Today we’re joined by Mindi Ferrari, who not only hails from Las Vegas–which has to be one of the hottest spots for sinful indulgence on the planet–but comes bearing a gift. Get comfy while we chat up her July 4 release, MIDNIGHT ASSASSINS, then find out how YOU can win a copy for your very own.
Welcome, Mindi! l’m digging your hometown, girl. Living in Vegas must offer plenty of inspiration for the naughty bits, but Sin City isn’t exactly known for its Happily Ever Afters. How does the excitement of your one-of-a-kind locale affect your writing?
Well since I am a native I always write all my stories based here. I love this city more than anything. And I feel since I live in Sin City why not base your book out of a place that’s supposed to be filled with excitement and danger. It helps you bring out the WOW factor in your book since you are from that city you can really speak on the looks of places and the feel of the city.
I can tell from your excerpt (it’s below, folks!) how well you connect with your stories. You have an incredible, personal relationship with your characters. Do they ever jostle for your attention, especially when you have more than one story idea vying for WIP status?
OH yes in fact Jude whos a side character and you will see in Book 2, yells at me every day, except his usually starts with “Yo Woman!” and ends with me slapping him and telling him to sit back down. I always fall for the side characters. I notice I spend more time on making their personalities as well
I can totaly see Jude as a Vegas type, LOL. But wow, does that ever speak to your strength as an author when your characters are so very much alive! On the other end of things, which genre are you drawn to as a reader? Do you prefer to read in the same genre as your WIP or do you mix it up?
I do like to read the genre that I am working on. But I will always have a special place in my heart for paranormal books. I love the danger and the seductive nature these novels bring.
Oh, yes. Any combination of danger and seduction is to DIE for. YUM. And while I’m not-so-discretely wiping drool off of my chin, let’s take a closer look at seduction. Looking back over all of the intimate moments you’ve created between characters, which scene would you most like to experience for yourself? What makes it so alluring?
This scene is about three quarters of the way into the book and Nicky had just snuck up behind Annie, and uses his force full dominating attitude to make Annie appear very submissive to his wants and desires. I cannot elaborate more than this, you will just have to read to find out.
That sounds profoundly sensual and … yum. With at least one dominating (*sigh*) character, have you ever battled with any of your characters over their personality traits? If so, who won – you or the character?
No every personality shouted to me and told me exactly who and what they were going to be. Every now and then they would add something new and quirky to themselves that I always wish I would have brought out more from the beginning.
Oh, you’ve gotta love a man (or a woman!) who knows exactly what they want out of life, LOL! How do you keep track of plot elements or twists?
I don’t. I am very much into writing as I come and have no control over writing anything at all. I might know what I would like to do , but 9 out of 10 it never works out that way.
Oh, I hear that. Those plots that write themselves are adventuresome for writers and readers alike! Which novels most reflects who you are as a writer? Why?
I would have to say JR Wards black dagger brother hood. I love the dark elements in her novels.
What are you currently working on?
I’m just finishing up a Navy seal romance called Dark Days which should be done within the next month and I’m working on part two to Midnight Assassins and part two to Wicked Games — both paranormal romances. I have a short story romantic western and I’m working on a self-help novel about Lupus. I’m always busy.
My goodness, it certainly sounds that way! And you’re not done yet, because someone is going to win a copy of your book MIDNIGHT ASSASSINS when it releases July 4. Readers, let’s see how well you paid attention to our interview (and I love this question … the answer is both sneaky AND in plain sight!). For a chance to win a free ecopy of MIDNIGHT ASSASSINS, answer the following question: What city is the book based in? Please EMAIL YOUR ANSWER to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you’ve sent over your answer, check out Mindi’s author links and this excerpt. (It’s tasty, y’all!)
excerpt from MIDNIGHT ASSASSINS | paranormal romance (high heat level)
His boots crushed the ground beneath him, “One step at a time.” He told himself. “She will make it.”
His heart clenched and cracked like trees in a thunderstorm. The blood was dripping down the side of his arm and rushing to fall to the ground. Even something as simple as her blood and the scent that came from it made his fangs elongate, his nose tickle with excitement, and the bulge in his pants throb. He had to put those thoughts away because she was dying, he could sense it.
“That fucker is gonna die.” Nicholie’s patience was wearing thin, he knew that Jude had it covered but also knew that one kick to that mother fucker’s skull was not good enough for him.
He had to get her to the doc though and only had a few minutes left. She had been beaten hardcore the way his daddy used to beat him and his sister.
There was something about the woman he carried in his arms, something that made his heart beat out of order. Something that made the very core of him want to protect and keep her all to himself. Knowing she was human though made it out of the question. As he braced her body and ran fast toward the mansion, he knew without a doubt as soon as she was well, he would have to let her go. That’s if everything went the way it should but fate just might intervene against his will.
