Meet the Author/Interview a character

Welcome to the Meet the Author/Interview a Character Blog Hop from August 26th-August 28th.
There is a $50 grand prize of an Amazon gift card–visit to enter. In addition, I am giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to the first person to make a meaningful comment. There is a code word in the blog–use it in your post to enter the drawing. So without further ado:
Today, I’m interviewing Dr. Rafe Farber, the hero of my sweet contemporary romantic comedy, “Sweeter Than W(h)ine.”
NL: How did you and Dina meet?
RF: I was a doctor at the skilled nursing facility where she was a patient. At first, I didn’t like her because she kept talking about her friend, that shining star of cab drivers, Jay Galloway, and she kind of whined a lot, but after we shared sparkling cider and gifts on New Year’s Eve, I realized she might just be right for me.
NL: So, what’s happened to the two of you since the end of the book?
RF: We adopted our son, Robert Jay, and we love spending time with him and Dina’s parents and our friends.
NL: Who do you most admire and why?
RF: My father, Moe Farber. We were always close and when he passed away, I missed all the father/son things we did like going to Cincinnati Red Wolves baseball games. I even have the autographed bat I got from Seymour Sellkirk on Bat Day. I hope to pass all of those things on to Robert Jay.
NL: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s the top item on your list?
RF: Not really, but I would say travel would be at the top of the list. When the baby is older, I’d like to take a family trip to Israel.
NL: Here are a few of Rafe’s favorite things:
Food: Chinese
Dessert: Anything chocolate—good chocolate, like Godiva
Color: Green
TV show: Seinfeld
Alcoholic Beverage: w(h)ine
Sports Team: Cincinnati Red Wolves
NL: Do you have any questions for me?
RF: Yes, I’ll turn this around…who do you most admire and why?
NL: Okay, but you aren’t going to like my answer. These days, it’s the real-life Jay Galloway because he saved my parents’ lives and he makes me laugh even when there’s nothing to laugh about. That’s the first answer that came to mind, but there are a lot of other people I admire, like my parents and my best friend, Karla.
RF: Do you have a bucket list and what’s at the top of your list?
NL: I’d like to start selling some of these e-books!
RF (laughs): Who is your favorite author and why?
NL: There are too many to mention—and a lot of new ones I’ve discovered since I got the Kindle for PC app. I can’t pick just one.
RF: If you could be one of your characters, who would it be and why?
NL: Way to ask the tough questions, Doc. I think I’d like to be Franci from the romantic comedy/mystery series I’m working on now. She’s a caterer, she loves the Cincinnati Red Wolves, and she gets to help her PI boyfriend solve crimes. If I weren’t a writer, I’d love to be a cook.
RF: Here are a few of Nancy’s favorite things:
Code Word: Tasteless
Food: Pasta
Dessert: Hot fudge sundae
Color: Blue
Alcoholic Beverage: W(h)ine
TV Show: Gilmore Girls
Sports Team: Cincinnati Reds
Cab driver: Real-life Jay Galloway
Thanks, Nancy, for answering my questions.
NL: Thanks for answering mine.
Excerpt from “Sweeter Than W(h)ine” and link:

“Bastardo’s Taxi,” Dina said, when her phone rang. Her aunt Florence had been trying to get in touch with her, although she’d never been close with her or her cousins. Aunt Florence kept them at arms’ length because she was wealthy. Her cousins had attended the prestigious private Ida Malloy Academy. Now she’d decided she wanted to be close, so Dina answered the phone funny to throw her off the track.
“Hey, you! It’s Jay Bastardo.”
“Hello, Jay Bastardo,” Dina said, brightening at the sound of her friend’s voice. “Happy New Year.”
“Happy New Year. When do you think they’ll spring you from that place, honey?”
“I don’t know, sugar,” Dina said. She teased him for calling her “honey,” but when she looked outside, she felt depressed. It was a gray, cloudy day, but she wanted to be out there, not sitting around in a skilled nursing facility. “I wish they’d spring me tonight so I could use those tickets I bought for your concert.”
“I wish you could be there, too,” Jay said, sounding sincere.
“I usually don’t do much for New Year’s Eve. Either I go to my mom and dad’s or they come to see me and stay overnight. Are you doing anything special after the concert?” She meant did he have a date and hoped that if he did, he’d have better luck than he’d had lately. She wanted all her friends to be happy.
“Nope. I thought I’d give the girls a break and go stag tonight. What about you? It must be pretty exciting there in the nursing home, y’know?”
Dina laughed. “You always know just the right thing to say. I have sort of a date with your boss’s nephew.”
“So next time I see you you’ll be saying stuff like ‘Jay, this cannot go on?’”
“Now Jay, I’d never say anything like that to you,” Dina said. “And I hope I’ll see you soon. It’s pretty lonely out here in the middle of nowhere.” She was far away from her home base. Wellstone Village was way out in the boonies in the town of Cliff Field.
“I’m really busy because of the holidays, but maybe things will calm down and I can come out for another visit before you get to go home. I have a feeling it won’t be long.”
“I hope you’re right. “ ’Bye, Jay, and Happy New Year.”
“Happy New Year!”
Dina ate her supper, a salmon patty, rice pilaf, broccoli and Jell-O cake for dessert, had a pain pill and waited for Rafe. He showed up at about six, with presents. Then he took them all out of a brown paper bag – eight presents. She thought of the Chanukah song, “Oh, Chanukah!” Instead of candles, there were eight presents. One for each night…they shed a sweet light… Every gift but one was small, and they were all meticulously wrapped.
“Did you wrap these yourself?” she asked, positive that a guy would never have such nice presentation when it came to presents.
She didn’t miss his sheepish grin and shrug of his broad shoulders. “Guilty. I got to be good at that when I wrapped presents for my niece…” He held back, as if wanting to say more, but not knowing how. Dina didn’t miss the catch in his voice. Something had happened to his niece and he didn’t want to talk about it.
Message understood, she thought, slipping into grief counselor mode for a moment. “They look like you had them wrapped at Macy’s or something. I feel bad because I’m not exactly able to go out and buy you anything.”
“That’s all right,” Rafe said, back to his teasing. “Money will be fine. Or a good bottle of wine, or some expensive chocolate.”
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Snippet Sunday

