Interview with Lucian Ivanu – hero from A WARLOCK’S DANCE
A WARLOCK’S Dance is a magical tale bursting with lost love, mistaken identity, the Dark Arts, passion, and the search for retribution. This first novella in my Cursed Princes series is based loosely on the fairy tale ballet, Swan Lake and features my sexiest hero yet!
I hope you enjoy this exclusive interview.
Q: Thank you for having me in your lovely home, Mr. Ivanu.
A: (Settling in a chair, Lucian slings one leg over the armrest.) You’re very welcome.
Q: This affluent section of Bucharest is quite something.
A: (He nods.) This mansion in particular is a far cry from the dank alleys and streets I grew up on.
Q: What changed your luck?
A: (Lucian draws in a long breath. As he does, I can’t help but notice his handsome facial features, muscular arms, and corded thighs.) Well, I’ve had many jobs. I worked at the Bucharest National Opera House where I met the love of my life, Giselle Swenov. (Agony overcomes his face.) But she disappeared long ago. After that, I took a position in this very mansion.
Q: What was your position here?
A: I was a footman to a wealthy baron. When a carriage fell on him, I lifted it off and saved his life. Subsequently, he bequeathed me his riches.
Q: The Baron left everything to you when he died?
A: Incredibly, yes.
Q: You were very fortunate. I suppose good deeds don’t go unrewarded.
A: Very well said. (His lips quirk in a charming smile. Cheeks flushed, I scramble to look at my notes.)
Q: I’d like to get back to Giselle Swenov. She was an up-and-coming opera star, was she not?
A: (Lucian looks away – as if lost in the memory of her beauty.) Giselle’s voice could have opened heavens gates. And she was enchantingly gorgeous.
Q: Weren’t you two engaged?
A: (Thrusts me a scowl.) You’ve done your research, eh?
Q: It’s part of my job as a journalist.
A: Yes, Giselle and I were engaged. I’m embarrassed to say she left me at the altar on our wedding day.
Q: Why? What happened?
A: It remains a mystery. All I know is that the most prominent patron of the opera, Ileana Zǎpǎda, is said to have powers of black magic. I suspect she had something to do with Giselle’s disappearance.
Q: Aren’t you said to have black magic powers, as well?
A: (Lucian pushes himself out of the chair and paces the room. Nostrils flaring, he runs his hands through his short, ivory-colored hair.) After Giselle vanished and left me heart-broken, I decided to forsake my warlock powers. (He turns and looks at me.) There was no reason for me to enact magic when Giselle held all the magic I ever wanted in my life.
Q: You’d say your life has changed a great deal without her?
A: Yes. I’ve come to the cruel realization that money cannot buy happiness. Not in the midst of a shattered heart, anyway.
Q: Have you moved on from Giselle?
A: (To indicate the end of our interview, Lucian steps forward and shakes my hand.) I’ll put it this way: if Giselle hasn’t returned to me by now, she probably never will.
Giselle Swenov is a radiant opera star whose beauty is second only to her voice. That is, until a jealous enchantress strips away her talent and looks, transforms her into a mute and haggard old woman, and forces her to leave the man of her dreams at the altar on their wedding day. Now there’s only one person able to reverse the spell: Giselle’s warlock ex-fiancé, Lucian Ivanu.
But three years have passed, and the ever-dashing Lucian seems to have moved on―he’s inherited a vast fortune, forsaken his scandalous powers, and is even set to marry again. Will he recognize his former flame when she shows up at his engagement party and begs for help? Can she recover the powerful magic ring needed to break the curse before it’s too late? Giselle’s plight has a darker twist as she discovers just how far the enchantress’s grasp reaches…
About the Author:
Dreaming of becoming a published author, she wrote her first ‘gothic’ story at age eleven. She went on to study creative writing at Southern Methodist University— where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with tortured heroes, strong heroines, and their fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.
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