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Finals: Fighting for DFT – Lily
Lily vs. Ainsley Campbell
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Book Series: Shadow Kin: Book One of The Half-Light City series
Job: Assassin. Others might say slave.
Height: Five foot six inches
Weight: As a wraith, nothing. Otherwise…no one has scales in a Blood warren.
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Gray
From (Location): The City
Significant Other: Simon DuCaine
Signature Move: Dagger to the heart
Kill Highlights: I don’t talk about those
Enemies: The one who enslaved me and those who follow him.
Favorite Pastime: Staying alive
Other Facts: I can turn invisible, I can walk through walls. There’s nowhere to hide.
Intrepid reporter (opens notebook, ignores slightly shaking fingers): So, Lily, tell me a little about yourself.
Lily: They call me Lucius’ Shadow. The most feared assassin in the Half-Light City. Trained to kill since I was old enough to hold a blade. Trained to do my master’s will and take down those who defy him. Or anyone stupid enough to get in his way.
Intrepid reporter: I see. And why are you so scary?
Lily (twirling a nasty looking dagger): Why do they fear me so much? Well, that’s easy.
I’m a wraith. Shadow Kin. One of those the Fae term soulless. I can walk unseen. Unheard. Unstoppable…unless you can afford your own personal sunmage. And even sunmages get tired eventually. You’ll never see me coming until you feel my dagger pierce your heart. And by then well, it’s just too late.
Intrepid reporter: Do you like being an assassin?
Lily: I’m good at what I do.
Intrepid reporter: Rumor has it you can kill a man by ripping his heart out of his chest.
Lily (deathly stare): It’s not a rumor. Nor do I wish to discuss it.
Intrepid reporter: O-kay. Right. Um. Ever thought about a different career path?
Lily: What else can a wraith do? Maybe my Fae mother was right to reject me once she knew what I was…but sometimes I wonder about a different life. What might I be if the Fae hadn’t sold me to Lucius, Lord of the Blood? He knew why he wanted me but somebody else may have seen something more than a weapon. But why waste time thinking about what might have been. The past is the past and I am what I am. Next question.
Intrepid reporter: Walking through walls must be fun.
Lily: You have an interesting view of fun. The shadow has its uses like any other skill.
Intrepid reporter: So what else can you do?
Lily (evil smile): Well, I was trained by the best Lord Lucius could afford. Which is pretty much anyone in the Night World. I really don’t have to rely on my powers to win a fight. I’m good with a sword or a gun or whatever I can get my hands on. Which is helpful when you grow up in the Blood Courts. I had my share of enemies here, those who would like to see Lucius lose his favorite tool. But not many of them dared to actually try. And all of them failed. Would you like a demonstration?
Intrepid reporter (shuffles back a little) : No. No. That isn’t necessary.
Intrepid reporter (coughs a little, checks list of interview questions): So why did you enter the Supernatural Smackdown?
Lily: Why enter any competition? To win, of course. I’ve heard the rumors. Some would like to think that I’ve gone soft, now things have changed here in the City. They think that I won’t kill if I need to. That I won’t protect what’s important to me. That I’ve gone soft. Such thinking would be a mistake. Those who seek to hurt me or mine better hope that they can conjure endless daylight. And nobody can do that. So better still to not start anything they can’t finish. Some humans choose not to kill. They think it’s a sin. Perhaps they’re right. But in my viewpoint, it’s a sin to let someone chop off your head and smile as you lie lifeless at their feet. Staying alive is the best revenge. And I intend to do just that. Against all comers. And this is a way of making that clear.
Intrepid report (not entirely sure of a good comeback to that): So I see. Hmmm. (shuffles a little in seat, consults notebook again). So, where’s the best place in the City to buy a fabulous leather vest like that one you wear?
Lily: (vanishes into thin air).
Intrepid reporter: Lily? Lily? (has horrible feeling that the empty air might not be completely empty. Drops notebook. Runs for the door).
M.J. Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in the green and rolling hills of South Gippsland, Victoria. Raised by two teachers, her love of reading was always encouraged and books willingly provided to feed her reading habit. She moved back to Melbourne to attend university, where she did an honours degree in a subject completely unrelated to writing fiction. She still works in that field and gets to write a lot of documents that do not involve assassins, mages, vampires and romance.
Her two great fiction loves have always been fantasy and romance, having grown up reading Tolkien alongside L.M. Montgomery and Susan Cooper, Diana Wynne Jones and David Eddings mixed with Heyer, Austen and all the romance books she could find. Therefore, it was somewhat inevitable that when she finally decided to start writing down the stories in her head, those stories incorporated both genres.
Her unpublished novels have won a number of awards including the Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and Valerie Parv Award and the Romance Writers of New Zealand’s Clendon Award. She was also a two time finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award.
Shadow Kin is her debut novel and has won praise from three New York Timesbestselling authors. Her urban fantasy-like stories in an historical alternate world setting are a fresh twist on the genre.
Her life, apart from the day job, revolves around books, writing, the odd sewing, knitting, spinning or quilting binge, resisting the lure of dark chocolate and taking orders from her cat. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Want to read more from M. J. Scott?
This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Roc
Two winners will each receive a copy of Shadow Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light City by M. J. Scott
One International winner will receive an e-book copy via NetGalley
Available on September 6, 2011 from Penguin/Roc
About the Book:
On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages…
Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart…
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