In Pursuit of Perfection by Jacki Kelly released August 1 in the contemporary genre.
The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be perfect. She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything less. All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season and she will get that promotion she has been working so hard for. Avery Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors – has been hired to work with her as legal counsel for the company. From the moment they are forced to work together tensions are high and expectations are low. He questions her ability, she questions his intentions. After Macy is suspected in an accounting shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence. Has she once again been deceived by a man she thought she could trust? Can she clear her name and win her job back? And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.
Macy rubbed her forehead. Right now, wasn’t the time to fire Michelle and start interviewing for a new assistant. The world needed to stop spinning for just a few moments. Her job depended on finding that money. She picked up the phone and dialed accounting.
“Connie, I need your help,” she said. “Can you run monthly balances on my account, starting with January?”
“You want everything? That’s a lot.”
“Yeah. How soon can you get it to me?”
“Give me a day or two.”
“Connie, one more thing. I’m seeing a lot of new accounts. Several that I don’t recognize. I know we’re going after market share, but I didn’t expect this many. If I send you a list of the names, what information can you provide on them?”
“Well, I can tell you when the account was set up, by who, and purchasing activity. What else would you need?”
“That’s a good start. Thanks.”
Macy ended the call, but the nagging didn’t subside.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Men and women have always sought the promise that only love can offer. Jacki invites you into an intriguing world where romance abounds around every corner and down every street. You’ll be amazed at the crazy things we do and don’t do for the promise of love.
Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.
Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold and the summers are warm. But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands of Miami Beach in February. Her loveable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long periods behind the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing hero and heroines. Romance makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.
Hi Jacki, and thank you for being here today.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Yes, this book is special to me for several reasons. I fell in love with the characters first. Macy reminds me of me. There is a little bit of me in her personality. She’s passionate about her family and protective of her heart. I wanted her to find happiness because I thought no one deserved it more.
If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
This is an opportunity every writer would love to have. For my newest release – In Pursuit of Perfection, I’d like Megan Good to play the role of Macy Rollins, because Macy is young and feisty. Even though Megan is older than the heroine, I think she can pull it off because she has a youthful spirit. For the hero, I’d select Chris Hemsworth to play Avery Malveaux, because he’s tall and very good looking. He also has a sense of humor
If your story had a soundtrack, which song would it be? T
In Pursuit Of Perfection starts with Macy being distrustful. Her father betrayed her and the family. She’s had her heartbroken by several men. So I’d pick Alicia Keys – Trying to Sleep with a Broken Heart. Because Macy knows the feeling and she’s trying to get on with life and find the perfect mate.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
If you like romantic suspense, then you’ll like this story. Macy’s story is universal, a young woman who wants to help improve the lives of her mother and brother. She has to address the challenges of working in a large company, where everyone doesn’t want to see her succeed.
A fun fact about writing your book.
To finish this story, I had to go to the library to complete the writing. Even though I have an office in my home, it seemed as if every family obstacle that came up needed my attention. Instead of letting this get me down, I decided to flee. In the library, there’s no talking, no internet connection and no interruptions. If I hadn’t chosen the library to write, I probably would have gone to a Starbucks or a sandwich shop, because writing at home wasn’t working.
Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
I always start with an outline for my books. I’ve tried to write books by just free-handing it, and it was a disaster. It was almost as if the characters took over the story and took the story into a direction that I hadn’t intended. Since then, I always start with an outline. If I get stuck, I know it’s because I haven’t outline well enough. Sometimes my stories will differ a little from the outline, but not by much. I’ve learned how to control my characters.
What are you working on now?
My next release will come out later this year. It’s another romantic suspense entitled Trouble in Paradise. It’s the second book in my Sebastian Island series. I’ve begun working on the next book in the Pursuit series also. The title is In Pursuit of Payback.
What started you on the path to writing?
When I was in the 4th Grade the class was given the assignment to write a poem. After I recited the poem to an Aunt who was also a college professor, she said to me ‘you’re very talented’. You should be a writer. Until then, no one had ever complimented me on something I’d done. Her words stuck with me. Later that school year the class was given the assignment to keep a journal for a week, I was hooked. To this day I’m still writing, and I still keep a journal.
What does your writing space look like?
I have an office in my house. It’s a room I confiscated as soon as we moved in. I have a desk with lots of drawers that hold all the paper I tend to generate, and the many office supplies I claim to need to write. On the back wall are three bookcases that hold books, I’ve read, the ones I want to read and the ones I use for reference material.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I’m a plotter. I don’t start writing until I’ve worked out the story beginning, middle and end. Once I start writing, I try not to edit until I’ve finished, instead, I keep story notes in a booklet. Once the book is complete then I go back and make the changes. If I stop to edit as I write it shuts down my creative process.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m reading or walking the dog. In the spring and summer, I’m in the garden, keeping the weeds away from my flowers. I also love playing golf with my husband.
Give me the worst 5 words ever heard on a first date.
I live with my mother.
Pen or computer
Oh, for me this is a tough question. I’m a writer so all my stories are done on a computer. But I’m also an artist, and a creative person, so I have tons and tons of pens. I have a collection of fountain pens, gel pens, markers and fineliners. You see, I bullet journal also, so I need lots of pens for that.
Routine or when inspiration struck
For me it’s always routine. If I waited for inspiration, I wouldn’t get anything done. I can depend on my routine. Inspiration is too fickle. Suppose it doesn’t show up for days.
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
Let’s make it happen.
Website – https://jackikelly.com/
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