Thursday, July 12, 2018 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Meet God Father's Day Hero - Attorney Justin Martin

The Write Way Café welcomes author Lynda Rees, who gives us a peek inside her hero's life with a revealing character interview.

Handsome, successful, attorney, Justin Martin rushes home to care for his ailing father and unravels an evil past threatening to destroy Justin’s perfect life. Vulnerable at his lowest point, Becky’s strength carries him through. She keeps men at bay for her and her son’s safety, but Justin’s broken spirit penetrates armor opening her fragile heart. Neither of them believes in love, and they certainly aren’t seeking it. Becky can’t compete with his wealthy fiancé. Justin discovers what matters most—in perfect time to lose it. Certain death looms in the sleepy, lakeside town. Vicious confrontation is eminent.


Thanks for joining us today, Justin. I’ve heard you were a big-shot real estate attorney in Nashville, hob-knobbing with the elite, but recently returned home to your father’s lakeside resort.

JUSTIN: Thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure being here. Yes, my career has certainly taken off since I met tycoon Landon Bridges, a real estate developer. Landon took me under his wing and opened lucrative opportunities for me.

I hear you enjoy more than a business relationship with Mr. Bridges. Rumors are you’re wedding to his daughter. True?

JUSTIN: (Clear’s throat and gives small laugh.) Yancy Bridges and I have been dating for a while now. She’s a fabulous woman, gorgeous and exciting. We’ve discussed matrimony, but I can’t confirm today.

Why the leave of absence and move to your rural, lakeside, Kentucky home town?

JUSTIN: My father, Richard Martin, has developed a critical condition and is unable to manage the resort alone. I want to spend what time Dad has left enjoying his company. I’m here to make his life as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.

How are you managing a critically ill father and his business alone?

JUSTIN: I have help. Luckily Dad’s amazing cardio nurse when he was hospitalized, Becky Simms, helped us. Her sister, Sadie Watkins, also a cardio nurse, now lives at the resort as Dad’s full-time nurse. Dad adores her. Sadie Watkins is a delight. She’s extremely competent and brings needed sunshine into our home.

What’s in the cards for your future, Justin? Is there a love life you’re not talking about?

JUSTIN: That’s a complex question. I don’t believe in fairy-tale, forever-type love. It’s a figment of the imagination—a trick nature plays on us to enable procreation and continuation of the species. I don’t expect to engage in such a thing. Should I marry in the distant future, it will be for the right reasons—position, money and power.

(Interviewer gives a snide laugh.) Is that right? Does a broken heart have anything to do with your attitude?

JUSTIN: I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Losing my mom at a young age was devastating, both to me and Dad. I watched his agony. I’ll never subject myself to such pain. Why bother? I’ve been an attorney long enough to realize love never lasts.

I’m sorry you feel that way, Justin. I hope you change your mind and find true love. Tell me about nurse Becky Simms.

JUSTIN: (His face breaks into a genuine smile, engaging tiny wrinkles beside his eyes, making an already darkly handsome face appear more human and vulnerable.) Becky is a fine woman, compassionate and giving to a fault. She watched over Dad like a hawk, and helped me get through bad days with him. She convinced me I’d need professional help to care for him once I got him home, and arranged for us to meet her sister Sadie. Sadie is an answer to a prayer Dad and I didn’t realize we’d sent out. Becky and her son, Evan, visited Sadie last weekend at the resort. That little scamp was delightful. Dad enjoyed having them as guests, and he seemed to feel better with them around.

So nothing can be done for your dad? That’s very sad. You have my condolences.

JUSTIN: No, nothing. We’re taking it day-by-day. It’s rare having the opportunity to say things gone unsaid and to make memories to fondly recall later on. We’re enjoying the time and learning a lot about each other. It’s been enlightening. (A troubled look filters through Justin’s eyes, but he quickly blinks it away.)

I suppose you’re uncovering some secrets.

JUSTIN: (Justin snickers.) Indeed, we are. Things are never as they seem. Be careful what you ask. Once you learn something, there’s no going back.

Wow! That sounds eerie. What other books has Lynda Rees written?

JUSTIN: Two are suspense novels about descendants of past mobsters—God Father’s Day and Madam Mom. Her debut was a historical novel about a young widow’s struggle during the savage 1890’s Alaskan Gold Rush. It’s called Gold Lust Conspiracy. She also co-authored a middle-grade children’s book with her ten-year-old granddaughter, Harley Nelson, called Freckle Face & Blondie. Lynda has authored 9 books in The Bloodline Series, starting with Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine. These romantic suspense novels are set in race horse country of rural Kentucky. Two of these, Real Money and The Bourbon Trail, incorporate Kentucky’s mobster heyday history into the plot. Lynda is a U. S. history buff and loves showing how history affects today’s world.

How about that cocktail you promised?

JUSTIN:   GOD FATHER’S DAY COCKTAIL: Kentucky bourbon, vodka and Coke in equal parts, shake and pour over ice.

Where can the books be purchased and how can fans reach Lynda?

Fans can find Lynda at:

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Lynda Rees is a story teller and dreamer whose dreams come true.  She lives on a farm in Kentucky with her incredible husband and herd of critters watching her children and grandchildren breath—fascinating. Born in the splendid Appalachian Mountains the daughter of a coal miner and part Cherokee Indian, Lynda grew up in northern Kentucky when the Mob reigned supreme in Newport and the city prospered as a gambling, prostitution and sin mecca. She’s fascinated with how history affects today’s lives and it works its way into her written pages. After a corporate career in marketing and global transportation this free spirited adventurer with workaholic tendencies followed her passion with for writing.
Gold Lust Conspiracy, her award winning historical romance, launched Sept, 2017 by Sweetwater Publishing Company along with Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary and Wine, the first of The Bloodline Series of romantic suspense set in Kentucky horse country. Books 1-5 launch before 2018 with others schedule in the spring. Stay tuned.

Lynda’s first children’s book, Freckle Face & Blondie, is co-authored with her granddaughter Harley Nelson launching early 2018. Enjoy her stories. She hopes you become life-long friends.


Lynn said...

Love the interview! The book sounds intriguing.

Angela Adams said...

Justin, thank you for the cocktail recipe!

Zari Reede said...

I love the character interview! Great idea. We did one in our newsletter that was well received. Best wishes and lots of sales for your book! It sounds great!

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