Facing Life’s Challenges Head-On- #Inspirational #FamilyFirst

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No one said it would be easy…

Why is it some people seem to breeze through life as though they’re blessed by every good luck charm known to man? Gorgeous, popular, healthy, rich, if you want it, they’ve got it.

Obviously, there’s more to these divine beings than what we lower humans see, but it’s hard to believe. They’re just so… perfect.

For the longest time, romance writers focused their H/H on these imaginary deities, the dashing earl or beautiful movie star. But as the industry grew, readers demanded more. They wanted relatable characters. One who go through real life traumas and come out the other side stronger, wiser. It’s not enough anymore to have a meet-cute relationship ending in a happy-ever-after. Writers need to dig deeper, make readers gasp, cry, and swoon as they follow the protagonist’s journey of growth and personal awareness. We want to share their pain, laugh at their blunders, and celebrate their successes.

Romance is still an important component of these books, but not as necessary as knowing in the end, the H/H have overcome their internal crises and vanquished personal demons in order to enjoy a fulfilling relationship with the less-than-perfect love interest.

Because life is real, and while we might dive into a book to escape to an imaginary world for a few hours, we crave a deeper connection and count on our favorite author to make our emotions sing.

The story I’m working on will hopefully achieve this goal. It’s based on the true story of a little girl’s life-changing battle with cancer. I met Luna on Instagram and was immediately taken with her warm spirit and positive attitude even though continuous chemo treatments are ravaging her body. She works hard to stay strong and her beautiful smile is never very far away.

If you get the chance, follow her. She’s an inspiration!


Love, Me

Will a Christmas wish bring two lonely hearts together and give a little girl the family she’s always wanted?

Single parent, Grace Donovan arrives in the small town of Emerson with the hope a trial program at the local cancer clinic will be the answer to prolonging her young daughter’s life. She doesn’t expect to fall for her handsome boss.

As principal of Emerson Elementary, he is aware of the students’ medical issues and his heart goes out to little Cassie Donovan and her mother. When he learns Grace is in need of a job, he fabricates a childcare program, and is pleasantly surprised by its success. Now, if only he could help Cassie’s recovery and get Grace to give him a chance before she learns of his duplicity.

Cassie Donovan barely remembers the father who died when she was just a toddler, but she does know her mother is sad. Even though Cassie wants a puppy more than anything, she gives up her wish to ask for a daddy from Santa Claus, that way if she gets sick again, Mommy won’t be alone.

This Christmas, two families are brought together by a Christmas wish and a child’s need for a miracle.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3iZ5SJv

Universal: https://books2read.com/Love-Me-A-Christmas-Wish-Novel

bookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/love-me-a-christmas-wish-novel-by-jacquie-biggar

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58805215-love-me

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39 Replies to “Facing Life’s Challenges Head-On- #Inspirational #FamilyFirst”

  1. Do you ever read Catherine Anderson? She tackles issues like this in many of her works. I think you’d appreciate her writing.

    This sounds like a real tear-jerker, Jacquie. Wishing you much success with it. And offering prayers for Luna.

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    1. I haven’t read her books, thanks for the recommendation.
      Following Luna has been life changing. I hope and pray they find a cure for Cancer soon- or at the very least, a more humane way to treat it.

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  2. Yeesh. I got all teary reading this. Have you heard me say that I’m not a romance reader, Jacquie? Well you practice what you preach, and I’ve become a fan of your books because they have real people with real issues. It’s not just stupid stuff and fluff. Congrats on the latest. It sounds wonderful. I have my preorder in!

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    1. Kids live more in-the-moment than we do. It allows them to embrace their imaginations and cast off negativity. Luna is a great example of this. She explains her low blood counts and transfusions matter-of-factly, then gets on to the good stuff like the Red Bulls game she recently attended 🙂
      Worrying won’t help, it only ages us before our time ❤

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  3. I like how you phrased your thoughts about this, Jacquie. One point I wholeheartedly agree with you on is that readers want relatable characters. Imperfections make characters the most interesting to me because I want to know if they will be able to overcome their character flaws. Isn’t that what builds the most internal tension?

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. Tough subject. When my grandson was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he spent time in the children’s hospital and there was a young child in isolation there. I’m not sure why he was kept apart, but the loneliness of that room and all those monitors have stayed with me.

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      1. Hi Jacquie, I understand how you felt. I have spent days and days in the hospital with both my children who both have chronic conditions. I remember the isolation units (there were two) which were sometimes occupied. They were for highly contagious diseases. Whenever I was in the hospital, there was always another mother whose child’s condition was worse than my child’s. It taught me to be grateful.

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