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Know the Heroine from A Place in Your Heart by Kathy Otten @kathyotten #RLFblog #Historical RomanceKathy Otten, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

A Place in Your Heart by Kathy Otten

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gracie McBride isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for respect. But in this man’s world of Civil War medicine, Gracie is expected to maintain her place changing beds and writing letters. Her biggest nemesis is the ward surgeon, Doctor Charles Ellard, who seems determined to woo her with arrogant kisses and terrible jokes.
Charles is an excellent surgeon. He assumed he would be well received by an army at war. He was not. Friendless and alone, he struggles to hide the panic attacks that plague him while the only person who understands him is a feisty Irish nurse clearly resolved to keep him at a distance.
But Charles is sent to the battlefield, and Gracie is left with a wounded soldier, a box of toys, and a mystery which can only be solved by the one man she wishes could love her, both as a woman and a nurse.

Know the Heroine from A Place in Your Heart

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Gracie enjoys reading, or doing puzzles.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
She likes apple cinnamon cake.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Being a widow, her dresses have all been dyed black. In the hospital she’s not allowed to wear a crinoline, so she wears extra petticoats, her favorite one is red.
Does she know how to fix things?
No, except when it comes to people’s problems. Then she’s right there trying to fix things.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
She tried to help Doctor Ellard with his wish to have a family, but she was too intrusive and he resented her for it.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
Gracie is good with children, having grown up in a large Irish family.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
She is a morning person. Get up and get going.
How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
Being Irish and having worked as a maid, Gracie doesn’t really get involved in social situations. However, when she’s focused on accomplishing something she sometimes forgets social conventions, like seeing a man naked or spending time alone with a man in his tent.
Maid or takes care of herself?
Gracie pretty much takes care of herself.
Proper dress or casual clothes?
Gracie wears what is proper for her station in life.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
Normally buttoned, but when she’s working she rolls them up.
Powdered wig or natural hair?
Natural hair.
Carriage or horseback?
She can ride, but doesn’t have occasion to do it much. She usually walks or takes a carriage or taxi.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy A Place in Your Heart

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKYZ61M/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-place-in-your-heart-kathy-otten/1128539862
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-place-in-your-heart

Kathy Otten Social Media

Historical romance author Kathy Otten, enjoys writing westerns with wounded heroes and feisty heroines. Multi-published, Kathy also writes contemporary romance and historical fiction, in all lengths of fiction from short story to novel. She was a finalist in the Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West Contest and a winner of the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writing Competition.
She lives in the rolling farmland of western New York and enjoys long walks with her German Shepherd, Max.
Currently, she has stepped outside her comfort zone and is putting the finishing touches on a contemporary young adult novel.
Still, romance is her favorite and she is playing with the rough drafts for a few more historicals.
You can sign up for her newsletter, or contact Kathy through her web site.
Website https://www.kathyotten.com
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Know the Heroine from Bear of the Midnight Sun by Holly Bargo @HollyBargoBooks #RLFblog #ParanormalRomanceHolly Bargo, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Bear of the Midnight Sun by Holly Bargo

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After a thousand years, immortal polar bear shifter Sindre finally finds his mate—on a talk show. In the city where anything goes, an impromptu wedding is just a taste of what’s to come. Startled into going through the ceremony, Miranda can’t stop the big, virile man from staking his claim on her and releasing her bear. Sindre can’t believe his good luck and will do anything to keep his mate at his side, up to and including taking marital advice from Atlas Leonidus. An independent woman with a successful career, Miranda melts at his touch and shuns his control, except she can’t control her bear.

