After losing a rigged cooking show competition—and a potential lover—to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.
Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. To escape the fallout, he’s gone to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.
Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.
I was thinking about topics and there are so many to chose from. Like the ubiquitous “Five Fun Things About Yourself” Post. But…Not that I’m not a fun person, I’m just not all that interesting. So how about “Five Fun Facts About My Characters”?
- Coffee. So much coffee. In fact, I made an effort in this book to create a character who isn’taddicted to the stuff. It was a chore, trust me. I had to consciously give him a reason not to drink gallons of it, so I didn’t accidentally make him yet another caffeine guzzling-fiend.
2.The Struggling Artist.
So many of my guys are of the creative persuasion. Graphic artists, writers, painters, dancers, photographers, models, the list goes on, even to include a baker, now. Who doesn’t like a sweet confection that is also a work of art to look at, right? This latest book is no exception, then. It seems to be a theme.
- Everyone Reads. Everyone. It’s a thing. I can’t imagine writing a character who isn’t as addicted to the written word as I am to coffee. It would be weird and unsettling. Some read for recreation, some for escape, some to relax. Some to hide. But 4 out of five of my guys will be readers. In fact, one was even a librarian. Him, I liked.
- Take Out Kings. None of them can cook. Either they never learned, or can’t be bothered, or don’t have time to feed themselves. Even my little baker subsists on take out Italian and pizza delivery, poor dear. The fast food places in my imaginary worlds will never go out of business, that’s for darn sure!
- Introvert Extraordinaire. Don’t get me wrong. Some of my guys are brash, bold and in your face. But the vast majority tend toward the introverted, quiet, shy and/or retiring type. Safe to say: I write a lot of beta guys.
So there you have it. Five Fun Facts About My Characters. Wait….Let me look those over again… Five Fun Facts About My Characters Me.
Well, they do say “Write what you know”. It makes me wonder how much more of myself is in these guys than I even realized. I do identify strongly with Frederic in this book. Not that I bake, because no. No one wants that. But I understand him in a lot of ways. It made this story a lot of fun to write.
Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked, “Why men? What’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love?”, she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, and Riptide Publishing.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all. . .
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