Got a debut novel today … come get to know the O’Connor brothers – you won’t be disappointed in this sexy group of guys!
25 Fun facts from Rhonda Brewer!
- I’m an only child but always wished I had lots of brothers and sisters. It’s why I enjoy writing stories about siblings.
- The character of Nanny Betty is loosely based on my own late grandmother. She was a fire cracker but she was from a different part of the province.
- My great grandfather worked with Guglielmo Marconi when he sent the first transatlantic message from Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland on December 12,1901. He was hired because he was so tall and was better to hold the kites.
- I’ve had most of the books in this series written for about 5 years but never had the courage to try to publish them until now.
- I spent almost 30 years of my life on and off with cadets both as a cadet and then as an officer teaching kids from 9 to 13.
- I learned to play the piano when I was in elementary school and took lessons up until high school but hated them because I was taught by a catholic nun who liked to rap fingers with a ruler.
- Hopedale is actually a fictional town but it is like many small towns in Newfoundland. Everyone knows everyone else and the communities are close knit.
- My husband and I are caretakers for his 48-year-old sister who has William Syndrome. It’s a developmental disability much like downs syndrome in that all the people have the same features.
- I have been with my husband since I was 17. I literally married the boy next door.
- Newfoundland has no crickets, porcupines, skunks, snakes or deer. We do, however, have a whole lot of moose…over 100,000. They were introduced over 100 years ago
- John’s is the oldest city in North America.
- I have a computer programming degree.
- Newfoundland has it’s own time zone. We are 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Standard Time.
- Newfoundland towns have some of the most amusing names in the world including Come by Chance, Joe Batt’s Arm, and yes Dildo.
- September 11, 2001, 39 aircrafts were diverted to the tiny airport in Gander. More than 6,600 people (over 60% of the local population) were taken into homes for up to 3 days until the airspace reopened. Today, people who were stranded still visit their hosts who offered the ultimate acts of hospitality and kindness.
- The accents between Waterford, Ireland and St. John’s, Newfoundland are nearly identical.
- John’s, Newfoundland is the oldest city in North America.
- The reason I based my books in Newfoundland is because it’s one of the most beautiful and romantic places I know.
- One of my favorite television shows is Criminal Minds.
- I can play wipe out on the glockenspiel.
- My grandfather and mother encouraged my love of reading and books.
- I love the smell of the ocean which is a good thing since Newfoundland is an island surrounded by water.
- The first time I logged into a chat room was when I twisted my knee and couldn’t walk. My cousin suggested to go online but in 1998 it was all new and she told me not to use my real name so I used a name that I called my daughter from time to time. Sweet Kitty. I got a very rude awakening when I logged in with that name. However, I did meet some great friends online that I’m still friends with today.
- I’m not a fan of tattoos and I don’t have any myself.
- My kids call me a witch because no matter what I always find out when they are hiding something. They still don’t know my secret and they never will.
O’Connor Brothers series
by Rhonda Brewer
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Officer John O’Connor is giving up on life after a terrible accident. His family are at their wits end when he refuses any kind of therapy. The only thing keeping him sane is his dreams of a beautiful woman he pulled in for a traffic violation months before.
Physical Therapist Stephanie Kelly is healing from a broken heart. When she is hired by Nightingale’s personal care and physical therapy, she’s ecstatic but she’s shocked when her boss asks her to take on a new patient. Shocked because the patient is her boss’s nephew and he’s not exactly keen on therapy. He’s also the cop who’s been heating up her dreams.
As Stephanie helps John get back on his feet, they grow closer, but someone is out to hurt Stephanie, or worse. After multiple attempts on her life, John’s family tries to figure out who’s after the woman he loves and stop them before it’s too late.
I’ll start with the fact that I received an Advanced Copy so I’m going to let some of the punctuation and grammar issues slide as they may be caught in a final edit. However there were a few things about the writing that might bother some people – like short, choppy sentences and repetitive words & explanations. I’m not usually a sticker for those kinds of things, as long as the book holds my attention (which this one definitely did), but I know that it can be a deal breaker for some.
The good news is that the story was so interesting and the characters were fun enough that the rest was easily overlooked (even when I thought Stephanie was acting like a teenager with a first crush 🙂 ) I really liked the big, boisterous family full of great personalities, all of whom could supply lots of material for more books.
I also enjoyed seeing Stephanie and John get to know each other and move forward on their initial attraction, building to something more. Other than the threat to her safety, they had a relatively normal romance, with minimal drama or issues. Speaking of the threat – the danger may have been a little too conveniently wrapped up (which they admit to) and the set up for a culprit might have been a little heavy handed (either the people acted shifty or they made threats), but it seemed to work in the story and was concluded very satisfactorily. Overall, I was good with the way the mystery part played out.
With a plot and characters that kept my attention until the very end, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what Brewer brings us next.
I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ve been with my husband for over thirty years and we have two children.
I’m also a writer. Someone who loves to tell stories of love, suspense, heartache and of course happily ever after. For most of my life, I’ve written those stories for myself. A type of therapy, I suppose. I love the characters I create. They become part of who I am because there’s part of me in them.
Author web page: http://rhondabrewerauthor.wix.com/home
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