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Jacqui Jacoby Under The Spotlight and Giveaway!

We have author Jacqui Jacoby and she'll giveaway an eCopy of her With A Vengeance.

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Who is Jacqui Jacoby?

 

I’m a grown up person with imagery friends.  Friends who have lives of their own and stories that they want to be told.  Luckily, I’m the one they tell them to and I get to type their words onto the page.  I love my job. And it’s a job I will finally be able to do full time.  Having always listed myself as a working mom, my youngest is heading to college this coming May, leaving me to face the dreaded Empty Nest.  I think I will fair alright with it, though.  I have my “friends” of course and a plan of action to keep busy at the keyboard.

 

What inspired you to be a writer?

Today they call it fan fiction, but when I was a teenager in junior high watching The Hardy Boys it was just neat to think about the episodes I watched and rewrite them in my head.  I never told anyone I did it, never put anything on paper.  I just kept the stories to myself. But it laid the foundation for me to start to think up my own characters, my own plots.  Having my over-active imagination may have kept me a little bit isolated in social circles – I preferred my stories to the other kids --, but it was perfect for cultivating a sense of writing.

 

How did you choose your genre? 
 
I didn’t choose my genre. My genre chose me.  As a self defense enthusiast with ten years of martial arts experience including sword fighting and some knife defense, writing about tough chicks, about woman who know how to take care of themselves, comes natural to me. And taking care doesn’t necessarily mean a woman who can fight and score. It’s more about the inner strength that gives them the ability to face down tough situations and in some cases, painful pasts.

 

 

What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
 
 Stephen King, in his book “On Writing”, talks about not so much of writing a book as of unearthing one.  I always felt that way about this book.  “Who wrote that?” I would think when I went back to read some part of the manuscript.

 

How did you come up with the title?

I wanted a title that conveyed the goal of Jaime, the heroine, that she wanted justice for the crimes that are committed within the pages of the book.  The bad guy had to meet a just end and she had to have the motivation to go after him and make him pay.  The title chosen wasn’t the title I was going for … LOL … though I am happy with the one the publisher decided on.  Still, I think it shows a sense of urgency at what Jaime wants and the determination she has to see justice fulfilled. 

 
WITH A VENGEANCE
 
The more she wanted out, the more they dragged her back in!
 Daughter to murdered CIA officers, niece to a deputy director, Jaime Walsh has never known life outside the world of espionage. Until a high-action case in Buenos Aires leaves her gutted. Physically, emotionally…and professionally.
 She’d planned for her long-overdue vacation to be a time to rest and reassess. With her longtime partner Stephen not far behind, it’s a tropical paradise away from work. A paradise where boundaries will be tested.
From their training days, Stephen Reid has watched Jaime kick ass while performing what has become his second job—watching her back. But now his feelings have grown.
As best friends look at each other in a new light, they like what they see. And Jaime dreams of a new life outside “the company”.
Except someone from their past won’t be satisfied until Jaime and the man she loves are hunted to the brink of death. Now Jaime must find the strength to trust her heart and let go of her fear. Before she loses everything…
 
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46 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me here today!! It was fun!! =D

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    1. Hi Jacqui,

      Welcome to Romance Book Paradise!

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    2. Thanks for having me!! This is a whole lot of fun!!

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  2. Wow, sounds like Jacqui is one tough woman with that marital arts experience! It's great that she could take that and use it in her books.

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    1. Thanks for coming on by Kelly. Yes, it was fun to use some of what I learned in the book. Write what you know. Isn't that what they say? =D

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    2. Hi Kelly!

      And Jamie, her heroine in With A Vengeance is one tough lady as well!

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  3. Sounds like a winner! Great to meet you. Good luck with your book, and enjoy your empty nest :)

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    1. Good to meet you, too. Thanks for stopping on by. =D

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    2. Hi Carol!

      Thanks for swinging by!

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  4. Ooo, this sounds like a good book.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. Sure was fun to write!! See in the pages!! =D

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    2. Hi Theresa!

      Thanks for dropping in!

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  5. I really enjoyed the book - great characters and all kinds of twists in that plot :)

    I plotted out episodes and rewrote them in my head too - never wrote a thing down either. Only difference was my first shows were all Star Trek :)

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    1. I hear Star Trek is a real popular place for people to start letting their imginations run wild. Suzanne Brockmann often talks about that. So glad you enjoyed the book!!

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    2. Hi Jemi!

      Glad you liked the book and thanks for rating it too!

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  6. I guess Jacqui is a good example of writing what she knows. The book sounds fascinating.

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    1. Thank you for those kind words. I hope that it can hold its own and bring some enjoyment!!

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    2. Thanks for coming by Joy!

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  7. "My genre chose me."
    Now, that's a first for me... well, they do say that you must write what you're familiar with...

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    1. Hi Michelle!

      So true! Thanks for coming by!

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  8. It's not as far fetched as it sounds. I had a skill set that I used and I started typing. The story was coming first and it took it's own direction, finding it's own genre. Sure was fun!! =D

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  9. Sounds like a book I want to read!

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  10. I love Jacqui's interview, especially how all that martial arts training helped her write believably tough, independent women! Yay! Those are my favorite type of characters.
    Great post! :-)

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    1. Hi Lexa!

      I loved Jacqui's tough heroine in WITH A VENGEANCE!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  11. Hi Lexa. Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview! Tough chicks are fun to read about. =D

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  12. Nice to meet a new author!

    I used to love the Hardy Boys too!

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    1. I got the DVD a few years back when I had bronchitis. Spent the week in bed watching them all over ago. Made the time go by so fast. What a hoot!! =D

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    2. I loved Hardy Boys and Nance Drew. I used to devour them by numbers. Thanks for coming by Jennifer!

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  13. i like it when an author says a genre chose her. It seems to make for a perfect match that way.

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    1. I think you're right about that. It's more fun to get into the story when you feel so comfortable in the skin of the genre.

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    2. Hi C Lee!

      I completely agree! Thanks for coming by!

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  14. I'm an adult with imaginary friends, too! ;) That's interesting how you got your start by doing fan fiction in your head.

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    1. Imaginary friends are the coolest, huh? Always there when you need them and willing to share their stories.

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    2. And people call us abnormal for talking to imaginary friends! Thanks Sherry!

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  15. The title does grab you, that's for sure! It's a pleasure to meet you, Jacqui. Nas, as always, great interview!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen. I'm glad the title title caught your attention. That's what the publisher thought would happen. They do know what they are doing, right? =D

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  16. That's so cool she's into martial arts and incorporated that into her novels. Yes, the inner strength is important too.

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    1. Hi Medela. Thanks for stopping by. It was fun using the martial arts in the book. Having Jaime kick butt was a great way to watch a story unfold.

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    2. Thanks for coming by, Medeia!

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  17. this book sounds like its right up my alley. lovely to know jacqui. And i love meeting fellow martial artist-authors!!! i study the Filipino martial art of Escrima and often use it in my stories as well.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Hey, great to meet a fellow martial artist and a writer to boot! Don't you find it rewarding to be able to use what we have learned on the mat in our books?

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    2. Hi Nutschell!

      Wow! I Love meeting strong karate kicking women!

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  18. The book sounds good. And I like that analogy about unearthing a story.

    Congratulations, Jacqui!

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