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, Melissa Keir, and her characters from Three’s a Crowd. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Alex and Lissa.
Hello Jennifer. Thank you for letting us stop by and share our story with you. I couldn’t keep Alex away. He’s probably afraid that I’ll tell everyone something about him that would embarrass him. Isn’t he so cute? *Lissa pulls Alex into the chair next to her*
How did you first meet your writer?
Lissa- I met Melissa at our counselor’s office. She and I were both in the waiting room. I ended up bugging her while she drove home. She really understood about divorce and blended families.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Alex- My favorite part was the romance, except that Melissa kept having the kids or other things interrupt us. I know that it happens in real life but I’d rather had Lissa all to myself for a few hours without those disruptions.
Lissa- *laughs* Poor Alex. Like we don’t get time alone! We did have that special night when we had Grandma take the kids.
Alex- *kisses Lissa’s nose* Shhh…I’m sure Jennifer doesn’t want to know about that night! And Maybe Melissa will take pity on me and write more love scenes for us.
Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?
Lissa- Sometimes it was the only way I could get a chance to talk to Melissa. She’s been so busy with teaching that we had to wait a year from our first story until our second one. Not that I mind bugging her though. While I adore Melissa, it’s fun to mess with her sleep. She can be so scatterbrained the next day!
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Lissa- With two active young boys, I keep pretty busy with the work around the house and raising them into upstanding gentlemen.
Alex- I like to spend that time with Lissa, snuggling and smooching. If only the boys didn’t make such silly faces when they witness it.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Alex- I’m glad we are in Contemporary Romance. I can’t imagine wearing those ridiculous tight breeches that the men wore during the Colonial and Regency periods.
Lissa- *looks Alex up and down* You’d look good in them. You just gave me an idea for next Halloween! But seriously, I’m so glad Melissa didn’t put me in an old western. I can’t kill an animal to save my life. I probably would have starved to death back then!
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Alex- I’d have Melissa describe Lissa differently. I know that her ex-husband really did a number on her self-esteem but she isn’t a shadow in the glare of my ex-wife. Lissa is really beautiful and caring. I couldn’t believe I got so lucky. She just doesn’t see herself as I do.
Lissa- Awe! Isn’t that sweet? This is why I love him! *Lissa pulls Alex in for a kiss*
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Lissa- I love waking up on a Sunday morning to the sounds of my guys in the kitchen cooking breakfast or watching the television. They can be so animated. It always brings a smile to my face to hear them acting like a family because I know that not all blended families are as blessed as we are.
Would you ever use a voodoo doll to hurt anyone?
Alex- There are certainly a few people I could name…*cough* Steve *cough* Chloe*… but that wouldn’t be good karma. Guess I’ll just be happy with the wonderful lady I have.
Lissa- Alex, that’s such a mean thing. *mumbles under her breath* Not that I don’t feel that way too.
What is your most favorite memory?
Lissa- This is going to sound funny but my favorite memory is when Alex and I were dating. We were making out in the car after shopping at Target. Things were a little hot and heavy, when this guy was returning putting advertisements on the windows of cars. I don’t think he saw us until he put the paper on the window, then it made everyone jump! I couldn’t stop laughing.
Alex- *scowls at Lissa* I think that is an embarrassing memory, not a favorite one. My favorite is when I told you that I loved you the first time. You were so worried I was going to break up with you. Your face changed in just that instant. I’ll never forget it. *growls* That stupid ex of yours…there are some days the voodoo doll….
Lissa *kisses Alex* I understand. There are days when Chloe, even though she’s my best friend, really should be taken out and beat with a stick. Now we sound blood thirsty. Sorry we got off track there Jennifer. I guess those protective feelings never go away. We probably should quit while we’re ahead. J
Alex- Yes, thanks Jennifer for having us on today. Just for your readers only, we want to share a deleted scene from our books. This is our wedding scene and shows everyone how much we really do love each other.
A Second Time’s a Charm Wedding:
Tap, tap, tap. The sound of her shoes on the wooden floor sounded like the staccato of my heartbeat. Looking at the end of the aisle, a vision in silver stood. Lissa was stunning in her satin gown that flowed around her body, highlighting her curves.
