It’s throwback Thursday, and I am nostalgic. Not just because I’m writing a post about one of my older books, but because this time of year—the fall—always takes me back to being a kid in the country. I now live in the house I used to visit my grandparents in, back when I was a wee one. My parents still live in the house where I grew up. Though it has changed its outward appearance a great deal since then, it hasn’t changed its inner heart.
Now, it’s twice this size, covered in stucco and the black roof is sided in cream-coloured vinyl. There’s a gorgeous porch, trees and flowers, and it still serves as the family hub. I was married right there on front lawn 20 years ago. In a few short weeks, we will observe a Canadian Thanksgiving inside it’s walls, all 62 (not even joking) of my immediate family, plus our pets and our peripherals—friends and almost family. Or most of them, anyway.
With a family that big, and the continuity present in that house, and the one where I now live, it is impossible for me not to incorporate family and all it’s pockets of love, vibrancy, trials, troubles, strength and struggles in my stories. In Patchwork Heaven, which came out on exactly the day am writing this three years ago, family is key. Coby and his twin are the backbone of their country band the book is named after. Coby’s bodyguard Gregor and his father, likewise, the foundation of the security company hired to protect them.
Sometimes, those strong ties make it difficult to see things clearly. Sometimes, they bind, sometimes, they offer a safety net. But that is the nature of family. It’s never perfect, only necessary. Coby and Bruce are inseparable, with all the love, hate, frustration and solidity that comes with being brothers. Bruce has made some bad choices, but Coby sticks by him, even when those choices come, not just knocking on their door, but dragging Coby outside, literally kicking all the way, into danger and trouble. It’s also that special bond of twins that keeps them connected when all else seems lost.
This story is as much a celebration of what it means to be family, no matter what, as it is a love story between Coby and Gregor. We’ve often heard it said that blood runs thicker than water. Whatever that means. Sharing blood and DNA with another person means we don’t have a choice about being related. That doesn’t change the fact we still decide, with every interaction, to have a relationship with someone, blood and DNA notwithstanding. Coby and Bruce choose brotherhood, and that is as important to this story as Coby falling for his bodyguard, and part of the reason I love it so much.
I hope readers like it, too, and see it for what it is: a testament to what family can be. I’m willing to give a copy of it to a reader who comments and tells me a bit about their favourite family moment, past, present or imagined.
Singer Coby Kennedy and his drummer twin, Bruce, have a band called Patchwork Heaven. They have been rising steadily up the country music charts, but unfortunately, that rise has attracted unwanted attention. Faced with anonymous letters, sinister gifts, and the wanton destruction of their personal space, they hire The Detail, a specialized security firm. Coby never anticipated Gregor, The Detail’s owner and his personal guard, would be quite so intriguing.
As the stalker gets closer and more violent and questions pile up, Gregor fears his past might get in the way of him finding who is threatening his client when he becomes suspect number one. Even though Coby is convinced Gregor is not behind the threat, Gregor is not sure he’s the right man to keep Coby safe, either from the stalker, or from his own interest in the singer.
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Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Her Stories about men falling in love are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Various Publishers.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .
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