Please give a warm welcome to Sgt. Dante Strak from Operation Cobalt by Susan Hayes today as we sit down and see what makes him tick.
Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?
A: Hey there. Thanks for the invite.
What got me sent to meet my doom – Uh… I mean find the love of my life? My working theory is that my author likes to meddle in the lives of innocent men. We’re just living our lives, doing the best we can, and then along comes Susan and BOOM, everything changes. Not that I’m complaining too much. I mean, she did find me a hell of a woman. But me and the rest of the guys think she needs a new hobby or a pet or something.
My author is persistent, too. When I ignored her first attempt to put me and Tyra together, she upped the ante and made it impossible for me to walk away a second time. I mean that literally, too. She had me under a force field, stuck in a damned med-bed. I’d be plotting my revenge, but as it turned out, she was right. Tyra and I were supposed to be together.
Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?
A: Tyra is one of the best people I’ve ever met. Self-sacrificing, determined to do good in the galaxy no matter what it might cost her. The thing is, she has no sense of self-preservation. Zip. Zilch. None. It’s crazy. She needs someone to take care of her and protect that cute ass of hers. I decided I was the man for the job.
Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?
A: Once I got out of that damned med-bed, I took Tyra on our first date. Options were limited because we were on a military vessel at the time, so I took her to the gunner’s pit, which is basically a clear bubble on the bottom of the ship. Made for a really nice view during dinner, which was served on the command console. I thought the flashing console lights added to the ambiance. Dinner was cold by the time we got to it, though, because I decided I wanted dessert first. Let’s just say it’s a good thing that part of the ship had a locking door.
Q: Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?
A: Commando. Our uniforms are a snug fit as it is, and no one wants to be distracted by his boxers bunching in the middle of a fight.
Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what's one sure fire trick they can do to seduce you?
A: I love it when she tries to tell me what to do. It’s sexy as hell. Especially when she uses my full name. By the time she gets to my last name, all bets are off, and so are her clothes.
Q: What is the one place on your partner's body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?
A: Tyra turns to goo when I kiss the nape of her neck. I try to do that as often as I can. I like her gooey.
Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Operation Cobalt?
A: She had me taken captive. Me. I’m a seven-foot tall, part-alien soldier who used to fight in cage matches for a living, and I wind up tied to a damned chair. Talk about humiliating. Oh, and there was that whole “had me trapped in a med-bed so I couldn’t move” thing, too, but I mentioned that already. I might be holding a grudge. I’ll get over it once she moves on to meddling in the lives of my teammates. I’m planning on eating an entire bowl of popcorn while I watch that happen.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Yeah. If you like books with action, intrigue, and hot se–
(a boy appears) Hey, Dante. You done yet? You promised we could have hamburgers after this, and I’m starving!
Dante: Nearly done, kid. Oh, yeah. This is Nico. He’s in the story, too.
Nico: Hi everyone. Dante’s gotta go now. It’s burger time.
Dante: Apparently, my time is up. Anyway, if you like books with suspense, a bit of a body count, some epic fighting—
Nico: —And burgers!
Dante: Yeah, and lizard burgers, you should pick up a copy of Operation Cobalt. Or start at the beginning of the series and pick up book one, Operation Phoenix.
Thank you Dante for joining us on 'Meet the Character' day here at Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog. You can find all of Susan Hayes’ books at https://susanhayes.ca.
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