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Character Interview of hero from Twist Of Faith

Today I’m hosting an interview with the leading man from a recently released story titled Twist Of Faith by Darlene Fredette.

How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Thank you for inviting me for coffee and a chat. I’m Nick Porter, architect and contractor, living in Montreal. I work from sun-up to sun-down, so personal time is limited. Someone once told me I’m stubborn and that I resemble Johnny Depp.

What do you like most about your profession?

I love designing a client’s dream on paper then building a masterpiece beyond their dream.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Meeting Faith Witherspoon. The older woman befriended my parents, sent them on the cruise of their dreams, and put a roof over my brother’s head. She then offered to remove my financial debt, but when I didn’t comply, she sent her granddaughter to influence me.

Is there a place you’d always wanted to visit?

I hear Paris is beautiful and has a great chain of cafés.

Talk about your favorite setting for a date.

I came across a beautiful spot while driving around one day. Soaring skyscrapers, the downtown area, the river, and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York are all visible on this hilltop lookout with panoramic views of Montreal. A great spot for a picnic with someone special.

What attracts you first to a woman?

Long brown hair, a beautiful smile, chocolate brown eyes, confidence, independence, and an alluring French accent.

Are you talking about a particular woman?

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I recently met Katrina Witherspoon, who happens to have those irresistible qualities, and so much more.

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Tagline:

One twist of Faith can change everything.

Blurb:

Katrina has one goal—follow through on her late-grandmother’s last request, to oversee the renovation of Katrina’s childhood home. The handsome contractor is distracting, but she refuses to be swayed by his deep brown eyes and broad shoulders. A summer romance is not part of the plan. When the truth is discovered about her family’s past, Katrina fears her own future is in jeopardy. She doesn’t have faith, but the twists that lie ahead may just change her mind.

Nick refuses to accept help from anyone, until Katrina gives him an ultimatum—one he can’t refuse. Her renovation project will save his business, but puts his heart on the line. Can he convince Katrina to stay or will a promise to her late-grandmother pull her away? With a little twist of Faith, the odds may be in his favor.

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Excerpt:

The man shifted his weight.

Suddenly, the air cooled around her. For the first time since she spied him in her home, Katrina stared face-to-face at her intruder. Past the pain, she saw a strong jaw line and a chin framed by the shadow of a goatee, or as they say in Paris, a French beard. A perfect set of lips held a thin moustache and his brown layered hair fell just above his chin. Dark brown eyes kept her gaze captivated. Johnny Depp has broken into my house.

His face didn’t belong to someone who made a living from breaking-and-entering. This face belonged to a refined and hard-working man. She could tell there was more to the story behind those eyes, but the instant she stared at his lips, her thoughts turned to mush.

He stumbled to stand, leaning on the wall for support. Johnny Depp kicked the wood, sending it rolling to the other side of the room.

Katrina, now believing he meant no harm, accepted the hand he offered to help her from the floor. She ignored the tingling sensation running up her arm, knowing the fuss couldn’t be from the strong hand holding hers.

He inhaled a deep breath and opened his mouth to speak, but shook his head instead. Frowning, he pointed a finger toward the card on the floor and limped to the exit, slamming the door behind him.

She bent to pick up the card, which read, Donaldson and Porter, Architecture and Contracting, Nick Porter. Her shoulders dropped. “Damn!”

Katrina now had less than twenty-four hours to master the art of groveling.

Bio:

An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.

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Character Interview from Tie Down My Heart

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Today I’m featuring an interview with the Native American hero of my contemporary rodeo western romance, Tie Down My Heart. Chay Red Fox hasn’t had an easy life but it’s been one he’s lived on his own terms. Like the hero portrayed in the current movie, “The Longest Ride”, rodeo is what Chay knows and loves.

How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Chayton Red Fox, of the Foot-Trails People and born for the Deer Spring clan. I’ve reached the end of the third decade of my life. For better or worse.

Where were you raised?

Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

Family members?

A grandmother, older sister and nephew

Did you attend college?

More like the school of hard knocks. I trailed my father around rodeos whenever he’d left me, watching and learning, and they finally let me compete when I turned sixteen.

What’s your favorite participation sport?

(Quirks an eyebrow) Really? Isn’t the answer obvious?

Did you always want to be a rodeo competitor?

