Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mamba's Interview w/Silvio from Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov

Well, could I be more excited about my guest today? No, I don't think I could. And I thought I was excited when Aleks came to play on Tuesday! Sheesh!

Today I get to hang out with Silvio from Aleksandr Voinov's Dark Soul (Vol. 1), currently... my favorite character of his. In order to contain my giddy, I'm turning this here interview over to Mamba. We don't need me freakin' out for this one. I figure it's time to Mamba-up for this bad boy. Don't forget the giveaway at the end, and I'll see ya'll tomorrow for the first of the fantabulous Rachel Haimowitz's blog stops at mah Place. Later taters!

The Blurb: Stefano Marino is a made man, a happily married west coast mafia boss who travels east to await the death of a family patriarch. All the old hands have gathered—of course sharks will circle when there’s blood in the water—but it’s a new hand that draws Stefano’s eye.

Silvio “the Barracuda” Spadaro is protetto and heir to retired consigliere Gianbattista Falchi, and a made man in his own right. Among his underworld family, being gay is a capital crime, but the hypersexual—and pansexual—young killer has never much cared for rules. The only orders he follows are Battista’s, whether on the killing field or on his knees, eagerly submissive at Battista’s feet.

But Silvio has needs Battista can’t fill, and he’s cast his black-eyed gaze on Stefano. A fake break-in, an even faker attack, and Silvio is exactly where he wants to be: strung up at Stefano’s mercy, driving the older Mafioso toward urges he’s spent his whole life repressing. Stefano resists, but when the Russian mob invades his territory and forces him to seek aid, Gianbattista’s price brings Stefano face to face once more with Silvio—and his darkest desires.

~ Mamba's Interview with Silvio Spadaro ~

Mamba: Hi Silvio. Welcome to my Place. Come in, do sit down and make yourself comfortable. 

Silvio:  Oh, nice leather couch. Love the smell. Gives me ideas.

Mamba: *grin* I’m sure it does. Can I get you anything? *leers* Anything at all?

Silvio:  *Grin* More of a view of those legs? And can that guy that let me in join us?

Mamba: *crosses legs, allowing skirt to ride up just a bit higher* Why Silvio, if I let him join us…*salacious grin*… we’ll never get this interview done. Hmm, now, where to even begin.  I guess, why don’t you start by tell us a little about yourself.  Who is Silvio? *mumbles* besides sex on a stick.

Silvio:  I heard that. *wider grin* You know, I'm just some guy with a great dress sense. I sort stuff for people, make problems go away.

Mamba: Well, I may have a problem you can… sort. *wink* So darling, what do you consider your… special talent?
Silvio:  I'm good at making problems go away. Make people reconsider messing with people's business. I'm also good at getting people off. And myself. So, yeah, sex. I like fast motorbikes, and I'm a great shooter.

Mamba: Mmmm, fine talents, fine talents indeed.

*mumbles* focus Mamba, interview, focus.

You know, I’ve read your stories, and you are so deliciously… scary.  I’m curious, what are you most afraid of?

Silvio:  Scary? Yeah, I guess. I mean, I'm a killer. If I can get the other guy to back the fuck off, I don't have to tap him, right? Not that I mind. Some people would only come back with more firepower, so taking care of them first time solves the problem. I'm not brutal or anything, I haven't tortured a guy in my life, that's not how I roll. I mean, if you want to see scary, check out Diego Carbone. Now, he was scary. I killed him, though, so you don't have to worry about him anymore. My father is much scarier than I am, but I haven't killed him, if that's what you're asking next. I don't think I could, despite the shit he did.

Mamba: Yeah, I’ve heard of Carbone he was... one scary mutha. And you took him out *says in awe* you’re quite something Silvio. As for your father… *shakes head*… we’ll talk about him another time. I'm way more interested in you. So, being a killer, I’m curious, what’s your favorite weapon?

Silvio:  I like the Beretta, but I'm not too attached to any brand or make. You never really want to leave a trademark or anything. Garotte and knife are messy, but useful if you need to get close or be really silent.

