When one of the doctors, Walker, attempts to rape her, things go from bad to worse. In the blink of an eye, Jack is loose and Walker is dead... and Lillian must accept a truth about her rescuer that will change her world forever. What if the patients aren't insane? What if their stories of secret government experiments and monsters are true?
Contains blood, mayhem and nude werewolves operating heavy weaponry. Large amounts of sarcasm and smart-ass vampires may offend some readers. No civilian hospital staff were harmed in the making of this story.
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About Mina Carter
Mina Carter was born and raised in Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England). After a slew of careers ranging from logistics to land-surveying she can now be found in the wilds of Leicestershire with her husband and young daughter... the true boss of the family.
Suffering the curse of eternal curiosity Mina never tires of learning new skills which has led to Aromatherapy, Corsetry, Chain-maille making, Welding, Canoeing, Shooting, and pole-dancing to name but a few.
A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and Nutella on toast.
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An Interview with Mina Carter
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Perfect Mate. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling, emotionally-engaging story?
MC: You're more than welcome, thank you for having me. =) Actually the idea for Perfect Mate came from an idle search on ergot poisoning and the possibility that LSD in particular could have been used in military experiments to create a super-soldier. Perfect Mate introduces us to a group of soldiers made into something more than human by such an experiment.
HH: What do you like best about Lillian and why do you think readers will relate to her?
MC: Lillian is everywoman, an ordinary average woman caught up in events beyond her control. When I was writing her, I very much wanted her to be a reflection of what happens when the ordinary meets the extraordinary and how she adapts to the ‘monsters’ around her.
HH: What do you like best about Jack and why will readers be intrigued by him?
MC: Jack is the ultimate alpha male, loyal to his men, his pack and with a burning need for vengeance on the Project. But as soon as he see’s Lillian, all his priorities change. It’s a journey as this little, ordinary but extra-ordinary woman brings him to his knees.
HH: What makes your characters unique?
MC: I think the answer would have to be their quirks. Most of my characters have at least one personality quirk, something about them that makes them different. I love to write off the wall, slightly insane characters, and most have a healthy dose of sarcasm about them. Not all are nice, either. I don’t subscribe to perfect characters. Everyone has a darker side, the parts about them they don’t admit to. I like to explore those darker sides in my characters, if only to a small degree.
HH: There are werewolves, vampires, the insane -- how does this all blend together to offer a story readers haven't seen before?
MC: The story starts in a mental hospital. After all, where do you put a military experiment where no one will believe his stories, if he does manage to talk? In the world of Perfect Mate, there are werewolves and vampires, who hate each other on the base, primal level, but both hate their masters to an equal degree, and neither can stand the third strain of research: the re-animates. It’s basically a story of humanity, even though most of the major cast aren’t human.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MC: Lots *grins* I’m currently working on a sweeter werewolf romance, then picking up with another cyborg book. There will be a second book after Perfect Mate, with Darce and Toni, called Blood Mate.
HH: How long have you been a writer and what keeps you writing?
MC: Oh my, that’s an interesting one. I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was eleven but professionally since around 2008. I write because it’s a basic need and drive for me. If I don’t write and get the stories out of my head, I think I’d go mad(der).
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
MC: My current goals are to keep writing longer and more complex stories. I’ve recently expanded my range into novels so I’m having fun with the longer plots and more room to play with characters.
HH: What do you enjoy reading?
MC: Anything. If it stands still long enough, I’ll read it. I particularly like paranormal or scifi romance and I have a passion for Regency type romances, although I’d never dare write one.
HH: What are you most looking forward to before the year's end?
MC: Christmas! I love the Christmas season and I recently took up photography so I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and (hopefully) getting some good photos of them all.
HH: Thank you!