Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review and Interview with Rachel Firasek

Welcome everyone. today I am thrilled to have Racked Firasek here to talk about her latest book, called Creating fate. So let's not keep Chloe, or rachel waiting!

Hello Rachel! I’m thrilled to have you here and thanks for being today’s “Pick”.

Please share a little about yourself, your works and what got you into writing.

Wow, that’s really broad, I’ll try not to run on forever. Not like I'd care really...your quite fun to hang with I’m a daytime office manager, and a night time author. I have three kids and a hubby—that I adore. I’ve published 5 books with small presses and Creating Fate is my first true Indie-pub book. I’ve been writing for 3 years, seriously, but pretty much my whole life. I began writing as a way to pass the time while my husband was overseas working as a civilian contractor. That was the longest year of my life. Writing so helped me get through it.

I loved reading about Chloe and Dane! Chloe is very tortured after she lost David. She blamed her sister for a while, how hard was it for her to come to grips with realizing it was fate and it couldn’t be averted?

She’s really not that vengeful of a person, so she didn’t hang onto the rage forever, but even the sweetest natured person wants someone to blame. I think it’s human nature.

Very true, it does seem to be human nature to want to blame someone for the bad things that happen in hour lives.

When Dane helped cheer her up on the bus, she clams up. When he says he wanted to kiss her, I think she was shocked and would have taken him up. What would have conspired if she had?

Oh, boy. I would have probably them do some heavy necking until the old biddy in the seat behind him, thunked him on the head for mauling her. But, it might have went something like this:

Dane watched her small, pink tongue snake out and trace her bottom lip. His nostrils flared, inhaling the musky scent of her arousal. She liked what he’d said, even if she didn’t want to let him know. He dipped his head down to her and caught the last tear with his tongue, swiping his lips along her cheeks, waiting for that indrawn breath that told him she knew he meant business. There it was. Now, she’d be his…

Dane starts to let his guard down around her, but as he put it, they kept going from hot to cold on each other. One would open and other clam up, What was it that kept Dane from opening to her earlier?

He’s in a situation that won’t let him. As an undercover agent, if he shared anything about his life, not only would it put her in danger, but it was endanger his case. He didn’t trust her that much yet.

When Chloe froze time after being dragged away by Jack and Marty, at that time Dane didn't question why things were not moving. Did he not notice or think anything was going on?

He wasn’t there and by the time she’d made it back to him she’d released time. If I remember right, lol.

After being in the safety of Austin with Shady on the way, they seemed to be getting somewhere, but again Chloe clams up. Dane was accepting of wanting to wait. How hot would it have been if she would have given in to her wants?

Uh, really hot. Can you imagine? Steamy shower sex, maybe wet bodied mattress sex, maybe wall sex…the list is endless. :-) But, in respect for the other two authors in this series, I kept things a little mellow in that department. Maybe we’ll see Chloe and Dane again in a free chapter somewhere and I’ll really let them at each other. Lol. That would be fun.

Well yeah! The heat and chemistry between them! HOT like WOAH!

Did the plot and characters work out as you wanted or did they shape the book as you were writing?

I’m not a plotter, so my characters completely run the show. I’m actually getting better and steering them in the right direction as I write, but sometimes they like to go and do their own thing. Creating Fate was a pretty easy write.

This is one of three books about the Fates, what can readers expect from the other books? Without spoilers please if possible.

Well, the next book, Stealing Fate takes a much deeper look into the Mythology. Berinn Rae does a beautiful job of taken two broken warriors and making them find peace within each other…And then, Chasing Fate, by Elle J Rossi is a fun blend of contemporary and mythology—more along the lines of Creating Fate with a tale that will just bring tears to your eyes. Really, it’s sad and haunting, but so damn good. I really can’t wait for you guys to read them all.

I loved seeing Attie at the end, she's devious and she knows her little sister well. When Chloe risks saving Dane and finds that Attie wasn't after him she's kind of torn, especially when they all discovered a few things? How did that come about in your writing?

Well, that was the tricky part. I had Attie written in a little different, but when Elle read the story, she had her character doing something else, so we had to compromise and then that part of the book came to pass.

Lastly the fun questions:

Plotter or pantser?


Early Bird or Night Creature?
Both. It’s the middle of the day that bothers me.

Are you more like Attie, Chloe or Lacey?
I’m a lot like Chloe. Very withdrawn and I hold in my pain.