Mamba: *nods* True that. *looks fondly at collection on the wall* I’m a swords girl myself. Although I do keep a 9mm around…  Hm… let move on before I get weapons happy and this turns into an “You show me yours and I’ll show you mine” game. *wink*

Let’s talk love, have you ever been in love?

Silvio:  Uh. Yeah. It happens. Usually messes me up. I mean, I knew falling for a much older guy would be a problem, and he warned me and all that, and I should be glad I had eight years with him, but fuck, it still hurts. Wasn't his fault or mine, but that didn't change anything. And Stefano's trying to fix that, well, he's trying to do something to me, I thought he was mostly interested to fuck me and that's it, but he's not doing that, so I'm not sure what game he's playing. I mean, it's no big deal, if he wants to fuck, I'm up for that. He's dead sexy and he has that authority that I like. Can't help liking a guy who ties you up on the first date.

Mamba: *purrs* Agreed.  Tell me, at this point in your life, do you believe in happily ever after?

Silvio:  Hey, every night's a "happily ever after," but I get the fuck out the next morning. Battista says I'm only twenty-four, I have no clue, but I feel I've seen it all and there's really no surprise. That's ok, I mean, I'm not marrying or anything. I've seen the mess my father made of that, and I'm like, no thanks. You just end up messing with the heads of your family and then things go bad. And with a guy? In my job? I'm okay with short and intense. I get bored too easily, anyway.

Mamba: *nods* Understandable. So I hear you’ve been hanging with Aleks for quite a long time. How’s it feel to finally get some book time?

Silvio:  It's not our first try, really. He tends to jump around in my life – one time I'm sixteen and messed-up, next time I'm thirty-something and messed up worse, and there's one where I'm dying of AIDS, the fucker. Looks this time at least I'll be doing all right.

Mamba: Good. I hope it stays that way. Mamba won’t be happy if he's fuckin’ you up like that. That’s not cool. How’s he doing telling your stories?

Silvio:  I want more explosions and car chases. Can we get Michael Bay on the case? He's doing okay, I guess. I mean, books are boring and hard to read. I'd like a movie.

Mamba: *laughs* Ya know, I think you should have a movie too. That would rock. *makes note to call Michael* I have contacts. I’ll see what I can do.

Is there anything you’d wish he’d tell …differently? Maybe something he’d add, or… leave out?

Silvio:  I hope he won't write about Diego. Or my father. Not that I'm scared or anything, but it's like he's digging around in some shit that's really none of his business.

Mamba: *nods* I can see that.

So Silvo *grins* if Aleks were cake *chuckles* what kind of cake would he be? *winks*

Silvio:  He should cut the cake completely.

Mamba:  Silvio *laughs* That’s not nice! Best be careful, he is the pen wielder. We don’t want him writing any of those fuck you up stories. *winks* Ok, on a more serious note, your first set of stories are coming out, what can you tell readers about them that would make them read them? Besides of course that they’re hot as hell.

Silvio:  I don't know. Maybe go to the movies instead? I mean, it's cool and all that, but why do people like to read anyway? It's hard work, with the letters jumping around and they just take a long time to make sense. 

Mamba:  But if they didn’t read them, they’d be missing out on the awesome that is you and that would be a shame. At least until we get you that movie deal. *winks*

Darlin’… if you came with a warning label, what would it be?

Silvio:  "They don't call me "Barracuda" for nothing."

Mamba: Good one. *smiles* Thank you for coming to chat with me Silvio. You’ve been most gracious to indulge me.  I do hope we get to do this again.

Silvio:  No problem. Have you seriously read all those books???

Mamba: *Laughs* Yeah, all of them. Honey, I read everything Aleks writes and you darlin’… are my new fave. Enough interview. Let’s have a drink, and… watch kick ass movies. :D

*looks at readers and whispers* I love him. I totally want to keep him.

*strolls off to pop in a movie*

This week's giveaway... Aleksandr Voinov backlist of choice. (Does not include Counterpunch or Dark Soul)

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  1. There are so many good new releases from Riptide, but I think this one just bounced up to the top of my to read list!

