About Debra Parmley

"Spreading love one story at a time." Romance novelist and poet, teaching creative writing and writing books. Dancer and world traveler.

Cover Model Corner Interview With Chase Borst

 

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I’m excited to be interviewing Chase Borst on Cover Model Corner today. I met Chase in May at the Weekend With the Authors in Nashville, TN this year and he graciously agreed to an interview.Chase, what was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about?

My first cover was Roping Him In by Sidda Lee Rain.

Michel Prince is an author and owner of Royal Touch Photography. She worked out at the gym that I worked at a few years back. She approached me one day and asked if I would be interested in doing a photoshoot with her for images that could potentially be used as book covers. I agreed and things just progressed from there. I honestly had no clue what I was getting myself into or what the outcome would be but I have met a lot of really cool people and had some pretty awesome experiences since I started.  

If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be?

Somewhere tropical for sure. I would really love to go to Kenya. The beaches look amazing. I think I would like to do a romantic shoot with my significant other. Besides their beaches the inland backdrop of Kenya is cool too. I would probably want to do daytime photos with both backdrops, hoping for some giraffes or elephants in the shot. And of course some sunset photos inland, as well as on the beach.

Ah there is nothing quite like a beach anywhere in the world, especially at sunset. Giraffes and elephants now that would be fun.

Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?

My girlfriend and I recently started a meal prep business, Core Meals. We heard from so many people that nutrition is their biggest struggle for a number of reasons, so we provide them a very affordable, convenient way to eat healthy. I also spend a lot of time reading and learning about health and wellness.

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If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

I would probably tell a story about a person with a very troubled childhood and overcoming their obstacles and hardships. The book would be a timeline of their life and how they reacted to and overcame the struggles.

That is a story I would read or would love to hear one day.

This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness?

My fitness routine consists of heavy resistance training 5-7 days per week, sometimes twice a day. Honestly, I don’t really follow a plan. I generally rotate body parts in a 4 day split, and try to push myself while at the gym. I generally do not do cardio unless I’m in show prep and even then it’s minimal. My diet in show prep restricts the types of foods I eat, my caloric intake, cycle my macros according to my training. When I’m not in prep I like to eat a wide variety of healthy foods, I’m a good cook and I enjoy it so I get to be a little more creative with my meals. I generally do not track macros or calories but keep things pretty clean overall. I do like treats though and definitely eat them in moderation when I am not preparing for a competition.

If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?

  1. Nutrition comes before fitness and should be top priority. If you aren’t eating right, you are just spinning your wheels in the gym. I highly recommend an app to log your daily intake, and log EVERYTHING you eat. (I like myfitnesspal) a lot of people are in denial about what they put into their bodies. You can not out- exercise a poor diet.
  2. In the gym, primarily focus on strength training while supplementing cardio. Too many people think cardio is the answer for weight loss or to achieve their desired physique. Cardio is necessary, but in the right amount. Too much cardio can have the opposite effect that most people desire. The after effects of resistance training boost the metabolism for much longer than cardio and the muscle acquired from weight training also increases your body’s ability to burn calories while at rest.
  3. Challenge yourself and push your limits. You would be really surprised by what you are capable of. Most people sell themselves short in the gym and set limits in their head as far as how much weight they can handle, especially women. Lifting heavy does wonders for the female body. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Thank you for that excellent advice. Nutrition is so important. It’s important to eat healthy. Sometimes it’s fine to cheat though. It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don’t count. What’s on the menu and what are you drinking?

It was my birthday a few days ago…I enjoyed sushi, steak, ahi tuna and a grilled pineapple mojito served with a sparkler in it.

Well happy belated birthday! What a fun menu!

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Describe the perfect romantic evening:

I would pick her up and we would go to Willow River State Park and hike down to the waterfalls, hand in hand, while having intimate conversation. We would hike around in the serenity of sounds and beauty of the constant flow of water, watching every one of her movements. At some point, take a moment to sit in silence on one of the many rocks while taking each other in. Then we would hike up to the top of an overlook with an amazing view of the natural beauty of the park, talking about life with her in my arms, kissing her neck and shoulders. From there we would head back home and enjoy a candlelit dinner. Afterward we would cuddle up on the couch and watch The Notebook, paying more attention to her than the movie. Talking silently to her with my hands. When the moment was just right, I would kiss her and then carry her up the stairs…

Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:

I was homeless at one point in my life.

I’m so glad you’re not homeless now. What an inspiration you can be to others!

Eight Quickie questions:

  • Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars? Sunset and Stars

2.) The beach or the mountains? Beach

3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel? That’s a tough one, probably luxury hotel.

