I am pleased to welcome my friend and critique partner, Jacquie Biggar. Should also add JABBIC winner!
Tell us where were you born, Jacquie. A small town in west central Alberta, Canada. It was the kind of place where no one locked their doors and kids rode bikes up and down the neighborhood streets. Unfortunately, by the time my daughter came around times were changing, the oil boom had hit the area and with it a transient crowd.
What do you like most about where you live now? The beauty of ocean and mountains combined with a rich flora and fauna setting.
What’s your favorite season? Spring, it says promise to me. Plants grow lush and green with a multitude of flowers decorating their branches. Birds sing and new fawns are born, it’s a beautiful time to be alive.
Do you have any personal heroes/heroines? My daughter is my heroine. She’s a single mom dealing with a type 1 Diabetic son while putting herself through university striving for double majors on chemistry and biology. And she’s been on the Dean’s list every year so far! Pretty darn inspirational.
What is the worst job you ever had? Cleaning hotel rooms. You don’t realize how disrespectful people can be until you have to clean up behind them.
Do you have any hobbies? I love flower gardening, and living on an island I get plenty of time to enjoy it.
What is your feeling about social media? Love? Hate? Beneficial? I actually like social media. It gives me a chance to have casual conversations and make friends with a variety of people from all over the world. That’s amazing, isn’t it?
Tell us something you are really good at. Gardening. My roses make me happy.
Can you confide something you’re not good at? Patience. I’m a very impatient person, especially with my family. I wish I had more tolerance- I’m sure my daughter does too!
You could have fooled me, Jacquie. You’re one of the most patient people I know. Do you like animals? Pets? I love horses, though I’ve never had one. I’m also a cat person and currently have a tortoiseshell who rules the house and a German Shepherd who listens to her, lol
What do you enjoy most/least about being a published author? The thrill of seeing my books for sale on big vendor sites never gets old, it’s a dream come true. The downside to that is learning the business of promotion. If you don’t, your books will disappear and no one will find you.
How do you deal with writer’s block? I generally have more than one book on the go at once, so if I’m stuck on one I try the other. It usually works.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Mostly I get ideas from current news stories. Something about a certain story will trigger the what-if bug and away I go!
Tell us about your latest release. I LOVE the cover. Summer Lovin’ is the fifth book in my Wounded Hearts series and is appearing for the first time in the multi-author box set Summer Heat: Love on Fire
Mitch Taylor and Rebecca Sorenson share a secret.
Rebecca’s job as secretary of Cascade Elementary, the same school she attended as a child, is rewarding. She has a great group of friends, many of whom are married now. And if sometimes she wished it were her up there in that sparkling white dress…
Except, wait—she did get to wear bridal white. Granted, it was a slinky party dress and the justice of the peace was Elvis in a gold lame jacket, but still, the deed was done.
She’d tied the knot.
Mitch Taylor doesn’t do regrets. It would be a waste of energy bemoaning the mistakes he’d made in his life. The end of his promising football career taught him nothing in life was a guarantee.
What were the chances two people from the same po-dunk town in Washington would end up together in a nightclub in Las Vegas? A few too many drinks later, a hasty ceremony performed by the king of rock ‘n’ roll, and they’d been hitched. The night that followed lived on in his dreams, but when he’d woken the next morning she was gone.
Can these two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?
Do you enjoy writing series? I like the continuity that happens in a series. Readers get to know a town or setting and invest in the characters and their lives.
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Rebecca was in Hell.
What other explanation could there be for the reappearance of Mitch in her life when she’d worked so diligently to avoid him for the best part of eighteen hundred and eighteen days—not that she was counting.
The divorce papers sitting on the desk at home were burning a hole through her brain, making her ache with things she dared not admit.
He looked amazing, by far the handsomest man in a room full of fine-looking men. His white dress shirt emphasized the breadth of those impossibly wide shoulders, honed to steel by years of honest manual labor. But then she’d always admired that about him. When his football career had come to an abrupt end he could have turned to a bottle and no one would have faulted him for it. Instead he picked himself up, went to a community college, got his welding ticket, and opened a business. Now his work was often sought after from all over the state and his shop had grown from a backyard garage to a fully equipped warehouse on a prime piece of Tidal Falls land. Mitch Taylor was a local success story.
He grasped her hand and she reluctantly followed his lead across a floor now packed with swaying bodies. He didn’t stop until they reached a shadowed alcove off to one side of the stage. When he turned and held out his arms she stepped forward like a lamb, letting his jacket drop onto a nearby chair. The moment his arms wrapped around her and his calloused fingers found the bare skin of her lower back, Becky knew she was in trouble.
Her startled gaze rushed upward and tangled in the molten heat of his amber eyes. The light and shadows created by their surroundings turned his face lean and mysterious and oh-so-hypnotic. Someone bumped into them but she barely noticed, she was so caught up in his aura. It had been like this before—in Las Vegas.
Rebecca tried to pull away, her heart beating double time, an out-of-sync counterpoint to the drums playing on stage. Mitch simply tugged so that she had to grasp the front of his shirt to keep from falling—not that he would have let her. There were many things about Mitch Taylor that bothered her, but she never doubted his kindness.
He bowed his head and rested his cheek against her temple and his voice rumbled through her soul. “It’s just a dance, sweetheart. What are you afraid of?”
Jacquie writes Romantic Suspense with tough, alpha males who know what they want, until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them that what they really need is love.
She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happy-ever-afters.
Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂
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