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Hey Hey, romance junkies! Welcome back to another installment of What A Character Chat. Maybe it’s just that I have cowboys on my mind because my latest release, A Song for Sophie, available at Amazon (shameless plug – bat’s eyelashes) is a honky tonk romance, but I get all giddy these days when I come across a man in a cowboy hat. This week’s guest has got me giddy–on steroids. Meet Marshall Dylan Kane, the hero of Lawless Love by the talented Andrea Downing.

Welcome Marshall. Before we start, please tell us a little about your story, Lawless Love, twitter fashion in 140 characters or less.

Marshall Kane: Hey there, Mac.  Thanks so much for invitin’ me over today. 

Mac: Oh, my pleasure, believe me. 🙂

Marshall Kane: I’m gonna try this new-fangled Twitter thing.  140 characters, huh?  Let’s see if I can do it.

Black & white, right & wrong. Straight & narrow or twists & turns. A U. S. Marshal falling for a lady outlaw?  That’s just plain Lawless Love.

Well, not too certain if that’s what ya wanted but it sure sums it up.

Mac: You nailed it, Marshall. You’re a naturalin a sexy cowboy hat. *wink* What do you consider your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

Marshall Kane: Heck, my biggest strength used to be that I saw everything quite clearly, right or wrong, it was plain as the nose on your face.  Law is a lovely thing; it beggars no questions—you’re either right or you’re wrong.  Leastways that’s what I thought ‘til Lacey walked into my life.  Biggest weakness was surely fallin’ for her, wantin’  a home life.  That put an end to seein’ things clearly, didn’t it?

Mac: *grins* Funny how falling in love both clarifies and muddies the waters of life, isn’t it? Speaking of the muddy side, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict but what makes you laugh?

Marshall Kane: Well, I tell ya now.  I been a Marshal for some time and the excuses these folks what have broken the law come up with, it just makes a man plum loco.  I mean, do they really think I believe all that?  THAT makes  me laugh, some of them excuses.  Give ya an example.  Caught a man t’other day stealin’ pumpkins from the mercantile.  Asked him why.  Did he say it was ‘cause his fam’ly was starvin’?  Did he say he was hungry and couldn’t help himself?  No sirree.  Went and told me he’s broke all his lanterns and wished to make a dang lantern out of the pumpkin.  Now, can you figure that?  Just makes me howl, that does.

Mac: LOL I can just imagine the excuses you hear in your profession. What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Andrea, to work through?

Marshall Kane: The love scenes of course!  What kinda question is that, Mac?

Mac: *snicker* 

Marshall Kane: Come to think of it, what kind of a girl’s name is Mac?  Someone got it wrong somewhere, that’s for sure.  Listen in, gal.  You got an author tellin’ a man how he’s gonna make love to his sweetheart, what each and every move is gonna be.  It just ain’t right.  These kinda things are private and now I got the whole world able to peek on in at us an’ see what we’re up to. It’s plain indecent.  That’s what it is.  Plain indecent.

Mac: Okay darlin’. You don’t mind if I call you darlin’, do you?

Marshall Kane: Well, heck, you can sure call me darlin’ but I haveta tell ya: Lacey can be a feisty little thing and she sure can get jealous, so be warned!

Mac: *grins* He’s all yours, Lacey. I’ll just admire your taste, sweetie. So, MarshallI’m the one howling now. First, Mac is a family name, but I’d rather talk about you and your performance anxiety…er, I mean, love scenes. You poor man, having a woman tell you how to romance your girl must have rankled, but I have a feeling you rose to the occasion. Oh crap, did I say that out loud? *blushes* Okay, back to the interview. Give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.

Marshall Kane: Here’s the excerpt, Miss Mac:

     “ Dylan never let her finish. In two strides he had her in his arms, his mouth capturing hers as he held her to him. Lacey gasped as she allowed herself to be taken before melting into him, responding to his tongue’s search for her answer. She tried to think, to ask herself if this was what she wanted, but it was too late for any sense to rule. Her hands pulled his shirt out of his denims and ripped open the snaps, shoving it back from his arms to expose those muscles she had glimpsed at the river.

     Dylan shrugged off the shirt before grabbing his bedroll and throwing it down on clean straw. He fingered loose the plaits of her braid and inhaled sharply as her hair hung down about her shoulders.”

Marshall Kane: Now, you wanna go and ask me why that’s my favorite or you jus’ wanna guess?  How dang smart is a woman with a name like Mac?