4.) Snow skiing or water skiing? Snow

5.) Favorite movie: Close tie between The Notebook and American Gangster

6.) Best book you ever read: Where the Red Fern Grows

7.) Fav. Sport to play: Basketball, but golf is a close second

8.) Fav. Sport to watch: Basketball

Chase, thank you for visiting with me today. It’s been fun getting to know you. Before we say goodbye, how can fans stay up to date on your latest news? Do you have any news or announcements to share?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChaseBorstModel/

Where to find my exclusive photos for purchase http://www.royaltouchphotography.com/

My business page:  http://www.coremealsmn.com

**This interview appeared in the August issue of Affaire de Coeur magazine.

Debra Parmley is known for her Cover Model Corner interviews, which are often featured on Affaire de Coeur magazine. A hybrid author, Debra is a muti-genre author of historical romance ranging from the western to the 1920’s, contemporary romance with military heroes, romantic suspense, paranormal and fairy tale romance. Damsel-in-distress stories are some of her favorites and her westerns have been described as gritty. Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was a young girl, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after. You can learn more about Debra at www.debraparmley.com

Holiday Interview With Cover Model and Actor John Antorino

John Antorino is visiting here with me on Cover Model Corner and I’m excited to share his interview with everyone. I first met John and his mother at a writer’s event in East Tennessee in December two years ago and the seed of a story idea grew as I saw the work he has been doing with children who are very sick. That story idea led to my newest project and I’m excited to share that Jenna’s Christmas Wish is now available through Dark Castle Lords Publishing. Now let’s chat with John.

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John, the first cover you appeared on, Dreams of a Raven Moon, was also with Dark Castle Lords. Is Jenna’s Christmas Wish the second cover you’ve appeared on for Dark Castle Lords and have you been on other covers? And how did you get into cover modeling?

John:

Yes, and I’ve been on some other covers as well. I got into cover modeling basically by people telling me I’d be perfect for the covers. And photographers and authors contacting me to do them. So here I am!!

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Debra:

Beyond modeling for book covers what other types of modeling have you done?

John:

I’ve done it all. I started out as a fashion model when I was very young. Then crossed over into fitness modeling and underwear modeling, then into acting. I have done it all and still do it all. I’ve been blessed with great genes, as well as a crazy work ethic.

Debra: You’ve played a 1900’s Italian immigrant an HBO series called “The Knick” and a German Nazi Soldier in the movie “Escaping the Holocaust”. Can you tell us about your latest movie? I understand you have one releasing in the theaters just a few days.

John:

I had one released this year called “Beyond The Trophy”. We are now waiting for a release date for what was titled “Escaping the Holocaust” and now titled “There Is Many Like Us”. Stay tuned!!

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Debra:

Do you have any new projects coming up that you would like to tell us about?

John:

Yes, first I am excited about the new book- Jenna’s Christmas Wish coming out and will being doing lots of press and pub for that. Attend some conventions and conferences representing DCL and the new book. I am still the face of and sponsored athlete for the company- Muscle Wiz. And we have lots going on with new products coming out. I will be doing new magazine ads for them, as well as appearances and demos for them. Anyone looking for great protein powders, fat burners, and other great products check them out and feel free and contact me about: www.musclewiz.com

I have some movies in the works that are still in pre-production. So keep an eye out for news on those.

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Questions sent in by our fans:

How did you get started, and how old were you?

John :

I started when I was young and in college. I was always being approached by people in general, as well as agents, photographers, scouts, etc….And they would always say I had a great look and could be in magazines and on tv/movies. I didn’t really think anything of it at first. I was just a kid in college having fun and playing sports. As time went on and it happened more and more. I would go home and tell my mom. She said let’s go see what it’s all about. We took the bus to NYC one day and the rest is history as they say!

Does he attend cons?

John:

Yes I do. And hope to attend many more in 2016 and beyond!!

What did you do before modeling? What do you see yourself doing twenty years from now?

John:

I was in college and having fun. Being a kid. And before my career really took off I worked a few different jobs. While I was in college I worked in nightclubs. As a male dancer and serving drinks. Fun job and fun times. I then worked with disabled adults in day programs teaching them life skills and taking them to the gym. And my last job I was a crisis counselor in a school for troubled youth. Both great and rewarding jobs that I’ll never forget.

20 years I see myself relaxing a lot more. Most likely owning my own business. Probably restaurants. Possibly doing something in the health and fitness field. And always involved with much charity and helping as many sick kids as possible.

Do you have to shave your body before a shoot?

John:

Yes I do. Gotta stay smooth and clean. And showing all the details and hard work of my body for the camera. Makes a huge difference.

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Debra:

One of the things I know about you which inspired me to write a romance hero based on you is how much you do for children who are very ill. I’ve watched this for several years now and you bless so many people with the things you do to help. This also found its way into the story as I find one of the most heroic things a man can do is to help others. Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do with the children?

John:

Yes, helping others and doing for others is and has always been my true passion and calling in life. I’ve been this way and have had this in my heart as far back as I can remember. I typically like to help anyone in need, less-fortunate, sick, homeless….But I really have a soft spot for sick kids. So, I help many sick kids with cancer and other terrible illnesses. I visit them at the hospitals and their homes as well. I buy them gifts and do things for them. Help out the families as much as I can. Spend time with them. Take them out. I even attend their Dr. appointments for support.

