The Sheriff Meets His Match
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
“Are you just going to watch us, Daddy, or are you going to help?” Tina stood grinning quizzically at him, her hands on her narrow jean clad hips.
Jack’s mouth quirked. No one did attitude like his girl. “I was waiting on you two hens to quit clucking so we could get down to work,” he teased.
“Sure, you were. Did you know daydreaming is an early sign of the onset of dementia?” She threw him a string of lights and he grimaced at the knotted mess.
“I thought I taught you to respect your elders?” he said, and grinned at Laurel’s sputtered laughter. “See, Miss Thomas agrees.”
She shook her head and the hat slid south. A quick catch righted its position. She handed the glass ornaments over to Tina and picked up a second one from the supplies. “Leave me out of this, you two. I’m just an impartial observer.”
She turned and carefully hung a shiny red bell on one of the nearby branches, giving it a little flick with her fingertip that resounded through his core. A snow globe of a festive village followed, then she lifted a blue velvet Santa from the box and stood for a moment contemplating the best location. Jack was about to suggest a bare spot on a lower branch when she stretched up on a death defying pair of candy apple red heels and damn near stopped his breath. Her modest, knee-length skirt slid inch-by-tantalizing-inch up her thighs, revealing shapely legs and a taut heart-shaped derriere. Her furry white sweater lifted to play peek-a-boo with a cherry blossom branch tattooed onto the small of her back. Jack’s fingers itched to touch the engraved symbol of feminine strength. His mouth watered with the urge to nuzzle her neck below her raised chin. To turn her into his arms and pick up where they’d left off. To…
“Dad, you’re making it worse.”
Tina’s voice jarred him awake. What was he doing fantasizing with his daughter right there in the room? And over someone who probably wouldn’t even stick around until spring either. He glanced down and saw the jangled mess he’d made of the lights and swore under his breath.
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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Interview with Romantic Suspense author Jacquie Biggar
I’m happy to share a little about myself with you today. I owned and operated a restaurant in my hometown of Edson, Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria, British Columbia to take care of my grandson and pursue my dream of becoming a writer. I joined Romance Writers of America, https://www.rwa.org/ (where I recently acheived PAN status, yay!) Kiss of Death—an online mystery/suspense writers group http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/ , and my local group, VIRA, Vancouver Island Romance Authors http://www.vancouverislandromanceauthors.com/ .
What inspired you to start writing?
From the time I was twelve, I knew I wanted to be a writer. That year I wrote a short story called Count Daffodil after spending countless hours in a desperate search for ideas. The story garnered me an A and was read aloud through the school’s loudspeaker system. Needless to say, after that I was hooked.
I grew up, got married, raised a family and left my writing urges to simmer in the background unattended.
I owned and operated a successful diner in my hometown for a number of wonderful years before deciding to live my dream of becoming an author.
My first book, Tidal Falls, a romantic suspense novel about second chances, released September of 2014.
How Long have you been writing?
Not long at all, I’m still a relative newbie. I joined RWA-Romance Writers of America, in 2013. First thing I did after that was sign up for as many writing related classes as I could find. RWA is a haven for romance authors. They have a terrific support network and many forums to guide an author along the path, whether traditional or self-publishing.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to ask advice. But, and here’s the caveat, stand up for what you believe in. No one can know your story like you do, so if they’re calling for a major overhaul I’d seek more opinions before doing anything else. Also, save, save, save. There’s nothing worse than working for hours on your project only to lose it all with some computer glitch (happened to me!). I recommend Dropbox, it’s free and so far, trustworthy 🙂 I usually save to my computer, my laptop which is a Mac, and Dropbox, so I have at least 3 copies of my work. Join critique groups, the more eyes on your work the better. Most of all do it because you love to write. If you’re getting into this for the money, there are easier ways.
Who is your favorite author and why?
That’s a tough question. I have a couple automatic buys and they’re on opposite ends of the romance genres. Number one would have to go to Suzanne Brockmann. I have every book she’s ever written and re-read them every couple of years. Yes, they’re that good. 🙂 Almost from the first sentence on the page you’re drawn into the world of her characters. She’s so good at portraying realism into her heroes and heroines that the reader gets caught up in the life and death struggle of survival, as well as the hopes and dreams of a happy ever after. More than once I’ve lifted my head from one of her books and had to readjust to my surroundings. Now that’s good writing.
