Title: Running in the Dark: Bessina & Trace
Author: Inger Iversen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: New & Young Adult
Formats: E-Book & Paperback
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Cover By: Eden Crane Design
Editor: Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 235 pages
Publishing Date: 19 April 2014
“Ready?” he asked, holding his hand out to her, effectively breaking the spell he’d held over her.
She held her shirt close to her chest and shook her head. “Look—”
Trace smiled as she tried to loosen the effects of the pain medicine.
“I’m not going anywhere with you, and as soon as Officer Flores comes back, I’m going to explain to her that you are some loon from the streets that’s trying to get me to join some Kool-Aid drinking cult and have her arrest your crazy butt.” She pointed her finger at him and opened her mouth to speak again.
Before she could, Trace moved. He had had every intention of taking the girl and doing the job that he’d been trained to do, but as soon as he looked into her cinnamon gaze, he closed the space between them and pulled her tightly into his arms. Her small, warm frame trembled.
“Shh… I am not going to hurt you.” He’d never said that to a person before, but to her, it felt so damned true. He hoped it was simply meant to calm her until his head was back on the job and he would actually be able to carry out his orders.
Her eyes sparkled with unshed tears as her spine stiffened and she glared up at him. “Yes, you are. That’s why you came.” Her lips trembled with fear.
Trace placed one open palm on her back and the other on her hip, locking her in place. “And why do you say that?”
Trace made the mistake of looking down into her cinnamon gaze. She was young, but he could tell that she’d been through some things and come out on top. He wondered what price she’d paid in order to escape what life had thrown at her.
Trace realized how unfair her situation was. The sadness in her eyes, the way she held herself, and the spunk that she had thrown at him earlier made him smile inwardly. She was a woman that deserved a second chance.
Character Name: Nathaniel Seever AKA Trace
Character Bio: Trace works as a Watcher for the Vampire Nation. As a Watcher, it is Trace’s job to assist Vampires in their suicide without alerting humans for their existence.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
I would have to say that my best & worst quality is the same: My ability to kill without leaving a trace.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
Anything I want a person to know, I tell them.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
I recently met a wolf charmer.
What are you most afraid of?
Letting my wife down and getting her killed.
What do you want more than anything?
To disappear. My life is complicated only because I’ve made it that way.
What is your relationship status?
After a hasty, but smart decision, Bessina and I…Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find that out.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Fashion? Who has time for that?
How much of a rebel are you?
I always played by the rules until I met Bessina. She taught me that there is a gray area. NOTHING is black and white with her.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Winning Bessina’s trust. I’ve never needed a person to trust me with their life until I met her.
What is your idea of happiness?
Peace with the Sect and the Vampire Nation.
What is your current state of mind?
Normally I’d say I’m always on guard, but recently I’ve learned how to calm down.
What is your most treasured possession?
It used to be my solitude, now it’s Bessina.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Loki. I know he doesn’t seem like a hero, but in Thor: Dark World he and Thor teamed up to save Jane.
Which living person do you most admire?
Bessina for her honesty and brave heart. She went through a lot living with her father and dealing with Eli in college, but it hasn’t changed her for the worse.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I wish I were human and not dhampir. That way, I’d have no affiliation with the Vampire Nation and Bessina and I could have a somewhat normal life.
What is your motto?
I don’t really have one.
Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.