Interview & Gìveaway: Death Sword author Pamela Turner chats with her characters, Xariel & Karla
Welcome to GraveTells, Pamela Turner, author of Death Sword!
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Pamela will be treating us to an interview with Xariel and Karla today, characters from her paranormal romance novel Death Sword. Take it away, guys!
Pamela Turner: Hello and welcome, everyone. Today, I’m joined by Xariel and Karla Black, the hero and heroine of my paranormal/urban fantasy Death Sword. Xariel, Karla, please tell our readers a little about yourselves.
Xariel: I’m an angel of death and a Grigori. Currently, I live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Karla: According to Metatron, I’m supposedly the daughter of Azazel, one of the Grigori leaders, and a human mother. But she disappeared shortly after I was born and Father never talked about her. He committed suicide the day I graduated from high school, so I’ve never learned the truth about who I am.
Pamela Turner: How did you two meet?
Xariel: Metatron sent me after her. At first I didn’t know why, but later I found out he wanted me to train Karla as an angel of death.
Karla: What Xariel didn’t tell you is he also killed me at our first meeting, then brought me back to life. I wasn’t very happy with him that night.
Xariel: I told you, Metatron’s orders.
Pamela Turner: What’s Metatron like?
Xariel: He’s all right. I’m not happy he wants me to work with Samael, given our pasts, but not much I can do about it.
Karla: I agree with Xariel. But Metatron does have this way of getting you to do what he wants. Then again, with his rank, I doubt anyone would say no, even Samael.
Pamela Turner: Yes. Samael. Quite a bit of contention among the three of you. Care to elaborate?
Xariel: That Samael’s obsessive and vengeful? Sure. I keep telling him it’s over between us but he refuses to believe it. And it’s not like I wanted to be cursed.
Pamela Turner: If I recall, the Seraphim punished you for teaching the lunar cycle. If you don’t have sex with a woman on the new and full moons, you lose your powers.
Xariel: Samael apparently blames me for the curse so he added his own. Those same women also die upon orgasm. He figures since I’m an angel of death, I can handle it. But he doesn’t understand how difficult it is to go through this time after time. To be honest, he doesn’t care.
Pamela Turner: Your wife was the first victim.
Xariel: Yes. Samael forced her to commit suicide in front of me. But if he believed it would make me return to him, he was mistaken.
Pamela Turner: And now Karla. How has Samael handled that situation?
Xariel: Samael hates Karla, sees her as a threat. Not to mention, he despises hers and my relationship. But unless I want to lose my powers, I have no choice.
Karla: Samael accused me of stealing Xariel from him. I tried to tell him it wasn’t that way at all. Xariel and I became involved, yes, but I understand relationships don’t always last. Still, I doubt Xariel will ever return to Samael, even if the curse is lifted.
Xariel: She’s right. Our main concern is keeping Karla from becoming Samael’s next victim. Apparently there’s something about her Samael wants, and he’s willing to kill to get it.
Pamela Turner: Do you know what it is?
Karla: Not really. Something to do with Azrael, the archangel of death. I’ve been having these dreams about him.
Pamela Turner: Prophetic dreams?
Karla: Metatron seems to think so.
Pamela Turner: Let’s talk about another angel of death, Gabriel. Xariel, you worked for him before Samael. Why did you leave?
Xariel: Samael again. Yeah, I know it sounds like I’m blaming him for everything, but it’s true. He spread a rumor I supposedly said Gabriel was an ineffective leader. But I heard Gabriel said some negative things about me. Rather than confirm the rumors, we blamed each other and when Samael suggested I be transferred to his division, Gabriel readily agreed. He didn’t seem sorry to see me go.
Karla: Lately, though, Metatron’s asked Gabriel to help us stop Samael. Not only did Samael kill my friends, he paralyzed me with a dagger, killed other angels, and threatened Azrael’s life. But working with Gabriel’s not easy. We’ve had our run-ins with him and he’s so damn serious. But I’d rather have him on our side.
