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!
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?
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.