Mac: Ha! Dang smart enough to know you’ve got nothing to complain about in the romance department, darlin‘. It looks like Andrea was kind to you in this sex scene. Very kind. *wink* How about you ask a question for visitors?

Marshall Kane: My question is this:  what do you think is the correct ratio of love scenes to pages?  I mean, here we have a story with about 44 pages in it and one real hot love scene –although I admit there is another semi-love scene, if I can call it that. Do y’all think that’s enough for 44 pages?  ’Cos I sure as heck coulda done with some more…

Mac: LMAO Just like a man. No matter how much, it’s never enough.*waggles brows*

Marshall Kane: Anyways, Miss Mac, it’s been a right pleasure bein’ here with y’all today.  Thanks for invitin’ me.  And if you ever get on over to Wyoming, well, you give us a visit now, ya hear?

Mac: It’s a deal. By the way, Andrea mentioned doing a giveaway of Lawless Love to one lucky commenter. We’ll leave it to you to decide who answers your question to your satisfaction. In the meantime, if you wouldn’t mind, how about sharing the blurb from Lawless Love and tell us where we can find your story and Andrea too.

Lawless Love Blurb:

Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.

Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He’s never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he’s followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers…but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless? 

LINKS AND CONTACTS

 

WEBSITE AND BLOG:  http://andreadowning.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/writerAndreaDowning

Twitter:  @andidowning  https://twitter.com/AndiDowning

Email:  andidowning@gmail.com

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6446229.Andrea_Downing

Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=124888740&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Downing/e/B008MQ0NXS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

LOVELAND:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Loveland-ebook/dp/B008VEXSB0

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loveland-andrea-downing/1112486451?ean=2940014874021

The Wild Rose Press:  http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=991&zenid=8056610c65a9d0f13b6883882eb494a6

 

LAWLESS LOVE:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Lawless-Love-Lawmen-Outlaws-ebook/dp/B00D0TB0DO

The Wild Rose Press:  http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=991&zenid=8056610c65a9d0f13b6883882eb494a6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Hiya romance junkies. It’s Tuesday and you know what that means…

What A Character Chat!

That’s right, and I’ve got a very special character for you today. Little Janna is here to give her special perspective of her daddy’s romance, Risk Factors by the fabulous Calisa Rhose. OMG she is just the cutest thing!

Calisa Rhose: Hi Mac. It’s a pleasure to drop Janna off to chat with you today. I’m sure her parents can drop in later to pick her up and maybe talk a bit too. Have fun. You’re in for a treat!

Mac: Thanks Calisa. That’s the plan, sweetie. Hiya Janna, I’m so glad to have you here today, pumpkin. So, can you tell us about Risk Factors? I understand it’s your daddy and Viv’s story.

Janna: She’s a veterinarian on a mission to claim his heart and gain a family, he’s a father determined to protect his child no matter what. Can a child bring their love together?

Mac: Wow! Very nice description. What do you consider your biggest strength?

Janna: Hmm I’m only seven, so I’m not very strong. Does loving my skunk, Skittles, count? Daddy says I’m really good at that.

Mac: LOL I’d say that counts. What about your biggest weakness?

Janna: I asked Viv about my weakness and she said I’m weak when it comes to animals. I have a LOT! *giggles*

Mac: *grins* I had a lot when I was a little girl too. That just shows you have a loving heart. The romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict but what makes you laugh?

Janna: This question! *laughs* Maybe Viv can tell you what you want to know.

Viv: *laughs and nods* I can take this one, Janna. As you can imagine, this child makes us laugh every day. But when she isn’t around to cheer us up, Connor and I do a fine job by ourselves. Just having someone so wonderful to love is enough to make me smile.

Mac: As it should. *winks* Welcome Viv. So, Janna, what was the toughest aspect of your story for you and Calisa to work through?

Janna: When Heidi died. I never lost a pet before and Heidi was older than me so that was hard for us because Ms. Rhose is an animal lover too. She said to say, “No animals were really killed when she wrote the book.” *wipes a tear away* But it sure felt like it when Heidi left.

Mac: Oh, that’s a tough one, isn’t it? I’m sorry, pumpkin. Give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story?

Janna: Can I let Daddy do this one? He doesn’t like my favorite part much.

Connor: *laughs* I’ve got this one, Jelly Bean.

