Let’s give a warm, welcome MBA&M welcome to author, KymRoberts!
Now, set back and enjoy your time with our guest…
Thank you for having me on My Book Addiction and More to introduce my heroes to your readers. This is my last blog on the tour, and my giveaway will be ending soon, so enter on the rafflecopter for a chance to win one of many gifts! With two books released in July, and another one coming very soon, I decided to meet my heroes for dinner and introduce readers to these delectable men surrounding my table. Each one arrived alone, and thought the meeting was just the two of us. Walt was early, he’s a police academy instructor in Handled By Officer, so arriving early was in his blood—think drill instructor in the shape of Thor, and that’s Walt. Although my version comes with a mid-west accent and short hair. 😉
Makaio arrived next, he’s my playboy from Hawai’i in Dead On Arrival who’s never been serious about any relationship. He’s a cop in his early twenties so he’s right where he belongs in life. Except he’s not. He screwed up the most valuable relationship he’s ever had — his cousin was more like a twin brother to him, until I stepped into the picture and messed with their heads. I feel bad about it, considering these men have been tight since diapers, but it was a journey they had to take.
Alapai arrived third, he’s the biggest of them all. Well over six and a half feet, his size and brawn would be intimidating as hell if he didn’t always wear a smile. Also from Hawai’i, he’s Makaio’s cousin, and he’s got his hands full running a security company of his own and being a guardian to a magical race from Hawaiian folklore. He really didn’t have time for this trip to the mainland, but he aimed to please… until he saw Makaio. Now he’s not happy at all.
Stone just arrived. I’d tell you his first name, but he’d have to kill you. Not really but he’s my guy who never cracks a smile. Stone wasn’t always that way, he’s just back from the war in Afghanistan and still recovering from his injuries. He’s always been lean, and he might be the smallest guy in the room, but that doesn’t make him little, or easy prey. Even with his injury, he showed up as if he magically ‘poofed’ himself into the mix — his military training had made him deadly silent in everything he did. The strain of recovery showed on his face, he’d lost some weight and sweat beaded his forehead. I’d feel sorry for him for all the pain and extra exertion he’s had to go through for this journey, but then he’d have to kill me, so I’ll just admire his strength and endurance. He’s really going to need it in Dead Man’s Carve, which will be releasing very soon!
We hadn’t made it to the sitting position since Makaio arrived in a tank top, cargo shorts and flip-flops with his tattoo peeking out and looking ultra sexy. He and Walt went toe-to-toe, until Alapai arrived who thought the whole scene was humorous … then Makaio turned around. Pai’s happy-go-lucky personality turned very dark at that point and when he read my thoughts (I really should have cut the umbilical cord sooner) the glimmer in his eyes disappeared. He looked like a cold-blooded killer in a black suit and tie — his long, dark ponytail enhancing the image.
But as soon as he was done sizing Stone up, his body language relaxed. Walt and Makaio, however remained on high alert trying to push me to the rear. A job they weren’t going to get done without a fight.
I pushed forward and approached Stone to shake his hand then sighed in relief that he was there, and that our dinner would soon be underway. “Stone, your timing is impeccable as usual.”
He squeezed my hand affectionately. “Kym, you will die a quick death if you keep this up.”
I couldn’t help but smile. Pai’s eyebrow quirked with the corners of his mouth rising just a tad and I knew he understood Stone’s sense of humor. Makaio and Walt, however, were nearly growling behind me. I didn’t need their protection, especially from Stone, nor did the women in their future but that was something these two would have to learn on their own.
Makaio decided to take control. “Brah, you better watch who you’re threatening.”
“You should think before you talk. Your mouth has gotten you in enough trouble.” Stone’s face was just as you would expect — completely void of expression.
Makaio bristled and I stepped in to protect him. “Why don’t we sit down and order some drinks, then I’ll make introductions.”
The guys reluctantly took their seats with Walt and Makaio on each side of me and Pai and Stone sitting on the opposite side of the table, definitely a feast of eye candy for my meal. I quickly introduced everyone and tension eased a bit as we ordered drinks. Since I’d already downed two amaretto sours, I ordered a glass of tea, but the dinner menus laid un-opened on the table.
Stone took a drink of the tea he’d order, and I knew he was still using pain-killers. His brown hair had grown out since we’d last met and was currently curling around his ears and forehead. His chin was still covered in the beard he’d grown while overseas, but he looked rough and sexy as hell.
Stone dropped his third warning within a couple minutes, but I think the others were beginning to catch onto my military man’s skewed sense of humor. “You better tell us what’s going on before these two begin gnawing off each other’s limbs.” Of course, he was referring to Pai and Makaio.
