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I want to start by thanking Boys in Our Books for inviting me to share a few thoughts on The Men of Halfway House series. I also want to thank the readers for taking the time out of their busy day to stop by for a visit. :)
This week, I release the third series book titled A Restored Man.
I’m often asked…Why a halfway house? For some, a halfway house offers a turning point in life. A chance to make things right and take a different path than the one previously chosen. Also, I’m a sucker for a misunderstood or broken hero. I couldn’t imagine a more fitting setting for second chance stories.
The core of this series is rooted in second chances – at life and/or love. Each story focuses on a different couple, and I try to write each book as a stand-alone. The common element that ties the books together is the halfway house. The characters aren’t necessarily residents of the house, but they may have crossed the threshold or have interacted with a resident, and that encounter affects the direction of their lives from that point forward. Each story chronicles their journey and how they fight like hell—together—for their happily ever after.
Then comes the most common question – which is my favorite character? Oh my. Can readers make it any tougher? I love my main characters and many of my secondary characters as well. Before I start writing a single word, I make it a point of knowing every tiny detail of each of my guys. Not just their personality or the way they look, but the sound of their voice, their swagger (because yes, characters like Cole have swagger LOL), and their ‘tells’ when they’re happy, sad or angry. I have a relationship with each of these beautiful men before I write the first word. I truly love them all.
They are each extraordinary and strong in their own way – then again, I wrote them, what else am I going to say? :) Julian will always hold a special place in my heart because he inspired the series. Matt is a nurturer and has a giving heart with an endless fountain of patience and understanding my incredibly complex and stubborn Julian needs. Cameron has a fierce inner strength that can only be paired with Hunter’s iron will. Cole, I just want to hug him. He’s a bundle of energy and has an unfiltered mouth that embarrassed me a few times while writing him, but he’s exactly the unrelenting fighter Ty needs to awaken and restore his spirit. All my men are strong and love hard. They are often sweet and protective. They each have distinct personality but they all share one common trait – they love their partner fiercely and are each stronger as a result of that relationship. In their stories, they encounter obstacles, but they work through them – together – until they reach their happily ever after.
Book 3, A Restored Man…
The third book titled, A Restored Man, features Cole and Ty battling to overcome personal struggles and trying to find their place in the world after a life-changing event. It’s a character-driven story that focuses on the two men, their relationship, and how they provide the balance each other needs in their life.
The title applies to the automotive component of the story and mirrors the change that happens to each of the main characters as a result of their relationship. In essence, there are two restorations that take place in the story. In the beginning, Ty is working on a project to restore a Yenko Camaro—a rare, vintage car. When Cole first sees the Yenko, it’s a rusting heap of metal off to a corner. But Cole clearly sees the underlying beauty and power of the car – just as he can clearly see Ty’s true strong character beneath the surface, struggling to break free. Little by little, they work on the car restoration while Cole also works on restoring Ty’s inner strength with his no-holds-barred personality. They each fill the void for the other and both learn that the person who truly loves you will see past those traits you consider to be a flaw.
I hope you join Cole and Ty in their journey. There’s a little angst, maybe a few tears, and hopefully, plenty of smiles and laughter. <3
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
…and yes, it was totally weird reading something about myself in 3rd person :)