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Debra:

What is your favorite way to spend the Christmas holidays?

John:

With family and good friends. Relaxing and eating. Helping and giving to others, especially the sick and less fortunate. No greater feeling in the world for me than to give and make others happy.

Debra:

Do you have any special memories of past Christmases that you’d like to share?

John:

My mother, who raised us (my twin sister and I on her own) always makes Christmas special. She has an annual Christmas Eve party. And it’s full of great foods and family and close friends. The last Christmas I got to spend with both my Grandparents was the most special one for me. I believe it was in 2010. I miss them like crazy and Christmas really isn’t the same anymore.

Debra:

Jenna’s Christmas Wish comes true. John, what is your Christmas wish this year?

John:

My Christmas wish this year is probably the same most every year. It is for all the sick kids to be well and to be able to be home with their families and feeling good. Also, for the less fortunate to have food on their tables, a roof over their heads, and for no kid to wake up Christmas morning without presents.

Debra:

That’s a beautiful wish, John and I will join you in that one and in wishing all our readers a Christmas full of blessings.

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You can learn more about John at http://www.johnantorino.com/ ,http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3016683/ https://www.facebook.com/JohnAntorinofanpage/?ref=mf and https://www.facebook.com/JohnAntorino?fref=ts

And Debra at www.debraparmley.com Cover Model Corner at https://covermodelcorner.wordpress.com/

This interview article also ran in the 2015 December issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine.

Cover Model Corner Interview With Jackson Young

11194891_982352828451233_1311850731_oI’m excited today to be able to share my interview with Jackson Young here on Cover Model Corner.

Jackson is a singer, songwriter, ballroom dancer and choreographer, cover model and actor. Jackson served in the Army 101 st Airborne Division as an “Infantry Scout” 1st of the 502nd. I met Jackson in Nashville at the Weekend With the Authors event and he was gracious enough to agree to an interview with me.

Debra: So, Jackson, tell me about your first cover. How did you get into cover modeling?

Jackson: Randi Alexander actually approached me for cover modeling. She’s doing a three book series called Diaries of a Casanova. That is a true life fiction three book series about a country music singer who is established that doesn’t want their name out there so they wanted to get an up-and-comer that would kind of fall in line with you know what they’re doing to create the realism. So that is how I got started.

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Debra: Awesome. If you could have a cover shoot anywhere in the world where would like you go?

Jackson: Oh wow. We get those kinds of options? I didn’t know that. *laughs* I thought it was out in the yard or something. *laughs*

Debra: Your dream shoot. *laughs* Where’s your dream shoot?

Jackson: I’d have to say Australia. I think the biggest reason why is from my modeling I have different looks. Australia would be awesome because you could do the cowboy thing, the military thing, and the werewolf thing, whatever.

Debra: All right. Australia would be perfect.

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Debra: Tell our readers about a romantic date you would take a girl on.

Jackson: Well, if I could find time for a date. *laughs* I would say my favorite date is I’d pick her up go for a nice steak dinner with wine and then after to the beach or a lake. I’d have to say being out in nature is one of my favorite things. Probably ending the night depending on how personal the relationship is, ending the night with a little bit of whiskey and probably a glass of wine for her.

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Debra: Snow skiing or water-skiing?

Jackson: No skiing. No, kidding. *laughs* I’d probably say snow skiing because I’ve never done that before so it would be a challenge for me.

Debra: Luxury hotel or camping?

Jackson: Defiantly camping I’m an outdoors kind of guy. To me there’s nothing better than being around the fire.

Debra: Favorite sport?

Jackson: Football hands down. I ‘m an NFL fanatic. I get fired up for football.

Debra: Besides cover modeling tell me what other projects you’re involved in?

Jackson: That might be the whole interview. Laughs. We just shot a music video with OperationTroopAid.org. Music video was released in June. I attended RT Dallas in May, and I’m in Minnesota for another concert in October. Sandy Sullivan invited me to perform in 2016 at A Weekend With the Authors in Nashville.

If you go to JacksonYoungCountry.com you can see everything we have to offer. Like, tweet, follow, and share.

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Jackson Young (Apparel sponsor) Gruntstyle.com

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Featured single Drunken Angel (left ) Album Let It Ride (right) Courtesy of fan from the road

Authors can get a Mini-Movie done with Jackson Young so many greats in the business already have its not a book trailer it’s a Mini-Movie.Jacksonyoungcountry.com/mini-movies

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Jackson Young Country mini-movies

“Cowboy” Jackson Young courtesy of Royal Touch Photography

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Actor Shane Breedlove &Producer/Actor Jackson Young On set of Ring River Gofundme.com/BreedloveNotHate

Debra: Thank you Jackson! Is there any other message you have for our readers?