My second choice would be J.R. Ward. Her BDB- Black Dagger Brotherhood- series has an almost cult-like following, and with good reason. Her heroes are hotter than hot! Oh yeah, did I forget to mention they’re vampires? 🙂
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
I’d have to say characterization. If you can’t hook your readers into having empathy for your hero/heroine, or even for your antagonist, you have a problem. I think a writer needs to get into the head of their characters and show the reader their inner most fears and desires. Make us root for them. Secondly, I think setting is crucial. The reader needs to be able to picture the scene in their head for believably. As a writer it’s our job to point out different elements of a setting seen from the eyes of our characters. A man wouldn’t notice a crocheted doily on a table for instance, but the heroine might cherish it as an heirloom from her grandmother.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
I think for me it would be the plot. I get an idea in my head, usually from news stories on TV, and then I do the ‘what if’ scenario. After that the characters form from within the plot-line.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
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?
I loved these two together.
The sparks are enough to light up a room but neither want to give into their attraction. It was fun watching the sheriff meet his match, 🙂
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
Currently, I’m working on working on something new for me, a paranormal romantic suspense novel. 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?
What are you reading now?
I’ve just finished Brenda Novak’s, Hanover House. I love a good thriller/suspense novel and this one has it in spades!
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I’d say Suzanne Brockmann, Iris Johansen, Elizabeth Lowell, J.R. Ward, Cherry Adair. They all have the ability to make the reader feel as if they’re part of the action. I love when you can get lost in a great book.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
That’s a good question. It doesn’t usually happen until I’m about two thirds of the way through the story. Then something just clicks and voila! 🙂 Titles are so important. You need something halfway original, yet eye-catching, and it has to give a feel for the type of book the reader is opening. That’s a tall order.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
Staying vigilant and focused. I’m a horrible procrastinator. I start the morning with e-mails, which carries over into social media. Then I look at my advertising for the day. Then my blog, maybe some sales stats…yeah I can waste time like nobody’s business, lol.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
My favorite thing is going to the beach with DH. We lived in Northern Alberta for most of our lives. Winters there are long, cold, and dreary. A standing joke was that we had two seasons, winter and almost winter! A couple years ago we moved to coastal British Columbia to help take care of our grandson while our girl goes to university for Marine Biology. Best decision ever! Now my DH and I go out on dates to the beach. We stop by the coffee shop for a French Vanilla, and then away we go. It’s heaven on earth, truly. Food for the soul.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written four so far, working on the fifth. I’m also part of three multi-author boxed sets this year, two released in June, Dangerous Encounters and Book Bites 2. The other in July, Hot Summer Nights, Vol 1. My favorite book so far would be The Rebel’s Redemption. I have a real soft spot for Jared.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a pantser all the way. I’ve been told numerous times if I would sit down and write an outline the story would move along much faster, and that may be true—for them. I just wait until I get a thought in my head and start setting words to keyboard it works for me.
Where are you from, and what do you love best about your hometown?
I’m from a small town in west-central Alberta, Canada. Our family was there for four generations so needless to say we were well-known members of the community. As a child the town was one of those you read about, where no one locks their doors and kids were safe in their neighborhoods. Then the oil boom hit and strangers moved in, the town suffered growing pains, and regretfully changed.
Ebook or print? And why?
Both 🙂 Actually I have e-books for my regular reading and print for my keeper shelf—which is over-running my house! E-books are good because e-readers are light, compact, and most of all, multiple-sized fonts. This granny needs larger words all the time, lol.
What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is to join critique groups and get as many eyes on your work as possible before publishing. This is key in the editing process. I love my critique partners. Worst advice, funnily enough, came from some of these aforementioned groups. One would say change this, so I would. Another would say change that, so I did. Then came the second best advice, from my DH. He saw my frustrations, listened to my whining, then looked me in the eye and asked, “Whose book is this?”
Trust yourself, no one knows your story better than you.
If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
Ooh, great question. First, my e-reader loaded with all the books I could ever need. Second, a solar panel to re-charge my e-reader. Third, a hammock, so I could be comfortable while reading my e-reader. Fourth, a coffee machine and a case of coffee. Fifth, did I mention an e-reader? 🙂
What are your favorite TV shows?
My current favorite is Blacklist. I love Redd’s character, James Spader is awesome.
What inspired your latest book?
I’ve wanted to write a holiday romance for some time now and with the Christmas season fast approaching,The Sheriff Meets His Match, it seemed like a perfect fit.
If you would like to win an e-copy edition of The Sheriff Meets His Match, tell me your favorite go-to author and why you like them so much. I’ll draw a name out of the hat Sept 30.
Thank you, and remember—it’s all about the romance 🙂