Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Melinda Dozier, and her characters from Breaking the Rules. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Hope Robinson, the heroine from Breaking the Rules.
How did you first meet your writer? I had been talking to Melinda for a while. She’s a middle school teacher and I’m a principal, so we have that in common. Melinda knew she wanted to write a “school” character. I was lucky she chose me.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance? I’m all about action, so of course those are my favorite scenes. Colin helped me with my bucket list that included playing piano in front of an audience, surfing and watching the sunset at the beach. **sigh** Those moments were just perfect.
Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams? **holds head high** Well, yes. I mean, I need to get my story told, so what else should I expect. Melinda is awfully busy during the day and nighttime is the only time she’d listen to me. Colin was pretty persuasive too.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be? I guess I would’ve became Colin’s girlfriend a lot sooner. I was hesitant for awhile and missed too much time we could’ve been together.
Do you like the way the book ended? Of course! I’m usually a realist and I thought I would never get my happy ending. Melinda proved me wrong.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined? A little birdy already told me that Melinda is planning my best friend, Kelly’s story, though I wonder how loudmouth Tim can be romantic. We’ll see if it turns into a sequel.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you? I don’t think it’ll be a surprise to find out I’m a real klutz **holds up arm in a sling** Those darn cracks in the sidewalk always jump in my way.
Do you have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about? If I tell you, they won’t be a secret. But Colin and I share some secrets in the novel. You’ll have to read to find out.
What do you do for a living? I’m the new middle school principal at Harbor Bay Prep. That’s where I meet Colin. He’s the father of Jason, a student at my school.
What embarrasses you? My clumsiness. No matter how hard I try to keep myself together, I end up falling, tripping or hurting someone else. I don’t do it on purpose, especially since I don’t like that type of attention.
What do you find most appealing in men? Something I learned about myself is that I’m strangely attracted to Colin’s dimples and sea-green eyes. They drag me in as if they’re magnets.
What do you like most about where you live? I’ve finally found a place that I can fit in. My “family” around me has made Harbor Bay the best place for me. Plus, I can’t complain about Florida weather.
What other profession would you like to try? I always wanted to be a concert pianist, but my father didn’t approve. I changed my profession to education, but have that nagging desire to get back into playing.
If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do? Really? Come on. Remember that I said I was a realist? This will never happen.
Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, what would it be and where? If not, what if you had to? You’ll have to read to find out about this one! **wink**
Thank you for having me. I hope you pick up a copy of Breaking the Rules and read about Colin and me.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_ow8MRw1M
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.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
His strong arms reached across the couch next to her. She wanted to touch those biceps to see if they were as firm as they looked. His long fingers were clean and beautiful. She never noticed Colin’s hands before. Of course, she saw his hands in his doctor’s office when he examined her foot, but now that she paid close attention to them, she thought they were fine, strong hands. Shaking her head, she wondered what was wrong with her. A man’s hands were turning her on now.
She moved her gaze to his face. Dark circles rested under his eyes, as if he had a long day or even a longer week. “How was work?” she asked, really wanting to know.
“Crazy. Rajan, Dr. Patel, was in the hospital all afternoon. That means all patients went to me and our PA. When he got back, I took off,” he looked at his watch, “forty-five minutes ago.”
“You told me I had to take care of myself. How about you taking care of yourself?”
“I do just fine.” He brought his arm down and sat up straighter.
“Yeah, on call all the time and any free time you have you’re with Jason or taking care of patients at their homes.”
“I want to be here.” Colin grabbed her plate out of her hand and put it on the table. He sat on the edge of the couch and took her face in his hands.
Hope sighed. Looking into those sea green eyes, any worries could melt away. It was simple, really. But her practical mind always got in the way and told her better. He’s your student’s father. She bit her lip and whispered, “Not a good idea, McSteamy.”
He flinched. “Mc what?”
She opened her mouth in a wide O and shook her head. “Pretend I didn’t say that.”
He laughed softly and then his eyes smoldered. “Stop talking and kiss me.”
To hell with it. He was too hot not to touch, with tight jeans that made his butt look like a playground and green eyes calling to her as if he were the medication she needed. Plus he made her insides steam up—and it was cold. A cold, lonely life.
She reached up, put her arms around his neck and pulled him in closer. “I like these house calls, doctor.”
Buy the Book: Release date July 8th!!
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.
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