Meredith Wild is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. – http://www.meredithwild.com/about-meredith-wild/
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Hardwired Book 1 of the Hacker Series:
Synopsis, Buying Links, Teasers, Playlist: http://www.meredithwild.com/book/hardwired/
Kris’s 4 Coffee Bean/Star Review: http://krisandvikbooktherapycafe.com/2013/09/07/review-hardwired/
Hardpressed Book 2 of the Hacker Series:
Synopsis, Buying Links, Teasers, Playlist: http://www.meredithwild.com/book/hardpressed/
Kris’s 4 Coffee Bean/Star Review: http://krisandvikbooktherapycafe.com/2013/12/20/review-hardpressed/
Hardline Book 3 in the Hacker Series:
Synopsis, Buying Links, Teasers, Playlist: http://www.meredithwild.com/book/hardline/
Kris’s 5 Coffee Bean/Star Review: http://krisandvikbooktherapycafe.com/2014/06/15/review-hardline/
On My Knees Book 1 in the Bridge Series:
Synopsis, Buying Links, Teasers, Playlist: http://www.meredithwild.com/book/on-my-knees/
Kris’s 5 Coffee Bean/Star Review: http://krisandvikbooktherapycafe.com/2014/03/26/review-on-my-knees/
EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER INTERVIEW:
Blake & Erica…
Kristin here, and I almost cannot believe what I’m about to share with you LOVERS of the Hacker series and all things Meredith Wild!
It wasn’t easy but somehow I managed to convince Meredith to get Blake & Erica to stop by Kris & Vik Book Therapy Café for an exclusive interview…
But first a little background for those of you who need a refresher or have not had the pleasure of reading this series yet.
The Hacker Series currently includes 3 books with plans for a total of 5:
Hardwired, Book 1 in the Hacker Series:
Hardpressed, Book 2 in the Hacker Series:
Hardline, Book 3 in the Hacker Series:
Now on to the main event…
****Kristin takes a deep breath to steady her nerves as she arranges on a tray the coffee and pastries that Vik is handing to her.
“I cannot believe that I’m about to go out there and interview them?”
She looks at Vik with narrowed eyes. “Whose idea was this anyway? I’m going to hurl all over them!”
Vik giggles to herself, then attempts to make a straight face, she points her finger at Kristin, “this was all you, Kris.”
“Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s such a great opportunity for us but what if they don’t want to answer my questions? What if I say something wrong?” Kristin takes several more deep breaths.
Vik pats her on the back and says, “Seriously, calm down Kristin think about it, if they really didn’t want to be here doing this interview they would have told Meredith, no way!”
Kristin nods her head letting the words sink in. “You know what? You’re right, we’re prepared, they’re here, and this is going to be awesome!”
Vik claps her hands with glee, “That’s the ticket! Now go out there and find out if they are open to threesomes…” Vik waggles her eyebrows at Kristin.
Kristin responds with a loud laugh and says, “Well if they are then you’ll have to fight me for the chance first!” Kristin grabs the tray and heads into the interview room.****
“Good afternoon Erica and Blake I must say it is a pleasure to meet the both of you.”
Erica leans in to Blake’s shoulder. “I’m trying not to be nervous, but here goes nothing.”
Blake pulls her a bit closer. “Fire away.”
“Don’t worry, I don’t bite… well except for that one ti-“ Kris is cut off when Vik’s shoe comes flying across the room.
Clearing her throat, Kristin scurries and sets the tray on the table and takes a seat across from the couple.
“Well Meredith gave strict instructions that you two would not be answering certain questions so I tried my best to make this a spoiler free interview for those who have not yet had a chance to read about you guys in the Hacker Series.”
Erica shrugs. “I can understand that. We’ve been through a lot in the past few months. It’s hard to sum it all up without giving something away.”
Kristin nods in understanding. “My first question is to both of you, how do you feel about Meredith writing about your experiences and relationship together?”
Blake clears his throat. “I can’t say I was entirely open to it to begin with. But when we really looked at everything that happened, it made sense.” Smiling at Erica, he continues. “I think ours is a good story to tell, don’t you?”
Erica’s eyes go a bit starry. “I think so.”
Kristin audibly sighs. “God, you two are so dreamy!”
“Blake, I’ve heard a lot of mixed chatter in regards to you being controlling and wanting so much control over Erica’s life… can you tell us more about that? Maybe explain for those who don’t quite get it, where you are coming from?”
Erica worries her lip and looks up tentatively to Blake. Blake gives Kristin a hard stare.
“Some people see control and dominance as pejorative terms. They can mean something entirely unique to a specific person, or within a specific relationship. There’s no question that I’m more comfortable in situations that I have control over, but when it comes to my relationship with Erica, it’s more than wanting to completely dominate our lives together. It’s not that at all really. I’d like to think of it, in our terms, as maintaining a rigid standard for mutual trust. Trust isn’t something Erica gives up easily. There were times when she needed a little more than gentle coaxing for us to get there. Once we got there, we achieved a healthier balance. I don’t expect everyone to understand that.”
Kristin nods her head affirmatively. “Erica, would you agree?”
“I would. My life hasn’t been the easiest, and some of the ways I’ve coped have kept the people closest to me at a safe emotional distance. I have Marie and Alli. They’re amazing, but I guess no one has pushed me hard enough to break down the walls that I built up over time. At least until I met Blake. Let’s face it, sometimes growth isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s downright painful, but I know we’ve both come a long way. I don’t have any regrets about how we’ve gotten there.”
“Do you feel like you’ve given up control over your life?”
