AUSSIE MONTH with Jacquie Underdown
AUSSIE MONTH with Jacquie Underdown
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about Pieces of Me:
Pieces of Me is a sexy, sassy, and deeply emotional story set in the fictional coastal town of Mercy Island. The story is a tribute to the strength of will women and children have to survive, heal, and emotionally grow after experiencing horrendous adversity.
What inspired this novel?
The setting was inspired by the small coastal town of Tannum Sands (Central Queensland) where I spent my childhood playing on the beach in the sun. The story was inspired by the ever-increasing reports of domestic violence in Australia, particularly Rosie Batty’s sad personal story.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading K.M Golland’s Discovering Stella, and listening to Rachel Johns’ The Patterson Girls on audiobook.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I still haven’t written a bucket list in the real world. But a bucket list is prominent in Pieces of Me and leads the main character to experience life outside of the box. But a big goal of mine, and would definitely make an appearance on a bucket list, would be seeing one of my stories in print and on the shelves in bookstores.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Our picturesque landscapes and beaches. Our laidback nature. And the relatively safe society we are lucky enough to live in.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That you can find any topic, heavy or shallow, between the pages of a romance book.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I’ve recently completed a rural/pop-culture romance called Getting Down and Dirty, which is currently under consideration. And I’m currently writing a small town trilogy featuring one family vineyard, three brothers and the strong women who love them.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
My big achievements in 2015 were finishing my Master of Letters, releasing three romance titles, and writing another story.
Pieces of Me
A story about starting fresh, letting go, and risking it all for love…
For Hannah, Mercy Island is a refuge, a new beginning, and a place to settle in the hopes of finding safety in her own skin. This peaceful beachside town is where she intends to rediscover all those pieces of herself her abusive ex thieved away.
Bear, on the other hand, has lived on Mercy Island all his life, but he can’t wait to see the back of it. He’s heading to the big-smoke to escape the painful memories he has of this town.
When Hannah’s home is damaged by an ugly storm, Bear, a handyman in more ways than one, champions himself to repair it. Their attraction is undeniable. Hannah isn’t ready for another relationship though, and Bear will soon be leaving. But the unquenchable sexual tension between them refuses to be ignored, and a no-strings-attached one-night-stand deal is made. No emotions. Just sex. That way no one will get hurt.
Fools to believe no-strings-attached could ever work, especially when their emotions prove to run much deeper than physical attraction.
Can Bear forgo all his plans and stay in Mercy Island for a chance at a relationship with Hannah? And will Hannah be able to leave the past behind and risk her heart for something as unpredictable as love?
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