Let’s meet IrishMist (Ivy) Vaughn from Stay A Little Longer , a Romantic Suspense by Bernadette Jones. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.
Stay A Little Longer by Bernadette Jones
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
IrishMist (Ivy) Vaughn studied the glass of liqueur that she’d been named after and contemplated her lack of a future. She’d been fighting to stay alive since the age of twelve. Trained with warrior skills to be whatever they asked of her. Trained to kill.
No permanent home. Living out of a duffel bag. Changing personas at the ring of a phone. I’m lost. I’m struggling to make sense of my life. I’m tired of fighting everyone else’s battles. All my friends have died. I want to quit. I want a little normal. A little happiness. A little…love.
Will they let me walk away?
Death didn’t frighten Gage Ewing. Living scared the hell out of him.
The innocent one died. I lived. Where is the justice in that? I’ve spent every day since trying to save others. No matter how many I heal in the hospital or on the streets, I can never be forgiven for that one death. I don’t deserve a family, a home or one moment of happiness.
Then she walks into the Wild Card and I’m filled with need, hunger. Hope. But my past is coming. Can I walk away before I’m the death of another innocent?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Gender: Badass Female
Birthplace: Backwoods Kentucky
Profession: Military and Black Ops Assassin
Ethnicity: No Clue
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m 5’7″, blue eyes, long blonde hair. I’m a fighter, so I’m pretty well muscled but sleek. My size is deceptive. I’m a lot stronger than some would think.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up poor and learned how to fight early. I was into martial arts and MMA boxing before I even left high school.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Gage Ewing won’t get out of my head or my life. I don’t want anyone, but he doesn’t let up. He makes me feel safe to be me. He makes me feel wanted. He doesn’t care what I’ve been.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?
I have an older brother, Jack Daniels Vaughn. But I haven’t seen him since I was a kid. He disappeared.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
We didn’t have many toys. We played outside or went to the school playground.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I love pasta and meatballs, a little on the spicy side. My second favorite is chicken, any style.
Tell us about your best friend.
The first time I met Owen, I decked him. He’s not afraid to spar with me. We’re both ex-military and ex-MMA fighters. We’ve both seen some bad stuff. He gets me.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I traveled a lot with my career. Now, I want solitude and peace and maybe a family. I think I’ve found it in Spencer, Colorado.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Kentucky. Growing up there was my personal hell on earth.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I really wish I could see my brother again. I miss him and I never understood why he left.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
The person out to kill me. I don’t know who it is, but I will find them.
About Bernadette Jones
Bernadette Jones has been making up stories since she learned to read on her daddy’s lap. She has imagined casts of characters everywhere she’s called home: Texas, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Massachusetts, and now New York.
Books and music filled her life as she, her dad and two brothers traveled the country. She would sit in the back seat of the car (her older brother always got to ride shotgun), listening to the current music on the radio, looking out the window and spinning a story based on a phrase or word she’d heard in the lyrics. As you can imagine, traveling the country the music changed from state to state, as did the stories. To this day she loves all genres of music, and books.
After a career in corporate writing, she’s finally decided to settled down and put pen to paper doing what she loves. Living the dream in her NYC apartment with her canine companion, she’s is bringing her stories and characters to life.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
There are some secondary characters that wanted to take over.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Ivy stays in the shadows. I thought it was time people learned a little about her.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
She didn’t know how to love or be loved. Affection was hard for her. I also didn’t know she had a brother.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Possibly a short story with Gage and Ivy. Also keep watching, Jack Daniels may have his own story. After all, Spencer is about family.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Paranormal. I have some ideas…. If only there was more time in a day.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I write about the healing of love, but I grew up on mysteries, thrillers, and action stories. You will find all of those in my books.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
All my books are stand alone and can be read in any order. However, you meet both Gage and Ivy in my first book: Sleepin’ Alone.
My next book will be out in September. Watch for Lonely Eyes.
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Where to buy Stay A Little Longer
Publisher Aspen Gold Books
Universal link. https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/stay-a-little-longer-9
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