My Chat with Kali Willows

Hello and welcome!

Today my guest is a sweet, sweet lady I met a few times now and it is always such a pleasure chatting with her. Her books are out of this world, pun intended 😉

I love this quote of hers!

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Please welcome Kali Willows!

If you remember I had a few of her hunks for a chat, there was Connor from Romancing the Author and then there was the trio from Claiming TrinityTrinity, Arawn and Kane. Click on the links if you missed them or they are worth a reread if you didn’t 😉

Born and raised in Toronto, Kali now resides in the exquisite eastern Ontario countryside where she enjoys the serenity of nature. When she isn’t busy being the married mother of two, certified trainer or counselor extraordinaire, she shadows worlds of paranormal passion & intrigue.

Kali strives to create emotional, compelling stories and characters you can’t help but love, hate and cheer for. Captivated by her love of dragons, gargoyles and everything paranormal, she pens these delightful creatures into epic tales of romance and adventure and often infuses her passions of martial arts, music and ironic twists even she didn’t foresee.

A good cup of tea with the crackling fire gets her creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the night, when the house is quiet and she can type away to her heart’s desire.

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Do you have a nickname?
Several! 😀   Mom, Babe, Baby, but mostly KareBear ❤

What is one word best describes you?
One word? Just one? Hmmm, taps chin in deliberation It would depend on what facet of life we’re talking about… Parenting: protective; career: determined; problem-solving: innovative. I supposed “complex” would suffice? 😀

What makes you laugh out loud?
Most of the time, my kids. Their sense of humour astounds me and they come up with some real doozies! I love laughter, it’s so good for the soul. But I’m partial to particular movies that give me a fantastic ab workout! Eddie Murphy’s Delirious gets me every time, romantic comedies with fantastic one-liners and standup comedy, as long as they are funny, I will admit, the last movie that had me in stitches was Ted 2. Gut-busting laughter! Mark Wahlberg is not hard to look at either, lol.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
True to my author persona, I find it difficult to narrow down to just one. When it comes to sexy seduction or general swooning, the scents of Armani or Stetson really get me evil grin As for home/comfort: anything sweet and earthy. I’m a sucker for vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baked apple scents. I love floral, citrus… let’s say I can’t choose just one. Again, I’m complex.

Favourite place to spend time in.
My picturesque rural property is my place to be: swinging on my hand-made wooden swing under our massive maple tree, sipping tea and listening to the blissful sounds of nature all around, and my children’s laughter. On cold nights, I love sitting next to my wood-burning stove, sipping wine and listening to the crackle of the fire while I type away on my latest creation. Most of all, I love spending time in the arms of my beloved or curled up on the couch cuddling with my beautiful babies. That is the ultimate bliss ❤

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Although I’m drawn to some more than others, I don’t begrudge any genre of literature. My only limitations to reading, with the exception of time, are: it has to be well-written, thoughtful and engaging. If the writing can whisk me away to another world and draw me in as my own experience, I’m completely sold on the work!

Writing! What started it?
This is a thought-provoking question I have been asked before, and I wish I could offer a succinct response. The truth is, I’ve been writing and story-telling since I was a small child. It is my most coveted form of expression and the most effective way I work through things mentally. Let’s just say, during stressful periods of life, I tend to write a lot more destruction and retribution-themed stories, and I find it the most compelling, cathartic tool one could ask for. In my teens, we lived in a townhouse. In my bedroom, there was a tiny door in my wall that led to a crawl space above my garage. That became my portal to magical escape. I created my own private hideaway there. I wrote poems on the rafters, hung my favourite posters and kept trinkets of value in the farthest corners. That is where I found the beauty of self-expression through the written word.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Ironically, I already have! After 25+ years of working frontline in the social services sector and realizing I had lost my drive for the work, I decided to go back to school to pursue a career I was more passionate about. I’m currently in the final semester for public relations, where I can use my love and experience of graphic design, communications and event planning! If there is one thing I love, it’s to plan epic events that leave people swooning and wanting more. Stay tuned for KaLiCon!
Looking forward to that!

