Saturday, February 04, 2017

Interview with Astra from Astra's Haven by Marteeka Karland

What kind of job do you have?
I’m a Princess!

Describe yourself in three words.
Very very pregnant.

Who is your love interest?
Prefect Galen of Tor, ruler of the Alliance of Worlds.

Tell us about your first kiss with Galen.
He totally swept me off my feet. *sigh* I didn’t know who he was, only that he was so handsome… Well, I knew I wanted him. *buffing nails* So I seduced him. J

List three things about Galen that turn you on.
His quiet, unassuming manor… because it hides a deliciously alpha side. How I know he will always stay with me. That he loves our child as much as I do.

Do you like using sex toys?
Oh, we’re working our way up to that. lol

Top or bottom?
Oh, definitely a bottom… J

How did you and Galen meet?
At a party my father had in honor of Galen and his contingent.

Do you have any pets?
Only my brothers.

Whipped cream or Marshmallow?
WHIPPED CREAM!! (speaking of sex toys…)

Would you call yourself golden or a bad girl?
Well, I used to be the golden girl. J

How about Galen? Is he golden or a bad boy?
He’s a bit of both. Just enough of each to make life interesting.

What's your idea of a romantic evening?
Watching the stars behind the nebula from Astra’s Haven in a blanket of soft grass.

A relaxing bath or a long, hot shower?
Bath. With Galen.

Are you a night person or a morning person?
Definitely night. Star gazing is a must.

What's one thing about Galen that pisses you off?
Funny, but it’s his patience. He could wait out anything. For as long as it takes.

You and Galen are stranded overnight in a cabin. What would you do to pass the time?
Make love, of course! J

Do you have any tattoos?
No. (see the princess part)

Would you share the blurb from your story?
When Astra meets a mysterious, handsome stranger at a ball in honor of her father’s visiting dignitaries, she lives in the moment. A lifetime of sheltering makes her reckless. The sexy stranger makes her long for something… more. Unfortunately more leaves her in a delicate condition. And her handsome stranger turns out to be the very Prefect her father needs an alliance with.

Galen is taken with the beautiful daughter of Stratan’s leader, but Astra is destined for a strategically important merger with a neighboring territory. The fate of the alliance Galen came to form with this planet could rest with his ability to control his wayward feelings.
Astra’s pull, however, is more than Galen wants to resist. Now he just has to convince her father she’s more than an alliance, and he’s the perfect one for her…

How about an excerpt?
“I've been told the view of the stars from that particular mountain overlooking the sea is quite breathtaking."

The sultry, masculine voice sent shivers prickling over Astra's body, heat coiling through her middle. "So I've heard," she murmured, trying to pretend to be unaffected by the deep rasp that tickled her ear as he spoke. "I've heard it's the most beautiful sight on all of Stratan."

"Well," he drawled, resting his hands on her hips, his breath stirring the fine tendrils of hair loose from her thick, tight braid, "maybe not the most beautiful. I can think of at least one sight more fair."

He was definitely a smooth talker. Being the only daughter of the king of planet Stratan, Astra was used to compliments. "Flattery is a frivolous thing, good sir."

"Only if it isn't true," he answered without hesitation. "I've been to worlds that would stun you into silence with their beauty and worlds that would freeze your blood in terror of the monsters inhabiting them. But I have truly never seen a woman to compare to your beauty."

Astra opened her mouth to deliver a taunting remark, but nothing came to mind. Instead, she grinned, crossing her arms beneath her breasts. "I don't care if you mean what you say or not. You're good."

His smile was heart-stopping as he stepped closer to her. The slight breeze coming in off the sea blew tendrils of his blue-black hair across piercing blue eyes. Before she realized what she'd done, Astra had reached out to brush the silky strands away from his face, tucking them behind his ear with shaky fingers.

The stranger was a ruggedly handsome man with angular features. He reminded her of her father's new guests, but this man was more approachable than the party of dignitaries from the newly discovered Alliance of Worlds.

Astra hadn't been introduced; in fact, she'd stayed as far away from them as she could. But she'd been naturally curious about the group of intensely handsome and powerful men, so she'd spied from afar.

Before she could pull her hand away from his face, he caught it gently in his own bringing her fingertips to his lips. No man had ever dared take such liberties with her, but Astra had no desire to reprimand him. The warmth of his skin seemed to seep into her body, setting an ember smoldering deep inside her.

Reluctantly, she pulled her hand from his, lowering her eyes and looking back over the balcony of the grand ballroom where the formal party for her father's guests would continue well into the night. She'd sought refuge there for the view of the sea and mountains. In all the palace, this was her favorite place. Even the view from the turrets didn't offer this precise angle.

"My apologies if I offended you." He didn't sound a bit sorry.

"Judging from the grin on your face, I sincerely doubt you mean that."

He shrugged. "Perhaps I should clarify, then. I'm sorry I made you uncomfortable, but I enjoyed the feel of your skin on my lips too much to regret my actions."

Astra studied him a long moment. "You're not like any man I've ever met."
"I'll take that as a compliment."

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