Jack: I appreciate the invitation! I’m used to being in the spotlight with the press, because of my position with the Florence Police Department, but I’ve never been asked for a one-on-one interview.
Devika: Jack, I’m curious to find out more about you. What do you do for a living?
Jack: Well, like I said, I work with the police. I’m a consultant with the FPD. Sometimes I get called to other counties for emergencies. I take on special cases, such as kidnappings and assaults, and assist the victims during rescues, and later on, as they try to make lives for themselves. PTSD isn’t just something that happens to soldiers.
Devika: Interesting. What about your family background?
Jack: Ah, I am from Portland. I came from a well-off background, you could say, but I distanced myself from my parents after the nightmare that happened when I was a kid.
Devika: I see. So how did you meet Caitlyn?
Jack: (Frowns.) Unfortunately, we met because Caitlyn was a victim. We found her in a cellar after her kidnappers got killed in a shootout. I’ve done my best to help her cope with everything.
Devika: Wow. That sure makes for an interesting story. How did you know she’s the one?
Jack: (His face lights up.) She’s amazing. The woman is brave, despite what she went through. She’s sweet and I love her laugh. She is also the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen (the audience can see a rare blush on his cheekbones). Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’s a good idea for us to get involved, but it’s clear we’re both interested.
Devika: Would you say there was a decisive moment in your life that made you who you are today?
Jack: (A muscles twitches in his jaw.) Yeah, being locked in a closet when you’re ten years old, having to beg for food and water, will change your life. I guess it made me who I am today; it gave me the courage to help others in the same situation.
Devika: Let’s talk about your dreams and goals in life.
Jack: I just want to help people. But, if you mean on a personal level, yeah, I know I’d like to work through my issues well enough so that I can have a full life. Be happy. Maybe get married and have kids at some point.
Devika: Okay. And what is your greatest fear?
Jack: (Rubs his chin.) My greatest fear is losing Caitlyn in any way. That’s why I’m so hesitant to get involved with her, and possibly mess things up.
Devika: Tell me, if you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?
Jack: I just want Caitlyn in my life. If that’s only as friends, I’ll deal with it. It might be hell on my libido, but I’ll manage.
Devika: I’d love to talk some more, but unfortunately our time is up. Thanks so much for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what adventures you’ll have in store for us in the future. *waves*
About the Book
Blurb for Directions of the Heart:
Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion...
In all of these amazing stories, there's one burning question...is love worth the risk?
Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?
Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous abyss of desire with the mysterious Rick, can she climb back out before it’s too late? Or does she even want to?
Struggling to run her family’s farm on her own, Sadie takes on a hired hand, Matt. As they grow closer, so does the danger. Someone wants her legacy. Can they combat this new threat, as well as the demons of the past, before Sadie loses everything, including her life?
A Touch of Dawn
Caitlyn thought she’d be in the dark forever. But with the light came Jack, the police consultant who found her. Can they take a journey of healing together, or will Caitlyn retreat into the darkness of her mind, where she lived for so long?
(CONTENT WARNING: With an abuse awareness theme in this collection, there may be triggers here for past trauma sufferers. However, HEAs are guaranteed.)
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About the Author
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.
Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender