Giveaway! + Character Interview, Romance in the Rain

Thank you so much for hosting the Rainy Day Writers on your blog! We have a special treat for you today. We brought along all the heroes and heroines from our Romance in the Rain novellas to answer a couple questions. Ready, set. Go!

Featuring James and Mattie from “Splendor in the Moss” by Charlotte Russell

Interviewer: Mr. Caldwell, what is your favorite pastime?

James [grinning hugely]: Why, making—

Mattie: Ladies first! Ahem. I have a particular fondness for climbing trees.

Interviewer: How…interesting. Do you do this on your own?

Mattie: No, tree climbing is much more… thrilling when James comes along.

Interviewer: And you, Mr. Caldwell? Is tree climbing your favorite pastime?

James: It certainly is entertaining, especially when coyotes are involved. But truthfully, my favorite pastime is making Mattie smile. Who needs sunshine when she smiles just like she is right now?

Interviewer: That’s lovely. May I ask what you look for in a life partner?

Mattie [confused]: Do you mean a spouse?

Interviewer: Yes.

James: Life partner. What an interesting way to phrase it. You’re not from around here, are you?

Interviewer: Not really.

James: Hmm. Very well, I will go first on this one. I need someone to believe in me. Someone who has faith in me and will encourage me in everything I do, even encourage me to do something I never thought of. I need someone who will stand by me, forever and for always.

Mattie [cheeks flushing]: I will. Forever and for always. And I want someone who knows just the right thing to say to make me smile, laugh, feel at ease, feel comforted—and who knows just when I need each of those things. And, a “life partner” who knows that when I need to cry, I just need a shoulder to do it on.

James [reaching out to pull her close]: I’m right here, every minute of every day.

Mattie: Thank God.

1993 Phil Donohue Interview with Joe and Charlie Caldwell
Phil [smiling, addresses camera]: Good afternoon, everyone. On today's show, we're chatting with some folks who seem to have found the secret for a long and happy marriage. Help me welcome Joe and Charlie Caldwell.
Phil [turns to Joe]: You and your lovely bride met during the war in 1942 and married less than a year later. Over the last fifty years, you've raised a family and are now a retired Seattle Homicide detective. When you first saw Charlie, did you know she was the one?"
[Joe and Charlie glance at each other, blush, and grin]
Joe: Well, Phil, I never believed in love at first sight, but I have to admit, there was something about Charlie, something I've never been able to define. I just got this feeling about her. Every time I spoke to her or was near her, that feeling just got stronger and stronger. If that's love at first sight, then I'd have to say, yeah, I believe.
Phil [addressing Charlie]: What about you, Charlie?
Charlie: I don't believe in love at first sight. Attraction, certainly. Desire, surely. But love, as I define it, is a combination of attraction, desire, and an emotional connection that must also exist for love to flourish.
Joe [smiling, nudging Charlie with his elbow]: She's the pragmatic one.
Phil: So Joe, you must be the romantic of the couple.
Charlie [patting Joe's knee]: Is he ever.
Phil: Before you met and married, what were your goals for a spouse, what were you looking for in a life-partner?
Charlie: When I met Joe, I was still grieving for my husband. He, Johnny Thompson, was my childhood sweetheart. We'd only been married a few months when he was killed.
Phil: I'm so sorry.
Charlie: Thank you. He was on the Arizona and died when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. To that point, I'd never considered what I wanted in a husband – it had only been and was only going to ever be Johnny. But when I met Joe, I had to ask myself what I wanted and would Joe be the one to give it to me.
Phil [big grin]: I guess we know what you answered yourself.
Charlie [sends a loving look to Joe]: Joe saved my life. He was my hero. Still is. I love him, I respect him, we communicate and don't hold grudges. And most importantly, we're friends. Best friends. That's what makes it all work.
Phil [turning to Joe]: What about you?
Joe [looks over at Charlie, then at Phil]: There's no big secret to a long happy marriage, Phil. I can tell you what it is in four little words.
Phil [smiling]: And they are?
Joe: All you have to do is Marry The Right Person. I did, and fifty years later I can say that's the long and the short of it.
Phil: Good for you both. Thank you for your warmth and wisdom, and here's to many more happy years to come.
Joe and Charlie [together]: Thank you, Phil.
Featuring Kara and Ellis from “Love Phantom” by Dawn Kravagna
Interviewer: What is your favorite passtime?
Ellis: Tweaking Kara. She takes everything I say too seriously. She forgets what a ham I am.
Kara: Because you're always putting on an act. I never know when you are being sincere and
          when you really mean what you say.
Ellis: When I'm putting on an act, I'm smiling. When I'm not putting on an act...
Kara: You're still smiling. You're a happy guy.
Ellis: Being with you makes me happy.
Kara: You were perfectly happy before you met me.
Ellis: Definitely not. Happy, yes. Perfectly, no; Not till I met you. Ah, you're blushing again.
Kara: I wish I could control that!
Interviewer: We're getting a little off track here. Kara?
Kara: Writing, of course. I'm a Drama major at the University of Washington. I'd like to be the
female successor to Neil Simon one day. I have a particular love for the comedies of the French playwright, Moliere. His plays were character-based: the plots emerged naturally from the mix of personalities. I also enjoy drawing caricatures: pictures which emphasize the unique features of each person.

