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Friday, March 23, 2012

Character Interview with Raven from The Raven Grace Urban Fantasy Novels by Toni Lo Tempio

Today I am so happy to have the star of Toni Lo Tempio's urban fantasy hit Raven Grace here from the Raven Grace Novels! I loved the first installment of the series, Raven's Kiss. A novella from the series, Raven's Quest, was just released and it is such a fun read. It has tons of action, romance and mystery packed into a small package. Today, Raven has stopped by to talk about Raven's Quest, her kick-ass job, and her swoonworthy partner/lover Finn,

Now let's give a warm welcome to Raven Grace!

Hi Raven! It has been a while since we last heard from you. For those who don’t know you, tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I’m in my twenties, black hair, fairly good figure. I always wanted to go into Law Enforcement, and after being turned into a Coli – Shapeshifter – it seemed more of a natural progression than ever! I have a tendency to be a bit snarky, which I’m trying to overcome, as well as a bit of a bad-ass. But in my line of work you’ve got to be tough! Although sometimes I come across as too much so – it’s not intentional, honest. Sometimes my humor is misinterpreted.

In Raven’s Kiss we learned that you were turned into a shape shifter after surviving a demon’s bite. Have you completely come to terms with your being turned from mortal to shape shifter?
Not completely, but I’m working on it! I think being in a relationship has helped me to grow a lot. Finn’s taught me to take all my negative energy and turn it toward something positive. And then there’s the whole demon-chasing thing. Kinda grows on you after a while, and being able to shift into different beings is a huge help!

You mentioned Finn. The one person who seemed to have a big impact on you is the ever swoon-worthy Recovery Captain Fin McPhee. How has your relationship with him impacted you? Is it working out? Curious single ladies are dying to know :-)
Well, I’ve always been a very private person, so opening up and sharing is rather difficult for me. However, since Finn has these mental abilities it’s kinda hard to keep much from him. He can read me like a book. Is it working out? Let’s say so far, so good, but as we all know, every romance is not without angst. Finn and I have not reached that yet but I have a feeling it might be just around the corner (in our next installment, maybe? Hmmmm)

What has changed since for you since your demon hunting adventures in Raven’s Kiss ?
Not to give too much away, but there are changes happening even as we speak down at the Recovery that will have long-reaching effects. Oh, and Hedy and I have actually been getting along….miracles do happen.

Finn is from a sort of “parallel universe” then you. How are you handling the back and forth?
We’ve been managing quite nicely. Demons are pretty much the same in any universe. It’s a bit off-putting since the people I know in my universe have completely different roles and personalities in his, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. Maybe a bit less confusing now that I get along with both Hedy’s LOL.

Being friends with Hedy does seem to make life a bit easier for you..lol.
Are you still enjoying your role in Recovery Organization with all the changes that are now being made?
Working with a hot Scottish partner – battling demons and other evil creatures – tracking down clues and foiling the baddies – what’s not to love? (especially the working with a hot Scottish hunk part!)

What is your favorite thing to do when you get a day off?
I do enjoy reading a good book, (I’m a big JD Robb fan!) maybe getting Finn to take a trip to a winery, just putting my feet up, relaxing and v egging out. I also like visiting a spa and getting a full body massage. Being a Recovery agent is stressful – plus shifting’s hard on the bod!

You’re a shape shifter. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever shifted into?
A Limeleon – a chameleon with the head of a lion. Tiny body, big roar! It’s actually pretty cool.

What can you tell us about your current adventures as a Recovery Agent in Raven’s Quest?
In Raven’s Quest, Finn and I have to track down a demon worshipper before he unleashes an unspeakable evil upon the world, so…it’s back through parallel time again, folks! This adventure is short but sweet, (too short, some have said LOL) however, our creator has promised the next one will be full length and juicy – look for it early 2013.

Yay, you must thank your creator Toni Lo Tempio from me. I can't wait to read more of your adventures. I see that Finn is waiting for you and there is some more supernatural butt to kick so I'll let you go. Thanks for stopping by Raven!

Raven's Quest is on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Smashwords. It may be a novella but it is packed with action, adventure, romance and mystery as we follow kick-ass agent Raven Grace on her next mission to kick some supernatural bad-guy ass.

Check back tomorrow for my review on Raven's Quest!


Amy Valentini said...

Great interview, Evelyn, what a fun idea! Raven, it was a delight meeting you and although I haven't read this series, which I think I might have to now, I think you're a fascinating lady. I do have to say that your portrayal on the cover is quite astounding. That is one huge set of boobies for a shape shifter. ; )

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