Guest Post by author Winter Austin!

Character Interview with the Stars of Relentless,

Detective Remy LeBeau and Cody Lewis

RelentlessWith a little help from a friend, I decided to corner my main characters and grill them. I think Remy wasn’t too happy being on the opposite end of the questioning.


 This first question is for Cody. You’re a professional barrel racer?C: Yeah.How many times have you been thrown from a horse and did you ever break a bone doing it?C: I have to count? Wow, um, I think I’ve been thrown at least thirty times in my life, and that’s just the horse tossing me. The joys of breaking colts. The number of times my horse has gone down with me onboard, ten or so. I’ve broken a few bones, who doesn’t when working with horses? You eventually learn how to loosen up before hitting the ground. Reduces the risk of breaking.Good to know. Okay, Detective LeBeau’s turn. What was your favorite part of growing up in the swamps of Louisiana?R: Not just swamps, cher, I spent a lot of time on the bayous too. (wink)C: Did you just wink at her?R: Cher, please. My favorite part, well, hard to say. There’s lots to do. Fishin’, boatin’, diggin’ for mudbugs.C: What are mudbugs? R: Crawdads. C: Eww. R: Says the woman who eats ‘calf fries’.All right. Cody, your barrel horse’s name is S’mores Chocolate Graham. Is there a story to go with this very unique and cool name?C: Not really. Her momma’s name is Chocolate Graham. I just added the S’mores. ’Course, if you ask my daddy, he’d say I picked those names because I went through a chocolate and graham cracker addiction in my teens. (laugh)(Laughing) Cool. So, Detective, why did you become a cop?R: Why not? It’s a good profession. You try to make a difference. C: (mutters) And you get to carry a gun and badge so you can throw your weight around. R: Didn’t affect you.Moving along. Cody, what was your favorite thing about growing up on a Texas ranch?C: Freedom. There’s miles of nothing but land between you and the nearest town. I live close to Fort Worth, but in a small ranching community way outside of city limits. You can sit outside at night and see the stars and listen to nothing but the occasional sound of an animal. It’s peaceful. After a long haul on the road, I love coming back.Wow, that would be great. Last one, Detective, I hear from a reliable source you once tangled with a mama gator. Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?R: Where did you hear that? C: (chuckling) You did what? R: I have no idea what she’s talking about. Tangled with a mama gator. Who are these reliable sources? This is what I get for talking to the press. This interview is over. I’m out of here. C: (laughing) That was rich.Guess that concludes this interview. You can read more about Cody and Remy in their first book, Relentless, available at the following places:Crimson Romance: & Noble: INFO: Relentless (Crimson Romance)Dallas homicide detective Remy LeBeau trusts no one. He hides from a past that could kill him and anyone involved with him. What he’s not prepared for is the return of an elusive serial killer . . . and an unwanted desire to protect a witness at all costs.Professional barrel racer Cody Lewis’s dream of being top in the nation is within reach until she discovers a murdered woman in her horse trailer. The event pulls her into the sickening world of the Rodeo Sweethearts serial killer—a madman who terrorized Dallas’s rodeo circuit five years prior and is now back for more. But what’s worse is that Cody fits the profile of the Rodeo Sweetheart victims. . . .As Remy dives into the investigation, he uncovers secrets of a botched investigation and a tight-lipped boss, while attracting unwanted attention from the killer. Battling his partner, his attraction to Cody, and the demons of his past, catching the killer could cost Remy everything. Even Cody’s life.