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, Sheri Fredricks, and her characters from Monica Beggs. It’s a fantastic erotic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Finn and Monica.
“Come on, Finn. Jennifer’s waiting.” Moni tapped the toe of her spike-heeled sandals and took deep, calming breaths. A glance at her cell phone showed ten minutes had passed on the digital clock.
From around the hallway corner, the love of her life appeared. Blond hair messy and windblown, just like the day she’d met him.
“Remind me again why Sheri volunteer us for this shit.” His fingers jabbed the tail of his white, no-iron dress shirt into the back of his jeans.
When he stood in front of her and stopped fidgeting, she raised up on her toes and planted a kiss on his lips that promised little sleep and lots of heat. “Because it’s our interview, silly.”
“The waves are totally choka from the storm,” he complained. “I could be surfin’ the tube.”
“I’ll surf your tube…just as soon as we get back.”
Jennifer: First question for Monica: What turns you on?
Monica: *smiles* Could I have a different question?
Jennifer: Sure, but why?
Monica: As a former porn star, I’ve answered that question to death
Jennifer: Okay, how about…What do you think is your strongest attribute?
Finn: I got this one! It’s her ability to hold a reverse cowgirl position for twenty minutes.
Monica: You’re such a dog.
Jennifer: Finn, what do you do for a living?
Finn: Sell surfboards.
Monica: That’s so not true! He’s the CEO of Pacific Surf, maybe you’ve heard of them?
Finn: I’d rather be surfing.
Monica: Yeah, we all got that, babe. And besides, that’s your day job. You’re also kind of a P.I./bodyguard.
Finn: Who’d rather be surfing.
Jennifer: Are you happy with the genre your writer placed you in?
Finn: No, Sheri should have gone all out, torched the scenes, and we’d be nothing but hot erotic. I mean, did you check out the title of our book?
Monica: Dude, it’s my adult film name.
Finn: I rest my case.
Jennifer: Monica, what’s your greatest fear?
Monica: To have one of the guys Finn helped put away, come back and haunt us.
Jennifer: I thought he was a CEO, Private Investigator/Bodyguard.
Monica: He was also Special Ops, once upon a time.
Finn: Next question.
Jennifer: How did you first meet your writer?
Finn: Sheri Fredrick lives near me and we hang out at the same surf spots. The places she wrote about actually exist, she just changed the names. Her idea for the book actually started with my business, Pacific Surf, because we hold yearly charity surfing competitions.
Sheri: Earlier in the year, there was a clinic organized by AmpSurf (www.ampsurf.org) for the Wounded Warriors (www.woundedwarriorsproject.org). Watching the disabled veterans brave the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean and find freedom on a surfboard created a special place in my heart.
Monica: And the rest, as they say, is history.
Jennifer: All right, how about an off-the-wall question. If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do?
Monica: This is definitely a Finn question.
Finn: That’s easy. Gather my squad, ammunition, and equipment, and commandeer a cruise ship. We could live on-board somewhere in tropical paradise.
Monica: I love it!
Jennifer: Okay, last question. What’s your favorite memory?
Finn: Hmm, let me think.
Monica: Then I’ll go first. For me, it was standing on stage in Las Vegas after winning my last AVN award and seeing Finn’s face in the audience after making my big announcement.
Finn: Yeah, that was definitely a good night. I think my favorite memory was what happened later that night, and I’m not talking about outside the Bellagio, either.
Monica: Oh Finn! Do you mean when you—
Finn: Shh! Don’t give the story away.
Sheri: Thank you for inviting Finn and Monica over. They’re two of my favorite characters. If anyone has a question for them, just comment below and they’ll answer.
Monica: So, that’s it? We’re through?
Finn: Yup, grab your purse. Let’s head out and hit the water.
Monica: You surf, I’ll watch you from the deck with a cup of coffee.
“Walk away, amigo. If you leave now, I may let you live.” Finn watched color infuse Mariano’s carefully maintained blank expression. The dark eyes swept from the unconscious man on the ground, to Riley, then narrowed on him.
“Why do you do this?” Mariano asked. “Why tangle yourself in her problems?”
“Ohmigod! Someone call 911.” Bystanders gathered in groups of two and three, keeping their distance.
The breeze kicked up and sent his shirt flapping against his skin. Finn spoke evenly, enunciating every word. “You lost, amigo. Harbor Patrol will be here any minute. Time to give up.”
