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Fighting for the PJV – Claudia Gray’s Tess Davies

Tess Davies vs. Demetrius
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Name: Tess Davies
Book Series: FATEFUL (standalone)
Job: maidservant
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 130
Hair Color: blonde
Eye Color: blue
From (Location): England, 1912
Significant Other: Alec Marlowe, of Chicago, Illinois, USA, though more recently residing in Paris, France
Signature Move: punching werewolves in the nose
Kill Highlights: stranding werewolves on the Titanic
Enemies: Count Mikhail Kalashnikov; the Brotherhood; Regina, Lady Lisle; and Layton Lisle, heir to the title
Favorite Pastime: spending time on the steerage deck with Myriam; laughing about the Lisles with Ned the footman; clandestinely reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries in the Moorcliffe library
Other Facts: Possesses keys to the Lisle family strongbox and the locked doors that separate different class sections of the Titanic. Knows how to get bloodstains out of a carpet in a jif. Only rarely left her home village before traveling to Southampton to board the Titanic on its voyage to New York. Has one older sister, Daisy, who previously also served the Lisle family at Moorcliffe before she was suddenly dismissed under mysterious circumstances.


Hello, my name is Tess Davies. I’m a maidservant in the employ of the family of Viscount Lisle, principally engaged in fixing Miss Irene’s hair and sewing her ballgowns. If this doesn’t sound like hard combat duty to you, well, you’ve never met the Lisles. Certainly you’ve never met Lady Regina. I’m still alive after four years working for that harridan, so I imagine I’m tough enough for any match. I haven’t any magic powers or anything like that (unlike some other people I know), but they tell me I’ve a quick mind and iron nerves. My main weapons would have to be scissors and needles, which could do quite well in a combat situation, don’t you think? And in FATEFUL, once or twice I use my fists. My main skills are strength (try hauling buckets of bathwater upstairs sometimes — builds the biceps!), endurance (see above regarding Lady Regina), practicality (don’t knock it — it strikes me as a rare quality in our genre, I mean, line of work) and courage. There’s not a fight I’ll back down from, even if I know I’ll lose. That said, I choose my battles wisely, or try to.

My principal experience with the paranormal comes aboard the RMS Titanic, which you’d think would make an eventful enough trip on its own, wouldn’t you? Had I known one-half of what would happen on that voyage, I’d never have set foot on the ship, beautiful though she might be. But I might have guessed that hitting an iceberg was possible – even if I had never thought it was likely, or that the greatest ship ever built could sink like a stone. I mean, such things are within the realm of the possible. Werewolves – less so. Or that’s what I thought.

 Against werewolves, it’s good to fight with silver. Burns their skin, poisons them dead. Though I haven’t any permanent silver weaponry of my own, I do have the keys to the valuables belonging to the Lisle family, which happily includes many silver objects, some of them heavy and blunt, ideal for swinging into an unsuspecting werewolf’s head. It also includes something called an Initiation Blade. That’s an item I had better not describe in great detail; the more you know about it, the greater danger you’re in. Werewolves are mad to get them – but if you know how to use the Blade, you can turn it against a werewolf in an instant.

 In my experience, though, humans can be nearly as nasty as werewolves. With humans, you’re best off fighting with your wits. Learn whatever it is they’d rather you didn’t know about them – and as a servant, you have opportunities to learn all kinds of interesting things. People think servants can’t hear what’s being said right next to them. But I hear. I remember, too. And I know how to use what I’ve learned. Anybody can tell you, that’s the deadliest skill of all.


It’s about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that’s not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who’s ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she’d rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf … one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You’d think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn’t you?

But no. Their biggest problem — though they don’t know it yet — is that they’re aboard the RMS Titanic.

About the Author:  Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.
I am a full-time novelist based in Chicago. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing. 
Although I’ll blog about major announcements at this site, you can also check my LiveJournal, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter to hear more frequent updates about my work, my day and whatever else might be on my mind.

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Claudia Gray will be stopping by a few places on her tour…why don’t you stop by and say hello…

 Sept 9
Sept 12
 Sept 13
Sept 14

Or meet Claudia in person!! How fun!

Dark Days Tour Dates

Tuesday, October 11th
6:30 PM
University Bookstore
15311 Main St
Mill Creek, WA 98012
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

 Wednesday, October 12th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway
Lynnwood, WA
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

 Thursday, October 13th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

Friday, October 14th
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover
9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

 Saturday, October 15th
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2999 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

 Sunday, October 16th
2:00 PM
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL
with Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)