Monday, April 21, 2014

Welcome Elizabeth Noble today

Guys and Their Critters

Who in their right mind can resist a man throwing a ball for his dog? Everyone loves a guy who lets a cat snooze on his chest, or one who curries his horse on a hot summer day?

If they do so with their shirts off, even better.

The fact is, one great way to show parts of a character not readily apparent to the world is through their interactions with animals. People have pets, and they become a part of families and lives. A guy who is rough and gruff on the outside may become sweet and open in the presence of his dog. The bad boy becomes nurturing and soft spoken when presented with a hungry, stray cat.

When I’m not writing I’m a veterinary nurse, a career I love just as much as being an author. Our four legged friends and family members are important to me and something that has snuck into my writing. I think I’m simply incapable of imagining a happy life that doesn’t include a pet of some sort. In one way or another there is an animal featured in everything I’ve written since I learned to put words to the page.

In my recent release, Electric Candle, Jonas Forge is a 200+ year old vampire, a cop, thinks he’s a hard-ass and a confirmed dog lover. The guy who normally runs at trouble turns into a large pile of goo when his dog, Moose is around.

Moose became a minor character in his own right during Electric Candle. He’s not permitted to sleep on the furniture, so of course, he often sprawls on his back on the couch. Moose doesn’t steal food off the table, but readily accepts anything covertly offered. He’s in the thick of everything, a great jogging partner, and does his part to defend the vampires, werewolf, ghost and human he shares his large house with.

He’s no particular breed, but a German Shepherd mix, a big boy—around a hundred pounds and that tail never stops wagging! 

Electric Candle

Sequel to Shades of Sepia
The Sleepless City: Book Two
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
M/M paranormal romance

When a vampire finds his soul mate, the bond is forever. It’s love at first sight. Or is it?

Flint, Ohio, Homicide Detective Jonas Forge has been a vampire for nearly two hundred years. He’s fought wars, seen life go from the simple but hard colonial days to the modern, high-tech world. He’s evolved with the times, adapting with each new era, blending into each new life. The one constant is his best friend and lover, Declan.

Until Forge’s soul mate tumbles, literally, into his life.

Even though they’re not fated to be together forever, Forge and Declan are perfectly happy. Despite the pheromone attracting him to his soul mate, Forge isn’t thrilled with the guy, and the feeling seems mutual. While trying to adjust to his clumsy soul mate and equally awkward feelings, Forge is on the hunt for the serial killer who’s leaving a trail of bodies, and who witnesses can’t identify. But Forge better watch out. When his work collides with his love life, things really heat up.

Teaser Excerpt:

AS HE’D done at the coffee shop, Forge stepped ahead and opened the door to his suite, waving grandly for Blair to enter. Moose trotted in, heading straight for a round, dark table a few feet from the door. There was a copper coffee set in the middle.

Blair walked in and stopped, taking a look around. This man, Forge, was an enigma and the biggest study in contrasts Blair could imagine.

Forge set the box on the table beside the coffee set. He tossed his car keys into the sugar bowl and lifted the top of the coffee pot, pulling out a dog treat. “Who’s my best boy?”

Moose sat and woofed, catching the treat out of the air. He munched it happily, then sat and woofed again, making Blair laugh. Forge threw the dog another morsel.

“Is that an antique?” Blair asked.

“Yeah. One of Simon’s attempts to civilize me. Makes a great food container. Boiled coffee is the pits. I like coffeemakers or a French press. Old is not always best.”

Blair laughed when yet another treat sailed through the air. “He has you well trained.”

Forge arched an eyebrow and nodded, grinning sheepishly. “You have a nice laugh. I like it,” he said and took off his leather jacket, hanging it on a coat rack near the door. “You can look around. Be comfortable. I only bite the tender parts.” When Blair sucked in a breath and stared, Forge held both hands in the air. “Joke.”

“Funny,” Blair said. What he really wanted to say was damn. The sitting room had a deep green sectional couch facing the fireplace, with high end tables and a long, narrow table against the back. The floors, like Simon’s, were hardwood, finished to a soft luster. Instead of Oriental rugs, there were oval, braided lodge-type mats in deep burgundy and dark green.

“No coffee table. Tail,” Forge explained and pointed at Moose.

A stereo system, just as kickass as the one he’d seen in Simon and Ben’s suite, sat in one corner. Hanging on the walls were prints of nebulas and star clusters. Another section was a collection of photos of all sorts of dogs. Some of the photos were older, and all of them had different types of frames. Several were actually sketches, not photos. None of the dogs were purebreds.

“Moose’s predecessors. The ones I have pictures of, anyway,” Forge said quietly. He moved about, unpacking the box. He carried the food containers into one of the bedrooms. “Declan did the drawings and paintings.”

“Who is Declan?”

Forge avoided eye contact and said, “The guy who is the artist.”

About the Author

Elizabeth Noble began telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Her favorite books to write (and read) include all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural as well as a good mystery.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!) and using her trusty telescope. When she's not writing she's working as a veterinary nurse, so don't be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

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1 comment:

elizabeth noble said...

Thank you, Dawn for having me today!

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