Know the Heroine from Bear of the Midnight Sun

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Miranda prefers a quiet kind of life, so she picks up a book and reads. Or takes a nap. Naps are good.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Ice cream. Who doesn’t like ice cream?
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Comfortable, tailored clothing, like jeans and a button-down shirt or soft sweater.
Does she know how to fix things?
Miranda’s mother prizes independence above all things, and insisted she learn how to perform basic household repairs. As a woman living alone, she sees the sense in having that kind of practical knowledge. She mows her own yard, too, although gardening doesn’t float her boat.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Miranda would love to be a gourmet cook, but hasn’t got the knack. For a small dinner party, she once attempted a soufflé from a venerable French recipe. She followed the instructions to the letter, but it somehow managed explode. Soufflés collapse, but they don’t explode. Except hers did. She ordered pizza delivery instead, and, after the party, spent three hours cleaning out the burned splatter from her oven. She vowed never to attempt anything like that again.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
Miranda is uncomfortable about children, having never really interacted with them since she was a child herself. In fear of saying the wrong thing, she holds herself aloof to observe them.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Miranda’s ambivalent about mornings, although her cat Gonzo ensures she rises at the proper hour to ensure he receives his breakfast. She prefers to take her mornings with a cup or two of her favorite caffeinated beverage.
How does she act around people who don’t know what she is?
Like many authors, Miranda’s an introvert and reserved. Definitely not the life of the party, she’ll join the other wallflowers to watch and listen to the other guests.
Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?
Having grown up the daughter of a fiercely independent mother, Miranda learned to handle her own problems. In Bear of the Midnight Sun, she learns that she can’t necessarily handle her own problems and that needing help doesn’t necessarily imply weakness.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
She has no tattoos or body piercings, although she does have pierced ears and prefers more delicate earrings that enhance rather than make a bold statement. With her mother, a lawyer who chews razor wire for breakfast, Miranda’s tastes toward bodily embellishment tend to be conservative.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Personal vehicle, definitely. In small town and rural America, public transport often doesn’t exist. A privately owned car or truck is necessary.
Recycle or toss?
Miranda will recycle, as long as it’s not too inconvenient or costly. Having had an irregular income for most of her adult life, she measures cost against environmental responsibility carefully before making a purchase. Convenience is definitely a factor in her decisions to recycle, repurpose, or reuse.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Bear of the Midnight Sun

Publisher: Hen House Publishing
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Midnight-Immortal-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B07HKQLK7M

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo is the author’s pseudonym and really did exist once upon a time as a fondly remembered, temperamental Appaloosa mare. Holly writes fantasy and romance and loves combining the two for exciting, sizzling stories touched by magic.
Holly and her husband live on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with an ancient horse, elderly llama, clowder of cats, and timid Great Dane named after Catwoman. They have two children, one enrolled in college and the other serving in the military.
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Know the Heroine from Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One by Julia Huni @HuniJulia #RLFblog #CozyMystery #SciFiJulia Huni, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One by Julia Huni

Genre Science Fiction Cozy Mystery
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
In space, no one can hear you clean.
Most people want fame and fortune, but not Triana Moore. She prefers programming maintenance bots and eating vendo food in the solitude of the space station’s control center. But when a highly connected security agent interrupts her routine with stories of murder and missing bodies, Triana can’t ignore him; it’s cooperate or find a new job. A girl has to pay the rent, even on a crappy studio compartment.
Since working with a shiny detective beats a shuttle dirt-side, Triana lends her programming skills to Agent O’Neill’s investigation. Together, they find more victims and evidence of a major cover-up. A killer with a clean-up crew means money—lots of money, and connections—just the kind of notice Triana tries to avoid. Following the clues leads them to the wealthiest levels of the station, uncovers long-hidden secrets, and puts the killer on notice.
It will take all Triana’s technical talents, most of O’Neill’s connections, and some really excellent croissants to stop the murders, save her job, and ultimately, her life.

