Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Join us every day this week and meet some very sexy Heroes from 
New York’s Leading Romance Writers. 

RWA/NYC congratulates Alice Orr on her book debut.  
A YEAR OF SUMMER SHADOWS, book two in her 
Riverton Road romantic suspense series, 
released yesterday to rave reviews.  Go, Alice!

HERO:   Mark Kalli
Hometown:  Riverton, NY

Curious Questioner: Which do you prefer – baseball or football?
Mark Kalli: Neither, if you have to know. Watching a baseball game is like watching grass grow. And if I want to see heads bashed I don’t have to tune in to Monday Night Football. I can tune in to the kids that come to the youth program I run called Build Your Future. Those guys – and girls too – bash themselves every day against the hard walls their lives have flung up in front of them while I do what I can to chip away at those walls stone by stone. So I’m a basketball man. The action moves as fast as a pair of Nikes can carry it and you have to keep your brain in one piece to figure out how to get your team a whole lot of net and nothing but net.

CQ: Does sex mean love and marriage?
MK: You can’t be serious. Did my mom send you over here to ask me that? I’ll bet she did. She’s finally got my brother Matt headed to the altar with Kara. I have to be her next target. Tell her this. If she doesn’t stop trying to take a peek into my personal life I’ll be a no-show for Sunday dinner. That should shut her down for a while. In other words what I think about sex and love and marriage too is my business until I decide to make it somebody else’s.

CQ: I’m almost afraid to ask you this but do you believe in love at first sight?
MK: You should be afraid. (Mark goes silent for a long moment.)
CQ: Do you need me to repeat the question? Or maybe this one’s too scary for you and I should move on.
MK: It’s not scary. You made me think, that’s all. I wasn’t expecting you to make me think. So let’s say I reward you for surprising me by answering this one straight from the hip. What you made me think about is that I never did believe in love at first sight. I watched my brother Matt get blindsided by that years ago. It turned out all right for him in the end but he went through a long bad time in between. I wasn’t going to let that happen to me. But then… Then I saw Hailey and for the first time I understood why a guy as hardheaded and sure of himself as Matt would carry a torch what felt like forever even though it was burning him up inside. Okay. Enough about that. One more question. That’s all you get.

CQ: This woman you call Hailey. What attracted you first about her?
MK flashes a smile that sets the questioner’s head reeling. Then Mark answers the question with one word: Everything.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Alice Orr’s current novel is A YEAR OF SUMMER SHADOWS – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Book #2 – available at amazon.com/author/aliceorr. This is her 13th novel and she’s thrilled to introduce you to Hailey Lambert and Matt Kalli too. But you’d better be careful what you ask him. Alice Orr – www.aliceorrbooks.com. www.facebook.com/AliceOrrWriter. www.twitter.com/AliceOrrBooks.


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