Erica frowns. “No. At the end of the day, none of us is really in control.”
“You’re definitely right about that. Erica, one could say that your history and your past has been more upfront in the series thus far. How do you cope with having Meredith write about such personal details?”
“Seeing my experiences and healing process on paper has been difficult, but there’s definitely something cathartic about it. Also, I know I’m not the only person whose history has been tainted with those experiences. I’m stronger for it, and I hope that others realize that they are too. For a long time I didn’t have a voice, and Meredith has given me one. It’s not always an easy road to travel reliving all the memories, but I’m grateful for it all the same.”
“A relationship that I think we all acknowledge has brought about you having to demonstrate that strength greatly is with your father. Can you explain your relationship with him to us a little more?”
Erica’s eyes wander around the room and settle back to her lap. “Having Daniel for a father wasn’t anything I could have ever expected. I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I’d never found him. He’s intimidating, but I see glimmers of myself in him too. I guess all I can say is that I hope for the best, and usually expect the worst when it comes to him.”
“Thank you for that Erica, I know these cannot be easy topics for you.” Kris looks down at her notes and looks up at the two with a huge grin. “Can you guys tell me anything about the last two books in your series??? Don’t look at me like that, what kind of fake journalist would I be if I didn’t ask?”
Blake stares off into the distance, while Erica picks at the loose frays of her jeans. “Well, we learn more about Blake’s past. We’ve been through a lot of highs and lows, but we’re committed now. In the next two books you can expect to see both of us a little more exposed than we already are, and facing off with the people in our lives who have tried to bring us down. I can tell you that it’s made us stronger.”
“I think we are all excited to see that progression and see some of your struggles come to conclusion.” Kris claps her hands. “Okay, enough with the tough and serious questions… you each can answer this one.” *grins to-self* “What is your biggest fantasy that you haven’t told the other about yet?”
“You go first,” Erica says quickly.
Blake laughs. “Not a chance.”
“Well… I like the idea of getting down somewhere we could almost be caught.”
“You mean other than the car? My office?”
Erica rolls her eyes. “Okay, maybe someplace a little riskier.”
Blake runs his teeth along his lip. “Noted.”
“I think you’ll have to wait to find out. Let’s just say you’re not in control. At all.”
Kris stares at Blake slack jawed. Vik comes from out back and hands her a bottle of water whispers something into her ear giggles and then proceeds to wave and walk back to the other room. Kris clears her throat. “Um, okay, where was I?” She wiggles in her seat. “What is each of yours favorite position?”
Erica smirks. “Well, there’s nothing quite like getting fucked against a door.”
Blake laughs. “I like you anyway I can have you, baby. But I might be a little partial to being behind you. Love your ass in the air. Good position to give you a solid spanking too.”
Erica turns a deep shade of red. “Can I change my answer?”
Kristin shakes her head laughing. “What is one thing you have not told the other?”
“I found my missing vibrator in your closet,” Erica says.
Blake stares at her for a moment. “I know. I also know you haven’t used it.”
Erica smiles. “Guilty as charged.”
Kristin audibly laughs again. “Well at least he didn’t throw it away. Erica, what size shoe does Blake wear and is there any… correlation to, well – you know?”
Erica laughs. “Blake wears an 11. I have no idea about those things, but let’s just say, I’m completely satisfied.”
Kristin shakes her head up and down, “Nice! What do you both hope for in the future?”
Blake sighs. “I think we are looking forward to a little break, and then maybe a few more adventures. Life is short, but I know that together we can tackle anything.”
“How are Heath and Alli doing?”
Erica brightens. “They are doing great. I’ve never seen them happier or healthier. I couldn’t be more thrilled for them.”
“I think all of your readers will be very happy to hear that, after all the trouble they have had. I’ve always wanted to be like James Lipton, so here goes some rapid fire easy questions for you both… Favorite color, dessert, curse word, time of day, hobby, and person?”
Erica: Green, chocolate mousse, fuck, midnight, sleep, and definitely Blake.
Blake: Blue, cheesecake, fuck, early morning, fucking Erica in the early morning, and definitely Erica.
“DAMN!” Kris says under her breath, then looks towards the back room and yells “Vik, get out here with more cold water, STAT!” Vik comes in with several bottles and takes a seat next to Kris.
“Well, we are almost at the end of our time. I know that you Blake have a small-ish empire to run, and I’m sure Erica you are itching to get back to the office. In closing, the romantic in me wants to know how you see your future with each other?”
Erica looks up to Blake. “I think we want a happily ever after, like every one else. We try to remind each other that it’s the journey, not the destination. We find happiness every day, despite whatever else is going on in our lives. I think if we can do that, day after day, we’ll be okay.”
Blake leans in to give Erica a soft kiss. “Couldn’t agree more.”
“Again thank you so much for doing this. I think the readers and our followers will love getting to hear some of these answers, to tide us all over until Hard Limit.”
Erica rises to give Vik and Kristin hugs. “Thank you so much. Meredith wanted me to tell you that she’s so appreciative of your support. And,” looking over her shoulder to Blake, she continues, “we are too.”
Blake and Erica, head out of the door after exchanging numbers and promising to grab a drink with Kris and Vik soon. Kris looks at Vik with a beaming smile on her face. “I cannot believe that just happened.”
“It was pretty epic Kris.” Vik says.
“Wow! It really was!!! Now come on let’s get out of here and go find some trouble to get into before we have to leave Boston.”
Vik does a fist pump “Whoop, whoop! I’m sure we can find some single men with crazy hot accents around here somewhere.”
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