White, Milk or Dark chocolate?
Neither. I hate milk and it hates me.

Coffee Tea or other?
Coffee—but only the icy blend.

Music or quiet while working?
Music. I always write to music.

Favorite place to sit and write?
My desk. It’s in a converted breakfast nook and is surrounded by windows.

Computer or good old pen and paper?
Computer. But, I did hand write about half of Piper’s Fury.

Pick your poison (alcoholic drink of choice when going out): I don’t drink much, but when I do, I like Italian Margaritas. :P

Thanks for stopping in Rachel, it was great to be able to pick your mind and talk about Chloe and Dane.

Thank you so much for having me. I’m looking forward to visiting you on my tour!!!

Creating Fate
She gave away her heart…  Giving her heart to a mortal wasn't something the First Fate planned. Losing him nearly shattered her soul. Upon his death, Clothos swore never to love—or weave life—again. Hoping she'll change her mind before it's too late, Zeus commands the spinner of life to take a much needed vacation from her immortal responsibilities. He had to hide his...Dane is close to cracking the drug ring he's spent the last two years infiltrating, but needs to perform one last heist to meet the head man and prevent an impending war. An undercover agent, he's now on the run from drug lords, thieves and with the very woman whose tears make him forget his purpose. Together they’ll find a way back from the dark. Chloe will have to put her trust in the man walking the same path as the murderers that killed her fiance, or face an eternity on Earth. Without the desire for life, hope could slip through the cracks of time if he doesn&'t love away her sorrow.
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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.

Where you can find Rachel

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook


Chloe, or Cronos as she is called by her father Zeus, has put down her knitting needles for good. After loosing her mortal love, David, she tires of being a Fate. Her father and even her sisters have conspired to send her to earth on a vacation. She doesn't want to leave Olympus, but upon hearing that Attie and Lacey are already on earth, She's sent to seek them out and find her place and to stop moping.

Dane is trying to crack a case he's been working on for a long time, but things get complicated as money is missing and the leader is after him. He's got plenty to loose if he can't keep his head on straight and get the case cracked. He didn't expect Chloe to complicate thngs or win over his heart.

Chloe is stuck on a bus trying to find her sisters, when the seat next to her sags and a muscular thigh in jeans takes its blank place. He tries to get her to talk, but Chloe is determined not to let a mortal, especially a male, into her heart. When she finds herself crying, he wants to wipe away her tears. Somehow Dane manages to crack her hard shell and she laughs with him. However, things go from good to bad, when some shady characters get on the bus and Dane knows that if they spot him with Chloe she'd be in danger as well.

She never expected to be jumping from a moving bus, but when trouble is walking right toward them, Dane lept into action and now they're on the run. When Chloe start aresisting Dane, he slap on the cuffs and drags her into the woods and down the ravine to escape the bad guys. When Dane sees shes hurt he tries to help, but she wont let him, and likewise goes for him, even with things the way they are, Chloe sees the good guy and can't help but wonder what lead him to this life. But Dane knows that opening up could lead to more trouble. Dane also sees chloes softer side, but each time he takes note, she clams up and stops talking again.

When the bad uys rear their ugly heads and beat up on dane and take Chloe as collateral until Dane can get the missing money, she has to act fast and help Dane. When they finally get away to safety things start to heat up between them...almost, but Dane is shot down by Chloe! When Dane is about to get things resolved Chloe decides its time to leave, but she senses and sees Attie sneak into the building Chloe fears the worst and leaps into action and things take on a new twist. to find out you'll have to read the rest and see how Chloe and Dane handle the new twist.

Rachel has knit a wonderful tale about a Fate who has lost her way, only to have her family intervene and give her the life she wanted and find out some new things about Olympus along the way. I loved how Chloe and Dane had their ups and downs and how they came together to help each other. A well written heartfelt tale that sure to capture your heart. A solid four of five start for this Fateful story.


  1. Hi Rose,

    Nice interview and review! I picked this up yesterday and it's cruising to the top of the TBR pile ... although I have reservations about an author who hates milk. It's ok for milk to hate Rachel--it's not even alive, after all--and it's even ok for Rachel to be lactose intolerant ... but to "hate" milk? Milk is wholesome and good and part of a well-balanced diet. No cold cereal? No milkshakes? No milk mustaches? What can she be thinking?

    I think she's tempting fate by hating milk. LOL

  2. Tom, I prefer blood, have any to spill? :) Seriously, thank you for stopping by! :)