Jackson: Social media has become so important. I know I speak for other cover models when I say that going to our pages, liking our content, the more tweets you can give us really makes a difference.

We love and appreciate you for everything you do.

Debra: Thanks Jackson. We love you too.

Follow Jackson Young at JacksonYoungCountry.com

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“Cowboy” Jackson Young courtesy of Royal Touch Photography

 

Cover Model Corner Interview With J.D. Hart

J.D. The Pirate

I’m excited to be able to share my Cover Model Corner interview with J.D. Hart with you today. Many of you may know J.D. as the narrator of Sharon Hamilton’s books. He has the most amazing voice. I was fortunate to meet him and Sharon at the A Day With the Authors event in Nashville back in May and when he agreed to do an interview I was thrilled. So let’s step away from covers for a change and take a look at the man behind the narration of some of the best romance stories available today. I’m excited about our peek behind the scenes, so let’s get going.

Debra: J.D., How did you get into voice acting?

J.D.:  I started in radio when I was 18 at WABZ in Albemarle, N.C. Later in life, Chevrolet’s advertising agency hired me to be their TV spokesperson. That gave me the opportunity not only to be on-camera but voice-over many of the commercials that we shot.

Debra: Why are you referred to as the Pirate Narrator?

J.D.: Pirates have more fun! They live spontaneously and improvise a lot. Actually, someone once told me that I looked like Errol Flynn. I didn’t know who he was because he passed away before I was born. When I looked him up and saw that he was a swashbuckler in films and lived an adventurous lifestyle, I liked him immediately. The nickname Pirate Narrator is actually a tribute to Errol, whom left this world much to soon.

Debra: Beyond producing and narrating audio books, what other projects keep you busy?

J.D.: I just finished shooting a TV pilot, The Discarded. I play a psychiatrist in a 1950’s insane asylum. I continue to be the on-camera spokesperson for Dick Smith Automotive in S.C. My life is never boring and I do wing it a lot. I wear a lot of different hats and that takes me to a lot of different places. Still dreaming of that home in Maui!

Debra: What’s one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

J.D.:  What makes me happy?

Debra: So, J.D., what makes you happy?

J.D.: What makes me happy? Happiness is a little tricky. Sometimes we pretend we are happy when we’re really not. Other times we may be having a happy moment but not realize it until months or even years later. Happiness comes from a place deep within. When I’m in unity consciousness and at peace with myself and others I find that I am truly happy. I am completely happy when I am surrounded by other happy people who realize how fortunate we are to exist on this planet that provides our every need. Simple things like sunny days, bike rides, sitting around a bonfire, a walk on the beach or listening to great music always make me happy.

Debra: That’s a beautiful answer J.D. with so much truth in it. Happiness is a little tricky. Those moments are all the more soul fulfilling when we’re aware. You’ve expressed this so well. I could see you writing a book.

If you wrote a book what would it be about?

J.D.: It would be an autobiography. Mine is quite a story believe it or not. It wouldn’t be a look- at- me, I’m so great kind of book. It would be more about life’s disappointments and struggles and how one hopeful romantic can survive in this world and find balance with life, love and loss.

Debra:  I would be in line to buy that book, for sure. I certainly enjoy listening to you narrate a book.

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Is there any special training for becoming a narrator?

J.D.: There are many classes you can take for voice acting. You need computer and audio software skills in order to do your own editing. For me, the best way is to just do it. If you’re good, people will notice and you’ll stay busy. If not, you can move on and try something else. Years of acting in film, TV and commercials has been the biggest asset for me.

Debra: Who is your favorite storyteller?

J.D.:  Vincent Price had me at “It’s as much fun to scare as be scared”.

Debra: Oh I met him once! I was a preteen and very shy. He came to Springfield, Ohio and it might have been a fundraiser, I’m not sure. My father had tickets for us to go hear him live and his show was wonderful. Afterward, we got to meet him. I’m never forget it. My face was hot and red and I was all tongue tied and hiding beneath my hair as shy young girls do. He put his fingers beneath my chin and tipped it up, looking me in the eyes with a kind smile and said, “You have lovely cheekbones, my dear and a sweet smile. You mustn’t hide them. Your smile could light up the room.” Well I was floating at that point and have forgotten whatever else he said, but I have never forgotten those words. He was such a gentleman and that voice…. simply unforgetable.

It’s clear that you enjoy narrating the books and must be loads of fun! Do you work closely with the author when you narrate their book?

J.D.: Yes, unless the author wants to remain out of it. I’ve recorded many audio books without ever communicating directly with the author. The best work comes from a close relationship with the author. The more honest you can be with each other, the better the final product. The same applies to directors and actors whom choose to work together because they know their combined efforts will create a better experience for their audience.

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Debra: What is your favorite genre to narrate?

J.D.: I’ve narrated corporate, self-help, science fiction. I’ve even narrated anatomy, biology and military text- books and manuals. After Sharon Hamilton and I discovered each other, I would have to say that romance is my favorite genre. It was love at first write! I’m a sucker for a great love story and the action and adventures of a great romance novel really give my acting chops a nice work out plus I enjoy the ride.

