A Second Chance at Love, part 1


Talking second chance love over at the Escape Publishing Blog

The Escapades

by Juanita Kees

What if your first love isn’t the one for you? What if there is someone else out there who is your true soul mate?

Many of us remember the rush of our first love, The One with whom we dreamed of having the fairy-tale wedding, building our house complete with the white picket fence, having the perfect pigeon pair—a boy and a girl—and living happily ever after. Then reality checks in and life doesn’t go the way we’d planned it, and suddenly we find ourselves alone again.

Everyone deserves a second chance at love, which is why I love writing this trope. I have the power to give my characters the second chance they desire in a relationship with a guaranteed Happy Ever After. The challenge in writing it comes from finding ways to put a fresh spin on the ways second chances come about. There are…

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Happy Days!


There’s something sweet about holding a paperback in your hands, even more so when it’s your own hard work. As much as I love my Kindle, there is no competition for the feel and smell of the real deal. Today, so many happy memories were made (except for the air conditioning saga – that’s a story for another day).

First, I woke up to fabulous news from fellow Bindarra Bestseller_cropCreek Romance author, Kerrie Paterson that Home to Bindarra Creek had hit the number 1 spot in Westerns! At one stage we were side by side, but welcomed in new contender at number 2.

10_11_12Then came more great news. Our Dirty Drafters critique group comprised of myself, Jennie Jones and Lily Malone, lined up in a row and paid tribute to good old-fashioned teamwork! We played tag, swapping positions a few times during the day. I couldn’t possibly think of a better sandwich to be in (unless it’s all 13 Bindarra Creek Romances in a row!)

12295484_10208150442224278_4578512998218395724_nLast but not least, my proof copies arrived early and I could feel and smell my book in print. Mums will recognise the expression of pure bliss on their baby’s face when they clutch their favourite blanket or suck that flavoured dummy. Yep, that was me today, sniffing away with a look of bliss on my face at the exotic perfume of fresh ink and newly trimmed paper.

Could life get any better? (Well, with the exception of a working air conditioner in the expected 38 degree celsius heat?) Oh hell no! Fly, Dan and Alice, fly.

Oh and yeah, I almost forgot! If you like, you can read my latest newsletter here.

 

 

 

Meet Juanita Kees


I’m talking a day in the office and A Bindarra Creek Romance on Wordmothers today. Can you tell I’m excited about the upcoming release of Home to Bindarra Creek?

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Interview by Nicole Melanson ~

Interview with writer Juanita Kees by Nicole Melanson - photo by Katrina Wall

Juanita Kees graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi, with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta, from Eternal Press.

Under the Hood (Book 1 in the Tag Raiders series) followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin’s digital pioneer, Escape Publishing.

In 2014 Juanita was nominated for the Lynne Wilding Award (Romance Writers of Australia), and was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year and the Australian Romance Readers Awards.

She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in.

Juanita’s website

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Twitter: @juanitakees

Writer Juanita Kees Book Cover - Under the Hood Under the Hood by Juanita Kees

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28 Days and Counting


I checked the countdown on my website today and realized there are only 28 days to go to the release of my self-published small town romance, Home to Bindarra Creek, book 6 in A Bindarra Creek Romance.

It’s panic stations here at Dirty Draft headquarters where I’m obsessively checking formatting, spelling, grammar and punctuation across all platforms. I’m driving myself crazy wondering if I’ve missed something despite the army of critique partners, beta readers and editors I’ve had on it. Have I caught all the commas? Have I eradicated gaps in the wrong places or quotation marks that might be out of place? All this and I still have to put it through the Smashwords meatgrinder, quite possibly the most unforgiving publishing software known to man (and woman). But come release day, I know I’ll have done everything in my power to bring you a story I hope you’ll love.

Like my predecessors in this series, I have worked hard to create a town so real you’d like to live there, characters you’d love to have as neighbours and a story that will keep you reading from start to finish. Here’s a little taste of what to expect:

Alice grinned. She adored Edwina, Bindarra Creek’s self-proclaimed psychic and tarot reader. Former town constable Dodge’s wise grandmother saw too much, even without the help of her cards.

“So what do we have here then?” Edwina waved across to where Dan looked as if he was describing something to the two boys whose attention he commanded.

“Discipline 101 Molyneaux-style,” explained Maureen.

“Good looking boy you have there, Maureen. Makes me wish I was a few years younger. Came to have a sticky beak. He has a good aura, a healthy green.” Her glance slid to Alice. “A good match for a tan one.”

Alice rolled her eyes. “I hope you find him a good match then.”

“Good matches, my dear Alice, find each other as long as the shadows let them. Let the rainbows in, girl.”

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