Ellis: That's why you love me: I'm a wild and crazy guy.

Kara: I fell in love with you because you're a nice guy. I found out later that you were also funny. I try to balance out sitting at my electric typewriter and in class by exercising: Swimming twice a week at the Hec Ed Pool at the UW and running at least three times a week for a few miles.
Ellis: I love to swim and bike, but I don't need the exercise like Kara does.
Kara: Because you're always running circles around me.
Ellis: How'd you know I was going to say that?

Interviewer: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Ellis: Not till I met Kara. When I saw her gorgeous ruby red hair and hazel green eyes, her shy smile, and her slim figure, I fell head over heels. I just didn't let her know--didn't want her to think I was easy.
Kara: You were so aggressive that it made me nervous; I was practically running away from you.
Ellis: It was more of a stroll.
Interviewer: Kara, you don't seem quite as eager to answer my questions as Ellis has been.
Kara: Some classmates have been critical of my writing, accusing me of being superficial. I didn't understand what they meant at first, but I finally got it. I guess I'm a little too protective. I don't like to bare my soul to strangers. But I don't want to be a hack writer: I've got to learn to be a little more vulnerable so that my characters feel genuine to the audience.
Ellis: I'm more of a social butterfly than Kara is. Opposites attract.
Kara: To be honest, I don't believe in love at first sight. I believe in lust at first sight, but you can't build a long term relationship with a guy based just on physical attributes. The flower fades, the grass withers...
Ellis: Sure, you have to have more in a loving relationship besides physical attraction--but there's nothing wrong with a partner who has a great personality AND physical attributes. And I'm fortunate to have found both in Kara.
Kara [smiling]: I got lucky too.

Featuring Sam and Ivy from “What’s Wrong With Mr. Perfect?” by Sherri Shaw

Interviewer: Ivy, who was your biggest influence (positive or negative) growing up, and why?

Ivy: My biggest influence growing up has to be my Grandfather, Vincenzo. After escaping war-torn Italy, he and my grandmother started Vincenzo’s Restaurant in the heart of Pike’s Street Market. It is a family business, so I spent most of my childhood in the kitchen at the restaurant where my grandfather taught me everything he knew about cooking. He passed his passion for food and people onto me. Some of my fondest memories were of him behind the line, laughing and joking with the staff as he plated one fragrant dish after another. At eighty-eight, he is retired now, but he still cooks Sunday for dinner for the family.

Interviewer: Sam, who was your biggest influence (positive or negative) growing up, and why?

Sam: My step-father, David Rockney. My biological father was mentally ill, and his subsequent addiction to drugs made him an absent parent. He died when I was twelve, and David adopted me. My mother had married David when I was six, and we made an instant connection. A kind and decent man, he coached football at the local high school. Throughout the years, he taught me to be as passionate about education as football and with his guidance, I won a scholarship to the University of Washington. To this day, I consider David my real father. He is still coaching football, and recently took his team to state.

Interviewer: Ivy, tell me one thing about your friends (or people) don’t know about your life-partner.

Ivy: He will probably shoot me for telling you this, but my macho, football player fiancé, is a sucker for a sappy movie. The other night we watched Simon Birch, and he--

Sam: That’s enough out of you, Ivy. It’s my turn. Okay, one thing our friends (or people) don’t know about Ivy…

Ivy: Be nice.

Sam: Ivy smiles in her sleep. The first time I noticed her doing it, I thought it was a fluke. Now when I wake up before her, I wait for it. When I see her face light up, I know she’s happy.

Ivy: Aw, that’s so sweet.

