Monday, September 14, 2015

Character Interview with Meg Rawley from All For Family by Olivia Hardin

We’re thrilled to be talking to Meg Rawley from Olivia Hardin’s All for Family. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character! 

Thank you for your interview, Meg. Can you tell us your story? 

Goodness this is strange to be the center of attention. I really didn’t know this book was going to be my story. I thought Olivia was going to tell about Kay’s wedding, but the next thing I knew Jeremy had a call that my ex-husband was dying and wanted to see me… before I even realized what was happened, we were all reflecting on the way Jeremy and I first met 12 years ago. So much happened back then to bring us to the place we are today. 


What would I love the most about you? 

I’m kind of a nurturer and I think most people like that about me. I’m better at listening than talking so that makes people comfortable. And that’s my thing. I really always want people around me to feel at ease. 


If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be? 

I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear me say I wish I could drop some of these extra pounds. I do try to eat healthy, but I let myself splurge some. The kids keep me busy and there’s the gardening, but I just have to live with the fact that my body likes a little extra padding. And even though I know I’m beautiful in my own way, I still feel insecure about it. Especially when I’m already grumpy about something else. 


Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends? 

I like to be surrounded by my loved ones, but that circle is tight. I don’t mind when Jeremy and I entertain or when we go on trips to the old country, but my place is here at the manor. My people are what are most important: Jeremy and our children plus his daddy and sister. Oh and now Brennan and Hope along with their growing family. 


What is your favorite weather? 

My favorite is when the sun comes back out right after a spring rain, when the air is heavy with the scent of the moist earth. That’s the time I like to go out into the garden. The soil is perfect and all the plants are just emerging and begging to be tended. 


If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? 

I hope I’d do just the same thing I did today. Every day is precious and I hope I appreciate that always. Rolling over in bed after waking and seeing the serenity on Jeremy’s face in the light of dawn. There’s that moment when I first hear the chattering and the giggles from the boys and I know they’re awake and I can peek into their room to watch them play before they find me. And taking in each scent and color in Larra’s gardens each day. Or watching Jeremy’s daddy resort to behaving like a little boy in one way or another each day. Then as the sun sets blessing the children before bed and curling back into my husband’s arm for sleep knowing that even if it is my last day, it was perfect.



About The Book



Title: All For Family (A Rawley Family Novel)
Author: Olivia Hardin
Publisher: Olivia Hardin
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Format: Paperback / eBook / PDF
Pages: 200
ASIN: B0108UOUJ8
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Book Description:

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in the Rawley family, but gearing up for Van and Kay's nuptials revives old securities for Kay's sister-in-law Meg. When she learns that her ex-husband is asking for her from his hospital bed, Meg must confront the painful memories of her past.

Family is everything for Jeremy Rawley. Most important is the one he and Meg created together. But their beginning was tangled in memories he wishes he wife could forget for good. A call from her past brings them back to a place he thought they'd never have to be again.

Forgiveness may be the key, but the first step is finding the locked heart that needs it.


Book Excerpt:

He watched her slide her feet back and forth against the carpet. “Whew … there’s a reason big girls shouldn’t wear heels.”
Jeremy finished his own drink and sat back down beside her, this time reaching down and taking her feet to pull them up into her lap. She made a face as if she would protest, but when he began circling his thumbs into the arches of her feet, she leaned back against the arm of the couch and moaned. “Oh, that’s nice. Do they teach that at earl school?”
As he massaged, she pointed her feet in a stretch, and her toes brushed a feather’s touch against his thighs. Damn, but the woman could get a reaction from him almost without warning. He continued rubbing, then slipped his fingers between her toes.
“Oh, no, no, no,” she squealed, jerking to try to pull away from him. “Ticklish.”
“I figured…” One corner of his mouth turned up in a grin. He tugged her feet back to his lap, and when he did, the skirt of her dress hitched up almost past her knees. She immediately took hold of the hem and tried to push it back down.
He encircled both her ankles with his hands and then slid them upward along her calves, kneading the muscles of each leg as he went along.
“Jeremy, you don’t have to …”
“Shh …”
Her eyes were open wide, so many emotions in their depths that it was hard to figure what she was feeling. Fear? Embarrassment? Excitement? He pushed one of her legs to the side until it slipped off the couch, then he scooted forward into the open space between her thighs. With one ankle still in his hand, he lifted it so that he could sweep his lips across the creamy smooth skin of her calf, working his way upward.
She was still holding her dress, doing her best to cover up, but the hypnosis of his stare had her. She never once looked away from him as he made his way higher. When he nipped his teeth to the tender spot at the crook of her knee she flinched, then sucked her lip into her mouth.
He was so desperate to kiss her that he almost rose up to smother her body with his and claim her mouth. But he didn’t. Instead he let go of her leg and then took her hands, loosening the tight hold she had on her hemline. The satiny material dropped, sliding down her thighs to bunch at her waist. Under she had on tight nude-colored shapewear, which she was clearly embarrassed about.
Gazing up at her, he brought one of her hands to his cheek. Her fingers stretched long, tentatively touching his lips. When he sucked two of them into his mouth, she moaned and closed her eyes.
“Jeremy, why are you doing this?” She snatched her hands away and to her lap where she once again tried to hide herself under folds of orange fabric.
“I want there to be a day when you won’t ask that question. Maybe it won’t be with me, but one day, you won’t have to wonder why a man would worship you and your body.”


About The Author



When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily "cured" of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. 

Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term "road scholar," and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she "studies" anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she's sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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