Today Are You Afraid of the Dark joins the blog tour for The Hunters Saga by Heidi Angell with a Fireside Chat. Our always delightful fictional interviewer Richard Dale sits down with Havoc, werewolf and vampire hunter. Take it away Richard...
Fireside Chat with Havoc
“Welcome everyone, to another Fireside Chat. I’m Richard Dale, your host. Today, our guest is the werewolf Havoc, hunter of rogue vampires and partner to Fury. Welcome Havoc.” Richard Dale holds out a hand in greeting.
Havoc grips Richard’s forearm and gives a solid shake. “Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to defend myself.”
“Why don’t we begin with some details of your life. Exactly who is Havoc?”
Havoc tilts his head quizzically, thinking of an answer. Richard gives him a prompting look as he is taking quite some time. “I am the son of Keezheekoni, and grew up as son to the Alpha in our pack, Niigaanii. After my father’s death, I was not prepared to be Alpha. I could not submit to another, so I became a lone wolf.”
Havoc gazes into the distance, lost in his thoughts. A gentle clearing of Richard’s throat brings Havoc around. “That is when I joined Fury in her quest to track down an ancient vampire, Malich, who is… well, as all vampires, a rather dire creature. I do not know why Fury wants his head so badly, but I get to kill vampires, so I cannot object.”
Richard Dale smiles. “So, how does one become a vampire hunter? Did you seek it out, or did the opportunity come to you? And what role did your Counsel play in your decision, if any?”
Havoc laughs uncomfortably. “I do not think anyone chooses to be a vampire hunter. Each person I have met in this life lost a great deal to the vampires. That is why they do what they do. Fury and I are apparently in a lot of trouble with the Counsel because they have signed a peace treaty with the vampires. They are ignoring vampires who blatantly risk the lives of all supernatural beings, by risking exposure.”
“Fascinating. On a more personal note, what is your fondest childhood memory?”
Havoc swallows, visibly upset. He swallows again, trying to get control of his emotion.
“My fondest memory was the first time I turned. My Alpha was there. He helped me with the transition, kept me safe, and showed me that despite the pain, being a Were doesn’t have to be horrible.”
Richard leans forward slightly. “How was your relationship with your father, and how did his death affect you?”
“Beyond the fact that he was an exceptional Alpha, who led with a light paw. As a father, he was larger than life. He..” Havoc clears his throat. “He was everything I hope to be one day. Patient, kind, wise, generous. I really lost my way after he died.”
“I see. Do you think this shaped the way you deal with your present relationships? Your bond with Fury, for instance, or your connection with your fellow werewolves, Screvin and Avie?”
“Well, he certainly taught me patience. I hope I can teach Screvin the same. I need a lot of patience to handle Fury. I never intended to become Avie’s Alpha. But I have tried to lead Avie and Screvin through their transitions with a light paw. Being a Were is difficult enough, without having an Alpha who takes advantage of their position. Unfortunately, that has caused… conflicts between Fury and me. I really do not know how my father did it.”
A sudden interruption of clinking cups halts the conversation, as a distinguished gentleman enters the room carrying a tea tray.
“Ah, I believe it’s time for some refreshment. Impeccable timing, Jenkins. I’m parched.” Richard turns to Havoc. “Meet our indispensable butler. Jenkins, this is our guest, Havoc.”
“A pleasure, sir. I have a lovely Oolong tea today, as well as coffee. And some scones fresh from the oven. Would you care for a cup and a bite to eat?” Jenkins sets the tray down and waits.
Havoc nods nervously, noting the silver tongs for the sugar with vague unease. “Coffee is fine, thank you.”
Richard nods politely, thrumming his fingers on the arm of his chair. “I’ll take the tea. And one scone.”
Jenkins pours two cups, serves both men, before retreating.
Richard Dale takes a sip of his tea and asks, “Have your feelings and loyalties changed towards the Counsel? Now that they are hunting you?”
“Well, I am sure that there is simply a misunderstanding. If Fury and I could simply speak with them, without the vampire faction intervening, then I am sure they would agree that their actions are unwarranted. That is how I was hoping you could help.”
“I’m not sure what sway I have, but you never know who pays attention to these little chats of mine.” Richard smiled, somewhat smugly and with a touch of pompous mystery. “The Council can be a stubborn authority. And speaking of such, what is your view of authority in general? Are you a conformist, or a bit of a rebel?”