Mariano sighed as if the weight of the world rested upon his shoulders. “You make a big mistake with Monica Beggs, señor. It is not good for your health to be involved in my business.”
From the corner of his eye, he saw her clutch the front of her yellow dress. She turned her terrified eyes up to Riley.
“Don’t worry.” Riley flicked her a distracted glance. Team members while in the service and team members now, his partner kept watch on Finn’s six. “He knows what he’s doing.”
“Why Monica?” Finn asked.
Mariano shrugged and backed away. His gaze slid past and landed on Monica. “We don’t ask questions.”
“Why do you want to kill me?” She cried out. “What have I done?”
Mariano switched his attention back to Finn, his lips lifted in a ghost of a smile. “She is preciosa, no?”
“More than beautiful,” he answered without glancing her way. No way in hell was he taking his eyes off the guy.
Finn didn’t need to see Monica Beggs to remind himself how beautiful she looked. Every inch of her smooth olive skin had been seared into his brain after watching her movie Sin City: A Dildo to Die For—twice.
Okay, three times.
Through his adrenaline rush, memory of the teardrop shape of her breasts flushed hot through his jacked-up system and settled low between the hips. Helping the porn star was the right thing to do. He’d been sure of it back at Femenino Island and felt positive about it now. Confidence injected steel into his blood and he reveled in the sense of calm the knowledge brought.
“You win today, señor.” Mariano’s expression soured. A grim line thinned his lips and his brows lowered.
Finn shrugged and replied in matter-of-fact arrogance. “I win them all.”
Off in the distance, above the barrage of harbor noise and cry of sea birds, came the high-pitched wail of sirens. The small crowd of onlookers drew closer. Their speculative murmurs of drug dealers and DEA agent were passed around like a Sunday morning collection plate.
“The business of drugs are one thing. This buying and selling of women… it is not good. And the things I hear about the man who bought her, well…” Mariano took a deep breath and shook his head.
“Leave me alone,” she pleaded, limping closer to Finn. “Forget you ever saw me.”
Mariano stepped back, then hesitated. “I have never failed my contracts, amigo. Not once.”
Finn’s response was lethal. “Neither have I.”
As the first downed man showing signs of stirring, Mariano checked on the other unconscious man with a shove of his shoe.
Riley nudged Finn. “Let’s evac before the cops show up.”
Finn gave Monica a quick once-over. She seemed otherwise physically uninjured, except where she’d smacked her hip on the ground. Right now, she’d no doubt try to process why someone would take her against her will. The reality of what happened would refuse to lodge in her shocked brain.
He felt sorry for her. He really did. Hell, the most danger she’d probably faced in the last five years was rush-hour traffic on the 405.
“Roger that.” Finn nodded her direction. “I got Monica.”
“Good. You can’t drive worth a shit.” His friend took off, dodging gawking pedestrians as he jogged to the Hummer.
The sirens were much closer and the thought of hashing it out in a small beige room until dark-o-thirty didn’t hold much appeal. “Look, sweetheart. You got someone coming? ‘Cause I gotta jam.”
“You’re leaving?” Her expression was aghast. “You won’t stay?”
As much as he wanted to make sure she was okay, he needed to split the scene more. He shook his head. “Want to help you, but I ain’t sticking around.”
Monica sucked her bottom lip between her teeth. Her worried gaze darted to the growing crowd and the beat-up men who staggered to their feet. “I don’t have a ride, and I don’t want to stay here alone.” She grabbed onto his forearm. “Can you get me out of here?”
Over the sea of distrust in the eyes of onlookers, red and blue strobe lights flashed against the dull concrete buildings.
Decision time. One he hoped he wouldn’t live to regret.
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Always on the hunt for the uncommon things in life, award-winning author Sheri Fredricks thrives on creating adventures in both series of her mythological kingdom and soon-to-be-released western time-travels.
A former engineering secretary, she lives on California’s beautiful central coast. “I wanted to move away from a profession of inflexible right angles and create an unboxed world with no boundaries.” A voracious reader since her early years, Sheri found her brain crowded with stories of her own. “Ultimately,” she says, “my husband encouraged me to write them all down.”
Winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award, and a Finalist multiple times for InD’Tale eMagazine’s Reward Of Novel Excellence award (RONE), she has numerous five-star reviews everywhere eBooks are sold.
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