MY SECOND DRIFTER SERIES NOVELLA HAS BEEN RELEASED Jackie Taylor Zortman

The second novella in my Drifters Series, JAKE-Winds of Change was recently released on Amazon.com. The first was called JAKE-Whiskey, Water & Wildfire and was enthusiastically received by my readers. Both novellas are eBooks and when the third is published, it will be a large trade paperback containing all three books in the series, also available as an eBook.

Jake is a wildland firefighter with a Harley who stays in top physical shape for his profession and is blessed with the kind of good looks that make women yearn to be his lover and men envious, being what is known as a “man’s man”.  He’s a drifter who travels until some town mentally signals him that he should stop and stay awhile. A pending disaster is usually the reason he is needed. Once the need is fulfilled, he rides again until another town flags him down. He once left a heartbroken woman in his wake and their relationship haunts him, having always been single and dedicated to remaining that way forever.

A ski trip to Telluride inspires him to remain in southwestern Colorado. He fails to find a job as a firefighter, so takes the Colorado law enforcement exam and becomes a police officer. He lands a job with the small Sierra, Colorado PD and is hired as their Fire Investigator.

Renting one of only two apartments in the historic Wander Inn, his neighbor in the other apartment is a gorgeous single woman named Kioni and they develop a sizzling, mutually agreeable no-strings-attached romance. Jake’s first friend in Sierra was Kioni’s mother, Yvette, a strangely mystical and magnetic older woman who works part-time in the local bookstore.

On a three-day road trip with Kioni, Jake unexpectedly manages to gather the loose ends of a case that has been his focus since the first moment he noticed the strange person of interest’s suspicious activities in Sierra. Unexpected twists and turns lead the case back to the Sierra PD and reveal shocking ties to the department’s detective.

Jake has a tremendous secret that is eventually revealed in each novella. Find out what his secret is at www.amazon.com/dp/B07WZVMWJH/.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jackie lives in a bustling Colorado mountain tourist town with her husband and Siamese cat. When the deep snows blanket the terrain outside her windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write. She’s an avid reader and loves being outdoors. She’s had numerous short stories and articles published for twenty-six years and is the author of a non-fiction book called We Are Different Now-A Grandparent’s Journey With Grief, two award-winning fiction novels featuring homicide detective Max Richards called Footprints in the Frost and Snow Angel and the first two of three Drifter novellas – JAKE-Whiskey, Water & Wildfire and JAKE-Winds of Change. In addition, she is a contributing author to the anthologies, Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides, American Blue, Recipes by the Book:  Oak Tree Authors Cook; Echoes From the Silence; Dusting Off Dreams and The Centennial Book of the National Society of Daughter of the Union 1861-1865. She is a Charter Member of The Public Safety Writers Association and a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She has won ten writing awards in the last six years.

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Spy Dreams or How I Took an Unexpected Trip by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

When fiction spills over into the everyday, it’s time to pull back, don’t you think?

 

It happened to me. The end result could’ve been traumatic, like a broken bone or a concussion. It wasn’t, but it could’ve been. I’ve decided to focus my attention in a different direction for a while. It’ll be healthier.

 

Recently, I’ve been focusing intensely on refining and editing the manuscript of my third paranormal suspense novel. It’s a WWII spy story wherein the U.S. government recruits psychics to locate Nazi spies, and I identified with the story. I worked longer hours than normal and pushed past my tolerance level. The end result was that, by the end of a workday, I got exhausted to the point of not being able to do another thing. Totally out of it. Consequently, some of the exercises and the normally varied work I do each week for lifestyle balance went by the wayside. Result? Lack of balance.

 

I’m paying for it now. I’m finding it hard to relax. It’s taking longer than usual.

 

I had a wake-up call.

 

Just before dawn the other day I engaged in a powerful dream. As the dream developed, I found myself chased by a spy and engaging in personal defense of a kickboxing nature. Even in my dream, I wasn’t very good at it and the spy was winning. I got more passionate about my defense and brought the dreamed defense into real life. My leg kicked out, hit the dresser and, the next thing I knew, I was falling to the floor.

