BETWEEN HURT AND HEALING
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Date of Publication: February 2, 2016
# of pages: 424
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Introverted Denise Staukhill just wanted a quiet life. She never dreamed she would find a man like Darren Olsen to share it with. An unexpected tragedy ends their fairy-tale romance, and Denise once again finds herself alone and devastated.
Years later, the handsome head football coach from the local high school and Darren’s best friend, Eric Ortellio, tries desperately to help her find peace. As their relationship starts to grow, the manipulative Coach Nick Nelson, trying to protect his secretive past, steps in to ruin both of them.
Will Denise and Eric’s friendship sustain the lies and manipulation that the evil Nelson has weaved? Can Denise find the strength to let go of Darren and hold on to Eric, or will her faithfulness to Darren keep Eric out of her life forever?
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“She loved color in her drawings, bright colors: greens, reds, blues, yellows. All her pictures were happy. She told me when I was your age to take whatever makes you sad and color it in. I guess she just meant that colors are happy and sad is black and white.”
“Maybe that’s what Grandma meant when she said, “color it in.” Celebrations are colorful like birthday balloons and wedding cakes. Funerals are black, and hospitals are white. Funerals are always sad and hospitals can be sad sometimes too. So if you find what makes you sad and color it in, you can be happy."
How has being a Texan influenced your writing?They say Texas is like a whole other country, and if you’ve ever lived anywhere else you understand how true that statement is. There were many things I didn’t understand before I moved to Texas, including high school football, college football, and pro-football. Not the game of football, but the pride, loyalty and dedication to the hometown team. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ so small town living was new to me and an adjustment, but I learned so much about the lifestyle and culture of small time life along with the special people that make up a town and the traditions that keep people coming back year after year. I learned that driving two hours for a sporting event -- or to go shopping or to have lunch or to take pictures of your kids in the bluebonnets -- is not the exception but the norm. If you live in Texas, you better keep good tires on your vehicle.
Texas taught me a lot about living and life that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else. And it is all those lessons that have influenced my writing.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?I love family, I love being a mother and a wife, when I sit down to write I can’t help but put all of those things together, so naturally I write woman’s lit or soft romance.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I’m not sure. I’ve always enjoyed reading, and I do love to tell stories but the true stories of life. I’ve been told I repeat them quite often. Typically I don’t make stories up and I think that may be the reason why I enjoy writing fiction; it allows me to be creative without destroying my character.
How long have you been writing?Although I am a recently published author I have been writing for over 25 years. I started writing children’s books for my own kids. They each had a library card and every summer we would make a weekly visit to the library, and I would let them check out as many books as they wanted, and we would spend all week reading them over and over again. We read some great ones and some not so great ones and I thought I would give it a try and sat down one day and started writing.
What kind(s) of writing do you do?
I will write anything. Of course I love fiction, but I have two non-fiction pieces in the works. I also enjoy human interest stories and motivational pieces.
Jackie Melvin is a hopeless introvert: hasn’t seen the inside of a movie theater in a decade. She is despairingly sappy: will cry at commercials, songs and memories. She is a disheartened housekeeper: good before the kids, great with the kids, now the laundry room doubles as the master closet. An unexceptional athlete, the weather matters! A wanna be nutritionist, if only chocolate had nutritional value. A mediocre musician: been playing the same songs for thirty years. A happy wife, she married up. A reluctant empty- nester, miss those kids so much. And she is a writer: the author of a series of children's books, and Between Hurt and Healing is her first novel.
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