Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Welcome back Jacquie Biggar! @JacqBiggar #amwriting

I want to welcome Jacquie Biggar! First I’d love you to re-introduce yourself.

I’m happy to be back on your blog, Barbara, thanks. I live on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada with my DH of thirty-one years. We have one daughter attending university who has made the Dean’s list three times (proud parents here!) and an eight-year-old grandson who developed type 1 Diabetes this year. It’s made us revaluate what’s important in life. We’re so grateful that we were given the opportunity to be close enough to them to help with his care.

I write romantic suspense novels with a small town theme. My first four novels are set around the fictional town of Tidal Falls, Washington. They feature strong military heroes and the women who turn their lives inside out. J

Tell us about your latest release.

The Sheriff Meets His Match is about Jack Garrett, the sheriff of Tidal Falls. He’s 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?

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite author? Do you feel you write like them?

My favorite is Suzanne Brockmann. Her books are filled with characters you can’t forget. People you laugh with, hurt with, and cheer for, it doesn’t get better than that. I try to bring what I’ve learned from her into my stories, I hope I’ve succeeded, at least in some small measure.

2.) What was your favorite book growing up?

Black Beauty, it still is J

3.) Are you a plotter or a pantser and why did you choose that method?

I’m a pantser and it chose me. I’ve taken plotting classes, but when it comes to putting the ideas down on paper it feels forced. I work better if I can just write the scene as it forms; the flow is better that way.

4.) Do you consider writing a career or a hobby? Why?

It’s a career for me. I gave up my restaurant to move closer to my daughter and needed to do something to help financially. This is my job, I’m lucky though because I love what I do.
5.) What are you working on now?

I’ve just started something new to me, a paranormal romantic suspense.

The premise is that a couple of free living movie stars have their lives changed forever when they are involved in a horrific car accident. One dies, Lucas Carmichael, and seeks redemption for his carelessness by vowing to help those he left behind.

Scott Anderson is lost and bitter without his best friend and blames himself for the accident. When the ME charged with investigating the case is harassed, Scott tries to help and finds himself caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deceit.

Cook County Medical Examiner, Tracy York, has seen the extreme violence humans can inflict on one another. Her sister was murdered when she was a teenager and it has made her wary of the male population. When she is tasked with the investigation into a suspicious crash that killed one mega-star, and injured the other, Tracy must put aside her reservations and accept the hand of a stranger.

Can these two lost souls come together to stop a madman and find love and peace in one another with the help of a sarcastic angel, or will fate deal them a losing hand?

6.) What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to an up and coming author?

Always be willing to accept a helping hand. The writing community is warm and supportive of each other. They are more than willing to share their knowledge with new writers. That’s a resource you can’t afford to ignore.

7.) If you had the ability to time travel and your first visit was to see a younger version of yourself what would you say to that younger self?

Don’t sweat the little stuff. Take more time for your family, the rest will work itself out.

8.) You just got a million dollars, whether it’s from an inheritance, the lottery, or a sweet book deal doesn’t matter. What would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?

A sailboat J

9.) If you could un-invent one thing in the world what would it be?

My first reaction was cell phones. People have those things glued to their hands these days. But, there’s also the fact that because everyone has them, help can be called in an instant in case of emergencies. My second choice would be plastics. Plastic kills thousands of animals each and every year, it’s sad.

10.) What is your favorite movie/TV Show? Why?

I don’t watch a lot of TV but Blacklist is my favorite. I love the antagonist, Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader. He’s got a heart of gold and a soul black as hell. Great TV J

The Sheriff Meets His Match
Jacquie Biggar


When a jaded sheriff is drawn to an exasperating woman in trouble, anything can happen
Laurel Thomas has always experienced life from the outside looking in. She likes the warm welcome she's received in Tidal Falls and wants to make a home in this friendly little town, far away from her egocentric family. But then her uncle arrives and she learns the past has a way of catching up to her.
Jack Garrett is satisfied with his uncomplicated life. He has a good job as the sheriff of his hometown, a nice home, and a beautiful teenage daughter. So why is he struggling against his attraction for the disorganized new hire at the department, Laurel Thomas? She threatens everything he's worked so hard to avoid—like falling in love.
Can two people with enough emotional baggage to sink a ship find a way to give each other a chance, or is this match doomed to drown?


Jack hesitated with his hand fisted to knock on Laurel’s pumpkin-colored door. His aunt had this thing about brightly painted doors being good luck, or some such hogwash. The murmur of a voice from within told him Laurel had company. Male company. He tapped the file in his other hand against his thigh and glared a hole through the door.
“Guess it can wait ’til morning,” he grumbled, turning to step gingerly down the snow-covered stairs. Whoever-the-asshat-was, he could have at least shoveled them off for her. Just as he reached the sidewalk an angry shout coming from inside the house startled him. Jack grabbed for his service revolver and jumped for the door. He missed the stairs entirely and dropped the file, allowing it to fall unheeded into the snowbank. The papers from within tobogganed down the slope.
He rammed a fist against the wood. “Sheriff’s department, open the door.” His heart thundered in his chest and there was a ringing in his ears. Was he having a frigging heart attack for crying out loud? He’d never reacted like this before, not even when he’d chased after a murderer a few months ago. But the thought of someone hurting…
“Laur…el,” he shouted, panic clawing the back of his throat. Jack tried the knob but it was locked. He took a step back, angled himself sideways, and prepared to slam his shoulder into the wood. He started forward, slipping a little on the icy deck boards. Good thing, because it slowed him down just enough to narrowly avoid ploughing Laurel over when she pulled the door open.
When she saw him barrelling toward her with a gun in hand her beautiful eyes took over her face. “Yee…ahh,” she cried, tumbling backward and smacking her head against the now swinging door.
Jack tried backpedalling, but the slippery footing beneath his cowboy boots—dumb choice of footwear—had him sailing right into her already off-balanced body.
“Laurel, holy shit.” His hand reached out to grip her shoulder, conscious of the soft womanly feel of her plastered against his rapidly hardening body. Great. “I’m sorry, honey. Are you okay?”

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Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family. She loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She spoils her German Shepherd, Annie, Calico cat, Harley, and swears she can't function without coffee.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me on the blog, Barbara. Happy holidays!