Character interview with Amber Dempsey from HEART OF A MARINE!

I have a special treat for you guys today! I have six-year-old Amber Dempsey from Patty Campbell’s HEART OF A MARINE for an interview today! I’m so excited to share my conversation with this sweet, adorable girl! Check it out and see what’s in store. 😉

Hi Amber!!! *waves ecstatically* Welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Amber Dempsey and I’m six and a half and my daddy is Dwayne Dempsey and he has two brothers, Uncle Dylan and Uncle Donovan. Uncle Dylan telled me he’s the handsomest brother, but I think it’s rilly my daddy. I have another uncle, Uncle Cluny, who’s not my rill uncle but he’s my daddy’s best friend and my godfather. I’m not sure what a godfather is but they were in the war together and my daddy got his leg blowed off and Uncle Cluny was hurt in his head and he helped my daddy take care of me when my mom had to leave after I got borned.

Wow, sounds like your Uncle Cluny is a great guy! And I’m sorry to hear about your dad. :/ I’m glad he’s doing better, though. What do you like to do for fun?

My most favrit thing is Cinderella. I just love her so much and Daddy lets me watch her movie over and over and he reads me all the stories. I also like to ride my bike and go to the beach with Uncle Cluny and we go belly boarding and stuff like that.

I LOVE Cinderella! And belly boarding! That’s awesome. 😀 If you had a day to do anything you wanted in the world, what would you do?

I’d love it if Daddy would take me and Marla, she’s the one I want for a new mom, to Grammakat’s ranch in Wyoming and teach Marla to ride a horse and do ranch stuff. Daddy and I are going to go live there some day and I want Marla to come too, but my daddy is so sloooow! I know he rilly likes Marla but no matter how much I tell him I want her for my mom he won’t ask her to marry him. I’m not giving up though!

Ha, daddies can be silly sometimes, not seeing what’s right in front of them. 😉 What’s your favorite food?

Macaroni and cheese. My daddy makes the best macaroni and cheese in the whole world. We both love ice cream too, but sometimes I won’t let him have any if he said bad words like when he was in the Marines. I don’t like bad words. They hurt my stumik.

I’m glad you’re keeping your daddy in check! What do you love most about him?

My daddy is big and strong and he loves me more than anybody, even his brothers and his mom. He never yells at me but I can tell when he’s mad. Like when he tells me I’m too bossy. Sometimes I have to be bossy becuz we don’t have a mom in our house and somebody has to tell him what to do!

You’ve got that right, Amber! What do you love about Marla, the lady you want for a mom?

Well, lotsa stuff, like she’s rill soft and cuddly and she has the best dog in the whole world, Skipper. Daddy calls him a mouse, but I know he likes him too, but not as much as he likes Marla. Mostly I love Marla becuz she doesn’t care that he got his leg blowed off in the war and wears a wooden leg. It’s not rilly wooden, but he calls it that. He telled me that if he marries Marla I can’t be his boss any more becuz she’ll be the boss of him and me and the house. She’s rill bossy just like me. Uncle Cluny calls her Boss Lady.

You girls could take turns being boss, why not? 😀 If I could grant you three wishes, what would they be?

Marla for my mom a’course. Dint I already tell you that? Next I spose I would wish Uncle Cluny didn’t have so many bad war dreams, and then I want my own dog. Daddy promised me I could when I was sponsible enough to take care of it. I am! For gunnis sake! How long do I have to wait?

You sound like quite the responsible lady to me! Every six-year-old needs a pup. 😉 Well, Amber, I hate to say it, but it looks like our time is running out. 😦 Any last words you’d like to say to everyone?

Maybe they could send me some ideas about what else I have to do to get Daddy to ask Marla to marry him? I’m rilly getting frusterated with him.

I’m sure we can come up with plenty of ideas! 😀 Thank you so much for talking with us, Amber! We loved having you! And thank you, Dear Reader, for hanging out. 😉 Check out more about Amber and her dad’s story, HEART OF A MARINE, below!


(Well, hello thar!)

Falling in love wasn’t part of the contract…

Single dad and wounded warrior, Dwayne Dempsey, has no idea what he’s bargained for when he signs a construction contract with the curvy Marla Danaher to honcho her condo conversion. The last thing he needs is a sexy property developer breathing down his neck every step of the project. Her strong-minded bossiness should turn him off, but oddly, only makes her more desirable to him.

