Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Celebration Character Inverview & GIVEAWAY ~ Chase from Exiled & Shift by M.R. Merrick

So peeps my blog and my twitter feed has passed 3000 followers each and I've got some celebrating to do!  You know how I LOVE character interviews and giveaways! What would be a better way to celebrate than to combine two of my favorite things.

I have a BUNCH of character interviews lined up from some of my favorite recent reads.  I'll be posting them on Wednesdays so that the celebration just goes on and on.  You can see some of the books that I'll be interviewing from in the fabulous banner that my daughter made for me. She rocks don't you think? (May be biased - nay she rocks) =)

This week, I have the incredible fighting force that is Chase from Exiled by M.R. Merrick.  Stick around after the interview for a giveaway.


Hey Chase, thanks for agreeing to talk to me. Looks like you guys are still trying to get Marcus's place back together. You do seem to be hard on housing.

We are getting things back together. Slowly. Sometimes my emotions tend to get the best of me. Not the best thing when your elements are so closely attuned to them.

Yeah, I can so see that but you're getting there with the control thing. 

So you grew up with the circle, tell me what that was like? Your dad seems like he was pretty hard on you.

It was just my life. I didn’t know any different. Looking back now I guess it was a little controlling. The Circle is restrictive of what you get to read, what activities you do, what they teach you. There aren’t extracurricular activities like football or lacrosse. You’re choices are more like; demonology, advanced weapons training, hand to hand combat.

Riley had high expectations, and as I got older, they only got higher. He became more serious and involved with my training. As his power grew more rapidly, he moved up the Circle’s rankings with haste. His reputation became extremely important to him. He wouldn’t let his son be anything but the best.

Sounds hard but you came through it okay.  You've been here with Marcus for a little while now, how are you feeling about him? You think you can be happy here?

Marcus is pretty good. We’ve become a lot closer the last few weeks, and I don’t feel so much like I’m fighting him every step of the way anymore. We both have the same goals and now we’re finally working together to achieve them.

I’m not sure happy is in the cards for me. Hunters in general don’t have lengthy life spans. The fact that I was exiled without the backing of the Circle is bad enough, but I’m Riley Williams’ son too. That’s all the ammunition the Underworld needs. Throw that in with the fact Riley is hell-bent on raising Ithreal, and we’re the only ones trying to stop him, well, you can see why I don’t have high expectations. After seeing what the pure blood demons are capable of, I’ll be happy if I live to be twenty.

Well I'm on your side for sure.  I hope you succeed.

You didn't get your element when you were expecting it. How surprised were you when fire and water showed up?

I don’t think surprised does justice to how I’m feeling. I still have trouble wrapping my head around it, most of the time I’m too busy trying to keep them from exploding that I don’t even think about it. When I do, it seems surreal. I can feel them, vibrating beneath the surface, but still they’re foreign, like they don’t belong to me.

You're gonna get there, I just know it!

I love the snarky relationship that you and Rayna have. How do you feel about her spunk?

It drives me crazy, but not always in a bad way. Rayna can keep up with me, she challenges me, and I trust her. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I’d be. Probably dead. I respect Rayna, I’ll take her sometimes off-the-wall attitude over anyone else. Always.

Love Rayna, she rocks.  Someone else in your life that I love is Rai. What's it like having her around?

When she isn’t digging her claws in my shoulder and making a mess of her cage, she’s great. She’s in rough shape right now, but she’ll be alright. Rai’s loyal, but it’s tough for her here. She’s spent her life cooped up in cages, she deserves to be free, soaring through the air. I hope once she’s better, she gets that chance. If we figure things out, maybe we’ll all get that chance.

I have to say that I was very proud of you for defended Willy on several occasions. It was the right thing to do. Where do you think you got your sense of right and wrong? Not your father, that's for sure.

My mother was always a guiding force in my life, for everything, and although it doesn’t seem like it, the Circle played its part too. The Circle’s view of what’s right and what’s wrong is skewed, but the bottom line, “Hunters are born to protect the innocent,” still applies. Helping Willy was no different. It wasn’t an easy decision at first, I mean I knew he was a demon, and Hunters were supposed to kill demons, but it just didn’t seem right. Willy was…Willy. He’d never hurt anyone, and he didn’t deserve to be hurt.

I love Willy, he rocks for sure.  

