Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born – not raised – in New Orleans. My father is the Mage of New Orleans, which, in terms of magical importance of regions, is right up there with being the Mage of Transylvania or Mage of Rome. My mother is from a really old line of powerful witches. So, you’d think I’d be rocking the magical power, right?
I negate magic. Suck it out of anything nearby. I can’t use the energy for much, and I certainly can’t use it like my parents wish I could. I can store a fair amount of energy, but my brain can’t process an overload. Too much magic, and I get to take a vacation from reality. Always fun.
I love to read and be outside. Shopping is fun. Shopping with Jose is the best. I wasn’t sure about living with a houseful of furballs, but they’ve grown on me. The pack is family. Family is everything.
What is your role in the story?
Initially, I’m just supposed to be another stray for Rick to adopt into his pack. A crazy, magic absorbing, non-Shifter stray. He doesn’t want to like me, but that’s a losing battle. Later, I become more than just an obligation. I have a place in the pack, and though Rick hates to admit it, I make a good partner for the investigations, too. Rick would tell you that I’m the annoying sidekick that makes lame jokes, is only there to boost the cuteness factor, and bumbles into saving the world. I would tell you that Rick is a meanie.
What is your favorite hobby?
Reading. And shopping. And investigating with Rick. And seeing how quickly I can make that vein in his forehead throb. My current record is fifteen seconds.
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
Aside from trying to find out who is attempting to wipe out the pack, my big challenge is settling into the pack. My childhood was… interesting… and not what you would consider stable. Being surrounded by a family, being part of a family, is new to me. Trying to find my place with Rick and the others is complicated.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
I would never wish to be a witch, but sometimes I wish I could use the energy I absorb to do something useful. Or at least something that doesn’t involve fire or explosions.
Title: Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers
Author: Kara Thorpe
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Alpha of the only Shifter pack in Houston, Rick Haskell has his hands full. When the Mage of New Orleans calls for a favor – a favor that pays $400,000 – Rick can’t refuse. Even if that favor means adopting the Mage’s daughter into his ragtag pack. Az Vardan is beautiful, smart, and takes frequent vacations from sanity. Before Rick can learn how to handle the blonde kiss-and-run firecracker, wolfsbane appears in the local coven’s garden, witches mysteriously die in police custody, and a rash of centaur murders rocks Houston’s Paranormal Community. Az’s knowledge of magic may be all that saves Rick’s pack when a new, powerful threat moves in to take over his city.
First person, present tense
Warning: language, violence, and irreverence (and Oxford commas)
Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs). Born and raised under the South Texas sun, she spends her days navigating Houston traffic and the exciting world of production planning. Nights are for creating character-driven romances and wrangling a stubborn Siamese. Look for Chai’s cameo in each story.