Mac: Oh, hello, Connor. Go right ahead and give us your favorite part.

“Don’t you see? There will never be us. Not until you let go and trust. You can’t wait for me to come to you when I know before I ever get there that you’ll shut me out.

Connor: This is my favorite line because it made me realize Viv was right about us. I just had to give us a chance and stop pushing her away before I lost her.

Mac: Nice! Go Viv! Okay, Janna, do you have a question for our visitors?

Janna: I know! What’s your favorite animal? Mine is skunks…but not when they still stink. *plugs her nose to prove how distasteful that is* Thank you for letting me come talk to you, Ms. Mac. You’re really nice and pretty. Bye!

Mac: Oh, yeah. I really like her!  Viv and Connor, before you go, tell us a little bit more about your story and where we can find it.

RISK FACTORS

Love, like life, is not without risk.

BLURB- Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales, Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps.

Now Connor, a patient’s owner, is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for.

Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having her feel the hurt of being left…again.

Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv–and himself–enough to play the possibilities?

 

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Also, Risk Factors is on Authorgraph! Get your copy signed. http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/CalisaRhose

 

Author Bio:

Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.

She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes- and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.

Find Calisa at her website/chit-chat blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com

Twitter@CalisaRhose, Facebook/Calisa Rhose, Goodreads, Amazon and Pinterest

 

 

A Beautiful Young Woman In Business Attire  by: Benjamin MillerHiya romance junkies! Welcome to another installment of What A Character Chat. This week, my fabulous friend and fellow author from The Wild Rose Press, Juli D Revezzo, has loaned us Stacy Macken, the heroine from her brand new release, Passion’s Sacred Dance. So, without further ado…

Welcome Stacy, before we start, can you tell us a bit about your story in Twitter fashion?

Stacy: Hi, Mac. Thank you for having me. 140 characters, huh? Have you seen some of the books Juli’s written? Short is not a word I’d use to characterize her work, or mine. I leave that to, Erika, my second in command. But since you asked so graciously, I shall try.

I’m steward of a sacred battlefield. One day this warrior walks up and tells me he needs it for the staging ground of a mythic battle. He’s dreamy so I’m destined to fall for him.

Mac: Don’t you just love when that happens? I mean, the dreamy warrior, not the mythic battle stuff.  Speaking of dreamy warriors. Hiya Aaron.*finger waves*

Aaron: *nods*: Good morning, Miss Crowne. Glad to see you. Uh, what’s this dreamy warrior stuff? I thought we were here to talk about the battle. Does she know what we’re facing?

Stacy: *glances at Aaron with a barely tolerant look* She will soon, if you let me finish.

Aaron: My mistake. Speak on, my love.

Stacy: *shakes head* Forgive him, Mac. What were you saying, dear?

Mac: Geez, I’m in the middle of a fictitious lover’s spat. LOL I love my life. 🙂 What do you consider your biggest strength?

Stacy: My interest in history. Those who don’t keep it in mind are doomed to repeat it. Of course, in my case, I’m in trouble either way. 😉

Mac: LOL Well, at least you’re prepared.

Stacy: You would think, wouldn’t you?

Mac: What about biggest weakness?

Stacy: The fact that sometimes I rely too heavily on my books. Not everything’s written down for posterity it seems—or at least I’ve learned from Aaron’s Druid advisors and friends that it isn’t. That and immortal Celtic Warriors. And …heck, I’m a fan of tootsie rolls.

Mac: Wait! Immortal Celtic warriors?

Stacy: *laughs* That’s what my family says “What do you mean, Immortal Celtic Warriors? Here? Sheesh, our ancestors were nuts.”….however…

Mac: Oh, my, and tootsie rolls? Did someone mention chocolate? Hell, Stacy, that’s a universal weakness. 🙂 So, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict, but what makes you laugh?

Stacy: Not much these days, I have to be honest, but seeing Aaron fiddle with the automatic light in my kitchen does the trick.

Mac: Oh, yeah. There’s nothing like watching a big tough guy from another century deal with modern technology, is there? 🙂 What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and Juli to work through?

Stacy: The whole concept of the harshad. I’d heard the word through family legend, but never knew exactly what it would mean to me.

Aaron: For those that don’t know, harshad is a number sequence that’s divisible by whatever its digits add up to. In our case, we picked 500. As I said, the harshad war is when we, meaning the Tuatha dé Danann and Balor fight for the dominance of the Earth. Happens every 500 years.

