It’s been over a year I think since I’ve done Backlist Monday. Figured for 2017 I’d get back into it since Seductive Studs is no longer running 🙂 In the past I gave you only the backlist of my Thianna D or Durston names. Now I’m also folding in my Cynthia Kimball and Bree Cariad names. So each week, it’s a roll of the dice to figure out which name and book will take center stage.
This week I want to introduce you to Ari from my paranormal romance Your Dimension or Mine?
This little snippet is from the beginning of the book. Arwen, otherwise known as Ari, is on a Jane-approved date.
“…and of course there is the effect on the economy…”
Sighing, Ari blinked her eyes and stared at the man seated directly across from her. He was still talking. And eating. From the moment they were seated at the private table for two in the neighborhood’s newest restaurant, Jay had been stuffing his face. Or talking. Sometimes he attempted multi-tasking and did them both at the same time. When that happened, Ari wanted to ask their waiter for a splatter guard but worried it would come across as rude.
“These damned politicians just don’t know anything,” he finished his newest rant, taking a big gulp of wine before letting out a belch.
If only Ma Nature would choose this moment to send a tsunami our way, she thought. Of course, the possibility of that happening was less than zero. The closest they got were flash floods in August. It was January.
“Have you noticed the price of gas?” Jay asked, munching on a breadstick as the waiter removed his salad plate and replaced it with a large bowl of soup. Without waiting for her to acknowledge his question, he launched into a diatribe about fixing prices and the state of pigs…or at least that was what she thought he said.
Letting her mind drift, Ari tried to remember why she accepted this date in the first place. Oh, that’s right—her sister Jane set it up without asking. Well, it wasn’t the first time. Ever since she entered college, Jane had taken it upon herself to introduce her little sister to men just like her husband Tony.
First, Jane set her up with Sebastian. The main thing Ari remembered about him was he looked like Rambo and giggled like a girl when someone passed gas. Then there was Erin, though he went by Igor. He had an unnatural obsession with Frankenstein even going so far as to take upon himself the appearance of a prometheus—neckbolts and all—to prove whatever point he was trying to make. Ari did not care enough to find out what that point was.
The waiter removed Jay’s empty soup bowl and placed each of their dinner plates in front of them. Ari might have been seeing things, but it seemed as though the boy in black trousers and a crisp white shirt glanced at her pityingly.
Looking at her plate, she was pleased to find the meal on the smallish side. Maybe if she was lucky, the date would end soon. She glanced up at Jay, noting the rate he was eating.
She took a couple bites, relieved when he started talking again so she could go back to ruminating. Her mind went back to her catalogued list of Jane-approved, Ari-disgruntled men. After Igor, she had been set up with gary. That’s right, he spelled his name lowercase. Then Paul and Steve—all sports enthusiasts with a combined IQ of the University of Arizona’s wins for the season.
For two years after college graduation, while she was getting her master’s degree in library science, things were quiet because Jane was too busy taking care of seven children, including three babies. The moment she got her master’s degree and got a job at the University of Arizona Library, the dates started up again. She was never asked to go on a date. Instead, she received an email with a place and time, as well as a list of acceptable outfits.
Pierce, the yeah-man, was her first post-graduate date. After every sentence, he would add the phrase, “yeah, man.” Then there was Devon, the sanctimonious I-work-for-God-so-you-are-so-lucky preacher dude. And now, Jay.
Wait. Of course, there was also Edward.
When Jane first told Ari about Edward, she had just read the Twilight series and visualized a tall, pale, sexy redhead. Unfortunately, Edward turned out to be short with a beer gut who also punctuated each of his phrases with an eyebrow wiggle and pelvic thrust. She had not been able to read Twilight since.
When Ari Reynolds signed up for an online dating service, she only did it to get her sister off her back about her dateless life. She never expected to be contacted by men from other dimensions or have a demon claim ownership of her through a magical DNA contract. Now that her eyes are open, she is catapulted to Dimension Zeta. There, a powerful Fae named Mayir trains her to defend herself against the mysterious Orion.
Even more confusing, she finds herself falling for Terrian, a man from an entirely different dimension. Terrian promises to help defend her, but when Orion steals something of great importance to her, she must stand alone against him. Can a mere human fight off the magical control of an immortal being who wants her more than anything?