Welcome to next edition of the AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & BOOK ALERT series. Today, we’re sharing:
Jacquie and I began chatting via our blogs earlier this year. I can’t remember how we found one another, yet I do know it was a through a mutual blogging friend. We write in very different genres but loved chatting about books, authors, and writing styles. Next thing I know… she published a romantic suspense novel, and since I enjoy mysteries, I had to check it out. You can find my review of her book, The Lady Said No, here. I also read a contemporary romance novel she wrote to see what I thought of the genre. You can find that review here. Now, we’re gonna chat a bit about her Gambling Hearts series because the third book, My Girl, has officially been released today. And guess what… Jacquie is offering a GIVEAWAY contest for a FREE eBook – see below! Let’s learn a little more about this author in her own words…
About the Author
JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romance who writes about smart, sassy females and tough, alpha males who learn the true power is love. Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site @ http://jacqbiggar.com. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world! You can also join her street team on Facebook: Biggar’s Book Buddies or her exclusive Review Crew: https://jacqbiggar.com/join-my-review-crew/. Don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter @ http://www.subscribepage.com/jacqbiggar.
Overview of Book (s)
Jacquie has published ~25 books in her career thus far. Today, we’re focusing on the Gambling Hearts series as it’s Release Day for the third one, My Girl. But you might learn a lot more about her other books in our special Q&A below.
About the Book
Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make.
Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned–especially since it’s at her ex’s home.
Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.
And that isn’t the only surprise.
“I met your fiancé,” he said, his voice ripe with challenge. The outdoors clung to her skin; sun, flowers, and woman combining to intoxicate him more than the whiskey.
She lifted her chin, eyes narrowing. “What did you say to him, Aaron? I’d hoped we could act like adults while we’re here.”
Aaron laughed, his hands doing the job his heart urged him to do, forcing her to come up against his chest with a soft oomph. “Darlin’, I’m definitely a man, make no mistake.” He leaned down and brushed her lips, setting up a barrage of warnings through his chest. He was playing with fire, and if he wasn’t careful, there was little doubt who was going to get burned. Again.
“Aaron, stop this,” she murmured, though her lips parted on a sigh. “We can’t…”
He lifted his head and stared at her upturned face. “Can’t what? You invited yourself onto my territory and brought reinforcements. I want to know why.”
She moved out of his arms. He pretended not to feel the loss.
“We needed a break from the city,” she said. “Surely, you can understand that? Your sister sent an email to me highlighting the new business venture—congrats, by the way—and I thought it would be fun to come and check it out. End of story.”
He eyed her nervously tucking her hair behind her ear and knew she was bluffing. The question remained; why?
“Look, Trish, whatever is going—”
“There you are,” Kyle slurred from the doorframe he was plastered against. “I’f been sitting here all damn afternoon. Your pops warned you…”
She hurried to his side, tucking a supporting arm around his waist. “Let’s get you to your room before you fall. What possessed you to drink like this?” She glanced at Aaron and away. “Never mind, a shower will help.”
Kyle grinned slyly. “Are you offering to wash my back, sweetheart?” He too, glanced at Aaron as though to make sure his barb sank in.
“Don’t forget, dinner’s at five.” Aaron turned on his heel and walked away before he did something he might not regret.
Interview: Questions & Answers
James, thank you for the opportunity to share my new release on your wonderful blog. I rarely do interviews – think super introverted writer at work – but couldn’t resist this one!
- What are your real, author, and/or pen names?
My real name is a doozie- Mary Simone Jacqueline Biggar, author name- Jacquie Biggar. I decided not to use a pen name because frankly, I wanted to see MY name on the cover of the books I worked so hard to publish.
- What is your location?
DH (darling hubby) and I were both born and raised in the same small town in Alberta, Canada. It was the type of place where kids played up and down neighborhood streets, doors were never locked, and everyone knew each other. Then the oil industry boomed, and times changed; more transients leading to more crime. Don’t get me wrong, it still retained a lot of its charm, we just had to take common sense measures to be safe.
Years later, my daughter was accepted to university to begin studies in marine biology and we followed her to Victoria, BC as temporary (or so we thought) caregivers for our young grandson. We fell in love with the island and the city and have been here ever since.
- Tell us a little bit about your books including the genres. If you write a series, please share all past books, any upcoming releases, or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.