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

I would’ve waited to go to Rayna’s old house. Helping Vincent I can live with, but everything I regret started when we walked in that house.

If you could have one wish, no questions, what would it be and why?

I’d have my mom back. I don’t think I need to tell you why.


M&M or skittles? Skittles
Burger or steak? Burger
Mountains or ocean? Mountain
Day or night? Night
Brown or Blue eyes? Blue
Blond or brown hair? Blond
CD or iPod? iPod
DVD or movie theater? DVD

Thanks for talking to me, Chase. I'd appreciate it if you figured out this mess with your dad. I'd much rather you survive and he ... well gets what he deserves. Can you take care of that for me?

If I can’t, I’ll die trying. 


I'm offering a choice of Exiled (Protectors #1) or Shift (Protectors #2) paperback edition.  International as long as Book Depository ships to you.  Just follow StuckInBooks and fill out the rafflecopter below.

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  1. Mmmmm Chase sounds EXCITING. Definitely a type of character that I want to meet. <3 And very determined too!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway bb!

  2. Great character interview!! I love Chase!! This series totally just blows me away!!

  3. Unfortunately I haven't read this series yet so I don't know anything about Chase, and I have to admit that I just glanced through the interview in case of spoilers because this is a series I'm interested in.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I have not read this series but it is definitely going on my TBR pile. Thank goodness I have a Kindle because this pile keeps getting bigger and bigger.

  5. I haven't read this series yet but from the interview Chase seems like a pretty awesome guy! I checked the book out on Goodreads and the reviews all say Chase is a great character.

    Congrats on the 3,000!

  6. Congratulations Ms. Valerie!! That is awesome! You know how much I love character interviews. They are my favorite! Especially when it's a character I love! :-)

  7. I think I like Chase. He sounds like a thoughtful and loyal person. I like that he would wish for his mom back, that's so sweet! What a nice guy :D
    I haven't read either of this series, so maybe you can help me fix that!!! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! <3

  8. I have only read exiled so far and I loved Chase. He is a great character and I can't wait to read shift!!!!

  9. Chase is great!!! I love how his character grows from Exiled into Shift. He's badass!

  10. Sounds great! I'm really looking forward to reading this series :)

  11. I haven't read the books but Chase sounds like a character that a lot of people like.

  12. randomness Chase and I are exact opposites lol

  13. I love Character Interviews (and giveaways!) :)

  14. I haven't read him yet. I'd love to win so I can read him and tell you what I think about him.

  15. he seems thoughtful and a calm person, i think? i haven't read this one honestly. lol.

  16. I am excited to read Exiled. I have heard great things about it, and I am interested in books from the male POV. Thanks!

  17. I like Chase. I have exiled in my to-read pile so will hopefully get round to it soon!

  18. I haven't read the books yet buy Chase sounds wonderful!!! Thanks!

  19. Sadly I haven't started this series yet. It's on my to-read wish-list for a while now. I hope I get to start it soon.
    Thank you for the chance to win!! I've read soooo many rave reviews of this series.
    DeAnna Schultz

  20. I love Chase! He is one awesome dude!

  21. Chase is a fun character. He is a little reckless, stubborn as an ox and he is still trying to find himself. So far I am liking how his story is progressing. I am only a few chapters into Exiled, but I like how he is discovering that the world around him is not as it seems.

    To be honest, the interview looked good, but I skimmed it. Since I am reading Exiled right now I wanted to avoid any spoilers. I didn't know something happened to Marcus's house so I stopped reading in fear I'd discover more than I wanted to.

  22. Haven't read this yet, but I must say that I think
    *Chase* is the most awesome name ever ... of course,
    that is also my son's name lol :)
    Mary DeBorde

  23. Chase sounds like someone I need to read more about!
    Thanks for the giveaway:)

  24. Great post. I have the first book on my kindle but I would love a signed copy. :-) Good luck to everyone!

    Mirely @ Rumor Has It

  25. i haven't read any of the books yet.. but base on you character interview (good job!), Chase sounds like an awesome guy with great personality..he spells FUN i guess..haha while reading the interview, i've imagined him as a VERY gorgeous guy! :)) (hope im right)

  26. Chase sounds awesome, determined and realistic! :-D Definitely a character I'd like to meet.

    As for the review, that was also awesome :-D