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Character Interview of Rick Gentry from the Soul Mates series by Maddie James w/a $50 GC Rafflecopter giveaway!

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The Soul Mates Series

Maddie James

Maddie James weaves a five book series that combines romance, paranormal, and spiritual elements—within historical and contemporary worlds—in a family’s quest not only to break a legendary pirate’s curse, but to bring the entire family together again. Full circle. The characters trip through time from 1718 to the future, and through spiritual worlds, to reconnect with their fated spirit mates.




Soul Mates, Book Three

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Can souls touch through dreams and find their way home again?

Jackson Porter seeks to fulfill his mother, Claire Porter’s, dying request, and answers about the imaginary lover who haunts his nights. His future, he learns, is in a place called Ohio, miles and centuries away from his barrier island home in 1745. The land, his mother says with her last breaths, is his legacy and belongs to him. She urges him to claim it.


In the year 2032, Kari Upton is driven to fight federal sanctions to save her land and her valuable poppy crops. Her upcoming marriage is one of convenience. Marrying Tye Gentry will save her Ohio farmland. There is no other way to gain power than to marry him and ride on his father’s political coattails to the state legislature.


And all would be perfect if it weren’t for those erotic dreams of man with long dark hair who haunts her day and night….





Most stories have their antagonists, and generally, they are not very nice people. The Soul Mates trilogy is no exception. Rick (Richard) Gentry is an evil SOB. He made Jack and Claire’s lives miserable in Entranced. He continued to wreak havoc in their daughter, Tory’s, life in Brazen. Now, he’s back in Entangled, intending to be the same with their son, Jackson and his love, Kari.

He’s so despicable, in fact, that he insists that he is really the star of the show here, and therefore, demanded that he be the character interviewed for this blog post. I felt that, perhaps, it might be time to see if I can dig a little deeper into that evil brain of his. Let’s see.


MJ: Thank you for allowing me to interview you today, Mr. Gentry. I think it’s important we talk to you because you’ve been a prominent character in all three books, Entranced, Brazen, and Entangled. Please have a seat and be comfortable.


RG: I prefer to stand.


MJ: *rolls eyes* As you wish. I hope you don’t mind the intrusion.


RG: No problem. I am, of course, the best choice.


MJ: Why is that?


RG: Because you said it above. I am the star of the show. These books are not about that silly Claire and her “one true love” and her children and soul mates, and all that. These books are about me.


MJ: You?


RG: *paces* Of course! You don’t get it either, do you?


MJ: Perhaps you should explain.


RG: *huffs* Women. All right. The stories you have told about Claire and Jack and their progeny would all be frivolous fluff had it not be for what I contributed. I fact, if I were writing these stories, there would have been even more emphasis on the fact that it was I who discovered, years before Claire, the ability to travel through time. And it was me who took up with the almighty pirate Blackbeard and became one of his crew, and it will forever remain that I am the one who initially possessed the great pirate’s head, and….


MJ: Did you force Blackbeard’s head to utter that curse?


RG: *stares* No one forces Blackbeard to do anything, Ms James. You should know that by now.


MJ: I do know that. I did the research, wrote the story. Remember?


RG: Not without my help.


MJ: So you say.


RG: *steps forward, agitated* You! You are not in control of this conversation, woman!


MJ: *straightens back* I believe I am the one with the pen. And the questions. So let’s get on with them. Tell me about Claire. What was it that you loved about her?


RG: *glances off again* Ah. Claire. I loved her so… You know we were children together, right?


MJ: *nods* Yes, I do know that. You grew up together on the farm in Ohio. Your mother and you lived on the farm that Claire’s father farmed. And then later, much later in the future, you lived there again, but you were in charge of the land then.


RG: That’s right. And my son was to marry Kari.


MJ: From the book Entangled. Were you trying to seek revenge in that book, at the expense of poor Kari, when you were really pining after the love of your life, Claire, because she was stolen away from you by Jack Porter in Entranced? Is that what this whole curse thing is about, the power of the cup, and the pirate cult? Was it all an effort to get back at Jack Porter and everything he touched—in the past and in the future?


RG: These books are about power. I had the power because I possessed the silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull. He who possesses the cup holds the key to everything.


MJ: But Tory stole it from you. And so did Claire.


RG: They were lucky. I got it back.


MJ: But in Entangled, things got a little mucked up, didn’t they?


