Character Interview with Margie from Summertime Dream

Today we have Margie on the blog, the courageous heroine from Summertime Dream by author Babette James.

1. Katherine: How would you describe yourself?

Margie: I joke that I’m a country mouse. I love living in our small town of Falk’s Bend and working at my family’s restaurant. I love wearing dresses, flowers, gardening, my dog, and my loving, smothering family. I wouldn’t mind having straighter hair without so much work or being taller. I do get frustrated that I look young for my age. On the other hand, if looking like a kid now helps keep my looks as Grandma June has hers, I should count my blessings.

2. Katherine: What is your greatest aspiration?

Margie: I hope to be a published author someday—no, let me change that. Since you asked greatest aspiration, I’ll go all out here with my big dream—make that multi-published best-selling mystery author.

3. Katherine: Would you prefer a quiet sanctuary or a crowded gathering?

Margie: I suppose I like crowded gatherings best. I love parties, and the town picnics, and my favorite place to write is at my family’s restaurant with all the noise and comings and goings.

4. Katherine: What is your favorite pastime?

Margie: My favorite pastime on my own is writing my cozy mystery stories. My favorite pastime with Christopher? Well, there’s this beautiful private place down by the river where we like to picnic and…ah. (Blushes)

5. Katherine: What would you say is your most likeable characteristic?

Margie: I’m optimistic. I’m willing to give things a try and like to believe things have a way of working out.

6. Katherine: Do you have any hidden secrets? You can tell me. I won’t go and share it with others. *Chuckles*

Margie: Well, living in Falk’s Bend makes my life pretty much an open book and, thanks to my big-mouth brother, Christopher learned the secret I was keeping from him. Until I met Christopher, my life was mostly too ordinary to have any interesting secrets. But I have a small secret now—don’t tell Christopher, but I want to learn to fish. It’s Christopher’s favorite hobby. It can’t be all that hard, right? Well, worms might be a problem and I’m not sure about actually getting a fish off the hook if I caught one, but he loves fishing so much, and his camping stories are such fun, I want to surprise him and give it a try.

7. Katherine: Who is the love of your life?

Margie: Christopher. I once thought the boy I had loved ever since Kindergarten was the love of my life, but that love was too easily broken. Christopher walked into my life and turned everything on end and I learned I wanted something completely different for the rest of my life than I did a year ago. Loving Christopher has been the easiest and hardest risk I’ve ever taken, and it’s all so worth it.

8. Katherine: Do you remember when you first met Christopher?

Margie: I’ll never forget the moment. It was at the Falk’s Bend Fourth of July picnic and I was supposed to join my family and friends over at the softball game, but I needed some time alone to think and escaped to my favorite place in the park, the swing at the old oak. My family all meant well, but they were driving me nuts with their worrying and trying to keep me packed in cotton balls. I needed a change. I was busy talking to myself, when Christopher answered me in that soft, low voice of his, rich and warm as caramel. He had the greenest eyes I’d ever seen. I’m afraid I just stared like an idiot. But I certainly learned what all that being lost in a man’s eyes in romance novels felt like. We got to talking, and it was his first day in town, and he didn’t know anyone yet, so I invited him to join my family for the picnic. I took a chance. Just maybe he could be the change I needed, for at least that day. I never would have guessed that before the fireworks show that evening he’d begin igniting some fireworks in my life.

9. Katherine: How did Christopher win your heart?

Margie: He’s sweet and tender and he didn’t let me give up on us. He made me face my biggest fear, and he didn’t turn away when I believed he would.

10. Katherine: If Christopher were to describe you in one word what would it be?

Margie: He thinks I’m courageous. He shocked me the first time he called me that. I can’t say I’ve ever really felt courageous—I’m ridiculously afraid of mice and spiders, for goodness sake—but I think that’s one of the sweetest things he’s ever said about me.




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The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?




Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford.  It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration…” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back…” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had  just come up for air.

His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out an unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.


Come fall in love at the river. Summertime Dream is available on in Kindle and print

“Summertime Dream is a perfect glass of Lemonade on a hot day. Simple, elegant and beautifully written. I enjoyed each scene. Loved the chemistry between the characters and the house. Great story!” ~ Deborah Diez



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Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

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