Last week I celebrated the release of my 25th book baby.
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t realize it was book 25 until I counted all my books for something else I was working on. I just kind of sat there stunned, thinking I had miscounted. But another round of counting came up with the same number: 25.
I never imagined my writing journey would look like this when I first set out to finish a story. I was always good at coming up with ideas but not so great at completing them. However, in 2014, I made it my mission to finish a book from start to finish. Nine months later, I smiled at the words The End. The following year, I self-published my first novel and have been writing ever since.
An Unlikely Alliance is my second book published by Love Inspired. It’s set in the fictional town of Bluebonnet, Texas. I imagine this town in Hill country and was excited to return to my home state, even in a fictional setting. My hero, Jeremy Rider, is a firefighter and happily single, or so he thinks. My heroine, Jalissa Tucker, works at an animal rescue shelter and doesn’t mind dating as long as it’s not with a man who wears a uniform, especially BlueBonnet firefighter department one. Imagine my delight at pitting these two together, as they don’t have any warm fuzzy feelings for one another. This enemies-to-more novel will take you through the biases we carry, the baggage one has in their life and how it may color their interactions with other. Ultimately, it ends with a lesson in forgiveness, and of course, a happy ever after.
If you read my novel, An Unlikely Proposal (AUP), you met Jalissa and Rider already. They were the best friends to the main character in AUP. When, I wrote AUP, I had intended for it to be a standalone novel. Yet readers kept sending me notes and asking me when would Jalissa and Rider get their own story. Even my editor wanted to know more about their background. So after some prayers and time with the characters, I came up with the story available to you today.
These two weren’t the easiest to talk to and writing their story was often difficult. But at the end of the day, I’m pleased with how it came out. Their story wasn’t easy to write, because these two did NOT have easy lives. They both carry around hurts that I had to be sensitive to and develop a deeper understanding. There may have been lots of research ;). I hope you enjoy the story and the animals within who bring some much needed love and comfort to their humans.
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