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Helens of Troy by Janine McCaw – Character Interview

Hey Guys!
So today as part of the Bewitching Book Tours I am introducing you all to the wonderful Ryan Lachey, one of the characters in Janine McCaw’s novel, Helens of Troy!
Hope you like the interview! There will also be a chance to win a copy of the novel at the bottom of this post!

Hello Ryan, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start with something easy, describe yourself to us in three sentences.
Slammin’ and jammin’. I’m the runner with the thunder and the man with the plan. Two’s good, right?

*chuckles* Two’s good indeed! Now, I know you like football, but how old were you when you first decided you loved it?
I was twelve. My buddy Tom, he’s got this smile that can charm a chic in five seconds (I’ve counted). So one day he tells me he likes Jenny Smith and he’s going to meet her behind the portables after school. Well, I liked Jenny Smith, and Tom knew it. This did not sit well with me, even when I was twelve. So I waited across the ball court and watched for him to try hook up with Jenny. Sure enough, as soon as that bell goes off I see his skinny little ass running over to her. He runs like a girl. Just when he’s making his move, I took this other kid’s football and threw a perfect pass that hit Tom right in his million dollar smile. He needed sheet metal in his mouth after THAT toss. Unfortunately, the gym teacher saw the whole thing. He sentenced me to afternoon ball practice every other day for a month. In the end I got a new sport, Tom’s parents got a sizable dental bill that I think Betty (she’s my Ma) had to help pay for, and some book nerd got Jenny. Go figure.

Sounds like a nice little coincidence! But tell us, when you’re not at school, playing football, or with girls, what do you do with your time?
I play guitar. Betty bought me a six string a few years back, so I like to lay down the chorda when I get some time to myself. I know I’ve got this image as a big tough dude, but I like to chill and play a little country music from time to time. Don’t tell Tom, I play G&R when he’s around but I really like Toby Keith better. Ya know that song where he sings “How do you like me now?” to the chic that wouldn’t look at him when he was a nobody? That’s like my theme song. I’m going to get a scholarship and I’m going to turn pro, and I’m going to be fly with the ladies and Tom will be all, “dude, can I come along?” And I’ll be all “I’ll think about it.” I’ll let him, but I’ll make him sweat a bit.

That really makes me want to know, how did you and Tom become friends?
I don’t know what was in the water when they were doin’ the nasty in Troy, but when I got to grade one, there were only like five guys in my class. It was loaded with girls. I like chics now, but in grade one man, I was like “cooties”, so I went to the front of the class so I wouldn’t have to look at them. Tom was up there too because he was freakin’ blind and didn’t have contacts yet. He couldn’t see the stupid chalk board, so I had to keep whispering answers to him. I got him an “A” and he got me detention for talking in class. I guess I was a rebel even then because I still liked the guy and we’ve been buds ever since.

Each to their own I suppose! So, what I’m sure we’re all dying to know is; what were your first initial thoughts about Ellie?
When I first saw Goth-Chic under that streetlamp on Halloween, I thought she was a freakazoid. She was all dressed in black and her hair was hanging down over her face. She shot me a look that was creepy…but hot at the same time. Hot in a Wednesday Addams kind of way. My brother Stan called her Cruella. Stan’s pretty observant for a kid. Then I figured out she knew my neighbour, Mrs. LaRose. Mrs. LaRose makes my pants get tight, know what I mean? Tom thinks that’s weird because she’s the mom of a mom, but the throbs man, they happen when they happen, right? But Goth-Chic and I are friends now.

Okay then, that gets me curious about who you do like so, tell us, what type of girls are you most attracted to?
Tara’s not going to read this, is she? She thinks she’s my girlfriend and if I say anything, she’s going to do my head in. Okay, when I was fifteen, I was all into the blonde thing. And then I met Jacey Sumner. She’s super fine to look at, but she sucks the energy right out of me, and not in a good way. I can only listen to her for so long and then my brain starts to swell. That’s not what’s supposed to be swelling around a chic. So now I’m leanin’ towards babes that aren’t all THAT, if you know what I mean.

I sure do Ryan, I sure do! So what were your initial thoughts to all the supernatural goings on in Troy?
When Goth-Chic first told Tom and me about the dream she had about the vampire, we damn near pissed ourselves, we were laughing so hard. Little Brook Quinlan was in Goth’s dream too, and she had gone missing for real. I got to thinking…how did Goth know about the old bridge out by Tara’s place? She’d just moved to Troy. She’d never even been there. So I figured I go out there and take a look. Whoa! BAD decision.

Off topic now though Ryan, I think we all want to know, what are your top three favourite movies, and why?
1. The Avengers. Tony Stark, man. That’s me in five years, but I’d lose the suit.
2. Rudy. I don’t know how you can be a football player and a Hobbit, but Sean Astin was pretty good in it.
3. Jerry McGuire. Show me the money.

Okay, okay, and who are your top three female celebrities?
The Kardashians. I like big butts and I don’t know why.

Quick Fire Round

Tea or Coffee?

Pepsi or Coke?

Chocolate or Vanilla?
I like it when they come out of the same machine at Dairy Queen.

Xbox or PS2?
Xbox all the way. I play Halo with Stan.

Guitar or Piano?

Younger or Older?
HAHAHAHAHA….this is a trick question, right?

Most Cherishable Memory?
The whole thing with Goth-Chic and the vampire dude. Helena did something to my Mom and Stan, so they don’t remember anything about it, but I made her promise she wouldn’t do it to me.

Memory you most want to forget?
Don’t tell ANYONE that vampire tackled me and wrecked my shoulder for a while.

Thank you Ryan, it’s certainly been a pleasure getting to know a little more about you! I’m sure everyone is now dying to read more of you in your story!

And, if that truly is the case, then you should enter the giveaway to win a free e-copy of the novel!


by Janine McCaw


“The Gilmore Girls meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Fifteen year old Goth-chic Ellie has a lot of explaining to do. She’s just moved to the small town of Troy, fought with her uptight mother Helen, met the boy of her dreams and found a dead body on her sexy “new-age” grandmother Helena’s porch. All on the first night!

But Ellie’s not alone. Helen is hiding something. Helen knows all about the kind of eerie dreams her daughter is having — the dreams that show the whereabouts of the missing children of Troy — because she’s had them herself. But she’ll never admit it. Not while Ellie’s sex-crazed friend Ryan is safely behind bars for the murders. Helen knows what it’s like to be attracted to dangerous men.

Then there’s the little matter between Helena and Gaspar BonVillaine, the teenaged vampire who is learning to feed on young prey. Now that he’s caught Ellie, he doesn’t know whether he wants to kill her or turn her to the dark side and keep her forever. Helena should have finished him off when she had the chance.

To survive the vampire feeding frenzy surrounding them, mom Helen needs to come to terms with her own insecurities and deal with the gifts she has. Helena must learn to ground herself for the good of mankind and more importantly her own family. And Ellie has the toughest choice of all. Ellie must decide whether its time to let her own childhood go and become the woman she is destined to be, one of the ageless and timeless “Helens of Troy”.

Author Janine McCaw (Olivia’s Mine, Feb. 2006,) has written this 100,000 word novel, the first in a fantasy series about “the Helens”. The three generations of gatekeepers will take the reader on a trip to a realm mere mortals fear to visit alone, and they’ll make her want to stay a while.

Giveaway is open to EVERYONE.
You do not need to follow my blog. You can live anywhere, with any e-reader (or computer).
All you need to do is comment with your e-mail and on June 1st I will use to pick a winner!


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