By Quinn Loftis
Published June 3rd 2012
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Darkness has descended on the Transylvanian Alps.
Four packs of the powerful Grey wolves – in a rare show of cooperation – had joined together here in an effort to help their pack members find true mates. Then they were betrayed by one of their own – an Alpha hell-bent on becoming the most powerful of the Canis lupis. And though the wolf’s assassination attempt on the currently-reigning Romanian Alpha failed, his plans to get Decebel, the Romanian Beta, out of the picture were coming together even as his treachery was discovered. The wolf fled, leaving destruction, death, and a missing mate behind him.
Unbeknownst to the other packs, the wolf has employed a witch to finish the deadly job and help him gain another tool to increase his power. A curse of devastating proportions will cripple Decebel in a way that may dissolve his fragile bond with Jennifer. Meanwhile, injured and alone, Jen has been fighting for her life. She had come to terms with her fate, accepting that she would not share a life with Decebel, until help came in the most unexpected form…
Vasile will have to use all his resources – including Sally, the new gypsy healer of the Romanian pack – to discover a way in which to destroy the witch, lift the curse from Decebel and reunite him with the one woman who makes him whole, and solve a mystery that’s been surrounding the Romanian pack for 300 years.
~ Goodreads Blurb
Hi everyone! I’m here today with Costin . He has agreed to answer a few questions for us. As we all know at the end of Out Of The Dark there was some questions as to what the nature of his relationship with Sally is . Hopefully today we can get a small look into that.
*Costin is sitting on the love seat across from me. He’s leaned back with one arm across the back of the love seat, looking for all the world like a model for GQ.
Me: Costin, how are you doing ?
Costin: *big grin, heart flutters* I’m doing well Quinn, how are you?
Me: I’m good thank you. How are you and Sally handling this news, the possibility that you might be true mates?
Costin: There is more than a possibility, we ARE true mates. Sally is mine. I can’t speak for her, but I’m beyond excited. She’s amazing. I’ve been waiting a while for her. Not as long as some of the other male’s but long enough.
Me: Why exactly are you a bartender?
Costin: *grins and settles in like he’s getting ready to tell a good story* Well a few years back Vasile was worried that we had some spies from the other packs coming into our territory. You have to remember that we are only now really beginning to try and cooperate with one another in a long time. So Vasile decided a great way to keep an eye on things was to put me out in the town as a bar tender at the local pub.
Me: Why you? No offense. But Vasile is calculating, there would be a reason he chose you.
Costin: Very astute aren’t you? There is a reason it was me. *leans forward to whisper conspiratorially* You see, I can mask it.
Me: *whisper back* Mask what?
Costin: *chuckles* My dominance. When a dominant male walks into a room, it’s like the room gets smaller. All that personality and power in him expands to those around him. People, whether they realize it or not, follow him with their eyes. They want to know what he says because they instinctively know it will be important. A dominant male cannot blend in to his surroundings. He does exactly what his title suggests, he dominates, his surroundings, people, situations. He is always in charge. An Alpha takes that dominance to a whole new level.
Me: So you’re a dominant?
Costin: *big grin* Scary thought right?
Me: *laugh* No, just not what any of us expected. You’re so fun, and happy while Vasile and Decebel are so..
Me: Exactly! What’s up with that?
Costin: Although a lot of times certain personalities do tend to gravitate in one direction when you are talking about dominants and submissive’s, there is always an exception to the rule. *points to himself*
Me: So how do you hide it?
Costin: I’m able to pull my power in and wrap it up. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It’s like I can tuck it away and pull out the *makes quotations with fingers* fun-loving Costin. People tend to like me, if you haven’t noticed *dimple grin* and when people like you, they talk.
Me: Why didn’t Vasile just send a submissive?
Costin: Because if trouble had come calling and it was in the form of an Alpha or dominant a sub wouldn’t have a chance all by himself. I may be easy on the eyes, and like a good laugh as much as the next, but make no mistake Quinn, I will kill anyone I have to to keep mine safe.
Me: *eyes wide at seeing Costin become so serious, really freaky* Yours?
Costin: Yes mine, as in my pack, my mate, my pups. Whatever I classify as mine, I will kill to protect. I don’t have the soft tender nature of a sub, but I’m good at pretending. *toothy grin….ok now I feel like I’m dealing with a slightly more charming Decebel*
Me: How do you feel about being the mate of the pack healer?
Costin: I’m honored. It’s a major blessing for a pack to have a gypsy healer. And to be the Canis lupis that the Great Luna has chosen to care for that healer, to love and protect her- Yeah, that’s a big freaking deal.
Me: Does it scare you? With everything that is coming, do you worry you aren’t up to it?
Costin: *creepy grin again* Are you challenging me Quinn?
Me: Absolutely not, but I’m playing devil’s advocate.
Costin: Hungry wolves like to eat little devils.
*from somewhere behind me* “Costin! Quit that. We know you are all big an bad you don’t have to threaten to eat the author, good grief.” Sally comes marching in the room. Costin looks like a kid who has just stepping in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.
Costin: Sally mine. *Voice is breathless as he stands up and pulls her into his arms. Sally blushes and the shade deepens when Costin kisses her forehead gently*
Costin: I was just having a little fun.
Sally: Behave or I’ll sick Jen on you.
Costin: *looks over to me and looks slightly sheepish, not much though* This is my ride Q, thanks for having me.
Me: Thank you for putting up with my questions. Sally thanks for letting us borrow your man.
Sally: Oh, he’s not-
Costin: *low growl*
Sally: *glares at Costin then looks back to me* no problem. I better get him back because I think I remember Vasile telling me he needed all the toilets scrubbed. Would hate to keep MY man from scrubbing the toilets, isn’t that right Costin?
Costin: *grins wickedly at me as he pulls Sally behind him* Bye Quinn *waves over his shoulder* Gotta get Sally home to put on her little maid uniform so she can supervise me cleaning the toilets.
*Hear Sally gasp as they continue out the door.*
Thanks for joining me today with another member of the Grey Wolves!
Next tour stop: A Soul Unsung