Hi all! Fixation Friday is here again. Today we have romantic suspense with a dark side for you. Author Jane Blythe surprises everyone with her passions outside the playground. Read on to learn about her contradictory double life!
And don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY to win signed paperbacks of the first two books in her Count to Ten series!
When I was a kid, around eleven, I realised that I really enjoyed working with children and that that was what I wanted to do when I grew up, at the time eleven felt super mature in comparison to the babies and toddlers of family friends that I loved to play with and look after. All through high school I knew what I was going to study at university, as soon as I graduated I went to study for my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, upon completion I went to work at a private school as a kindergarten and primary school teacher. So, naturally when people find out that I'm a writer they automatically assume that I write children's books.Wrong!While at my day job as an emergency teacher in preschools I spend my time drawing pictures, playing with play dough, building with blocks, pushing swings, and dealing with all the issues little people think are important, as soon as I get home and get my computer out my world gets a lot darker! Then I inhabit a world full of "damaged characters" with "tortured personalities" who all have a "warped history". My stories are full of "darkness"and "heartbreaking moments", and at times can be "gruesome", "intense", "brutal" and "gut-wrenching", while also being mixed with "powerful glimpses of humanity". I weave tales full of serial killers committing violent crimes which leave their victims' family and friends attempting to deal with the emotional fallout, of detectives struggling to put the clues together to solve the crimes before more people die, of fledgling relationships sprouting up in the midst of heartbreak and turmoil. Crime, mystery, suspense and thrills, all mixed with romance is not the kind of book that people who know me expect me to write, and when they find out that that is indeed what I write I always get the strangest of looks and comments of, 'Really, you write crime? You?'.So that's me - happy, energetic, calm teacher of preschoolers by day, and creator of macabre, violent romantic suspense by night!
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Jane!
And now, more about the book.
Before the sun rises, another will fall.
When Brooke Mariano is found murdered on the grounds of the powerful Everette family’s estate, it looks at first as though she may have been killed in order to keep the paternity of her unborn child a secret.However, when another member of the Everette family turns up dead each night, it quickly becomes a race against time as Detective Ryan Xander and his partner try to discover which member of the family is the killer before the entire clan wind up dead.Ryan’s only inroad to the secretive family is Sofia Everette. Shunned by her father for her refusals to obey him, and battling a mysterious illness, Sofia’s childhood dreams may be the key to saving her life and stopping the killer from exterminating the entire Everette family.
Finally, alone, they sat side by side on her couch. Sofia took Ryan’s hand and entwined their fingers.“Sofia,” he began, watching her hesitantly, “I'm not good at knowing what to say. If you’re looking for a guy who’s always going to say and do the right thing, then . . .” he trailed off.She frowned slightly. “Why would I need someone who always says and does the right thing?” she asked.“Because . . .” Ryan stammered, “because you’re sick, and with everything going on with your family, fragile and . . .”Sofia let out a frustrated breath, she was so tired of everyone treating her like she was helpless.“See,” Ryan looked devastated. “I always say the wrong thing. I always make things worse. I just meant, you're vulnerable right now and I don’t want to make things worse.”Growling irritably, she stood and paced.“I’m sorry,” Ryan was watching her helplessly.Sofia would have been more annoyed had it not been for the panicked regret on Ryan’s face. She took a calming breath, “No, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to lose my temper. I’m just so tired of being sick, of everyone being so careful around me and treating me like I can’t do things for myself anymore, because . . .” she trailed off.“Because you can’t?” Ryan finished gently.“Yeah,” she sighed. “I just hate how being sick has changed my life. My father wants to use it as an excuse to get me under his thumb. Take advantage of the fact that I’m...” weak, she’d been going to say, but couldn’t make the word come out of her mouth, even if it was true. “Not as strong as I used to be,” she finished instead.“I’m sorry, Sofia,” Ryan said again. His hands balled into fists, his face a mixture of concern and guilt.She was scared that what she was about to say was true. “You’re afraid of me. Afraid you’ll hurt me, afraid I’ll break, afraid I’ll die,” she finished, watching him closely to gauge his reaction.“Well, there is a serial killer after you,” he joked weakly.“Don’t,” she warned, annoyed again. “I’m serious.”“I’m sorry, Sofia,” again he looked devastated that he’d said the wrong thing. She wondered what could make this gorgeous, kind, thoughtful guy so self-conscious.“Stop apologizing to me,” she glared. “I might die, Ryan,” she’d thought a lot about that the last few months. “You're going to find whoever is killing my family, but the doctors might never find out what’s wrong with me. If you can’t deal with that, then you shouldn’t get involved with me. Can you deal with it?”“No.”She staggered back as though he’d slapped her. It was fair enough. He had every right not to get involved with her just to watch her die. But it still hurt.He wrung his hands together. “That didn’t come out right,” Ryan looked distressed, like he wanted to come and hold her in his arms but was afraid of upsetting her again. “I meant just like you believe that I’m going to find this killer, I believe that the doctors are going to find out what's wrong with you.”Letting out a breath she hadn't known she was holding, Ryan’s confidence brought hope to her own heart. Impulsively, she crossed back to the couch and pressed her lips against his, kissing him deeply. “I don’t want you to ever be afraid of me, Ryan,” she told him seriously when she finally pulled away.
Read the series from the start with the first book, ONE.
Annabelle Englewood slaughters her family while they sleep.
Or so it seems to Detective Xavier Montague when he and his partner arrive at her house to find her sleeping peacefully—her family all dead.But then another family and another are murdered, again with one family member left alive, and it becomes clear that Annabelle is simply a pawn in a vicious killer’s game.Intrigued by Annabelle, the first woman Xavier has been attracted to since his divorce, when he comes face to face with the killer, he will be forced to make the ultimate choice, a life and death decision, that could let a psychotic murderer walk free.
Jane is giving away a signed paperback of One & Two to one lucky winner!
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That's how Jane feels about writing and approaches every new book with the attitude that she would write it even if she were the only person to ever read it, so that other people read and enjoy her books is an amazing bonus! Her books are mystery and suspense mixed with romance, and are often quite dark, examining the struggles of traumatic experiences and the impact that it plays on the lives of her characters.
While writing it Jane's passion, she also loves to read, bake (especially anything chocolatey!), swim at the beach, play in the snow, horse ride, play with her two beautiful Dalmatians, and is working towards her black belt in Taekwondo.