Yaaay! Today is my stop on Rachel Haimwoitz's latest blog to of awesome and Daniel, from Where He Belongs and Anchored: Belonging (Book 1) is coming to visit me. What a huge treat for the Place. Seriously.
Before he gets here, I should mention that Rachel will be giving away a copy of Anchored: Belonging or a swag bag of goodies, winners choice, to a lucky commenter, I'll post the details of that after the interview.
Wow… Daniel visiting, awesome giveaway… *happy, because that’s uber awesome, dance*…W00T! Same drill as always, leave a comment, fine details after the interview. Before he gets here, let me share the book with you.
Don't forget, Where He Belongs is still available for pre-order thru June 30th, which gets you entry into the raffle as well as a 2day advance copy, which makes it available... tomorrow.
*knock at the door* … Oh… he’s here… uh… yeah, alright...*mumbles*... am I ready?... *looks around*... yeah, ok... *deep breath*... I'm ready... *goes over and opens the door*...
Daniel, welcome! Come in, come in… I’m so glad you're here. I'm so glad I have the opportunity to interview you this time around, you were busy elsewhere for the last tour. Have a seat dear. Can I get you anything?
Daniel: You’re very kind, ma’am, thank you, but I don’t want to be any trouble.
Amara: Oh, no trouble at all darlin’, make yourself comfortable. I just finished reading Where He Belongs, it was so very good. I wanted to ask you a few questions about it if you don’t mind. *sheepish smile* I’ll try not to get too carried away.
Daniel: I’m at your disposal, ma’am.
Amara: Thank you. *smiles* You’re so sweet.
So the book starts with The New Kid, shortly after your arrival at NewWorld, tell me how did you feel when you first got there? How old were you?
Daniel: Pretty scared, to be honest. I was eleven, and I think it was the first time I’d ever stepped foot outside my first mistress’s neighborhood. I didn’t know anyone, or what was expected of me, or if I’d ever see my mother again. I didn’t know Master Krantz went back to buy her too.
Amara: Master Krantz sounds like he was a good man, I’m very glad he got her out of there.
I’m curious about Marcus, from both that story as well as Bathroom Break. Can you tell me about him? Who was he? Were you in love with him?
Daniel: *fond smile* Marcus was my very first friend, and my best friend, too, for a long time. He was in Companion training when we met, which probably goes a long way toward explaining why he tried to make me feel so comfortable when I first got to NewWorld. I did—I do—love him very much, but as a dear friend. Not as . . . I know it wasn’t what he was hoping for. But we had fun together.
Amara: *nods* He seemed like a nice boy. At one point, you were working in a warehouse, it was punishment. For what?
Daniel: *laughs* Which time? I mean, not that I was a bad slave, but they sent us school boys down there a lot if they thought we weren’t trying hard enough or learning fast enough or slacking on a job. It was a warning, really: study harder or you’ll end up doing physical labor for the rest of your life. Which didn’t come easy to kids spending fourteen hours a day between the classroom and the newsroom. Especially because it was always accompanied by two days of fasting.
Amara: Wow. That’s quite a warning. While you were there, you were mistaken for a Companion. Did that happen often?
Daniel: Sometimes they still do, though I’m a bit old for that now. You know what they say about wasting a pretty slave on housework. I guess the same applies to reporting.
Amara: The story of Independence Day surprised me a bit, it never occurred to me that you would be allowed to celebrate holidays. Is Independence Day the only one? Or are there more?
Daniel: Some of us have to work through the holidays, of course, but it’s uncommon for anyone to have to work through all of them. I guess it depends who you belong to or where you work. If you work in a government office, you’ll probably have all the government holidays off since they’re closed then. InfoGlobe never really closes, but a party’s good for morale, and they know even slaves need a day off every now and then. We usually get off New Year’s too, and Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Amara: You talk about Victor a lot in this story. Will you tell me about him?
Daniel: I um . . . He was a—He was very special to me.
Amara: *understanding nod* I could tell. How long did you know him?
Daniel: We actually met when I was 19. He was working in the warehouse, and I was there on punishment detail, and he gave me a hand. I didn’t see him again after that for, gosh, four or five years, I think. He’d been transferred to set crew, doing setups and teardowns and hauling equipment and the like, and I was starting to pick up substitute desk duty on the overnight broadcast. He was running scripts one night and we saw each other and it just . . . clicked, you know? And then we realized we were on the same dormitory floor—different wings, but we could get into each other’s common rooms sometimes. We got pretty friendly pretty fast, after that.
Amara: What was your relationship like?
Daniel: Rushed. *laughs* Intense. Instantaneous. Peaceful. Amazing. *pauses* Over too soon.
Amara: It sounds like you were in love, were you?
Daniel: Very much.
Amara: *nods sympathetically* Do you still think about him?
Daniel: Every day.
Amara: Oh Daniel *shakes head* that just breaks my heart. Wow…um… guess I ended that on a note of suck. *self mocking chuckle* Sorry about that.
Thank you for the taking the time to come visit and discuss your stories with me Daniel. I hope we get to do this again.
Daniel: It was my pleasure, ma’am.
Amara: *gets up and walks Daniel out*
He is such a dear, isn’t he? *clears throat* Ok, so… like I was saying before he got here, leave a comment to enter the giveaway for a chance to win Anchored, or a swag bag if you’ve already read that. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more awesomeness and chances to win prizes. Tomorrow, the tour continues on to Well Read by Jenre. For the full schedule and more info, head on over to Rachel’s blog.
I posted my review of that awesome yesterday, which you can find here. Click here to be transported on over to Storm Moon Press for the pre-order goodness.
That’s all for me, for now.
The fine details...
- Giveaway is for an eBook copy Anchored: Belonging (book 1) or a swag bag.
- Ebook open worldwide. Swag bag open to US residents only.
- Contest closes 9:00PM PST, July 8th, 2011
- To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
- Please include a valid email address or I won’t know where to contact you.
- Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
- If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
- Contest is open to worldwide.
- Must be 18 yrs. old or older.