CJ: Thank you for joining me, Kyle. So where are you from?
KP: I was born and raised in Cornwall, nearby Padstow. The Pennington family has had an estate there for centuries. It’s dear to my heart.
CJ: That's pretty cool. What can you tell us about WAKING UP TO LOVE?
KP: It’s about the rocky road Lyssa and I had on our way to the altar. Good Lord, we couldn’t get out of our own way, and to make things worse, a chap named Rand Cunningham set his sights on her. I’d never imagined I was capable of such jealousy.
CJ: Inquiring minds want to know, Kyle, what did you think of Lyssa when you first met?
KP: She took my breath away with her slender beauty. All those copper curls, those sapphire eyes, and her laugh was like the morning chorus of songbirds after a long dark winter.
CJ: That's very romantic. What made you want to keep seeing her?
KP: We had such fun that first time. We met at a faculty soirée where both of us taught, the University of Chicago London campus. I hadn’t laughed like that in years. I asked if she’d fancy a walk in Hyde Park the next day, thinking we’d enjoy the activity at Speakers Corner. We did, then we walked over to the Round Pond and watched the kiddies sail their boats. We talked about everything under the sun. I knew then I wanted to marry her and have babies and live out our lives together. I didn’t dare tell her.
CJ: What do you think Lyssa likes most about you?
KP: I suppose it’s that we’re opposites. I’m a steady fellow, logical in the extreme. I’m an encryption specialist, you know. And Lyssa’s brilliant in her own field, of course, but light-hearted and fun. I expected she’d be attracted to my money, but she’s more interested in walking the Coast Path together than dining in style.
CJ: What made you choose computer security for a career?
KP: That actually came out of my experience in school as a lad. I was a young genius, and my parents sent me off to learn with boys twice my age. As you would imagine, I was bullied, and my way of besting the bullies was to become indispensable to them, on my terms. Long story short, I found ways to protect their files, their online communications, and everything about their electronic paper trail. It grew into a business, Pennington Secure Networks. Those old school chums, who became wealthy businessmen, are my clients.
CJ: What is your biggest fear?
KP: Losing Lyssa, I suppose. The months we were apart last year were dark and lonely, and I shouldn’t like to repeat that ever.
CJ: What would we find under your bed?
KP: I’ve no idea. I’ve never looked. What an odd question.
CJ: Do you play any sports?
KP: I wasn’t much good at team sports. I prefer working out in a well-equipped fitness center, and that’s what I do three or four times a week, without fail.
CJ: What do you do to unwind and relax?
KP: Besides working out and walking, I play the piano. Classical. I’m quite good. Lyssa loves listening, and I can always get her relaxed with a Bach Invention or two.
CJ: Who should play you in a film?
KP: I know he’s not an actor, but I rather think Keir Simmons, the news correspondent, is a dead ringer for me.
CJ: Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
KP: There’s a bistro on the Thames Lyssa and I like very much, with a wall of windows looking out to the Houses of Parliament. Their seafood is fresh and brilliantly prepared, and Lyssa says their burgers are the finest in the UK. She should know, she’s tried them everywhere we’ve gone.
CJ: Thanks for letting us get to know you, Kyle. It's been a pleasure to have you on Carly's View.
KP: My pleasure of course.
Are you intrigued by Kyle and his creator, Katie O'Boyle? Read on to learn more about WAKING UP TO LOVE.
BLURB FOR WAKING UP TO LOVE:
Kyle Pennington broke Lyssa’s heart when he let her go, rather than interfere with her budding career. An ocean away now, Lyssa has fallen under the spell of golden-tongued Rand Cunningham who’s in a hurry to marry her. But Kyle is miserable without her and is willing to risk everything to get her back. Will Lyssa wake up in time to ask who she really loves?
EXCERPT FROM WAKING UP TO LOVE:
Lyssa had sniffled all the way to the airport. As they’d pulled in to the curb, he’d told her, stupidly, for perhaps the seventh time, “It’s your dream, luv. You need to chase your dreams.” He’d hauled her bags out of the trunk and signaled a porter to help. Then he’d pulled her close, so close he’d nearly lost himself, nearly told her to stay and to marry him and have babies with him and grow old together.
If she’d said yes, it would be the end of her career. You knew that.
So, instead, he’d backed away, straightened her pink paisley scarf, landed one gentle kiss on her perfect pink lips, and said, “Safe flight, luv.” It was absolutely the right thing for a thirty-six-year-old man to say to a vivacious twenty-six-year-old just starting her career.
Well, wasn’t it?
Lyssa apparently hadn’t agreed. She had searched his eyes with her intense blue gaze until tears welled up and spilled over. “I think I’m in love with you, Kyle,” she’d choked out.
Startled, he’d lost his grip on her arms, stood open-mouthed with horror, and bloody let her go. She’d fled into the terminal and been swallowed up by the throng of departing passengers.
BIO OF KATIE O'BOYLE
Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at quaint inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she’s a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she’s a passionate author of warm-hearted romance.
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