my interest is their personality.
ME: Echo, what is your height, weight and build?
Echo: Seriously? Why would anyone want to know my stats?
ME: Ok Echo, I’m the one asking the questions here, so you are going to play nice and answer them, understood?
ECHO *grins*: Oh, a spunky Mortal. I like that. I’m Six-five, 190lbs and all muscles, Sweet-cheeks. *Pulls up his shirt and bares his extremely perfect washboard abs* Want to touch?
ME: *I blush as my pulse races. I look at Cora who seems to be as in shock at his answer as I am*: Uhm, well, I don’t think Cora would approve
CORA *Shoots Echo an incredulous look*: Are you ser… Why would… I can’t even… I give up! *Is all she manages to say as Echo laughs with mischief written all over his face.*
ME: *I clear my throat.* Echo, do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings? What do they mean to you?
ECHO *stands up and pulls off his shirt, then turns around showing me his back*: Scars, a constant reminder of my dark past and my dark soul. His voice becoming somber as the last words come out. He turns to face me and puts his shirt back on then looks at Cora endearingly; she calls them “badges of honor”. Cora-mio is a sweetheart. * he sits down*
ME: *my heart warmed*: You really do love her, don’t you?
ECHO *sighs, looking straight into Cora’s eyes *: Love is too tame a word. I adore her. She’s my anchor, my harbor, my crutch when the world is off kilter. She is everything to me. She completes me.
CORA * sighs rolling her eyes*: Fine! Come here. *She pats the seat beside her, feigning annoyance, but I can see the shine in her suddenly wet eyes.*
ECHO *Smiles triumphant and within seconds he jumps up the couch, places his right leg around her back and lets his body fall on the couch again so that she’s sitting between his legs. He wraps his arms around her waist pulling her tight to him and buries his head on her hair and neck.*
CORA *takes a deep breath in defeat as she shakes her head*: next question?
*I can’t help the smile that shows on my face, I love seeing these two like this.*
ME: Wow, you are a lucky girl Cora.
*She smiles placing her hand on top of Echo’s.*
ME: Ok, Echo. What is currently your biggest responsibility or commitment?
*A muffled sound comes from him as the answer and Cora rolls her eyes.*
CORA: You do know that unless you take your head out of there, she can’t really understand anything you are saying right?
ECHO *grunts and reluctantly lifts his head from her neck*: Cora and reaping, in that order.
ME: Really? What will your goddess say if she hears that?
ECHO *shrugs*: I don’t care. Probably throw me on Corpse Strand to remind me she’s the boss, but I’ve come to learn that there are other things worse than torture.
ECHO: Seeing Cora unhappy
ME: Awwwww *escapes my mouth and I blink, surprised. I can hardly believe it came out me. I see Cora, turn her head to him, look into his eyes and kiss him briefly then he buries his face in her neck once more as she looks at me embarrassed.*
ME: No that’s perfectly fine. What is the best thing Echo has done for you recently?
Another muffled sound comes out of Echo and Cora’s eyes widen as she blushes, I’m not sure why but something tells me I should be blushing too.
CORA: *laughs nervously * Puppies, he bought me puppies
ME: Puppies? As in, more than one?
CORA: Well yes, he wouldn’t be Echo if he didn’t do anything bigger and better than everyone else, so he got me 3. Two boys and a girl: Echo Jr., Spunky, and Shyla for the girl. They are my babies and I love them.
ME: Echo, wanting to be better than everyone else might not make you too popular, do you have any rivals or enemies?
ECHO *lifts his head chuckling humorlessly*: Enemies, hmmm. Too many to count. Most of them are my fellow Grimnirs. In my defense, I really don’t consider them my enemies. They are the ones who consider me their enemy. As for rivals, I used to think a certain god-child was my rival. I’m his opposite in every way. He’s fair while I’m dark. He’s golden hair, pretty face, private and pampered existence while my story is harsh, dark and troubled, out there for all to see and it’s not pretty. But he’s no longer my rival. I won. I got the girl. *smirks smugly hiding his face again *
ME: Cora, Do you have any irrational fears/phobias?
CORA *squints*: Not really. I live in a farm, so bugs and small animals don’t bother me. My only fear is loosing Echo, I don’t think I could ever survive that.
ECHO *lifts his head from her neck and looks into her eyes*: Never going to happen, Cora-mio.
ME: Cora, What is your most cherished possession?
CORA *lifts her hand to display a ring*: A promise ring from Echo. It belonged to his mother and his grandmother before her.
ME: *I study the ring*: It is gorgeous. Is the writing runic?
CORA: No, it is Druidic. The middle one has a special meaning.
ME: What is it?
CORA *points at the three rays that converge at an apex*: This is called Awen. The three rays have different meanings. The left and right rays symbolize female and male energy. The center ray is their harmonious balance.
ME: *I touch the three spirals*: And this one?
CORA: That’s the triskellion. It represents Druidic virtues.
ME: Echo, how deeply does your job/social role define you as a person?
ECHO: What I do doesn’t define me. My past may have shaped the man I’ve become, but what defines me comes from here. *taps his chest* My essence.
ME: What is the driving force/motivation in your life?
ECHO: Doing right by those I love. It’s gotten me in more trouble than I care to admit, but that’s who I am. I will do anything in my power to ensure they are alright, but if you do something to them, I’m a vindictive bastard. You hurt someone I love and I’m a coming after you. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or who I have to go through. I will make you rue the day you hurt those I love.