Always loved horses—it’s in the blood, you know. I wanted to do anything that got me off the rez and into the wide world.

Where did you go for your most recent vacation?

Vacation? That’s a concept of the white world. Natives take a walk on Mother Earth or sit beside a clear running stream and feel re-energized.

What attracts you first to a woman?

A woman who doesn’t back down to my cynical mouth.

Are you talking about a particular woman?

(Chuckles) That’d be saying too much.

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BIO

As a child, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about characters having exciting adventures in places far away. In later years, she started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Now Linda writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor.

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Character Interview from Dearest Darling

Sit on down and enjoy meeting Daniel Saunders, the hero of Dearest Darling, the latest western historical by Andrea Downing.

How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Howdy, Miz Carroll-Bradd, and thank you so much for inviting me here today—or for asking Andrea to send me on over.  My name’s Daniel Saunders and I appear in Miz Downing’s new book, Dearest Darling.  I’m not quite sure what other basics you might be wantin’—and I don’t want to be rude, but I have a ranch to run so am gonna have to be brief here.  Left my stock and have my neighbor, Jamie Jenkins, looking after it…

Where were you raised? 

In New York City, believe it or not.  But I came west to Wyoming when I was just over age twenty.

Did you attend college? 

Ha! Well.  No, I didn’t and I’m not goin’ to say much more on that subject for fear of givin’ too much of Andrea’s story away.  I would’ve liked to attend college but…you’ll have to read the book to find out why I didn’t go.

Are you athletic? 

Ma’am, you work cattle and run a ranch some eighteen hours a day, you’ve got to be more than what y’all call ‘athletic.’   What the hell’s ‘athletic’ mean anyway?  Muscular?  It takes more than ‘athletic’ to sit a horse and swing a loop, believe me.

Did you always want to be a rancher?

No, ma’am.  The thought never even crossed my mind until…well, if I tell y’all Andrea will string me up, so I better stay hushed on the matter.  I actually thought at one stage I might be a lawyer and go into practice with my friend.  That would’ve been a mistake.

What do you like most about ranching? 

Being my own boss and not having to deal with the liars, cheats and scoundrels of this world.  Then again, I also appreciate being outside most of the day in the beautiful scenery of the Tetons.  Have you been? 

What are your reading tastes? 

Quite honestly, I read just about anything I can lay my hands on.  Most nights I’m too damn tired to read and haven’t got much time the rest of the day,’cept of course in the winter months.  Hated Hawthorne in school but I do like that Mark Twain as he calls himself.  Funny man.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you? 

Shoot, come on now, Miz Carroll-Bradd.  You’re asking that of a man whose story is built ‘round the fact he sent tickets to one mail order bride and another woman shows up in her place?  Can anything crazier than that happen to a person?  I ask you…

Look, I’ve enjoyed this little chat of ours, and I do greatly appreciate you havin’ me here and tryin’ to get all these good folks to read my story, but I really do have to get back to the ranch.  I’ll stop in every so often to say howdy to all your kind guests.  Y’all come by and visit now, ya hear!

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BLURB:

Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?

Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.

But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.

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BIO:

Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born,  instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK.   She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit.  Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria filled those years until in 2008 she returned to NYC.  She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming.  Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 20 ranches throughout the west.

Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards.  Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the 2014 RONE Awards.   Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Love Letters’ series, and comes out Oct. 8th and Dances of the Heart, another full length novel, comes out in the next few months.

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Character Interview-Rachel from Wish List Addiction

Today I have Prism Book Group friend, Lindsey Paley, here with an interview of the heroine from her August release, The Wish List Addiction.

How about you introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Rebecca Mathews, thirty-two-year old, stressed out ex-lawyer and harassed mother of Max, my fabulous four-year-old son. I have copper-coloured hair, which I hated as I went through school but grew to love when at college, and emerald green eyes. I live in a dingy one-bedroomed apartment in Hammersmith, London and have a full-time job as a para-legal at Baringer & Co. Oh, and I’m a listoholic!

The worst part of my life is the daily struggle to get Max off to the day care he loathes in order to battle my ( single, childless) boss, Lucinda to be able to pay our exorbitant rent as Max’s dead beat father, Bradley, refuses to contribute child maintenance – it eats into his personal grooming and entertainment allowance. The best part of my life, of course, is Max. Oh, and my discovery of ‘The Little Green Book of Wishes’.  

