Interview with Cole Tucker
Tell us about yourself, please.
I love women. Not much more to stay than that (He winks and flashes his dimple). Not the answer you’re looking for? Okay, well, for years I’d been the party guy. But after a run in with a tree after a few too many beers, I had to reevaluate a few things. My folks were getting too old to run the horse farm so I’ve taken over that, as well as managing the properties my brothers and I own. They’d settled down with their wives and careers but good ‘ol Cole and his lack of a real job was here to run things. Damn. I sound like a depressed loser. So not the impression I’m used to making. So, how’re you doing? I appreciate you reading about me. Hey, don't I know you? Yeah, you're the girl with the beautiful smile.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
I should tell Sam about my past. About my DUI. But she lost her daughter and husband to a drunk. I don’t want to be put in the same category as that murderer. But I am, aren’t I? No, I’m not. I wasn’t an alcoholic. I didn’t depend on the stuff to make me happy, but I did enjoy having a cold brew in my hand when I watched the Sox or Patriots kick some butt and when I barbecued or hung out with my brothers. Quitting wasn’t hard. But I was ashamed of being so stupid that I drove while intoxicated; I didn’t want Sam to know how weak I’d been. I’d been able to make her and her son smile and laugh again. It made me proud and gave me something positive in my life to look forward to. I couldn’t crush her smile with my secret. I cared about her too much. But I needed to tell her the truth. Unfortunately she found out before I could come clean.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I don’t like to take life seriously and doubt my ability to be good enough for the most perfect, kind-hearted, loving woman in the world. And what kind of role model would I be for her son? Woah. We’re getting a bit too deep here. Let’s talk about you. I don't want you to think I'm ridiculous or anything, but you are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I just felt like I had to tell you.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Samantha Chase is the most perfect, kind-hearted, loving woman in the world. She’s short, spunky and tough as nails, and there isn’t a word in the dictionary for how good she looks. A lot of strength wrapped up in a pretty package. She’s the bacon to my eggs.
What would that person say about you?
I’m the master of pick up lines and proud of it. They’d gotten me out of quite a few jams, but Sam would only roll her eyes and either brush off my come on or give me a kick ass reply. I think I freaked her out in the beginning by hitting it off with her son so quickly. But what can I say? The kid has great taste in super heroes. I guess she thinks I’m a kid at heart.
What is your family like?
Have you read Connor or Mason’s books yet? That’ll tell you a thing or two. With three other siblings, life is never just chill (that’s my role in the family—everyone else is a work hound). My mother has played her hand at matchmaker and passed the role on to my sister-in-law. We get into everyone’s business and are always there to support each other.
What special skills do you rely on?
I’m really good with my hands.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
I learned a lot about honesty and forgiveness, got the girl, an amazing step-son and a bright future. So, yeah. Life is good.
About the Writer
Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, relaxing with fancy drinks and romance books.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Cole had a mind of his own. He had a line for everyone. Seriously. Even me. I was struggling with a serious scene and he pops out and says, “Baby, if you were words on a page, you'd be what they call FINE PRINT!” It was hard staying on track with Cole distracting me every step of the way. He’s a carefree, funny, charming guy and the master of pick-up lines, but he was harboring an embarrassing secret. I needed to build his character without making him seem too shallow, or letting his secret change his personality.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Because he’s fun but real. When I ask readers what they’re looking for in a man they often say: loyalty, honesty, a sense of humor…and looks. Cole has all these qualities, except he is harboring a secret. The secret wasn’t meant to hurt anyone but to protect himself.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Cole’s appearances in the first two books are pretty superficial and fun, but I found a depth to him and deep feelings that he didn’t like to show others. Well, Sam was able to find those. I just wrote what she was able to discover. I also hadn’t planned on his connection with Levi, Sam’s son. The interactions between the two were quite fun to write and were totally unplanned.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
While the premise of this book may seem serious, it’s actually quite light-hearted. I wrote it when my son was four and incorporated many of our conversations into Levi’s dialogue. I love seeing the interaction between Cole and Levi. It’s adorable.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for picking up my books. The McKay-Tucker series is my first set of books and I’m thrilled to have them in digital and print formats for my friends, family and new readers. This has been an amazing experience and I look forward to sharing many more stories with you. Sweet on You, the first book in The Wilde Sisters comes out in September. They’re light, fun, sexy and deal with many real-life emotional issues as well.
About the Book
Title False Impressions
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Marianne Rice
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Recovering alcoholic and former party animal, Cole Tucker would be an idiot to start something with his newly hired right-hand woman, Samantha Chase. It figures he can’t seem to keep his mitts of the sexy, five-foot-nothing single mom who can toss a sack of shingles over her shoulder and rewire a house better than the crew from Extreme Home Makeover. Her incredible strength and self-confidence draw him in; something Cole has pretended to have for years. All he has to show for himself is his uncanny use of pick-up lines, a hand-me-down farm and some small-town rental properties. When he learns Samantha’s husband and daughter were killed by a drunk driver, the shame of his past experience with a DUI and near-death accident is the last thing he wants to mention to her.
Samantha has no problem accepting her new boss, flaws and all. His simple life is charming and exactly what she hoped to find for herself and her son in Newhall, New Hampshire. Cole wins her over by befriending her fatherless son and making her laugh again, something she hasn’t done in four years. When she learns about his shady past with the bottle, her heart tells her to forgive, but the painful memories of her past are too deep to overlook.
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