Coffee or tea lover?
Tea! Earl Grey, Orange Spice, Darjeeling, Lapsang Souchon, English Breakfast…and on and on. With cream and sugar, please.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
I have a “world exploration” plan, so we’ll see if I can make it happen. Once both of my kids go off to college, I hope to start. If possible, I’d like to rent a flat in London for six weeks and, from there, take short trips to places like the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, etc. Then the next year, rent a place in Australia for several weeks and take shorter trips from that base (New Zealand, the South Pacific islands, etc.). And lastly, rent a villa in Italy and then explore Greece and Southern France and Spain, too. Naturally, there are some obstacles standing between my dream plan and me. The most material problem is my husband’s job! We’re too young to retire, but unlike me, he can’t work from anywhere. I’ve got some time to think up solutions, though. Wish me luck.
Do you have pets?
We had a fish named Buster, but no furry pets (allergies). I’ve never had a real pet because my mom is afraid of most animals and didn’t want the work of caring for a dog.
When I wake up every morning I… sing I can’t sing well, but usually an odd song pops into my head when I wake (anything from an old Cyndi Lauper tune to Sesame Street’s “Rubber Ducky”). I’ll sing the refrain aloud while making my tea and fixing breakfast for my kids. I’m a morning person, which unfortunately annoys everyone else in my household.
Weirdest or unique thing you own:
Well, I suppose the full Native American headdress that I have as a decoration is the most unique thing we own. I’ve always been fascinated by Native Americans. Sometimes, if I make room for the idea of past lives, I wonder if I might’ve been one because that art and music calls to me.
Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
Another tough one because I am a jack of many trades, but a master of none! My father was a huge proponent of the idea that “life is short so try everything once.” In my life, I’ve taken instruction in piano and guitar, ballet and tap, figure skating, skiing, rock climbing, motorcycling, tennis, horse riding/jumping, painting, and photography. Basically, the only thing that I’m really good at today is skiing. I’m thinking of getting back around to the piano, because it is just sitting there in my living room waiting to be played (and I love music).
What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
I love to base my stories around a theme and then use the various characters to play with opposing points of view. I guess I hope that, while readers will ultimately side with one character, they will at least consider the validity of some of the opposing point of view. I think that is the single most important thing we can all do in our lives to resolve conflict, and today, more than ever before, I think it is something we need to do to heal the divide in our culture. I have a very definite sense of justice and fairness, and yet I also can understand how people who’ve had a different life experience from mine would see something differently from me. I try hard to listen and consider those arguments before forming a final opinion.
Meet Jamie Beck
JAMIE BECK is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll author, her books have been translated in multiple languages and received favorable reviews from major trade journals. In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can learn more about her on the web (www.jamiebeck.com), including exploring a fun extras page with Pinterest boards and playlists to accompany her books. She also loves interacting with everyone on Facebook
By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.
But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully he never will.
When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.
Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?
U.S. Only, Winner’s choice of either book. Giveaway ends 3/15/17
I hope you sign up to receive my newsletters at the top right corner of this post at Never Miss a Post! If it says You are following this blog, then you are good to go!
*Please note that some cover images and text links connect to a Lorelei’s Lit Lair affiliate portal. Thank you so much for your support. It’s greatly appreciated!
Any comments or questions for Jamie?