Xariel: I agree. Gabriel and I may not get along but he’s one of the best warrior angels we have, next to Michael. Samael has no problem eliminating anyone he perceives as a threat. What’s worse is if he kills too many people within a certain amount of time, he becomes a berserker. Then he’s pretty much unstoppable.
Pamela Turner: Sounds like a serious situation. Good luck defeating Samael. However, I don’t want to end this interview on such a serious note. Tell me what you like about being an angel.
Xariel: Rapid healing powers, ability to fly or teleport, telepathy, and probably something else I’m forgetting.
Karla: I agree with the healing ability. But teleporting? Ugh! And flying? They don’t tell you how cumbersome those wings are.
Pamela Turner: Interesting perspectives. Xariel, Karla, I wish you the best. Thank you for joining us.
Karla: You’re welcome. And thank you.
About the author
Pamela Turner often wonders about the history of old, abandoned houses and of the people who lived in them. She lives in Kentucky and is fond of Victorian architecture, cats, and mysteries. When not writing (or, more likely, revising), she enjoys playing Hidden Object games and computer chess. (The computer wins.)
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Excerpt from Death Sword
Samael smiled, tracing a finger up Xariel’s suit jacket sleeve. The latter trembled. “Maybe not. Still, why bring human filth here? A human as an angel of death?” Samael sneered. “Don’t tell me Metatron’s become senile.”
“What do you think?”
“Doesn’t matter. I’ve my orders.”
“Why not have her work with Gabriel?” Samael’s finger caressed Xariel’s nape, his touch icy.
Samael’s smile turned into a smirk. “I forgot. You’re not on good terms with him, are you?”
Xariel glared. “You made sure of that.”
“It’s better this way.” His palm cupped Xariel’s cheek. “We could go back to those days. Remember? You were happy. Don’t deny it.”
Xariel shook his head.
“Do you think it’s over? Or have you already fallen in love with her?”
“Of course not!” Xariel’s voice choked. “We just met.” He liked Karla, but if Samael even assumed he was interested in her, his boss would see an opportunity to cause trouble. Xariel’s skin crawled as he remembered what had happened to the other women in his life.
“Then she won’t mind this, will she?” Samael caught Xariel’s wrist, pulling him into a deep kiss. One arm snaked around Xariel’s waist, holding him fast. Xariel’s eyes widened as Samael’s tongue invaded his mouth, breath hot and smelling of cinnamon mints.
Samael broke the kiss first. He spat at the floor, face twisted in disgust. “I can taste them.” He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand and scowled. “You still choose humans over me.”
“You shouldn’t be surprised.” Xariel’s knees gave way. He gripped the edge of Samael’s desk to steady himself. “I told you we’re through.”
Samael didn’t answer. Instead, he walked to a vertical black-lacquered cabinet mounted on the wall behind his desk. Xariel swallowed as he watched Samael remove a rapier, the basket-hilted handle intricately carved with ancient scrollwork. His eyes fixed on the dark yellow substance coating the blade tip. Venom. One drop would kill a human. Even angels weren’t immune.
The sword glinted beneath the lights and Xariel thought he saw, for a brief second, Samael’s eyes blaze red and his hair fan about his face in a fiery halo. Xariel choked back a gag reflex when tiny eyes popped up over Samael’s skin and the chief of satan’s mouth twisted in a cruel grin, revealing sharp incisors.
Xariel closed his eyes and shook his head. When he opened them, the illusion was gone and only Samael’s smile remained, minus the vampire impression.
“Perhaps I should make the human your partner.” Samael stroked the blade, running his tongue between his lips as he watched Xariel’s reaction. “After all, you seem to prefer their company.”
Xariel winced at the inference.
“However, if you think I’m giving you up, you’re mistaken.” Samael lowered the sword to his side. “Dismissed.”
Want more Death Sword Q&A?
Pamela is interviewing Gabriel and Metatron over at her blog today. They were feeling a little left out after she sat down with Karla & Xariel, so go here to see what they had to say!
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