Stacy: *nods* Lucky me, I got the job to oversee it this time. I hadn’t thought much about it until Aaron started trying to explain why they picked me.  I mean to say, we knew about my ancestress in the 1500s, but I had no idea I had ancestors all the way back to…well, the Ice Age. *ugh* Look, I love history but oh. Gods! Trying to unwind that timeline just about drove us both crazy!

Aaron: Absolutely. If it wasn’t for Cyreth, one of our Druids, I probably would’ve gone crazy too with all the questions Stacy (and Juli) kept throwing at me! What is 500 years from the year 100AD? Hell, I don’t know. We calculate different than you humans.

Mac: LOL Aaron. Sorry, but when you show up and announce an impending epic battle, you have to expect a few questions.

Aaron: You have no idea. Comes with the territory, unfortunately.  The stewards (that’d be women of Stacy’s family) know to expect us, but they never just believe it. Gives every guardian I’ve ever met a headache.

Mac: Poor Aaron. Being a guardian sounds like a tough job, but hey, somebody’s got to do it, and you sound like you’ve got Stacy’s number. *wink* Now, can you share a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.

Stacy: Oh, dear how to choose! Okay here’s one, a little hint; we’ve left Kansas here, folks. The woman we’re dealing with here isn’t exactly what she seems (man, I wish I’d known that earlier). Ahem, the scene goes:

The woman’s steely gaze, the ruby and shark’s tooth earring glittering in her right earlobe, and the dark threat mesmerized Stacy.

“No, you won’t have this ground.” A cool male voice brought the silver-eyed woman up short and the fog lifted from Stacy’s mind.

Aaron Fielding stood before her dressed in casual jeans and a gray, cable knit sweater. He seemed right at home here among the students, and yet somehow he also stood apart.

The air shifted. Stacy could have sworn his leather coat, for just an instant, took on the shape of a golden eagle’s wings.

A high-pitched whine escaped from the silver-eyed woman’s throat. She cocked her head as she took Aaron in, a bemused smile spreading over her face as if she were privy to some private joke.

Stacy: Why is it one of my favorites? Because one, I wish I’d known how tricky the harbingers were before that evening! I never would’ve let this woman into my gallery! Thank gods, Aaron was there to fight her off. And 2) Because it was the first time I’d ever seen Aaron in battle! *swoon* Did I mention I have a thing for immortal Celtic warriors?

Mac: Ahem. You’re not alone. *eyebrow waggles*

Aaron: *grins* Mac, darling girl, you’re in the right place. *winks*

Stacy: *pokes him* Don’t make me hurt you.

Aaron: I mean, I’ll introduce you to my brothers-in-arms, sometime.

Mac: Whoot! I’m going to hold you to that, Arron. 😉 Thanks so much for visiting with us today. Do either of you have a question for our junkie visitors?

Stacy: If you could find an ancient diary from anyone in your family line, what period in history would it be from and what would you do with it? (bonus points if you’d bring it to Bitter Thorn Grove History Center for me to oversee it for you! ;))

And if you’d like, you can read more about our battle in Passion’s Sacred Dance, by our …um, scribe, Juli D. Revezzo. It’s available on Kindle and coming soon to The Wild Rose Press and other e-retailers. Here’s a taste:

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.

Now that you know about us, I suppose we should tell you a little about Juli:

Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She has been published in short form, and recently released her debut paranormal romance novel Passion’s Sacred Dance. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling.

 

And you can find out more about us, and our dear scribe, at http://julidrevezzo.com

Also, you can follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julidrevezzo

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Shelfari:http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a1002694572/Juli-D-Revezzo/
Twitter: @julidrevezzo

 

Juli D. Revezzo: Thanks for having Stacy, Aaron and I here today, Mac. It’s been fun! Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

 

Hey cyber surfers, it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another installment of What A Character, a weekly conversation with a new and diverse character. I’m stoked talented author and friend Mary Ricksen loaned us Lacy McCalley, heroine of her time travel romance, Burned Into Time, because… well, read for yourself what You Gotta Read Reviews had to say about Mary’s story: “From the first action packed pages, I found myself gripped in the throes of the very engaging plot line. This is one book you want to add to your MUST READ book list.”

Okay? Just saying. So, without further ado, welcome Lacy. In Twitter fashion, tell us about your story in 140 characters or less.