*I shudder and look at Cora who has a pensive and sad-apprehensive look as she sees Echo.*
ME: Echo, do you consider yourself a moral/ethical person?
ECHO *shrugs*: I’d like to think so. Don’t take my word for it though. Read my story and decide for yourself…
ME: Well, I think that’s everything I need. *I smile then I stand up as they do the same.* Thank you so much for coming guys, and thank you for sharing all this with me, *tapping the pad in my hand*. I hope the drive won’t be too long for you Cora.
CORA: *chuckles*: Thank you for inviting us. It was great being here. And nope, I didn’t drive. We “portaled” over.
As the words come out of her mouth I see Echo pull out his artavus or dagger and etch something in the air. Immediately the air dissolves and transforms in front of my eyes. WOW! I never thought I would actually get to see an air portal in my life!! I can hear the waves and feel the fresh air of the beach coming through the portal.
CORA: thanks again!
She quickly gives me a kiss on the cheek and Echo waves goodbye. Then they step into the portal and I barely have time to peek through to catch the pool of an incredible mansion on the beach, probably Echo’s house in Miami. Before I could blink the portal closes and I’m left with this incredible feeling of well-being. I look around my empty living room and sigh. No one is going to believe this….
I pace as I wait for Andris to arrive. That seems to be all I do these days! I don’t really know what to expect. our appointment was at two o’clock. It is five past. Sighing, I turn and screech when I see Andris leaning against the wall, a smirk on his lips, arms crossed.
ANDRIS: Did I startle you?
ME: (hand pressing on my chest): Where did you come from? I mean, there’s no mirror in this room.
ANDRIS (rolls his eyes, pushes against the wall and walks toward me): But you have walls, sweetheart. Some of us, powerful ones only, can create portals through walls too. So, where do you want to do this?
ME (points to a chair): Sit, please.
ANDRIS: Thank you. *sits* So what do you want to know? And please don’t ask me how old I am or where I grew up… *rolls his eyes* boring. Be creative, or I walk.
ME *shake my head and studies him*, the silver hair, brown eyes , the chiseled features: You like to piss people off.
ANDRIS *cocks his eyebrows*: Is that a question or a statement?
ME: An observation.
ANDRIS *shrugs*: I’m just being me. If anyone objects to that, not my problem.
ME: I’m not objecting. You speak your mind. I like that. So let’s be honest here. What kind of relationship do you have with Torin?
ANDRIS *frowns*: What do you mean?
ME *winks*: What do you think I mean?
ANDRIS *chuckles*: You are bold for a Mortal. If you’re asking if I’m into him like I would be into another guy… no. He’s my big brother. Sort of. Knocking heads then not speaking to each for a few decades doesn’t change that. He knows he can depend on me and I know I can depend on him. End of story.
ME: Let’s talk about Maliina.
ANDRIS *narrows his eyes*: Let’s not.
ME *sighs*: Ingrid?
ANDRIS *grins*: She’s A sweetheart. She can be stubborn, annoyingly snarky and doesn’t appreciate my skills. Since Torin plans to keep her, *sighs* I will tolerate her.
ME *laughs*: I think they are planning to keep each other?
ANDRIS *shakes his head*: No. Torin is the one doing the keeping. She is lucky to be chosen.
ME *shrugs*: Let’s agree to disagree. Any new girlfriend?
ANDRIS *makes a face*: Nope. I’m in my no-girls phase?
ME: What does that mean?
ANDRIS: You are smart, you figure it out.
Andris *wicked grin crosses his lips*
ME *leans forward*: Who?
ANDRIS *rolls his eyes*: I don’t kiss and tell.
ME: Spoilsport. What does the name Andris mean?
ANDRIS *cocks his brows*: Seriously?
ME *stares him down*: Seriously. This is my interview, which means you answer my questions.
ANDRIS *chuckles*: The kitten has claws. I like that. You should have started with that.
AMDRIS *sighs*: It means warrior.
ME: Do you consider what you do as war?
ANDRIS: Nah. More like a service to humanity. Not that they know it. Or appreciate it.
ME: Is your hair natural?
ANDRIS *rolls his eyes*. Who cares?
ME: I do. My readers too.
ANDRIS: You Mortals are so concerned with trivial things. Let me summarize my stats. My silver hair is natural. My favorite food is pizza. I love to wear black because I look good in it and it makes my hair noticeable *grins*. I hate whiners. I like modern technology because for once Mortals are finally getting somewhere. Favorite music group was Nirvana. Movie? Haven’t watched anything worth mentioning. TV series? Game of Thrones.
ME: What do you do when not reaping?
ANDRIS: I write poetry. If you tell anyone, I will rune you and make you do depraved things to yourself, record you and post them online.
ME *eyes wide*: You write poetry?
ANDRIS *gets up*: Like I said, depraved things if you tell. We’re done.
ME *stands too*: One last question. Will Ednah tell your story next?
ANDRIS *shudders*: I hope not. The things I do are not for young minds. *bows* It’s been a pleasure. This time, may I use your mirror? Portals through walls are like walking through a jungle. Murky.
ME: My bedroom is this way.
ANDRIS: I did tell you I was off girls, right?
ME *laughs*: You really think every woman wants a piece of you?
ME: Yeah, well, not this one. My long mirror is in the bedroom.
I watch as he creates a portal, blows me a kiss then disappears…
About the Author:
*USA Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters is a multi-published author of four different series–her Nose-mythology-based bestselling YA Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).
She also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES. Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th).
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