“I respect…” Havoc hesitates, searching for the right words. “I respect authority when it is wielded wisely, for the good of all. I think that is the Counsel’s intention, and I feel that they must be warned about what is really happening.”
Richard nodded. “True. The paranormal realm can be highly dangerous. So who is your worst enemy? And your best friend?”
"I am my own worst enemy. Fury is my best friend."
“And for the final question, where do you see your life headed? In terms of relationships, goals, even survival?”
“As I have been trying to explain. We must get message to the Counsel so that they call off this foolish wolf-hunt. If you can get word to them, then we may have a chance. If we can appear before them, we can explain the situation and I am sure that they will understand.”
“Thank you, Havoc, for agreeing to this interview.” Richard Dale leans back into his chair with a sigh. Then he flashes a smile. “I’m sure the Council will hear of this.”
The Hunters Saga
What would you do if you found your town had been infested with vampires? For Chris and his brother Lucas, the answer was simple enough: you fight back. Gathering a small band of other people in their town who have been affected by the vampires, they begin a resistance. But after a year of fighting, they have only managed to kill a handful, while the vampire leader has turned five times that many.
Then two enigmatic strangers appear, changing the group’s lives even further.
Fury and Havoc. They call themselves hunters, and want no part in this little band of heroes. Ordering them to lay low, the duo vow to rid their town of vampires. When Fury is injured, Chris aides these strangers, entwining his future with theirs.
Now that the vampires know the hunters are here, and that Chris and his friends have helped them, the group is in more danger than ever before. Lucas is torn between protecting his new family from the vampires, and protecting them from these seemingly inhuman beings who say they are there to help.
After all, what beings could be so powerful as to scare a vampire?
The Hunters is available on:
The highly-anticipated sequel to The Hunters Saga.
Now The Hunters become the hunted.
Follow Fury, Havoc and Screvin as they track down the Werewolf who turned Screvin and try to help her come to terms with what she is. Things are going better than expected with Avie, then the Counsel comes after them. Now the hunters have become the hunted.
Releases February 18th.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith. She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire.
When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her lovely family camping, hiking, swimming, or watching movies.
Learn more at her website www.heidiangell.com
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Like to see more of The Hunters Saga? Check out the tour dates!
1/13 Announcing the Tour at www.heidiangell.com
1/14 Character Spotlight of Chris for Linda Bloodworth’s blog.
1/15 Why My vampires don't Sparkle on Notes Around the Bend
1/15 Reading by Fiatcelebrity on Twitch My reading begins at 2 hours 8 minutes.
1/16 Character Spotlight of Carissa for L.Ryals
1/18 I am participating in Lyndsey Harper’s The Fell Facebook Party. Come by and learn more about The Hunters Saga.
1/19 Character Spotlight of Terah on Notes Around the Bend
1/20 A Brief History of Vampires http://www.alteredinstinct.com/
1/21 Book spotlight and review of The Hunters from Andy Peloquin
1/22 Character Spotlight for Lucas on Kanundra’s blog
1/23 Interview with Timothy Bateson
1/24 (Character Spotlight) Fireside chat with Havoc and Richard Dale
1/25 Youtube Live talk with Joshua Robertson
1/28 Guest Post: A Brief History of Werewolves on Timothy Bateson’s blog
1/29 Character Spotlight: Screvin on Joshua Robertson’s blog.
1/30 Meet a Writer
1/31 Interview on Author First Radio at 7 pm EST.
2/1 A book review on N.W. Moors Blog.
2/3 Interview on Tom Falwell’s blog
2/6 Excerpts on Mary Woldering’s Blog
2/9 Book pre-release announcement on Magic of Stories.
2/12 Author interview on Behind the Pages
2/14 My Bloody Valentine Facebook Hop with A.F. Stewart.
2/17-2/19 Facebook Celebration for the Launch of The Hunted
2/15 Interview with author Michael Dellert.
2/16 Coffee Break with Joe of Go Indie Now.
2/18 Guest Post Man’s Fascination with Immortality on Andy Peloquin’s blog.
2/20 Author interview with Daniel M. Quilter.
2/24 Author interview with Adan Ramie
2/25 Book review on Notes Around the Bend
3/1 Nerd Wisdom with Daniel M. Quilter.