Today I’m delighted to share with you an interview with a character from Constance Bretes‘ new novel, Book of Love, and some information about the book and the author.
Character Interview by Peter Perrin
“What is your name and how old are you?”
Janice smiled. “My name is now Janice Jamisen.”
“Are you married?”
Her eyes lit up and she smiled widely. “I am now, to Chris.”
“Do you have, or have you ever had, a nickname?”
She shook her head. “No”
“Where were you born?”
Janice folded her hands in her lap and smiled at Peter. “I was born and raised in Michigan.”
“How would you describe your physical characteristics?”
Janice sat for a second before answering. Her brow arched slightly. “Well, Chris says I’m a gorgeous blonde with beautiful blue eyes. I’d say my physical characteristics are ordinary. I do have some hideous scars that I have to keep covered, even though Chris says they are NOT hideous.”
“How would you describe your personality?”
Janice glanced up at the ceiling for a second then back at Peter. “I am a librarian by trade, so I’m mostly a very outgoing person.”
“What do you most like about yourself?”
She stared at Peter for a few seconds, reflecting on what he asked. “I like that I can bring a community together to support their local library, and I like that I have a deep hunger to help people learn to read, find materials they need to enhance their knowledge and education. Chris has taught me to like myself more, and I feel less threatened when I’m in a crowd or with people.”
“Do you generally tell the truth? If so, under what circumstances would you lie?”
“I always speak the truth. I may have a problem coming out and telling someone something they need to hear, but I don’t shy away from it and lie. Eventually I get to the point.”
“What hopes and ambitions do you have?”
“I’m living out my hopes and ambitions right now. I’m married to a wonderful man, his children have became my children. I have a wonderful library that I love to run, and I love my community. I love helping my husband with his business. I hope this will always be the case, and I hope that my heart will always do flip flops or quiver each time I look at my husband.”
“How are your relationships with your own sex, generally?”
“In my profession, it is imperative that I have good relationships with both females and males, children and adults.”
“How are your relationships with the opposite sex, generally?”
“As I said before, I get along with everyone, but.” Janice chuckled. “I guess there were a few times when I gave Chris cause to pause.”
“How would you describe your dress style?”
“Chris thinks I’m a world class dresser, but most of my clothes are of a professional nature, business suits and dresses, with matching shoes and purse. When I married Chris, I had the same clothes for over 10 years and he thought I was a ‘gold-digger.’ He never realized until later that the clothes that I had were all old clothes, I just kept really good care of them. Since I’ve been married to him though, he’s given me a carte blanche credit card just for shopping at a very nice, prestigious place here in Colstrip.”
“What hobbies/interests do you have?”
Janice felt her cheeks grow warm. “Well, ahem…my interests…ah….is Chris. However, I do like to make jewelry and I love to look at old books.”
“What sports do you do, or watch?”
Walking is my sport. It’s the one exercise that my doctor has ordered me to do. Chris does have weight lifting equipment in the basement and he and the boys do work out and we all love to play volleyball.” Janice raised her eyebrows. “Our house is quite lively on the weekends between college and professional football, and baseball in the summer.”
“What are your favourite foods/drinks?”
“I have none, really. If you’ve read my story in Book of Love, you’d know that I suffered a very serious eating problem as a result of someone else’s hand. Food and drink has generally no taste to me.
“How would you describe your sense of humour?”
“I think I have a great sense of humor. Chris says I’m quiet.” Janice’s lips moved into a slight smile.
“How would you describe your temper?”
Janice let out a sigh. “Well, I rarely get mad and lose my temper, but Chris says he knows when I’m angry and about to lose my temper. I stay polite as ever, but my responses are clipped and my eyes have fire in them.”
“Do you think your author has portrayed you accurately?”
Janice rolled her eyes. “Yes, unfortunately, with all my scars, vulnerabilities, and my dreams.”
“Do you think readers will like or dislike you?”
“For the author’s sake, I hope they do like me. I’ve suffered a lot in the years before I met Chris, and I kept going. I fought for my life and I won. I call it surviving, but others call it heroic.”
