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When Time Falls Still – Brenda Margriet

WhenTimeFallsStill_REVToday I’m happy to interview Brenda Margriet’s heroine and hero of her new release, When Time Falls Still. For a little bit of background on Charlotte and Justice before we chat with them:

Professor Charlotte Girardet is focused on one thing – securing tenure at a large, prestigious university.

Her career is firmly on track, but her life is complicated by her attraction to rough and rugged security guard Justice Cooper. It isn’t only Charlotte’s heart in danger, however. Tensions blaze on campus after several students are viciously attacked.

Struggling to balance her ambitions and her growing passion, Charlotte takes a leap of faith, and trusts Justice with her deepest secret. But when the assailant’s attacks escalate to kidnapping, will Charlotte have the chance to decide between her long-held dreams or a new life with Justice?

Sounds exciting. Nice to meet you both.  Are you ready to answer some questions?

Charlotte: Absolutely Dani, and thanks for having us.

Is there a specific body type, hair, or eye color that attracts you? Does your current lover meet the criteria?

Charlotte: This is easy for me to answer, and Justice already knows the truth. No—he was NOT someone I expected to be attracted to. My lover before Justice was a sophisticated, urban, intellectual type. And a jerk, in the end, but that’s neither here nor there. Justice is this big, hulking guy with scars and a rather intimidating look. He is an intellectual, which just goes to show you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance. But everything from his lifestyle to his job to his stubborn insistence that he is always right should have turned me off.

Justice: You’re no sweet little fairy yourself, Charlotte. But I’ve decided I like to have a good armful of woman. As for stubborn—pot, meet kettle.

I’m also familiar with that trait in my spouse, Justice. Where were you when you lost your virginity?

Justice: Really? Who picked these questions?

Charlotte: Blame Brenda for that. You go first.

Justice: (Sigh) Fine. Junior hockey road trip, back of the bus.

Charlotte: Last year of undergrad, just before convocation, my apartment with my roommate’s brother.

Justice: Late bloomer, where you?

Charlotte: I had other priorities. Like getting my degree.

Justice: I have never met a more focused person. I still have to wrestle you away from your work.

(Laughs) I’ve never interviewed a couple before, but I gotta say this is fun! How do you stay fit?

Charlotte: I like to run, usually on a treadmill. But Justice got me into boxing, as well.

Justice: She packs a pretty good punch. I don’t have much time for formal workouts, but I still love to get out on the ice as often as I can.

A couple that spars together stays together, ah…what is your favorite piece of clothing to remove from your lover?

Justice: Charlotte wears these long sweater dress things—

Charlotte: Knitted tunics.

Justice: Whatever. They hang just below her ass, and then she wears these tight stockings—

Charlotte: Leggings.

Justice: I don’t care what they’re called. But I love to peel them off you, lift up the hem of your tunic, and—(unintelligible whispers)

Charlotte: (shocked) Justice!!

Whoa! Think we need to cut to commercial! Thanks guys!  I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Charlotte and Justice a little bit. If you want to read an excerpt from their story, you’ll find one here http://www.brendamargriet.com/when-time-falls-still—excerpt.html

Brenda: Thanks again, Dani, for letting me visit your blog! One of the ways I’m hoping to connect with readers is through my brand new newsletter!  They can find the sign up form on the front page of my website (http://www.brendamargriet.com/) and on my Facebook Author Page (https://www.facebook.com/BrendaMargriet/app/100265896690345/?ref=page_internal). As a thank you for signing up, I will be pleased to send them a copy of my short story, The Life She Had Before.

And one more thing! I’m giving away 5 copies of When Time Falls Still.  Enter here http://gvwy.io/t9drasv by April 15th for a chance to win!

Thanks Brenda now let’s give readers a little blurb and excerpt.  Great having you all here today!


Professor Charlotte Girardet is focused on one thing – securing tenure at a large, prestigious university.

