Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Welcome Jacqueline, my fellow Passionate Cook and best-selling author !

Jacqueline discovered the world of romance novels when she read the likes of Kathleen Woodiwiss, Penelope Neri, Johanna Lindsey and June Lund Shiplett’s Journey to Yesterday and Return to Yesterday—two of her favorites. So she started writing romances in the mid to late 1980s when she was first in the military and then continued when she got out of the Navy by becoming a member of SIC Romance Writers of America, and started the Aloha Chapter of RWA in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1989.

Jacqueline’s research into her family history sparked her current WIP of a time travel historical cowboy romance where her heroine may get to meet Jacqueline’s US Deputy Marshall ancestors from the Indian Territory. She loves photography, traveling, scrapbooking, her grandkids and country music, where she finds inspiration to write heroes who look like Alan Jackson.

Jacqueline was born in Oklahoma and has lived in New Mexico, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, California, Florida, Connecticut, Hawaii and Iceland, and traveled to London, England; some of these places she has lived while stationed there in the US Navy from 1981-1988. Jacqueline hopes her love of travel and meeting new people shows in the details in the books she likes to write. She currently lives in Idaho in her sister’s house taking care of their mother while her husband works in the oil fields in North Dakota; this living arrangement has given her the opportunity to write full time. So many ideas, so little time!

Sharon: Tell me about the recipe you chose for the Passionate Cooks cookbook.

Jacqueline: It's called Wilderness Chili. Mom’s chili was what we ate on our snowmobile rides all over kingdom come of Idaho and it was very tasty and warmed you right up. If she put a lot of Cayenne pepper in it, you couldn’t each too much. If there were other families riding with us and they ate the chili, someone would always ask, “Why doesn’t the chili have beans in it?”

My mother would reply, “Because true chili doesn’t have beans in it and we like it this way.”

So Lyn, my heroine, made the chili for every guiding trip she was on and it always elicited an argument from one of the men about the lack of beans in it, and this trip with Nic was no different in Wilderness Heart.

I hope you enjoy the Wilderness Chili as well as reading about Lyn and Nic’s little conflicts, and the overall book as I did writing it.

Sharon: It sounds wonderful. Tell us about your latest book release, Wilderness Heart.

Jacqueline: Lyn Taylor loves her job as an Idaho wilderness hunting guide, but her world is complicated. It is a man's job in a man's world where she must constantly prove she is very capable and qualified to guide men on their hunts. On top of her father barely engaging in life since the death of Lyn's mother, Lyn has second thoughts about marrying and having a man in her life.
But that was before she met Nic Randall, a lumber man, who comes from Montana to find timber to be bid on and milled. He is convinced she can't handle the job as their guide because she is a woman and she is, of course, insulted. Nevertheless, neither has much choice and are forced to spend day and night together for the seven day hunt. Lyn is not happy -- just how much is a confident, independent woman suppose to put up with?

Sharon: Thank you. You can contact Jacqueline here:

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