Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Character Interview with RESCUED BY A STRANGER author Liz Selvig

Congratulations to "Julie O", and "Bn100", the winners in Lizbeth's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi Maureen and everyone here at one of my favorite blogs! It’s a treat to be back at Just Contemporary Romance to celebrate the release of my second book RESCUED BY A STRANGER. I have something a little different, and I hope fun, for my post this time. I love doing character interviews and it’s not unusual to interview a hero or heroine. (Click here for a recent interview with Jill Carpenter.) This time, however I thought I’d bring along three supporting characters to give us their insights into the story. I’d like to introduce you to Robert McCormick, the farmer who befriended Jill and Chase, and to Becky Barnes and her sister Jamie. Becky is one of Jill’s riding students. Before they start, here’s the book blurb to tell you a bit about RESCUED BY A STRANGER.
She’s a woman full of dreams

When a stranger arrives in town on a vintage motorcycle, Jill Carpenter has no idea her life is about to change forever. She never expected her own personal knight in shining armor would be an incredibly charming and handsome southern man—but one with a deep secret.  

He’s a man hoping to outrun a tragedy

When Chase Preston jumped on his motorcycle to escape his wounded life, he didn't expect the perfect woman to fall into his arms... literally! But though he can't deny his feelings for the sweet and beautiful Jill, he doesn't see any way he and his mistake-filled past will fit into her bright future. 

Falling in love may require more than either can give 

The longer Chase stays in Kennison Falls, the more deeply Jill and the people of her home town pull him in. The more Jill discovers heroic qualities in Chase, the more she wants to find a home in his arms—if only he would trust her with the truth. But will truth tear them apart when Jill’s dreams start coming true and Chase’s past finally returns to haunt him? Or, can they get beyond dreams to find the love that will rescue their two hearts?

Liz: And now here are my three guests. Hi, Mr. McCormick. It’s nice of you to accompany the girls today. Welcome Becky and Jamie. 

McCormick: Yah, we made it. And you might as well call me Robert. Nobody stays very formal at my place since Chase and Jill came around. Except you two. (Robert gives Becky and Jamie a mock stern look.)

Jamie: Yes, sir!

Becky:  Yes, Robert.

McCormick: You let me know when you develop some manners, young lady.

Becky: (with a little grin):  Yeah, okay.

Liz: Becky and Jamie, can you tell us about yourselves and about how you met Jill? What did you think of her?

Jamie: We’re thirteen and we’re twins, but we don’t look alike.

Becky: Duh.

Jamie: Jill is one of the coolest people I know. And she’s beautiful and so talented. I liked her the first time I met her even though Becky didn’t.

Liz: Is that true, Becky?

Becky: I didn’t hate her. She was tough, but I guess I made her life kind of tough too. 
Jamie: Duh.

McCormick: See what we were up against with these two at first?

Liz: Yes. Hilarious, you guys, but the riding is going well now?

Becky: Jill made me learn how to ride Robert’s big Clydesdale mare. At first I was terrified, I admit it. But that did kind of teach me to respect riding. 

Liz: I’ll bet. Robert, tell me about this big horse of yours.

McCormick: I got me two big spoiled pets, Gypsy and Belle. Gypsy is the Clyde, Belle is a Belgian. Not a very original name but I didn’t give it to her.

Liz: They sound beautiful.

McCormick: Yah, okay. Thank you.

Liz: I understand you make a killer glass of lemonade.

McCormick: Plain old lemonade. Made with lemons. Don’t know why Chase makes such a fuss about it. You’d think his southern mama never made him any of her own.

Becky: Robert’s really is pretty good, though. That’s why.

Liz: Speaking of Chase, Robert, what were your first impressions of him, and how did you come to offer him a room in your home? You were known as a man who preferred his solitude.

McCormick: My first impressions were that he was at least raised right—pretty polite and not full of attitude.

Becky: Like me?

McCormick: Girlie, you grow attitude in your DNA.

(Becky grins at him. It’s clear to me now that these two have a special rapport.)
Liz: So Chase in with you?

McCormick: After a time, yah. He needed a place to fix his motorcycle, and I needed help fixing some things around the farm. It worked out pretty well I’d say. Especially because he brought Jillie around too. 

Liz: Sounds like you’re very fond of her.

McCormick: Everyone gets very fond of her pretty quick. I think she could charm a mama bear out of her cubs.

Liz: She’s that good, is she?

Becky: She’s okay.

(Robert and Jamie snort at the same time.)

Liz: We’re almost out of time, but can you girls end by telling me how you get along with  Chase? 

Jamie: He’s, like, the most handsome guy I’ve ever seen. Right, Becky?

Becky: He’s hot, yeah. Don’t tell Jill I said that. I don’t, like, have a crush or anything.

Jamie: He’s really smart, too, and sensitive to feelings. He’s one of the only people who was never weird about my wheelchair. He talked about it like it was no big deal. He even had funny jokes about it. He always makes it feel like it’s cool instead of awful. 

Liz: That’s pretty great, Jamie. Any chance you’ll be out of the chair walking again one day?

Jamie: We don’t know. Chase thinks maybe someday. But he also says not pin all my hopes on something that might not happen. If I’m not truly happy now, I won’t be truly happy even if I can walk. He’s smart that way.

Liz: Wow.

McCormick: Yah. Wow. They’re good people Chase and Jill. 

On that note it’s time to say good-bye to Robert, Becky, and Jamie. I hope you got a kick out of their interview. And I hope you’ll pick up RESCUED BY A STRANGER and enjoy getting the entire story!  Click here or on Chase's Triumph Bonneville to read an excerpt. 
If you could interview any character from any book, what would you ask? I have two free e-copies of RESCUED BY A STRANGER to give away between today and tomorrow for a couple of lucky commenters!

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  1. I can't wait to get my hands on this book! The Rancher and a Rock Star was a fabulous story and I have no doubt this will be on my keeper shelf along side your debut book. Fun interview, giving us a little more insight into the story and characters.

    1. Hi Jody,
      It's so great of you to stop by and check out the interview. But it's even nicer of you to say such sweet things about the book. We can have mutual-admiration keeper shelves!

  2. I have my copy, but if I could set down and talk to anyone, I'd love to have a nice long chat with The Sisters...They crack me up :)

    1. Awww, I should interview the sisters some time too--now that would be awesome. Thanks for coming by and for your endless support! XO.

  3. If I could interview any character from any book I think I would have to go with .... there are so many for such different reasons I can't pick just one or even a few.

    I did enjoy your characters' interview. Thank you for stopping in. I look forward to reading Rescued by a Stranger.

    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Julie O,
      I know exactly what you mean--how can you pick just one favorite literary character? It's easy when you're picking from your own book--but I'm with you--I'd be lost if I had to pick anyone else! Thanks for being here today--I really hope you enjoy the story.

  4. Don't really have any questions to ask characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Coming up with them is hard, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. To be honest, Ive been thinking about your question for two days and for the life of me, I can not think of who/what I would ask! lol But Im really looking forward to reading your books! :)
    kdjohnston73 at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Karen,
      LOL - your response made me giggle. I know it's an impossible question, isn't it? But, I'm honored you gave it some thought. Just enjoying the books you read is perfect enough. And I hope you enjoy mine if you get the chance to pick them up! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Fun interview, Liz!

    Now - is "interview" is a euphamism for something else...? ;)

  7. Hee hee -- yes, Abigail, don't we all look forward to those "Interviews" in our fave romance books? Love it! Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  8. Hey, Liz! I was lucky enough to read it before publication, but you make me want to go back, get an official paperback version and read it all over again. :)


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