Debra: Please describe the perfect romantic evening.

J.D.: Dressed to the nines, I walk into a crowded bar, scanning the room. I approach the bar where sits the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. She gives me that look that tells all the wannabes within her perimeter that they don’t stand a chance. I offer to buy her a glass of wine, she accepts. We have light casual conversation while we study each other carefully. We finish the glass of wine and I ask her would she care to dance, although there is no dance floor and no music in the background. I escort her to my BMW convertible. With top down we sail off to a private lake where the moon is glistening on the water. I turn the stereo up with a special CD of love songs that I have created just for this night. We exit the car and move toward the lake of enchantment while holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes. Ah, the perfect song begins playing from my car stereo. The dance begins. As we hold each other, knowing that this is going to be a night we shall never forget for as long as we live, I slowly reach down and touch her wedding band. Then, I thank her for 21 of the best years of my life.

Debra: Now that is romance and a true love story. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Okay now, Eight Quickie questions:

1.) Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

Sunset and stars.

2.) The beach or the mountains?

The beach.

3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

Primitive camping.

4.) Snow skiing or water skiing?

Water skiing.

5.) Favorite movie:

Body Heat

6.) Best book you ever read:

The Science of Mind (because it changed my life forever

7.) Favorite singer

Neil Diamond

8.) Favorite actor

Gary Oldman

J.D. thank you for visiting with me today and sharing a behind the scenes look at your narration.

Readers, for more about J.D. and his acting and voiceover work you can find him at

www.thebookvoice.net

and www.JDHart.net

I enjoy listening to his narration and I’ll bet you will too.

Cover Model Corner Interview With Daniel Hosse

11292857_10205521832498163_761643850_n I met Daniel Hosse at the A Day With the Authors event in Nashville in May and invited him to do a Cover Model Corner interview with me. I’m pleased to be able to share his interview with you here today. IMG_3289 Welcome Daniel!  What was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about? Daniel: The first cover I shot was for Renee Lee Fisher. She actually contacted me after seeing one of my shots online and asked me to be on her cover. Debra: If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be? Daniel: I’d love to do a shoot in the mountains. I’ve always wanted to do a rustic photo shoot on location somewhere like that. 11270877_10205521832618166_687727660_n Debra: Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy? Daniel: I write poetry as well and it’s one of my primary passions. Debra: Poetry is one of my passions too. I do love a good poem. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Daniel: I have written two and am in the process of formatting them for publication. Both are poetry books. Debra: Excellent. I look forward to reading them! This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness? 11276059_10205521832578165_1959572634_n Daniel: I workout an average of 6 days a week, focusing on different muscle groups each day. Diet is the biggest part and struggle for me. I’ve always been a “hard gainer” so keeping my weight up and eating constantly is the toughest challenge. Debra: If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be? Daniel: Drink water, eat clean, and listen to your body. Debra: Excellent advice. It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don’t count. What’s on the menu and what are you drinking? Daniel: Sushi and green tea…mmmm. Debra: Oh that sounds delicious. How would you describe the perfect romantic evening? Daniel: You know I don’t think there is a perfect evening, but rather a perfect date. It’d be “her” that would make any evening romantically perfect.

Debra: Now that is romantic. Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:

Daniel: I love big band music and old radio tunes.

Debra: Oh what fun! Okay now Eight Quickie Questions:

  • Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

Definitely the sunset and stars.

  • The beach or the mountains?

Mountains for sure.

  • Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

Camping any day everyday.

  • Snow skiing or water skiing?

Snow skiing please. Favorite movie: It depends on the genre but “The Notebook” is an all time favorite.

  • Best book you ever read:

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Sport to play:

Bass fishing…hey it’s a sport.

  • Sport to watch:

I honestly don’t watch much TV. I’d rather be doing something myself than watching someone else play a game. Debra: Thank you Daniel, it’s been fun getting to know you. Before we end do you have a poem you might like to share with our readers? 11216289_10205521832538164_1501691369_n Daniel: Yes, I can do that.

