Embracing Joy

Joyful moments with children.

Parenting can be exhausting, complicated and stressful.  But it can also have stunning moments of pure joy. Kelsey Malone, the heroine of my latest novel Finding Quinn discovers that those special times can make her heart sing. She lives for these moments.

There is a lot of media that concentrates on the trials of parenting. And certainly those issues will never disappear.

Losing Joy

When we concentrate on the problems of parenthood and the cost of raising children and all of the difficulties, we tend to forget the pleasurable, happy times. I certainly don’t want to minimize the difficult moments.

Sometimes the problems never disappear. Financial issues plague most families. But in between the worry and concern, one must remember that these are adult issues. Hopefully, many children can be spared from embracing these concerns.

Kelsey Malone tries hard to shelter her two young boys from the harshness of life. But they’ve had to move constantly and she needs to address her own emotional needs as she transforms in widowhood.

My Approach

When I was writing this novel, I realized that this story could become very dark, even tragic. So, as the author, I made sure that I wrote scenes that were definitely child-centric. Noah and Zak became as real to me as my own grandson. And those boys were funny, active and compassionate. Hopefully, just like kids in real life.

Finding Quinn by Jodie Esch

 

The Law of Attraction

Finding Quinn by Jodie EschRhonda Byrne’s book The Secret (2006) created a lot of attention. Various  teachers contributed to this self-help book giving advice on money, health and relationships.

But the more we read about what works in relationships, the less we seem to understand. Two very different individuals meet and for some reason, there is that spark, that zing, that something that’s in the air.

It’s in the air

Kelsey Malone and Quinn Cooper feel it. They can’t define it, they don’t understand it, but that sensation is like an electrical current connecting them. The timing isn’t right. They’re not looking for a partner.

But that attraction begins on the dance floor. Here’s an excerpt from that scene.

Quinn was a natural, graceful on his feet. He definitely knew how to western dance. Kelsey couldn’t remember when she’d felt so free. The beat of the drums joined the rhythm of her heart as she swayed and spun in Quinn’s strong arms. 

His hands slid down her back and she looped her arms around his neck.

“How are you doing?” he said, his breath warm on her cheek. Speechless she couldn’t respond.

But she leaned into him …

For a limited time, Finding Quinn is on sale.

FINDING QUINN, The Coopers, Book 2
Amazon USA: www.amazon.com/dp/B07G2RYYD5
Amazon Canada: www.amazon.ca/dp/B07G2RYYD5
 

How do Kelsey Malone and Quinn Cooper deal with this staggering attraction? Have you ever been unexpectedly swept away?

Nerves of Steel

Today is the launch of my  contemporary firefighter romance FINDING QUINN (the second book in The Coopers series).

The Origin of the Story

In 2013 I was captivated by a story of a team of firefighters who died in a horrifying wildfire just outside of Phoenix, Arizona.  Nineteen men were trapped with no escape. This tragedy made me think about the kind of people who are prepared to run into a fire rather than flee from it.

So I created my hero, Quinn Cooper.  He’s had many life adventures but he finally chooses firefighting as his career. He must demonstrate courage and strength every day of the week. His job is brutal, relentless and leaves no room for error.

The Reality of the Job

Sadly during this last month, firefighters have lost their lives in Canada and in the United States. Their deaths are a stark reminder of the unpredictability of working in a fire zone.

They leave behind shattered families who will never forget the dedication of their loved ones.

My Gift to You 

For a limited time, download Finding Quinn (a blend of romance, women’s fiction, family saga and island life) for only $0.99 (less than a latte) on Amazon.

Finding Quinn’s Book Description

Finding Quinn by Jodie EschA military widow’s journey.

A wildfire fighter obsessed with working in danger zones.

Two different worlds.

Do they have the courage to face the future together?

“We regret to inform you …” They’re the words every military spouse dreads.

Kelsey Malone mourns the tragic loss of husband while balancing work and two kids on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. She struggles to accept the loss of her soul mate and embarks on a journey of picking up the pieces. Accepting her new reality is a challenge.

Quinn Cooper is a wildfire fighter addicted to risk and adventure. He adopts a transient life style searching for the next big thrill and adrenalin rush. But he has to examine his choices when he meets a woman who needs his support. He’s not expecting to find a woman who makes him reflect on his decisions. Is he prepared for the new chapter that lies just around the corner?

Military Widows

I’m writing this post on a brilliant sunny day and the weather makes me feel good. Yet I’m contemplating sadness, as I prepare to release my second contemporary romance novel – Finding Quinn.

The female protagonist Kelsey Malone is facing a personal battle. As a military widow, she’s attempting to embrace a new chapter in her life. She has to. She’s forced to. Her husband was killed in war. She must come  to terms with her devastating loss. Of course, it’s not that simple, she also has to demonstrate strength to her two young sons.

Every day of the week military spouses all over the world receive the dreaded message, “We regret to inform you …”

How does life go on? How does Kelsey manage? What are her choices? I urge you to follow one women’s soul-shattering journey. Please pick up a copy of Finding Quinn.

 Available on Amazon 

Have you ever been faced with a life-changing moment? If you have the interest and the time to share, please do so.

I applaud your courage.

Finding Quinn’s Book Description

Finding Quinn by Jodie EschA military widow’s journey.

A wildfire fighter obsessed with working in danger zones.

Two different worlds.

Do they have the courage to face the future together?

“We regret to inform you …” They’re the words every military spouse dreads.
Kelsey Malone mourns the tragic loss of husband while balancing work and two kids on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. She struggles to accept the loss of her soul mate and embarks on a journey of picking up the pieces. Accepting her new reality is a challenge.

Quinn Cooper is a wildfire fighter addicted to risk and adventure. He adopts a transient life style searching for the next big thrill and adrenalin rush. But he has to examine his choices when he meets a woman who needs his support. He’s not expecting to find a woman who makes him reflect on his decisions. Is he prepared for the new chapter that lies just around the corner?

Courageous Firefighters

Finding Quinn by Jodie Esch Sometimes I wonder if North America will burn to a crisp. Every summer wildfires consume property, businesses, livestock, and homes. Residents are displaced. Often there is nothing left except for charred ruins.

We get accustomed to this scenario. Each year I follow this news with dread.

What kind of person  signs up for wildfire fighting knowing that this job is dangerous and exhausting? In my research I was impressed with the dedication, skill and strength required to survive this occupation.

And yet, sometimes the men and women who tackle this job aren’t lucky. They perish in horrific circumstances in spite of their training.

I pondered this idea and began my second, contemporary romance novel, Finding Quinn.  This story features a risk-taking adrenalin junkie, Quinn Cooper. He’s obsessed with working on the fire line. His true love.  I wanted to capture the sense of community and brotherhood that exists in this lifestyle.

Finding Quinn is available on Amazon.

Finding Quinn – Book Description

A military widow’s journey.

A wildfire fighter obsessed with working in danger zones.

Two different worlds.

Do they have the courage to face the future together?

“We regret to inform you …” They’re the words every military spouse dreads.

Kelsey Malone mourns the tragic loss of husband while balancing work and two kids on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. She struggles to accept the loss of her soul mate and embarks on a journey of picking up the pieces. Accepting her new reality is a challenge.

Quinn Cooper is a wildfire fighter addicted to risk and adventure. He adopts a transient life style searching for the next big thrill and adrenalin rush. But he has to examine his choices when he meets a woman who needs his support. He’s not expecting to find a woman who makes him reflect on his decisions. Is he prepared for the new chapter that lies just around the corner?

Amazon buy link: http://bit.ly/FindingQ

 


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