Jean Brashear would rather read a good book than eat. (Unless we're talking chocolate, in which case her question would be "Why do I need to choose just one?") Her children grew up knowing the difference between the "Mm-huh" nod that meant she was still deep in the story and being the clear focus of actual attention. They grew adept at an early age at snapping fingers and developing just the right tone to say "Mom?"�-- edgy enough to suggest possible admonition without generating a full-blown dash for 911.
But she'd never seriously considered that she could write a book until her last child was in high school. With no training or experience past high school English, it was quite a leap to assume she could�-- but from the very first effort, rough as it was, Jean received encouragement about her raw talent. She made the bold statement to her family and friends that she wouldn't allow herself to give up for at least five years�-- but she admits that when she said it, she was certain five weeks was ample time, or five months at most, to sell a book...did she ever have a surprise in store as she learned about the publishing business!
But she kept to her word (as much as anything out of fear of so much crow to eat if she wimped out); she wrote and wrote, submitted and submitted, endured the rejections so familiar to most writers�-- but just over two years later, she sold her first book.
She's been finalist for and won numerous awards, and she often kicks herself that she waited so long to figure out what to be when she grew up�-- but all in all, she's just happy to have found her way, late-bloomer or not. She figures she's a living example that it's never toolate to do something crazy.
She treasures hearing from her readers. Contact her via her web site at: www.jeanbrashear.com.
The Man She Once Knew (Harlequin Super Romance #1595)by Jean Brashear
It's been years since Callie Hunter shook the dust of this town from her shoes. Now she belongs in Oak Hollow no more than her stilettos do. Yet here she is—back to settle her aunt's estate. Nothing has changed…except for David Langley. The golden boy who captured her heart seems absent from the tough guy who wants nothing to do with her. Fine. Good.
It's been years since Callie Hunter shook the dust of this town from her shoes. Now she belongs in Oak Hollow no more than her stilettos do. Yet here she is—back to settle her aunt's estate. Nothing has changed…except for David Langley. The golden boy who captured her heart seems absent from the tough guy who wants nothing to do with her. Fine. Good. She has a duty to do, then she's gone.
Except that David has more than his fair share of legal troubles. That hint of need about him draws her in as though they parted only yesterday. She's got the legal talent to clear his name. And she just might have the heart to save him.
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