Who wouldn’t love a romance that ends on the best holiday of the year? Check out Book of Love, by Constance Bretes.
A librarian, a mechanic, and a psychotic ex. What could go wrong?
When her marriage came to a devastating end, Janice Meyers moved to Montana to try to escape her past and get a fresh start. She’s sworn off men, but she didn’t anticipate meeting Chris.
After the death of his wife, Chris Jamisen focused all his time and energy on running his auto repair shop and raising his children. He’s not looking for love, and when he first meets Janice, the town’s new librarian, he never imagines they might embark on a relationship. Sure, he’ll admit he finds the smart, sexy blonde attractive, but the frustrating woman expects miracles from him. Her vehicle is practically beyond repair, but she insists he has to keep it running.
As Chris gets to know Janice, he begins to develop feelings for her, but he’s reluctant to pursue a relationship. He’s Native American, and he worries about the complications of a biracial relationship. He’s experienced prejudice first hand, so he knows how difficult it can be.
When Janice’s ex-husband shows up seeking revenge, things could reach a horrible end. Will Chris save Janice in time? And will he and Janice be able to set aside their painful pasts and give their relationship a chance?
Content Warning: contains some sexual content
Janice had butterflies in her stomach as five o’clock came and Chris arrived at the library.
“Hi, Chris,” Janice said.
“Hello. What’s this all about?” he asked pensively.
“I wanted to take you downstairs to the basement and show you something,” she said.
They walked down the stairs, Chris following Janice. When she turned on the light a rat slithered across the floor, and she let out a shriek. Chris looked around the room.
“We have all these books here,” Janice said. She lifted one of the old books and opened it to the pages and within where some were eaten away. “The vermin and bugs have been attacking these, and in some cases, the books have disintegrated. See here? This is a book about Colstrip back in the 1800s and we can’t even open the book to read it because it has totally disintegrated inside. Some of these books are real gems. This is one of a first edition, Samuel Clemens, do you know of him?”
“His pen name is Mark Twain. He wrote Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.”
“Oh,” Chris replied.
“Look at his book. It’s totally destroyed, and it would have been worth a lot of money now, if it had survived.”
Janice went over to the ladder and stepped up on it to show Chris the books on the top shelf. The ladder gave way, and she came crashing down. Chris caught her before she fell to the floor.
“Are you okay?” he asked, concern in his tone.
“Um, yeah, I think so.” She put her feet on the floor and turned, facing Chris, her breasts against his chest. His arms were around her waist, holding her tightly. His breath mingled with hers, and he was looking down at her lips.
Oh, she wanted him to kiss her. Please, please kiss me. The sweet, intoxicating musk of his body overwhelmed her. He bent slightly toward her, and his lips touched hers softly. She kissed him back, lingering, savoring every moment. She felt the kiss all the way through her body as she put her arms around him. A loud rustling noise broke their kiss with a start.
Chris looked around and saw that there were rats in the corner rattling paper. He turned back to her. “Are we finished here?”
“Yes, I think we are.” Janice hoped she had convinced him that there was work to be done in the basement.
When they went upstairs, he turned around and asked her huskily, “What was the purpose of our little meeting, Janice?”
Janice thought about how she should answer the question then said, “I submitted the request to the mayor’s office for several things, and I heard that you would probably be the one person that would oppose spending any money for the project I’m suggesting, so I wanted to show you the benefit of my proposal and the problems we are faced with currently.”
Chris had a gentle smile on his face as he looked at her. “Good persuasion, Janice. Does that include the kiss too?”
Janice looked down at her feet, embarrassed. “No, the kiss was not part of the persuasion. At least, not on my part.”
Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She’s married to her best friend and resides in Michigan with him and a houseful of cats. When she’s not at her regular 8-to-5 job, she can be found writing, researching, and spending time with her husband.
You can learn more about Connie and her books at her website at http://www.constancebretes.com You can also follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/conniebretes or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/connstancebretes. Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7737457.Constance_Bretes