Friends Friday – Wendi Zwaduk Ain’t Misbehaving!

First I wanted to thank Victoria for having me on her blog again. She’s such a lovely person. And her books are awesome. You should pick one up. Grab one of mine while you’re at it.

Ok, so the title…kinda fits after what I said. “I ain’t misbehaving.” Ha! Ask anyone who knows me. I’m one of the royalty of causing trouble. Tell me not to do something and I’ll probably give it a thought and more than likely try it. Example? Sure! “Don’t roll your eyes while banging your head.” That’s a novel thought. Wonder what would happen… Makes you a bit dizzy, but it’s nothing worse than going to a heavy metal concert and dancing or getting shoved around while everyone else is dancing.

My suggestion? Try it, but not with furniture around.

Where am I going with this? Glad you asked. It relates to my characters. Rhett Ione is a secondary character in my book You’ll Think of Me. The man is a pistol, plain and simple. He loves to stir the pot and watch what happens. Oh, and he loves the ladies. He’ll tell you happily that it doesn’t really matter, if a woman appeals to him, he’ll make an advance. It’s a secret as far as he’s concerned, but he likes girls with meat on their bones.

“More cushion for the pushin’, that’s my motto.”

And yes, he loves to misbehave. Hence my title. He’s the one who would try head banging and rolling his eyes. He’d drink you under the table if you asked and he’d sing karaoke just because it sounded like fun. As far as he’s concerned, he’s not really misbehaving. He’s having a ball.

When I wrote You’ll Think of Me, and he came to the forefront, I knew I had a character I could relate to. Who doesn’t know that one person who doesn’t totally ride the line of being good? That’s me and Rhett. And honestly, as I worked, he talked to me much more than Cade, the hero, did. That’s probably why he and Rhett get along. Rhett does all the talking and surfer-handsomeness with ease. Cade’s more the silent, brooding, rank and file type.

Cade wouldn’t get too far out of his comfort zone for the sake of fun (unless Melanie is concerned, but that’s another blog post). Rhett’s the one who wanted a threesome with Cade and Mel just because it sounded like a great thing to do on a rainy night. He almost got his way, too. (Again, that’s for another post). Now don’t think that Rhett’s only goal in life is to have fun. Get him talking about working on military aircraft and the man will bring a tear to the eye. He’s patriotic to his Airman core.

So which one would I want to hang out with?

Both. At the same time. I’d love to sing a karaoke song that’s horrible just because it’s fun and then turn around and watch a sunset because it’s a nice quiet thing to do. I’d want to cuddle with Cade and bask in his strength. Then I’d want to laugh my guts out with Rhett, telling dirty jokes just because we could.

That’s why I love writing and having an array of characters. None are exactly alike and they will all keep you entertained in their own way. In Rhett’s case, it includes rude noises, dirty jokes, and a few beers.

Drink up and let ‘er fly.

You’ll Think of Me

Available from Total-E-Bound November 22nd in digital form.

The man of her dreams finally came home from the war, but is he still the man she remembers or have his demons changed him forever?

Melanie Roberts has loved her best friend more than she could ever imagine, and for longer than she wants to admit. Though once lovers, she’s resigned herself to being no more than his best friend and roommate. On the eve of his return from deployment in Iraq, in order to keep her heart from breaking, she’s moving on — after one last sexy night.

Cade Nicholson has come to a decision. As he comes home damaged in both body and soul from his latest deployment, all he wants is to find comfort in Melanie’s arms. Unsure, and unsteady in expressing his love to the only woman to hold his heart, he has to find a way to convince her of his true feelings.

Can two best friends overcome their demons to prove their love for one another before past decisions come back to haunt them and it’s too late?

Twisting from the collective embrace, she eyeballed each man. Rhett could stop traffic with his rugged boy-next-door good looks, well-placed tattoos, and electric blue eyes. None of that mattered. Cade commanded her full attention. His six-foot frame towered over her, though she never felt threatened. From his spiky black hair to his toned legs, he was her hero. If he only knew how wet she was with nothing more than a hug and husky words grazing her ear.

Melanie stood on her tippy-toes. She slid her hands along Cade’s body to cup the back of his head, partially to hug him, but more to make sure her Airman was real. Three months back, the national television news reported brutal attacks, including the bombing which took their good friend Dell’s life.

After seeing the frontline footage, Melanie wondered how anyone made it through the incident without major injury. She thanked God each day no one came to her door to tell her if Cade or Rhett were hurt. Although Cade stopped writing over three months ago, Rhett’s letters kept her up to date on the extent of Cade’s injuries and the progress of his recovery from the second bombing. Still, seeing Cade in the flesh reassured her more than all Rhett’s written words offered.

Melanie cocked her head and considered him a moment. The jovial light, which normally sparkled in his eyes, seemed dim. Maybe he was just tired and needed a long rest.

His arms laced tight around her body, sending another hot rush along her nerve endings. Tears pricked her eyes. She wasn’t sure if she should smother him with kisses, belt him on the arm, or a combination of both. Why not tell him how she felt? She licked her lips and swallowed hard to buy a moment to think. “You asked if I was your girl. I doubt I’m enough to satisfy you.”

Cade shifted. His expression was stark. She chewed her bottom lip for a moment. She couldn’t quite pinpoint the problem, but something about Cade wasn’t right. He seemed stiff and despondent as he stared at the ground. Did he see something in Afghanistan he couldn’t shake? Or someone? She shoved the thought aside. He lived for the ménages with Rhett. “Cade, am I your only girl for this furlough?”

Although a sly grin curled the corner of his mouth, his gaze slid to the bank of windows to the left. “I could be convinced.”

You’ll Think of Me – Available from Total-E-Bound November 22nd in digital form.

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