Darlene is visiting us from the east coast of Canada. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. I'm so happy to introduce her and her latest release, "Cherry Red".
Darlene Fredette: A geologist and a volcanologist because I would love to study rocks and volcanoes.
PF: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when at arrive at the Pearly Gates?
DF: “Your boys are waiting for you.” The reference to ‘your boys’ would be my dogs.
PL: If you had a freed day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
DF: I would sit on the deck of our lake-front cottage and watch the birds in the trees and the loons on the lake.
PL: Are you lucky?
DF: Heck no! I walk over money without seeing it (thankfully, my daughter saw the five-dollar bill), and I am still waiting to win the lottery, lol.
PL: What do you worry about when you wake up at 3 in the morning?
DF: I have severe insomnia so I would worry that I can’t fall back asleep.
PL: What are your hopes for the future?
DF: That I win the lottery (see question 4), which would allow me to purchase my lake-front cottage (see question 3), lol!
PL: What motto do you live your life by?
DF: Cherish every day with your family.
PL: It has been wonderful having you!
DF: Thank you so much! These were great questions!
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Carly glanced down at her jeans and black T-shirt embroidered with the company name and logo…a cluster of red cherries. In a room full of women all dolled up in fancy—and some a bit scanty—dresses, why would this incredibly handsome man ask her on a date? “I appreciate the offer, but I’m not interested…”
Noah raised a brow. “I know you like ice cream, so is it the coffee, or me?”
“What? No. I mean, yes.” She took a second to collect her scrambled thoughts. “I like coffee. I just don’t hang out with firefighters.” Not that he was a real firefighter. Did impersonators count in her rules of men to avoid? She never dated a stripper, but she wasn’t sure she could have a relationship with a guy who was paid to take off his clothes and have other women fawn over him. Not that the guy asked her on a date…just a simple coffee. His frown made her feel badly.
“I’m sorry. It’s nothing personal.”
“Burnt in the past? No pun intended.” He smiled.
She couldn’t help but smile back. “Something like that.”
The daughter of the town’s fire chief should wear a Do Not Touch sign, but firefighter Noah Harding's interest blazed the moment he saw Carly. Agreeing to be her fake boyfriend is a no-brainer, but convincing Carly to trust him with her heart is harder than extinguishing a fire.
Overstepping the platonic-only rule is as dangerous as fire and ice swirling into a tempting combustion.
Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador.