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When life gives you lemons

Renee

The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since.

Going home is supposed to be the answer, instead it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve made.

My sister hates me. My little brother barely knows me. And Simon… is engaged.

None of it matters- or so I tell myself. I’m here to make amends and face a past haunted with regret.

As long as I can convince myself to stay.

Izzy

Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean.

I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal, and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart.

I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway.

If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.

Two sisters must set aside the past in order to protect the future.

Excerpt

Chapter Two

Izzy

The shock of finding Renée on the doorstep is fading, taken over by the sheer hypocrisy of her arrival. Why now? It’s a little late if she wants to make amends. Not a word for two stinking years and she shows up thinking I’m going to be grateful she’s here?

Not in this lifetime.

The warm sincerity of her embrace, though… it tries to weaken the resentment I’ve fostered since she walked out on her family, leaving me to pick up the pieces.

“I don’t want you here,” I snarl, unable to hide my bitterness. I’d rather act as though I don’t care.

Renée eyes me warily, rubbing a reddened palm. I feel a childish delight to have caused her even a miniscule amount of the pain she’s caused me.

“I’m aware,” she says calmly, bending to pick up a bulging overnight bag. “But I’m here now, so let’s make the best of it—for Mom.”

Red hot rage rises from the pit of my stomach to spit and steam from my ears. “Do. Not. Use Mom against me. You lost that right a long time ago.”

Months of caregiving flickers behind my eyes, a Shakespearean tale gone wrong. My father’s suicide did something to Mom. She shouldered the blame and wore it like a hairshirt, ripping the blinders away from their relationship to show the fractures in the foundation. She shut down. Stopped eating, washing, caring. It was left to me to get Benjamin off to school, clothes washed, a semblance of normalcy when everything was insane.

“You should have called.” Renée’s empathetic gaze gets on my last nerve.

I whirl away before I plant my fist in her face. “Your room is the way you left it. You can stay the weekend, then I want you to leave. Ben doesn’t need to get his hopes up.” And neither do I.

Striding into the kitchen, I clench my hands over the lip of the sink and hang my head. The stack of unpaid bills on the edge of the counter mocks my independence, but it’s the manila folder that strikes fear in my heart.

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 Because the true power is love!

Jacquie Biggar

My heroes are tough, alpha males who know what they want. That is until they get gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love.

I’ve been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoy writing romance novels that end with happy-ever-afters.

Jacquie Biggar has a wonderful gift for writing hot and extremely likable military men!

Jacqui Nelson

From the time Jacquie was twelve years old, she knew she wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote a short story called Count Daffodil after spending countless hours searching for ideas. The story garnered Jacquie an A and was read aloud through the school’s loudspeaker system. Needless to say, after that she was hooked.

Jacquie grew up, married her best friend, raised a family and left her writing urges to simmer in the background unattended.

She owned and operated a successful diner in her hometown for a number of wonderful years before deciding to live her dream of becoming an author.

Jacquie’s first book, Tidal Falls, a romantic suspense novel about second chances, released September of 2014.

Connect with Jacquie here: jbiggar@jacqbiggar.com

http://jacqbiggar.com

http://amazon.com/author/jacquiebiggar

https://www.goodreads.com/JacquieBiggar

82 Comments

  1. Dianne Kenes says:

    Looking forward to reading your books

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      1. Dianne Kenes says:

        Your welcome

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author says:

      Congrats on your new release, Jacquie:) I have book one on my kindle and will be adding!

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      1. Thanks so much, Denise!

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  2. Laverne Bellemare says:

    I I really liked going through your blog today, Lots of areas to keep you interested

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    1. Thanks! I have fun playing with themes, lol

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  3. Ma says:

    This looks really nice, love that background

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    1. Thank you! I love playing with WordPress themes 🙂

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  4. Jane Risdon says:

    Wishing you much success xx

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  5. I enjoyed learning all about your books, Jacquie. Sharing this for you.

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    1. Appreciated, Robbie, thanks!

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  6. dgkaye says:

    Congrats Jacquie! Wishing you lots of success! I have a few of your books on my Kindle that I am looking forward to getting to. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much!

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      1. dgkaye says:

        Welcome. 🙂

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  7. Staci Troilo says:

    I adored Sweetheart Cove. Nice to see it spotlighted here.

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    1. I find after writing dark suspense I like to do something with a more heartwarming tone.
      Thanks so much, Staci!

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        That makes perfect sense.

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  8. Mae Clair says:

    I do love a good Christmas romance.The cover of Mistletoe Inn is so enchanting and the excerpt was great. You are such an extremely prolific author, Jacquie!

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    1. Thanks, Mae! This cover is courtesy of the wonderful Michele Hauf. She’s a dream to work with and understood my vision perfectly 🙂

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  9. Kat Taylor says:

    My home right now is full of amazing fall colors of yellow, cream brown oak, vibrant oranges,burntred and those are just the color of the leaves ,then there is the smell of anchent ever greens and burning fire’s from the chimnies all a wanderfull scent of fall I love it, last but not least Halloween decorations every where scare crows sitting on bales of hae pumpkins with evil grins cornstalks keeping them company. I sit outside with a warm glow in my bell and heart, this is home the Canadian great north and I love it with pride. KAT

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    1. I join in your love of our beautiful country, Kat. Thanks for this lovely picture you’ve painted with these words.

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  10. I think I want to use this quote as the opening of an interview with you

    “Jacquie Biggar has a wonderful gift for writing hot and extremely likable military men!” Jacqui Nelson

    I enjoyed this post and like the way you include your twitter stream, Jacquie.

