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, Cristal Ryder, and her characters from Elemental Heat. It’s a fantastic cowboy contemporary erotic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Chet and Jenna.
How did you first meet your writer?
Chet: Well, I spoke to her in a dream one night. Whispered in her ear and then she brought me to life.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Jenna: Not really. I didn’t think my life was very interesting at all. But, I guess it did have some titillating moments 🙂
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Jenna: Wow, that’s hard! There were so many interesting scenes that I loved. Being in the mountains was very exciting, especially in the winter. I was glad Chet was with me and my guide…among other things.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Jenna: *giggles* Yes actually. I can’t give specifics because it will give too much away. But it is near the end of the book, after a rather harrowing and very dangerous event. I wanted to have some snuggle time and Chet managed to figure out how to make it happen.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Chet: Doing ranch chores and takin’ care of Jenna *leans over and gives her a kiss*
Do you like the way the book ended?
Chet: I sure did! If it hadn’t ended the way it did, I wouldn’t be the same man that I am today. You’ll have to take a gander and see what I mean.
Jenna: There is one! Rock-Hard Heat. I love how she wrapped it up and thrilled with the very special part she wrote in. *gazes at Chet lovingly*
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
Jenna: Do I have to answer that?
Chet: I will for ya darlin’. She’s stubborn as an ornery mule. It took all my patience to make Jenna see things my way.
Jenna: And I’m glad you did, honey.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Chet: Each other.
What is your most prized possession?
Jenna: Each other. But we’re not really possessions we’re each other soul mates.
What do you like most about where you live?
Jenna: I’ll answer that! *looks at Chet* That Chet lives here and I’m with him. What makes it even more perfect is that we are in the gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountains.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
In unison: Spend the day in bed. *they laugh*
Jenna: You have to see our bedroom to believe it. Our writer created a wonderful place, floor to ceiling windows, and a stone fireplace that is a whole wall on its own. Very romantic and give great views of the mountains. I also like Uncle Chester’s cabin too. It’s great for a sneaky smexy getaway.
What sound or noise do you love?
Jenna: The sound of the wind through the trees when we ride up to Uncle Chester’s cabin.
Chet: Jenna’s moans when we make love.
Jenna takes a big risk and decides to live in the moment. After months of communication by social media, she accepts an invitation to Colorado where she finally meets her cowboy. Burned by past romances, Jenna is determined to move on and goes with one goal in mind—a booty call with a tall, dark, sexy cowboy.
Chet is a romantic at heart and when Jenna arrives, he knows there’s more to her than a pretty face and a hot body. A casual fling won’t do. He’s smitten and decides to woo her the old-fashioned way with time and patience. And of course, hot sex.
Their chemistry is elemental and they come together with heat that sears the snowy peaks. When Mother Nature steps in, Jenna is forced to face the feelings she’s tried so hard to keep buried and Chet has to draw on his mountain skills to save the woman he has come to love.
She hesitated a moment, quite struck by the shooting star. What were the odds that just as she chose a star a meteor would streak over the one she picked? There was a whole big sky up there, a great vastness and yet the celestial streak happened in her minuscule portion of it where she picked a star to wish his name on. It told her volumes, but she couldn’t really express it without feeling ridiculous.
“I don’t know.” She shrugged, feeling embarrassed to almost voice thoughts she normally would never let enter her mind. “Maybe that our visit was written in the stars…”
Chet squeezed her ankle gently. “I hope you made a wish on it.”
“I didn’t!” Was it too late? Jenna squeezed her eyes shut and wished. Wished with all her might that maybe, just maybe she was wrong and that she could find true love. Her birthday was this week, while she was here with a very sexy cowboy. One who seemed almost too good to be true.
If it seems too good to be true it usually is.
Jenna opened her eyes and glanced at Chet. Was he hiding any secrets?
“I hope it was a good one.” Chet’s deep voice reached her through the dark.
She pulled the blanket tighter. “Time will tell. There’s been lots of wishing upon stars over the years and I think only one has ever come to fruition.”
“Which one was that?”
Jenna laughed. “A horse. When I was little I would go outside every night and search for the first evening star and wish desperately for a horse. I finally got my wish when I was twenty. But I had to wait an awful long time.” She glanced at his now achingly familiar face, his rugged features softened by the bonfire. “I hope I don’t have to wait as long for this wish.”
“Sounds to me like you don’t have a whole lot of patience. Remember, all good things come to those who wait.” He winked at her and stood.
Jenna watched him walk to the barbeque. He was all fluid grace. For such a big man he wasn’t awkward at all and she couldn’t wait to see him in the saddle. He’d promised they’d go riding tomorrow. But there was a lot of time between now and then. She watched him flip the steaks and take a sip of wine from his glass, then hold the spatula aloft. The image was ingrained in her mind and she swore she would never forget this moment.
Before she knew what she was doing or could change her mind, Jenna swung her legs off the lounge and stood. Chet turned and watched her approach, the dark dreaminess of his eyes drew her. She needed to taste him, to feel his lips under hers and if he wasn’t going to make the first move then she would.
The blanket slipped down her back and she clutched the edges below her breasts.
He put the spatula down without looking where he placed it and it clattered to the patio stones. She stood before him and wound her arms around his neck, holding the corners of the blanket, wrapping them in the warmth of the wool. Her fingers pressed against his neck and the strength in his muscles made her feel truly feminine.
Almost at eye level, she had to look up only slightly to meet his gaze. All her senses tuned in to him, his essence permeated her and she let it. The long-distance teasing they had done the past few months came to a head and Jenna trembled with desire. She tipped her head back and pulled him to her. The hesitation when their lips were a hairsbreadth apart was exquisite. Energy crackled between them in the moment of anticipation before fulfillment.
Chet’s vigor and arousal radiated from him in pulsing waves. The whisper of air between their bodies vanished when he snaked his arms around her waist and brought her hard against him. Jenna sucked in a breath and a little “oh” popped from between her lips.
“This is where I’ve wanted you all day, woman.”
Cristal read her first romance at age twelve. Taylor Caldwell introduced her to passion and romance that fueled a craving to read anything she could get her hands on.
Cristal wrote her first story at fifteen, and spent many hours escaping into worlds she created on the walk to and from high school with her friends.
Cristal lives in a small Canadian town, is a single mom of two college aged sons. Along with her writing, Cristal works full time, loves horses, the outdoors and will jet off at any given opportunity to see the world.
Cristal is multi-published with Ellora’s Cave & Sybarite Seductions.
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!