Michelle Rowen knows a book she’s working on is going well when the characters start talking to her when she’s not writing. She likes to believe this is a sign of a creative mind…and not something to be worried about. While she loves to read, spend time with family and friends, and travel, she also watches way too much reality TV for her own good. A prolific author of novels for both young and not-so-young adults, Michelle lives in Southern Ontario in a sky-high condo with two delightful cat familiars.
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Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.
2 PAWNS THROWN INTO A BRUTAL UNDERGROUND REALITY GAME.
Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.
1 REASON KIRA WIL NEVER, EVER TRUST ROGAN. EVEN THOUGH BOTH THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON IT.
Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove ever more deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.
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Hi Kira! Welcome to Magical Urban Fantasy Reads!
Thanks. I could use a little Magical Urban Fantasy in my life.
You’ve had a pretty rough life living out on the streets but you’ve done quite well for yourself, even if it’s not ideal. What are some of the most formidable struggles you face while living out on the street?
I do okay. Once you know where to sleep, where you can get food, and which of your friends are the most trustworthy and who won’t steal your shoes in the middle of the night, you’re doing great.
What’s your typical meal like while living out on the streets?
I eat when I can, where I can, and as cheaply as I can. Free is my favorite price.
Are there any foods you really miss that you used to eat before you had to learn to fend for yourself?
Since I’m usually eating out of a Dumpster at the back of a restaurant, yeah, I’d say pretty much anything I ate when I lived at home with my parents and sister was better than a half eaten hamburger, but you do what you have to do.
Have you attended school? And, if yes, for how long?
I was in private school until I was fourteen – my father was a professor at the University so he got special education privileges. For the last two years, my school is the streets. Best education ever if you want to learn fast.
It was pretty horrific how you lost your family. I’m so sorry. What do you miss most about them?
Wow, that’s a really hard question. I miss everything about them. I miss them being alive, being around to talk to, even arguing with my sister about stupid things is something I miss now. I miss having a normal life. I miss knowing there were people around who loved me without expecting anything in return.
Thank you so much for stopping by Kira!
You said you were going to give me five bucks for the interview, right? Let’s see it! I want to get some lunch at the mall’s food court. I’ve had a serious craving for French fries lately.
Sure I'll give you $5! You deserve it!
Hi Rogan! Welcome to Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! BTW! That’s a pretty bad ass scar on your face! I like!!!
I’m so happy that evidence of my pain makes you happy.
Oh! Sorry! What is a typical day like in St. Augustine?
Like hell. Thanks for asking. See my scar? Got that in juvie, but since you “like” it I guess you’re cool with that.
Do you now have, or have you had, any friends while you’ve been in there?
Just the guy who gave me this scar. But a scar is better than him killing me in my sleep, so it is what it is.
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
Four guys to a room. But currently I’m in solitary due to what I did to the guy who gave me this scar.
What do they feed you?
Boring food that has no taste. Boiled vegetables. White rice. Pills that are supposed to control our moods and ‘tempers’ but they call them vitamins. Whatever, I don’t care.
Do you think you’ll be locked up for life?
Seems that way. As soon as I turn eighteen next week, I’m headed out of juvie to maximum security prison for my alleged crimes. Likely won’t last long there, though. A knife to the face would be like a friendly hug in that place.
Thanks Rogan for stopping by!
Yeah, thanks. So much fun I could die.
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