If you could invite any five characters (from books or movies or TV) to dinner, who would they be and why?
It’s impossible to pick only five fictional characters I could invite to dinner. Would I fill my table with superheroes like Thor and Captain America (for the view, obviously), or a more classic George Bailey, C.K Dexter Haven, Rhett Butler trio? Fill each seat with TV characters who make me laugh like Ron Swanson and Jim Halpert with a dash of Gary Hobson and Sam Beckett? Or maybe my favorite book friends from childhood: Jo March, Laura Ingalls, Elizabeth Wakefield. But I’m a romance writer and, these days, almost one hundred percent a romance reader, so it makes the most sense to focus on characters from romance novels. It was still hard to narrow it down, but this at least gave me somewhere focused to start.
So, Nicole’s Eclectic Guest List of Potential Disaster is as follows:
- Clara Campbell from WILD RIDE COWBOY by Maisey Yates
- Daniel MacGregor from The MacGregors series by Nora Roberts
- Riordan from The Edge series by Megan Crane
- Katya Ivanova from MAKE YOU MINE by Jackie Ashenden
- Lillian Bowman from The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas
A futuristic viking, a female soldier turned bodyguard, a small town cowgirl, an elderly matchmaker, and an American heiress from the 19th century walk into a bar… Or just my dinner table! Can you imagine?
First of all, I chose Clara because she’s my food soul sister. There won’t be an onion in sight at my dinner table, which I know this resourceful small-town girl can appreciate. Besides, I can sit next to her and blush and giggle furiously at the too-hot-for-words futuristic viking Riordan while he regales us with tales of his battles as a raider. And knowing Riordan, he won’t keep those stories PG. No doubt Katya can match him in terms of bad ass stories from her time as a special operative in Russia, and what’s better for dinner conversation than tales of bad assery?
Well, maybe one other thing. I’m a sucker for meddling old men with hearts of gold, so it’s likely Daniel would run the show from there with stories about his children and grandchildren and all the ways he’s found them the loves of their lives. Lillian might be a little weirded out by modern dress and food and the state of my waitstaff—as in nonexistent—but I bet she’d recover quickly and join in with some hilarious stories of her own unpredictable exploits back in Victorian England.
Much like my reading habits, they’re an eclectic bunch, but that would just make dinner that much more fun!
About Nicole Helm
Nicole Helm grew up with her nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, she gets to pursue that dream. There is nothing Nicole enjoys more than writing about strong women and the handsome men who win their hearts.
Nicole lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons, and writes her novels one baby’s nap at a time. She’s slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter, loves watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and, much to her husband’s dismay, just about any reality competition show.
Three former Navy SEALs
Injured in the line of duty
Desperate for a new beginning…
Searching for a place to call their own.
Alex Maguire never thought he’d go home again. The perfect soldier, the perfect leader, he’s spent his whole life running away from Blue Valley, Montana—but when a tragic accident bounces him and two of his men out of the SEALs, there’s nowhere left to turn but the ranch he used to call his own…and the confusing, innocently beguiling woman who now lives there.
Becca Denton’s like nothing he could have imagined. She’s far too tempting for her own good, but when she offers to help turn the ranch into a haven for injured veterans, he can’t exactly say no. He’ll just need to keep his distance. But something in her big green eyes makes Alex want to set aside the mantle of the perfect soldier and discover the man he could have been…safe and whole within the shelter of her arms.