Audiobooks! What started them?
I love the premise of audio books. A genius extension for the lovers of books that may not always have time and silence to sit and read. Having the right voices narrate literature springs characters and their adventures to life in the mind of a reader. If done well, it is one of my favourite reading experiences. So why do I try to have my titles put into audio? Because my personal brand is all about bringing books to life, and what better way than with audio and film? If I could, I would make movies too! 😀 My hope and goal is to have each of my books in every possible format so no readers miss out because of the type of format they use.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Each of the stories I write has distinct themes of urgent challenges, time-driven journeys, transformation, and healing. With every new tale I weave, I find myself digging deeper emotionally, and crafting more intense experiences with the goal of keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seats.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My intended audience are lovers of books, fiction, and endless possibilities. When readers indulge in my stories, they are promised adventures filled with action, suspense, romance and epic tales of overcoming impossible obstacles while the heroes/heroines emerge better people for the experience.

What is next in your writing?
Oh my darling Eniko, I have two new releases coming out!

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I’m in the final stages of completing a riveting new dragon story that is part of the epic box set: Stoking the Flames, due to release March 28, 2017. 13 amazing authors have collaborated to bring 13 sizzling tales of dragon romance to make your toes curl. My contribution is called: Curse of the Dragon’s Eye. It’s a tale of Egyptian dragons, deceit, magic and mayhem!

I am so looking forward to reading this anthology, as you know I looooove dragons 😀

Another release coming soon is my second addition to the Wiccan Haus series with Decadent Publishing. Mythic Iron is a tale of three dragons, motorcycles, mixed martial arts, deadly attacks, and healing. No cover to show yet.

Flames of Venom…
    When the president of Mythic Iron is brutally slain, the VP, and the Sergeant of Arms set out to protect the club’s legacy, and next target. Sai is a world-class MMA champion, and a half-breed dragon with a fiery temper. After the vicious murder of her mother, she fled the arms of her two mates and the MC, and made her way to the ring. A fighter with an edge, she doesn’t apologize, never holds back and doesn’t need saving. The unexpected arrival of her estranged mates coincides with the biggest fight she’s ever had; the one for her own life.

Dragons of iron…
    A leather-clad soldier of fortune with a patch, was all Levi could be anymore without her. His lost identity before the MC took an injured child in left a mystery for him, one no one can fill in the blanks for. Now, a purple dragon with a propensity for danger, he evolved into the ultimate weapon for their club. Can he ever reclaim their mate, or will she kill them first?

Drake was born into a legacy of crime. In the wake of their mate denying their bond, evolved a cold, merciless dragon that did whatever the MC required of him. In a desperate bid to safeguard her, their reunion is soon wrought with tragedy, leaving Sai critically injured. Devastated by his failure to protect her and the people she loved, he reaches out to an old comrade for help.

Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus. A place meant for healing, but with an ominous threat looming, will the arrival of the purple dragons mean the end of island peace?

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Here is a small unedited taste… you read it here first 😉