Nicky couldn’t even begin to feel the burn the fast pace was placing on his bones and skin, his muscles were working overtime but his mind was on the woman.
Within five minutes, he had made it fifty miles and up into the mountains where they lived. Stopping long enough at the gate to be buzzed in, Nicky ran straight for the building behind his house where the doc’s quarters were. Passing the rose bushes, he hit the front door, slammed it into the wall and knocked it off its hinges.
“Nicky what the hell are you doing?” As the doc rushed to help him with the woman, he grabbed at Nicholie’s arm and rushed him over to a table in one of the rooms.
The house the doc lived in was about three stories and each level had its own purpose. They however were on the middle level.
“I found her behind the hospital, just behind Shadow Lane. I got the damn bastard right before he pulled his jolly out of his pants.” His breathing never wavered, even though he had run faster than he ever had before.
“Jesus Nicky, you might have got her here right in time.” The doc rushed to his cabinet and pulled out a nineteen-gauge syringe with all the trimmings. As he went back to the woman’s side, he pulled her shirt away from her neck and stuck the needle in the jugular vein. “This will help calm her for a little while so I can examine her.”
He never asked questions when the doc did his duties, but for some reason, him being close to her made his body tense up. As the doc began to check over the woman, he knew he could hear the soft growl rising up in his throat.
The doc looked Nicholie in the eyes. “Steady there tiger—you okay?” Nicky felt the doc’s eyes on his every move, watching the expression on his face, Nicky knew he would get an ear full later. He was already so paranoid about the woman, and for no apparent reason. Just as he watched the doc reach the woman’s arm, Nicky went into panic mode, his chest heaving, a growl rising, suddenly he bared his fangs, “Nicky, I’m not going to hurt her I need to examine her and make sure we can get her to pull through this, okay?”
The growl stopped and his eyes eased back to normal.
“I just—shit, I’m sorry. I don’t know where that came from.”
“She’s human Nicky, you know that right? I mean I can help her and I will just considering the facts but—”
“But nothing, look I know the rules. I will give her head a wash and return her as soon as she’s well.”
Nicky watched as doc returned to the woman’s lifeless body to check her vitals. Right as he reached to take off her clothes, so he could examine the rest of her body for damage, Nicholie grabbed his hand and forced him to stop. This is my woman. Although he knew the doc needed to put a gown on her to begin using the hardcore machines, he felt it was within his territory, that it was his job. “I’ll do that, turn around,” Nicholie snapped faster than a two year old throwing a temper tantrum.
“Are you serious? Look I can’t do my job if you keep stopping me, Nicky, I can’t save her, now let me do what I have too. Get your emotions in check or I will be forced to make you leave. Don’t think I don’t have back-up.”
“I will help then, I will do what needs to be done physically, I don’t want you seeing her naked. I mean you don’t know her—I mean look, just let me take her clothes off and put her gown on then you can turn around.” The doc inhaled a deep breath.
“If it helps, but you mustn’t think I won’t ever see her naked, Nicky. Look what if she needs surgery?” As Nicholie nodded to the doc then took in a nice deep breath to get his emotions under control for the second time. The doc shrugged his shoulders and began to sit his supplies down. “Then do as you wish, Nicky, but as a doctor, I have morals and one of them is to not check out patients.”
“Fine, but do me a favor and stop saying my name so damn much, you’re making me hate it.”
“Good we agree then—I will do my job?” Nicholie nodded.
They both took off what was left of her clothes, and then he stood there in shock. Yes, he knew the human race, but to be honest, he didn’t know one human being was capable of surviving with this many bruises to their body, her tiny, delicate body. His heart wanted to cry but every single part of him stayed strong as they put her gown on and the doc hooked up her I.V.
“I will keep her on a slow drip of fluids and get an x-ray to see if anything is broken, judging by the look of her head, I would say that she at least cracked her skull. She will need an MRI to make sure that there is no swelling of her brain or other organs for that matter.” Nicholie brushed his finger over the side of her cheek and whispered softly into her ear.
“I don’t know you,” he said, “but I promise I will fix you.” Then stood straight up, knowing he couldn’t keep her even though there was something about her that felt like home.
“She is in good hands, Nicky, you know that.” He gripped the docs arms tight then pulled him closer in a tight embrace and watched as he backed away and bowed to him.
“Why do you do that?” Nicky’s brows burrowed.
“I’m more concerned with our race’s manners and behavior—” Dr. Woods shook his head, “Never mind, it’s called respect,” he said then walked away from Nicky, to the side of the human.
There’s something primal about this one, no? Just a couple of days left before you can buy it, but check out the buy link anyway. You’ll get a peek at all of Mindi’s upcoming releases, including the blurb for MIDNIGHT ASSASSINS. Don’t forget to get those contest entries in, and have a FANTASTIC holiday weekend! (Notice I didn’t say “behave” … that one is in honor of our guest. No one should have to behave in Vegas!)