Ah, today on the menu, something I (and you) haven’t done in a long time. A Character Interview!
The characters come from Caught in the Spin (the Caught Series Book 2) by Sharleen Scott, a Contemporary Suspense.
When bull rider Tom Black earned his business and psychology degrees, his goal was to manage his championship winnings and entertain his friends with intellectual psychobabble. Years after a near-fatal bull riding wreck ends his career, a spooky nocturnal visit from a former love has Tom wishing he’d paid more attention in psych class
An attorney confirms his ex-fiancé’s death and drops the news Tom is the father of a resentful eleven-year-old stranger. Tom isn’t sure he’s up to the task and thinks his recent acquaintance with sexy single mom Tallie Peters is his best hope for parental success.
Tallie Peters is up to her eyebrows in troubles. She survived her ex-husband’s attempt on her life and has kept her son safe. But budget cuts and phony good behavior put her ex back on the streets early, and he’s vowed to finish the job that put him in prison. Tom offers Tallie and her son refuge behind the gates of the Masterson-Black ranch, but he soon finds the best security measures are no match for a determined ex-con with nothing to lose.
Here’s my chat with Tom and Tallie.
How did you first meet your author?
Tom Black: “We were introduced when she wrote her first novel in the CAUGHT series, Caught in Cross Seas. Clay Masterson and I are best friends, as well as foster brothers, and she brought me into the story to keep him in line and to save him from screwing up his relationship with Harlie Cates. (Tom laughs) He screwed it up, anyway.”
Tallie Peters: “I met our writer in our story, Caught in the Spin. I work for Clay’s manager in Nashville and it was only natural for me to be at the Masterson-Black Ranch in a professional capacity. And since I couldn’t stop staring at Tom, it was only right she let me have a chance with him.”
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Tallie: “Once my ex-husband was released from prison and came after my son and I, there wasn’t much choice in the matter. Our story had to be romantic suspense. You don’t find bad men like Roy Peters in sweet romances.”
Do you like the way the book ended?
Tom glances at Tallie and smiles: “I don’t have a problem with a happy ending.”
Would you be interested in a sequel?
Tom: “Our writer has already released the next book in the CAUGHT series, Caught in Make-Believe. She takes us all back to Angel Beach, Oregon—the location used in Caught in Cross Seas — for the grand opening of Clay’s music club and to get things going with Harlie’s homeless shelter. Tallie and I will be there for the party, of course, and whatever mystery and mayhem gets tossed our way.
What is your least favorite characteristic that your author attributed to you?
Tallie says with a cringe, “Jealousy. There are several instances where I’m quite peevish about the other women Tom has had in his life. I’d prefer to be less insecure.”
Tom: “You aren’t the only one, Tallie. I seem to remember having some jealousy problems over you too. Like when you were dancing so close with Jax—”
Tallie: “Well, you didn’t act interested at the time and Jax is quite cute—”
Tom: “Jax is just a kid. When he grows up some, he’ll get his own story in the series. Can we talk about something else now?”
Do you believe in ghosts?
Tom tenses. “Why are you asking about that?
Tallie: “Maybe because cowboys are usually superstitious, Tom, and you know what happens in our story. Your dream—”
Tom: “I’m not superstitious at all. And if you want to know how I feel about ghosts, you’ll have to read Caught in the Spin. You can decide for yourself if I believe in ghosts.”
Find their story here:
Tallie and Harlie rounded the end of the barn and stopped in a huge pole building bursting with activity. A flatbed hay truck sat alongside the building where a man on a boom truck operated a motorized hook swinging hay bales between the truck bed and barn. Men on top of the haystack caught the bales against their chaps-covered legs using large hooks and set them in place. Tallie watched the hay fly through the air and cringed as the empty hook swung back, sure someone would get hurt. Several moments passed before she realized one of the guys on the stack was the man she needed to see. Clay Masterson was bucking hay.
Despite the shed’s open-air construction, the space inside was stifling and Tallie fanned herself. The truck was almost empty when she caught sight of another man working the stack. With an effortless toss and a push with his thigh, he stacked a bale weighing a hundred and fifty pounds or more, flexing well-formed shoulder muscles. The job completed, he chucked his leather gloves aside and ran his hands through his straight, midnight-black hair, pushing it from his face. Even though he was sweaty and covered in chaff, Tallie couldn’t stop staring—maybe even because of it. His damp shirt stuck to the angles and lines of his body. The temperature around Tallie jumped a notch and she couldn’t blame the weather.
Find out more about author Sharleen here:
Web site www.sharleenscott.com
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Author page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00KQY5KNW