Hello, readers. Today we have former soldier and bodyguard Gavin Bennett from Guarding Midnight in the hot seat. Thank you to Kacey Hammell for cajoling him into doing the interview. ;)
1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Fighting in the front lines in Afghanistan. Fighting for peace.
2. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sharing the quiet moments with Shree, just the two of us, talking and maybe some canoodling. *chuckles* Just being together.
3. What is your current state of mind?
Happy. Content. At peace.
4. What is your most treasured possession?
My darling Shree, though she’d smack me upside the head for thinking of her as a possession. But she is my everything. I also love the friendships I’ve made, the family I adore. Those are my most treasured moments of my life.
5. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Two things – fighting for my country. And Shree.
6. What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably the tattoo on my back. The men in my troop gave me the idea. Their Guardian so they said, and it represents (from them) how much they trust me and believed in me. For me, it reminds me of those that we lost in Afghanistan, but also reminds me that I’ve made a difference for others.
7. When and where were you the happiest?
These days, with my beautiful lady, and when good friends are around. The club is thriving, Shree is excelling in her nursing residency, and I’ve started a new security firm. Life is pretty great.
8. What is it that you most dislike?
Those who prey on the innocent or the weaker gender. People who prey on others are snakes in the grass with no moral compass to lead them to peace. These individuals are lost and shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets anywhere.
9. What is your greatest fear?
Seeing the world around us crumble completely because of racism, war, famine, or hate crimes. We’re all one people, one nation, I wish it was easier for everyone to live harmoniously and in peace. *grins* I know, that’s pretty deep for a guy to say, right? But it’s the truth.
10. What is your greatest extravagance?
Jesus, that’s a hard one. Well, I guess the extensive wardrobe I seem to have. I own a lot of clothes, some I probably don’t wear twice, but a man needs a lot of tshirts. *chuckles*
11. What is your greatest regret?
Not being able to rescue everyone in Afghanistan that my unit was sent over to protect. War is ugly and not everyone can be saved. I hate that I wasn’t able to save them all.
12. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Confidence. I love a woman who can own a room when she walks into it – or stage she dances on *grins* -- and knowing that she can take care of herself. I love a woman who takes charge and doesn’t back down when I might be an ass. Which rarely happens, but you know, I’m only human. *smiles*
13. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My judgmental side. I am sometimes quick to judge others. I’d like to think I read people well, but sometimes I make mistakes and snap judgments happen. But I’d like to think I’ve improved on that trait, I try to think before I rush into anything, but even a tough guy falters.
14. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
No one deserves to feel superior or unwanted. People who are different than others don’t deserve ridicules or prejudices for the way they live their lives. Again, everyone should be treated equally. No one deserves to live in pain.
15. What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty. Dependability. Compassion.
16. Who is your favorite hero, fictional or real?
John Wayne was pretty kick ass in his day. I’m a huge fan. Also love some good old Charles Bronson too.
In real life, the men and women who fight for their countries, and strive to make a difference are true heroes.
17. On what occasions do you lie?
Only lies of omission. If it keeps a loved one safe. If they’re in danger and the situation calls for me down-playing everything – just lies of omission.
18. Which is your favorite word or phrase?
Son of a bitch. Sorry for the bad language, but you did ask. *smiles* It’s something Shree tells me I say too often.
19. What is your least favorite word or phrase?
Anything derogatory or harmful to others.
20. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to be a stronger man with greater influence to change so much of the hatred in this country, and around the world.
After doing this interview, I think I'm a little in love with Gavin. Aren't you, readers? Want to find out more about this yummy hero? Check out Guarding Midnight. The cover is just swoonworthy!!!
Canadian Muscle …
When Desires Need Protecting.
No one knows sacrifice better than former Army Sergeant Gavin Bennett. He’s witnessed firsthand the emotional, physical and mental toll of being caught in the crossfire. Being a bouncer-slash-bodyguard may not be Gavin’s dream job, but he’s willing to do just about anything to help out family. When Gavin reports for his first day of work, he quickly discovers a woman who threatens to crack his legendary cool.
Shree Walker is on the run from a dark past she tried to shut away. Battered and broken, a happily ever after doesn’t exist for her. Ready to start fresh with a new life in a new city, she is happy dancing at the Vixen Club. She’d be even happier without the presence of the prickly new bouncer who won’t let anyone or anything get past his carefully guarded defenses. He’s a distraction she doesn’t need. And a temptation she can’t resist.
When Shree is kidnapped by the criminal mastermind hell-bent on taking the club at any cost, Gavin has to make a decision. Hold tight and continue to keep Shree at arm’s length. Or break down his walls and take a chance on something more powerful than them both: Love.
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
Canadian Muscle 1
Now available with Evernight Publishing
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Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…
Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters. These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.
A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.
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