 Where were you raised?

I was raised in the tiny village of Matfen in Northumberland, the largest and most rural county of England. I am an only child of George and Marianne who could not fathom the draw of the bright lights and fume-ridden atmosphere of London. It turned out they were both right as, when I became a mom, all I dreamed of was returning home to raise Max in the rural surroundings I was so happy in. But that dream was the catalyst to my downfall! Buying that rundown cottage was a stupid decision, despite the numerous lists I drafted of the pro’s and con’s of leaving London.

Did you always want to be a lawyer?

I did, yes. I enjoyed every moment of the study for my degree and I was fortunate enough to get a great job with a Top Ten law firm in London. I’d even started building up my reputation as a matrimonial litigation specialist until Brad dropped his bombshell that he was leaving me and Max and refused to provide any financial support. I couldn’t sell ‘Rosemary Cottage’ and the bank foreclosed. I lost my job and it was only the offer of a para-legal post that saved Max and I from destitution. I should have returned home, but I did hope that Brad would come round and see his son. He didn’t.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you?

Well, that would be three things. Firstly, of course, Max. Then, the unearthing of ‘The Little Green Book of Wishes’. I truly believe that my colleagues, Deb and Nathan’s idea to challenge me to a bunch of off-the-wall activities, and their refusal to allow me to continue with my list-making obsession, turned my life around. I mean, who wouldn’t want to give kite-flying, dancing the Tango or learning to play golf a go? I’d urge any of your readers to grab a copy of ‘The Little Green Book’ – available on Amazon.com – and give it a try! It worked for me and led to the third best thing on my list (Ooops – sorry – here’s me telling you I’m cured!) the new man in my life, Josh Charlton – rugby-playing hunk extraordinaire!!

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BLURB:

Rebecca Mathews is a Listoholic—you name it, she has a ‘To Do’ list for it. Coupled with her daily ‘Must Achieve’ List, she possesses a mid-term, creatively drawn ‘Wish List’ and an exhaustively-researched ‘Bucket List’. But so far, they have delivered nothing but spectacular failure.

With her much-loved career exploded in her face, her marriage terminated in an acrimonious divorce and her frail father’s pleas to return to her native Northumberland ignored, Rebecca concludes that if it wasn’t for her beloved four-year-old son, Max, she would be adding a trip to a Swiss clinic to her list.

A sparkle of light appears in Rebecca’s life wrapped in the guise of ‘The Little Green Book of Wishes’, which challenges the reader to ‘ditch the list’ and instead to use its gems of wisdom as a ‘dip in/dip out’ lucky bag of challenges from all areas of life.

Persuaded by her colleagues to relinquish her obsessive reliance on her multiple lists, cast adrift from their reassuring structure, she agrees to complete random tasks selected for her from the ‘little emerald book of miracles’.

Will it deliver the desired result and cure Rebecca of her Wish List Addiction?

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Character Interview by Bonnie McCune

Today I welcome Bonnie McCune who shares insight into the heroine of her latest novel titled Falling Like a Rock.

How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?

Hi, I’m Elaine Svoboda, twenty-eight, middling height, curly reddish hair. I like to think I’m in control of my life and headed in the right direction, but something always seems to go wrong. Like especially with men. Two serious boyfriends turned out to be losers. The current one Joe (who just happens to be mayor of the mountain town I’ve moved to) is not impressed by me, to put it mildly.

 Where were you raised?

Cincinnati, Ohio. Mostly lived there, went to school there, worked there. So traveling from there, first to Denver, then to the little town of Falling Rock, has been an adventure. I’ve begun to appreciate the joys of small towns, the mountains, and natural areas.

Family members?

My family is back in Cincinnati. Grandparents, immigrants from what now is the Czech Republic, are flag-waving patriots. My parents are dedicated and skilled teachers. As for my older brother and sister, they always have excelled in everything they do. Over-achievers. I doubt I can match them, although I try.

Did you always want to be a communications and marketing person?

No, I first studied nursing, but for some reason, always wound up dealing with the public—publications, events, campaigns. But because I have an early background in nursing, I used that in an earlier job in Cincinnati and am applying it some in my current position. Only temporary, I’m afraid, but loads of fun. I’m running a weight-loss program for anyone in town who wants to compete.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?

