My guests today are, Valek Ruzik and Charlotte Ruzikova – please, have a seat on our lovely couch! – from the Southern Bohemian Occult, The Czech Republic. Their tale can be found in Of Light and Darkness a novel creation by Shayne Leighton.
Before we begin, I must remind everyone to please try and keep your responses to a PG13 atmosphere – the Moonlight Mistresses rules, not mine *eye roll*. Double entendres are acceptable and widely encouraged for events and phrases we don’t want our young readers to really know about. Oooh, it will be so much fun trying to guess what you’re really saying!
*Settling comfortably onto the sofa, draping his arm over the back and sipping his bubbly* That Miss Havana in Reaper’s Domain is one hot teacher and boy would I love to get into her…class! I might actually learn something…oh…did I say that out loud? *Clears throat* Sorry. Let’s get back to the interview.
You two make one fine pair! I did a wonderful job pairing you two up if I do say so myself! Then, I just love all of my matches!
Cupid: Please, Valek, tell our readers how you two first met. Was it by your design, or hers?
Valek Ruzik: Though it is against my normal belief system, I'd have to say it was by fate that I found Charlotte. I never believed that our relationship would grow to this magnitude. It also was a little bit by her design. If she didn't look up at me with those lovely, enormous eyes…I truly don't know if I would have made the same decision.
Cupid: Charlotte, would you say it was love at first sight or did you find him repulsive?
Charlotte Ruzikova: Well, being that I was very tiny the first moment I saw him, I don't remember. I actually don't remember anything about that night. Growing up, I always thought he was the most beautiful person (or monster) I've ever seen.
Cupid: This one’s for both of you. Since chaotic happenstance tends to put characters like yourselves in situations where they must work together or live together for one reason or another, tell us what chaotic happenstance “forced” the two of you to work or live together. How did you feel about this?
Charlotte: I'd say it was the moment I walked in and saw Valek romantic with someone else. I had never really viewed him romantically before, and witnessing that triggered something within me that had otherwise been hidden in the very back corners of my mind. The pain brought all of that to attention.
Valek: I actually believe it was more than just that. I had been watching Charlotte's mind for years, and I saw the progression. I knew it would happen eventually, though I tried to deny those feelings within myself as well. We know this is wrong. Really, everything grew to perplexity after we were captured. We have always loved and trusted each other to great lengths, but now the situation has become something different with the threat that either one of us could be killed tomorrow...
Cupid: This one is also for both of you. How long did it take you to know your true feelings for the other? At what point did you know, “this is the one”?
Charlotte: I guess…I've always known. Even when I was too little to understand what love was. I know that won't ever go away. He saves my life almost on a daily basis. He's the only one that I have in the entire world. It's been that way for as long as I can remember and nothing will ever change that.
Valek: I did not expect this at all when I initially found her. I knew I instantly loved her the minute I laid eyes on her…but I never thought she would become my soulmate. I am so happy she did. The moment I knew she was the one, was the moment I thought I was going to lose her forever.
Cupid: Valek, what would you say was your biggest obstacle to overcome before you could settle into a relationship with Charlotte?
Valek: That is a loaded question. There were many obstacles I needed to overcome. Some that lived within myself and some that our chaotic world kept throwing at me. I'm still struggling with the fact that I raised Charlotte….I am still struggling with the fact that her blood calls for me and the thirst remains anguishing in the back of my throat.
Cupid: This is for either of you. Would you like to thank anyone – other than me, of course – for getting you two together?
Charlotte: I think we only have to thank each other...
Valek: I agree. No one in their right mind would have put us together…this is our own decision and our own doing.
Cupid: I know our readers have enjoyed learning about you two so far, but I’m getting a little bored, so I’m going to heat things up. Charlotte, how would you end this sentence, "I wish Valek would _____?" *leans forward to eagerly hear your response*
Charlotte: *blushes deeply* I…I um… *Looks to Valek and rubs the scar at her neck - hands start shaking.*
Cupid: Well, it seems we've bitten off a little more than we can chew. Valek, would you prefer to give Charlotte a bubble bath or a back massage? Why?
Valek: I am…much better at a back massage.
Cupid: How many of you remember that old show, The Newlywed Game? Well, these next questions are going to help us play a similar game. Valek, what would Charlotte say is your aphrodisiac? *waggles eyebrows*
Valek: That's an easy one…I remember one evening, Charlotte sliced her hand open on purpose….
Cupid: Charlotte, is he right? How would you have answered that question?
Charlotte: That's definitely it. I get a little…carried away...
Cupid: *crosses ankles and rubs his chin* Valek, what would Charlotte say is a spot guaranteed to drive you crazy with passion? Is she correct in that assumption?
Valek: Well, I don't have a particular spot. But I love any spot of hers that has a pulse behind it...
Charlotte: *Turns red again*
Cupid:Charlotte, as far as you know, what is Valek’s idea of a perfect date?
Charlotte: Somewhere quiet. Somewhere away from all of the chaos, that's peaceful and just the two of us alone.
Cupid: Valek, is she correct? If not, what is your idea of a perfect date?
Valek: Yes, that is absolutely correct. *Takes Charlotte's hand*
Cupid: Valek, your turn in the hot seat. What is Charlotte’s idea of a perfect date?
Valek: Much the same as mine, though I'm sure she'd love the opportunity to arise that would again allow her to…get "a little carried away."
Cupid: Charlotte, is he correct? If not, what is your idea of a perfect date?
Cupid: The next two questions are for both of you. What's the most romantic thing your lover has ever done for you?
Charlotte: Saved my life. He's done it more than once and each time reminds me of how brave he is and how important I am to him.
Valek: Given me her life. If she didn't do that, I'm not sure if I would be here this moment.
Cupid: If you could change one thing about your relationship, what would it be?
Charlotte: The fact that we're different. I would love to some day be the same as Valek.
Valek: I would not alter a thing.
Cupid: Have the two of you had time to settle into any Valentine's Day traditions?
Charlotte: What is…"Valentine's Day"?
Valek: We do not celebrate this trivial holiday…
Cupid: Thanks to Valek and Charlotte for joining us today. We hope you’ll check out their story,Of Light and Darkness.
To learn more about Valek and Charlotte's author, Shayne Leighton, visit: http://OfLightandDarknessSeries.com
About Of Light and Darkness:
"She heard these last words despite the rushing, like a flash flood through a hollow tunnel that was submerging her. “I love you” rang out so saliently as the rest of her dark world seemed to evanesce into hell. The hissing, the screaming, the pain. And “I love you.” She kept hearing it over and over again until she realized she was speaking the words herself. Too weak to yell it, so it came out in a whisper. “I love you.” She hoped he could hear the thing she wanted to scream to the world. “I love you.” She said for the last time before she melted into oblivion. "
When one small human stands before an army of impossible things, she realizes the possibilities of overcoming any obstacle in this coming-of-age modern fairytale.
Abandoned as an infant in Prague, Charlotte Ruzikova was raised by Valek, one of the last Vampires left alive. Genocide and war conflicts their secret society nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe.
But when the dictator in power becomes threatened by evil lurking in Valek's past, Charlotte must find a way to fight for the only thing she has ever truly believed in - and all before the sun comes up.