Her career is firmly on track, but her life is complicated by her attraction to rough and rugged security guard Justice Cooper. It isn’t only Charlotte’s heart in danger, however. Tensions blaze on campus after several students are viciously attacked.

Struggling to balance her ambitions and her growing passion, Charlotte takes a leap of faith, and trusts Justice with her deepest secret. But when the assailant’s attacks escalate to kidnapping, will Charlotte have the chance to decide between her long-held dreams or a new life with Justice?


Charlotte braced herself against the motion of the elevator, but not before her breasts, protected only by thin fabric and thinner lace, brushed Justice’s chest. He was standing so close she felt overwhelmed. Not intimidated—he didn’t scare her—just…swamped by his nearness.

Or maybe it was the heat in his eyes.

Ocean depths had nothing on the blueness searing into her, she thought wildly. Vertigo weakened her knees, but she couldn’t look away.

“I—” She broke off, swallowed, and tried again. “I don’t know what to say.” He toyed with the end of her braid, and she swore she could feel the touch of his fingers fizzle up the strands, down her spine and into the soles of her feet.

“Did you honestly think I wasn’t attracted to you?” His voice rumbled, low and sexy.

The doors slid open. Thank God the hallway was empty. Her legs felt disconnected from her body, but she managed not to stumble. She unlocked her office, seeking refuge inside. Justice followed.


He wasn’t going to let it go. Perseverance was his greatest strength—and his most irritating habit, she thought peevishly. “I threw myself at you and you walked away.”

“I just about took you up against your front door.” Frustration coloured his tone. He scrubbed his hands over his close-cropped head.

“Fine. Maybe you were right.” She lifted her satchel off her shoulder and tossed it into a nearby chair. “Maybe I wasn’t thinking clearly enough.”

“Maybe.” He crossed his ankles and leaned against the wall, the casual stance belying the tension evident in the fists jammed in his pockets, the set of his shoulders. “Now what?”

“I don’t know.” The collar of his uniform jacket had kinked up on one side. Without thinking, she stepped forward to smooth it down. He caught her hand and held it. Her fingers curled into his.

The connection felt good. It felt right. Maybe she should stop thinking altogether, and just go with her gut.

She never did that. She planned and researched and debated and planned some more. Trying to regain her equilibrium, she tugged away and escaped behind her desk.

“Let’s look at this rationally,” she said. His scarred eyebrow arched and amusement flickered in his face, but she battled on. “We are both healthy, single adults. For some reason, we seem to have strong physical chemistry.”

“Some reason?” The amusement was uppermost, now. His lips remained firm and straight, but she could see it in his eyes, as usual.

“Don’t take this the wrong way, but you are not the kind of man I ever thought I’d be attracted to.”

​He lowered his lids and regarded her through narrow slits. “Right back at you.”

She bristled, but took her own advice and let it go. “Regardless, we could take advantage of this mutual appeal.”

“There’s the professor I know and…admire,” he murmured.

She ignored the sarcasm. “I’m only here for a few more months.” The exam today was the last she needed to invigilate. As soon as they were marked and the results submitted, she was flying out to spend Christmas with Sonny and family, returning a few days before the start of the winter session. “Are you in any of my classes next semester?”

He shook his head, watching her closely.

“Would you consider a short-term, exclusive relationship, with a predefined end date?” There, she thought. That sounded mature, sensible. No need to let emotions colour what promised to be a satisfying adult affair.

He straightened from the wall, looming to his full height. “Would this so-called relationship be strictly physical? Or could it involve social aspects as well?”

Once again, she sensed an underlying current of laughter, but she ignored it. “I can’t see why not.”

“And it would come to an end the same time as your contract?”

“Or earlier, of course, should either of us find it no longer meets our needs.”

“I thought English professors were supposed to be romantic.”

Romance. Love. That’s what hurt you. Sex, on the other hand, was just sex. “Not all of us.”


If you’re looking for a great contemporary romance, WHEN TIME FALLS STILL is the book for you. The romance between Justice and Charlotte was full of ups and downs but their connection, friendship and attraction a constant. A fantastic introduction to a new-to-me author, I will happily browse through Brenda Margriet’s backlist.

