The easiest heist in Alex Rhoden’s career is also the most dangerous of all.
As a child, Alex Rhoden’s talent as a thief was recognized by a rich art collector. He has since then been schooled and trained to become one of the best art thieves in the world. While on the easiest heist of his career he finds himself running with the artefact in his possession, followed by an unknown adversary. But they are not the only ones interested in the artefact—so is an ancient race of demigods called Earned. Cornered and out of options, Alex has to make a difficult decision that will turn his life upside down no matter what he chooses.
The young demigod, Kaleb, is reborn into servitude, but he is a freak amongst his own kind—the forbidden unity between an Earned and a witch. Other than finding himself, learning to control his powers, and balance high school as a senior, Kaleb must earn the trust of his pack and family. But Alex is in danger and the young demigod struggles to keep up.
Molly: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Meraki P. Lyhne author of Anchored in Stone. Hi Meraki, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Meraki: Trivial stuff, sure. I’m a Danish woman at 36. I’m a mom, a wife, a coffeeholic. I’m a black smith by trade, but I switched out the hammer and anvil for a keyboard to make the constant run of a character stop. It didn’t work out as well as planned because that just made room for more. When I moved into MM I made up this Pseudonym. That’s what the P. stands for. I’ve been published in Denmark and a publisher there once told me that readers can relate two genres pr. Author name. MM is so far from what I’ve written so far, so I made up Meraki to write MM.
Molly: Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
Meraki: All of the above plus if someone says positive things about a book. I’m also a textbook geek, so sometimes it’s just the topic.
Molly: What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
Meraki: Thoughtfulness is very high in my book. Not just the holding a door for a stranger, but when you plan little things to make the one you love happy. Or you put their wished before your own once in a while. Romance to me are the actions spawned by the intentions to make someone shine.
Molly: What are your current projects?
Meraki: I always have at least two projects going at the same time in different genres so that when a story needs to ripen I keep busy doing something entirely different. So, other than writing the fifth book of this paranormal series, I’m working on the second in an MM sci fi.
Molly: What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Meraki: It’s the times where writing is like chipping away at a block of granite to find the story buried somewhere in there. Other times, when it’s easy to write, it’s like pushing soft butter away to reveal something solid. But research is always difficult. The internet has made it so much easier, but finding time and money to go to a different country to learn what could make the research so much easier and less time consuming, that’s difficult.
Molly: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
Meraki: I haven’t worn shoes for almost six years. I go everywhere barefoot. Even during winter—I just walk faster.
Alex made his way down the corridors, watching out for the guard. This one he found leafing through a magazine with his feet up and his back turned to the staircase. Alex stopped, breathed in deeply, and let it out slowly, reminding himself that a fat guard’s dumb luck was what caught his cat burglar mentor. No matter how carefully one builds a card house, a gust of wind can bring it all down.
So Alex took his time and focused all his expertise on getting past this guard as if he were from the agency itself. Finally in the basement, he made his way to the crate, pushed it open, and sought out the stone first. He found it and put it in a bag, which he in turn put in his thigh pocket, before stuffing another bag with whatever his pricey education had told him was worth the most on the black market.
Happy with his find, he turned, but something seemed to have a hold on the pocket with the stone in. He turned and found himself face to face with a big, mean-looking ghost. He gasped and clasped his left hand over his mouth to catch the scream he couldn’t stop, and clutched the stone with his right.
And then he ran. He didn’t even care if the guard saw him. He made it past the guard, who was nowhere in sight, and exited through the service entrance.
Alex didn’t stop until his body threatened to vomit out his heart. He stopped and by sheer exhaustion, his body chose to empty his stomach anyway. He took the stone out and stared at it. It felt almost as if fine electricity danced between it and where it touched his skin.
“What the hell did you have me steal, Mr. Henry?”
Meraki P. Lyhne is a Danish author with a love for the paranormal and space opera. She has been writing space opera since 2007, but paranormal erotic romance is a newer love. Closing the door to her writing-den, she delves into elaborate stories and research ancient religions, mythologies, and arts of the world to be inspired, so she can create new creatures of the paranormal.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Meraki-P-Lyhne-1550012798597078/
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