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Jaime Jo Wright | When An Animal Becomes a Critical Character

#Giveaway GOLD RUSH ROMANCE Collection


The California Gold Rush Romance Collection
Jaime Jo Wright

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9 Stories of Finding Treasures Worth More than Gold


August 2016
On Sale: August 1, 2016
448 pages
ISBN: 1634098218
EAN: 9781634098212
Kindle: B01IUO5VA6
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Also by Jaime Jo Wright:
The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus, September 2020
Echoes among the Stones, December 2019
The Curse of Misty Wayfair, February 2019
The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, July 2018

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I’ve always loved animals, but never to the degree of extreme devotion and dedication as say . . . my administrative assistant. Her beloved dogs have their own television, and she cooks them homemade macaroni and cheese. I’ve teased her that I’d love to be one of her dogs, and she invited me to do so anytime. (This is why I love her!). But I do love animals. I have two cats, Maddie and Ivy, and they are spoiled in their own right. I did crack some eggs for them this morning to dine upon as they overlooked the woods outside our house. And frogs. We have four frogs. This is what my children gift me with. Amphibians.

But think about it. When animals make their way into stories, it always seems to add depth and a richness that we can all relate to. Some of the great classics are centered around animals. Or at least they’re classics in my mind. Old Yeller, Rascal, Where the Red Fern Grows . . . animals become critical characters in books. They bring an element of endearment, sentiment, and snuggle into a story that human characters often cannot achieve.

In my most recent story, Gold Haven Heiress, part of The California Gold Rush Romance Collection, the animal that made its way into my heroine’s heart is a mouse. Hiding in a gold mining ghost town, Thalia has no human connection, and finding comfort in an independent little mouse wasn’t exactly what she expected. But Ounce the Mouse becomes an integral part to understanding who Thalia is. Ounce brings out some of her deepest fears. With his bright little black eyes and fuzzy little body, he overcomes the stereotype of fear the mouse and instead, brings companionship to a lonely, washed up prostitute who doesn’t believe she’s worthy of companionship. Least of which, from a mouse.

Whether it’s a mouse, a dog, a cat, or a … frog … something about the life that beats in the bodies of these creatures inspires life in a story. Even Finding Nemo inspires us. The courage, overcoming fear, and the necessity to reunite with a loved one. We place human emotion into an animal, and honestly, sometimes I swear, we’re not that far off. As a child, when I was especially sad, my black lab was fast to fix herself by my side. As a teen, my cat Pepper would bring me little “gifts” of – um – food, as though I were her kitten and she must care for me. Strangely, I felt cared for. Loved even. Maybe that is the crux of why I believe an animal deepens a story. Animals love without condition.

This is something we all long for. Unconditional love. And while a good story will often bring that out in its hero and heroine with a story of redemption, saving, protection, and camaraderie, an animal fills those empty places that sometimes . . . just sometimes . . . another human can never quite reach.

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What novels have you read that included an animal that touched your heart? How have animals touched your life? One reader will win a copy of California Gold Rush Romance Collection.

About Jaime Jo Wright

Jaime Jo Wright

Professional coffee drinker Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited, turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embarks on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com.

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THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH ROMANCE COLLECTION by Jaime Jo Wright

The
California Gold Rush Romance Collection

9 Stories of Finding Treasures Worth More than Gold

Rush to California after the 1848 gold discovery alongside thousands of hopeful men and women. Meet news reporters, English gentry, miners, morticians, marriage brokers, bankers, fugitives, preachers, imposters, trail guides, map makers, cooks, missionaries, town builders, soiled doves, and more people who take advantage of the opportunities to make their fortunes in places where the population swelled overnight. But can faith and romance transform lives where gold is king?

Inspirational Historical | Inspirational Romance | Romance Historical [Barbour Books, On Sale: August 1, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781634098212 / eISBN: 9781634099110]

 

 

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23 comments posted.

Re: Jaime Jo Wright | When An Animal Becomes a Critical Character

Old Yeller, of course! < sniff sniff >
(Jamie Stein 12:15pm July 22, 2016)

There have been alot of books by Elle James that I read
that included an animal and a vet and they were so good.
For me I have severe nerve disease called RSD and it is
throughout my body started in my right hand and if it
weren't for the dogs I have owned during this 27 year
fight I would not be here. As you might know once you get
sick or get a disease people friends leave you as you can
no longer do the things they want to do with you. They
stop coming to see you and they just disappear as you no
longer can work due to nerve pain and the meds that you
are taking but my pups have been thru it with me
throughout. I even lost my 20 year marriage to my husband
who found other woman more attentive to his needs. I did
remarry and moved from my home state of Calif and left my
adult kids but moving to Iowa has been still lonely. We
live in the country about 40 min from town I love our
house and the 2 - 4 legged girls and without them I would
be so lonely as they are here with me 7 days a week 24
hours a day and so loving. I so appreciate them and thank
god for them every day.
(Peggy Clayton 1:35pm July 22, 2016)

My dog is my best friend since friends are in short supply.
When I became ill no one stayed except for my lap dog rescue
dog, Bogie. After surgeries and recuping alone i realized that
i could depend on no one. He gives me hope and is a loveable
and sensitive companion.
(Sharon Berger 2:43pm July 22, 2016)

When I was a kid, I read ALL of the great animal books.
Rascal, Owls in the Family, Big Red, Old Yeller and all of
their sequels! As a school librarian, one of my favorite
book titles was one by Gordon Korman "No more dead dogs"
because the kid in the story said the dog bites it in the
end of the book every time. As an adult pet owner...we keep
bunny rabbits. When the last dog died, the last hamster,
and guinea pig, I thought that we would finally be able to
take a vacation without a pet sitter. My husband drove off
with the guinea pig cages one fine day and brought them back
filled. He said that I had gotten all of the other pets,
now it was HIS turn. Took my breath away, but...he was
right. At the moment, we have 5 of them. And FOUR are in
my rec room. Two are my pets, and the other two are still
babies.
(Marcia Berbeza 6:15pm July 22, 2016)

I haven't read a book with animals in it I didn't love - animals and kids steal my heart every time. Your post gave me a chuckle, Jaime - don't know how attached I could become to a real mouse after all the issues from them infesting our house when I was growing up - coming in from the fields on my parent's farm. However, I feel sure Ounce will steal my heart when I read your novella.