When I got fired recently, I pulled up stakes to follow my boyfriend to Denver. On the way there, my car broke down, and I was rescued by a COWBOY! I was thrilled to be in the West and discover a real gentleman under his Stetson.

 What attracts you to a man?

Im proud to say, my tastes are changing. I used to be taken in by easy charm and good looks. With my move to Falling Rock, I’m now finding that a man’s strength—of character as well as muscles—is important. A man who’s absolutely honest and respects a woman’s opinions and talents. A man whose profile may not be perfect, in fact might be rugged, but with a lively intelligence that is irresistible. Wait! That sounds like the mayor of Falling Rock!

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BLURB:

When you’re ‘falling like a rock,’ you’ll risk anything.

Unloved and unemployed. That’s Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock.

Maybe he can help her find a job. Maybe they can become friends, even share romance. Sparks fly immediately, but major obstacles make a new life on the ashes of the old appear impossible. Joe’s consumed with challenges like the dismal local economy and an impetuous sister. Elaine butts heads with him at every turn in the rocky road. Are her bungling attempts to help the problem? Or does she remind him of a greedy, selfish ex-wife?

Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears. She’s smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire.

Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory.

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EXCERPT

The movement now wasn’t rocking but more like a grind. A slowness. A shiver. She knew she had to leave the main road and find help. She swerved onto a pull-off that appeared as if by a miracle, turned off the motor, and sank into the seat. In all directions she saw flat monotone prairie. If spring was about to arrive, no sign of it blossomed here. An occasional bush of greenish sagebrush nodded, but most of the landscape consisted of earth-toned dirt and dirt-toned pebbles scoured by a constant wind, which threw a thin top layer of particles hither and yon.

What she knew about auto mechanics fit on a matchbook cover. She’d been shown where to fill up on gas and wiper fluid, and that was the extent of it. She flicked the ignition off and on several times, peered at the dashboard, even popped the hood. Nothing looked out of place or broken.

She returned to the driver’s seat to think and worry her tooth with her tongue. It wasn’t safe to sit out here alone, and dismal warnings from her parents to never trust a casual passerby in a situation like this darted in her mind. So she hauled out her cell phone. No service. She slumped in her seat.

The plains spread horizon to horizon around her, and an appreciation rose in her for the courage and hard work of the pioneers who had traveled one slow step at a time over an endless landscape to reach their new homes. At least nowadays an asphalt ribbon transversed the plateau. On the road an occasional semi whooshed past, rattling her vehicle as it traveled. One trucker slowed to a crawl and honked, but by the time she decided he was offering help, he’d disappeared.

She twisted her brain in knots to find some way to save herself. Surely if she were careful, stayed in her car and blinked her lights and beeped, someone should rescue her. Perhaps she should wait until a woman stopped, but another female would be as afraid to pull over as she to chance an encounter.

Clouds began to build in gray billows, flowed from west en route the east, and the sun plunged toward twilight. If anything terrified her more than an appeal to a stranger for assistance, it was spending the night out here in the open. In her rearview mirror, a battered Land Rover appeared, and almost on impulse, Elaine switched on her hazard lights and leaned on the horn.

The vehicle slowed but didn’t stop. Not until it was some yards down the road. Next a tall, lean figure climbed out, the engine still in operation. A man dressed in jeans, ski jacket, and a black Stetson. Elaine would have laughed if she hadn’t been worried about the security of the car door locks. She was in the West now. It made sense for a cowboy to show up.

He approached with careful deliberation, halting a few feet from her, and she rolled her window down several inches and studied him in case she had to describe him later to the authorities. Not particularly suave or polished, but certainly with the rugged strength typically associated with cowboy types. Dark, as if he spent time outside or had some Mediterranean or Latino ancestors. A prominent nose, off-centered, perhaps from being bashed once too often.

“Need help, ma’am?”

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Bonnie McCune

BIO & contact info

Bonnie McCune lives in Colorado and is the author of novels, novellas and short stories. A writer since the fifth grade, her interest in the craft led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. Simultaneously, she’s published news and features as a free-lancer. For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Cook Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress. Her entire family is book-mad.  Bonnie’s writing explores the highs and lows of everyday people and their unique lives with humor, close attention, and appreciation.  Her blog addresses “ordinary people, extraordinary lives” and also features samples of shorter works

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