Q&A with Wendy Sparrow, Servants of Fate Excerpt & Giveaway

Servants of Fate Boxed Set (Servants of Fate #1 – 3)

  • By Wendy Sparrow
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: December 24th 2016 by Pen and Kink Publishing
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
  • As servants of Fate, Father Time’s sons must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime on behalf of humanity before each year ends. It’s simpler if they don’t get involved, as their immortality is a barrier to relationships and to understanding the emotions of those whose lives end in a blink, especially if these time holders have a hand in it. Servants of Fate pass in and out of the lives of those around them, never interacting, until a different type of fate steps in. They can stop time, but love will leave them powerless.

    Stealing Time
    Father Time’s son, Zeit Geist, must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime to the Fates each New Year’s Eve. Last year—inexplicably, really—he made an 11:59 substitution. The Fates are pissed and they’re after his mortal Hannah. With the year ending, he ought to figure out why he’d saved her—and why he keeps doing it.
    Following an unlucky year, Hannah Lyons needs a week’s holiday in a lodge to unwind. What she gets is near-death experiences and a sexy immortal who can’t avoid kissing her, but might have to kill her. After all, even Zeit can’t hold back time indefinitely.

    Taking Time
    Tempus fugit. Time flies…unless you’re Tempus Halt, Father Time’s son. Day in and day out are the same, except for New Year’s Eve when he steals the life of a mortal on behalf of the Fates. This year marks his first failure to stay the monotonous course. A mortal’s kiss and her insistence on taking the place of his year’s sacrifice stalled out everything. Now, Tempus has to keep her alive for a year so his sacrifice isn’t wasted, but that’s the only reason—definitely.
    One of these crazy grim reapers stole Lacey Carpenter’s estranged father’s life two years ago. She’ll give her own life rather than letting it happen again. It backfires when Tempus doesn’t actually kill her, and they have to spend the year together. She’s falling for an immortal who stops time, not just to save her life, but also to ruin her dates and steal her books. This can never work and fate is just not on her side—in fact, they’d really like her dead before Tempus falls for her in return.

    Keeping Time
    When Ruin’s mortal sacrifice to the Fates on New Year’s Eve is already dying, it should be the easiest life he has to take, but not this year. The dying man knows Ruin is there to kill him, but he asks Father Time’s son to look after his twin sister. Ruin can’t stay away from the sweet and sensual Phoebe. His previous interactions with women changed the definition of his name, Ruin, so he can’t fall for her, especially when the lovely mortal doesn’t know he killed her brother.
    Phoebe’s brother promised to send her a guardian angel, but Ruin seems too devilish to be holy. He only wants to be friends and keep watch over her, but she can’t resist him. Loving Ruin is a sin tempting her heart. How wrong is it to cause an angel’s fall? Ruin and Phoebe’s time is running out as another New Year’s Eve sacrifice approaches, and Ruin might lose everything for keeping his true hand in fate secret.
    ~ Bewitching BT



    It took them another three attempts to get what they both deemed were acceptable snowman portions.
    “Hey. Coal.” With raised eyebrows, Hannah held up the two lumps of coal that had come in his snowman kit. “Get a good long look because this is what you’re getting next year.”
    He couldn’t stop smiling at her. A dozen times each hour today, he’d wished he could slow down time because he wanted to spend more time with Hannah—he needed that. She was singing Frosty the Snowman with a carefree abandon he’d never felt before. If only he didn’t have the end of the year looming over him.
    “Okay, pass me his corn cob pipe,” she said.
    He pulled the “pipe” out of the box and stared at it. “Our snowman is a smoker? And this is a kids’ song?”
    “It was written back before people worried about things like their lungs,” she said, reaching for it.
    He pulled it away. No. It wasn’t right. “His days are already numbered, and he’s playing with fire—actual fire?”
    “Ohhhh, right.” She tilted her head. “Wow, that does make him a bit of a rebel, doesn’t it? I bet the snowladies were all suitably impressed.”
    Zeit looked around. There were mortal children all around. Young impressionable mortal children. He put the pipe back in the box.
    “Or he’s not really a rebel. He likes to play things safe. Then again,” she tapped his coal eyes, “he did earn his coal. Maybe he’s got nothing to prove. There should be buttons in the box.”
    He pulled off his glove to search through the bottom of the box, pulling out three buttons. “What is he buttoning up?” he asked as he handed them to Hannah.
    She’d started pressing the buttons into his middle snow section, but she stopped and bit her lip as she stared at the round button still in her hand. Finally, she shrugged and pushed the last one in. “I think you’re overanalyzing this.”
    “Or it’s a mortal tradition that could use some scrutiny.” He held out the faux carrot that came in his kit.
    “But, look, he’s healthy. A carrot.”
    “Is he going to eat his own nose?”
    “I can’t do this with you now.”


