When I was asked to read Boyett-Compo’s new books, I was overjoyed. I’d been a fan of her for years. I love her series. Both of the books I was asked to read are both part of the Western Wind series. Dark Reaper is the 9th book in the series. It revolves around Kallista and Iden. While trying to get rid of a great evil, Idean finds Kallista, his mate. Unfortunately not everything is going his way when the demon, Nikkeson is killing and others are disappeared. All the reapers must get together on this one to stop it. Will Kallista and Idean’s love survive?
Reaper’s Bounty is the 10th book in the series. It also surrounds another reaper by the name of Theron and his mate, Celeste. Theron comes upon Celeste while on on a mission in Land’s End. This love story is a bit more complicated because Celeste is set to marry someone else, but the chemistry between Theron and Celeste cannot be denied. If she continues with Theron, her people will shun her because she didn’t marry the right man. So who does she go with? Can Theron deny the love her feels for her and fight the evil he has found?
Both stories are amazing. Boyett-Compo takes you on a whirlwind journey that has you going up against evil, fighting for love, with strong characters and believable plots. She is a an amazing storyteller and each book in her series will have you believing in that. I know that I have been a fan reading her works and was happy to get to read the rest in this series. Those who love paranormal and science fiction with romance will love these books. It’s recommended that you read through the series.
Iden Belial, the youngest Reaper, finds a great evil in Land’s End. He also finds Kallista, his mate, the woman the Goddess intends for him, and the only way he can claim her from her disapproving mother is to sate his lust and make her his.
But they are torn apart by the Nikkeson, a demon that brings death and destruction to everything it touches. Part of its wickedness is left inside Iden, warping the warrior and twisting him to its own evil ends. The Shadowlords of the Citadel are determined to heal him, but what Iden needs is his wife—the only one whose loving and sensual touch can truly make him whole again.
Theron Sarandakos is a Reaper, a panther shifter who puts his stealth and guile to work as a bounty hunter. His assignment is to catch a thief, and he’s determined not to fail. But when he sets eyes on his quarry, Celeste Wynth, he knows at once that she is his one true mate, destined to be his.
Their lust threatens to burn up the jungle world where he makes his home, but Lettie will be shunned by her people unless she agrees to marry the man she’s been betrothed to since childhood. And Theron’s family has other plans for him as well. To be together forever, they will be forced to fight for their love.
Where are you from?
(I am adopted so I was born in Sarasota, FL but my adoptive parents lived in Georgia. That’s where I spent the first nineteen years of my life and about seven other years. Being born in Florida and raised in Georgia makes me an official Sunshine Cracker. I met my husband on a blind date my junior year of high school and we got married when I graduated. We had two sons and two grandchildren. He passed away in 2009 after we had shared 43 wonderful years of marriage. I began writing my first novel in 1985 and it was published in 1996. To date, I’ve written over 70 novels and 20 short stories. I write primarily speculative fiction—dark fantasy, supernatural romance, post-apocalyptic westerns, horror, and SF for Ellora’s Cave and New Concepts Publishing.)
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
(My latest book Reaper’s Bounty has the hero hot on the scent of a woman who has a bounty on her head. Unfortunately for him, when he finds her, she turns out to be—much to his chagrin and her ire—his Life-mate. That means he has to persuade her that he is going to be the only male in her life from here on out. She isn’t pleased about that…being her own woman and all…but he is a stalwart warrior and he begins to grow on her despite his highhandedness and sarcastic mouth. When the tables are turned and he’s the one with the bounty on his head, he’s glad she isn’t a fragile, wilting flower with the vapors. There’s lots of action and lots of hot sex. The book itself started as an idea from watching New Zealand actor Antony Starr in an episode of the dramedy Outrageous Fortune. If you haven’t seen this terrific series, it’s worth paying $40 for an all-region DVD player at Amazon just so you can buy the six seasons of this show. I have been a fan of Starr’s since I saw him in After the Waterfall…one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. He is also the star of the new Cinemax TV series Banshee which has become my most delightful obsession to date!)
How do you create your characters?
(I have four species of characters I created beginning with my signature Reapers (were-vamp warriors in five different series of novels). The Reapers came into being with Prime Reaper Kamerone Cree of BloodWind back in 1998. In 1999, the Nightwinds (incubus demons sworn to protect a family of witches) came along. In 2000, the Shadowlords (mages with incredible psychic powers) and in 2005, the Wyndmasters (master swordsmen). Most of my male characters have dark brown or black hair and amber eyes although several key heros have blue eyes. They are tall, handsome, well-built and sardonic. Alpha males with a sensuality that goes beyond pure sex on a stick ideas of hunky romance novel protagonists, each has a deadly archenemy after his very soul. I don’t much care about the female characters but I make them strong with a wicked sense of humor. No TSTL heroines for me. Don’t know what that means? Pigheaded, pouting flouncy skirts who are forever getting their shapely butts into trouble from which the hero has to rescue them. They also manage to create THE GREAT MISUNDERSTANDING that will take the hero out of their lives for a while. Thus they are: TooStupidToLive. That should tell you I am not a fan of either Scarlet O’Hara or most of Danielle Steele’s girls.)