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    1. Thanks, Rob! How are you doing? 😊

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      1. I’m good, Jacquie! I have folks in from out of town. Today is a free day so I’m catching up. That’s such a great quote. It’s funny and it makes me want to read your books. 🙂

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        1. Thank you 🙂 Have fun with your friends!

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  11. Oooh, the circumstances for the male character sound heart wrenching, Jacquie.

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    1. One of my favorite old television shows was Beauty and The Beast (not the Disney version) https://youtu.be/FQMV1F272wg
      I was fascinated with Vincent and Katherine’s improbable love story and wanted to do my own twist on the tale.
      Thanks for checking it out, Robbie 🙂

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  12. Annika Perry says:

    Beautiful and enchanting cover and blurb, Jacquie … congratulations on your latest release and best of luck with it. Off to check it out. 😀🌺

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  13. Congrats on the new release, Jacquie. Great cover and I enjoyed the excerpt. Wishing you the best of luck!

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    1. Thank you, I need it 🙂

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  14. I just reviewed a book about ‘thin ice’ although I think mine was a different sort than yours. Interesting review, Jacquie!

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    1. Now you have me curious, lol. I used thin ice as a dual analogy for the danger they’re in, as well as a trust broken. I hope you give it a try when it releases, Jacqui 🙂

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  15. What a blessed life you have had Jacquie!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Diane!

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  16. The Hook says:

    I’m in awe of your literary prowess, Jacquie.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂

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  17. joylennick says:

    Hi Jacquie, I couldn’t thank you on Norah’s ‘Schooldays site’ – as it went completely haywire…In answer to your questions about Wales and Canada. My mother was Welsh and had lots of relatives in South Wales. Inland, it was very peaceful (though not on the coast…) and my aunt was a lovely soul. When the Suez Crisis was in full flow, we lived in Toronto and I worked for Canadian Reinsurance, down town. We travelled to Montreal and all over the various lakes and Niagara and had a whale of a time.It’s a beautiful country but we, nevertheless, suffered homesickness and returned to the UK. We have good friends in Vancouver and stayed with them years later (visited Expo) and also fell in love with Vancouver island…Good luck with all your. obviously successful writing. Long may you reign! Best wishes. Joy x

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    1. Hi Joy, thanks for getting back to me 🙂
      I’d love to visit Wales one day. The pictures I’ve seen are of beautiful, serene GREEN hills and of course, the Welsh ponies (which I adore!)

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  18. joylennick says:

    Hi, If ever you reach Wales, one special place is LAUGHARNE. It’s quite beautiful: I’ll try and sort some photos out for you..The poet DylanThomas (“Under Milk Wood”) lived in a boat house near the estuary. Tenby beach is memorable too…Cheers! xx

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    1. Thanks! I’ll look them up 🙂

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    2. The castle looks fascinating!

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  19. Jane Risdon says:

    Just fab, good luck and keep on keeping on. xx

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    1. Thank you, Jane 🙂

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  20. GREAT BLOG, JACQUIE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW BOOK I LOVE THE WAY YOU WRITE, CHINA

    china.alexandria@livingthedream.blog

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    1. Thank you, China, appreciated!

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  21. Edie LaReau says:

    Jacqui,

    I really want to know what happens to Maggie and Frank! Please tell me that they will be back!

    Edie LaReau

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    1. Hi Edie,
      Have you read Maggie’s Revenge? I’m currently working on a sequel to that book with more of their story. After the traumatic events Maggie endured, I didn’t feel it would be right for her to easily trust again, so I’m easing into their relationship.
      Don’t give up on me 🙂

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  22. Chocoviv says:

    Love to read!!

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by to comment 🙂

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      1. Chocoviv says:

        You’re welcome!!

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  23. kevin cooper says:

    That’s quite a collection of works you have, Jacquie. 🙂

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      1. kevin cooper says:

        I like the Maggie’s Revenge cover. 🙂

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        1. Thank you! It was created by Kim Killion 🙂

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  24. To great sounding books, Jacquie, with quite different themes too. You are very versatile.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie, appreciated!

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  25. So many ‘RomanceReaders’ are happy you’re following your dream, Jacquie ‘Prolific’! ♥♥♥

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    1. Aw, that’s so kind, Billy Ray, thank you! I haven’t become famous yet, but I’m trying, lol

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  26. It’s only one month away for your new release. Congratulations, Jacquie! I enjoyed the excerpt. And thank you for the generous offer of two of your book for free. I downloaded them!

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    1. Thank you, Miriam. I’m scrambling to get it done in time!

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      1. Best wishes to dashing through the line, Jacquie!

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  27. I love that cover, Jacquie!

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    1. Thank you! My 25th novel 🙂

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        1. If only the film producers agreed with you 🙂

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          1. There’s someone out there who will. Never give up. 🙂

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  28. Hi Jacquie,
    I don’t usually read romance novels but your excerpt is very well-written and intriguing. Nice to “meet” you.

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    1. Hi Evelynn, thank you! May I ask what genres you usually read?

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  29. Congratulations on the new releases, Love ’em! Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Yay, thank you, Mark!

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        1. I’m sorry, Michael! I shouldn’t comment before I have my morning coffee, lol

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          1. Lol Dont worry, me too, Jacquie! Enjoy your day!

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  30. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I am making my way up to this book, Jacquie:) I just noticed wordpress unsubscribed you on my list! I hate when that happens.

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    1. They’ve unlisted a bunch from my favorite blogs, too- err!
      Thank you, Denise. I hope you enjoy the series 🙂

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  31. An excellent, exciting story and book review. The ad logo is very catchy.💞📚

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