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be? Sparkly.

    2. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ? I wanted a different sort of paranormal story, so when I thought of using Father Time’s sons, I wanted an equally mythical antagonist. In addition to time not always being on their side—the Fates are also against the sons of Father Time finding love and leaving their service.

    3. Your all time favorite book? ? To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it as a teenager, and it resonated with me in a way I can’t even describe.

    4. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ? Not just this book, but every book and every day. Being an author, for an introvert, is a constant struggle to share something that is personal to you and not always getting feedback or acknowledgement for it. It’s lonely and exhausting, but I’m a storyteller clear to the depths of my soul so I keep going.

    5. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside from writing? ? I’m a mother of two kids on the autism spectrum. They’re both teenagers and both shifting to an alternate schooling program of part online and part public school. I spend A LOT of time driving kids around and helping them with homework. I also have a hypermobility syndrome that causes my joints to be too loose and dislocate partially or fully, so there’s a decent amount of time spent negotiating with my body on what we can do in a day. Finally, I have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and I have a lot of blog posts on the subject and help others struggling with it.

    7. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ? I have several different works in upcoming anthologies that I’m super excited about. Then, I’ll be releasing my first young adult paranormal under the name Wendy Laine later this year. It’s about an OCD cutter and a gargoyle.

    Fun facts: :

    1. Name your favorite fruit. ? Probably grapefruit, but my medication currently prohibits it. Grr.

    2. Favorite season? ? Fall—I love fall colors.

    3. How about fav time of 24 hours? ? I’m a night owl. I often stay up late into the night working on things. It’s one of the few times it’s quiet in my house.

    4. Favorite food for breakfast? ? Eggs Benedict.

    5. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ? Necklaces actually. I love them. I don’t wear them very often. Once a week typically. So, I won’t make it through all my necklaces in a year, especially since I have favorites that I wear again and again.

    6. Drama or comedy? ? Comedy. I need laughter in my life, not so much drama.

    7. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ? “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~Gandhi

    8. Cats or dogs? ? Dogs. I have a 13-year-old husky/lab that is a healthy 130 lbs.

    9. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ? Candlelight—though, due to my OCD, the candles would be watched carefully.

    10. What song have you listened to most recently? ? My son got me hooked on the cover of Sound of Silence by Disturbed. Though, he also loves Johnny Cash and keeps getting our Echo to play Cash while he runs out of the room.

    Full Disclosure:

    1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ? Honestly? Writing. Writing feels like a guilty pleasure because I always have so much author stuff to do that is not writing. Being able to sit and write is so completely magical, and I feel guilty the whole time because I should be revising or doing publicity for what I have out.

    2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ? I think, maybe, J.K. Rowling—not because I think her life is amazing, but because I want to know if I’ll ever feel like I’m enough as an author, and I’d like to experience that, if only for a day.

    3. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ? Any type of cleaning. I loathe cleaning.

    4. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ? Psych and Castle. Why must they take our nice things away? Booooo.

    5. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ? The ability to stop time just like the characters in my books. If I could have time to get more done…it would be so beautiful.

    6. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ? My kids always brighten my day. My son is a genius and the stuff he says is hilarious. My daughter is a sweetheart, even during her “typical teenage girl” moments.

    7. The awesomest thing in your life is… ? The awesomest thing in my life is that I’m very lucky to have amazing friends online and in real life. I also have an incredible support system in my family. I have a safety net because I have people who accept me exactly as I am. I’ll never freefall like I did once upon a time when my OCD was bad. It is really awesome to have people who always have your back.


    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    A handmade original choker from Neath the Veil’s “Every Rose has its Thorn” collection. Soft woven ribbon holds a gorgeous cream and black rose cameo set in a silver finish frame. It drapes down 5 inches from the top of choker to the bottom. The length is sized from 11-1/2 inches to 16 inches by clasp and adjustable chain. This giveaway is international.

    Additionally, three paperback copies of the anthology Legendary will be given away individually. The anthology is edited by Laura Harvey and contains an urban legend inspired story by Wendy Sparrow. These copies may be won by those in the U.S. or Canada.

    The final giveaway item is a $10 USD Amazon gift card which is open to countries with Amazon sites.

    About the Author & Links:

    After a childhood spent wandering as a military brat, Wendy Sparrow found her home in Washington State. Her days involve convincing her two kids she knows how to properly parent and her nights showing her husband all the cool things romance authors know… or goofing around online… or reading, but mostly the first thing.

    She’s active in OCD and autism communities and writes on her blog to support awareness in both. With her whole heart, Wendy believes everyone deserves a happily-ever-after. If she’s not writing or wrangling kids, she’s on Twitter, @WendySparrow, where she’ll chat with anyone about anything.

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