 

From deep sleep to the rude awakening of falling out of bed and landing on a hardwood floor is not the way I like to start my day. Fortunately, I must’ve been loose enough from sleep because I didn’t hurt myself—other than some bruising and my leg hurting from ramming against the dresser.

 

As you can imagine, I’ve adjusted my exercise regimen and my work habits so my dreams are nonviolent. I’m going swimming. I’ll do some gardening and get my bike out. I’ve learned my lesson. Moderation. No spy dreams from now on.

 

What about you? Have you had reality spill into your dreams? Did the dream come back and affect you in life? Tell me about it.

 

DESCRIPTION

During WWII, the US government recruits psychics to find Nazi spies on the East Coast.

 

Opening herself to ridicule by revealing she’s clairvoyant is the last thing U.S. WAVES Lieutenant Livvy Delacourt wants, but when Uncle Sam needs her psychic skill to track down Nazi spies, she jumps in with both feet.

 

Expect Trouble released in print and e-book formats and as an audiobook from Audible, Hoopla, Overdrive, and other audiobook distributors and clubs.

 

It was Runner-up for the Shelf Unbound Award and a Semifinalist for the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Award.

 

 

 

AUTHOR BIO

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth experienced WWII food rationing, Victory Gardens, and blackout sirens as a child. She lived in Philadelphia during the ’50s and she attended the Berkeley Psychic Institute in the late ’70s. These experiences bring authenticity to her historical paranormal suspense series.

 

She is the author of six published novels. She earned a B.A. from UC-Berkeley, an M.A.T. from Fairleigh Dickenson University, and M.B.A. studies from Pepperdine University. Ainsworth lives in northern California.

 

To learn more about this award-winning author, visit www.joannsmithainsworth.com.

 

 

 

LINKS:

For more, visit:  http://www.joannsmithainsworth.com.

Twitter @JoAnnAinsworth

Facebook:  JoAnn Smith Ainsworth Fan Page (https://www.facebook.com/JoAnnSmithAinsworthAuthor?ref=hl) and Profile Page.

Goodreads Blog:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1366481.JoAnn_Smith_Ainsworth/blog?format=rss

 

Contact her at JoAnnSmithAinsworth@gmail.com.

 

BUY LINKS:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/Zgbls6

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/HMX2KH

Books a Million (BAM) –   http://www.booksamillion.com/search?id=6000031779635&query=joann+smith+ainsworth&where=Books&search.x=22&search.y=8or http://tinyurl.com/ld8czbf

 

…and at an independent bookstore near you – http://www.indiebound.org/indie-bookstore-finder

 

 

 

 

Reviews of Expect Trouble: (286 words)

 

It’s 1943 and Lieutenant Olivia Delacourt is assigned her first really important mission. She is anxious to show the powers-that-be just how efficient she is. Olivia’s first surprise comes when she finds out who her commanding officer will be. Barrington Drew III is someone Olivia’s known since high school. As they set up their offices and welcome staff, she wonders what this mission will entail. The entire staff is in for a huge surprise.

I am elated about this book. Well written, plotted well AND history? It’s a sure fire winner. The characters are well defined and three dimensional. Ms. Ainsworth tells this story in an easy manner and keeps you asking for more. I found myself rooting for Olivia and her team. Imagine if this were a true story. It would add another layer to World War II. I enjoyed the setting and getting acquainted with the characters. I am ready for more of Ms. Ainsworth’s work!

 

Melanie Adkins, Book Reviewer

 

 

 

 

ManicReaders Review:  Despite its minor issues, the book’s twists and turns, not to mention the surprise ending, will keep you turning pages. …. Expect Trouble definitely gives the reader an authentic flavor of the WWII era on the home front, including the pace of life when the world wasn’t accessible via a computer keyboard and telephones were connected by switchboard operators. ……… Merrylee, Reviewer

 

 

If you like the British series The Bletchley Circle, you will enjoy this book! ………….. Patricia Simpson, Award Winning Author

 

 

Affair de Coeur Review Magazine:  This talented author strategically and skillfully takes the reader on a trip that will stay with them for a very long time. What a treasure! ……… Lauren Calder, Reviewer