The Cricket’s Waltz

High in the hills there lived a man,

Old and wise of gaze,

In a little cabin of log and stone,

Living out his days,

Each night he’d sit beneath the moon,

Rocking in his chair,

He’d settle back and light his pipe,

And at the stars he’d stare,

The wind would oft’ blow softly past,

To ring his horseshoe chimes,

Pipe smoke rising gently up,

Smoky phantoms lost in time,

‘Twas early fall as he sat,

One quiet starry eve,

The year nineteen and sixty two,

Yes I do believe,

No wind did blow to carry off,

The chimes they did not ring,

Instead, as he gently smoked,

He heard a cricket sing,

For a moment the old man was moved,

Stopped rocking in his chair,

The cricket’s song ’twas like a waltz,

At some forgotten fair,

The little tune rose and fell,

A symphony of Nature’s crafting,

Old man smiling to himself,

His pipe smoke still a’wafting,

He then began to rock in time,

With his musical little friend,

So they waltzed into the night,

Until the song did end,

The old man then rose and bowed,

Bid the cricket well,

Turned and walked into his home,

‘Neath the moonlight soft and pale,

So each night the two would sing,

The cricket and the man,

And all the woodland animals,

Would come listen to their band,

Perhaps God himself among the crowd,

No one really knew,

But how beautiful were the songs,

Of that timely two,

Fall’s final leaf then fell one day,

And the old man became ill,

He softly lay upon his bed,

The cricket upon his sill,

When he took his final breath,

His little friend then sung a dirge,

Hopped away into the night,

Nary a sound was heard,

Then on that eve beneath the moon,

With a flowered wreath upon the door,

The porch was empty,

just a rocking chair,

And the cricket waltzed no more.

– DNH 06/2014

Debra: Thank you Daniel, what a lovely poem. And such a nice way to end. Thank you for visiting with me on Cover Model Corner. Readers, for more of Daniel’s poetry, be on the lookout for his book which is coming soon. You can find Daniel on Facebook: www.facebook.com/danielnhosse   and Instagram – @kadath

Cover Model Corner Valentines Day Interview With John Antorino

Valentine’s Day Interview with Cover Model and Actor John Antorino

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Today I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope it is full of all the love and passion you dream of. Now for a Valentine’s Day surprise. Ladies, I’m super excited because I have a special Valentine’s Day treat for you.

John Antorino, the sexy cover model and actor, is visiting here today and has agreed to be an open book for this special Valentine’s Day interview for you. He’s been busy filming so we’re lucky he could fit us into his busy schedule.

Debra: What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

JA: The thing with me is. When I have someone special in my life, love, affection, passion, romance is shown year round. It’s not just for the day on Valentine’s Day. I am who I am all the time. I’m always affectionate and romantic. I don’t need a certain day for it. And to pretend on that day like many do. Sadly. But yes, Valentine’s Day is nice when you have someone you REALLY love by your side and on this special day show it a little more.

Debra: Do you look for a lady who is extremely fit, like you are? One who is very athletic?

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JA: No not really. I like a fit woman. But she doesn’t have to be extremely fit and like I am. I actually don’t like women who are crazy into fitness and working out like I am. And I can’t stand muscular women. Not at all.

Debra: Our readers, many who are single, may want to know what you look for in a woman. What special qualities do you seek?

JA: First and foremost she has to be down to earth and fun. Caring and giving. Selfless. Affectionate. Family oriented. Surely not into partying and going to bars and clubs. Not at this point in my life. Pretty, but she doesn’t have to be a model. I prefer cute/girl next door actually. I’ve dated many models and actresses and have to say I much rather have a low-key girl next-door type. Inner beauty means the most to me. More than looks do. Beauty starts on the inside!

Debra: What special qualities do you have to offer her in return?

JA: Everything!! Ha-ha no really. I hate to be asked this kind of question being a humble down to earth guy; it’s hard to answer. But I will. Yes, everything. I cook and clean. Very much a family guy. A complete gentleman always. Open doors always and just a man, a real man in every sense of the word and take care of my woman in every way.

I don’t drink or do drugs or go out with my friends to strip clubs and nonsense like that. Hate bars and clubs. I’m romantic and a passionate lover. A classy guy and when I have a girlfriend she knows she’s loved!!

Debra: Are you single taken just dating or looking?

JA: I am single and dating. Having fun. Definitely not taken. Looking? Hmmmm not really. No. I am just living life and to the fullest. Whatever will be will be.

Debra: Are there any little things you might do to let your lady know you care for her?

JA: For sure!! I’m big on the little things. I do a ton of little things when I have a girlfriend. Leave little notes and cards, flowers at work, cook dinners and breakfast in bed. Surprise gifts. Sweet text messages. Romantic weekend getaways.

Debra: You’ve invited your lady over for a romantic Valentines Day dinner in and you are cooking (I heard you were a good cook). What will you be cooking and or baking? What music is playing? How will you greet her and how do you plan or hope the evening will proceed?

JA: I’m cooking Italian most likely. But could be seafood. Ok, so I’ll go with Italian. But really depends what the lady likes most. I’m first off making my homemade sauce. Then I’m making my homemade meatballs. Main course is chicken parm. Side of pasta. A nice salad. Shrimp cocktail appetizer. And for dessert pumpkin pie with whipped cream and chocolate cake. Then after that the real dessert. Wink wink…… Music playing will be Brian McKnight. I’ll of course greet her with a big hug and kisses. The night will go like this. A nice candle lit dinner and music. Good dessert after with some sexy conversation and eye contact. Then into the bedroom to cuddle up with a good movie. Then lots of kisses……

Debra: Anticipation is half the fun and passion built slowly can be strong and powerful. What is your favorite way to build the anticipation and passion?