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
(I have always been a visual/tactile person since I can remember. If something I see strikes a chord in me, I can’t seem to shake loose of it. I watch a lot of television and movies and if an actor or actress grabs my attention I tend to want to see everything they’ve done up until then. I guess you could say I get a wee bit obsessed by them and if their acting affects me strongly, I begin to formulate book characters for them as a tribute. That is my way of complimenting them, thanking them for the many hours of pleasure their acting has given me. Also, a strain of melody or a rousing symphony of Celtic music might trigger an idea for a novel. I seem to be able to picture the entire novel in my mind as though it was a movie unfolding. I believe that is why many of my reviewers mention that my books are cinema graphic.)
Where do you write?
(I have a 24 X 12 foot office building separate from my house. There are no distractions out there. Though there is a telephone jack, it was not for a phone but for the Internet before my sons installed Wi-Fi throughout the house and office. When I’m out there, my family knows I’m to be left alone. I get downright murderous if I’m on a roll and someone comes knocking on my door. That’s why there is a covered hole out in the back yard and why we are currently on our fifth UPS driver and our third mailman. Don’t EVEn get me started on the Neighborhood Watch biddy who used to live next door. It wouldn’t do to uncover that hole, let me tell you! My office is my home away from home and has all the conveniences I need. Usually I’ll have a bottle or two of Lipton’s White Tea Raspberry and a big bowl of SweetTarts on my desk, tortilla chips and chunky hot Tostitos salsa close at hand. In the mini fridge are a variety of Stouffer meals to pop in the micro while I watch General Hospital every day. J
How do you get your ideas for writing?
(Ideas come mostly from dreams or from just sitting down thinking about a dream and letting it morph into whatever my Muse has in store for it. Particularly rousing music might give me an idea for a battle scene or an action scene and my imagination will take it from there and expound on the thought. I have gotten entire ideas for novels from a picture, a scene in a movie, dialogue from a movie or book, and once got the concept for NightWind from an evening news broadcast with the tagline: “An evil scent is permeating the air around the distillation plant”. Evil scent became EvilSent in my mind. I pictured a handsome man—entirely evil—who is sent to seduce human women. I just ran with that idea and an entire species of characters were born.)
What do you like to read?
(I have eclectic tastes when it comes to reading. I read every book Kresley Cole, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, and Christine Feehan put out. That’s my dark fantasy fix. But I also read everything John Sandford, David Wiltse, Michael Connelly and Stuart Woods release. They are my murder/mystery/cop/detective pleasures. When I’m sad, for some reason my go-to guys are Dean Koontz, John Saul, Brian Lumley, and Ken Eulo but when I’m in a goofy mood, I turn to Dave Berry or Paul Reiser. Like I said, very eclectic. Oh, and in a rack beside my toilet is always Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and People Magazine along with all the junk catalogues that come to my mailbox. I never poop without reading something while I’m otherwise engaged in the moment. I carry a book in my purse just in case I have to wait at the doctor’s office. If I’m not writing or watching TV or reading a book, I’m miserable. Being a visual person means needing to have that sense stimulated at all times. Those activities are how I got past the crippling grief over losing my husband.)
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
(Practice your craft even when you’re not working on a story or novel. Keep a notebook and/or a hand held recorder with you at ALL times. You’ll be surprised from where you can garner inspiration. Write down snippets of dialogue. ‘Write’ dialogue in the shower…playing the parts of each character. That’s a sure-fire way to perfect the art of writing dialogue. Write articles or blogs for other authors or book related websites. That does two things: it helps hone your craft and it gets your name out there. If you don’t have a website, GET ONE! That’s one of the greatest selling tools of your trade. Have business cards made up…Vista Print is a perfect place for that; Google it…and hand them out like candy on Halloween to everyone who talks to you. Getting your name before the reading public is the best thing you can do once you’ve got something for them to buy. And one last word of advice: if you are among the lucky ones to get published, do yourself and the Universe a favor by paying it forward. Help fledgling and newbie authors every chance you get. Remember that you are not an island and that by giving back you create a helluva lot of good Karma. Don’t think once you get published you can look down your nose at those who haven’t had that luck yet. It’s harder falling down the ladder than it is climbing up.)
Anything else you’d like to share?
(I’d like to invite everyone to visit my website at www.windlegends.org and if you do drop by, be prepared to spend an hour or two. There are over 300 pages to it now and it has a wealth of information for readers and writers, alike. Each of my books has its own main page plus excerpt and reviews page. Each book series has a part of the website and all the different species of characters are explained in depth. I also have a great research/resource area for writers there. And if you’re curious about me, there is a page that lists a lot of ‘stuff’ about Charlee Boyett-Compo. Thank you for reading my interview and May the Wind be always at your back.)
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