Missing Pieces (A Chandler County Novel)
A Story of Love, Trust & Honor
Chandler County, Where the Unbridled Spirit of Romance Roams
I am pleased to partner with my friend and fellow author, PJ Fiala to sponsor the Chandler County multi-branded author series and honored to release Missing Pieces, the first book from the series, on April 11th 2017. My second book, entitled Missing Home, will be released in November 2017. Nine other authors will publish their books in this exciting endeavor during 2017. All books are based on our fictional towns, Chandlerville and Bourbonville Kentucky, ‘where the unbridled spirit of romance roams’.
I had such a great time researching and writing Missing Pieces, my first romantic suspense novella. Chandlerville is the perfect setting for my dynamic, unpredictable, capricious and occasionally unscrupulous characters. There’s never a dull moment with these folks.
As Chandlerville prepares for a series of local celebrations in honor of the annual Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville, Kentucky, chaos ensues threatening to cancel the town’s festivities.
Rachel Blakely’s (editor of the Chandler County Chronicles), partnership with ex-NYC socialite, AJ Manning crumbles in the midst of their planning for the town’s Derby-related activities. AJ is the mayor’s wife and Rachel discovers that Fitzgerald Manning, the mayor’s father, has close ties to an unidentified conglomerate of farm investors who may be coercing local farmers to sell their land.
Jairo Aquino, aka Blue, a handsomely, mysterious newcomer is trusted by no one and appears to have an investment scheme of his own. Arriving in Chandler County from Miami, Florida, Aquino has decided to put Chandler County on the map. “His plan was air tight. He just had to find a few missing pieces.”
Rachel and Blue continue to cross paths until they reach a point of no return where they accept they can no longer ignore the sizzle of their interactions and their constricted heart strings that cause them to question the true nature of their relationship.
Can she trust him? Can he trust her? Can they together find the missing pieces?
I invite you to read Missing Pieces, a story about trust and relationships. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Stephany interviewed her favorite character today in anticipation that you might enjoy getting to know him.
Take it away Stephany 🙂
It was hard for me to choose only one of my characters as each is unique and contributes greatly to my overall story. Note that my favorite presented the biggest challenge to me as a writer and perhaps that is why he is so special to me.
Perhaps when you read the justification for my selection and read my book, you will agree with my choice. We’ll see.
ME: My favorite character is Jairo Aquino, aka, Azul and if he really likes you he will allow you to call him Blue.
I like Blue (notice I call him Blue) because first of all, he is extremely handsome and very tall, so what’s not to like? Secondly, he personifies the mysterious. I like that most people try to figure out who he is and more importantly, what he’s up to before they even know him. No one seems to want to take him at face value. If they only knew, he is what he appears to be–deeply mysterious and complex.
Q: What is Blue’s most noticeable characteristic?
ANS: His hair. It’s thick and slick. In my opinion, his hair is reflective of his personality–uncontrollable, yet precise. Although he wears his hair long on top, his sides are shaped to taper into his beard. His piercing midnight blue eyes are said to be ‘bewitching’. Having thought about it, perhaps both his hair and his eyes make for his attention getting good looks, i.e. his most noticeable characteristics.
Q: What quality does Blue like most in the opposite sex?
ANS: Good looks. Dark hair. Tall, with long legs. Unfortunately, his past has taught him that these qualities alone don’t offer much more than a good night or two, if he’s lucky. Surprisingly, he doesn’t seem to be searching for these same qualities in Chandlerville.
Q: If Blue could change one thing about him/herself, what would it be and why?
ANS: His lack of trust and suspicious nature about people. He believes he developed this characteristic because everyone he has every trusted has bailed out on him, leaving him holding the bag and/or alone. He admits to himself that he feels a jealous twinge when he sees a happy go lucky couple strolling across a beach and an even bigger twinge when that same happy couple is splashed by their couple of kids who precede them on their early morning walk. Sometimes he thinks if he could trust just one person, he might have a chance at happiness.
Q: Where and when was Blue the happiest?
ANS: ? Blue doesn’t recall a time in his life when he was truly happy. He believes he will be happy when he succeeds on his planned business investments in Chandler County. Happiness equals money which dictates status; i.e. success.
ST: What is Blue’s most prized possession?
ANS: His buddy and best friend Cuba, a chocolate, blue eyed great Dane. Blue feels he can be himself when with Cuba and besides their unusual colored eyes, he feels they have a lot in common. Cuba understands him. He views Cuba as his not so silent partner. They trust each other. Blue would never regard Cuba as a possession and would be quick to let someone who dared to call or treat him as such not to make the mistake again.
Q: What is Blue’s favorite motto or expression?
ANS: ‘Seize the Day’ a quote from Homer that has driven his life style. Blue believes, develops a plan and then acts. He’s never regretted acting on a decision he’s made because his philosophy is that it is better to act and make a mistake rather than not to act at all. Rachel Blakely, the one and only long-legged pretty Chandlerville lady to catch his eye is not at all impressed with his seize the day mentality.
Q: What does Blue like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?
ANS: Blue can’t make up his mind about Chandler County and, in particular, Chandlerville, because he’s always lived in big cities, most recently Miami. But the laid back, small town life style has calmed his usually high strung disposition. Cuba loves running free and digging in the dirt without anyone caring. Sometimes when Blue least expects it, a nagging thought surfaces. Can the success he expects to find in Chandlerville possess the other missing pieces from his life? Love, trust, relationship and success might just be a package deal.
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