Please welcome Will Ludlam and Randa Thomas from Omega by Susannah Sandlin. Omega is the third novel in the Penton Legacy series. Randa is a vampire, turned while a U.S. soldier serving in the Middle East in 2010. Will also is a vampire, turned as a hippie college student in 1969. Omega was released on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
DFT: What did you think when you first laid eyes on your mate?
Will (evil chuckle): I wondered if she was a true redhead—only one way to tell.
Randa (eyes narrow): You are such a pig. I thought you were a gorgeous asshat. My opinion hasn’t changed. Did we actually agree on that mate thing?
DFT: Describe your mate in three words.
Will: Stubborn. Argumentative. Hot.
Randa: Exasperating. Infuriating. Smart.
DFT: What is the most unique place you have ever made woopie together?
Will: In an underground infirmary. (Smiles) Oh yeah, that was nice.
Randa: Yeah, especially after the morphine wore off. How about that time we were buried under the rubble with me on top?
Will: You mean the time you admitted you were afraid of the dark? What kind of vampire is afraid of the dark? Plus, I had shrapnel in my head. That was definitely unique.
DFT: What would you do if you caught someone hitting on your mate?
Randa: Wish her luck?
Will: Kill him. Oh, okay. Hurt him. Wait…did you just give me permission to play around?
Randa: No, that was a partial answer. The full answer is: Wish her luck, then kill him.
DFT: If you could have your mate dress in anything you want, and we do mean ANYTHING, what would choose?
Will: Randa used to have these particular panties, her army panties, that I—
Randa: Shut up or I will swear I’ll start wearing them every day.
Will: I didn’t say a word.
Randa: Would you wear an army uniform for me? Camo? Boots? Ranger cap?
Will (smiles and salutes): Oh, yeah.
DFT: Toliet paper, under or over?
(They look at each other and shrug.)
Will: I haven’t bought toilet paper since 1969. I think it’s supposed to be softer now. All those TV commercials talk about quilting. I keep extra computer parts stored in my bathroom.
Randa: Yeah, and what’s with the toilet paper ads with bears in them?
DFT: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve done in front of your mate?
Will: I was forced to admit some things about my past I’d never told anyone. And Randa was pretty awesome.
Randa (takes his hand): We all have baggage. You’ve seen mine too. I guess my most embarrassing moment is when you walked in and saw I’d chopped my hair off on impulse.
Will (clears throat): It looked…uh….cute. Ow—no punching during interviews!
DFT: What was the first thing that attracted you about your mate?
Will: That gorgeous hair, before she chopped it.
Randa: The dimples. He’s really too pretty for his own good.
DFT: Name the most annoying thing your mate does?
Randa: He would argue with a fence post.
Will: I would not.
DFT: Foreplay or roleplay?
Will: I thought roleplay was foreplay. Aren’t they the same thing?
Randa: I don’t think everybody plays army as a lead-in to sex, Will.
Will: They should. “Drop and give me ten” takes on a whole new meaning if you—
Randa: Will, I swear if you finish that sentence you will be sleeping in the underground shelter again. Alone.
DFT: Between the sheets or on top?
Randa: Between’s too constricting.
Will: Between is for humans.
DFT: My mate’s sexiest article of clothing is _______.
Will: I told you about those panties…
Randa: William, I promise you, you’ll be wearing them on your head before the night’s over.
Will: Okay, okay. She has this little camo t-shirt from her army days that shows her navel ring and is just the hottest thing going.
Randa: Does he pick that expensive black lace cami I just bought? No, he picks the old camo army shirt. But for him…Let’s just say boxer-briefs. Oh yeah.
Will: You just love me for my ass.
DFT: What song would you put on to get your mate in the mood?
Will: Oh man, gotta be Jimi Hendrix. Maybe “The Wind Cries Mary” or maybe Otis, “Dock of the Bay.”
Randa (stares at him, aghast): Seriously? What mood do you think that’s going to get me into? I’ll want to put on bell-bottoms and smoke pot.
Will: Well, what would do it for you? Because really, Brad Paisley is something I used to have shirts made out of.
Randa: Listen to “She’s Everything” and come talk to me about Jimi Hendrix.
Will: No, not that song. “Then” is a better Brad Paisley song. So much better.
Randa (grins): You’ve been listening.
Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.
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Available February 5, 2013 from Montlake Romance
About this Book:
The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father—and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm—and Randa’s guarded heart—finally give way to the warrior within.
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