Today I'm absolutely thrilled to introduce you guys to Phoenix from, The Mephisto Mark!
Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space. The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin.
Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her.
Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever.
So, Phoenix, tell me what you like to do in your spare time...besides plot to kill your brother?
Well, plotting against Eryx is a full-time job, and I think a lot about it even when I’m not actively planning a new way to screw him over. But sometimes I like to do something mindless, something with my hands. Since I gave up women, it’s not like I can . . . anyway, so I build bikes. Everyone on the mountain has one, except me.
After Mephisto Mark, what's next for your and Mariah? Or can you not say?
She’s going to have to be trained to fight, which I expect to be extremely difficult. She’s a pacifist, a gentle soul, and I know it will be hard for her to be the aggressor in any situation, even confronting one of Eryx’s lost souls. To give her a break from Jax, who can be maniacal and way over-the-top in his training techniques, I think I’ll take Mariah to see some gardens. Key says botanicals appeal to women, and she’s had a lot of ugly in her life, so maybe flowers will be nice for her. She’s real happy when she has delicious things to eat, so I’ll take her to Italy for dinner. Oh, and she’s hell-bent to see the pyramids. Guess we need to fit that in somewhere.
For everyone who hasn't had the pleasure of reading about you, can you describe your typical daily outfit?
My outfit? Are you kidding? Oh, I see you’re not. Okay, well, right now I have on jeans, boots and a T-shirt I got from the guy who sells me motorcycle engines. I have a lot of these. Sometimes, if I give a damn, I put on a nice dress shirt, but still with jeans. Hate suits. Key’s always wearing suits because he has to go see business people. Me? I’m either hanging in the basement making takedown plans, or I’m out in my shop, building bikes.
Oh, and what's your "Plotting To Kill My Evil Brother" playlist sound like? You could even throw a few "Got This Thing For Mariah" songs on there too if you'd like!
Funny thing – I never listen to music on purpose. My brother, Zee, plays music all the time, all day, every day. He’s got an elaborate sound system wired all over the house, and even out in the stables and in my shop. He plays classical music for the animals. He’s usually got some old school rock going on in my shop, you know, old Stones, or Beatles, and some bands you probably never heard of. In the basement, where all the offices and computer banks are, where everyone works, he plays songs recorded in this century. I like that – some of the hip-hop gets annoying, but mostly, it’s nice background noise. As for songs that make me think of Mariah? It could be Row Row Your Boat, or an opera, or somebody screaming, and it wouldn’t matter. I think about her all the time. And yeah, I guess you could say I have a thing for her, if crazy obsessed is a thing. It is, isn’t it? Yep. Got it bad.
Many thanks for having us here today! (From Trinity. Phoenix already left the building.)
About Trinity Faegen
Author of the RITA winning Pink Files series, Stephanie Feagan has had a love affair with romance novels since she was eleven and discovered there are kissing scenes in Victoria Holt books. She spent a lot of time in her closet with a flashlight, reading as fast as possible to get to the end, only to start a new book and begin the whole Leave-Me-Alone-I’m-Reading cycle all over again. She still stays up until the wee hours to finish books, now courtesy of a lighted e-reader which she believes is mankind’s greatest invention ever.
Stephanie also writes Young Adult and New Adult paranormal romance as Trinity Faegen. A practicing CPA who loves travel, books, new pencils, old keys, and smart guys, she lives in the oilfields of west Texas with her engineer husband and a mean cat. She’d love to hear from you. She answers to Stephanie, Trinity, Hey Lady, and Mom, and can be reached at Stephanie@StephanieFeagan.com or Trinity@TrinityFaegen.com
She’s aware the similarity between her pseudonym, Faegen, and her real name, Feagan, confuses pretty much everyone, herself included. Since so many mispronounce Feagan as FEEgan instead of FAYgan, she thought she’d mix it up when she took a pseudonym and make it easier on people. Now people say FayEEgen, and spell it wrong. Next time she takes a pen name, she’s totally going with Smith or Jones.
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