Monday, March 31, 2014

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Second Chances by PJ Fiala

Character Interview with Grayson Kinkaide
By: Sondra Jacobs

This interview is for a newspaper article about Kinkaide & Associates.  It takes place about two months after Grayson and Samantha meet.

I had the pleasure of sitting with Mr. Grayson Kinkaide to discuss his business, his children and a little bit about his personal life.  First of all, I would like to start by saying, Mr. Kinkaide leaves quite an impression.  He is handsome, intelligent and I saw a little bit of a sense of humor.  He’s also, quite a catch, though; this reporter believes he has been caught.  Here are a few excerpts of my interview with Gray.
1.      Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

a.      Okay.  To begin, I am the father of three children.  Jackson, Sarah and Ethan.  I am the grandfather of two grandchildren, Lily and Lincoln, whose mother is my daughter Sarah.
I am an architect and founder of Kinkaide & Associates, formerly Kinkaide Architects and Engineering.
2.      What type of buildings does Kinkaide & Associates design?
a.      We design any type of building you can imagine.  My architects are the best in the business and together, we have designed bank buildings, sky scrapers, small shopping malls, larger industrial type buildings as well as hospitals, clinics and restaurants.

3.      I understand your children work with you.  Can you tell me what they do for you and how that works out?
a.      Yes, I am very fortunate to have all three of my children, as well as my brother working with me at the firm.  My son Jax is a demolition expert and served in the Army in that capacity.  Now that he is home, he heads up the demolition arm of Kinkaide & Associates.
b.      My daughter Sarah is our accountant.  She went to college here in Green Bay at UWGB and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  She does a tremendous job for us.
c.      My son Ethan is also an architect.  He served in the Army as well and now designs buildings with me and the rest of the architects.
d.      My brother Jamie, heads up the engineering division of Kinkaide & Associates.

4.      So you haven’t mentioned anything about a wife.  Are you married Mr. Kinkaide?
a.      I am not married however, I am seeing a beautiful woman at the time, who is very, very special to me.  I foresee a long and bright future with her.

5.      Well, that sounds intriguing.  How did you meet this beautiful woman?
a.      I met her at my attorney’s office.  She manages his office.

6.      People will be dying to know, was it love at first sight?
a.      I doubt people reading an article about an architectural firm will be dying to know about my personal life.  But, since I am feeling rather generous today, let me just say, yes, for me it was love at first sight.

7.      Okay, point taken.  Tell me what you have planned for the future of Kinkaide & Associates.
a.      We are in the process of finishing up a large project in the Oshkosh area.  This has taken several of us several months to design.  It’s a large manufacturing project for a company that has recently been awarding military contracts.  They are expanding in a big way and Kinkaide & Associates was fortunate enough to win the bid to design the new facility.

After this project is finished, we have several buildings in various stages of design and build.  It never stops for us, which is good. 

On the demolition side of things, we are incredibly busy.  My son Jax is growing at an astounding rate right now and he is becoming well known around the country.  I can see that part of our business really taking off.

8.      That’s all wonderful news.  Great for the local economy too.  What do you do when you are not designing or blowing up buildings?
a.        I have a love of gardening and so does my girlfriend.  We also have a large project we are working on together on the fourth floor of my building at Kinkaide & Associates.  We have been spending a good deal of time working up there.  We also motorcycle a bit.  Mostly, we spend time with each other and our families. 

9.      Thank you very much for your time Mr. Kinkaide, I appreciate how busy you are.  One last question and I’ll let you get back to work.  Are their wedding bells in your future?
a.      With a wink and a smile, Mr. Kinkaide answered, “Ms. Jacobs, you’ll know when everyone else knows.”

Second Chances
PJ Fiala

Genre:  Romance/erotica

Publisher:  Archway Publishing,
a division of Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-4808-0563-7
ISBN: 978-1-4808-0564-4
ISBN: 978-1-4808-0562-0

Number of pages:  426
Word Count:   163,375

BN Paperback     Nook    Hard Cover

Book Description: 

After a nearly 30 year marriage to a man suffering from depression, Samantha Powell has decided a nice quiet, drama-free life is for her.  She has demons to combat and self-esteem issues to overcome.  She has decided to sell her house and find a nice little condo that places virtually no maintenance demands on her and allows her to work on herself for a while.

Grayson Kinkaide has waited his whole life, all 55 years of it, looking for his soul mate, the other half of himself.  He suffered through an awful marriage with a manipulative selfish woman that almost brought him to his knees.  The only things that kept him strong were his children and his growing business.

When Gray meets Sam both of their lives are changed drastically.  Sam’s dream of a drama-free life is jerked from her grasp as Gray’s exes do everything in their power to tear them apart.  Gray finds himself having to fight, hard, to convince Sam they are meant to be together. 

About the Author:

I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton.  During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my Grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm.  Yes, learn to farm!  That was interesting.  Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the Humane Society because they had been abused, was interesting.  I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of a breeding schedule, feeding schedule and the never ending haying in the summer and trying to stay warm in the winter.  Our first winter in Wisconsin, we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days!  Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

I am now married with four children and two grandchildren and a new one on the way this summer.  I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow.  Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people.  It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way.  At every gas station, restaurant and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing and offering advice on which roads in the area are better than others and great rides others have been on if we are interested.

I come from a family of veterans.  My grandfathers, father, brother and two of my sons and one daughter-in-law are all veterans.  Needless to say, I am proud.  Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.


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1 comment:

bn100 said...

Interesting blurb