If you were given a second chance at life, what would you do with it? Would you re-examine your life? Do things you haven't done before? Go places you only dreamed of going?
What about the one that got away? Would you find them, see if what you shared is still there?
What would you do with a second at life? Author Jan Scarbrough tells what she did when she got hers. I hope it inspires you like it did me.
Given a second chance, I write about second chances.
When I was thirty-eight, I almost died. I was in the intensive care unit for four days. After I recovered, I decided it was time to make my dream of becoming a novelist come true.
Tangled Memories was one of the first two novels that I wrote after my recovery. It was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. First published by ImaJinn Books, a publisher that embraced paranormal romance before vampires became popular, Tangled Memories has had an eventful history hopping from one small publisher to the next. I now have my rights back and am giving my old book a “second chance” makeover.
First, I went through the manuscript and polished it. You see, my writing style has improved since the book was written. I write tighter. I use deep point of view. Then a professional editor combed through the pages, pointing out things I’d missed. It’s hard for the author to catch problems. Although it’s the same good story, I’m now satisfied Tangled Memories is a better written book.
After my life-threatening illness, I wondered “what if” we were all given second chances. What would we do? And especially, what would happen to a heroine if she were given another chance to find her true love? In Tangled Memories, there’s a supernatural element that makes for a happy ending. If you read my more conventional, contemporary romances, you’ll find my heroines find new love, but grow in the process. They learn from their mistakes and embrace the second chances they are given—as we all should do in real life.
Title: Tangled Memories
Author: Jan Scarbrough
Publisher: Saddle Horse Press
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Gothic, Romance
After losing his wife, Dr. Alexander Dominican is determined his infant daughter will not grow up motherless as he did. Offering sensible, kind kindergarten teacher Mary Adams a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution. The widow’s husband left her with a mountain of debt. For Alex, paying it off is a small price to pay for his daughter’s happiness. Until his sensible new wife begins to lose her mind.
On the day of their marriage, Mary starts having frightening hallucinations of medieval England—visions that feel more like the memories of woman who lived centuries before. More terrifying, someone—or some thing—is stalking the new mistress of Marchbrook Manor. Could it be one of the sinister servants? Or Alex himself? Alex is reawakening hidden desires and longings in Mary, but until she can untangle the web of nightmares and secrets, she can trust no one. Not even Alex.
Alex has no idea he’s unleashing a destiny that’s taken him seven hundred years to fulfill.
If Alex and Mary are to salvage their future, they must first unravel centuries of…Tangled Memories.
A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan Scarbrough has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press. She writes paranormal Gothic romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with a touch of spice. Her favorite topics are families and second chances and if the plot allows, she adds another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.