Lacy: After a horrific accident, a young woman dons a ring left in a vault for her by her sister, and finds herself a hundred years in the past.

Mac: Don’t you love when stuff like that happens? 😉 What do you consider your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

Lacy: My biggest strength is my determination to find where I belong in life. I am driven to be who I am, despite whatever obstacle’s life puts in my way!
My biggest weakness is my insecurity. I don’t have faith in men, but I want to be loved more than anything else. I don’t trust men as far as I can throw them and something inside me fears them. If only I could find one man who I could rely on not to hurt me…

Mac: Ahem! I have a feeling, Sean, the hero of Burned Into Time might be able to help you out with that. So, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict but what makes you laugh?

Lacy: I like a real character. By that I mean a personality, that is not afraid to be honest and can see the humor in the most intimidating circumstances. I think laughter is the only way to face the difficulties one faces in life. If you can make me laugh you are already dear to me.

Mac: I’m right there with you, sister. Laughter makes the world go round. What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Mary to work through?

Lacy: Editing, my author hates when an editor says her story starts much later then she thinks it should. The words, drop twenty pages and start again, literally scares the crap outta her! She is all of a sudden lost, and finding her way back to the story is a trial we both dread. Especially when we liked what had to go!

Mac: LOL Most writers find themselves there at one point or another. Okay, give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story. And tell us why it’s your favorite.

The slick road turned to black ice. Lacy shrieked as the precipice raced toward them. The narrow railing was all that stood between them and a sheer drop into the canyon. Metal screeched on metal as the car broke through the barrier. It soared into clear air, nothingness…
In that split second time stopped.
Not a sound for a moment… one long moment.
“Hold on, Lacy! Holy shit!” Blythe hollered, on the edge of hysteria. “Hold on, Lacy!”
“Blythe!” Lacy screamed out her fear. “Oh my God, Blythe!”

Lacy: I liked this scene because my writer was able to convey what happened in a way that I thought you could literally feel the danger we were in. Another author told her she couldn’t get into her car for a week without thinking about the accident in this scene. I was lucky I wasn’t killed!

Mac: Well, yeah. And that’s why the reviewer praised your engaging plot line. Thanks swo much for visiting with us today, Lacy. Before you go, is there anything you’d like to ask our visitors?

Lacy: If you could have one wish, one powerful wish, that could change your life or for that matter the lives of those you love. What would it be?

Mac: Great question, Lacy!

You can get your digital or print copy of Lacy’s story @ Amazon | Barnes and Noble | wingsepress.com and find out more about Mary Ricksen and her other stories @
http://authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com
http://maryricksen.com
http://pinkfuzzyslipperwriters.blogspot.com

Happy Tuesday, romance lovers.

Welcome to the latest edition of What A Character, a weekly conversation with some diverse and interesting characters.

Many thanks to Sarah Grimm for loaning us Noah Clark, rock god hero from her amazing, emotion packed, award winning contemporary romance, After Midnight. For those of you who haven’t read Noah and Isabeau’s story, you’re in for a musical treat and you’re also in luck. After Midnight is available for the special price of .99 this week. When you’ve read it, you’ll understand what a smoking deal that is. Can you tell I loved this story? 😉

Okay, let’s get to Noah, because, dayam!!! 

Welcome, Noah. I’m stoked you could stop by. In Twitter fashion, tell us about your story in 140 characters or less.

Noah: Can music heal the fractured soul? Or will it tear them apart forever.

Mac: Heal! I vote for heal! What do you consider your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

Noah: I’ve always considered my biggest strength to be my one track mind. I want something; I go out and get it, whatever it takes. It’s worked to my advantage so far – helped me get our first record deal, then climb to the top of the charts.

My biggest weakness is probably the same thing. You see, sometimes I get so focused on something that I don’t see the whole picture. That can be a truly bad thing, as I discovered with Isabeau.

Mac: Uh, yep. With Izzy, you really needed to tap in to your ability to finesse, but you pulled it off in the end, sweetie. So, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict, but what makes you laugh?

Noah: My best friend and band mate, Dominic Price. He’s bloody hilarious.

Mac: Mmm. Just thinking about Dom makes me smile, and sigh (but that’s another story). What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Sarah to work through?

Noah: Getting Isabeau to let me in. No, not sexually – though that came harder than usual for me, too. Isa is full of secrets and getting her to trust me enough to open up to me was Herculean. Then when she did…I could have gone my whole life without knowing the truth about her pre-teen years.

