Rick: Thank you for having me here. Please call me Rick. All my friends do.
Devika: Rick, I’m curious to find out more about you. What do you do for a living?
Rick: I work as an architect over at the Steffian Bradley. I’m doing very well, but unfortunately, my boss decided to pair me up with someone from a rival firm for a huge merger project the two companies are doing.
Devika: Interesting. What about your family background?
Rick: I came from a down-to-earth Catholic family. We lived in East Boston. I have two siblings, my pain-in-the-ass brother Lucas and my meddling sister Sofia. (Laughs.) But seriously, we’re all very close.
Devika: I see. So how did you meet Tory?
Rick: Well…it was at Venu, where I was hanging out because Lucas works there. This beautiful woman came in, and after she brushed me off the first time, I was set to give up on her. But then some bastard tried to rough her up, so I had to step in. After that, I think she just scrambled my brain because it hasn’t worked right ever since.
Devika: Wow. That sure makes for an interesting story. How did you know she’s the one?
Rick: I guess I didn’t, not at first. But she affected me differently than other women, and I did some things I regret deeply now.
Devika: Would you say there was a decisive moment in your life that made you who you are today?
Rick: This is a little known fact, but I got tied up in a street gang when I was a teenager. I was lucky to get out when I could, or my life would’ve been completely different. So you could say that made me the man I am today, because I knew I’d have to work that much harder to make a good life for myself.
Devika: Let’s talk about your dreams and goals in life.
Rick: Of course I want to take on larger projects in my career, land some greater opportunities. Beyond that, I guess I’d like to get married and have children sometime in the future. But, not immediately.
Devika: Okay. And what is your greatest fear?
Rick: My worst fear is that I really hurt Tory, and I have no way of finding her again. Plus, I know I don’t deserve her.
Devika: Tell me, if you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?
Rick: It’s purely loco, but I want her. More than anything, despite the lies that tore us apart, I still want her in my life any way I can have her. She woke me up, and now I can’t stop thinking about her.
Devika: I’d love to talk some more, but unfortunately our time is up. Thanks so much for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what adventures you’ll have in store for us in the future. *waves*
About the Book
Blurb for Directions of the Heart:
Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion...
In all of these amazing stories, there's one burning question...is love worth the risk?
Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?
Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous abyss of desire with the mysterious Rick, can she climb back out before it’s too late? Or does she even want to?
Struggling to run her family’s farm on her own, Sadie takes on a hired hand, Matt. As they grow closer, so does the danger. Someone wants her legacy. Can they combat this new threat, as well as the demons of the past, before Sadie loses everything, including her life?
A Touch of Dawn
Caitlyn thought she’d be in the dark forever. But with the light came Jack, the police consultant who found her. Can they take a journey of healing together, or will Caitlyn retreat into the darkness of her mind, where she lived for so long?
(CONTENT WARNING: With an abuse awareness theme in this collection, there may be triggers here for past trauma sufferers. However, HEAs are guaranteed.)
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About the Author
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.
Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender