Friday with Friends welcomes author S.R. Karfelt!
She brings us her debut novel:
Warrior of the Ages
Thanks, Linnette, for having me on Friday with Friends! I’d like to start off by sharing my summer vice. Iced lattes. I make them at home sometimes (with decaf coffee, so I suppose coffee connoisseurs will point out that this one is actually just an iced coffee) and I use ice cubes made out of frozen coffee. So good, and it’s a great way to use your leftover coffee and keep your drink from getting watered down.
For your readers that don’t drink coffee, I have a backup cold drink. Isn’t this pretty? It’s plain boring soda water, but I freeze raspberries and spearmint leaves into ice cubes for it. I’m not much of a cook, but I can freeze water!
This summer, besides making ice cubes, I released my first novel at long last. I can say at long last since Warrior of the Ages was five and a half years in the making. The good news is that I wrote the entire series in that timeframe! Just in case you can’t tell by the ice cubes, I’m a stickler for detail. It took my patient cover artist forty-six covers
before I found the one that won my heart. What do you think?
Immortality means one thing to Kahtar. Duty.
For millennia the ancient immortal warrior has returned to guard
his people from the outside world.
This time, Kahtar must moonlight as a cop to guard the entrance to paradise.
Beth White is drawn to the idyllic little village of Willowyth, Ohio,
unaware there is a terrifying reason for her unnatural attraction.
She soon learns a place full of secrets is nowhere to hide her own.
When a man’s duty is to protect his kind from outsiders,
what happens when he discovers one of his own living in the wrong world?
Where is truth and honor when worlds collide?
Keep reading for a taste of WOA...
Only Sherman stuck with Beth, dogging the big cop’s steps and holding in his paunch as they moved through the door and down the porch steps.
“Excuse me, Chief? I’m Sherman Kelts. Surely this is overkill? Is this about her parking tickets? It’s hardly a criminal offense to ignore those, everybody does. I haven’t paid one myself in ten years.”
Easily darting past the man, the Police Chief expertly moved Beth along in front of him, one hand firmly on the small of her back. He didn’t reply. Sherman Kelts raced behind him fussing until the cop opened the back door of his patrol car and put a giant hand on the top of her head, shoving her just slightly less politely into the back seat. He tucked himself into the front and shut his door firmly right in Sherman’s pink face.
Beth piped up from the back of the squad car.
“That was rude. Did you know he’s a lawyer?”
The Chief’s good-looking partner caught Beth’s attention. His dark eyebrows shot up in mock surprise and he commented with a friendly grin, “Uh, oh.” The man swiveled completely in his seat and gave her such a welcoming smile that for a moment Beth forgot she was being arrested and felt like they were old friends. That would be if she had any old friends. Smiling blue eyes glanced towards her arms, which were uncomfortably wedged between her and the seat.
The cop apologized. “I’m really sorry about the handcuffs. Twist around and I’ll take them off. Are you Clan Huron?”
Before Beth could even open her mouth the dark haired cop spun around, facing forward, looking straight out the window. The Chief glared in his direction. Something about his expression suggested a shouted reprimand though not a word had come out of his mouth. Beth could see from the side view mirror that all traces of the nice cop’s smile had vanished. Odder still, the cop then immediately slumped against his seat and closed his eyes. It was the worst acting she had ever seen, like a kid trying to get out of school and pretending to be sick. What the heck was that about?
The Chief was watching her in the rearview mirror and he offered up his first words since he’d slapped the handcuffs on her.
“He has a problem with his blood sugar.”
Beth snorted, for pity’s sake what was wrong with this guy and why on earth did they let this nut be the Chief of Police, for that matter what was up with his pathetic little sidekick?
“He does not have low blood sugar, what is your deal? Why did you do this? Sherman will have half his law firm on this in the next few minutes. He already thinks he has a thing for me. The last thing I need is to be rescued from jail by Sherman Kelts!”
There was nothing about this that made much sense, but she wasn’t angry about being arrested, she was angry about the impending attention of Sherman Kelts. He’d spent the whole morning bragging about his law firm, his house, his condo in Mexico and a recent trip to Europe, the whole time with his eyes glued to her legs. Meeting the Chief’s gaze in the rearview mirror Beth had the distinct impression that Sherman’s attention bothered him too. That made no sense, but it felt true just the same.
The Chief, if she remembered correctly, was Kent Costas. Glancing at the steely eyes in the mirror, still looking at her, she had the oddest sensation that wasn’t really the man’s name. His big hands were squeezing the steering wheel as he began to recite her Miranda Rights. She stared at him through the mirror the whole time, but he avoided meeting her eyes again. Everything about him; his voice, his posture, his wacky partner still curled up against the passenger door, told her they were lying to her. She listened to the Police Chief’s voice, analyzing it for truth and found none. Every perfectly delivered word sounded like a veteran actor, and halfway through his speech he tilted his face so all she could see was his mouth. He knew she knew.
Warrior of the Ages is available at Amazon and wherever fine books are sold. If you’d like to read more, check it out. If you’d like to see the book trailer for Warrior of the Ages, just click right here. Let me know what you think. Did you even know that book trailers existed? (Neither did I until recently!)
Also, I’d like to gift an autographed copy to one of Linnette's lucky readers today. Just leave a comment below and share one of your summer delights with us. It’s that easy, because some things in life should be just that easy don’t you think? Thanks for having me today, Linnette!
Woo-hoo! Did you read that? Stephanie is giving away an autographed copy of WOA, so leave a comment as well as a way to contact you. Love Stephanie's cover art, and where are the like buttons for those drinks? Wow! Let's sit and have a glass while we visit, shall we? Thank you for stopping by. And Stephanie, thank you for visiting Friday with Friends!
Action/Adventure Fiction Novelist
A Ragged Edge Writer