Mac: I can imagine, but Sarah and you handled a very heavy situation perfectly. Okay, please give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.

“Kiss me.”

She didn’t have to ask twice. He dipped his head, settled his lips on hers and plundered. He dragged her against him, and drank in the hot, potent taste of her as he fed on her mouth like a starving man.

She softened, a tiny sound of passion slipping up her throat—an urgent invitation. His pulse leaped. So did other parts of his anatomy. Her fingers burrowed through his hair.

He deepened the kiss, stroking his hands down the sides of her body to settle on her hips. He used them to guide her as he stepped forward once, twice, until her back settled against the trunk of the maple. Awash in the smell of her, the feel of her, he pressed closer, until no space existed between them.

Noah: Do I really need to tell you why that is my favorite scene? *wicked grin*

Mac: LOL No, I don’t believe I do. 😉 Thanks so much, Noah. You’re a doll to answer my questions. What about you. Have anything you’d like to ask of our visitors?

Noah: Isa and I have an ongoing disagreement about what the most important part of a song is. I say it’s the lyrics, she says the music. What say you?

Mac: I say, great question.

D0n’t forget to pick up your copy of Noah and Izzy’s story. You’ll be glad you did. Below is the blurb, as well as info on where you can find out more about the fabulous Sarah Grimm and her other works.

Thirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal–one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

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Happy Tuesday, cyber surfers. Welcome to the inaugural edition of What A Character, a weekly conversation with some diverse and interesting characters. Brady Scott is my first victim, er … interviewee, and all I can say is, Wowza!!!

I was stoked when the fabulous Laura Kaye agreed to loan me Brady, the hero of her hot damn contemporary, One Night With a Hero. Laura delivers rocking story lines full of gripping emotion and steam that leave you longing for more. Brady and Joss’ story is no exception. But hey, it’s your lucky day. Brady’s here to give us … a little more.

Thanks for the loan, Laura, and welcome to my mania, Brady.

So, in Twitter fashion, tell us about your story in 140 characters or less.

Brady: Sure. Here goes:

The story is about me getting the fucking awesome girl, and a family too, despite the fact I did everything possible to mess things up.

Mac: LOL You did struggle just a little before you got things straight, but I have to say, you even struggle sexy. What do you consider your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

Brady: Joss is my biggest strength. She’s my rock in a world that often makes no damn sense.

Anger is my biggest weakness. I’m a work in progress where that’s concerned, but I’m getting there.

Mac: Joss certainly doesn’t take anyone’s crap, does she? But with a heart as big as hers, she’s bound to help you overcome that anger. The romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict, but what makes you laugh?

Brady: Nicky and Joss are what most make me laugh and smile. And the memory of that whipped cream hanging on Joss’s face and in her hair. That still makes me chuckle.

Mac: That made me laugh too, and then I needed a fan. 😉 What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Laura, to work through?

Brady: Trying to come to some kind of peace about everything that had happened with my father, and realizing that I had what it took to get passed that, and always had.

Mac: A nasty combination I can see would be hard to balance, but you and Laura managed it. Now, how about a peek behind the cover? Give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.

Brady: Okay, easy, this was right after Joss accidentally sprayed herself with whipped cream:

Deep belly laughs racked him until he had to push his chair back from the table and grasp his stomach. Her face went bright red. She narrowed her eyes and scowled at him, but even that was funny because of the whipped cream hanging off the corner of her eyelashes.

“Sorry, I’m sorry,” he choked. He handed her a napkin. “Here.” She ripped it from his hand, setting him off again.

Something cool hit him in the forehead.

His laughter died in his chest and he gaped up at her as whipped cream sagged across his eye.

And then he was in motion.

It’s my favorite because it was the first time in so, so long that I’d felt anything like joy. And Joss gave that to me. I also like it because of what happened after, but for that you have to read the book.

Mac: LOL You’re a tease, Brady. Luckily, I’ve already read the book. Ahem, I’m warm just remembering what came next. You’re a doll for sharing with us today, Brady. Is there anything you’d like to ask our visitors before we finish?

Brady: Sure. Do you all like stories with military heroes? And, if so, why? Also, what do you like on your waffles? *chuckles as I picture Joss again*

Mac: Oh, yeah. A major tease! 😉

About One Night with a Hero:

He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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