Tuesday, June 18, 2019

#ReleaseDay and #CharacterInterview - "The Breakaway" by Kathy L Wheeler


Tragedy sent Sherman Elias McHuay west twelve years ago. But his troubled past barrels in like a runaway train or—more appropriately—smacks him over the head in the form of a violet-eyed miss without a lick of common sense to her name. If one could actually determine her name.
Amaris Johnston’s carefully laid plans to head west as a mail order bride ratchet up when an announcement for her impending nuptials to the son of a prominent US Senator are set to go public. Not that she’d agreed to marry in the first place. A forced engagement and her family—a conniving slew of ambitious and power-hungry tyrants—send her running for the Colorado hills.
Can a slow talking sheriff and a headstrong girl bent on recklessness outwit her powerful family?


“Who are you, Mari Jones?”
She didn’t disappoint, leaning into him and whispering, “Aw, Sheriff, you don’t really want to know.”  He couldn’t tell if she was teasing him as an interminable silence blanketed them before she seemed to come to her senses. She squared her shoulders and stepped back, clinging to his damn cat. She turned her back to him, clearing her throat. “The truth is, Sheriff. I’m a mail order bride. Already bought and paid for,” she said primly.
The words didn’t penetrate until she was halfway down the path. An unexplained fury roared through him and he was on her, grasping her upper arms spinning her around. “The hell you are,” he bit out before he crashed his mouth over hers with an unleashed violence he hadn’t experienced since Johnston held his hand over fire coercing his promise to leave town.
The desire to invade this beauty’s mouth threatened his ability in remaining upright. Her shock softened into the sweetest response. It was life-changing, life-saving. How was it possible?
Comprehension ricocheted seeped through a veil of fog. A single searing bullet that imploded his chest. Innocent. She was an innocent and he was in the worst danger of violating her. He tore his mouth away with a sharpness that left him gasping for breath, his lungs burning with need. His scarred hand throbbed.
The only sound in the still night was the harsh intake of their breathing. Relief flooded him. He was not the only one affected. Her large purple eyes glowed like ice in the slivered moonlight.

Character Interview

Welcome! Thank you so much for talking with me today. Let's get started...

What’s your name?

My name is Amaris Johnston. My father’s a US Congressman, you know. 

What do you look like? 
Dark hair, light eyes. The regular. I suppose I’m kind of pretty. My friends say so. 

What time period does your story take place?
It’s 1885, I live in Philadelphia. But I won’t be here long. [<*>leans in and whispers<*>] I’m running away. My friend Freeman is assisting me, but Papa will be furious and lock me in my room, if he learns my plans. Actually, I don’t fear him as much as I do Grandmama.

What’s your goal in this story? 
To avoid marrying that horrible Dwight Rye, Junior. Apparently, Papa has aspirations higher than I’d believed possible.

What conflicts are you facing? 
Have you ever traveled alone on a train, dressed as a boy, from Philly to Colorado? This is no easy feat, I must say.

What did you think the first time you saw Sherman Elias McHuay? 
Well, I knew more about him from his dear mother. She is the sweetest thing. I think I was half in love with him—goodness, I talk too much.

What is your family like?
Horrible and controlling! Narcissistic to the nines. I want a life of my own, you know.

What's the most terrible thing that ever happened to you? 
Learning Papa was willing to sell me off to that disgusting baboon, Dwight. I mean, what would you have done? Locked yourself in your luxurious prison and cried until they dragged you to the gallows, I mean, down the aisle? Not me!

What is people’s first impression of you? 
I suppose some consider me the worst of hoyden’s. [<*>bats her eyes, playfully<*>], but I prefer resourceful.

Wow! Sounds like you've had a rough time. I'm so relieved everything has worked out for you. Thanks again for stopping by!

Author Bio

Kathy L Wheeler (a.k.a. Kae Elle Wheeler for her Cinderella Series) has a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Oklahoma that includes over forty credit hours of vocal music. She was a computer programmer for the Hertz Corporation for over fifteen years and utilizes karaoke for her vocal music talents. Other passions include the NFL, the NBA, travel, musical theatre, painting, reading, and writing.
She is a member of several Romance Writers of America chapters: Greater Seattle, Olympia and Eastside chapters, The Beau Monde and Hearts Through History.
Her main sources of inspiration come from a mostly an over-active imagination. She currently resides in the Seattle area with her musically talented husband, Al, and their bossy cat, Carly, and sweet dog, Angel.


  1. Thank you for hosting me, Amber. As I read back through this, I start laughing and wondering how I came up with this. hahahahaha

    1. LOL! I love the interview. It's fun!
      You're welcome, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Love the character interview! Great blog.

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE that cover!
    your new series sounds amazing.
    Good luck and God's blessings with it

  4. Nice excerpt! Very steamy! Good luck to you!

  5. Thank you, everyone! This was a fun series to do. Completely out of my comfort zone.

  6. Love the interview! Best of luck with this book!

  7. It's awesome to learn more about your character. Congrats on the new release!

  8. Congrats on the new release, Kathy. Great interview.


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