JA: Hmmmmmm in person or before getting together? In person I don’t waste much time really. I get right down to business with the passion. Ha-ha. Before getting together the sweet and sexy texts are nice. Flowers and gifts. A lot of talk about what will happen when we get together. For extra anticipation.

Debra: Your Valentines Day dinner and passionate evening went so well now it’s breakfast time already. What are the two of you having and will you be having breakfast in bed or seated together at the table?

JA: Easy one, I’m making breakfast in bed. I make pumpkin French toast and pancakes. So good!! So I’ll make those. With some eggs and homemade breakfast potatoes.

Debra: Since you travel so much it might happen that Valentines Day finds you away from home. How would you and your lady spend Valentines Day away? Do you have a favorite romantic getaway?

JA: Yes I do. If I’m away without my girl and it’s Valentine’s Day, which by the way would be rare for me when I have a girlfriend. When I have a girlfriend I try and be sure we are together. But if not I’d send nice flowers and gifts. Just show her and tell her how much she means to me and that I miss her and wish we were together. And if her and I were to plan a getaway for Valentine’s Day would be one of these places: NYC, Bahamas, Italy, or St. Thomas.

Debra: I am blushing and red asking you these next questions. But your fans want to know. So here goes. Do you like to be in charge and control things when you’re with a woman or do you like her to take charge?

JA: I’m definitely in control and in charge. And I have to say my lady comes first. She is taken care of and shown what passion and bliss is. Definitely satisfied and happy. I make sure of it!!

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Debra: You’re the fantasy of so many women all over the world. But do you have a fantasy yourself?

JA: I have to say I really don’t. I pretty much make things happen in my life. Not a daydreamer and a man that sits around and fantasizes about things and sex and women. If I want it, I go get it and make it happen.

Debra: Favorite love position?

JA: Top. Looking into my ladies eyes and showing her and telling her what I feel. Pouring myself into her. My heart soul passion…

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Debra: Are you ticklish? If so, where?

JA: Hmmmmmm I don’t know. Maybe I am. I can’t give that away. Haha. Maybe a little. Laughing!!

Debra: Do you enjoy slow dancing?

JA: Yes I do. A lot!

Debra: Do you wear cologne? If so, what kind?

JA: Yes. I wear Versace colognes, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and old school and still one of my favs- Calvin Klein Escape.

Debra: It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. What special foods would have your heart warming up toward your lady?

JA: Oh yes! But the thing is I usually do the cooking. I love to cook. I’ve had women make me dinners before. And it was nice. Problem is, I am such a picky eater. But to answer your question. Always Italian! And anything pumpkin!

Debra: John, thank you for visiting here on Valentines Day and for getting a little more intimate for our readers. It’s been a lovely Valentines Day treat. Where can we find you next? What movies, covers and interviews do you have coming up?

JA: Thank you for having me. Was fun and my pleasure. You can find me on 2 new shows coming up- “The Knick” and “Escaping the Holocaust”. I am shooting several book covers coming up- “The Protector by Mary Moriarty” and another cover by author Sabrina Devonshire. Also, shooting some ads for a new underwear campaign.

Debra: Do you have a special Valentine’s Day wish for our readers?

JA: Happy Valentine’s Day to all the ladies and everyone out there. Make it a special and sexy day. Full of love, passion, romance, hugs and kisses.

See more of John and feel free and follow him and contact him here:

www.facebook.com/johnantorino

www.facebook.com/johnantorinofanpage

John’s IMDb page with pictures and credits:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3016683/

Cover Model Corner Interview With Jeremy Rivenberg

I was fortunate to bump into Jeremy Rivenberg at the Sweet Tea and Chocolate Cake Book Club Anniversary Luncheon in Augusta, GA the first weekend in November and we sat and chatted for a bit about the upcoming holidays and his work as a cover model.

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Debra – Jeremy, what was the first cover you appeared on and how did it come about?

Jeremy – The first cover I appeared on was Wild Irish by Jennifer St. Giles. The photographer that she had worked with in the past noticed me on a modeling network site and asked me if I would be interested in being on a romance cover.

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Debra – I love the cover you did for A Weldon Family Christmas by Jennifer Saints. The holidays will soon be here. What is your favorite holiday memory?

Jeremy – When I was a kid every year my family would go out to Disney and see all the lights and see all the decorations out there, that’s something I really cherish, seeing the lights and the decorations as a family, just being together.

Debra – So that’s a family tradition then. That’s a great tradition. Is that what you’ll be doing this year?

Jeremy – Probably at some point. As I get older it gets harder. My dad still works down there. My sister has five kids and my brother has two kids. It might not be right before Christmas but some time in December or in January. They don’t take the decorations down until after January first.

Debra – If you were doing something special with a girlfriend for the holidays what would you be doing?

