Published by Smashwords Edition on August 23rd 2016
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When Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer, must chose between jumping to what she considers certain death from a skydiving static line or sinking even deeper into debt in the unemployment line, she scrambles to find someone—anyone!—who can help her overcome her debilitating fear of heights. Enter John Trelawney, a charming window washer who thinks nothing of dangling by a cable fifty stories up and claims he can cure her. Everything about John makes Aubrey nervous... including the way her heart kicks into overdrive whenever he's around. But, at the end of her rope, she takes him up on his offer. Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling...possibly even in love with him?
What’s your name? John Trelawney
OK, let me rephrase the question. What name appears on your driver’s license? Maclyn John Delaney.
That’s better. Thank you. You’re very welcome.
OK, let’s get started!
How did you first meet your writer? She caught me posing as a homeless kid at a shelter up in Lincoln Park when she was writing False Start (the first book in her Assignment: Romance series). She ended up giving me a pretty substantial role in that story.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book? No! I had no idea, although, like I said, I was surprised by how much I appeared in her first book, so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised when she gave me a book of my own.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance? Aw, that’s a tough one. I mean, I love the skydiving scenes, but those pale in comparison to the first couple of days I got to spend with Aubrey.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you? Oh yeah…the hammock? Totally my idea, but I know she didn’t feel good writing it until she check with a trusted beta reader.
Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams? Every chance I get.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere? Read, run, jump out of airplanes, count the stars with Aubrey.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in? Absolutely. I don’t take myself seriously enough to pull off suspense and…although, come to think of it, I’d be willing to do the whole kilt thing if she decided to try a Highlander historical.
Do you like the way the book ended? Well, if you ask me, it ended way too soon, but she’s assured me that she’ll pick up where she left off in a future book, so…
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined? See previous question.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you? Procrastination, but she assured me it was only a way for her to build up the suspense a bit.
What do you do for a living? As far as Aubrey knows, I’m a window washer and work part-time in a running shoe store.
What is your greatest fear? Aubrey finding out who I really am before I can get her to fall in love with me.
What do you wear when you go to sleep? Uh, just in case my gran reads this, I’ll go with pajama bottoms.
What is your most prized possession? The hammock on my building’s rooftop deck.
What embarrasses you? Probably the fact that I live with my grandmother.
What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret? And what would happen if everyone found out about it? My true identity. I keep it a secret because I am hell-bent on finding someone to love me for me. If anyone finds out before that happens, I’ll never really be sure if I’ve found true love. Heavy stuff, isn’t it?
What do you find most appealing in men/women? Having the courage to live life to the fullest.
What do you find most unappealing in men/women? When they let fear rule their life.
What do you like most about where you live? My building’s roof deck is amazing and I usually have it all to myself.
What word makes you the happiest? “Aubrey.”
Thanks again for visiting with us today !!!!
“Where to now?” Aubrey asked as she wadded up what remained of her lunch and deposited it in a nearby trash can.
“You’ll find out when we get there.”
John then headed for the exit. With the midday sun rising higher in the sky, the lakefront began to toast. So did her cheeks when she watched him tug off his sweatshirt as he walked. The white fitted T-shirt he had on underneath left little to her imagination.
A tumble of excitement, exasperation, lust, and dread welled up in her as she joined him.
“You’re like a kid in a man’s body, you know that?”
An incredibly hot man’s body.
He stopped and faced her. “And did you know that most people who suffer from phobias have a hyper-developed need for control?”
“Are you implying that I’m a control freak?”
He chuckled. “No, I’m not implying it. I’m stating it, rather explicitly.”
She pointed at him. “There. You did it again.”
She quoted back what he had just said. “Who talks like that?”
He narrowed his eyes. “Well-read adults?”
Of which you seem to be neither.
She kept walking.
“What are you getting so huffy about?” with another of his penetrating stares.
After a moment of silent reflection, she replied, “I don’t like not knowing where I’m going.”
At this, he held out his hands as they walked along. “Did I call it, or did I call it?”
She turned and grumbled, “Jackass.”
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