Know the Heroine from Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Triana loves to watch videos, especially early 21st century sci-fi shows like StarTrek, Battlestar Galactica, or Guardians of the Galaxy.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Triana will eat just about anything and everything. Her favorites are noodles from Hot-Good Noodles, pierogis from the Happy Poel, and chocolate from Dolce Amour. Or really, any chocolate.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Her favorite clothing is her Station Kelly-Kornienko maintenance coverall. It’s drab brown, with a station patch on the shoulder, but it’s soft, comfy, and stain resistant. It also doesn’t require any jewelry or accessories.
Does she know how to fix things?
Triana can fix anything computer related. She’s not so good at fixing dinner.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Triana tried to hack her holo-ring so the station operating system wouldn’t be able to track her. Unfortunately, this meant doors would no longer open, lights turned off when everyone else left the room, and she couldn’t order noodles at her favorite restaurant.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
She likes to think she’d be like the cool aunt who takes her sister’s kids places their parents would never let them go. In reality, there are very few children on SK2, so she’s kind of uncomfortable around them.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Triana is quiet until she gets her first cup of coffee, but she’s not cranky. She’s also not particularly peppy.
How does she act around people who don’t know what she is?
Nobody really knows what she is. So, either her whole life is an act, or she just acts like herself. Even she isn’t sure which is true.
Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?
She’s really independent. Most things she wants to do herself, but sometimes she manages to screw them up.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
Triana doesn’t have any piercings or tattoos, but, in her world skin and eye color can be changed by an esthetician. Triana’s roommate, Kara, does skin and hair mods, and in the second book of the series, she learns eye mods. She loves to practice on Triana.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
She lives on a space station, so neither. Although in book 2 they go dirtside, ride a HyperLoop and later rent a bubble.
Recycle or toss?
Always recycle. The station is green!
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Murder is Messy: Space Janitor One

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Messy-Space-Janitor-One/
Universal book link https://books2read.com/spacejanitorone

Julia Huni Social Media

Julia Huni grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and after twenty years roaming the country with the Air Force, she’s back. She has a husband, three kids and a dog named Pippin.
She’s been an IT guy, a choir director, an executive assistant, a stay-at-home mom, a college instructor, and that lady at the information booth in a tourist town. But writer is the best job ever, because she gets to make stuff up. Stuff she wishes were true, stuff she’s glad isn’t true.
When she’s not writing, or working at her day job at the college, she likes to knit, and bake crazy cakes for her kids’ birthdays. She also loves to travel.
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Introducing Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog Women's Fiction #RomanceLet’s meet Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, a Women’s Fiction Romance, by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit when his dad dies of a massive heart attack. Angelina, Richie’s mom is distraught, not leaving her house. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina. However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest.
Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.

Introducing Francine Raggalio

Please tell me about yourself.
Age: 38
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Proprietor
Ethnicity: Italian American
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
What do you look like?
I’m short, around five foot three, with long brown hair that takes me forever to keep from frizzing. My facial features are small and I have always considered myself ten pounds overweight.
Who is the significant other in your life?
The love of my life, Richie. We’ve been together since high school. We were high school sweethearts and king and queen of the prom.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
My strong New York acne, which tends to be high pitched when I get excitable.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Even though my husband is a retired, professional ballplayer, we tend to live comfortably. We do live in a big house, but I do my own cleaning. We have never lived extravagantly, even though we could have i we choose.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
Wealth is only a number. I feel that wealth comes from the heart.
On what special skills do you rely?
On my customer service skills, which go with a hell of a lot of patience when dealing with people.
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
Besides my wallet and sunglasses, my lipstick and tissues. I always have a pad and pen in my purse in the event I see a for sale by owner sign.
What is your family like?
My extended family includes Richie’s Mom and Dad. They are fun loving and treat me as if I were their daughter.
Are you close to family?
Yes. My in-laws always spend time with us. When I went through breast cancer, my mother-in-law was their everyday taking care of me.
Do you have children?
Not yet. Hoping to get through this pregnancy.
Are you involved in your community?
Yes. I always go to charity events, visit the pediatric ward to bring my husband’s swag to pass out. Richie and I always attend events together and give to this events.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I kept from my husband in The Perfect Pitch the hidden basement. It was decision Amy, Toni and I decided to take despite the fallout we received when are secret was revealed.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I always feel that because I was in foster care and had nothing, that I didn’t deserve to have such a wonderful life with the man of my dreams. Because he was the New York Pelicans number one pitcher with beautiful women always around him, I also doubted that I was good enough for him.
What past event causes you the most fear?
After losing my parents in a car accident, I always fear that I am going to lose Richie and the life I love.
What is your biggest need?
To be around my family and the need to feel loved by those around me.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
To have a healthy baby and seeing my friends and family be happy.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I’d like to thank her for giving me such an interesting and adventurous life. I learned lot about myself by going through the challenges you put me through.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
That you can get through any situation if you put your heart and soul into it.

