April 18, 2014

Character Interview: Corporal Nicholas 'Saint' Santiago @ovalleba #RLFblog #contemporary

A Saint's Salvation 

About the Book

Title A Saint's Salvation
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Beverly Ovalle

Interview with 'Saint', Corporal Nicholas Santiago

Tell us about yourself, please.
I'm Saint, at least that's what my buddies call me. My family calls me Nick or Nico, depending on who it is. I'm having a bit of trouble remembering who I am. I've seen too much of war. I'm a lovable kind of guy, hot, funny and irresistible. I love to prank my buddies and I'm loyal. I live the Marine motto Semper fidelis. There is one thing, one person I want that I cannot have.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want Doc, but she rebuffs my every move and won't answer my letters and IM's. For god's sakes I leaped in front of a grenade to save her life!
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
Ah, I cannot make my angel love me. Everyone else yes, but not her.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I have to wonder what is wrong with me. My high school sweetheart dumped me and my angel isn't interested. I know I've changed and I want to recapture who I was. I've seen too much and need to find my feet again.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I fear not being able to feel joy again. I'm afraid I'll always be trapped in the darkness of the world I've seen.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
That would be my angel, Doc. Petty Officer Jones. She made me realize that no matter what, there is a bright side. She faced a whole change to her world and could still see the bright side, was still finding joy in the world around her.
What would that person say about you?
That I was aggravating. That I liked to tease her.
What is your family like?
My family is great. They embrace and accept me, make me feel loved and special. They help refocus my life by their acceptance. They remind me of why I'm doing what I do.
What special skills do you rely on?
The skills the Marine Corps has taught me. If I didn't have those, I might not have saved my angel. And my charm of course. *grins*
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
My high school sweetheart. I'll face her in my own time, not hers. She broke my heart.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Definitely! The saint got his angel. She is everything I want.


Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
"Yeah, damn women. The least they could do is be faithful while we're out here fighting."
"Yeah, it sucks. I just can't help thinking it's my fault."
"Fuck. How the hell could it be? You weren't even there. The bitch knew you were gone, were going to be gone." They fired shots, aiming at the muzzle flash in the distance. More Marines headed their way, sprinting from cover to cover. Perez came running, bringing out ammo and providing more fire power.
Another crack and Perez went down with a cry.
"Fuck! Medic! Man down!" The cry went out, passed through until the call went to the corpsman, while Nick tried to stem the blood flow. Hands pushed his away. Nick looked up. Petty Officer Jones, better known as Doc, had bandages ready.
"Help me roll this on until we can get him out of here." Her voice sent a ripple through him. Nick had always ignored the attraction he had felt for her. He'd had his girl back home, and fraternization out here could get him thrown in the brig. Not to mention the brig out here was a hell hole.
Nick was leery about approaching Doc now. The Dear John letter had been a shock. He had known Leila for years. Hell, they had been friends since they were little. Her betrayal was unexpected. Nick didn't even really know Doc. He could trust her with his life, but he wasn't ready for another go around with his heart, no matter the attraction he felt.
Nick looked toward the fence line, rifle at the ready. Shots were firing sporadically around him. That's when he saw it, the trail from a grenade launcher, unmistakable. Shit!

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About the Writer

Why did you choose to write about this character?
It was more of a catharsis, I'm not sure that I had ever planned on finishing it, as Saint has the personality of my son. He joined the Marines and I was missing my buddy, especially when he was deployed to Afghanistan. When he returned from deployment I could separate the two and it took on a life of its own.
Why do you write?
It makes me happy.
What do you want to write next?
I want to finish the dragon stories I'm working on.
What other character from this book do you want to write about?
Alejandro. Care to tell us why? He's as much of a charming rogue as Saint is. I like that.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes. I've actually started two, starring Saint's primos (cousins) Lee and Alejandro.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I love to hear from my readers. What you enjoyed, what you didn't. I have made changes based on feedback when I worked on my next book. I actually have one who has given me an idea for another book. But I told him I have to finish the ones I've started first.

Author Bio

Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 24 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines. Her daughter Susannah visits to grocery shop in the pantry and to see what might be cooking for dinner.
Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell. Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.
Beverly has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.

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