Hi everyone, Natalie Gayle here. Today I’m interviewing Brayden James, who you’re all getting to know as the very sexy lead from Finding Trust. (Yes he just blushed I think, and gave me that half smile wink thing he normally saves for Rihanna).
I was so happy when they asked me to write their story a while back and I couldn’t believe it when he agreed to an interview for all of you out there in reader land.
Oh and I should add, where we’re doing this interview. We’re sitting on Brayden and Rihanna’s back veranda over looking the Gold Coast, Australia – you know the one I mean! I have to say I was surprised when Brayden asked me to do the interview here. I know how much he cherishes his privacy. (Must be Rihanna’s influence!).
NG: Brayden thanks for taking the time out today to talk to me and answer all those sticky questions you know I’m going to ask.
BJ: He grins. Do you’re worst Nat
At this I smile and I rub my hands together in glee.
NG: Anything off limits today?
BJ: No (he kind of cringes when he answers).
NG: I decide to go easy on him and work into it gently. So how’s Rihanna settling into life around here?
BJ: Really well. She loves it here just as much as I do. She really seemed to fit in from her first night here. She hasn’t even rearranged any of the furniture! So I must have got something right when I decorated the place!
NG: At this I laugh. I do a quick scan around and I can report the house is GORGEOUS. The whole place is to die for but the kitchen is a chef’s dream. So what Rihanna like as a cook?
BJ: Not bad – in fact really good to be honest. She’s still just getting the portion sizes right. I’ve told her to cook for about eight people and that should do it. I’ll eat whatever’s left tomorrow anyway.
NG: *Horrified at this I ask the obvious questions.* What’s your grocery bill every month?
BJ: Thousands – It’s why the Centre pays so well. We couldn’t survive otherwise. Remember an army marches on its stomach. But don’t tell Rory I made a military reference – you know how touchy he gets about lumping us in the same basket as military.
NG: Ah Brayden you don’t exactly seem to be hurting. I smile and gesture at the whole surrounds.
BJ: I’ve got nothing to complain about in that department. Steel certainly helps keep the coffers topped up. The last tour and album went gangbusters. Rihanna’s hardly a pauper either. She only told me recently of her “Investments”. Seems she’s squirreled away just about everything she’s earned in the last ten years. That girl is sure full of surprises. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to the end of it. And I have to say I love every new one she throws at me.
NG: Wow – still waters run deep! Not that surprising when you know Rihanna I guess. So are you working with the Centre or on music at the moment?
BJ: I’m working a case with Rory and Quade at the moment, but you know I can’t talk about that so please don’t ask me. (I nod my understanding).
As for Steel, well I’ve written three new songs for them over the last month. I need to pull together another five or so plus the work Jace has done and we’ll have the new album sorted.
NG: Wow you’ve really been busy with your music!
BJ: I love it! And let’s just say I’ve had lots of inspiration.
He shoots me “the smile”. Rihanna is soooo lucky.
NG: Gee, let me guess Rihanna?
BJ: Yeah, hard to believe a woman could make such a change to your life, hey?
NG: I just shake my head at this (he is a man after all). So are we going to hear a change up from the heavy rock anthems you guys are so well known for?
BJ: Mmmm, maybe a slight mellowing. But our roots are our roots, and we only know one way. Rock!
We both laugh at that.
NG: So what’s the best thing about being together with Rihanna?
He looks away for a bit and I start to get a big feeling of uh-oh in my stomach. Whoops think I just asked the wrong question!
BJ: There is no one best thing. The whole thing is amazing, awesome, better than I could ever have imagined. I feel whole for the first time in my life.
Oh wow! I can tell how much that just cost him to admit that to me. I’m so privileged.
NG: That’s great. I’m really pleased that everything is working out well for you guys. How are things with Rory and Quade?
BJ: At this he laughs.
Ah you know Quade – He’s as moody as ever with Jazz being brought in by the boss. Rihanna keeps telling me that watching those two together is better than watching “The young and the restless,” and “Sex in the City” all rolled into one. Rory is having a field day with all the material they’re giving him. The boy’s in gag heaven. So to answer your question life is not dull with Quade and Jazz around.
As for Rory, well he’s a bit busy at the moment. He’s full on with an assignment involving a trucking company. Between you and me I think he’s full on with the owner of the trucking company as well if you get my drift.
I nod knowingly – It’ll be our little secret.
NG: Okay now to the serious, important stuff!
A look of dread crosses his face.
Oh come on Brayden you did say I could ask.
He nods resignedly.
How’s Rihanna coping with you being so much more than a man?
