This week it's my pleasure to introduce Jan Watson to Ink Dots friends. Jan won the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for her first novel, Troublesome Creek. Her other awards include being named the best Kentucky author in 2012 by Kentucky Living magazine, a nomination for the Kentucky Literary Award in 2006 and second place in the 2006 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest sponsored by the Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Jan has published seven novels. As a registered nurse for 25 years at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, she incorporates her nursing experience in the hospital's mother/baby unit into her novels. Jan resides in Kentucky.
Buttermilk Sky ~ Weary of the expectations imposed on her by her strict upbringing, eighteen-year-old Mazy Pelfrey prepares to leave her home in the Kentucky mountains for the genteel city of Lexington, where she’ll attend secretarial school. She knows her life is about to change—and only for the better. Everything will be blue skies from now on.
But business school is harder than she thought it would be and the big city not as friendly, until she meets a charming young man from a wealthy family, Loyal Chambers. When Loyal sets his sights on her, Mazy begins to see that everything she’d ever wished to have is right before her eyes. The only hindrance to her budding romance is a former beau, Chanis Clay, the young sheriff she thought she’d left firmly behind.
Danger rumbles like thunder on a high mountain ridge when Mazy’s cosseted past collides with her clouded future and forces her to come to terms with what she really wants.
If I could explore anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be...I’ve always wanted to traipse around Paris, France. I’d like to sit outside one of those bistros sipping tea (no wine for me), eating croissants, and people watching. The closest I’ll probably get though is Paris, Kentucky where I can people watch while drinking sweet iced-tea and eating scrumptious ham biscuits. It’s good to bloom where you’re planted. Great attitude, Jan. I love that. :)
The best thing I did today is... Summer is beautiful here in Kentucky but can be hot and humid as the day progresses—so I went for an early morning walk with my Jack Russell, Maggie. If we get out early enough we have the walking trail to ourselves. Maggie is not a fast walker; she likes to sniff and hunt. That fits my pace perfectly because I like to think and ponder.
A secret pleasure of mine is... cracking open a brand new book. I always have one I’m reading, one I’m wanting to read and a third just in case one of the others doesn’t catch my fancy. Life is too short to finish a book you don’t like. Oh, I so agree!
When I was a child I dreamed I would... have a peaceful house with a cat and a dog and so many books I’d have to move a stack in order to sit down. That dream came true.
I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but... I love to go to the theatre alone. I can immerse myself in the story without wondering what anyone else is thinking. And, I always have popcorn and a diet coke. I've had a few solo dates at the movies, too, Jan. Sometimes it's the treat we need to give ourselves. Thanks so much for being my guest this week. I wish you every success with Buttermilk Sky. What a beautiful cover.
If you'd like the chance to win a copy of Jan's Buttermilk Sky, please leave a comment below. Tell us if you read a book all the way to the end, even if you're not enjoying it, or if you put it aside when you realise it's not for you. I'll announce a winner next Monday in the comment thread.
Good luck and happy reading,