I started out writing romantic suspense; a series about a team of SEALs and their lives as they transitioned out of the military. Then I tried my hand at a variety of contemporary stories; holiday romances, steamy, westerns, and comedies. Next came two novels in a three-book series set in a paranormal world where two spirits face off against each other while trying to save those they love on earth. Book three will hopefully be out sometime in 2020. I’ve also written a mystery- The Lady Said No- about a bumbling detective, and plan to write more in that series. Here is a list of my books to date, links in the titles:
Wounded Hearts Series
Mended Souls Series
I have two new releases coming this month. Both are in the Gambling Hearts series. My Girl is book three and tells the story of middle child Aaron Shaughnessy. It releases Oct 21st.
Aaron Shaughnessy faces a ghost from his past when ex-girlfriend Trish Sylvester books a holiday on his family’s guest ranch.
Trish hopes her time on the Shaughnessy ranch will bring a reconciliation with Aaron after their bitter breakup a year earlier.
Will old feelings resurface and give two lovers a second chance?
Add to your TBR List: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48083903-my-girl
Recommend me on Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/my-girl-gambling-hearts-book-3-by-jacquie-biggar
And then, on Oct 31- Married to The Texan, a box set comprising all three of the Gambling Hearts novels, plus one short story!
Receive 3 full-length heartwarming romances plus one bonus short story from USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar
All your favorite alpha heroes and independent heroines!
Sweet, sexy romance. The perfect reading deal for your Kindle! Grab a drink and curl up for an unforgettable boxed set of romance best sellers. Each book is a standalone contemporary story of love, honor, duty, and family dilemmas.
Add to your TBR List: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48072574-married-to-the-texan
Recommend me on Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/married-to-the-texan-gambling-hearts-series-by-jacquie-biggar
- What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
We live a quiet life, but love gardening and bird watching. We’re into sustainable living and have been working on a yard filled with fruits and vegetables for year-round use. DH has studied horticulture and creates his own soil blends using compostable materials, red wiggler worms, and Epsom salts. It works, too!
- Some authors like to make an argument or address an issue when they write. Is there an issue that you’re addressing with your book?
I don’t know about arguments, but I do try to insert real life medical issues into my stories. My grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at seven-years-old. It’s a life-threatening illness he will have to live with his entire life, and it breaks my heart. My grandfather and cousin both died of Leukemia- my cousin shortly after giving birth to her son. And Grandma passed away after developing dementia. These experiences left me lost and scared. The only way I could give voice to my anger and frustration was to write.
I’ve tried to accurately portray aspects of these diseases with a highlight on the importance of family support. It can make all the difference in the battle people like my family must fight within their bodies. A positive attitude is crucial to their wellbeing.
- Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
Covers are number one for me. What draws a reader to your book? A great cover. Why will that reader stick around to read your blurb? The cover. What makes the reader buy your book? The cover AND a great blurb!
A good cover should portray the genre, mood, location of your story, and you don’t need to break the bank for that to happen. I DO believe you should pay for a professional cover, though, unless you’ve taken courses on the subject. I get my covers from the Killion Group and Covers by Kay. Both are excellent choices.
eBook Giveaway Contest for My Girl
As part of this author spotlight, Jacquie is offering a free eBook version of My Girl to one lucky recipient. The only place you can enter is by leaving a comment on this blog post. If you’re reading this message on any social media platform, please be sure to pop back to this blog and let us know you stopped by. Tell us what you think of Jacquie’s books. Share your favorite characters or settings. Answer any of her questions from the above Q&A. Surprise us with something interesting about the romance genre.
Jacquie and I have agreed on a method for picking the winner, which will be a specific comment number (based on date and timestamp) on this post. We’ll notify the winner and reach out to them to determine how to get the eBook delivered. If you don’t have a WordPress blog with contact info, be sure to leave an email address or way of contacting you, or check back within a week to see if you’ve won. If you submit your email address as a guest user when leaving a comment, it won’t be made public, only Jacquie and I will know it. Good luck!
Thank you so much for being a part of today’s author spotlight. Congratulations on the launch of My Girl and the upcoming box set. I wish you the best of luck, although I doubt you’ll need it… you’re getting pretty big in the romance world. I’m excited to see all the reviews coming in this week. See you all next time for another author spotlight!
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