Yesterday I interviewed Maggie Monroe. Today, Rafe McBride. But it’s not as simple at that. These interviews are nearly identical and created to see how well the characters really know one another. So sort of like The Dating Game blog style!Welcome! If you’re swinging in for the first time you’ve arrived just on time. Today is day two of A Writer’s Mind’s END OF WEEK CHARACTER BLOWOUT. What does that mean? Well, I’ve the pleasure of having the hero and heroine from Jennifer Jakes’, RAFE’S REDEMPTION visiting.
As this event is fairly new I’m adding snippets of Maggie’s responses alongside Rafe’s responses so we can get a first-hand glimpse at how each responded. How much fun is this?! *Wide grin*
Here’s a little something about the story, then it’s on to the interview with too-hot-for-words Rafe McBride.
He rode into town to buy supplies, not a woman.
For hunted recluse Rafe McBride, the raven-haired beauty on the auction block is exactly what he doesn't need. A dependent woman will be another clue his vengeful stepbrother can use to find and kill him. But Rafe's conscience won't let him leave another innocent's virginity to the riff-raff bidding. He buys her, promising to return her to St. Louis untouched. He only prays the impending blizzard holds off before her sultry beauty breaks his willpower.
She wanted freedom, not a lover.
Whisked to the auction block by her devious, gambling cousin, and then sold into the arms of a gorgeous stranger, outspoken artist Maggie Monroe isn't about to go meekly. Especially when the rugged mountain man looks like sin and danger rolled into one. But a blizzard and temptation thrust them together, and Maggie yearns to explore her smoldering passion for Rafe.
But when the snow clears, will the danger and secrets that surround Rafe and Maggie tear them apart?
Time to get to know Rafe better…
SKY: Tell us a little bit about you.
RAFE: I’m a former Army Captain, now living in Colorado. I came here after the War Between the States and became a trapper. Maggie and I now have a cattle ranch here.
RAFE: That she was going to be trouble. And she was. But she’s also the best thing in my life.
(Maggie’s response… That he was cleaner than the other men bidding on me. Then I hoped he was reasonable and would grant me my freedom because he looked dangerous in a delicious way…)
SKY: She has one trait you adored from the start. What is it? Hands down, she appreciates one of your traits…what do you think that is?
RAFE: Her fight, her fire. Through everything that happened to us, she’s always kept her independence. Sometimes to the point of making me crazy. What does she appreciate about me? (grin) I keep her warm at night.
(Maggie’s response… His kindness. He is the most unselfish man I’ve ever known. As for what he appreciates about me . . . I’d say it’s my outspoken nature. Even though he claims it’s my ability to bake…)
SKY: She has one trait you’d change if you could. What is it? You figure there’s probably a trait she might want to change about you… care to share?
RAFE: Well, she’s better than she used to be. . .but before she used to take NO caution. Too many times I thought she’d be killed. As for me? She probably wishes I didn’t like cookies so much. She has to bake. A lot.
(Maggie’s response… there are times when I wish Rafe would let me carry some of the load. I’m not going to break just because I’m a woman and I’m very capable of helping him. Me? Oh, I know what he’d say. That I’m stubborn. But I’m no more stubborn than he…)
SKY: Ah, love is in the air. What is the single most romantic thing you’ve done for her?
RAFE: Hmmm. I did teach her to Waltz. . .there might have been nakedness involved.
(Maggie’s response… Given me a long, hot bubble bath including washing my hair)
SKY: *Sly grin* Hmmm, they were waltzing, he washed her hair… I’ll bet there was nakedness involved somewhere there. Sorry, you two got me all distracted. Back to the interview! She has a feature that draws your eye every time. Care to share? She can’t stare at you enough… but where is she staring? Now’s the time to gloat about your thick head of hair. *Sky sniggers* Truth! Do you think it’s your eyes? Chest? Etc.
RAFE: Maggie is the perfect package. Everything about her makes me hard . . .HAPPY! I mean happy. And, I’d say she likes my hair. She runs her fingers through it a lot.
(Maggie’s response… His eyes. They are the most interesting shade of gray. Stormy and cool when he’s angry and liquid steel when he’s . . .aroused. I think he loves my hair. When we’re in bed he has an unconscious habit of wrapping and unwrapping a strand of my hair around his finger…)
SKY: Ha! Rafe, you’re a riot. My kinda guy! How do you think Maggie would answer the following… Our favorite thing to do together is…?
RAFE: (blushes) Next question, please.
(Maggie’s response… Oh! I can’t say that in front of other people!...)
SKY: You two! So descreet. Waltz + hairwash + hard (I mean HAPPY) equals two very sensual characters! *chuckles* All that lust and romance aside, you and Maggie don’t see eye to eye on what issue?
RAFE: Actually we don’t argue much anymore. But when we first met. . .whew, you don’t have the kind of time it would take to tell you about that stubborn woman.
(Maggie’s response… Well, we mostly agree now. But after I was almost killed, we had a huge fight on whether to stay in Colorado. He felt it was too dangerous for a woman. I did not agree. Do you care to guess where we live? (grin)…)
SKY: She said one thing to you that you’ll never forget. What was it?
RAFE: The first time she told me I was a good man. My past made me think . . . well, no one had ever told me that before.
(Maggie’s response… He told me he was proud of me. That’s something my father never said…)
SKY: Rafe, you are fabulous m’dear. I can’t wait to dive into Rafe’s Redemption to learn more about you and your love. Thank you so much for visiting A Writer’s Mind. You, Maggie and of course, your creater, Jennifer Jakes are welcome back anytime!
Maggie is such a great heroine. One well worth getting to know better. Take a few moments to read her interview HERE. Remember, you can comment after her interview as well to be entered to win an Ecopy of Rafe’s Redemption.
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