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Title: A Mended Man
Author: Jaime Reese
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Romance
Release Date: 04/28/2016
Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.
Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.
But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.
***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing.***
Recent Release Spotlight with Jaime Reese
I want to start off by saying – THANK YOU for inviting me!
We are here today to talk about A Mended Man, the fourth book in the Men of the Halfway House series. What can you tell us about it?
For anyone who’s read the series thus far, they’ve met Aidan and Jessie and know they’ve always been attracted to each other, but nothing has ever happened between them. In A Mended Man, certain events occur that push them together and force them to acknowledge how they feel and confront their demons in order to finally be together.
A Mended Man is a dark read and comes with a warning label. There are reasons these two have not come together sooner, and in this story, the reader follows their journey as they finally break down their walls and work together to get their ‘us’.
Tell us more about our main characters.
Aidan…sigh…I refer to him as my beautiful disaster. He’s hard and soft, fierce and kind. He’s stubborn, frustrating, snarky, and can be incredibly annoying. But he also has an immense capacity to love and protect those he holds dear.
Jessie is an optimist. It’s how he copes with his past and how he chooses to face each day. In public, he’s soft spoken, cautious, and has a gentle nature. In private with those he trusts, he lets his guard down and is more open and sometimes a little pushy.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?
The Men of Halfway House is a series about second chances. These are stories about men who have been dealt a crappy hand in life for one reason or another, whether by their own doing or as a result of circumstance. The halfway house is the link between these men.
I hope to capture the journey these men take to protect and cherish the rare chance they’ve been given to change the path in their life. In each story, the characters are partnered with men who offer love strong enough to mend a broken man and help them in their quest for a happily ever after.
What about A Mended Man makes you the proudest?
That I survived writing it. I think it’s probably my most challenging story to date. It’s an emotional rollercoaster—it’s raw, dark, and difficult in parts. But it’s their story.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Do it. You will always find an excuse to put it off. Pick up a few books about writing and editing. Not enough to stifle the creative process, but just enough to learn about the common mistakes and how to avoid them. Your editor will thank you 🙂
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
I can’t possibly pick one thing. I’m blessed to receive many positive comments from readers. Whether it’s a comment about my writing style, how a character made them smile, or how a story gave them hope—I don’t take any of it for granted. I know readers have a flood of options in the genre and I’m incredibly grateful they took a chance on me and one of my stories.
Do you take a break from a first draft to get distance from it, or dive right into editing, or edit heavily as you write?
Yes. All of that. I write and edit as I write. Then I go back and re-read it a day later and edit it again. After I’ve written a few scenes, I read the entire section and check for flow and edit again. I do this over and over until I finish the story, then I set it aside for a week then go back and do a full read and edit as I read, sometimes shifting entire sections of the book. After I’ve gone through it enough times, then I hand it off to my editor.
Rapid Fire Time
Love Story or Thriller?
Vanilla or Chocolate?
Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed?
Folded. Definitely folded.
Music or TV/Movies?
Electronica or Jazz?
Neither. LOL I need structure.
Sushi or pasta?
Fire or Ice?
Tough one. But I’d say Fire because, although they are equally beautiful and dangerous, there’s something elegant about the way flames move. And yes, I know it’s Rapid fire time but hey, I’m an over-thinker. 🙂
Salty or Sugary?
What are you working on? What is next?
Aside from working on cover art and helping to organize GRL, I’m working on the next story in the series. I’m pausing for about a month from the writing so I can recharge before diving in again into Drayton’s story. Aidan & Jessie’s story wore me out. I’m thankful the next pairing in the series is going easier on me.
Thanks again for taking the time to interview me and for the readers who stopped by!
About the Author
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.
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