Book Promo & Character Interview: All Those Miles I Walked by Viviana MacKade

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At eighteen, DJ made a choice–her heart or her dreams. Neither was wrong, yet either would break her heart. She chose the world. Over a decade later, she returns to Crescent Creek and to the one regret she’s ever had–Scott.
Scott’s always been steady as a rocky reef. He’d loved once and when she’d left, his strong heart had crumbled like a sandcastle. Now DJ is back, and Scott wants nothing to do with her. If only Eva, his and DJ’s old friend, didn’t need their help. Because of her, he’s stuck with DJ and he’d be damned, she still gets under his skin.
DJ is a free spirit who needs the road under her feet. Scott is a family man who wants to groom his roots. With danger on their doorstep and a baby to keep safe, how much are they willing to compromise for love?

 

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DJ opened the kitchen door.
The Bobby Bones Show was on the radio, laughs from the speakers mixed with those of an older man. And Scott’s. The sound rippled through her, splashed into the bottom of her belly. How much she’d missed his laugh, low, and earthy, and precious like a rare gem.
He stood in front of a counter, sleeves rolled up, a rolled blue bandana on his forehead. He glanced her way, returned his attention to whatever he was chopping.
Then stopped dead. Looked not to her but right in front of him, and rested his fists on the counter.
“I… umh… I need to check on the…in the dining room,” the other guy said catching the room’s sudden mood swing.
“Stay,” Scott ordered. “She’s on her way out.”
“The hell I am.” DJ took a step further into the kitchen. “I know what I put you through,” she said, knowing time wasn’t her friend today.
“No, you don’t,” he stated quietly, not moving his gaze from the wall in front of him.
“Shut up for one second and listen,” she hissed, briefly recording the older man leaving the room despite Scott’s order. “I do know, because I put myself through the same.”
“Really? Then you’re stupid, on top of everything else.”
“I was young and scared.”
He turned to face her, resting one hip on the counter and crossing his arms on his chest. “Bullshit. After the test results, there was nothing left to be scared about.”
“I was scared of you,” she breathed out, regretting her words the moment they were uttered.
He said nothing, but one black eyebrow rose in question. One she wasn’t ready to answer, not to him and not like this, in anger. It had taken her years to dig deep enough within herself to fully understand–the rush to keep him away, to cut him from her life.
Even more time to get over him. If she ever had.
“I apologize,” she spat out despite a tight throat. “That’s all I wanted to do.” She spun around to get out of the suddenly chilly kitchen.
“DJ?”
She stopped, one hand on the door, didn’t turn around.
“You took 12 years worth of love away from my life. Gave me no explanation. You’re gonna have to do a lot better than apologize to make me even think about swallowing it.”
DJ nodded, knowing that if he watched every move she made, he couldn’t spot the little tilt of her lips.
The smile held in place when she got home. All she needed was a crack, and whether he’d wanted to or not, he’d given her that.

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INTERVIEW WITH DJ, THE HEROINE

Name

Daphne Jaqueline Sheffield, soon to be Beckett.

Have you ever had a nickname?

I’ve been DJ for as long as I can remember. My mom and dad are the only ones who call me Daphne.

Have you ever thought your life would be made into a book?

Well, with my job – I’m a travel blogger – it was a possibility, but I’ve never thought it was going to be about my personal life. I guessed it was going to be more like a memoir of my travels, and what I saw and lived because of them. She frowns, gets lost in a thought for a second. Actually, I should write that… Sorry, carry on.

You had a very adventurous life. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but still haven’t done?

Mhh, let me think. Uh, yeah. Buy a dog. I’ve always wanted a puppy, but my mom has a severe pet allergy. Then I went to college and after that, I started traveling. But now, I’d love a pet. It would be good for the baby, too. She brushes her little baby bump.

Worst and best thing that happened to your life.

Leaving Scott. It was the best because I built not only a life, but myself. And it was the worse because I broke both our hearts in doing so.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Ah, all sort of yummy things. The upside of living with a chef.

Favorite dish.

Scott’s Duck l’Orange.

Your first thought and impression when you first met Scott.

That he was the hottest thing I’d ever seen. Hey, I was nineteen.

First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?

Before the pregnancy, Scott. Right now, that I’m hungry. And Scott.

What errand/chore do you despise the most?

Anything that involves being in line for more than 5 minutes. Such a waste of time.

Is marriage outdated?

A bit, and that makes it all the more romantic. I can’t wait for my own to start, even if we live together already.

Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth?

With the life I had, brushing in some jungle or a desert was quite normal. But once I was on a (boring) date in this super luxury restaurant though. I don’t remember what I had for dinner but the side was sauteed spinach. Thank god I thought about going to the restroom because I had green stuff everywhere. And thank god I always have some floss with me. There I was, in this billion-star restaurant, fighting spinach with floss.…

One last question. Do you guys want to know the genre of the baby?

Are you kidding me? Of course! I don’t know how people can resist that. It would be torture.

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