Friday, December 16, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Jan Scarbrough

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Prequel: Bluegrass Homecoming: Book 1 

Would marrying Howard be the trap Grace fears?

Grace Baron had always been the good wife, in spite of a marriage based on a careless indiscretion, and sustained not by love, but by old-fashioned morality. She’d raised her daughter, bit her tongue, and silently lived with her guilt. Now that she’s a widow, she can’t help being glad for her sudden freedom. She’d never live her life like that again. Without a sense of control. Without deliberately making a choice about her future. And that future would never involve getting married again.

Small town lawyer Howard Scott has buried two wives. His steadfast belief that it’s never too late to find true love keeps him open to whatever joy life has to offer. He doesn’t want another socialite wife. This time he wants a hometown girl. Someone stable, maybe a little naïve, but feisty enough to keep him on his toes. Someone like Grace Baron.

Howard’s gentle, old-fashioned courting makes Grace feel alive again. Would marrying Howard be the trap Grace fears, or would it finally give her a kind of freedom she’d never imagined?

Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming: Book 2

Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing to do: help her mother. To do so, she must return to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, the place she’d fled years before. Back then she’d been nothing but a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks, hiding a secret that could have destroyed lives.

Newly divorced lawyer Rob Scott seeks solace for his heartache in his small-town roots. Maybe being an incurable romantic isn’t smart for a lawyer who has to deal with hard facts. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. He’d made millions in Chicago, but in his heart he’s always kept a secret dream, a desire he’s never told anyone. Then he runs into Kelly, the girl who’d disappeared from his life years ago, leaving behind only hurt and unanswered questions.

Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

 Second chance story gets its own second chance

I wrote the novel Secrets a few years ago to explore a romance about a woman caught between the past and her desire to create a new life for herself. It’s a novel of “second chances.”

I wanted to submit the manuscript to a traditional publisher, but was advised by another author that this publisher did not like forty-year-old heroines. Huh? So I wrote the book anyway, and I titled it “A Father at Last.” A small press published my novel. Well, I do read my reviews, and when one reader said the title gave too much of the story away, I changed it to “Secrets.”

Flash forward to last year. The small press went out of business. I got my rights back. So I decided to make Secrets part of a new series called Bluegrass Homecoming. But Secrets takes place in Indiana. Ah, I made a simple location change to Kentucky. Then I figured I needed a lead-in story. So I wrote the love story of baby boomers Howie and Grace. Ta-da! The Prequel was born. Granddaughter Colleen takes center stage in the third book, Nom de Plume. And no, I haven’t finished it yet.

Jan Scarbrough writes heartwarming contemporary romances about second chances, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a Bluegrass horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.

With author Maddie James, Jan has written the Montana McKenna series, the story of the family of James McKenna, a Montana rancher whose death changes the lives of his wife and children.

A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing, and Turquoise Morning Press. She has published 22 romances.

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    1. You're welcome, Jan! It's always good to have you here, and I'm excited about your new series!