  2. Great interview! I loved Silvio, can't wait to read the rest of the installments.  

  3. Silvio is an awful sales-person! :D Go to the movies indeed.
    Hard work reading a book? Try writing one!

  4. LOL. Silvio's more of a killer than a sales guy. That, and, ya know, sex on a stick NOM. :D

    Thanks for coming by today Aija. :)

  5. Hi Emmettmke. I gotta say, they REALLY ARE good ones. Vera. I've loved all the ones I've read so far. And I love the variety they have. I'm a mood reader, so that is just floating my boat. Well, except of course for the Voinov's. For those mood doesn't come into play for me. It's a drop everything and crack that baby NOW kinda thing. ;)

  6. Brenda Cothern BooksNovember 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Loved it! I really can not get enough of Silvio. The wait for DS 2 is going to drive me insane!!
    Enter me as always:

  7. I am SO excited to read this book.  I am starting it ASAP.

    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  8. LOL!  Great interview :-)  So entertaining and I love the way Silvio tried to convince us to watch the movie instead of reading the book ;-)

  9. Great interview adding to the intriguing world of the mafia.  I love the uniqueness of this story's setting and am really wanting to get it.  Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  10. I love these character interviews; they are such fun reads.

    Thanks,Tracey Dbooklover0226 at gmail dot com

  11. Sorry, that last line got messed up...

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  12. Love character interviews and this was no different :-D

    Sarah S


  13. Wow. Just wow. *sigh* I love when you have character interviews on here.

  14. Thanks Brenda :D Isn't he just awesome? I swear every time I read something else about him I think I love him a little more. Even interviewing him I fell a bit harder. 

  15. Hi Sabrina. :)

    It's sooooo good. Srsly. 

  16. Thanks Sarah. Glad you liked it. :) Silvio should totally have his movie. That would rock. :D

  17. Hi Joder. :)

    Glad you liked the interview. This was a fun one to do. I may have to get him back here for another one of these days. 

  18. Yaaay. Thanks :D :D I'm glad you like them. They are sooo fun to do. It's like... mah new favorite thing. :D

  19. Hi Sarah. Glad you liked it. Thanks so much for coming by :)

  20. Ahh thanks darlin'. You just totally made me smile.

    I'm just dying to know what you think of Silvio. Scary little dude just rocks me tough. Every time I read something about him it's like a new layer or something. Even interviewing him added to it for me. He's so full of wow.

  21. He's a spitfire.  I can see him in a Transporter-type movie. =)

  22. That was funny. I like interviews of characters, it's so different.
    mariaml254 at yahoo dot com

  23. Thank you. That one was fun. :)

  24. He's a broken, broken boy, but, yeah. I love him, too. 

  25. I think I just broke something, imagining Silvio trying to sell *any*thing. "Want fries with that, you fat bastard?" Oh dear. 

  26. Soon! :) Thanks. :)

  27. I hope you're enjoying it. :) Thank you for commenting! 

  28. I see him as somebody who'd have an AWESOME time watching stuff like Transformers... :)

  29. Hi Joder - thanks! It's a crazy place (and much more nasty I think than I paint it). Intrigue, back-stabbing, murder for cash. Prrrr. 

  30. Thank you. :) Amara does great character (and author) interviews. 

  31. Thanks! It was fun doing this one. :)

  32. (It helps that the characters are usually more fun/extreme/interesting than their makers...)

  33. Hah. ABSOLUTELY! The more explosions and the higher the bodycount the more he'd love it. 

  34. (Silvio's way more interesting than I am. :) )

  35. Definitely more extreme. I wouldn't say more fun/interesting, as I enjoy your interviews too. But the characters do tend to exude a bit and badassery

  36. LOLOLOL. I just choked on my coffee at that. 

  37. Thanks Maria. I'm glad you liked it. I've been having so much fun doing them. 

  38. Lol Silvio's just different kind of interesting. Which is good. We can't have you going around being all Silvio like. Ya know, he kills people and stuff. ;-p



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