Today on my blog, I’m going to talk with Bree LeFleur, the heroine from Out of Time.
1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life
Bree Le Fleur moves to Arizona to heal from her past. She meets her neighbor Donny Garafalo Jr., race car driver and model. Unlike most women, she’s not impressed. After their disastrous introduction, Bree ends up needing Donny’s help. They become friends and Donny decides Bree is the perfect girl for him. He won’t inherit the family business unless he can change his ways. He believes dating Bree and attending church will persuade his father. While following his ruse, they fall in love and find faith. Things look promising until Donny hits the road again for his final racing circuit and Bree discovers a plot to harm him. She tries to tell him, but he won’t listen, so she takes matters into her own hands. When he finds out, will he thank her for meddling or send her packing? Is their love strong enough to make it through the ultimate test?
2. What made you want your story to be told?
Well, for one thing, I’m sure I’m not the first young woman to feel insecure around a sexy man who has women chasing him down all the time. I didn’t want to fall for Donny, but God had other plans for me. When Donny found faith, his heart changed. I was afraid to trust it and I made a lot of stupid decisions, not to mention how I threw myself at him thinking it would hold his attention and he wouldn’t want anyone else. I’m ashamed of it now and I’m trying to share my story as a warning to other young ladies to trust God and listen to your heart. Don’t act on natural insecurities and allow the whispering taunts in your head that you’re not good enough drive you to tempt your man to sin. And please stop reading those sexy magazines with articles about keeping a man’s interest by being sexy. They only make things worse.
3. What lead you to make the changes you did in your life?
Donny kept telling me the fact that I was pure and inexperienced made me more attractive to him and I kept reading stuff that said if I did the right things to “turn him on” he’d never leave me. Well, I learned that a decent man isn’t going to stick around because he’s tempted, he’s going to stick around because of love, and because of respect he feels for the woman. It took me awhile to learn this, but I’m glad I finally did. I started treating myself with respect and it made things a whole lot easier.
4. In your life, what has empowered you?
I think the fact that I had strong faith in the past helped, but then I lost my faith when my brother died. I blamed myself and God. Donny’s discovery of the Christian faith and learning about the things I used to love made me reconsider my bitterness and let go of it. When he changed his life around, it really made an impact on me. It made me want to renew my relationship with the Lord. Only after renewing my commitment was I able to be strong in the areas that normally tempted me.
5. What are strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths are easier for me to talk about. I am a nurse by profession, so caring for the sick and helping people heal is my passion in life. I’m typically patient and a loyal friend. I have compassion on people who are hurting. I am not easily duped, either. I refuse to conform to other people’s expectations of who they think I should be. The weakness I have is that I tend to rely too heavily on magazines and then modeling after beautiful women when it comes to advice on things like dating and sex. I don’t work on my inner beauty enough. For some reason I feel like I have to compete with the pretty people in this world, even though I know it is inner beauty that attracts a man for life. My biggest weakness is not having enough faith in myself to be beautiful enough on the inside to keep a famous man like Donny, even if he has changed his ways. Trust doesn’t come easy for me, either.
6. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.
For me a self-rescue princess is someone who doesn’t use manipulation to get what she wants. And she doesn’t let others discourage her from achieving her goals in life. A strong, confident woman knows who to trust and when to be cautious. I need to work on that.
7. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?
Don’t use sexiness or sex-appeal to snag a man and think it will keep you together. If he’s only attracted to the outside of you, which will eventually wrinkle and fall apart, then you’ll have nothing left that will last you once those younger years have dried up. Plus, sex can only contribute so much toward bonding in a relationship, and a man who is shallow enough to only be with you because you’re great in bed is not a good man for you over the long haul. Holding back, and respecting your body enough to wait for marriage to have sex, is totally worth it. Trust me on that. No man wants to marry a woman who has slept with every guy on the block.
8. Favorite quote or Bible verse.
Romans 8:11-13 (and I’ll paraphrase it, but the gist goes like this… If the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, it gives life to your mortal body.) This was what I had missing in my life before I had real saving faith. I couldn’t stop sinning on my own. I needed the power that raised Jesus from the dead living in me to empower me. He’s only a prayer away.
9. If your story had a theme song, what would it be?
Perfect by Flyleaf (the music in the beginning even fits) and the lines that say:
Perfect in weakness
I’m only perfect in just your strength alone
10. Will you be continuing your journey in written form?
No, this is it. Donny and I live happily ever after… The End!
11. Is there anyone in your life who will be sharing their life?
You can’t improve on perfection (cheeky grin.) This book is a stand-alone title.