Welcome to Swoon Sunday where you get to meet some of our swoon-worthy heroes. Today we have a visit from Reece Fernandez from Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel!
Reece, why don’t you describe yourself for us.
Around six foot. Most of the time, my eyes are black, but sometimes, they turn red. A long time ago, before I was turned into this, they were blue. My hair is brown. *Sighs* Is this going to take long?
What’s your profession?
I’m finishing high school. Again.
Where do you call home?
My group of harbingers have territory that comprises most of the U.S. northeast and into Canada. We’re constantly moving, so…my home is anywhere which will soon be hosting a disaster with a high body count.
Do you have a special skill?
In hockey, it’s my wrist shot. I worked hard on that. But otherwise, math comes really easy to me. If I could have a regular human life? I’d be an engineer or something. If I couldn’t play professional hockey, of course.
What is your biggest dream/wish/desire?
Easy: to be fully human again. To live one normal life and spend it with Angie, if she’d have me.
What’s your biggest regret?
Ah, messing up my human life. I made some bad, bad choices. If I’d done things differently, I wouldn’t have been found by a harbinger of death curse. *pauses* But then again, I wouldn’t have met Angie.
What’s your darkest secret?
You think I’m gonna share that here? Right now? *shakes head*
What’s your favourite dessert/food?
I haven’t met a burger/fry combo I haven’t liked.
Describe your idea of an ideal date.
If I’m on a date with Angie, it’s ideal.
Describe the craziest thing you have done.
I drove a car off a cliff once. No, seriously. I did do that. *spreads arms* And here to tell the tale.
Who is your idol?
I don’t have one. Look, talk to me when you’ve been knocking around for two centuries. You won’t be too impressed by anyone, either.
What is one thing would you refuse to share?
I’ve been living with at least a dozen other harbingers of death over the past two centuries. I can’t think of anything I haven’t shared. Not even toothbrushes are sacred.
What is the one thing that no one knows or could never guess about you?
You know those competitive cooking shows on TV? Yeah, well. I’m a little obsessed. I can sit on my butt and watch them all day long.
Boxers or briefs?
*rolls eyes* Boxers. Are we done yet?
Almost! Early bird or night owl?
Really? I’m seventeen. I hate getting up early.
Chunky peanut butter or smooth?
Why would you want to know that? *leans forward* Seriously. What could you possibly learn from that question?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Fake people. And the people who admire fake people.
What is your favorite sports team?
If you had to describe yourself as an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be?
Huh? I don’t even know where to begin with that one. You ask some strange questions.
Liked this interview with Reece? Now check out a swoony moment between him and Angie:
His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”
“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”
He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”
But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”
His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.”
About Black Bird of the Gallows:
A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.
What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
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About the Meg Kassel:
Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.