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An interview with Sophie from Grave Secrets
Interviewer: Hello, Sophie. Thanks for joining us today.
Sophie: Thanks for having me.
Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sophie: Sure. I took over Palmetto Private Investigations when
my father retired. I’ve been running it ever since.
Interviewer: PPI specializes in more paranormal issues though,
Sophie: PPI handles all kinds of clients. But yes, we are sensitive to the special needs of paranormal cases as well. I wouldn’t call it a
specialty. We are just the only business in town not afraid to deal with the vampire community.
Interviewer: Speaking of vampires, the rumor on the street is
that you are the new main squeeze of one Rayne Blackwood.
Sophie: Don’t believe everything you read.
Interviewer: So no truth to the rumors then?
Sophie: We have a professional relationship.
Interviewer: Being professionally involved with the Charleston
Vampire Conclave, how do you feel about the new registration
Sophie: Well, I have to register my guns and I suppose vampires
are at least that dangerous, so I understand government trying to find a way to both make the general public feel safe and also apply some level of accountability. Are they human? No. Do they have rights like humans? I think so.
Interviewer: You can’t exactly put a vampire in handcuffs.
Sophie: Well, you can always try I suppose.
Interviewer: And do you feel safe with a vampire living under
Sophie: I don’t feel safe standing in line at the DMV, but as
far as Caleb is concerned, having him around makes me feel more
Interviewer: How so?
Sophie: The last few times I’ve been in the hospital have been
courtesy of the human population. Having him around is sort of like having a guard dog.
Interviewer: It’s interesting you bring that up. I’ve heard
rumors that vampires aren’t the only fairy tale monsters walking our streets, is that true?
Sophie: I don’t know anything about that…
Interviewer: Really? Even with your rather unique, personal
Sophie: What can I say? I don’t exactly get invited to the
Interviewer: Is there anything you can tell us? Any wisdom
you’ve picked up over the years?
Sophie: Sure. Number one, you can shoot a vampire, but it just
pisses them off. Number two, be more concerned about the human monsters. The vampires are actually really well self-policed.
Interviewer: Good to know. Can you give us an idea of a typical
case for you?
Sophie: I’ve dealt with everything from missing cats to people
digging up graves and trying to re-animate corpses—which by the way is just gross.
Interviewer: Is there anything that could still surprise you,
after all you’ve seen?
Sophie: Never say never.
Interviewer: What about you personally? What do you do for
Sophie: I’m pretty laid back. I watch old movies. And when I’m
feeling really adventurous, I knit.
Interviewer: You knit?
Sophie: I know. I’m a rebel.
Interviewer: And since you have dispelled the romance rumors,
are you seeing anyone?
Sophie: My two favorite guys in the world. Smith and
Interviewer: Is there anything else you’d like to tell our
Sophie: Office hours are 9am-4pm. And we are verygood at what we do.
No pulse? No problem. Sophie D'Angelo is good with weird,
but her latest investigation unnerves even her. A young pregnant woman goes missing and the only witness is a hundred year old ghost.
Sophie reluctantly agrees to play host, literally, to the specter who then seems more interested in Sophie's ex-finance, Caleb, then in solving the case.
As her personal life falls apart around her, Sophie will have to decide how far she's willing to go for justice, and what she's willing to risk to make things right with Caleb again. But how is she supposed to do either with the charismatic Rayne Blackwood, head of the Vampire Enclave, vying for her time, attention, and ultimately, her heart?
Fans of Palmetto Moon, Book One: Born of Blood as well as first time Ficklin readers will not be disappointed with this intriguing new offering in the D'Angelo saga.
What people are saying about the Palmetto Moon series...
"Once again Sherry Ficklin has turned out a magnificent story that kept me on the edge of my seat, when I wasn't falling out of it with laughter at Sophie's snark, or swooning over Caleb
and Rayne. Perfection to the last word.
A definite must read for urban fantasy fans."
FIVE Stars from D. J. Westerfield
"Let me just say this ending just left my mouth hanging open. I was still trying to turn the page! I want the next book now!!!"
FIVE Stars from Tiffany
"Born of Blood, by Sherry D. Ficklin isn’t just your average vampire book. Ficklin manages to write a love story, action, and plenty of sarcasm in this first edition of the Palmetto Moon series.
Sophie D’Angelo is a private investigator who is living with a vampire in her attic who happens to be her ex-fiancé. In this reality vampires live in the open among the undead. Caleb, her ex-fiancé, was turned into a vampire the night before their wedding and he’s been living as her friend in her
attic ever since. He’s also her partner at her PI business, Palmetto Moon. She is contracted to find a missing person and she quickly finds out things are not as they seem.
This was a fun, quick read and a lot of Ms. Ficklin’s personality comes out in this book. The plot is fast moving, the characters are all well developed and likable. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next edition. Luckily I’ve been selected to get an ARC (Advanced Read Copy) so
I’ll be posting that review soon. I give Born of Blood five out of five donuts."
Five "donuts" from Tyler Jolley
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house
guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people.
She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.
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