    “No…” She widened her eyes and shook her head. “I don’t want to hear it.” Her chin quivered and she backed away from them. “Babe, please, you have to listen—” Levi asserted.
    “I said NO!” she hissed.
    “Hortese, who’s scheduled for a bout tonight?” She spun around and jogged over to the banged up lockers past the boxing ring and grabbed a roll of tape. Levi moved to follow her and Drake gripped his shoulder. “Don’t.”
“There’s a few new people tonight. Didn’t recognize their names, but they haven’t arrived yet,” the manager replied.
“Yes we have,” a low voice boomed from the doorway. Drake twisted around to find six, gargantuan men in black pants and t-shirts saunter in. The epitome of bad news; all dressed in black with stone cold expressions, domineering stances and muscular physiques. Their very presence shot pangs of caution through his stomach.
“Brother,” he whispered as he studied each one from head to toe. His sergeant of arms mumbled back. “What do you want me to do, take em out?”
“Not yet, we don’t know why they’re here. See how she handles it. We’ve got her back if anything happens,” he ordered firmly. If only he believed his own words. The churning in his gut told him this was connected to the reason he came here. There was no way to know if these were the same guys that ram-sacked their clubhouse just last night, but he’d bet his patch they were.
“Who’s first?” She called out. That raspy, venomous tone was one he knew all too well. Drake glanced over to find her narrow her eyes and slowly slither the tip of her tongue across her upper lip, she was pissed, but now she was on guard too.
Sai pounded at the old CD player until the tune, Mortal Combat began. The volume blared throughout the gym, she turned back and glared at the six men. Her serpent sense of smell alone would have alerted her to something about the new arrivals he’d already suspected, the fact she cranked up her traditional kick-ass tune was the tell-all; shit was about to get real.

I already love Sai 😀 Looking forward to reading it, I know I enjoyed your first one sigh

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I also have an audio version of my Wiccan Haus story Claiming Trinity in production as we speak!

Oh that is so exciting, I loved reading their book and I am so looking forward to listening to them too.

Thank you so much for a chat, as always, it is a divine pleasure

Thank you Kali for accepting my invite, I know how busy you are. It is always a delight to chat with you.

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Thank you for joining us, I hope you enjoyed the chat and you will give Ms. Willows’ books a chance. You will not regret it, I promise.

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To keep in touch with Kali Willows and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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Two lucky readers, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments, will get an e-book from Ms. Willows backlist, winners’ choice. The contest is open until 3 pm EST, Monday, February 27, 2017. GOOD LUCK!!!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with Trinity, Arawn and Kane

Hello and welcome!

The guests I have today are out of this world. Read on!

 

Welcome! Welcome! Thank you for coming to chat with us today.

Tell us, how did you three meet?

ARAWN: Well, that’s an interesting story. he snickers The big guy and I, motions to Kane were signed up for more training on the island with Rekkus. We had just arrived and were getting debriefed about our schedule and accommodations, and BAM, this incredible lady came crashing into our lives.

Crashing? I ask with curiosity

TRINITY giggles Yeah, you had to be there, but it was definitely not one of my most graceful moments. But it was-uh… her cheeks flush bright red … memorable!

KANE: Sadly, I wasn’t in the line of fire, this big lug got all the excitement! grumbles as he flashes a slighted grin

TRINITY: Hey! slaps Kane’s thigh don’t forget the Elysian Fields, you had your own crash landing there, twice! Not to mention, our little game on the floor that one night with the three of us…

KANE clears his throat and nods. Kane untucks his t-shirt and pulls it over his zipper as he shifts in his seat. Good times, beautiful… grins, then shakes his head Uh, what were we talking about? stares wide-eyed at me

I chuckle You three seem pretty close. Tell us a little about yourselves?

TRINITY: Well, I was having a tough time, and the Rowan siblings made a generous offer to host me for a week on the island. You see, I’m grief therapist, and a Banshee, with a twist. I had recently suffered a loss of family, and my heritage turned out to be a bit of a surprise for me. I was going through a rough time and they offered to help me through it.

How?

TRINITY: Well, for starters, they gave me a pair of enchanted glasses.

What for?

TRINITY: I see auras, and I was getting a little overwhelmed, the glasses were able to mute some of the stimuli to give me a break.

Did they work?

TRINITY: For a short time, but other issues arose quickly.

What else did the Rowans’ do to help you?

Trinity holds both Kane and Arawn’s hands. More than I can put into words at the moment.

ARAWN: Trinity was being targeted, the Rowan’s assigned us to keep her safe, and offered some different therapies on the island to help her out.

That sounds terrifying, why was she being targeted?

TRINITY: It’s really a great deal to get into in such a short interview. Let’s just say, I learned a lot about myself that week.

Interesting. How about you, Arawn?