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Another-Side-Perfect-Seaside-Boulevard-ebook/dp/B07CGH66KV/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Know the Heroine from Perfectly Christmas by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #romanticcomedyLinda O’Connor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Perfectly Christmas by Linda O’Connor

Genre Romantic comedy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”
That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.
Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.
This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.
Romantic and…complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Know the Heroine from Perfectly Christmas

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Builds a fire in the fireplace and cozies up with the latest issue of A Bit about Drills.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Pizza from Pizza Heaven in Strathaven. If she can get out of making dinner, she’s all over it.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
In the operating room, she’s in surgical greens. At home, it’s comfy sweat pants and an oversized sweatshirt.
Does she know how to fix things?
She’s a master with a drill – it’s been a hobby for years. If it can be fixed with a drill, she’s your woman.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
She’s not a huge fan of the Secret Santa gift exchange. Buying gifts that people don’t need and want even less is not exactly her cup of tea. But she’s trying to fit into small-town Strathaven so she agrees to participate. Whose name does she pull out of the hat? None other than her old flame Quinn Malone. Groan. Now she has three weeks to make a homemade gift for him. The silver lining is that she’ll be able to use her drill – soap on a rope anyone?
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
She’s used to putting patients, including children, quickly at ease.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
She’s an early riser – all those years of 6 a.m rounds at the hospital have molded her into an early bird.
Can she use chopsticks?
Yes. She’s a surgeon with superior fine motor skills – chopsticks are a piece of cake.
Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?
Coffee – black. Quick and easy – and it means less grocery shopping.
What apps would she have on her phone?
CPS (Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties), UptoDate, Mobile Banking, Grey’s Anatomy, Fundamentals of Surgery, A Bit about Drills
Android or iPhone?
iPhone
Earrings or unpierced ears?
Earrings – discrete turquoise crystals are her fav.
Tattoos or unadorned skin?
Unadorned skin.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Her own CRV that she can pack all her belongings in – handy when she moves from small town to small town. But in Strathaven, the car stays parked in her garage, and everything is close enough to walk.
Recycle or toss?
Recycle (always).
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Perfectly Christmas

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/ebook/dp/B01MYW5T7X

Linda O’Connor Social Media

Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.
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Detective Josephine 'Jo' Rayburn from Gravedigger by CeeRee Fields @ceereefields #RLFblog #romanticsuspenseLet’s meet Josephine ‘Jo’ Rayburn from Gravedigger, a romantic suspense by CeeRee Fields. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Gravedigger by CeeRee Fields

Hunting a killer is easy. Learning to love is hard.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
Josephine ‘Jo’ Rayburn has no luck with love. Between the demands of her job as a homicide detective, finding the perfect yarn for her knitting projects, and her nosy family, she doesn’t have time to find her happily ever after, nor does she really believe it exists. Until she’s assigned to the Gravedigger task force where she meets Rhysian ‘Rhys’ Harrison, the sexy Coroner’s assistant.
Rhys Harrison thought he had found love with the perfect woman. But his parents’ death forced him to choose between his fiancée and caring for his brother, he chose his brother. His only regret, the medical degree he abandoned to work in the Coroner’s office. When the Gravedigger leaves his latest victim at the gates of a cemetery, Rhys and Jo are thrown together, her prickly personality interests him, but it’s her deeply hidden romantic side that captivates him.
After one of the task force members is shot, Rhys’s fears of losing Jo, like he’s lost so much already, threaten to rip them apart. Can she convince him that love is worth having no matter the risk? Or will he play it safe, leaving before his heart becomes too attached?