The Romance Reviews – 4 Stars


Margriet’s voice produces a smooth flowing narrative, intriguing sexual tension, and a well-plotted romance that takes it’s time developing as Margriet sets out to address and resolve the internal issues of the protagonists while flirting with a light suspense filled subplot.

Smexy Books – Grade B


Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B01CXB7OAC

Website (with all other links):  http://www.brendamargriet.com/when-time-falls-still—where-to-buy.html


Brenda Margriet write contemporary romances with heroes you’d meet at the grocery store. And by that she means real-life men – sexy, smart and looking for the love of their life. Her heroines are bold, savvy and determined to accept nothing less than the man they deserve.

A voracious reader since she was old enough to hold a book, Brenda’s idea of the perfect holiday involves a comfortable chair near the water (ocean, lake or pool will do), a glass of wine, and a full-loaded e-reader.

She lives in Northern British Columbia with her husband, three children (all of whom are taller than her) and various finny and furry pets.

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Cocky Confessions: Robert Stuart of Leslie Hachtel’s Captain’s Captive

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Captain's Sunset SilhouetteToday I’m interviewing Leslie Hachtel’s hero from her soon to be published novel, Captain’s Captive.

Welcome, please tell us a bit about yourself. 

My full name is Robert Stuart and I am a sea captain.

How did you become a sailor?

I have been smitten with the sea since I first saw the ships coming and going in the harbor when I was a small boy. When I was old enough, I bought my own vessel and have moved cargo between ports ever since.

When did you meet your lover in Captain’s Captive?

The year now is 1723. I ‘met’ Marilee long before I met her. Let me explain…My first mate hired her as a cook on a crossing from England to the colonies. She was disguised, very effectively I might add, as an old woman. On our last night at sea, she came into my cabin without her masquerade. I have been madly in love with her ever since, even though I didn’t recognize her the next morning, as she was back in disguise.

Ahh, the mystery! Tell us something no one would believe about you.

I was seasick the first time I made a crossing. But I wouldn’t let it deter me.

**chuckles** Seaman are a strong-willed breed. Something you’d never tell lover?

The number of my conquests. A gentleman never tells. Marilee was my last, my forever. What I have gained in skill should only contribute to her pleasure.

No doubt! Is there anything you’ve done that could have landed you in prison?

I have acted the pirate in my younger days and plundered other ships, including those carrying the British flag.

Whose your best bud and what do you guys do for fun?

Tate, my first mate, is my best buddy. We have grown very close over the years and used to love going to pubs and doing some serious drinking when we were in port. Which included chasing skirt.

As they say, one in every port! Until you met Marilee of course. A favorite piece of clothing to remove from your lover.

The chemise. It’s such a silky thing and feeling it slip off her body —well, just thinking about it excites me.

The hottest thing Marilee has ever said to you. It’s actually ‘I love you.’

What intrigues you most about Marilee? Everything. Her beauty, her intellect, her courage. Plus, she is a very enthusiastic lover.

She’s a lucky lady. What worries you the most?

I will want to go back to sea and she will want to stay on land. I don’t want to be without her or our son.

Any hobbies besides sailing around the world?

Dancing. It is something I don’t get to indulge very often, but I love nothing more than holding a woman by the waist, and twirling with her around a room.

That sounds so romantic. Is there some place you’d love to travel to that you haven’t been?

I have always wanted to go to the Far East. That would have been my next destination, had circumstances not intervened.

Thoroughly enjoyed having you today, captain.  I wish you fair winds and following seas.

Thank you, Dani, Captain’s Captive will soon be released from Black Opal Books. Look for the cover reveal.

???????????????????????????????Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced four novels, including two historicals. One of her romance novels, “Captain’s Captive” will soon be published by Black Opal Books. Her murder mystery, Harriet, is available on Amazon.

Leslie lives in Memphis, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband, a wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.

Website: http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/