Please welcome Nick Forrester, from Caper Magic, a romantic novella, available in digital and print format [Hauntings in the Garden, Vol II] from the Wild Rose Press.
Where are you from, Nick? Syracuse, New York
Tell us a bit about Caper Magic. Cape Brendan is a small tourist town at the eastern end of Lake Ontario where it empties into the Saint Lawrence River. Each October, the town puts on Caper Madness, a month-long celebration of all things Halloween. My uncle Hank has been the chief organizer for the last thirty years or so. I came up to help him out because he’s not getting any younger and his health is not the best. I needed to spend some time with him before he . . . you know. I ran into Nunie Doyle shortly after I arrived.
What did you think the first time you saw her, Nunie I mean? That her legs went on forever and that she ought to think about tying back her hair so it didn’t blow all over in a huge black cloud or hang like a curtain of velvet that melts against her curves in all the right—or wrong—places.
What was your second thought? I reminded myself that a few years back she’d stuck her nose into things that didn’t concern her. The ‘sticking’ business led directly to my partner’s suicide. Needless to say, my thoughts about Miz Doyle were not exactly friendly.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? As if.
What do you like most about her? Not that I like anything about her, in the least, but I’ll admit she is totally dedicated to whatever assignment she takes on—whether it’s advocating for victims of abuse, or helping Hank organize Caper Madness, or running a station on the underground railroad. Nunie is fearless. Plus, she bakes the best pies in the known universe and has a temper which is monumentally scary.
How would you describe her? Tall, thin, long black hair that begs for a man’s touch. She’s got an Irish accent which is normally easy to understand and rather musical. When she’s tense or upset, it thickens and she starts talking fast, it’s impossible to understand what she’s saying.
How would Nunie describe you? She’s called me a simpering git more times than I care to count. I think it’s a less than complimentary term. Truth is, I was acting like a complete hemorrhoid at the time so maybe I deserved it.
What made you choose law enforcement for a career? As a child my parents believed boundaries or limits of any type weren’t necessary. After they took off for better pickings, leaving my sister and I to fend for ourselves, my Uncle Hank and his wife rescued us from the streets where we were hiding from the authorities. Hank and Genny gave us the things every child deserves. As an adult, I found police work met my needs; I stayed with it for almost 30 years, then joined a big law firm in Syracuse to head their investigation unit. I’ve been with them for a couple years. It pays the bills and keeps me off the streets.
What is your biggest fear? Mucking up an investigation by taking the easier, softer way out only to have the client suffer because I screwed things up.
How do you relax? I like to listen to audio books. Any excuse to drive somewhere is always top of my list.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Mitch Rapp who is the lead character in a series of political thrillers written by the late Vince Flynn. Mitch is a real piece of work and doesn’t hesitate to speak what’s on his mind. He lost the on/off switch for tact and discretion a long time ago. I also like Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone; Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers by John Sandford; and Elmore Leonard’s Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Do your job to the best of your ability; don’t hesitate to ask for help; think before you speak.
Here’s a bit more about Caper Magic:
P.I. Nick Forrester comes to Cape Brendan ostensibly to assist with Caper Madness, a month long celebration of everything Halloween. In reality he is tracking a woman on the run. Within days he is confronted by Annunciata Doyle, a vivid reminder of a pain-filled past.
After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle’s only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she has earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and now puts her talent for helping women to use.
With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives.
This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic?
Legal nurse consultant, victim advocate, sexual assault nurse examiner Veronica Lynch–and her alter ego–Kat Henry Doran, has been there and done that–many times over. She often travels to the shores of Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River to the historic Adirondack and Catskill Mountains for settings in her books which feature strong characters who stand for the less thans in this world. Over the years, she has been called many things, not all of them flattering. The name she treasures most is Nana to the four brightest lights in her life: Meredith and Ashlin, Owen and Kieran.
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