He smiles and laughs.
BJ: Umm she’s getting use to it. Some things she thinks are very cool. I don’t think I need to go into them – I think you get my drift. She does like my endurance!
I giggle – wouldn’t we all girls!!
She does get pissy when I over hear conversations with Jazz, though.
NG: So what’s Rihanna’s most annoying habit?
He thinks for a second.
BJ: Well annoying is probably not the right word. More like frustrating. I get so frustrated when she really wants to know something about how I feel. The emotional shit you know, not the do you like this colour for a new bed quilt type of stuff. She’ll half ask, then change her mind. Not really change her mind. More like lose her nerve. Then I have to drag it out of her.
It’s kind of satisfying to pull another layer off her but it can be a bit frustrating at the same time. In fairness though she is getting much better.
He paused for a moment, as if deciding whether he wanted to tell me what he was thinking.
She’s a lot more relaxed around me and I don’t seem to make her blush anywhere near as much if you get my meaning.
NG: I get your meaning Brayden – I wrote your book remember!
BJ: Oh yeah – I forget sometimes that people know so much about us. You know how I am about my privacy. We’re just a couple from Oz. I can’t believe she talked me into letting you write it.
NG: Seriously Brayden you have got to be kidding me. You guys are so much more. There’s thousands of people out there right now hoping their happy ever after is going to happen. Your story gives them hope.
BJ: Okay if you say so. I think that’s a topic you’re better off discussing with Rihanna.
He shifts in his chair uncomfortably.
NG: Okay big fella, I’ll let you off the hook on that one.
BJ: Thanks Nat. Rory and Quade would never quit if I bought into that one.
NG: Can’t have that. So can you give some of our readers hope out there? What is the current relationship status with the guys from the Centre and Steel?
BJ: Do women really want to know that?
NG: Ah derr Brayden – yes they really do.
BJ: Well I have a feeling Rory’s off the market and Quade would say he’s very happily single but I don’t think that’s the case at all. Angelo, Dylan and Aaron aren’t dating anyone that I know of. As for the guys from Steel well Jace is footloose and fancy free, Cody is lusting after Jazz, Reece is happily married, Matt and Dean are playing the field so I guess there’s hope.
NG: So there you go ladies – there is hope of landing your own Centre or Steel hottie.
Thanks Brayden – Mind if I check back in soon.
BJ: Wouldn’t matter if I did, would it?.
NG: Short answer – no. See you soon Brayden, look after Rihanna for me.
Finding Trust – Book 1 Centre Games Series Brayden and Rihanna He’s hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that’s more than his to share. She’s a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year’s Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason’s mind when the night began. When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it’s too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment? Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna’s fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?
I recently discovered that school vocational assessments are really interesting and probably correct! Who would have thought, hey? You see, I clearly remember taking one of those in Year 11 (for my US friends, I think that equates to junior year in high school). Anyway, semantics. Well, the results came back indicating that I should pursue a career in writing and something else. What that something else was I can’t remember but the writing thing stuck in my mind. Sure, I’d always liked English and had already developed a ravenous appetite for romance novels by the age of sixteen—but who becomes a writer straight out of school?
So to cut a long story short, I went to Uni and studied Business and ended up managing large-scale IT projects shortly after. I can’t complain: it’s been a great career. I’ve done some awesome projects and met some incredible people and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon.
Anyway, I’ve messed around with a couple of “secret” novels over the years and I finally decided to get serious and finish one. Hence “Finding Trust” came about. And about twenty years later, I’ve finally proved a vocational assessment correct, because I love writing!
As to some other stuff about me: I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. I love spending time with my family and friends. When I’m not sitting behind a screen playing with IT or writing, you might find me down the beach playing in the waves on a Jet Ski or a bogey board (both are uber cool). When the weather turns a bit cooler (doesn’t really happen on the Gold Coast), we like to head for the snow.
I’ve discovered I have two kids who are kamikaze skiers—they must take after their father. He’s always at me to “release the handbrake.” Apparently I’d ski so much better. I call it a healthy understanding of self-preservation and gravity! I like to think I can fit in a few workouts and martial arts classes each week. This tends to be a figment of my imagination more than reality, unfortunately. I am trying to remedy this, but those damn characters just keep demanding to have their stories told and, well, there’s always another good book to read! I hope you enjoy mine.
Please drop me a line. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and via email Natalie@nataliegayle.com.au. I’d love to know what you think of my books and well, let’s be truthful—I love talking about books, whether they’re mine or someone else’s. Fiction is just so much more fun than reality!!!
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