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, Nikki Lynn Barrett, and her characters from Melody in my Head. It’s a fantastic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Jameson and Melody.
How did you first meet your writer?
JAMESON: Nikki created me when she was writing the first book in the series, Baby Stetson. She was supposed to make me not a good guy…but I changed her mind pretty quick. So much that she thought to give me my own story
MELODY: I’m really glad she did. I’ve been rolling around in her brain for some time, so I was really happy she decided to pair me with Jameson.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
MELODY: A combination between the three, actually. Jameson is romantic, in both dialog and action. It doesn’t matter what’s going on with him, he always finds a way to make me smile and cheer me up. Guitar playing and singing on the roof top, and some of the things he says to me just makes me melt. I know, I sound like a sap, but….he really is wonderful.
JAMESON: You’re not so bad yourself
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
JAMESON: Oh, you can’t get rid of us that easily! We’re part of a series, don’t ya know? You’ll be seeing more of us and the rest of the Baby Stetson band next year when my pain in the butt sister gets her own story in The Key To My Heart….And I’m very curious what’s going on with her and our keyboard player, Randy, but they’ve been very quiet about things. Let’s see, we’ll be finishing our demo, Avery and Lucas are getting married, and who knows what else will go on? Harmony’s Echo has had some surprising events lately.
MELODY: Come on, Blaine isn’t a pain in the butt.
JAMESON: Says you…You, Blaine and Avery sure get a kick out of stories about me.
MELODY: <Laughing> You have no room to talk, you pick back just as much, especially when you’re with Lucas.
What is your vivid memory of your mother and father?
JAMESON: Music on our back porch. Dad bought me a guitar when I was twelve, and we learned to play out there. We would sing, Mom and Blaine was our audience. That’s when I realized how much music was a part of me.
MELODY: I wish I could have met him.
JAMESON: So do I.
What’s the worst/weirdest thing you did as a kid?
MELODY: <Grinning at Jameson> Can I answer that one for him?
JAMESON: Absolutely not! We won’t continue with the childhood story telling!
MELODY: <Removing Jameson’s hand and laughs> Oh, why not? Come on, I love those stories! I still stick to the fact that it’s your fault for listening in!
JAMESON: If you wan to know, read our story…at least I won’t be there to relive that day where my dear sister Blaine and best friend Avery decide to tell Melody childhood stories about me….
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
MELODY: Spend time with Jameson, and playing music. This guitar player here and his band has brought the musical side of me out.
JAMESON: And I’m glad we did! And I agree…Sundays we spend the morning together and then we usually do stuff with the band. Perfect kind of day, raining or not.
What do you like most about where you live?
MELODY: I love Harmony’s Echo…a sweet small town with amazing people. Everyone is always willing to help, which worked out in my favor when I got stranded here.
JAMESON: I agree. I love our sense of community. We look out for everyone. Come visit us sometime!
MELODY: By the way, Jameson, I brought along the excerpt of your favorite stories. <wink>
JAMESON: Oh no…..you did not!
MELODY: <Grins and gets ready to bolt> I did, and it’s ready to share!
Blurb: This is Book 2 in the Love and Music in Texas series. Baby Stetson kicks off the series.
Welcome back to Harmony’s Echo, Texas….. Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she’s fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination. She’s alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?
Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he’s ever loved. Each lonely day he’s faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the ‘music’ of his past. The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can’t be ignored.
Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all… If she doesn’t flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.
He pulled out a seat and sank into it, as quiet as possible. He heard the sound of constant laughter coming from the table next to them. So far, so good. They hadn’t turned their heads to notice Lucas and himself yet.
Lucas had a mischievous grin on his face. He winked, folded his large frame in the seat and turned his attention to the table.
This was such a teenage act, but Jameson loved it. It was nice to have a little fun. He couldn’t wait to see their faces when they finally caught on that they were there.Then the conversation got very interesting when he heard his name.
“So tell me more stories about Jameson,” Melody said, her long fingers drumming on the table. “Really good juicy details.”
She wanted to know more about him? He liked that idea, but who knows what his sister or Avery would tell her. This ought to be good.
Lucas tried to hold back a laugh.
