Hi, Katherine here, just wanted to thank Grace for hosting me today. Got an interview with one of the MC’s from my new novella, Fixing the Hole today, Steve Crowell, Esq.
“Well, I really don’t put Esq. at the end of my name. It just seems really pretentious.”
“Oh, so what does your business card say?”
“Steven Crowell. Attorney-at-Law, specializing in Contract Law.”
“Did you specialize in that in law school?”
“Not particularly? I just kind of fell into it”
“But now you work from home?”
“Yup, and I couldn’t be happier.” His smile turns fond. “It’s how I met Riley.”
“Oh yes, tell us about Riley.”
He grins, his cheeks pinking up. “What can I say? He keeps me young. He talks enough for the both of us and he does the most amazing thing with his tongue. Oops, sorry, I forgot this was supposed to be PG. Anyway, he’s also a really great cook. He usually cooks a lot on the weekends and takes a bunch over to his Dad, who has used his free time and started dating. A nurse in the local ER. Go figure.”
“So Riley is busy keeping you and his Dad healthy?”
“Yeah, apparently it’s a full time job. We both seem to like junk food quite a bit.” Steve shrugs, looking a bit sheepish. “What can I say? I like sweet stuff.”
I laugh. “Let’s go for some all around favorites. Favorite color?”
“Food or guilty pleasure?”
“Hmmm, that’s a good question. I really like Mexican food, tacos to be specific. All kinds of tacos, you can just put so many different things in those shells and they are ALWAYS delicious. As for guilty pleasure – oh that’s hard. I love Butterfingers and those Butterfinger Crisps, but I also love those new Reese’s Mini Cups. So good.”
Steve gets a wicked grin. “Me.”
I laugh. “I thought we were keeping this PG.”
“HA HA, you’re right. Riley likes anything chocolate. And berries, he loves berries.”
“You make him special desserts with berries?”
“All the time. Also berries for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Any time I can.” He winks at me.
“Okay, one last question. Tell me your favorite thing about life now.”
“Waking up in the morning. Riley next to me, arm flung across my waist, the rest of him star-fished across the bed, my nose pressed against his neck or his against mine. The way the sunlight slowly spreads across our room making his skin go from gray to a warm golden sun-kissed brown with moles dotted all over the place. Moles that make me want to connect the dots with my tongue. That’s my favorite thing about life right now, waking up every morning next to the man I love.”
“Wow. What an image you’ve created. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Steve Crowell, ladies and gentleman. Steve’s going to be here answering questions for a few hours, so if you have any, post them below. He’ll be happy to answer them!”
Thanks again to Grace for having me. Be sure to check out Fixing the Hole, out from Dreamspinner.
Heavy rains and strong winds slammed an uprooted tree through Steve Crowell’s roof, leaving a gaping hole to match the one in his heart. After his ex left him for a younger man, Steve’s not sure he’s ready to handle another disaster. His best friend highly recommended the contractor, but the man’s already late, and when he shows up with his music thumping, Steve isn’t impressed—until Riley steps out of his pickup truck. Personable, gorgeous Riley talks a mile a minute, which Steve finds both ridiculously endearing and terrifying. Piecing together a heart isn’t as easy as fixing a roof, but Riley might just be the right man for the job.
I was just about to look at my watch again when I heard a pickup truck come rattling up the driveway, loud pop music blaring from the open window.
Silence reigned when the engine cut off. I watched as a wiry young man opened the door and stepped out. I looked him over and took in the muscular legs shaped by a tight pair of jeans. My gaze roved over muscles barely contained by a fitted, army green Henley, finally landing on bright green eyes set in a young face under a military-style buzz cut of brown hair.
“Hi.” The young man strode forward, his hand outstretched. “I’m Riley Jones and you must be Steven Crowell. Sorry for being late. My dad tried to convince me to make him eggs and bacon instead of the oatmeal he should be eating for his heart, and he wouldn’t let up until I promised to make him a big breakfast this weekend.”
Confused by this outpouring of information, I found myself stupidly saying, “Breakfast?”
“Yeah, my mom died when I was in junior high, so it’s been the two of us for so long that I just never moved out. I mean, I was gone during college, but then I came back, started my contracting business and it was just cheaper to live with him than get my own place. Then he had some heart trouble and if I don’t make him eat right, he’ll just eat burgers and fries or those god-awful frozen dinners all the time. And wow, sorry, I just keep talking, don’t I? Why don’t you show me what you need done, Mr. Crowell?”
Katherine Halle is known as the “Queen of Happy Endings.” She firmly believes that no matter what the obstacles, what the struggles, or how much angst is involved in the journey, that the ending should always be a happy one.
Katherine’s love of the written word started at a very early age with repeated demands of “read to me” to any who would listen. It was only natural that writing would follow. As a child, she could often be found daydreaming, thinking up fanciful stories and writing them down. Now she does it on a laptop. Much faster.
Katherine’s favorite animal is her dog. She likes books, movies, and quirky television shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hart of Dixie. She loves cooking and watching cooking shows. She has lived in both Europe and the United States and loved both. When she’s not writing or plotting, Katherine enjoys spending her time listening to music, reading books written by other people, and being with her family.
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