Friday, June 7, 2024

My Book Retrospective Continues ~ Jean C. Gordon

My Retrospective continues with 2001. Each month, until I run out of years in which I had a published book, I'm sharing a retrospective of my books and tidbits about writing them here on my usual monthly blogging date.

My Second Sale

While I was writing my second Avalon Romance, Love Undercover, I called it my bowling alley book. The story has nothing to do with bowling. Rather, I wrote it long hand at bowling alleys. My son was in a travel bowling league and wasn't old enough to drive. So I wrote while he bowled all over the tri-county Capital District (Albany) area in addition to at our local bowling alley during Saturday morning regular league. 

Another Tidbit

I fashioned my heroine's father in the story after my dad. To keep the characterization in my mind, I used my dad's name, Herb, as the father's name. Before I submitted my finished manuscript, I did a Word search and replace to change the name to Kurt. And I caught them all.

The Hardcover Release

A few too many messy divorce cases and custody battles have convinced Tina Cannon to change her specialty from family law to financial planning and move her young daughter out of the city to a place that has the small-town values Tina grew up with. So the offer from her Uncle Jack to join his planning practice in Genesee, her hometown, couldn't have come at a better time. Tina is in for a few surprises, though, not the least of which is her perplexingly uncooperative and devastatingly attractive first client Devon O'Neil.

Devon has ties to Genesee too. But they aren't as pleasant as Tina's. This is where his grandmother died nearly penniless, bilked out of her hard-earned nest egg by an unscrupulous financial planner--Uncle Jack. Devon, a private investigator, devises a plan to expose Jack by posing as a lottery winner looking for financial guidance. Tina, however, is upsetting his plan. She's Jack's niece and in business with him, so she must be a crook, too, right? So, why does he seem so intent on proving her innocent instead of guilty?

With Tina's widowed father playing matchmaker in the background, she faces off with Devon in the securities fraud investigation that raises more than a few sparks and teaches them both that while appearances can be deceiving, love shines true.

The Paperback and eBook

I readily admit that I like the cover of the 2016 paperback and eBook release a lot better than the original hardcover one. Don't you?

All Versions

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