Thanks to JC Andrijeski for guest posting today! You can check out my review of Rook: Allie’s War Book One HERE!
Rook: Allie’s War Book One
Author: JC Andrijeski
Publisher:White Sun Press
28-year-old San Francisco native, Allie Taylor, at least thought she was human. But when she meets her first real seer, a race of human-like beings discovered in the 1900s, he tells her that not only is she a seer, like him, but that all the other seers believe she’s going to end the world. Unfortunately, no matter what she does, everything that happens after that only seems to prove him right.
As a part of this Bewitching Book Tours event, I wanted to introduce the two main characters of my novel, Rook: Allie’s War, Book One, the book being featured for this tour. Allie and Revik aren’t your typical couple, by any means. They live in a version of modern Earth divided into seers and humans, and only meet after Revik’s spent the past seventeen years keeping her hidden and safe in San Francisco, where she grows up thinking she’s human.
I thought, rather than have each of them talk about themselves, it might be more fun to put them through a “Newlywed Game” Q&A where they had to talk about each other. So here is what I got, when I pulled random questions from a list I found online and had them answer:
What is your spouse’s favorite food?
Allie: Curry. Definitely curry.
Revik: Coffee? I honestly don’t know. She’ll eat those frozen burritos at gas stations, so I figure her taste buds are probably completely dead.
When was the first time you kissed each other?
Allie: Um…I guess it would be that time in his flat in London? Or would it be the limo?
Revik: New York…um, don’t tell her I said that
What is your spouse’s all-time favorite movie?
Allie: I honestly have no idea. He mostly watched old Bogart films on the ship, and the occasional war movie.
Revik: Blade Runner. She’s seen it about 6,000 times.
What is your spouse’s favorite color?
Allie: Don’t even get me started. If I ask him that, he’ll look at me like I’m brain damaged. But he wears a lot of dark blues, so I’d have to guess that.
Revik: Green? I have no idea. She’s an artist, I imagine she likes a lot of colors. What is the point of that question?
Who is the dominating partner in the bedroom?
Allie: Depends on who he’s with…oh, you mean with me? We haven’t gotten that far. Yeah, I know it’s weird. Again, don’t even get me started.
Revik: No comment.
When and where was your first date?
Allie: Gee, let’s see, would that be when I woke up handcuffed to his car, wearing a soaking wet waitressing uniform and no shoes and covered in a stinking dog blanket? Or would it be when we spent the night on condom-strewn dirt in Stanley Park in Vancouver because it “wasn’t safe” to get a hotel? Or maybe it was sometime before that, when he was stalking me for, like…forever…and going through all of my stuff when I wasn’t around?
Revik: We haven’t done that
What habit of your spouse irritates you the most?
Allie: He is the KING of diversion. If he doesn’t want to answer a question or tell me something, he will do whatever he can to change the subject…that’s if he bothers to say anything at all. Getting extraneous information out of him is like getting blood out of a stone.
Revik: She is incapable of letting sleeping dogs lie. I tell her not to do something and immediately she does it. I tell her why she should not do something, and she argues with me. I explain to her why I can’t talk about something, she just asks me the same question using different words…she’s completely unreasonable.
Which one of your spouse’s qualities do you like or admire the most?
Allie: Well, he’s really smart. It’s a little freakish how smart he is, actually. Between that and his seer abilities, I haven’t come across much he isn’t better at than me…driving, shooting, playing chess, math, anything to do with being a seer or working inside the Barrier is pretty much a given. He’s like a walking Encyclopedia, and I think he speaks something like twelve languages.
Revik: She’s a talented artist. I like her portraits, especially…she captures something in people’s faces I can’t entirely describe. She’s fearless…stupidly, frustratingly fearless at times, but nothing seems to daunt her. She’s incredibly smart. I can’t really pull one over on her, which again, is maddening, but I admire her, too.
What is your spouse most likely to be doing on a Sunday afternoon?
Allie: Probably hanging out a firing range, or practicing mulei, the seer martial art. Or having sex. Not with me…I just mean in general.
Revik: Drawing. Hanging out with her brother. In San Francisco she worked on Sundays at a tattoo parlour on Geary Street. Having sex with humans who have substance abuse issues.
What is your spouse’s favorite drink?
Allie: Woodford bourbon. Neat.
Does your spouse have any phobias?
Allie: Are you kidding? He’s a neurotic mess. He’s claustrophobic, can’t sleep without a window or a door or something else open. He’s a little weird about eating in front of other people, too…and about people seeing him shirtless. He seems to have a lot of scars on his back, so I figured maybe he was just self-conscious about people seeing them.
Revik: Nothing serious that I know of. She doesn’t like clowns.
What is your spouse’s favorite animal?
Allie: Horse, I think?
Revik: She likes big cats, like tigers. She did when she was a kid anyway
Name five of your spouse’s best friends.
Allie: Uh…Vash? Honestly, he doesn’t really talk about having friends. He seems kind of like the loner type. Do prostitutes count as ‘friends’?
Revik: Jon, Cass, Irene, Micah, Nick
What is your spouse’s favorite song?
Allie: “Fade to Black” by the Rolling Stones, at least if our time on the ship is any indication
Revik: I have no idea. She likes a lot of girl rock bands.
What do you think is the one thing that your spouse likes best about you?
Allie: My holy mission on Earth? My butt? The fact that my eyes glow? Seriously, your guess is as good as mine.
Revik: I have no idea. She laughs at my jokes. She seems to like working on the sight training with me, more than anyone else. She wanted me to teach her mulei too, but I had to pass that job on to someone else, since I’m not allowed to fight recreationally, due to the fact that I’m in penance.
What is your spouse’s most-repeated sentence or phrase?
Allie: “Gaos!” or “Gods!” I think it’s like saying “shit” to a human
Revik: She says “Great” a lot, but she’s being sarcastic. When she thinks I’m lying, she says “Okay” to whatever I’d said.
When it comes to money, is your spouse a safe and secure Swiss bank or is he/she a splurging machine?
Allie: Tighter than a weasel’s asshole.
Revik: She’s a bit reckless in terms of saving money. Lives day to day, never seems to have anything saved up, unless she’s planning for something specific, like a trip or something. She’s not extravagant though.
What is your spouse’s idea of romance?
Allie: A fifth of bourbon and a whorehouse?
Revik: I’d rather not answer that.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JC Andrijeski is a bestselling author who has published novels, novellas, serials, graphic novels and short stories, as well as nonfiction essays and articles. Her short fiction runs from humorous to apocalyptic, and her nonfiction articles cover subjects from graffiti art, meditation, psychology, journalism, politics and history. Her short works have been published in numerous anthologies, online literary, art and fiction magazines as well as print venues such as NY Pressnewspaper and holistic health magazines. JC currently lives and writes full time in Sidhpur, India, at the foot of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, a location she drew on a fair bit in writing the Allie’s War books.
Melissa Rheinlander is a Momma to a beautiful, spunky, fun loving little girl. Lover of family, friends, books, Mexican Martinis, sometimes Bloody Marys or Margaritas, & Wine. Melissa has worked in publishing for years, helping International Best-selling authors. She is the owner of MSRheinlander Consulting as well as Biblio Babes.