Title: Shifting Chaos (The Sleepless City #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Elizabeth Noble (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 7, 2015 – 73,000 Words
Chaos reigns in The Sleepless City, and it’s really beginning to piss Detective Jonas Forge off. He’s got inner demons to battle and a life to build with his new soul mate, Blair Turner. Nothing is going right, and he already feels the universe is conspiring against him when a turn of events he never saw coming flips his world upside down.
Hallucinations grip the town and everyone in it, threatening to tear their precariously built family apart, and the only way forward is to bare all to each other. This means Declan and Blair need to learn to accept one another. Lucas Coate has to move forward without ties to his werewolf pack and live a monogamous life with Declan.
But while Forge and Declan confront horrors from their shared past, Simon learns a terrible truth about vampires—one he couldn’t have imagined in his worst nightmares.
“What happened?” Blair asked. He turned his head toward the back door. A second later Moose was running to the back of the house.
Jonas strode in, jerked his jacket off, and tossed it down beside Ben’s helmet, muttering as he went. He stopped and faced them. “Those fools have decided I must be head detective.”
Lucas came to a stop behind Jonas, grinning.
“Wait, you’ve been pissed off all day because you got a promotion?” Blair asked.
Ben lunged forward and threw his arms around Jonas’s neck. “Sweet as! We have to celebrate. It’s about time they recognized you like this. I think it’s crappy you haven’t been promoted until now.”
Jonas pulled in a breath and stepped back from Ben. “I thank you, but it’s a fucking disaster.”
“Another of the Council’s tricks,” Declan added.
“They can’t do this, can they?” Simon said and sat down abruptly on the couch. “That’s against the Council rules.”
“What’s wrong with all of you?” Ben turned in a circle, glaring at each of them in turn.
“I can’t be the head detective.” Jonas took a DVD from the shelf under the television and put it in the player. He grabbed the remote control, aimed, and pointed. “This”—he waved at the scene appearing on the TV—”is why I can’t have this job.”
An image of Stewie in relation to some incident that, by the looks of it, had happened a few years ago appeared on the screen. Underneath were the words “Flint, Ohio, Head Detective Stewart Belle,” and Stewie was speaking to a reporter.
“Oh crap,” Blair said. He and Ben stood side by side.
“Yes. Oh crap covers it nicely. The head detective must be a human, has always been a human. You know, someone who can be seen by a camera and is available during the full moon,” Jonas said. “Before Stewie there was some dick by the name of Felton, and before that we had the oh-so-delightful Smyth.”
Ben nudged Blair and waved one hand between Declan and Jonas. “Have you noticed that between the thief and the cop, the cop is the one with the problems with authority?”
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I have a very nice office in my house that I worked on for one entire summer and it’s something of a work in progress. The walls are burgundy and mocha. I have several solid wooden shelves of various sizes filled with my books and two separate mug collections. I have my covers on the walls as well as some mini movie posters and a few pieces of art from fandom. I call it my fangirl room!
In nicer weather I can take my laptop and head outside to the patio in my back yard. I have flowers, the grass is usually too long and there’re weeds, but I love sitting out there to work.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I’m not sure. The reoccurring characters in my series are characters I’ve come to know very well. I don’t know if that is the same as relating to them or not.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I’m a veterinary nurse, something I enjoy very much.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Shifting Chaos isn’t my first book and I’ve been with the same publisher, so I’m pretty comfortable with the mechanics such as editing and cover design. Life is a learning process and writing is part of my life. With each book I work on I am reminded of how important to me and my sanity writing is. I’m doubly lucky other people want to read my stories.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
I love the story in Shifting Chaos. The only real change I would make if I could go back and do it over are the rules of vampire soul bonding. As I write more of these characters what I thought was a cool idea in the beginning now I find is somewhat restrictive. It’s really very rigid with no room to challenge the bond or the people in each of the relationships and therefore allow them to grow as a couple.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I have no idea. Stuff just comes to me. Sometimes it’s because I’m trying to work out plot points, and other times I’ll see or hear something that will spark an idea.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on the sixth book in the Sentries series, and that will complete the series. I have created a spin off series to The Sleepless City called Akhkharu Nasaru The Vampire Guard. The first book Code Name: Jack Rabbit will be out in July of 2016 from DSP Publications. So far I have extensive plots for two more books in that series.
I’ll also be adding to my Circles series. I’ve recently submitted Gone Away and have two more plotted out for writing next year.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Since some of the Circles series and all of The Sleepless City series take place in Ohio I’d say, yes, it influences me. Jewel Cave is partially located in my neighborhood. I used my own house and street as a guide. The back yard in that book is kept up better, though.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Non-fiction is my other favorite genre, in particular Archeoastronomy. I love using the stars to learn details about our past. I love scifi, but I’m not sure that counts since some of my books fall into that genre.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Boots, purses, coffee, chocolate and electronics—I do love the internet. There are a few of us at work with a serious purse problem. We probably need a support group. Anyway not too long ago a client came in and I said I liked her purse. She sort of giggled and said when she saw it she didn’t need another purse but she needed another purse. We all giggled a little and told her we could relate!
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.