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March 29, 2013



VAMPS and Stuff Character Interview for Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom

What is your full name?
Adela Rayanne Castielle.
Do you have a nickname?
Well, my dad calls me Dely sometimes. Courtland called me that when he was drinking wine. I think it slipped out. I didn’t mind though, it sort of made me feel special.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My little sister and brother make me laugh. Max can be a goof ball too when he’s not being a jerk to Courtland.
Do you have any hobbies?
Of course. Riding my horse, Big Blue.
Have you ever been in love? Had a broken heart?
I’m in love now. *blushes*
What is your biggest fear? Who have you told this to? Who would you never tell this to? Why?
Losing my family. Actually, both Courtland and Max know my fear of losing my family. My other fear is loving Max too much. I don’t think I’d want him to know I loved him.
What is one memory that has stuck with you? Why do you think it was so powerful and lasting?
I have a couple. Big Blue’s birth and the way he slid out covered in that icky white transparent sack, giving him the deep midnight blue appearance. I knew right away what I’d call him.
The other memory is my first kiss. I think every girl remembers her first kiss, but what made mine so special was the fact that I thought I was going to die and it was so very dark and cold in the cellar and the kiss made it all seem a little less scary, knowing that I was with someone who cared so much about me. I knew at that moment that we needed to find a way out because I wanted to have more of those.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Favorite Color?
Favorite Movie?
The Outsiders, I’m an 80’s movie nerd and I love those boys, especially Ponyboy. 
Favorite Saying?
I don’t think I have one.
Pet Peeves?
Boys fighting. I hate that.




Author: Susan Griscom

Genre: YA

Publisher: Amber Glow Books

Release Date: December 18 2012

Editions/Formats Available In: Print and Amazon Kindle


What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him. But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking. When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict. But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

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I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again.

Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.

I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.

I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.

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As Courtland stood, the legs of his chair scraped along the floor and the back of his knees pushed it out of the way of his tall frame. His dark green hoodie hung loose and unzipped, his jeans sat low on his waist. His hair was slicked back away from his face, different from the normal way it usually fell over his forehead, giving him the appearance of an ancient Native American warrior. If I wasn’t already in love with Max and Court hadn’t been so mean to me the other day, I might actually think he was hot, the way he walked up to get the book without saying a word, his gait easy but cautious as he sauntered past Max’s desk. One never knew what Max might do and Courtland had been the brunt of his antics more than once.

“Stop by the library on your way back and pick up a couple of the books they have on earthquake preparedness. There should be a good selection on the subject. Ask Mrs. Snow to help you; she’ll steer you in the right direction.”

Courtland strolled out of the room while Mr. Montgomery continued his talk about earthquakes.
Sometimes I felt sorry for Courtland, the way some of the kids made fun of his keen intuition with animals. This morning, I was still too mad at him to care much about that, though. My mind wandered back to Big Blue. I really wanted to ride him—maybe today would be a good time to do it. If Max rode with me, Courtland might stay clear. I scribbled a quick note in my binder, ripped the page out, folded it into a little square and handed it to Max while Mr. Montgomery wrote something on the board. He read it and folded it back up before sticking it under his history book. After flashing a smile at me, he nodded

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Susan Griscom said...

Hey, Nikki, thank you so much for this awesome post. It's an honor to be back on your blog again for my tour. Hope to be back here again soon. Hugs,

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