Angel Ashriel Delaney from Smitten

Today’s contestant on the fictional reality show Sink or Swim is Ashriel Delaney of Five Oaks, Colorado, from the Silke Juppenlatz book Smitten. Now I must say, I’m extremely honored that Ashriel is taking the time to participate on my little game show because get this, Ashriel is an angel. Well, a failed angel, but that’s beside the point. In fact, he sent me a note: Hi Stacy, Here is my application. I would, of course, be a heavenly contestant. Exactly what you need. Not that I’m biased, or anything. Best, Ash

Here’s a quick recap of the rules: the three literary characters with the highest number of unique commenters to their post will be chosen as winners at the end of the year. That means Ash needs your comments.

1. Tell us about the book or series you’re from.
I’m from the fantastic anthology A Passionate Christmas, or more precisely from Smitten. All of us live in Five Oaks, which is really Five Stumps, because, well, I had a little accident. Don’t tell the residents. Please. I’m still on probation with my boss. The only downside to Five Oaks is Jo Button, another mistake of mine, but I intend to rectify that one. You can find out if I succeed by grabbing Smitten from here.

2. What is something about yourself that no one else knows?
Well, I’m a failed Angel, but a few people (and vampires) know about this. Here’s one no one knows: I’m a huge Yoda fan, and I’ve collected Yoda memorabilia since the first movie. I have pretty much everything from little squishy toys to coasters. I own a life-size statue of him, complete with light saber, which sits in my office at home. In case you wondered — he’s 28 inches tall.

3. Tell us about an unusual job or hobby that you’ve had?
I’m a veterinarian. You should meet some of my patients. There is nothing “usual” about a Great Dane with a fetish for eating tin soldiers. I used to be Vengeance Angel, but I sucked. My aim isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and instead of smiting the demons I chased, I usually set fire to everything else. Including my own wings. It kind of got me fired, if you pardon the pun.

4. What is the strangest or most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?

Having my butt saved by a vampire has to rate as one of the strangest. I don’t mean he saved my life, I can’t die, after all. I do mean he saved my butt. From a Rottweiler. I know, I know. I shouldn’t hang out with vampires (or angry Rottweilers, apparently), being an angel, and all. But Ty is a good friend now, so I tend to overlook his eating habits and those teeth.

5. What would you do if you won a million dollars?
Make up for former mishaps. Unfortunately no one can fix the oaks in the square, I messed it up properly. The church I accidentally burned down is a different matter, I can fix that. And help out a few people who struggle, invest in some businesses around town. If any money is left over, I would build a wildlife recovery center next to my clinic, Mostly Paws.

6. Please tell us briefly about your author and list web sites.
My author is Silke Juppenlatz, and she did a fantastic job bringing the town to life around me. Unfortunately she’s also responsible for me messing up with Jo Button, but since I’m benevolent and all that, I’ll forgive her. She has a website, appropriately named Evil Author, where she blogs using that devious mind of hers.

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  1. Nina Croft says

    Anyone who’s a friend of Ty’s, is definitely a friend of mine. I vote Ash should swim!

  2. Ash is a fan of Yoda? Oh my, we’re gonna have a talk.

  3. I’m a fan of Yoda’s also!

  4. Great interview Ash! Can’t wait to read all about you! Good luck in Sink or Swim contest!

    +1 tweet:

  5. Congratulations to JoAnna, whose name came out as the winner! Thank you, Silke and Ash, for the giveaway and fun interview.

  6. Ha!
    Congratulations Joanna! (I’ve emailed you.)
    Somehow my replies don’t seem to have made it… weird. Hopefully this one does.
    And yes, Ash is a Yoda fan. “Do or do not. There is no try.” that’s his motto.

  7. Hi Silke! I’m away from my desk and can’t get into my dashboard from here, but I’ll check my spam folder later and see if the replies got stuck there. They usually just get stuck if more than two links are included in the comment, but once in awhile I’ll come across a comment there and have no clue why it got sent there. I guess the Force just doesn’t always work properly with blogs –we need some Jedis to straighten things out. Where’s Yoda or Luke when you need them?

  8. Yoda…sits in Ashriel’s den. I think he has him chained to the desk.
    Even light sabers are no match for duct tape!

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