Introducing Detective Josephine ‘Jo’ Rayburn

Please tell me about yourself.
*Jo clears her throat*
“So, I’m thirty. A female.” She huffs, “I feel like I’m being grilled.”
I grin. “That’s because you are. Continue, please.”
“Fine. I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. And I’m a homicide detective.” Jo frowns. “Do you wanna know my sign?”
I shake my head. “Nope, I already know it. How about telling the readers your stats.”
“You mean like I’m a perp?”
“Well, you are being grilled like one.”
Jo rubs her forehead. “I’ve gotta talk to the captain about sending me on these dang interviews.”
“Come on, Josephine, keep going.”
My comment was met with a narrow-eyed squint. “Don’t call me that.”
“Then keep going.” I swear sometimes my characters are so stubborn.
“I have brown hair. It’s plain not like what you hear about in all those books. Just boring brown. I’m short and skinny. Not scrawny as some of the other officers like to say but skinny. It comes in handy as perps underestimate me. Until they meet my gaze.”
I looked into Jo’s light-colored blue eyes.
“Most find the color disconcerting.”
“I can imagine. Especially if you look at them like you’re looking at me, right now.”
“How’s that?”
“Like I’m a bug under a microscope.” I flipped to the next question. “So, tell us about the significant other in your life.”
“Like my boyfriend? You know I hate that term, but that would be Rhysian ‘Rhys’ Harrison. Or if you’re talking about the guy who has my back when bullets start flying, well that’s my partner Sullivan Krane, also known as Icky which I will never call him in public.” Jo holds out her hand. “You know what? Pass me the sheet. I’ll fill it out so this interview goes faster.”
Refraining from rolling my eyes at the stubborn woman, I pass over the questionnaire.
How do you dress?
It depends. If I’m headed to a crime scene, then I prefer black or dark colors in case blood gets on me. Or in case I have to chase a perp. If I’m going out with Rhys, then I might wear something in blue as he loves that color.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
My snarky replies. My partner, Sullivan, brings it out in me. As does working with my half-sister, Karma. As well as Jones and Brown, I swear those two should come with a warning label.
Please tell us about your education.
I grew up around cops. My stepdad, Carl is Chief of Police in Moody… well, he was. He’s retired now. My two older brothers are cops, pretty much all Carl’s family are cops, so I’ve grown up dissecting crime scenes and hearing about cases as they would sometimes bounce ideas off each other. I also have a Criminal Justice degree with a minor in Psychology. But I am by no means a head doctor; I just like to know how the bad guy thinks.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
I wouldn’t say book-smart as I don’t have much time to read. I’d probably go with self-taught as spending time sparring and at the gun range is me teaching myself to be better.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I live in a one-bedroom apartment. My most extravagant thing in there is a table my mom wanted to donate to Goodwill, but it held too many memories. So, I took it. My other extravagance would be the corkboard that takes up the wall across from my couch and Lazy-boy which I hang my tough cases on to try to puzzle out as I knit. *Narrows my gaze* Yeah, I knit and that needs to be kept close to the vest.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
I don’t have a problem with wealth. Rhysian’s wealthy, he and his brother live in a house in Mountain Brook that looks like a flipping castle. Not my thing, but I love Rhys, so I accept the money part of it.
On what special skills do you rely?
My brains and my gut. I can beat Sullivan at the shooting range and Karma in a no holds barred sparring match.
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I’ve been studying one form or another of martial arts after I was kidnapped when I was five. I love the challenge of learning the forms and applying them in my everyday life when needed. But I am by no means a master.
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
My badge and a few things that help get me out of a jam. Like a Swiss army knife. A backup gun in my ankle holster for those ‘just in case’ emergencies. A set of lockpicks, because you never know when you’ll get locked in someplace. And a few other odds and ends.
What is your family like?
My mom, Maddy, and stepdad, Carl, are amazing. I have two older stepbrothers and a half-brother and half-sister that are Maddy and Carl’s biological children.
My biological dad keeps his distance. He’s not to be trusted. I’ve got three half-sisters from him and the women he’s been with.
Are you close to family?
I’m very close with the Rayburns. They’ve always been in my life.
Again, my bio-dad’s family. My half-sisters have begun making noises that they want a relationship. I’m on the fence since they still have contact with bio-dad.
Are you involved in your community?
As long as you consider arresting bad guys and making sure we have a rock-solid case community involvement… then yep, I’m all kinds of involved.
How well do you know your neighbors?
Neighbors? Wait you mean the people in the other apartments? Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve seen them. But then again, I work odd hours. They have to be good people though, since I’ve never arrested any of them and as far as I know no one from the police department has responded to any complaints.
Now that you brought it up, it might be a good idea to make sure none of them are on the shady side. (Jo shoots a text to her partner Sullivan)… done. Next question.
Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
