Meet Rock Babineaux from Julie Ann Walker’s Thrill Ride and Giveaway!

We have an extra special guest today! Through the magic of the interwebz,  Rock Babineaux, hero of Julie Ann Walker’s Thrill Ride, was able to take a break from his mission in Central America! Everyone thinks he’s gone rogue, so please don’t mention that he was here for a visit!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Rock] *Shifts uncomfortably, and lifts hand to scratch goatee* Simple country boy at heart.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Rock Babineaux?

[Rock] *grins* *starts to relax* Ah, chere, there isn’t anything typical about a day in the life of a Black Knight. I could be knee-deep in a Central American swamp chasing after narcotraficantes. Or I could be sitting out back in the courtyard, strumming my guitar and watching the sun set behind the buildings in Chicago. When you’re on Uncle Sam’s clock, your days tend to be crazier and more unpredictable than a Junebug on a string.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] There are quite a few people who are very upset with you. Can you fill us in on why they are out to get you?

[Rock] *scowls* Now, that’s the question of the hour, isn’t it? According to them, I’ve killed folks. According to them, I’ve gone rogue…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Vanessa?

[Rock] *grins* *sticks tongue in cheek* Sexy, sassy, and spunky as hell.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the first thing that you noticed about her?

[Rock] Uh… The truth? *glances around sheepishly* Her world-class derriere. Mon petite ange has got it going on in the booty department. But, seriously, when I stopped playing the Dude Card, I noticed her talent, beauty, and no-holds-barred courage. She’s the bravest woman I’ve ever known.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  How do you feel about her now that you seem stuck with her for the time being?

[Rock] Ha! *slaps knee* Are you kidding me? I feel like the luckiest man on the planet!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Rock] That’s easy. *clenches jaw* I’d never have gotten involved with Rwanda Don. That sonofabitch ruined my life.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Rock] It’s two things, actually. A matching pair of SIG Sauer 9mm pistols. A man like me never knows when he’s going to find himself in a tight spot with some bad folks, and it always helps to have a couple ways to affect attitude adjustments in those bad folks. *grins*

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t on the run from the government and your former friends?

[Rock] Now, I’m a born-and-bred Louisiana man, so it’s safe to say I like the simple things in life. Sharing a brew with the folks I love, sitting out on a front porch swing listening to the rain fall on a tin roof, calling up my buddies and throwing an impromptu fais-do-do. That’s pronounced fay-doe-doe for the non-Cajuns out there, and it’s basically just a big ol’ party with music, a crawfish boil, and dancing. *sighs* Nobody does a backyard bash like a Louisianan.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Rock] *grows suddenly serious* World peace and a good woman.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Rock] *pushes to feet* *steps forward in scuffed-up alligator boots and extends hand* My pleasure. Thanks for having me on today. *turns and swaggers from room*

[Manga Maniac Cafe} *fans self at sight of said swagger*

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He’s Gone Rogue…

Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren’t sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run…

She Won’t Back Down…

Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn’t counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight…


Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. Look for the first four books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels (August 2012) In Rides Trouble (September 2012) Rev It Up (October 2012) and Thrill Ride (April 2013). For more information, please visit or follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.

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2 thoughts on “Meet Rock Babineaux from Julie Ann Walker’s Thrill Ride and Giveaway!

  • April 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    @Julie – Thank you! Thank Rock, too 🙂

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