Jeremy – I think around the holidays it’s very cool sometimes to just to drive around and look at the Christmas lights. The decorations give you the Christmas spirit. I’m normally in Florida where the weather is warm. But out at Disney they have where it snows in the streets.

Debra – If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you want to go and what kind of shoot would it be?

Jeremy – Oh man. It would probably have to be somewhere like a tropical setting. I live in Florida so I’ve done shoots on the beach, so anywhere with a beach and ocean setting. Those are my favorite type of shoots.

Debra – Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?

Jeremy – I’m in nursing school fulltime and I also work fulltime for a property management company so that takes up all my time.

Debra – This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness?

Jeremy – I just started working out again almost every day. I’m a natural athlete but I’m also in the National Guard so being in the military I have to keep certain standards in my fitness. I like to work out, I like to run, it’s just fitting it into my schedule. As far as nutrition goes, I really don’t like junk food. Cutting out sugar is a huge thing. Like the cake we had today that was pretty much my cheat.

Debra – If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?

Jeremy – Never skip breakfast. Always get in at least 20 minutes a day of some sort of activity that gets your heart rate up whether it be going for a jog or even if it was of a sexual nature that would be okay. It’s never too late to start no matter how old you are.

I was fortunate to bump into Jeremy Rivenberg at the Sweet Tea and Chocolate Cake Book Club Anniversary Luncheon in Augusta, GA the first weekend in November and we sat and chatted for a bit about the upcoming holidays and his work as a cover model.

Debra – Jeremy, what was the first cover you appeared on and how did it come about?

Jeremy – The first cover I appeared on was Wild Irish by Jennifer St. Giles. The photographer that she had worked with in the past noticed me on a modeling network site and asked me if I would be interested in being on a romance cover.

Debra – I love the cover you did for A Weldon Family Christmas by Jennifer Saints. The holidays will soon be here. What is your favorite holiday memory?

Jeremy – When I was a kid every year my family would go out to Disney and see all the lights and see all the decorations out there, that’s something I really cherish, seeing the lights and the decorations as a family, just being together.

Debra – So that’s a family tradition then. That’s a great tradition. Is that what you’ll be doing this year?

Jeremy – Probably at some point. As I get older it gets harder. My dad still works down there. My sister has five kids and my brother has two kids. It might not be right before Christmas but some time in December or in January. They don’t take the decorations down until after January first.

Debra – If you were doing something special with a girlfriend for the holidays what would you be doing?

Jeremy – I think around the holidays it’s very cool sometimes to just to drive around and look at the Christmas lights. The decorations give you the Christmas spirit. I’m normally in Florida where the weather is warm. But out at Disney they have where it snows in the streets.

Debra – If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you want to go and what kind of shoot would it be?

Jeremy – Oh man. It would probably have to be somewhere like a tropical setting. I live in Florida so I’ve done shoots on the beach, so anywhere with a beach and ocean setting. Those are my favorite type of shoots.

Debra – Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?

Jeremy – I’m in nursing school fulltime and I also work fulltime for a property management company so that takes up all my time.

Debra – This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness?

Jeremy – I just started working out again almost every day. I’m a natural athlete but I’m also in the National Guard so being in the military I have to keep certain standards in my fitness. I like to work out, I like to run, it’s just fitting it into my schedule. As far as nutrition goes, I really don’t like junk food. Cutting out sugar is a huge thing. Like the cake we had today that was pretty much my cheat.

Debra – If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?

Jeremy – Never skip breakfast. Always get in at least 20 minutes a day of some sort of activity that gets your heart rate up whether it be going for a jog or even if it was of a sexual nature that would be okay. It’s never too late to start no matter how old you are.

Okay Jeremy I have Eight Quickie questions for you.

1.) Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars? Sunset because I’m normally sleeping when the sun’s rising.

2.) The beach or the mountains? Beach.

3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel? Primitive camping.

4.) Snow skiing or water-skiing? Snow skiing.

5.) Favorite movie: American Psycho

6.) Best book you ever read: The Bible

7.) Favorite Sport to play: Baseball

8.) Favorite Sport to watch: Football

Debra – Jeremy before we end this interview, do you have a holiday wish for our readers?

Jeremy – I’d like to wish everyone happy holidays and wish you spend it with your loved ones and celebrate the birth of Jesus, being with the ones that you hold most dear.

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Okay Jeremy I have Eight Quickie questions for you.

1.) Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars? Sunset because I’m normally sleeping when the sun’s rising.

2.) The beach or the mountains? Beach.

3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel? Primitive camping.

4.) Snow skiing or water-skiing? Snow skiing.

5.) Favorite movie: American Psycho

6.) Best book you ever read: The Bible

7.) Favorite Sport to play: Baseball

8.) Favorite Sport to watch: Football

Debra – Jeremy before we end this interview, do you have a holiday wish for our readers?

Jeremy – I’d like to wish everyone happy holidays and wish you spend it with your loved ones and celebrate the birth of Jesus, being with the ones that you hold most dear.