TBG: Reese Dante saved our ass!! For the past few months, Friday’s have been reserved for our GRL Blog Tour posts. Well, we had a cancellation at the last minute and Reese and her alter ego Jaime Reese was soooooo kind enough to help us out. Here is a wonderful interview with Julian!!!
Interview with Julian Capeletti from The Men of Halfway House Series
When you wake up in the morning what’s the first thing you do?
Thank God for putting Matt in my life.
If you had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
*smiles* I’d kick everyone out of the house and spend the day with Matt in bed.
What would you like it to say on your tombstone?
I survived. Then again, that might freak out a few people if they read it on a tombstone.
Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?
I’d like to think I’m working toward being the man my mom knew I could someday be.
What have you never done and don’t see yourself ever doing. Why?
Skydiving. I don’t understand why you would jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Besides, I’m not a fan of tempting fate.
What is the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
Are you kidding me? I don’t think we have enough time here. I’ve learned to deal with things day by day and I try not to dwell too much on the negative. Everything happens for a reason even if we can’t see it at the time.
What is your greatest fear?
Aside from losing Matt, I’d say I’m terrified of becoming a man like my father.
What is the most important thing in your life?
It seems I’m going to repeat myself a few times in this interview. *smile*
Matt. He’s made such a difference in my life I don’t want to remember what it was like without him.
When you’re driving down the road, what music do you listen to?
Classical music. It calms me.
What do you like best about yourself?
My eyes. They’re the same color as my mom’s.
How do you feel about your life right now?
I’m incredibly thankful. I still have things I need to work through but Matt has the patience of a saint.
How do you express your anger?
I’m told I growl and glare. I don’t know. Why don’t you piss me off so we can find out?
What is your favorite breakfast?
*smiles* I’ll eat anything. I have many favorites.
What do you want to avoid?
What flaw must you overcome?
The list is long, but I’m working on it. I’m stubborn, extremely jealous—the list goes on and on.
What do others have that you want/need/lack?
I’ve got Matt. Everything else will work itself out.
What is your most treasured possession?
Matt. He’s mine and I’d do anything for him.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I do hate repeating myself.
Tell me something about you most people don’t know?
I play acoustic guitar.
Where would you like to live?
Anywhere with Matt would feel like home.
What do you most value in your friends?
Their desire to help others.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Matt. Heroes are supposed to come to the rescue. He saved me.
Which living person do you most admire?
Matt. And if you have to ask me why, then you obviously don’t know me and haven’t been listening.
On what occasions do you lie?
I don’t lie. It’s too exhausting trying to remember all the crap and keeping it straight. It ends up biting you in the ass later.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Seriously? No, really. That’s the word.
How would you like to die?
That’s a morbid question.
What is your motto?
Everything happens for a reason.
What does the halfway house mean to you?
To me, HH personifies Matt and offers love, acceptance, and help – even if you’re too pigheaded to realize it. HH is my home. It’s where I’m happy and where I now find solace. It gave me a second chance at a point in my life when I just kept sinking and didn’t see a way of escape. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and can truly say I’m happy. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I believe it, and Matt, have made me a better man.
How does it feel to share a house with ex-cons you barely know?
The guys appreciate the value of personal space. So they see it as their home, even if only temporary, and they respect boundaries. Well, all of them so far except for Cole but we’re working on it.
People fuck up. It’s in our nature. But I don’t think it’s right to judge people by what you see or by what you read. So I hate that label of ‘ex-con’. I’m willing to hold off on my opinion of them until I get to know them firsthand. Cam, for example, on paper, has a long list of charges that would make anyone cringe. In person, he’s a stubborn guy who just couldn’t catch a break in life. He’s strong and just needed a few people to have a little faith in him. It was great being a part of seeing him grow into his own, to experience that moment when he took control of his life and started making changes. I can’t explain how it felt to be a part of that. I guess it’s probably what a parent or older brother feels.
Do you see yourself as a married man someday?
I’m by Matt’s side and have no plans to be elsewhere regardless of whether our state recognizes it or not. But once our state changes their law, feel free to ask me again. *smile*
About A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1)
Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.
Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.
Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.
About A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House #2)
After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.
Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely.
Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim.
These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.
About Jaime Reese
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist (you may know her as Reese Dante) who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
Jaime has graciously offered up Kindle copies of A Better Man and A Hunted Man to TWO lucky winners!! Please be aware, these prizes will be gifted by the author through Amazon (no other formats are available). The giveaway starts now and ends August 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!
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