Marla Danaher has no time for dates, flirting, or marriage. She leaves that up to her twin sister, Charlene. Building a solid financial future and determining her own destiny are her top priorities. Unfortunately, the former Marine running the construction project she’s poured everything into only complicates everything. His teasing sexual innuendos drive her to distraction, and she can’t ignore his raw physical strength and masculinity. They’re on each other’s nerves day in and day out, but that does nothing to diminish their strong attraction sparking between them. Too bad love scares them both.

When the mother of Dwayne’s daughter suddenly reappears, things take a nasty turn as she fights for sole custody of the child she’d abandoned. There’s no way he’s giving up his daughter, but when a series of break-ins and threats begin, his protective side flares to life. How can he protect those he cares for most without driving them away?






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Who is Patty Campbell you ask? Well, here’s the scoop. Nine-Eleven was a turning point in my life, as in so many others. It brought home how suddenly a world can be turned upside down, and why if there are things I wanted to do, I’d better do them. I wanted to write love stories.

I was increasingly burned out in my profession of thirty years, and time waits for no one. I’d been widowed for six years, so what was keeping me there? I sold my travel business and coffee bar, and my big house and moved to the wide open spaces of Wyoming. The breathtaking view of the Grand Teton Mountains from the dining room picture window of the small house in Jackson Hole clinched the deal.

Heaven on earth. The perfect place to take a cleansing breath and write. I loved every minute of it, including the deep snow of winter. There’s no substitute for a cozy fireplace and a good book.

The path to publication is hard, slow work. I love the books I’ve written and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed creating new worlds populated by special people.







About L.D. Rose

Physician by day, award-winning author of dark PNR/UF by night. Music addict. Wannabe superhero. Amazon author page:
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20 Responses to Character interview with Amber Dempsey from HEART OF A MARINE!

  1. summersrye says:

    Great post. Loved Amber, she’s a doll. She’ll whip her daddy into shape in no time. Patty, congrats on both your book and for using a painful catalyst to forge and embrace a new life for yourself. Wishing you every success.

  2. I thank you, and Amber thanks you.

  3. lhallbe says:

    For any of you out there who have not read Heart of a Marine, I can’t urge you strongly enough (gosh, now I sound like Amber) to head straight to your digital bookstore, then curl up with this story. Don’t plan on doing anything else, though, till you finish it because you won’t be able to put it down. And Amber? She’s as delightful in the book as she was in this interview! Thank you Patty Campbell for a wonderful read!

  4. Molly Jebber says:

    This is a curl up in your chair, prop yourself up in bed, or go to the beach or pool fun book to read with plenty to keep you guessing. You’ll root for Marla and Dewayne, and laugh at Amber’s innocent opinions. I loved this story, and you will too. Don’t miss Jelly’s Night Out and Risky Business – two of my Patty Campbell favorites! Of course, all her books are my favorites. She’s an author who will keep you looking for her next book!

  5. Haven’t read this one yet, but I did read Jelly and Risky and enjoyed both! I’m sure Amber will be as entertaining as she is on this exchange. Also she has Daddy plus Marla to help keep the reader enthralled. A good approach to an age-old love triangle. Looking forward to it!

  6. Karen Auriti says:

    Love the post, Patty! Different and adorable. Look forward to reading the book!

  7. Hope you enjoy it, Karen. Thanks for checking in.

  8. Ann says:

    This interview was really fun with the precocious Amber. This little girl has been dealt many losses at such a young age (mother gone, father scarred by war) yet as children do, she looks at things on the bright side. She is an adorable character that I look forward to reading about in the next book in the series. Keep up the good work Patricia.

  9. “Amber!”
    Uh oh, that’s my Daddy. He doesn’t like it when I talk to strangers, but you were rilly nice, I don’t think he’ll be mad when I tell him about you. Marla’s bringing Skipper over and we’re going to eat hamburgers out in the back yard. Uncle Donovan is coming too, he’s on leave from the Marines. He doesn’t think we notice, but he gets a rill stupid face whenever he sees Marla’s sister Charlene, so don’t tell him, okay?

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