Hi Sherry, thanks for having me on your blog today.
Write about what you know. I’ve taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. I grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently live in beautiful Lake Tahoe with my husband and two daughters. When I’m not busy writing or being a full time mom, I hike or snowshoe in the woods around our home with my dog, Ginger. Whether I’m writing contemporary, historical, or romantic suspense, I try to bring the beauty of nature to my stories.
My new release, Nothing But Trouble, stars Honor Jackson, newly arrived in Redemption, Texas. I thought it would be fun to post an interview conducted by a local news reporter. Take it away, Stan the Man…
Stan: Stan the Man here with a little filly just arrived in Redemption. (Smoothes back his thinning hair and smiles a big, toothy grin.) Honor Jackson is her name. Word has it, Honor, you’ve been seen hanging around the Sunrise Café. Want to tell us what brought you to Redemption?
Honor: Andee Matheson, the owner of the Sunrise Café, is my old college roommate. When she mentioned she could use a little help at the restaurant once her baby was born, I was more than happy to oblige. (Bites lip and looks down at the ground.) I was at a bit of a loose end after… Well, coming west was a good move for me.
Stan: I smell a story, Honor, or can I call you Honey?
Honor: (Eyes widen innocently.) Only my friends call me Honey, and I don’t know you well enough for that, Stan.
Stan: Ooh, a feisty one. Is it true you’re going to cater Jenna Paladin’s wedding?
Honor: Chase Paladin, Jenna’s brother, caught me at a weak moment, and I agreed. Jenna was in a bind, and, well, I didn’t have the heart to say no.
Stan: (Snickers.) I know all about Chase. We go way back. That man has been charming women since our days on the school playground. Doesn’t surprise me in the least you couldn’t say no. How did you meet Chase?
Honor: I ran into some trouble on my trip to Redemption, and Chase gave me a lift. I took one look at him and just knew he was going to be nothing but trouble.
Stan: (Slaps thigh and chortles.) You hit the nail on the head, there. Ask all his ex-girlfriends. Well, Honor, it’s been a real pleasure getting to know you better. I know I speak for all the good citizens of our town in welcoming you to Redemption.
Honor: Thanks, Stan, I appreciate that. I have a feeling my time in Redemption will be quite an adventure.
Chase Paladin avoids commitment like a patch of stinging nettles. He's seen how love can trample a man, and he doesn’t plan to get hitched—ever. But when Honor Jackson walks into his life, hell-bent on keeping her distance, she turns his convictions inside out.
One look at the too-handsome cowboy with laughing green eyes and a killer smile, and Honor knows he's nothing but trouble. She's come to Redemption, Texas to help an old friend, not to let another man charm her into certain heartache.
But every time she turns around, Chase is there, and the closer they get, the more she fears he’ll break her heart. So when anonymous threats make it clear that someone in Redemption wants her gone, Honor is ready to oblige. Only now Chase isn’t certain he can live without her.
Will two wary hearts take a chance on love before it's too late?
Chase reached over and gave her arm a squeeze. The imprint of his fingers on her bare skin tingled like a brand.
“I’m sure you’ll do just fine. Soon as word gets out, you’ll draw the locals like bees to honey.”
She rolled her eyes. “I’ve never heard that line before.”
“I can see I have an uphill battle ahead. Charming you won’t be an easy task.”
Leaning her head against the high vinyl seatback, she avoided his smiling eyes. “More like impossible, so don’t bother trying.”
His lips firmed. “Is it me in particular, or are you always this friendly?”
She didn’t answer immediately. Stroking the dog’s silky coat, she spent a moment composing her thoughts. “I’m sure you’re a whole lot of fun. You’re handsome and entertaining.” She let out a breath. “You’re probably a firecracker in bed to boot.”
He coughed and shot her a wide-eyed glance.
“But I’m not in the market for a fling with a good-looking cowboy.”
“What happened to put you off men?”
“Life happened. I plan to work for Andee for a couple of months and get my ducks in a row before moving on. I’m pretty sure—make that one hundred percent positive—getting involved with you would complicate the equation, and I’m no math whiz.”
“What are you a whiz at, besides putting men in their place?”
Places you can find Jannine and her books:
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Also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Best wishes withyour new book, Jannine.