I’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Farrell, a lady in her fifities who lives in the Northwest of England with her husband and two sons, aged 19 and 14. Jacqueline is a teacher of French and English. She’s been been writing since her early twenties and has published two historical romances and co-authored a Jane Austen sequel.
She has enjoyed a variety of jobs including nursing, working as a Customs and Excise Officer, nanny, au pair, and spent a summer in the USA working as a waitress, a year abroad travelling with her beloved to SE Asia and Australia.
Like many of us, Jacqueline is not afraid of challenges and has been SCUBA diving with sharks; “only tiny little ones, but scary enough”. Climbed Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). She has even managed to get to Myanmar (Burma) when it was still closed and took the road to Mandalay!
I met Jacqueline via this blog and when she told me about her latest release, I thought I’d share it with you. She wrote it a couple of years ago because although she enjoys reading paranormals, at 51 she was getting too old to be able to identify with the gorgeous, pert young teen/twenty-something heroines. (Don’t we know that feeling?) She also get a bit fed up with the vampires who, in her opinion, tend to be a bit po-faced. The result was Sophronia who is a witch and an unashamed ‘crone’ and her vampire acquaintance Hagen, who as 2000 years old views life with mild amusement.
I think her latest release from The Wild Rose Press will appeal to many of us and I for one, have my copy.
Fifty, English and a professional crone, Sophronia is minding her own business touring America when she is forced to spend the night at a run-down motel on the Californian coast. She’s not expecting much – if the bed’s clean and the toilet flushes she’ll count herself lucky. But unfortunately the motel owner is a juvenile witch unaware of her heritage and in dire need of help. And then the vampires turn up…
After narrowly avoiding running over a young vampire in Northern California, Sophronia Sheridan seeks refuge for the night in a nearby motel. It is owned by Charlie Byrne, a juvenile witch, who is in love with the vampire Sophronia nearly knocked down. It’s the classic love story that Sophronia would normally run a mile from except that she’s a witch too, more mature than Charlie and therefore much more attractive to the local head vampire who traps her so he can use her powers to pursue his own ambitions. As Sophronia wrestles with her conscience – should she try to help Charlie avoid becoming a toy for the local bloodsuckers or just weasel out like the coward she really wants to be? – she becomes embroiled in a struggle for territory and power between different rival factions in the local undead community. And when she’s fighting her own fatal fascination with vampires as well she knows the whole situation can only end in tears.
Find out more about Jacqueline at her website – www.jacquelinefarrell.co.uk
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