Ever Chace has a lot on her plate. Confronted with the possibility that she is indeed losing her mind, Ever tries to push it aside as they deal with the ramifications of Derek’s past. Every new relationship has teething problems, but learning to deal with a mate who’s used to being a lone wolf has its own set of issues.
Can the team figure out how to save Derek from a swift execution? And just how much strain will the revelations put on Derek and Ever’s shiny new relationship?
Collateral Damage is the exciting sequel to Skin and Bones by Susan Harris.
Ever and Derek
She peered out at him from under her lashes as he stood and extended his hand to her, and when she slipped her hand into the warmth of his grasp, he led her to the dance floor. Turning toward his partner, he swept her in close, and she had no option but to rest her head on his chest.
For a precious few minutes, they did nothing but sway slowly to the music. It would, she guessed, become one of her fondest memories, for the simple reason they had found each other early, with time to enjoy each other’s company before her past came back to haunt them.
“Do you believe in soulmates?” he murmured into her ear. “Because I felt my soul cry out the moment I laid eyes on you. I feel as if I know you. That I should know you. As if I was born to hold you in my arms.”
“I believe we are reborn, and our soul seeks out those who are ours,” she replied.
“Do you count me as yours?”
Ever slid her hand up his chest to brush her fingers against the stubble on his chin. She wanted him to remember, to feel the weight of her quest and stand with her, but she had precious little time to enjoy this moment. Odin would be upon them soon, and either she would die or he would.
Pulling his chin down so his gaze tangled with hers, Ever said the words she had always wanted to say to her Deryck, but time had not allowed. “I have died many times, my darling, and I’ve always found myself back with you—a different version of you, maybe, but you all the same.”
What was the inspiration for your story?
The inspiration for The Ever Chace Chronicles came from my love of psychology and profiling. One evening, when watching Criminal Minds, the absurd thought popped into my head, “What would Hotch be like if he was a werewolf?” And Derek Doyle was born. In Collateral Damage, book 2 in The Ever Chace Chronicles, Derek is haunted by his past and all the issues that come with that.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
Music! When I came across plot bunnies, music always helps me figure out where I’m going wrong and where I need to go. Writing and music come hand in hand to me. I could not write without listening to the music that inspires my writing and my stories.
Who is your most meaningful character and why?
This is a hard one. I think it would have to be Ricky Moore. He hides a lot of who is behind a sexy smile, wit and sarcasm. I’m like that sometimes. I make a joke out of a serious situation in order to deflect what’s really going on.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
Oh, yes for sure! I am currently working on the third book in the series and I like to think of it as closing out season 1 and ushering season 2. Each set of characters will get their own story told throughout the series. So, you can expect a lot more from those crime-solving team of supernatural creatures.
How has this story touched your life?
As I said before, writing about Derek and his tortured past helped me to come to terms with my own. Derek may be a little broken, and those pieces may never fit together as they once did, but that’s okay. Even a little damaged, you can still live the life you want.
What motivated you to start writing?
I was motivated to start writing because I wanted to tell stories. To help people escape like reading has done for me. There is a quote from Joss Whedon that sums it up nicely. “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”
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