In keeping with April’s theme I thought I’d share with you the beginning of my love affair with writing.
Normally, procrastination is my enemy. I like to get done whatever it is, as soon as I can, so that I don’t have to worry about it any more. I know, kind of anal-retentive, what can I say.
In school I worked hard to stay in the top ten every year. So when I came down sick with the measles and missed two weeks of grade nine, I was devastated. How was I ever going to catch up? I had less than a week to write a compelling story for Language Arts or get a failing mark.
Angry and frustrated, I sat in our living room, pen and paper in hand, staring at a bright yellow bouquet of cheerful looking daffodils. I wanted to hurl them across the room. It wasn’t fair. Why was I being punished for getting sick?
But then an idea popped into my head. A silly, farcical story. If the teacher wanted an essay, fine, I’d give her one then. And so, Count Daffodil, was born. After the first paragraph the words flowed faster, I could see the scene in my head and needed to get it down on paper. (Sound familiar?) I spent the rest of the day writing, and by the end of the night I had my story.
The next day I turned it in and immediately felt ill all over again. It was dumb. The teacher was going to hate it. I’d be a laughing stock. Funny how easy you can build something up to catastrophic proportions when you lack self-confidence.
We had to wait two weeks for the results. I was on tenterhooks the entire time, sure that my mom would blow a gasket because I’d goofed instead of giving it my best shot. Then came the big day. I was scared to look. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and turned to the last page. These were my teacher’s words:
I’m glad I didn’t read this at night. It’s been a while since I was so enthralled with a story. Very professionally done. The suspense, the ending, the style was excellent. I think I’ll read it to the other classes. Very impressive.
Not only did he read it to the other grade nines, he read it over the intercom to the entire school!
Because of Mr. Thomas and a hapless bouquet of sunny daffodils, a writer was born.
THE REBEL’S REDEMPTION by JACQUIE BIGGAR
Annie Campbell has a good life for her and her young son in the mountain town of Tidal Falls. She’s dating the sheriff, owns a successful business, and has the support of the community.
So why isn’t it quite enough?
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and now, after eight years in the military, he returns a bitter, disillusioned man.
Then he finds out he’s a father.
When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?
Second chances and forgiveness are two main themes to the books I have read over the last few weeks. We all need forgiveness but what happens when the one person you love more than life itself walks out of your life and you hear nothing from them for eight years? Then one day, that person returns.
This is exactly the premise of The Rebel’s Redemption. Annie loved Jared and thought they would be together forever. He ran off to join the Navy Seals and Annie was left wondering what happened. Eight years later, he returns and she has to come to grips with her aching heart.
Jared is a tortured soul, mired with regret, and the last thing he needed was to reignite his relationship with Annie. But circumstances have changed and he must come to grips with the cold hard truth.
An enemy of Jared’s come to town, seeking revenge and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, Annie and Jared must work together to defeat this dangerous enemy. Can they do it before it’s too late?
I’m a sucker for romantic suspense and this book doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s one of the best romantic suspense novels I have read in a long time. The author grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final page. The action is pulse-pounding and I read it in one sitting. The relationship between Annie and Jared wasn’t choppy, like I have seen in other books. Sure, there is betrayal and hurt feelings but the author created such energy between Annie and Jared that it flowed really well.
What sealed the deal for me on giving it a five star rating was the complexity of the characters. Each character had its own back-story and they felt so real to me. I caught myself nodding along whenever the dialogue made logical sense. I was completely absorbed in the story and that’s rare for me as a reader these days.
This is book two in a series but it also reads as a stand-alone. I, myself, am going to read book one and wait patiently as the author writes book three.
If you love a good story and want to be taken away on a suspenseful journey, pick up this book immediately!
Ugh, do I have to pick just one? There are so many that I love! Okay okay, if I had to pick just one I’d pick Annie. Annie is one strong woman and in the end she follows her heart to save those she loves. I love her insecurities and how real she is. She and I would be best friends for sure.
Favorite Line: Too many to mention.
My Rating: 5 stars
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JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.
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