Today I am so pleased to welcome Jackie North to Joyfully Jay. Jackie has come to talk to us as part of the Coastal Magic Convention Blog Tour. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Thank you to the organizers of Coastal Magic for organizing a blog tour for the attending authors to participate in. 

I’m so excited to be attending my first Coastal Magic! In the pictures of the convention that I’ve seen, it has always looked so fun and so friendly, that I could hardly wait until it was my turn to join in, and this year, 2024, hurray! I’m so looking forward to participating in every bit of it.

What is there to know about me? Well, I’ve been writing stories forever. When I discovered m/m romance, I decided that men falling in love with other men was exactly what I wanted to write about. 

Jackie North CMC badgeTypically, I write about found families, and about characters who are hurt, and then comforted. I write about someone being rescued and then rescuing the rescuer right back. 

Beneath that, at the heart of it all, I write about the characters who want to be seen for who they are. Who when they meet that special, just-right someone, realize that they don’t have to be anyone other than who they are.

I create characters who are a bit flawed and broken, who might be on the edge of society, and who might feel a little bit lost — all of whom deserve a happily ever after, and I make sure they get it!

I have written around 25 books, I think. 

My first series was an m/m historical romance based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, where slowly, over six books, Oliver Twist falls in love with Jack Dawkins (aka The Artful Dodger). Talk about a labor of love! Each book is over 100K, and the whole series is almost a million words. The books are dark at times, but there is a solid HEA at the end of book six, I promise.

My second series was an m/m time travel romance, my Love Across Time series. Each book is set in a different year, all of them involve a cute MC from the present going to meet his one true love in the past, and of course each book has an HEA.

Three of the books in my Love Across Time series had a frontier/cowboy/western theme, and I enjoyed writing those so much that I decided to try my hand at cowboy romances. 

This was my sweet spot, and I had found it. I fell in love with cowboys.

What do I love about cowboys? I love the way they wear blue jeans like a second skin, with their sweet behinds all snug and tight beneath the denim. I love how they tip their hats and say “ma’am” or “sir” or whatever is required. I love how they don’t complain when they get thrown, and how they do hard work with their hands and get all sweaty and dusty and have to take showers that actually need to be taken. And I love letting out my inner cowboy and enjoy rolling in that world of cattle drives, open skies, and spectacular sunsets. 

Do you love cowboys too? Then you might enjoy my Farthingdale Ranch series, which takes place on a guest ranch in Wyoming, and where the ranch hands, and foremen, and blacksmiths, etc., work hard and fall in love even harder. There are six books in this series with a guaranteed HEA in every one.

Jackie North's Cover graphicA spinoff from the Ranch series is my new Farthingdale Valley series. Book # 2 in my Ranch series was about the blacksmith taking on the care of a parolee from a nearby prison. The situation would allow the ranch to bring in badly needed funds from tax credits, but more importantly, it gave Jasper, the blacksmith, a second chance at love.

I had such a good time writing The Blacksmith and the Ex-Con, that I decided to base an entire series around the premise, where ex-cons are offered the opportunity to serve their parole by helping to develop the valley into a high-end, luxury retreat. 

That series is called Farthingdale Valley, and the first three books are available now. I’m working on the fourth book in the series, which should be available in February. Not in time for the convention, alas, but you can certainly pick it up online. 

Most of all, I love meeting readers, and I love the burst of excitement when I finally get to say hello in person. So, if you’re wandering the convention hall and you see me, please come by my table. I have bookmarks. So. Many. Bookmarks. ?

Want to reach out? Here’s where you can find me: https://jackienorth.com/jackie-norths-link-page/

Coastal Magic Convention is a casual reader weekend in Daytona Beach and takes place February 22-25, 2024. You can check out the website at http://CoastalMagicConvention.com if you want to learn a little more about the event. And if you are interested in signing up and joining us a the beach, you can register here