“Oh the things we could say. Where should we begin?” Blaine exchanged a look with Avery.
“You him, don’t you?” Avery asked.
Melody’s face immediately turned beet red. “Maybe I do.” She sounded defensive.
“Maybe? It’s a lot more than maybe. I notice the way you watch him, especially when he plays the guitar,” Blaine teased.
“Okay, now you’re putting her on the spot.” Avery took a sip of her drink.
“Me? You’re the one that commented that she likes him!” Blaine shot back, giggling like crazy.
“Oh my God, you two!” Melody sputtered with a smile. “Back to the subject at hand. Jameson. I want stories.”
Melody must have felt comfortable enough around them to be able to talk like that. Jameson liked that about her. So much better than the quiet, meek woman she’d been. How could she think about leaving? Then again, he wasn’t in her head. He had no idea the things that ran in her mind.
“Should we ruin his image? Or tell her stories that will make her even more gooey over him?” Blaine laughed.
“Gooey? Really?” Melody shook her head. “I’m not gooey over anyone. What a word.”
“I have a tendency to use strange words.” Blaine shrugged. “Okay. When Jameson was about three, he had a little bit of a wild streak and ran naked around the yard.”
“Who ‘t do that as a toddler?” Melody asked, laughing. “Cute. I know you have something even better though, don’t you?”
Jameson felt the heat rush to his face. Oh hell. Toddler stuff? Low blow, Blaine.
Lucas socked him on the arm, holding back another chuckle. Jackass. Jameson kicked him under the table. That only made it harder for Lucas to contain his laughter. The idiot was going to give them away if he didn’t stop!
“There was a time, I think we were ten,” Avery started. “We wanted to go swimming. There was a storm coming, so we decided to do a ‘go away’ rain dance. Jameson grabbed some glow sticks and put them in a triangle and danced around them. He was doing some weird chant, but then the storm only got worse and rained all over us. Blaine and I had already ran to the porch, giving up, but not Jameson. Then when the lightning stuck, he bolted, slipped and fell face first in the mud. He looked like a swamp creature, and then ended up ripping his shorts at the seam.” That got them all to giggle.
Thanks, Avery. You had to join in the embarrassing childhood moments with Blaine? Traitor.
“You know what he did to me one April Fool’s Day?” Avery put her hand on the table and leaned forward. “There was a little talent show in high school. We were practicing for it, and every fifteen seconds, he would change the song. There were probably about fifty people in the room, listening. He started off with the one we were originally supposed to do, and then completely screwed it up! Drove me nuts. So I got payback big time.”
Jameson knew exactly what day she was talking about. He’d gotten her good, and boy he had no idea what she had in store for him when she threatened payback.
“I was so annoyed at him, I snuck into the boy’s locker room when he was in the gym, stole his regular clothes and made sure to put a bright pink shirt and a pair of very flowery shorts in his locker. I found them in the lost and found. I didn’t give him his regular clothes until the principal made me because his dress attire was distracting the classes. Man, he got so mad at me. Totally worth it though.”
“Sounds like you guys had a great time growing up,” Melody said.
Blaine nodded. “We did. Even with all the teasing and tormenting, Jameson was always looking out for everyone. Even me, though I’m older. And I know he did a lot of fighting back when some of the girls said some rude things to Avery.”
“I think he kept me from getting in trouble a few times, because I was so ready to go off at them. They always told me I was a nobody, and Jameson never liked those words. Man, he’d yell so loud at them, until they got their boyfriends involved. Jameson is a protector, but not a fighter, so … let’s just say he probably has a few scars that won’t go away.”
No, he’d definitely never been a fighter. But he’d stand up to anyone that messed with the ones he loved and cared about.
“He does seem the protective type,” Melody said softly.
“Sometimes a little too much. He takes the weight for everyone and I know it’s getting to him. But I think things are getting better now.” Blaine leaned back in her seat. “My brother is a good kid.”
Jameson took that as his cue to move. He leaned back, tapped his sister on the shoulder and said, “Good kid, huh? Nice stories you two decided to rat me out with.”
He and Lucas burst into laughter at their shock and surprise, each of them turning beet red.
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Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She’s an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki’s site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at email@example.com
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