So, Sid invited me to squee a little on her blog and of course I jumped at the chance to tell anyone who would listen about my debut release, Retrieval. I don’t know if she knew what she was getting herself into but it’s too late for her let me down gently so I decided to reward her offer with a nice little interview of Retrieval’s hero, Sebastian Graham.
Sid—thanks for having me!
Now I’m relatively new to the whole interview process but there was snippet of time after Sebastian met the heroine, Skylar, that I caught up with him and had the chance to question him about a few things. I figured I was telling his story—he could damn well sit down and answer some questions. He didn’t have much time, which was okay. He’s so damn fine I had trouble keeping my mind on track in his presence anyway. I did manage a few (okay, really only one) questions, which I hope convey a couple of things: 1- his hotness, and 2- yeah, his hotness. 😀 He’s as headstrong as Skylar is and wow, she seems to have seriously messed with old boy’s head. I think I love her as much as I may love him. But don’t tell him. He’s got this whole Alpha male, he-man thing going on. It’s part of his sexiness but we don’t want him to know, yeah?
“Sebastian, thanks for taking a few minutes to sit down with me. I really appreciate it. I’ve had these questions plaguing me so maybe this’ll be my chance to get some clarity about what’s going on.”
“Lea, I really don’t have time for this. Hold on, yeah?” *answers his SAT phone and holds up a finger to me. It’s a really nice finger attached to a really nice forearm which inevitably leads to a smoking hot bicep wrapped in a lovely tattoo. Yummy. Several seconds go by and he hangs up without saying goodbye to the person on the other end* “So where were we?”
“Well, we hadn’t really gotten anywhere, I—”
“I told you I didn’t have much time. Sorry about that. You know I’ve been tracking that woman all over creation. Did you hear about my house? She freaking destroyed it!”
“Yeah, you seem pretty bitter about that. I wanted—”
*interrupts me again*
“Bitter? You think I’m bitter?” *Runs a hand through jet black hair and leans forward, blue eyes glittering dangerously* “That woman is going to drive me bat-shit crazy. And her sisters? I think they’re lining up to make sure she’s done the job right.” *shakes his head and sighs.*
At this point, I’m watching his massive, beautifully sculpted chest rise and fall under his t-shirt. I have to roll my tongue back in my mouth, clear my throat and then try to get saliva flowing again. “Well, what—”
*Yes, another interruption*
“You don’t know what she did do you? I knew taking this damn job was going to cost me something! She’s got these crazy powers—” *his phone rings again, interrupting what he’d been about to say and he barks “Talk, Bleak!” a long silence, then “What if she’s hurt, goddamn it!” more silence. Finally, he disconnects and turns those startling blue eyes back my way*
I’m mute at this point. Seriously, those eyes have stolen my breath—and hey, don’t judge me. You try being pinned under that stare!
*He raises an eyebrow and crosses his arms over his chest*
“Lea, I don’t mean to be short, but what did you want to ask me?”
“Huh?” Yes, it takes me a second. And again, don’t judge. “Oh, yes, I wanted to know—wait, she destroyed your house?”
“Yeah. Couldn’t just walk out the door, had to do it the hard way and my poor cabin! Damn it, she decided she had to go after her dad on her own, couldn’t wait for help, oh no! She’s frigging stubborn as hell. Wish I’d have known that when I took this retrieval job.”
“Knowing what you know about her now, would you have passed?” I lean forward eagerly waiting his reply.
*He looks at me, eyes dark and turbulent, brackets lining his mouth, luscious lips thinned.
He says nothing*
“Sebastian, would you have taken the job had you known about Skylar?”
“You knew, didn’t you? You knew and didn’t tell me. Damn it, Lea. I thought we were friends.” *He swipes another hand through his hair and leans back in the seat, defeat sitting on his shoulders*
I snort. “We’re friends. And because we’re friends if you answer that one question, Seb, I’ll cut this interview short.” I’m thinking at this point that bribery will never work with this man, but I have to try (seriously, I wrote that in my interview notes.)
*His eyes lighten and a half-smile forms on his beautiful face* “That one question, huh?”
My heart skips a beat. “Yep. I’ll leave you alone until this job is finished.”
*He leans forward, eyes intent as he gets right in my face. Did I mention he smells delicious?*
“Hell no, I wouldn’t have passed. She’s mine. You write that down in your little interview book, okay, Lea? Skylar McKannon is mine. Interview over.”
He stands and winks at me then leaves the room. I look around, keep in mind, there’s nobody else in the room with us, but now it feels incredibly empty. And that, my friends, ends the interview with Sebastian Graham.
He’s a man of few words, but he’s hot, so there’s no points lost with me for lack of communication. Besides, he had a woman to go after and God help her when he finds her. I may or may not envy her. You can find out how their story begins and ends in Retrieval. You’ll get a chance to experience his alpha live and in color. ;D
Thanks for stopping by. And Sid? You freaking rock. Thanks for having me and I expect you to visit me soon. I want to hear about Kiss For a Cure.
Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. A firm believer that love makes the world go round, she still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own.
Lea lives with her husband and three teenage daughters in rural Georgia. Two dogs, a cat, and a beta fish named Coddy George complete a family that is always in motion. When not working at the EDJ, she’s usually at her keyboard, using every spare second to write. Shifters, artificial intelligence, and gene splicing, oh my! Nothing is off-limits when it comes to her writing.
Skylar is the hunted. Fashioned for the sole purpose of destruction, she has spent her entire life running from the evil scientist who created her, her father. When a team of retrieval experts hired by her father track her down, neither Skylar nor the team’s leader is prepared for the magnetic attraction that will not let them go. In the midst of danger, with their lives on the line, they forge a bond so tight only death could break it. Together they will fight an egomaniacal scientist as well as their explosive desire for one another to discover what true power is.