July 21, 2013

Character Interview: Dr. Colin from Breaking the Rules @melindadozier #RLFblog

Breaking the Rules
Melinda, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Dr. Colin Calaway from the book, Breaking the Rules.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 200 pages
Heat rating: 3 hearts
Tagline: Hope, a klutz and perpetual rule follower, falls for Dr. Calaway. Is following her heart instead of the rules a good idea?
A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.
Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.
Buy links:
Barnes and Noble http://goo.gl/xApGh
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Colin Calaway, 33 years old, Orthopedic Surgeon
Hope Robinson, 29 years old, Middle School Principal


He shook his head. "I can't believe we're doing this."
"Doing what?" She looked around, confusion in her eyes.
"Talking about the weather." He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.
"Colin—" A warning came from her mouth.
He scooted her all the way back. "You can't go around saying stuff like you did back there and just pretend nothing's happening."
"I'm sorry, Colin. I didn't think before I spoke."
He put his arms around her, holding onto the rail. "Sometimes it's better to just speak what's on your mind." He lifted one hand and caressed her cheek. "Damn it, Hope. Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other."
She opened her mouth, then closed it before saying anything. He was right, but she didn't know what to do about it.
"Don't deny it." He brought his thumb down and touched her bottom lip.
Leaning into his touch, she said, "Remember we're just friends."
He shook his head. "To hell with friends, Hope. I haven't felt like this in so long." He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that she could feel his quickened breath on her chin.
"Me too." She sighed. Leaning back, she looked in his eyes. "I know it's not fair, but we can't."
"I'm not going to lie—this is freakin' frustrating." He scraped his hand over his face. "I mean, I haven't been on a date in months, because I just don't feel it with anyone. Then, when I do feel 'it,' I can't do anything about it."
She looked down. "I feel the same way and I'm frustrated, too."
"Then why are we ignoring it? Even the tarot card lady said we should be more than friends."
She rolled her eyes. "Oh, and she is a knowledgeable source to trust."
"Just hear me out, Hope." He stroked her hair, causing her heart to beat faster. "We've had an amazing afternoon together." He pointed back and forth between them. "This is who we really are. You. Me. Hope and Colin. Just two people having an incredible time together. See how much fun we can have if we forget all the labels? No principal, parent, doctor bull crap. Just us."
She sighed and looked into his eyes. "It has been a great day."
"You need to just stop thinking about all the reasons why we shouldn't be together and look at the one reason why we should." He held her chin up. "Us."

Interview with Colin Calaway
Breaking the Rules

Tell us about yourself.
I'm a Floridian since birth and love my family. I work hard as an orthopedic surgeon and as a single-father to Jason. My favorite hobbies include swimming and surfing … and flirting with Hope.
Tell us about Hope.
Hope is this amazing woman who just fell into my life in an unexpected way. If Jason never got into trouble, who knows if we would've hooked up. She's Jason's middle school principal at Harbor Bay Prep. She's funny, though she'd say she wasn't, and a bit klutzy, but it makes her cute. I call her my frequent flyer, because she's in and out of doctor's offices so much.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Time Changes Everything
I'd do anything for my family. Since Jason's mom died, I'm his only parent and I know how hard that is on the little guy. So, us Calaway men need to stick together.
What would Hope say is your strongest point?
Hope cracks me up. She always calls me Mr. Perfect. I'm not sure why she thinks that. We are so compatible it's frightening and I get her – so maybe she'd say that's my strongest point.
What would Hope say is your biggest weakness?
My persistence, but in the end it paid off. If I gave up on Hope early on, like she wanted me to, we'd never be engaged now.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
When I need to think or meditate on life's decisions, you'd probably find me on the ocean with my surfboard. That's my quiet place. 
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
Tim Weeks is my best friend and almost brother. We've been friends since I can't even remember. He's in Breaking the Rules, too, and he's hard to miss – quite a loudmouth, unfortunately. A little bird told me Melinda has Tim's story in the works.

About the Author

Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they're grown.

Previous Books

Melinda Dozier
Time Changes Everything from Entranced Publishing.

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  1. Thanks for having Colin and I today!

    1. You're welcome anytime. And feel free to bring any of your cuties with you. ;)


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