ARAWN: Me? he scraped his chin with his fingertips and deliberates I’m on the Para Elite Forces with Kane here. We’ve been best friends for as long as I can remember.

KANE: I owe Arawn my life, instead, he settled for the brother he never had. Kane winks at Arawn. We joined the Para Elite Forces together, because protecting the innocent is the most important thing in the world to us.

ARAWN: And in the Underworld. he grimaces and rubs his chest

Underworld? Are you Arawn of Annwn, the Immortal?

ARAWN: Yeah, that’s me. I abdicated my claim to the throne, and since then, we’ve been fighting the good fight. Turned out to be the best decision of our lives, because it brought us face to face with this incredible woman. he lifts Trinity’s hand to his lips and kisses the inside of her wrist with affection

KANE: You make an excellent point, old friend. Kane does the same with her other hand

And, Kane, are you Immortal, as well?

KANE: I’m uh…a shifter. Can we skip this question please? presses his lips tight and flexes his jaw muscles

Of course, moving on. I smile I see hints of some impressive ink hiding behind that collar, Arawn. Care to give us a peek at your tattoos?

ARWAN:  I—uh… he tucks his chin down and shakes his head

KANE utters a soft growl

Two for two, I appear to be making you both uncomfortable with some of my questions. Apologies, gentlemen.

TRINITY: Don’t stress about it hunny. Arawn doesn’t like to take his shirt off. pats his knee and flashes a tender smile And Kane is a little shy. He’s still cautious about people seeing both sides of who he is. So selective reveals are few and far between.

I understand. Does that mean you have you seen their tattoos?

TRINITY: Oh, yes, up close and personal. I will tell you, both of them have exquisite canvasses of inked eye candy, and it’s more than just show, it’s meaningful.

Lucky girl. I pout

TRINITY: I most certainly am.

What really pushes your buttons?

KANE: Now that’s a loaded question! he steels his back and lets out a low grown For me, I’d have to say, evil actions against innocents. I can’t stand the smell of evil. The sight of malicious beings enrages me, it makes me lose control—I don’t want to get into it. he folds his arms across his chest

TRINITY: It’s okay, everything is fine now. gently caresses his shoulder

ARAWN: I second that. Malevolent beings with a sense of entitlement to harm anyone they wish in order to achieve their own goals of power and acquisition. Those who prey on what they perceive to be weakness, when in fact, they work so hard to cover up their own inferiority.

TRINITY pauses as she ponders the question Pretty thought-provoking question. I’d have to say, those who torture innocent children that have nothing to do with the problem at hand. And family secrets that haunt generations to come.

Sounds like you all need to relax a bit. Any ideas on how to go about that?

ALL THREE RESPOND SIMULTANEOUSLY: The Hot Springs!

TRINITY cups her hand over her mouth to stifle a giggle A nice warm dip, for sure.

ARAWN: Don’t you mean skinny—

TRINITY: Be quiet! she slaps his arm in protest

KANE squirms in his seat Are we finished yet? I feel the need for a swim now, thanks a lot!

What is your biggest fear?

TRINITY: My biggest fear is the uprising against the Syndicate. There are a great many paras on their radar, and after what I’ve seen and experienced…

ARAWN: Never again, Princess, you have our word.

KANE: Agreed, with every last drop of blood that courses through our veins, you will be kept safe from harm.

TRINITY: That’s one thing, I’m absolutely sure of. she says as she leans over to her right side and kisses Kane on the cheek, then to the left and does the same to Arawn.

Thank you all, for dropping by to talk with us today. Sounds like the Wiccan Haus has even more successful healing to be credited for.

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Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

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Today’s guests hail from “Claiming Trinity”, by Kali Willows, book 14 in the Wiccan Haus series:

Tears of blood…

Trinity is the last of her bloodline and cursed with a bizarre ability for a Banshee. Living a mundane façade, she became a psychologist who helps her clients work through their own grief—or at least she did until her life took a sinister twist. Soon after the murder of her uncle, her traumatic past comes back to haunt her. She’s faced with a few other challenges she can’t control, along with her empathic talents. An unexpected offer of help comes from the Rowan siblings when she receives a ticket to the Wiccan Haus for a much needed retreat, along with some sizzling adventure she doesn’t bank on. The evil that stalks her has bigger plans than anyone on the island realizes.