The Graceland Chapel was small but beatifully decorated. Vegas knew how to throw a wedding, I thought as I glanced at Lissa’s gorgeous legs peaking out from under her dress. Finally I’ll have everything I dreamed of.
The minister cleared his throat as the music began. My eyes found Lissa’s as I noticed the tears glistening in her beautiful green eyes. Watching her walk down the aisle toward me, time slowed to a crawl. It seemed like all my life was leading up to this moment, when my best friend would finally become my wife.
Taking her hand in mine, I kissed her on the cheek.
“You look amazing,” I whispered in her ear.
Lissa’s smile was brighter than the sun as she turned towards the minister who began the wedding ceremony. I could barely follow what the minister was saying because my thoughts were focused on the vision in front of me. She’s finally mine in all ways, kept running through my mind as tears filled my own eyes. Putting my grandmother’s wedding band on Lissa’s finger cemented our commitment.
“You may kiss the bride,” the minister said and I was finally able to kiss my wife for the first time.
For Lissa, the second time at love was a charm but in marriage, three’s a crowd.
Single mother Lissa Vincent found her soul mate in her best friend’s ex-husband. Alex Hunter couldn’t believe his fortune when his ex-wife told him her best friend was available. After divorce, finding love again could be a challenge but it appeared Alex and Lissa had gotten lucky. Yet as they start their lives as newlyweds, Alex and Lissa don’t realize just how difficult it might be to blend a family.
When Alex’s ex new marriage begins to unravel, she sets her sights again on Alex. Does Alex still have feelings for the mother of his child? Will Lissa keep her best friend or lose her husband?
Fairytales promise a happily-ever-after. But what really happens after the after.
Sipping a glass of ice water while I waited, I looked forward to seeing Chloe. We’d been co-workers and friends for years.
When Chloe walks in, I watch as all the men’s heads turn to stare as she approached our table. Her beauty always drew gazes and left me feeling like a weed planted next to a stunning flower.
After Chloe and I make a bit of small talk and order, I ask the question I’ve been dying to ask since I ended our phone call. “What is going on, Chloe? What can I do to help?”
“Mike’s quit his job at the college and decided to open his own catering business and the stress of having no money coming in is taking its toll on us. All we do is fight. I can’t stand that I have no say in how our money is spent. Would you believe he bought a delivery truck for his business but hasn’t even gotten the brakes fixed on my car?”
“I’m sorry, Chloe. What does Mike say when you talk to him about this?”
“He really doesn’t understand. He has stars in his eyes about what the future holds and can’t see what’s happening right in front of his face. My salary is the only thing paying the bills. With the way Mike’s spending money, it’s going out as fast as it’s coming in. You know, Lissa. You’re so lucky to have Alex. He’s a wonderful provider. What I wouldn’t give to have him back in my life.”
Ouch. Chloe’s words hurt. I knew Alex was a wonderful husband, but he was mine now. Was she really indicating she wanted him back?
“Alex is a fabulous husband, father, and friend. I’m lucky to be his wife.” Needing to establish my territory, I made sure to point out Alex was mine.
“Yes, he is. I’d give anything to have him back. Just to make it clear, if you ever hurt him or let him go, I’m going to be right there to pick up the pieces. After all, we have a child together. We’ll always be in each other’s lives.”
“Well, Alex is very happy and I’ll do anything to keep him that way.”
The rest of lunch passed in a blur. I couldn’t keep my mind off her ultimatum. Maybe Chloe was just reacting to all the problems in her own marriage by lashing out at me. I was willing to give her the benefit of doubt. However, all I wanted to do was to escape the original lunch from hell and get home to Alex to reassure myself of his love. For me.
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As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.
This is what readers are saying about Melissa’s books:
Amazon 5 star review for Second Time’s the Charm- “Such a sweet and heart warming story. As I read it, and the details unfolded, I was engrossed to see if that I thought was going to happen, would really happen.” – Lacey Wolfe, Romance Author.
Barnes and Nobel 5 star review for Protecting His Wolfe- “Great read. I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the characters, especially Betsie and the Pigg brothers. A love story with suspense and surprise.” – Anonymous
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