Today I’m thrilled to introduce my friend and fellow author, Jackie Layton. We met several years ago through Seekerville.com. She’s a beautiful and talented writer and a wonderful person. She’s here to talk about the story behind her recently published novella, In Focus. Jackie’s offering a giveaway to the U.S. readers. Please specify in your comment that you’d like to be entered into the drawing.
Even though I didn’t grow up in a family who took beach vacations often, I always dreamed of visiting the beach. Thank goodness my husband loves the beach as much as I do. We’ve been landlocked in Kentucky, but over the years we’ve taken many vacations to Holden Beach, NC. We’ve shared our love of beaches with our families and friends. Holden Beach is near Southport, NC, and Southport is where you catch the ferry to Bald Head Island.
Once you step foot on the ferry, the magic begins. I love boat rides. On the island, you can walk, ride a bike, or drive a golf cart. We’ve rented golf carts each time because we’ve gone for day trips and you can cover much more area.
Two years ago, when Jennifer Johnson, Rose McCauley, Loretta Gibbons and I began brainstorming our stories, I pushed for Bald Head Island to be our setting. We considered other beaches, but I convinced them Bald Head Island was the best setting. We had so much fun discovering more about this area and met interesting people along the way.
The first publisher we submitted to passed on our stories, and we left them alone until this year. But we never forgot them. Jennifer suggested we try again, and we pitched our idea to Forget Me Not Romances. Soon we had contracts and a deadline. I got busy and worked on mine right away because our youngest son was getting married on July 30. We all made the deadline in time, and this fall Christmastide at Bald Head Island came out in eBook and paperback. This was a dream come true for me.
Each of our stories focuses on lost love and fear. Each heroine comes back in contact with their first true love and must decide if they are brave enough to take a chance despite many obstacles in their way. I love the setting and the four strong women in these stories.
Miranda Jordan is a photographer and while taking engagement pictures for her niece, she runs into her old love, Logan Hamilton. Logan Hamilton has come home after years on the pro-tennis circuit. His leaving caused Miranda many tears and much heartache, and she wants nothing to do with Logan. It doesn’t help that her niece is engaged to his cousin who Miranda thinks is the wrong man. Miranda and Logan have old conflicts to deal with and disagree on everything about the couple about to get married.
During our marriage Tim and I dreamed about living at the beach, but when we left Georgia we headed to Kentucky where our boys could grow up around family. This was a good decision for us, and from time to time we’d imagine what it’d be like to actually live in a beach community. But our roots had been firmly planted in Kentucky, and we’ve never regretted the decision to move home. In the middle of September, Tim was offered a job in South Carolina. We were shocked and couldn’t imagine leaving our family. But in the days that followed, God showed us it was time to follow him to a new destination. We are being obedient to His lead and will pack up our home and head to the beach. We’re not sure why God has called us, but we’re excited to see what He has planned.
Do you have a favorite beach? If not, what’s your favorite vacation spot?
Here’s the blurb on the back cover for In Focus:
Literature weaves its way through the hearts of the Jordan family women. Matriarch, Grace Jordan, has a particular affinity for William Shakespeare. Just as his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, spins a tale of the planning of one wedding but ends with three ceremonies, Grace and her two daughters, Rosalind and Miranda, discover rekindled love while planning Rosalind’s daughter, Jane Anne’s Christmas wedding. In a twist of fate, ceremony plans change. However, just like Elizabeth Bennett and Anne Shirley from Jane Austen and Lucy Montgomery’s respective classic tales, all four Jordan women discover what—and who—will make them truly happy
Link Christmastide at Bald Head Island to on Amazon.
**Comment with your answer before midnight Friday, November 18 for a chance to win a signed copy of Christmastide at Bald Head Island (sorry US readers only.) The winner will be announced Sunday, 11/20 in the IR Sunday Edition.
**Jackie will be at her day job today, so she’ll pop in and out when she’s able.