Our authors interviewed their characters. Get to know Michael, a hero from Ashe Barker’s Gideon.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting accepted at Cambridge to study medicine. I’m not a natural academic so I worked like crazy to get the grades I needed, but once in I seemed to do all right. Medicine has always come pretty easily to me and I love my job.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I need to be loved. It took me a while to realise this, but now I’ve come to accept that it’s a core part of my psychological make up. I need to be in a relationship, and now that I have Gideon I can’t imagine ever being happy with anyone else. He’s my soulmate, incredible though that still seems to me given that he’s such a self-serving dick most of the time. I suppose it’s true that love is blind. I’d add that it’s deaf too, and just occasionally plain stupid.
- What is your current state of mind?
Euphoric, but grounded too. I love my man, he loves me, but neither of us expects life to be just peachy all the time. He has his responsibilities. I have a demanding job. We spend a lot of time together but it takes work, compromise and determination.
- What is your favorite occupation?
Medicine, naturally, though I also found that being Gideon’s chauffeur offered some interesting perks.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life?
See 2. Above.
- What is your most marked characteristic?
Tenacity, I think. Once I set my mind on something I stick at it and see it through. I’m a starter-finisher as the psychologists would say.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
I play the violin, though not especially well. I’d love to be able to really master a musical instrument, concert standard.
- Where would you like to live?
Anywhere, with Gideon. We tend to split our time between London and Cumbria, and we make it work
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
A rainy Sunday in February. I like warm weather.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Deception and duplicity. This was what first attracted my attention with Gideon – I was convinced he was a cheat and a murderer and I couldn’t get that out of my head. It was an obsession, I see that now, but I just couldn’t let it lie. Like I said, I’m a starter-finisher so I wouldn’t rest until I got to the bottom of things
- Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Robinson Crusoe. I’ve always admired his resilience and ingenuity, and his sheer bloody-minded determination to survive. He spent 27 years stranded on a desert island but he never gave up. Even though the book was written almost 300 years ago I still think this is a magical story
- Who are your heroes in real life?
You mean apart from the entire Team GB from Rio 2016? Seriously, I admire individuals who make a difference and who leave this world better than they found it. Given my profession, the ones that come most readily to mind are scientists – Newton, Einstein, and my personal favourite, E Donnell Thomas whose research paved the way for bone marrow transplants to cure leukemia. He won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1960.
- How would you like to die?
Quietly, at home in bed.
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Author: Ashe Barker
Release Date: October 5, 2016
About This Book
He struck an unholy bargain,
and now he’s paying the price….
Again, and again, and again….
Gideon Maybury enjoys a life of wealth and privilege, not to mention the advantages his position offers him in his career as a merchant banker and in his less public life as a high-class, skilled, and very well-paid assassin for Her Majesty’s government. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he becomes the Duke of Westmoreland.
Michael Mathison has hated Gideon since they were at university together. He’s convinced Gideon had a hand in the death of Michael’s college lover, Christopher, and that he had something to do with the death of his own brother. So he gets a job as Gideon’s driver, enabling him to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the elder Maybury sibling. At first his suspicions seem to be confirmed, but clues come to light that suggest all is not as it appears at Maybury Hall.
As the mystery deepens, so does the attraction between the two implacable enemies. Each has reasons not to trust the other, but neither is averse to a bit of kinky play. Gideon and Michael end up owing each other their lives, and it results in consequences neither could have imagined.
Order of the Black Knights
Every century has seen its knights, but they are not always seen. Some of them do what must be done—getting their hands dirty when no one else is willing. Assassins and antiheroes who work from the shadows, they are called the Black Knights. From the time of the society’s creation in the 1100s, these men are cursed to repeat their lives of bloodshed. But for each knight, there is one who can bring out the man that waits inside and break the cycle. The question is whether or not the knight will kill his true love before he figures it out.