Friday, May 11, 2012

Character Interview-LT. Colin Beck of Second Chance

What’s your favorite color?
I can tell you what my least favorite color is. Dessert brown BDU’s Battle dress uniform. Course Air Force just changed their name to ABU’s for battle and home.
What type of vehicle do you drive? Dodge Ram Quad cab.
Describe yourself to me. Ahhh. Loyal, dependable, honorable…Hell, this is making me sound like a dam dog. My best friend would tell you I’m stubborn to a fault. My teammates would there is no on they’d rather have at their side. No, that’s not ego, it is what it is. We have to be good at what we do or we don’t make it home. My fiancée, well, she’d probably tell you I’m stubborn too, but she has this knack for making come around to her point of view. She’s usually right.

How would your mate describe you?
Like I said. Her first words would be stubborn. Heck, you should be asking her this question. Knowing my Em, she’d tell you I have a big heart. She’s always telling people that. The last interview we did she said I had a great ass, I KNOW she’d tell you I’m a hell of a lover.
What really moves you, or touches you to the soul? My daughter and Emily. If it wasn’t for my daughter, I know for a fact I wouldn’t have survived my first wife’s death. She died in childbirth and it took me a long time to get past the fact that I was off on a mission and not there. If not for my daughter, well…

What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but couldn't? What would happen if you did do it? I’ve done a lot of things, especially being in the military. I’ve saved lives and unfortunately had to take a life or two. I’ve traveled the world over. I’ve made countless friends, bonds that will never be broken. I think the only thing I’ve ever missed out on is the birth of my child. If and when Emily ever gives birth, I WILL be there this time, and I’ll probably bawl like a baby.

Describe your ideal mate.
That would be Emily. Beyond her outward beauty she has an amazing soul. She opened her heart to a baby that wasn’t hers, she fought for my stubborn ass. She’ll sit and listen to me for hours or just lay quietly by my side when I can’t talk about the horrors I’ve seen. She’s always there for me and is never afraid to tell me when I’m wrong. She fierce that woman.
What are you most afraid of? Losing the ones I love and being able to do nothing about it. I lived through it once. I don’t think I can do it again.

What's the most important thing in your life?
My family is first, my commitment to the military is second. I believe in our way of life, our freedoms and I will fight to my dying breath to protect them.

What do you consider your special talent?
Where do I begin? Nah, I’m not even going to go the military route, there are too many to mention and some might be classified. I’d have to refer you to Emily. Ask her someday what my special talent is. Bet her face will turn all kinds of shades of red.

How did you meet the Emily? 
She was my first wife’s sister. She actually introduced Tabitha and me. We’d be friends for years.

Was it love at first sight or did it develop slowly?
Definitely slowly. For years Emily was a good friend and my sister-in-law. After my wife died she gave up everything to come take care of Isabelle. It wasn’t until a year after that when my feelings started to change. Even then I fought it for another year. But I love her with my whole heart and soul now.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
Much as I love what I do, I’d use all three wishes on one if its do the trick. The end of all the damn wars. Bringing our men and woman home, safe. Our talents could be put to use here in the US and around the world in areas of natural disasters. The fighting needs to end.

Lieutenant Colin Beckett, US Air Force special ops, lost his wife in childbirth while off on a mission. Two years later, he’s still trying to come to grips with the guilt that tortures him. And to complicate matters, he finds himself undeniably attracted to his wife's sister, Emily. Struggling with his desire, he tells himself he doesn’t deserve a second chance with such an amazing woman.

Emily wants Colin in her life and her bed. Enlisting the help of Colin's teammate's and Madame Eve's 1 Night Stand dating service, she plans to prove to Colin he can have everything he lost once again. 
Will their one night lead to the happy ending she longs for or the loneliness he thinks he deserves?
Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, at the age of two Debbie and her mother moved to New Jersey, spending many happy years on her grandparents' horse farm. You'll sometimes find this setting as a backdrop in her work. 
As a teenager, she and her mother found a new home in Vermont, where she currently resides. With a daughter in the Air Force,  one son in college and the other working for the family business,  Debbie now shuffles her time between a husband and full time job as a nurse, and writing. 
About seven years ago, while looking at over three hundred treasured books lining her shelves, she realized there was a multitude of stories of her own clamoring for release. Since then, she's seriously persevered in keeping the keyboard in constant motion. 
With two novels, Mountain's Echo and Infidelity, and two novellas, November Rain and Second Chance now published, Debbie is now also working with a partner, L.J. Garland. Together the two have written Sins of the Mind and are hard at work on many more manuscripts.
Debbie has been a member of KOD, FTHRW, ELEMENTS and RWA Online.
Colin took a step back and cringed. “Aw, shit, Bobby. What’ve you done?”
Bobby punched Zeke in the shoulder and shook his head. “Nothing bad. Actually, it’s so simple you’re gonna kick your ass for not thinking of it first, Ghost.”
He doubted it. More than likely he would kick Bobby’s ass. The man worked overtime to hook him up, like he was a damn charity case. If he wanted to get laid, he could go find his own. Unfortunately, the only woman that spurred his senses in the last year had been Emily. He wanted her so bad he caught himself thinking about her during the day and woke up sweat-soaked and hard at night from dreaming about her.
Shit! Maybe he did need to get laid. “I repeat, what have you done?”
Zeke jumped up. “See, there’s this woman named Madame Eve––”
Colin threw his hands up. “Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is low even for you. I don’t need a freaking prostitute. Damn, Bobby. What the hell are you thinking?”
Bobby laughed. “Not that kind of madame. She runs an elite dating service and sets up one-night stands for consenting adults. It’s a no-strings-attached kind of thing. Just two like-minded adults looking for a night of pleasure. That’s it. You both go in with your eyes open and leave the next more feeling a lot less stressed.”
Colin crossed his arms over his chest and lifted a brow, “And how does she go about finding these people and matching them up?”
“Don’t worry I’ve checked it all out. You go on her website, fill out the application. Then she matches you up with someone who meets your needs. She names the date and place and the rest is on you. It’s all legit.”
“You sound like an infomercial.” Colin shook his head. “This is fucking crazy, ya know. I have no trouble finding my own women.”
“Never said you did, Lieutenant,” Zeke said. “But this way you don’t have to troll the bars, hoping to find a woman who wants to get her rocks off exactly like you. We know that’s not your scene, but this way everyone gets what they want and walks away happy.”
Bobby glared at Zeke. “Where the hell do you come from anyway?” He returned his gaze to Colin. “More like a night of mutual pleasure.”
“I have my own ways of relieving stress.”
Bobby snorted. “Uh, yeah. I’m not talking about whacking off in the shower, dude.”
Colin rubbed his hands over his face. Good God, had he really been reduced to this? "Fine."

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