November 18, 2012

Character Interview: Blake @jamidavenport #christmas #romance

Love at First Snow.

Jami Davenport, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Love at First Snow.
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance, Lunchbox Romance)
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Chris Keeslar
Length: 13,050 words
Heat rating: 3 out of 5
Tagline: A Christmas Miracle
Four years ago, NHL defenseman Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a floatplane crash. This Christmas a snowstorm and a small gray kitten will lead him to life, love, and a whole new shot at happiness.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Dr. Sarah Whitney (32) Veterinarian
Blake Daniels (34) Former NHL Hockey Player


Merry effing Christmas. Blake Daniels plunked his butt down on the front steps of his rustic cedar home, elbows on his thighs, hands clasped in front of him. He didn’t give a shit that the six inches of snow and ice on the steps froze his ass through his jeans. The snow might be pretty, but it was terribly out of place here in the San Juan Islands and he was determined to ignore it. Yeah. Bah, humbug.
Once, Christmas had been his favorite time of year, a time to celebrate with family and count his many blessings. Yeah, once. Now it was a mixture of melancholy memories and painful realities. Blake stared at the surprisingly wintry scene around him. Heavy snow bent the boughs on the cedar trees nearby. Christmas lights twinkled cheerfully on his neighbors’ homes. Every once in a while laughter from inside the closest house echoed off the water and drifted up the hill, but that only made his chest clench with pain. In the distance, Madrona Channel churned with water so black and angry a Washington State ferry bound for the ferry landing rocked and rolled. He’d bet his best pair of skates they would shut down the ferries for the night after this sailing. The storm added to his dark mood. He couldn’t explain why he tortured himself every year by returning to this house.
Maybe he kept hoping he’d find what he’d lost. Maybe it was good old-fashioned denial. Maybe he was just plain nuts.

Interview With Blake Daniels

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
For a long time, I was driven and focused on my hockey career. After the tragedy four years ago in which I lost my entire family, I spent the next four years floundering like a ship lost at sea. My career went down the tank, and my personal life was even worse. Meeting Sarah this Christmas changed all of that. Now I have a direction and a future that’s bright. I’ll be opening a little bistro on one of the islands (San Juan Islands) because I love to cook.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I think my kindness to animals and others.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
I think my weakness is my tendency to close up when things get tough and keep everything inside. I’m pretty sure she’d agree with that, though she’s better at getting me to open up than anyone else I’ve ever met except my mother. The only enemies I’ve ever made were on the ice. They’d say I was a ruthless hockey player in my earlier days.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I was raised by a loving, caring family and parents who set a good example for me every day of their lives. I constantly strive to be the son who would make them proud.
Forward Passes
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A naked Sarah and warm chocolate fudge at the same time.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
About sixteen when I’m with Sarah.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
He overcame Tragedy to Love Again
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Right where I am (Washington State’s San Juan Islands)
What song would best describe your life?
Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I’d be a hammer because I hope I’d be used to build things and make life better.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Definitely a grocery store, but one that sold hard-to-find items and fresh produce.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
After the final bell rang and going to hockey practice.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do.
My sister had a schnauzer that had it in for me. One time at family reunion, he peed on my jeans’ leg. I never noticed it but everyone else did. My brother managed to get it all on video.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Beware, this man will seduce you with whispered promises and great food.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Blake

I love pizza with all meat.
I'm always ready for dinner and sex.
When I'm alone, I like to read or watch sports.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m actually pretty romantic.
If I had a halo it would be surprising.
If I could go back and win the Stanley Cup I'd be one happy man.
I can never forget because they meant too much.

About the Author

An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
Jami Davenport

Previous Books

Fourth and Goal (Book 1 in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series)
Forward Passes (Book 2 in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series)

Books Coming Soon

Down by Contact (Book 3 in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series)

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  1. Thanks for hosting Blake and me!!! And just in time for the holidays! :)

  2. I'm glad to have you here today. Great cover!


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