Growing up on a farm, we had many animals/creatures: dogs, cats (wild), chickens (my pet's name was "Ripe")and roosters, mules, hogs and pigs, cattle (beef and milk), horses and ponies, frogs, craw-dads, butterflies, birds, squirrels, deer, wild turkey, fox, and also some I wasn't as fond of (mice, rats, snakes, spiders, bees and wasps, skunks, groundhogs, moles, raccoons, vultures). My children had numerous dogs, as well as hamsters and guinea pigs - while I had rabbits and an aquarium of fish. I now live alone and no longer have any pets - loving to travel and having some mobility issues, it's much better that I don't.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity - looking forward to reading 'Gold Haven Heiress' and the other novellas in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection!!
(Bonnie Roof 7:30pm July 22, 2016)

Almost all the books I read have animals I Love Dogs in
stories Thanks
(Linda Moffitt 7:44pm July 22, 2016)

I always enjoy reading books with animals and I look forward to reading this book and have added it to my TBR list!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:59pm July 22, 2016)

I have always loved Marguerite Henry's stories. From Brighty of the Grand Canyon to Misty of Chincoteague to her many others. They touch you in a way you never forget and you find yourself sharing them with your children and buying them for your grandchildren to share. They never lose their impact.
(Sharon Mitchell 4:09am July 24, 2016)

Alot of Susan Mallery's books, I like hers. This sounds good thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Penney
(Penney Wilfort 12:41pm July 24, 2016)

Any of the great books by Susan Wilson (The Dog Who Danced, A Man of His Own, The Dog Who Saved Me) will bring on the smiles as well as the tears.
(Linda Harrison 7:28pm July 24, 2016)

We have a Yellow Lab named Buddy that we love dearly. He is truly a member of the family.
(Gladys Paradowski 11:31pm July 24, 2016)

Colleen Coble wrote a series of books about search and rescue dogs
awhile back, and I really enjoyed them.
(Connie Williamson 12:34pm July 25, 2016)

I can't recall any books that I have read lately with animals , but I do love the cats and dogs . Both are smart animals and will listen to their 'master', and not talk back .LOL Thanks for this giveaway .
(Joan Thrasher 11:16am July 25, 2016)

I love reading books with dogs as companions and protectors. almost as if
they are a true human in the family. The best one I can think of off the to of
my head is The Guardian.
(Lily Shah 2:50pm July 25, 2016)

Jennifer Crusie usually has a dog in her books and they all
have their own unique personalities. I love reading her
stuff. I am the owner of two dachshunds and they are a
blast to be around!!!!
(Brenda Crider 4:05pm July 25, 2016)

Our yellow lab, Waylon, was our first child. Since his arrival we've had daughters Sophie, 2yrs, and Adeline, 1 year. Waylon has watched over our girls like a doting big brother would. He's also been a loving, attentive playmate. Pets become family and own our hearts. They enrich life and bring joy! My most recent reads have had mythological animals. Raxtus (a dragon) stole my heart in the 4th and 5th books of Brandon Mull's Fablehaven Series. Silveny, the alicorn, was a lovely breath of fresh air in the Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. May your pets always bring you much joy!
(Sarah Edwards 8:54pm July 25, 2016)

We have had pets for the last 40+ years. First it was a dog, then a cat, then
various rodents. Over the years, we have had a large number and variety of
pets. All important to one or more family members. Currently we are down
to 3 dogs, a peacock, and a ball python. The snake and the peacock are
mine. The dogs are our son's, but they adore my husband. They all have
their moments, but we love them anyway.
(Patricia Barraclough 2:00am July 26, 2016)

I love reading books where there are animals. I can't recall any right off.
We have 2 English Black Labs. Love them to death. Best dogs to have
around children.
(Anita Seymour 7:59pm July 26, 2016)

I love stories with animals! They enhance the story!
(Caryl Kane 9:13pm July 26, 2016)

I think animals always add to the story. They are so loving and adorable!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:31am July 27, 2016)

When I first moved in with my husband, he had Candy, a
black Lab. Having not grown up with dogs, I was afraid
of her at first. But she was older & sweet, & we quickly
got used to each other. A few months later, she had to
be put to sleep, & even though he told me that I didn't
have to be, I was there for both of them. We each held
one of her paws, & I told her that she could go, that I
would be taking care of him from now on. I hope that
gave her peace in her final few minutes on this earth.
Since then, I love reading stories with dogs in them.
(Maria Proctor 4:22pm July 27, 2016)

I read a whole series of cozy mysteries because I fell in love the Koko and YumYum, the 2 cats of The Cat Who Series.... I'm a real animal lover so I seem to enjoy books that have animals in them.
(Sue Farrell 4:38pm July 27, 2016)

I love stories with animals in them - horses, dogs, cats ...
they can show another side to the characters. Emily March's
Eternity Springs series features many animals.
(Diane Sallans 9:25pm July 27, 2016)

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