December 13, 2012

Character Interview: Heather from Chef's Delight #rlfblog

Chef's Delight.

Teresa Carpenter, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Chef’s Delight, the next book in the New Year's Eve Club series. (Due out this month)
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 31,000
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Heather Brown can stand the heat.
Blurb: Heather Brown has one stipulation when it comes to finding Mr. Right before New Year’s Eve: anyone but the boy next door. Ex-SEAL Joss Stone may live next door, but he’s anything but a boy. And he’s the one thing standing between her and everything she’s lost.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Heather Brown, 29, unemployed baker
Joss Stone, 38, retired SEAL, restaurant owner
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Heather sighed as she watched Joss jog away, his fine tush showed to advantage in thin knit shorts. She was so hot for his bod and all she got from him was a peck on the cheek. Wasn’t that the story of her life? Men thought of her as a friend or sister, rarely as a lover.
Maybe he was right. Maybe she was too nice.
And maybe she needed to do something about that.
A few weeks ago she wouldn’t have done it. She’d be too timid, too nice to contemplate such a bold move. But the hurt she’d suffered and the resulting anger gave her an edge. She didn’t really care if she provoked a little anger in exchange.

She climbed into her car, drove ahead of Joss, and leaned against her car waiting for his arrival. As she anticipated, he stopped when he reached her. Lord, he wasn’t even breathing hard. But he had removed his shirt and his broad chest glistened with sweat.
He had a light dusting of dark hair on his pecs that narrowed into a thin line bisecting his abs. She licked her lips. Sometimes a girl had to go after what she wanted.
“What?” he demanded.
“This.” And she threw her arms around his neck. Dragging his head down to hers, she plastered her mouth to his, running her tongue along the seam of his lips.

Interview with Heather Brown

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I’m the girl next door, the best friend, the girl you go to in a crunch. Or I was.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My optimism. I believe with a positive attitude you’ve accomplished half the goal.
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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?)
Joss says I’m terminally nice. What’s wrong with being nice? It’s better than being alone.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
Since Joss bought the restaurant? Anger. It’s very freeing.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Watching Joss pump iron from my bedroom window. Yum.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
How old do you have to be when you don’t get hurt anymore?
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Bye-Bye Daddy’s Little Girl
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Hacienda Hills. It’s home.
What song would best describe your life?
Never Underestimate a Girl
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Fix things. I like to fix things. Sometimes I get a little carried away.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Muffins, cakes, pies. Does anything say love better than honeybuns?
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Summer vacation. That’s when I got to hang with my girlfriends.
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.
We didn’t have pets. We had fish, guppies. Don’t get attached to the babies.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
When it comes to Joss? Warning: My Bitch switch is on.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I'm always ready for a run.
When I'm alone, I watch action movies. I love me some Bruce Willis.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m confused and hurt.
If I had a halo it would be neon green.
If I could talk to my mom, I'd ask her how can you be sure he’s the one.
I can never stay mad because I’m not made that way.

About the Author

Teresa Carpenter
Teresa Carpenter believes with love and family anything is possible. The author of twelve romance novels for Harlequin Books, Teresa 's books have rated a Top Pick by Romantic Times and Her Baby, His Proposal was nominated for Best Harlequin Romance of the Year. She lives in San Diego surrounded by her large family. Her day job is in the exciting world of banking. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or attending one of her nieces or nephews sporting events. Her new Princess Camp trilogy is based on fairy tales.

Previous Books

The Sheriff’s Doorstep Baby
The Playboy’s Gift
The Boss’s Surprise Son
Sparks Fly With Mr. Mayor
Sheriff Needs a Nanny
Flirting With Fireworks
Her Baby, His Proposal
Baby Twins: Parents Needed
Daddy’s Little Memento
The Baby Due Date

Books Coming Soon

Chef’s Delight – The New Year’s Eve Club – Dec. 2012
Baby Under The Christmas Tree, Dec 2012
The Making of a Princess, May 2013

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