Two heroes with a dark past…

Arawn, an Immortal, rose up against his namesake and abdicated his throne to the Underworld. Conflicted between his lineage of war and vengeance and his desire to protect those in need, he serves on the Para Elite Forces. Kane, a tortured soul with a profound fear of showing anyone his Gargoyle form, is forever indebted to his best friend. They attend the Wiccan Haus for additional security training, but an unexpected run in with a voluptuous white-haired beauty brings about a change of assignment—and sleeping quarters. How will they maintain the safety and well-being of this mystifying woman from looming threats, while battling their deep-seated desire for her?

Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus. Where the staff have some unusual quirks and the herbal tea is sometimes more than you bargain for. The proprietors always do their best to make the resort a place of healing and peace. It’s also a place some never want to leave!

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With a deep breath and her Wiccan Haus charm in hand, Trinity folded her completed checklist for items to pack and shoved it into her pocket. She clutched the handle of her suitcase and mustered the courage to step into the portal.
In a flash, lights swirled around her, the sensation of gravity dissipated, her body lightened, and her limbs lingered in the air. She floated up, twisted, and spun on the spot. A faint, but deep voice echoed in the distance, “Incoming.”
In the blink of an eye, she bounced through the end of the portal, crashing into three large, burly men and toppling over a dark-haired stranger.
“Whoa!” He stopped their rolling together and landed on his back. Heated hands gripped her sides as she came to rest on top of his rock solid-chest, face to face. He chuckled. “You okay, princess?”
The sweetness of his warm breath brushed her lips and tingles of electricity ran over her sides where his hands held her steady. A delectable aroma of amber and patchouli wafted past her nose. Trinity leaned closer to his neck and inhaled then jerked. Lost in the depths of his dark eyes and chiseled features. His stare penetrated her and his touch stirred something deep inside. “I’m…oh, my….” She bit her lip.
“Are you hurt?” He frowned.
“No.” She rested her palms on his hard chest. But I don’t think I would notice if I was. My word, you’re handsome. A warmth curled around her spine, followed by giddy tickles in her tummy. Her body responded to the contact and lulled her other senses. In the next instant, she snapped out of her lustful daze with dread. “I’m so sorry,” she sucked in a sharp inhale and eased herself to sit up.
His hands settled on her hips. “I’m not.”
Trinity slammed her eyes shut, her cheeks burned with embarrassment at the sudden realization she now straddled the stranger she had just tackled to the ground. “By the gods, please tell me this did not just happen.” She slung her leg over to kneel on the floor and scrambled to get up. Another set of heated hands gripped her under the arms and lifted her to her feet.
“You landed pretty hard, are you sure you didn’t get hurt?” A second hunk straightened her glasses and brushed her shoulder off.
“I had a cushion to break my fall,” she simpered. Trinity smoothed back her hair to find the tight bun she had slicked her mane into had loosened and stray strands of hair littered her vision. She brushed away the rogue locks, and her breath hitched as her focus landed on another delectable vision.

I had a chance to read the ARC and they are oh so yummy. Their story starts with a crash, as Arawn mentioned, and it speeds up from there with suspense, humour, a few ‘oh my’ moments and some ‘oh yum! I want to be her’ moments too. LOVED IT! I loved them both, but I think Kane is my fave of the two hunks, but I wouldn’t mind switching places with Trinity… at all 😉

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To keep in touch with Ms. Willows and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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One lucky commenter, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random will get an e-book copy of “Claiming Trinity”, courtesy of Ms. Willows. The contest is open until 3 pm EST, Monday, May 16, 2016. GOOD LUCK!!!

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