A warm welcome to Michelle Moore and Reese Herberth Stopping by Love Bytes on their Riptide Blog tour for there new release Peripheral People
Hi, we’re Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth. The kind people here have invited us to stop by and tell you a little about our newest book, Peripheral People. A standalone novel in the Ylendrian Empire series, Peripheral People combines elements of romance, science fiction, paranormal, and crime drama in the intense, galaxy-spanning hunt for a psychic serial killer. Hot on the trail and hot for each other (in the sense that they’d both prefer to be set on fire than work together), the imperial agents who stumble into the case must evade terrifying mental traps, their own volatile relationship, and the discovery that someone in a higher pay grade may not be so keen on their quest for justice.
We’re thrilled to be with you today, and we’re looking forward to any questions or comments you might have.
An Interview with Michelle Moore and Corwin Menivie
Corwin Menivie, a decorated Imperial Enforcement Coalition veteran, has agreed to take time out of his busy professional schedule to do a dual interview today. Using a random interview question generator, we’ll be taking turns digging deep into the values, interests and beliefs of each other.
How do you handle authority?
Corwin Menivie: With the proper respect that it deserves. Authority exists for a reason, and without it, things fall apart. Complete chaos. Imagine a ‘verse without authority and structure. It’s terrifying.
Michelle Moore: I ignore it whenever possible. And when ignoring isn’t an option, I go for understated disdain.
Tell me about a time when you made a bad decision.
Menivie: Pleated pants. I made the grave mistake of buying pleated pants. They made me look old, so I returned them. Inspector Santivan hypothesized that I would’ve looked like her grandfather, and I’m not ready for a desk job and a beer gut just yet.
Moore: Listening to someone who gives me major heebie-jeebies, which then gave them the (very!) false impression that I wanted to be friends. Big mistake. Lesson learned? It’s okay to walk away from creepy people.
What are people’s greatest misperceptions about you?
Menivie: I would prefer to not answer this question, but since I agreed to the random question premise, I’ll address it. Briefly. There seems to be a misconception out there that I have a bias against psy agents. That isn’t true. Slightly less annoying but no less true is the idea that I don’t have a sense of humor. I do. Most people aren’t that funny.
Moore: That I’m sweet and quiet. I guess that makes it a limited time frame misperception. As soon as someone really gets to know me, they toss that idea right out the window!
Do you ever think about previous lovers?
Menivie: What kind of questions are these? I suppose everyone does once or twice, but past is past for a reason.
Moore: Since previous is current and current is previous, I’d have to say every day.
Tell me about the most difficult or frustrating individual that you’ve ever had to work with, and how you managed to work with them.
Menivie: Agent Westley Tavera, hands-down. I’ve never met a more frustrating individual, and that includes the criminals I’ve come in contact with. But we’re both professionals, and professionals work out their differences in whatever way is most effective for them. Or die trying.
Moore: Aw, crap, this is going to seem like a cheat, but I have to say it’s me. I’m awful to work with. I’m slow, I’m indecisive, I’m extremely distractible… all things that are annoying in a person you have to work with, especially when you need to get things done. I’ve given myself some stern talkings-to, but I never seem to listen after the first five minutes or so. Somehow things still get accomplished, though. I chalk it up to divine intervention.
Michelle Moore has a well-documented obsession with travel, television, frappuccinos and flamingos. These, however, come in a distant second to her love of writing. Most evenings she can be found huddled over her laptop at the local Starbucks, dividing her time between actually writing and pretending to be a barista.
Reesa Herberth was born in Nevada and spirited away to California before moving to Hawaii, where she grew up on the Big Island. She tried Arizona for a few years, then lit out for the D.C. area, where her nomadic itch is regularly curbed by the nightmares of urban traffic. She’s held a handful of the requisite crazy writer jobs, including book store overlord, office goddess for an artisan ice cream maker, and cheese-cup scrubber at an organic goat dairy.
Michelle and Reesa have been writing together for over fifteen years. They are currently working on more Ylendrian stories, and a petition to have cat hair recognized as a form of currency.
Corwin Menivie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple homicide.
During a routine investigation, West’s talent puts them on the trail of a brutal serial killer who traps his prey in a deadly mental playground. Then the killer starts baiting the team, laying psychic landmines at crime scenes and exposing IEC secrets. The strain of the case binds the agents closer together—so close that Nika and Gavin start sharing a room, and even the curmudgeonly Corwin finds himself as occupied with West as he is with the murders.
But as West’s visions of death grow more violent, the only way out for all of them may be straight through the mind of a monster. If they’re not careful, they may forget which side of the hunt they’re on.
This title is part of the Ylendrian Empire universe – but can be read as a standalone
Dont forget to check out Roberta’s Release Day Review for this book that will be posted later tonight 🙂