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Dressing up Ari from The Last Awakening with author Rachel Firasek & an ebook Gìveaway

Dressing up Ari from The Last Awakening with author Rachel Firasek & an ebook Gìveaway

by davincikittieDecember 23, 2011

Let’s give a big, warm welcome to Rachel Firasek, author of The Last Awakening!

Hello everyone, I thought I’d try to help Ari prepare an outfit today, but she’s being uncooperative. I hear that Grey keeps taking off everything she puts on, so I sent the love-sick-fool on an errand and asked her to join us.  After a verbal assault in a language I couldn’t understand, she finally agreed.

Ari: I’m only agreeing to do this so you don’t write me into spinsterhood. I almost have Grey ready to pop the question, I don’t need the likes of you to screw it up for me.
Me: Better watch it sister. I can hit the back key and he’ll forget how much he loves to watch that tattoo dance.
Ari: *lifts a brow at me and flicks her hair behind an ear* Shall we do this, mon amie?
Me: You ready?
Ari: Oui. First, I’ll grab the skirt that Greyson wouldn’t let me zip.

Ari: Then, we’ll add the pretty blouse Ice gave me for Christmas.

Ari: And, of course, I wouldn’t be caught anywhere without my leather boots—with a spiked heel to give me that lift I need.


Ari: And, if it’s still cold out, then I’ll add my favorite leather jacket.

Ari: Viola, my ensemble is complete. If we don’t hurry, we won’t be able to get out of here before Grey gets back. He won’t let me keep these clothes on. He thinks that I get dressed just for him to have some fun.

Me: Ari, I’m so glad you are now appropriately attired. I apologize for writing you a man that has such demanding needs.

Ari: *throws her head back and laughs* “You better not apologize to me. I haven’t had this much fun in 300 years.


So, now that you know what Ari looks like on any given day, I’d like to know if this is something you would wear? I’m curious. I think my characters dress better than me.  🙂

Happy Holidays!!!

(Pssst – Leave a comment, then fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a copy of The Last Awakening!)

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever. 

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.

Excerpt from The Last Awakening

Grey propped himself against the inside of the door. He’d given her a few minutes alone after work while he grabbed his bag from his car. In fact, he’d spent at least a good ten convincing himself he could do this. Now, he wasn’t so sure, but he would still fix her door before he left. Damn woman hadn’t even locked it. He’d knocked twice and stepped inside when she didn’t respond.


No answer.

He’d wait. Through the paper-thin wall he listened to the shower and then the light patter of dainty feet running across her room. This really was the worst apartment he’d ever seen. Worse than some of the military tents he’d lived in.

He sat his bag beside him and tapped his fingers along the door. Any day now. Her bedroom door flew open, and she rushed out. He’d imagined her in silk pajamas with beaded nipples teasing him and begging for his taste—not the sweatshirt or the flannel bottoms. They weren’t bad either and actually may have added to her
appeal—there was something highly erotic about wondering what was beneath.

She sagged a little and dropped a hand across her chest. The smile she’d met him with slipped. “What?”

“You’re beautiful.” Damn, if he didn’t stop putting his foot in his mouth.

She blushed, painting her cheeks with the prettiest shade of pink before she ducked away from him. “What’s in the bag?”

“You need more protection.” He pulled out his wallet and fumbled through the slots for a business card. She leaned in closer and stood on tiptoe, watching his every move. “Nosy?”

When he handed her the card, she frowned.

“What did you think this was?” he asked.

She didn’t answer, but her pink cheeks shouted it loud and clear.

“Did you think I was going for a condom?”

She turned away, sank down onto her sofa, and pouted.

Surely she didn’t think…nah, no way could she want…He burst into a fit of laughter. Christ, how long had it been since he’d laughed? Really laughed? She was feisty as hell. He wanted more than anything to snatch her up and carry her to her creaky bed and let Mike—and whoever else wanted to—listen through her walls as he connected with her in the basest of ways. But first, they had things to get out in the open.

“Don’t laugh at me.”

He chuckled harder and moved closer to her. “I’m sorry to disappoint you. I brought some locks over. Before I leave, I’ll install them.”

“You don’t have to.”

“I want to.”

She sputtered. Her eyes sparked for a moment, and when she blinked a soft cloud covered the amber. Shit. Smoke floated across her eyes like something straight out of a B movie. He shook his head and pinched the tender skin above his brow. Damn hallucinations. He thought he was past them. “Are you okay?”

“You laugh at me and then want to know if I’m okay? Really?”
“Your eyes. I thought I…never mind.” Shut up, man, before you show her what a fucking freak you are.

Ari spun away from him. She gathered deep breaths, stretching the muscles in her back tight. “I’ll be in my room while you do whatever it is you’re going to do. Come get me when you’re done and can remember your manners, s’il vous plait.”


She didn’t stop for him. Damn, he’d been an ass. Exactly what he said he wasn’t going to do. His plan had been to fix her door. Maybe have a beer with her. Find out how she was dealing with what happened, and possibly share some of his sorrow. But he’d think twice about the drink if he was going to start seeing shit. He’d had all the flashbacks he wanted in a lifetime, but to actually start hallucinating was too much. The alcohol was screwing with his head. Might be time to cut back.

He installed the new deadbolts and loaded his tools. The bedroom door remained shut, but the light peeked from beneath it. He crossed to knock softly on the thin wood. “Ari?”

No answer.

“I’m done. I’ll let myself out…come lock up after me.”

Yeah, he’d screwed up and he’d be lucky if the one person he could connect with, who’d understand, ever talked to him again.


About the author

Rachel Firasek grew up in the south and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairytales, before she settled on a blending of the two. 

Today you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad 80’s dance moves.

She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows… or at www.rachelfirasek.com.


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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
  • December 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Lol! Rachel you are too cute!! Ari’s not too shabby either, and Grey…… Yummmmmm!!!!!
    I adored this book, fantastic!

  • December 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Rhonda, you are the cutie. Thank you!!! Grey was yum!

  • Sophia Rose
    December 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Fun character interview and the excerpt really hooked me in. Would love to read the whole book. The idea of a phoenix as a PNR heroine is quite unique- congrats!

    As to Ari’s outfit- I would love to dress that stylish, but I do not have the body for it. A girl can dream- *sigh*

    Thanks for the posting and for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Kathryn Merkel
    December 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I do not have the legs for that skirt or the boots, so no, I would not wear that outfit.

  • December 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    This was a really fun guest post! Thanks for being so creative Rachel! I always like getting to know the characters better like this than in a traditional interview format. I’m looking forward to reading about Ari and Grey!

    • December 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you. I try to find ways that aren’t completely over-done and yes, I love changing it up from the normal interview. 🙂 Ari was a very distinct character. She’s a lot of fun to play with.

  • December 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Congratulations to Sophia Rose on winning the ebook of The Last Awakening! All those contest entries have finally paid off, Sophia! *wink*

    I’m passing your email to Ms. Firasek now, so you should hear from her soon! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who commented and entered! Also thanks to Rachel Firasek for offering up a copy of her book for this giveaway. <3

    • December 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you for having me on and for letting me share my book. Congrats, Sophia! I look forward to hearing what you think of Ari and Grey’s story! You guys have been great!

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