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How exciting! The character I chose to interview is the hero of the Edge of Texas series, Rafael Solis. He is everything heroic and not bad to look at. The series is set on the lower Texas coast near the Mexican border. Rafael, introduce yourself to everyone.
Rafael: I’m the sheriff now, and I married Chloe Palmer, my childhood sweetheart. That is, after she returned to the Texas coast. We had a little misunderstanding and she ended up leaving for a while, but when she returned I was determined not to let her get away from me again.”
Me: That’s nice. I’ve heard Chloe refer to you as ‘Raffy’. When did you get that nickname?
Rafael: (Gruffly) Nobody, and I mean nobody else calls me that, ever. . .<he sighs> Chloe started calling me Raffy in the fifth grade when we first met. It was sweet and I was crazy about her, even then.
Me: You’re a very strong man, Rafael. Tell me, do you have any weaknesses?
Rafael: “Mostly, my weaknesses revolve around Chloe. She tends to lead with her heart and not her head. She has put me through the wringer when she’s rushed headlong into trouble. I’m very protective of my wife and my children.”
Me: Why don’t you tell me a little about the deputies who work with you?
Rafael: “They’re the best. Adriano Esquivel is like a rock. He’s solid and dependable. He calls himself un hombre de la gente…a man of the people. Adriano has a keen sense of right and wrong and he’s always got my back. Then there’s Germaine Freeman, a transplant from New Orleans. Germaine has a sense of humor and seems to be a chick magnet. He and Adriano are both big guys, and if they go after someone, their quarry better come along quietly. My third ‘man’ is a woman. Darla Calhoun has had special training as a sharpshooter, so if we’re in need of the skills as a sniper, she’s our man. And then there’s Ida. She was a deputy before my time, but was injured in a high-speed chase accident. She’s now the office manager and she manages all of us. Great team.
Me: Your team certainly does work together well.
Rafael: “It’s all about the team.”
Me: Tell me, Rafael. Have you ever doubted yourself?
Rafael: Plenty of times. Probably the hardest thing for me was when Manuel Cruz, my nemesis in BAD MEDICINE, kept telling me that I was just like him. There was one time when I came close to killing him, but if I had taken his life in anger, he would be right. I pulled back and walked away with the sound of his laughter ringing in my ears.
Me: So you have a temper? And here I thought you were the perfect man.
Rafael: <chuckles> I’m far from perfect. Chloe would tell you I’ve got a jealous streak and I guess I’m kind of possessive where she’s concerned, but she manages to put up with me.
Me: I’d say she does a good job of that. You and she share a hot and sexy love affair.
Rafael: Emphasis on the love part. I can’t stay away from her.
Me: Thanks Rafael. I’m going to share a little excerpt from BAD MEDICINE, Book I in the series.
Set up: Chloe has taken a job as bartender at a local dockside hangout to try and gather information about her father's murder.
Excerpt from BAD MEDICINE:
When she opened the bedroom door Raffy turned on the light. He glanced at the clock and ran his fingers through his thick, tousled hair.
“I didn’t mean to wake you up.”
He yawned and stretched out his arms. “I wasn’t asleep. I couldn’t seem to get to sleep without you. You’re a hard habit to break.”
Chloe went into the bathroom, washed her face and brushed her teeth. When she stepped out he was asleep. She smiled when she turned off the light. He couldn’t sleep until she was home safe. Tears threatened, prickling her nose.
Home. It’s not a place. It’s wherever we’re together. She took a slow, deep breath before crossing the room.
Gently lifting the covers, Chloe slipped in beside him and experienced the complete release of tension when he folded her in his arms. She hadn’t even acknowledged the presence of stress until she let it go. This is what home is all about.
In the morning, the alarm sounded all too early. She shut it off, glancing over her shoulder. Raffy stretched and reached for her.
“Good morning,” she said. “Go back to sleep.”
“I do not like this coming and going. I need to spend more time with you. It seems like we only meet up in bed.” He gave her a wry grin. “And I don’t mean that in a good way.” He rubbed his eyes with the heels of his hands. “What happened with Manny last night?”
“He came in and left without talking to me. I think Germaine scared him off.”
“Good for Germaine. He scares a lot of people.”
“Yeah, but Manny really creeped me out. I was talking to Germaine and when I looked up Manny was staring at me with a bad look on his face. He just walked turned and walked out.”
“What’s a bad look?”
She shivered. “His face was all tight and his eyes looked really cold.”
Raffy shook his head. “Maybe it’s for the best. Let it die down and stay away from him. In fact, I want you to quit the bar and let me handle the investigation. I am the professional law enforcement officer, after all.”
Chloe grinned at him. “I know, but If Manny comes back, I'm sure I can keep everything light and see where he takes it. I think he was telling me that I was way to close to the law.”
“And that’s where you’re going to stay.”
“No, Raffy. I want some space. You need to tell Germaine to be more subtle in his guard dog duties.”
Raffy drew in a deep breath and let it out slowly. “What am I going to do with you, Chloe? You ignore everything I say and you insist on going off in a direction that can get you into trouble. That can get you killed. Let me protect you.”
Chloe ducked her head. “I know Manny is involved in my father’s death somehow.”
He lifted her chin. “Would you listen to yourself? That’s what I’m trying to tell you. I don’t mean to upset you, but you didn’t see your father’s body until after the funeral parlor got through with him.”
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The order of the Edge of Texas series is:
BAD MEDICINE~Book I
BAD KARMA~Book II
BAD VIBES~Book III
BAD DREAMS~Coming soon
BAD COOKIE~Christmas Release
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