Jack Garrett has been stung by love in the past so he's not in a hurry to get burnt again, but he can't deny his attraction to the new receptionist, Laurel Thomas.
When trouble comes to Tidal Falls, Jack worries that Laurel is in over her head.
Laurel loves her dysfunctional family but dreams of a place to call home. Just as she settles into a new life, her old one catches up to her and delivers chaos to the town.
Can these two strong personalities find a way to trust in each other and find their happy ever after?
Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from?
I was born and raised in a small town in west-central Alberta, Canada. We were only an hour and a half drive from Jasper in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I use this backdrop for my fictional town of Tidal Falls, and like the café Grace and Grits featured in the books, I owned and operated a restaurant on Main Street for thirteen happy years.
What does your writing desk look like? What would we find on it right this minute? (Have fun with this question. If your desk is a mess, tell us! J include a picture if you’d like)
I don’t actually have a desk. We sold our house a couple of years ago and retired to beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island, so now we live in an R.V. My desk is my kitchen table J and right now, there’s a giant mug of coffee sitting beside me. Nirvana in a cup, lol.
Do you have any news you’d like to share with us?
I have two new books on the go. One is a spin-off of some secondary characters from the Tidal Falls gang, Mitch, the welding shop owner, and Rebecca, the school secretary. These two share a past that has left them bitter and angry. I’m having fun with their personalities. The other book is a new genre for me, paranormal. This is pretty rough, but gives a general idea of where I'd like to go with this story. I'm hoping to work it into a series.
Lucas Carmichael and Scott Anderson had it all, money, fame, and fortune. But one night's stupid mistake takes everything they thought they cherished and dumps it upside down.
A car accident ends Lucas' life and leaves Scott injured and bitter.
As the local ME, Tracy York, investigates the case, discrepancies begin to point to more than a simple drunk driving incident.
When threats are made to Tracy's life can Scott and his guardian angel, Lucas, protect her, or will she be another casualty?
How much of your book(s) have a bit of you in the characters?
I think there are aspects of all of my family and friends in my books. I find it easier to draw on past experiences when figuring out my character’s profiles. It makes them feel real to me. J
Do you write about things similar to your own life experiences?
To a point. I use the café that I owned in my books but embellish the characters who operate it now. Diabetes runs in our family so I use that in the books also to bring awareness and a sense of realism to the stories. I write suspense though and thankfully haven’t had anyone turn a gun on me!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
This is a two-part answer: I learned a lot about writing through my critique group who are invaluable: Anna Markland, Reggi Allder, and Sylvie Grayson.
For marketing there is no one better to follow than Mimi Barbour. She’s a whiz at social media and is super generous with helping up and coming writers. J
What book would we find you reading right now?
I’m reading a couple of books at the moment. Shadow Play by a favorite writer of mine, Iris Johansen and Firelight Confession by Rebecca York.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
That’s a tough question, a lot of it depends on my mood. I love Kristan Higgins, her characters tend to sneak up on the reader and leave them wishing for more. J.R. Ward has a cast of unforgettable characters in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and her Fallen Angel series that stay with you long past the book’s final pages. And Suzanne Brockmann with her hard as nails but soft as pussycat SEALs in her Troubleshooter series are all books I happily re-read.
From the time Jacquie was twelve years old, she knew she wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote a short story called Count Daffodil after spending countless hours searching for ideas. The story garnered Jacquie an A and was read aloud through the school's loudspeaker system. Needless to say, after that she was hooked.
Jacquie grew up, got married, raised a family and left her writing urges to simmer in the background unattended.
She owned and operated a successful diner in her hometown for a number of wonderful years before deciding to live her dream of becoming an author.
Jacquie's first book, Tidal Falls, a romantic suspense novel about second chances, released September of 2014.
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