RG: *face turning red, steps closer* Mucked up?
MJ: Yes, there at the end of the book. At sunrise. When someone from your past time traveled forward and sort of mucked up your plans.


RG: *briskly pacing, wringing hands* That. Was. Unfortunate.


MJ: *grinning* I’d say it was. I’m going to let you ponder that a while. Thank you for your time, Mr. Gentry.


RG: But we are not finished.


MJ: Oh yes. Yes we are.


Learn more about how Rick interferes in Jackson Porter’s life in Entangled.



Soul Mates, Book One



Can souls touch through time and hold on, when all odds are against them?


Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.

Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.


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Soul Mates, Book Two


Can lost souls reunite across time when all hope at love has been abandoned,

and demons of the past refuse to go away?


Pitched from a ship during a violent storm in the year 1746, Victoria Porter washes ashore, soon to be rescued by a man on a strange mechanical beast who whisks her into a world beyond anything she could have imagined.


In 2014, Colton MacKenzie fears he has written his last bestselling horror novel until he discovers two things—The Cult of Teach, and a tantalizing nymph wandering the Ocracoke Island seashore. Fascinated by the history that surrounds the Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, he seeks to learn more about these modern-day pirates, and hopefully write a bestseller using the premise. He’d planned on riding this ride solo until the strange waif on the back of his Harley touches him in ways his demons hadn’t let anyone touch him in a long, long time….









Soul Mates, Book Four

Coming soon….


Can wandering souls collide and tame their wanderlust long enough to fall in love?


Katie MacKenzie is a wanderer. With her mother dead, her father in prison, and her siblings scattered hither and yon, she refuses to risk the connectedness of a family again. Family means drama and emotions, good and bad. But when you are on your own, you have only your own drama to deal with. Family is the one thing she does not want.


But she’s pregnant. Alone. And for the first time in her life, more than a little frightened of her future. Her wandering days may soon be over, but that gut-wrenching search for… something, still nags at her. Calls her. And leaves her yearning for peace.


A peace that is difficult to come by. She is willing and prepared to go it alone. And all goes well, until a needy, homeless, and somewhat unworldly stranger enters her life….



Soul Mates, Book Five

Coming soon …

Can the bonds of parted spirit mates reconnect through the heart, when the mind and soul have forgotten they have ever loved?


Spirits often have purposes and Claire Porter’s is no different. She possesses a healing soul. God feels her spirit is needed on earth and delivers her a particular task—to seek out and heal a lost family; to reunite the siblings and bring them peace. What God doesn’t tell her is that this family is her own—those of her children. Jackson, Victoria, and Jeremiah, are scattered about in contemporary times, and know nothing of each other’s lives.


But the task comes with conditions. God erases any memory of her children, or of their father, and sends her to earth in a new body, a new name, new life. Trust your spirit and let it guide you, he tells her.


Just as he could not bear to watch his wife die, Jack Porter’s spirit cannot fathom that he will be separated once more from his beloved Claire. He begs mercy with the Heavenly Father only to be told that he should trust and be patient. Jack Porter is not a patient man. His restless soul aches for his lost love and he continues to test God’s resolve. So God gives him an ultimatum—he will send Jack back to earth but only under the same conditions as Claire. Jack agrees and God challenges him to the same quest, to find his spirit mate and reunite his family—with no knowledge of their existence.


Entwined brings The Soul Mates Series to a close as Claire and Jack again seek out their spirit mates, while reuniting their entire family in the same century.





About Maddie James.maddiejames-2x2

Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines always chase one thing—the happily-ever-after—whether they realize it or not!


Maddie has over 40 titles in ebook and trade paperback print published worldwide, with foreign editions in French, German, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, and more. Her books have received numerous 5 Star and Top Pick reviews and have landed on various retailer top-selling lists. She has been listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.


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2 thoughts on “Character Interview of Rick Gentry from the Soul Mates series by Maddie James w/a $50 GC Rafflecopter giveaway!

  1. Hi Harlie! Thanks so much for hosting me today! It’s always a pleasure visiting your blog. 🙂
    Krista, many thanks for the tour planning. And yes, Rick Gentry is a serious piece of work. What a villian!

  2. Seriously brilliant author and i LOVE your character interviews…whew that Mr. Gentry…he’s got some uh nerve…something, he’s a piece of work and a serious handful !!!

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