This snippet is from my WIP, “Rain Delay Murder,” a sweet contmp. romantic comedy mystery set in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio…

I first met Elton at a Battle of the Bands concert at The Point nightclub, in Clifton. It was kind of a cool club that was at the point of Vine Street and Clifton Avenue. Jay and his band, Jay & the Cincinnatians, were in the Battle of the Bands and I said the stupidest thing ever when I met Elton. “Elton, that’s Jay Galloway.”
“I know,” he said. He didn’t know much about baseball, but he knew his music, especially local bands.
“It’s so much fun to see all the celebrities here.” There were some famous celebs there, and some look-alikes like Jackie Kennedy and Johnny Cash. “But Jay Galloway’s the nicest man I know.”
As soon as I said it, I realized what a rube I sounded like.

Sneak peek Sunday–short story

Here’s a sneak peek at the new short story I just started–I don’t even have a title for the story yet:

“OhmyGod! OhmyGod! OhmyGod!” Renee, the patient aide who worked with me at Hanover Hospital shrieked in my ear. “That’s him!”
“Who?” I asked, giving my patient the once-over. He was good-looking, although he had a five-o’clock shadow since he hadn’t shaved in a week. Of course, being asleep for most of that time just might have given him a reason not to shave.
“Bert Conrad—the best outfielder on the Cincinnati Red Wolves,” Renee informed me. “And the cutest.”
He was kind of cute in a tall, dark and handsome sort of way. Of course, he’d never notice me. Baseball players with multi-million dollar contracts did not notice overweight nurses who worked at Hanover Hospital.
I couldn’t tell what color his eyes were because he was sleeping. The pain medicine was keeping him pretty doped up. From his chart, I saw that he’d broken his knee during a baseball game and had had surgery on it. Then he’d gotten pneumonia so that slowed down his recovery time. He’d been in ICU after the bout with pneumonia, and they’d moved him up to the third floor.
“Muri, you should ask him out!” Renee said.
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Hot Summer Heroes Blog hop and giveaway

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Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop Aug. 15th-18th
What Makes A Hero Hot?
Summer is winding down, but there’s still the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop.
What makes a hero hot? I would say that it’s having a good sense of humor, being able to laugh at himself, but not make fun of people. I would also say it’s going above and beyond the call of duty to the heroine, his family and friends. He may not be the typical Alpha male on the inside or the outside, but he’s a hero nonetheless. Jay Galloway, the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” is like that. He’s got a great sense of humor, and one of the Galloway Family’s Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt laugh at thyself.” He made sacrifices for his sister when their parents died, and although he gets aggravated with Reese Elliott, the heroine’s dad, who is in the early stages of dementia, he realizes his mistake and saves the day.

Another thing that makes a hero hot is there being more to him than meets the eye. Scotty Caldwell, the hero of “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” is tall and tan and pretty good-looking, but some people see him as a couch potato without much ambition. There is way more to him than meets the eye. Readers said he didn’t realize that his best friend’s sister was in love with him until she finally told him. The truth is that he did realize it all along. He just didn’t act on his feelings because Lorrie Galloway had a “no dating friends, especially her brother’s best friend” policy. In the sequel, “Tasteless Holidays,” Scotty proves that there’s more to him than meets the eye when he has to do whatever it takes for his marriage.

There’s more than meets the eye to the hero of “Sweeter Than W(h)ine,” Dr. Rafe Farber, as well. Yes, he’s tall, dark and handsome, but he has memories of the past that he can’t share with anyone, even the beautiful Dina Edelman. He masks his pain with jokes and surrounds himself with the good things in life like expensive chocolate and a well-cared for but fancy home. He soon realizes that he has to share some of this with Dina and this makes him more appealing to her.
What about you–what makes a hero hot for you? The first person who visits this blog and makes a meaningful comment will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. Plus you’ll be entered in the grand prize drawing. So comment away and be sure to visit the other blogs, too.

Here are the links for my books, as well as my short story collection, “Three Strikes—You’re in Love.” Watch for “Tasteless Holidays”, coming soon.

Here’s the link to other authors on the blog hop – visit them all for the chance to win fantastic prizes:

Out of my comfort zone

I just finished a book where the heroine’s best friend helps her get through a trying time by assigning one task a day to her for a month that is out of her comfort zone–things she would never ordinarily do. I didn’t care much for most of the book, but I did love this idea and decided to try it. My best friend could probably think of things for me to do and I trust her, but for the rest of this month, I’ll try to assign myself the tasks. Tuesday was act like a character in your favorite book day. I guess it sounds conceited to say that I acted like the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” for a day, but this task helped me realize that the female characters in my books need to be a little stronger. OMG, most of them are like…ME!

Yesterday was start cleaning the house like you’re getting ready for a party day. If I’m just cleaning for me, it’s not going to get done. if I’m getting ready for a party, it will. Today was get rid of the gray hair day–I used a kit from the pharmacy–we’ll see what happens.

Saturday I’m going to a different library. Who knows what can happen from here?

What about you? Have you ever done anything outside of your comfort zone, and had it turn out better (or worse) than you expected?

Also, be sure to join me and my hot summer heroes on the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop August 15th-18th.