If you did the crime, then I’m going to arrest you. Morality and the many shades are for judges and juries to decide, not me. I deal in homicides, which means someone’s killed someone else. So, their moral compass is screwed up by the time I get involved.
How do others perceive you based upon looks, and is this assumption accurate?
If they don’t meet my gaze, most think I’m harmless. For some reason, the second they meet my cold eyes perps run… usually in the opposite direction. Then I gotta chase them… It’s not pleasant. Sometimes they duck in alleys when I tackle them and those places are cesspools. Not as bad as flop houses, mind you, but almost.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
Nope. I don’t like some of the flack I get from the older cops for being a female. But I hold my own when they decide they want a piece of me. Whether it’s verbal or in the ring.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
Those I want to stay in touch with from my past… I stay in touch with, so they don’t need to show up. They’re always welcome for a beer and chat.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?
That’s gonna be a long list… Do you have more paper? I especially need to do a star system, because some of the people I arrested need to be at the top of the list.
Oh, and I really need to include my bio-dad’s contacts in that list. Great. Now I’m going to have to call Karma for their information and she’s going to probably want to come down here to see what’s going on. You know what, let’s just start with the arrests and go from there.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Yes, it’s called blackmail fodder. And usually I have videos to back it up, just in case.
What secrets do you know about people around you that you do NOT share?
I think my biological father is a hitman and I think he ordered the hit on the group of men who kidnapped me when I was a kid. I’ve never told anyone that and I won’t share that willy-nilly. But you seem like the type who can keep a secret.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
When my teammates get injured because of a call I make. I always blame myself, because I’m the one in charge of catching the Gravedigger and it’s my orders my team is following.
What past event causes you the most fear?
That someone else will get hurt while trying to catch the Gravedigger.
What is your biggest need?
My biggest need would be for Rhysian not to leave me because of my job. No matter how dangerous it can be. He needs to have faith that I’ll do everything I can to come home in one piece but life happens. He just has some trouble with his brother being involved in that hit-and-run when he was a kid which caused Rian to be brain damaged. Then Rhys’s parents died in a car accident, so it’s not just my job that could kill me but everyday life.
So, he needs to learn to live in the moment.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
Keeping Rhysian in my life while still keeping the job I love.
What would help you face hardship and meet any challenge?
Catching criminals so they won’t prey on innocent citizens again. Seeing the abject relief on the victims faces when I close a case, that helps me face another day and solve another case. It’s not easy, their loved one is still dead, but at least the murderer isn’t out there hurting, or killing, someone else.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
I’m prickly. I don’t let just anyone get to know me and I don’t trust many people. My family I trust to have my back and Sullivan. Rhys I’m learning to lower my guard around him, but it’s a process.
How do you handle challenges?
I meet them head on. I don’t like leaving something dangling that could cause me problems down the road. Especially, if it can come back to bite me in the rear.
What is your breaking point?
When one of my team gets hurt because of a call I made. I’d rather be the one to take the bullet than one of my team. Luckily, Rhys is there to help pick up the pieces and put me back together.
How do you express disappointment?
Usually at the gun range or in the ring.
How emotionally expressive are you to others?
Rhysian draws my emotions from me and makes me softer. For everyone else, no… Just no. I have a gun and I am not afraid to use it if you get in my personal space. Just so you know.
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
Nothing to an outsider, I’ve learned how to keep a poker face due to all the crime scenes I’ve been called to. However, Sullivan and my family can read me like a book. They know the more stoic I become, the tighter rein I have on my emotions, the more upset I am. If anything, I become colder.
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
Rhysian has the power to rip my heart out, since I’ve allowed him behind my heavily defended walls. My family and Sullivan as well, but they wouldn’t. Rhys is another story, there’s nothing to tie us together but promises. If I can just convince him to live in the moment and quit dwelling on all the ways I could die because of my job, we’d have our happily ever after. Otherwise, I’m terrified he’ll leave me.
What would you like to tell your writer?
Oh, this is my favorite question. *Josephine scribbles madly* ‘Quit putting me and Karma, my half-sister, on the same dang work assignments. It’s annoying. We don’t play well together and it’s never going to get better.’
Josephine’s writer laughs maniacally… Little does Josephine know I have Karma moving to Birmingham, Alabama to take one of the Homicide Detective positions open.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
I will catch Gravedigger and when I do I swear I’ll bring him to justice.

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