By: Jacki Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Multicultural Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2019
Publisher: Intrigue Publishing
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The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be perfect. She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything less. All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season and she will get that promotion she has been working so hard for. Avery Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors – has been hired to work with her as legal counsel for the company. From the moment they are forced to work together, tensions are high and expectations are low. He questions her ability, she questions his intentions. After Macy is suspected in an accounting shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence. Has she once again been deceived by a man she thought she could trust? Can she clear her name and win her job back? And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.
Every book must have conflict, if it doesn’t then there is no story. So, it is not unusual for the characters in a romance to start at opposite ends of an issue. Sometimes they want opposite goals, or what might motivate them is different and sometimes there are outside forces that are driving them apart. There must be some tension between the hero and heroine, even if it’s sexual tension.
Of course, this is very much like real life, but in fiction the stronger the obstacle that’s keeping them apart the more interesting the story. I want the reader to wonder, how are they going to overcome this mountain. I want the reader rooting for the characters to get together. Seldom do two people see eye-to-eye on everything. If they do, that makes for a boring relationship. What would push them to make-up sex?
But just because you have the characters at odds on the page doesn’t mean they can’t be attracted to each other. As my characters learn and grow and evolve, they become more compatible. The attributes that attracted them to each other become more important than the obstacle that stood in their path. They realize life is better when they’re together and have united to tackle the obstacle
“Connie, I need your help,” she said. “Can you run monthly balances on my account, starting with January?”
“You want everything? That’s a lot.”
“Yeah. How soon can you get it to me?”
“Give me a day or two.”
“Connie, one more thing. I’m seeing a lot of new accounts. Several that I don’t recognize. I know we’re going after market share, but I didn’t expect this many. If I send you a list of the names, what information can you provide on them?”
“Well, I can tell you when the account was set up, by who, and purchasing activity. What else would you need?”
“That’s a good start. Thanks.”
Macy ended the call, but the nagging didn’t subside.
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Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.
Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold and the summers are warm. But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands of Miami Beach in February. Her lovable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long periods behind the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing heroes and heroines. Romance makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.
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