I jumped in with two feet. “It’s time for you guys to settle down.” Three sets of eyebrows rose, Stone’s face remained expressionless. I pushed forward. “You’re about to meet the perfect women—”
Makaio got up first, Walt followed a close second and the two exchanged a look of total solidarity, “We love you, Kym but that’s not happening anytime soon.” Makaio kissed my cheek, “Aloha.”
“Wait—” I tried to stop them.
Walt followed his lead and kissed my other cheek. “I’ll see you next to you’re in KC, we’re going to hit the bar to find those beauties.”
Pai followed their lead, “I’ve got work I need to attend to. Call me when your back home.” He turned and shook Stone’s hand. “Thanks for your service.”
Stone nodded and looked like he wanted to leave as well.
Pai winked and disappeared around the flower pots separating us from the rest of the restaurant patrons. I looked at Stone, expecting him to jump up and leave.
“I need to rest my leg, and I was really looking forward to a steak, so if you keep the topic of conversations away from a ball and chain, your safety won’t be in jeopardy.”
I laughed and gave in. All four of my guys had received my warning loud and clear, their lives as bachelors had an expiration date. I picked up my menu, handed one to Stone. “Let’s eat.”
Have you known a man who was afraid of meeting the woman of his dreams? Do you think its fear of a relationship, or fear of growing up?
Thank you for stopping by today,Kym!
I think we all fear, both the relationship and growing up. At times in our life. What about you?
Heroes with Hearts of Steal Blog Tour
#7 Stone from Dead Man’s Carve
By Kym Roberts
Welcome to my continuity character interview blog tour! With two books releasing within days of each other and another one on the way, I decided to give a taste of all of my men in one tour, but today will focus on Stone from my upcoming release:
Dead Man’s Carve (A Tickled to Death Mystery)
“There’s nothing wooden about Dead Man’s Carve. Roberts mingles a sparkling, unique voice with a great old-fashioned mystery.”
Wendy Lyn Watson
Mysteries a la Mode
Pet Boutique Mysteries (as Annie Knox)
Rilee Dust isn’t your typical wood carver, she’s young and making a go of it in the small village of Tickle Creek, Oregon. She’s also the only one in town who isn’t determined to get rid her strip club neighbor. Everyone else, however, is ready to evict the Girls, Girls, Girls.
When a dog adopts her and turns her life upside down, Rilee’s not so sure it’s a good thing. Especially when he leads her to a moose, a man and a dead body. Because the moose kicked her butt, the man saved her life and the dead body is one of her customers.
Now Rilee’s smack dab in the middle of all the small town politics with a killer on the loose who has an ax to grind. And Rilee just may be the next victim to have her name carved in stone.
Dead On Arrival
A Malia Fern Mystery
A Malia Fern Mystery)
Catch the Wave of a wild new paranormal mystery series that will leave you locked in the middle of the impact zone!
Bikinis and board shorts are all in a day’s work for surf instructor Malia Fern. Life is good on the island of Kaua’i, even if her social calendar is lacking and a big surf company is droppin’ in to steal her customers. When Malia stumbles upon the body of tourist who speaks to her from his sandy grave, life as she knows it disappears in the outgoing tide.
She didn’t expect to find herself investigating his death, she has no experience, nor any desire to work in the family business of law enforcement, but that’s exactly what she’s doing because the victim keeps asking for help and a group of mystical Menehune men need her protection. If she knew how to offer it, things would be a whole lot easier.
To make matters worse, her love life is out of control. Makaio Natua, the forbidden bad boy cop, is everything she wants and his charming, security specialist cousin, Alapai Lincoln, is everything she needs. What could be worse than meeting the two of them at the same time? A curse designed to control her future.
With life turning wacky, Malia is determined to discover if the victim’s death was an accident, a dope deal gone bad, or something more sinister than she could possibly imagine, because this time her last big wipe out may leave her
Dead On Arrival.
Handled By Officer
Handled by Officer (Women Behind the Badge)
Recruit officer Kiley Gibbons has walked in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life—born two minutes after, she’s five inches shorter with curls gone wild and the exact opposite of her outgoing, athletic sister. But that’s exactly why she’s the one woman who caught Walt Raynham’s eye, and threatens his future in the tactical unit.
Officer Raynham is everything Kiley needs to distract her from the daily grind at the police academy, too bad his drop dead gorgeous body is wearing the uniform of her boss. And when the academy is finally behind her, Kiley must find the strength to walk away from the man she shouldn’t touch.
But when her friend’s death leaves Kiley with two children to raise and a custody battle she just might lose, there’s only one man strong enough to step in and fill the role of her fiancé. Now Kiley’s not sure she wants to resist the temptation Walt causes, and he’s not so sure a family would be such a bad thing. Together, they discover love and an engagement of convenience could be unstoppable force for happily ever-after…until a killer has another idea that may cost them everything they didn’t want.
Kym Roberts Bio: Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and…a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny. In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement—even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired. Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.