Featuring Maya and JD from “Shelter From the Storm” by Clare Tisdale
Interviewer: Who were your biggest influences, positive or negative, growing up?
Maya: My father was, and is, one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. He set up a miniature easel for me to use in his studio. I always felt so grown up doing my finger paintings alongside him while he worked on a painting. He also taught me how to dig for clams, how to sail, and how to fish.
JD: Is that awesome or what? I mean, how many women do you know who take their own sailboat out on fishing trips?
Interviewer: How about you, JD?
JD: Probably my brother Michael. He’s the oldest, so I always looked up to him. He was good in school, motivated, while I was a daydreamer and average student. Michael was always one step ahead of me, and I spent a lot of my childhood trying to catch up. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to compare myself to him.
Interviewer: What would you say is the secret to a happy relationship?
JD: I don’t know if there’s one big secret.
Maya: Don’t take your problems and frustrations out on your partner. You are your own person, and you need to deal with your own sh-t.
JD: Give one another space, but make sure to schedule quality time together as well.
Maya: JD and I love being together, but we also like a lot of time alone.
JD: You mean, you need a lot of time alone. Maya’s kind of introverted.
Maya: It’s true. JD’s the life of the party. I’m the wallflower.
JD: The wallflower surrounded by buzzing guys.
Maya: [swats JD playfully] Shush! Here’s another one: Wait until you’ve both cooled off to try and resolve an argument.
JD: Absolutely. There’s no point trying to have a rational discussion when one of you wants to smack the other on the head with a sharp rock.
Maya: And do your share around the house, chores, whatever. It’ll prevent a lot of resentment from building up.
JD: I’d say that’s doubly important when you have kids.
Maya: Triply important when they’re still in diapers!
JD: For the record, I’m a master diaper-changer.
Maya: [kisses JD’s cheek] And I love you for it.
Featuring Jamie and Erica Caldwell from “Aftershocks” by Kristine Cayne
Interviewer: Jamie, who was your biggest influence, positive or negative, growing up?
Jamie: I guess you’d expect me to say my father. He’s a great guy, but my biggest influence was my mother. How she managed to raise five children, four of them rambunctious boys, on a shoe-string budget, I’ll never know. But she did. She’s the bravest, strongest, most well-balanced person I know.
Erica: Not Superman? He thought he was fireproof too.
Jamie: Haha. Seriously, who was your biggest influence?
Erica: I’d also have to say it was my mother, but not in a good way. [reaches out and takes Jamie’s hand] Because of her, I almost lost you.
Jamie: [leans over and kisses her gently] I’m not going anywhere, Rickie.
Interviewer: [clears her throat] Okay. Next question. Tell me one thing your friends don’t know about your life-partner.
Erica: [laughs] Jamie has a serious hero addiction. He owns every superhero comic book Marvel ever made.
Jamie: Not true. [mutters under his breath]
Interviewer: What was that, Jamie?
Jamie: [sighs] I said, I only have all the Superman ones.
Erica: [laughs] Close enough.
Jamie: Now I get to tell one of your secrets, Miss Smarty-pants. [turns to interviewer] Rickie alphabetizes the spice rack! *And* everything in the pantry.

Erica: I do not!

Jamie: You're going to argue this one? Do you want me to tell them about...?

Erica: [blushes] You wouldn't! [He holds her stare.] Okay, you would. So yes, okay, I alphabetize the pantry. Satisfied?

Jamie: Never. Not when it comes to you.

Erica: [blushes again] I think this interview is over!

All giveaway ends November 22, 2012 at midnight. Make sure to only enter the giveaway you are eligible for.

Giveaway for US residents only.
Grand Prize:

- 1 autographed copy of Deadly Obsession + SWAG
- 1 autographed copy of Deadly Addiction + SWAG
- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, by Julia Quinn (autographed copy)
- Blood Trinity, by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- 1 e-book copy of “Falling Angel” by Clare Tisdale
- 1 handmade shell necklace by Clare Tisdale
- A handmade afghan crocheted by Marianne Stillings
- 1 autographed copy of AROUSING SUSPICIONS
- 1 autographed copy of SATISFACTION
- 1 autographed copy of KILLER CHARMS
- 1 bag of truffles from Seattle Chocolates
- 3 chocolate bars from Seattle Chocolates
- $15 Starbucks gift card
- 1 autographed copy of Cattle Capers: Search For The MooMoo Pearl by Dawn Kravagna

Prize #5: 

- 1 ecopy Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
- 1 print copy Accidental Cinderella, by Nancy Robards Thompson
- 1 print copy Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels, by Sarah Wendell

Prize #6: 
- 1 ecopy Deadly Addiction by Kristine Cayne
- 1 print copy The Angel in My Arms, by Stephanie Sloane
- 1 print copy The Naughty List, by Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden and Susan Fox (autographed by Susan Fox)

Prize #7: 
- 1 ecopy Deadly Addiction by Kristine Cayne
- 1 print copy Tsunami Blue, by Gayle Ann Williams
- 1 print copy A Tale of Two Demon Slayers, by Angie Fox (autographed copy)

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Giveaway for both US and International residents.
Prize #1:

- 1 ecopy Deadly Obsession
- 1 ecopy of A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
- 1 ecopy of The Sergeant's Lady by Susanna Fraser

Prize #2:

- 1 ecopy Deadly Obsession
 - 1 ecopy of Unraveled by Courtney Milan
- 1 ecopy of Unlocked, a novella by Courtney Milan

Prize #3:
- 1 ecopy Deadly Obsession
- 1 ecopy of One Night in London by Caroline Linden
- 1 ecopy of Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett

Prize #4:
- 1 ecopy Deadly Obsession
- 1 ecopy of Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

Prize #8-10:
- 1 ecopy Deadly Addiction
- $10 Amazon or B&N giftcard

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