Tell us about yourself.
I’m thirty-nine years old, and I have a ten year old daughter. I own the Lazy J Guest Ranch.
What else can you tell us?
What more do you need to know? Those are the basic facts.
How about some of the less-basic facts, maybe a few details?
All right, fine, but I don’t think the details are particularly interesting. I’ve lived here in Paradise, North Dakota most of my life, except for a few years when I worked in Texas. I’ve been divorced ten years. Like I said, my daughter is ten. Her name is Leslie and she’s the light of my life. She has Down syndrome.
Interesting. You were divorced at the same time your daughter was born. I have a feeling there’s a story there.
The only story is that Leslie’s mother didn’t want her. She wanted a perfect child, but there’s no such thing as perfect. She made me choose – Leslie or her. I chose Leslie. And I’ve never regretted my decision for a second in the last ten years.
Tell me about Bridget Grant.
Bridget is great. She’s smart and hard-working, and she’s a great mom. I’m glad to see her again, but she doesn’t plan on staying in Paradise past the end of the school year, so there’s no point starting anything serious.
Do you want her to stay?
There’s no point wanting or wishing because her plans don’t include living the rest of her life in Paradise and mine do.
But if she decided to stay in Paradise, would you want a permanent relationship?
But she’s not staying.
But if she was?
I don’t know. We have a lot of things we don’t agree on.
Like my daughter. Bridget doesn’t agree with how I’m raising her. She thinks I coddle her, that she doesn’t know how to do things for herself. I think she’s wrong. Leslie is simply not able to do everything for herself. She needs my help. I can’t just leave her to fend for herself. Bridget doesn’t understand what it’s like to raise a kid with special needs.
Are you still in love with Bridget?
(Hesitates) I can’t answer that.
You can’t answer that, or you won’t?
You can interpret it any way you want to. (Gets to his feet) Are we done?
Just one more question. If Bridget told you tomorrow that she loved you, what would you do?
(Runs hand through his hair) I don’t know. Bridget told me she loved me once before, twenty years ago, and then she left. This time there’s more at stake. Our daughters are part of the equation this time. How can we risk hurting them?
(Puts on his jacket) I’ve got to go.
Thanks for talking to us.
You’re welcome. (Pauses) Are you going to tell Bridget what I said?
I guess you’re just going to have to wait to find out. See you around, Jack.
(Glares) Right. See you around.
Jana here. Thanks for joining Jack and me for our little interview. I’m beyond excited about the release of FIRST AND AGAIN by Carina Press. I hope you follow along on my blog tour the next couple of weeks. You’ll find a schedule on my blog. It’s been great talking to you!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: October 7, 2013
Word Count: 87,000 words
Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.
She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind—including her first love, Jack Davison.
Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town—and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever—Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.
But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved, both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at:
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