Monday, October 19, 2015

Straight Chatting from the Library: Jacki Kelly

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jacki Kelly will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

Grimm’s Fairy Tales was the book I picked up most as a child. I remember reading Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella over and over again. I read those stories so much I almost memorized them. I even read them to my younger sister. I remember the pages being worn.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Running from her past jeopardized Crystal’s future.

E-Reader or print? and why?

I love my e-reader. With it I feel like I always have my books with me. I don’t have to worry about packing enough books to read when I’m going away. It makes my suitcase a lot lighter, too.

One book at a time or multiples?

I read one book at a time. I enjoy getting immerse in a story and the characters. If the author has done a good job I can only handle one set of emotions at a time. That’s also the experience I try to provide for my readers.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Bookmarks. I had a bunch of them all around the house. Family and friends used to give them to me as presents. That was before I bought my e-reader. I still have a few shoved in drawers. I kept the ones with special memories.

Favorite place to read?

In the bed. Nothing is more relaxing than climbing into bed with a good book. Maybe because it’s late, the house is quiet and the dog isn’t looking at me to take him for a walk. There’s nothing better.

Favorite genre?

I have two. I love women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Those are the genres I’m drawn to, but I read almost every genre. You’ll find a little bit of others genres on my e-reader.

Favorite book to recommend?

Anything written by Sue Monk Kidd or Liane Moriarty. These two authors have never let me down. I just wish they could write faster.

Re-reader or not?

When I was young I used to re-read books, but now there are so many books on my e-reader waiting for my attention I don’t have time to re-read. I need more time just to get around to reading some books for the first time.

What would make you not finish a book?

If I don’t find the story believable I will put the book down. If the actions of the characters hasn’t been motivated correctly and don’t make sense to me then I want to throw the book against the wall. I used to force myself to finish a book no matter what, but then it dawned on me that I read for pleasure and if it’s not fun, why bother?

Keep books or give them away?

I used to keep books. All of them. But I ran out of storage space. Parting with books for me was difficult and I felt like it was absolutely sinful to throw books away, so I gave them away. Now that I have an e-reader, storage is not an issue. Occasionally I still buy books and when I’m done with them I give them away.


The tentacles of infidelity are insidious, running long and deep and destroying everything they touch along the way. Crystal Davis can’t shake the images and whispered conversations she overheard as a child as her parent’s relationship fell apart. As a married woman she finds herself walking in the footsteps she abhors. But once on that path, getting off is not easy and to set her life right may cost her more than she ever imagined.


I couldn’t hold back the tears. I needed to be strong, rattle off some supporting clich├ęs I’d picked up from some sitcom I’d watched on television - everything is going to turn out okay, this is not the end of the world, a lump doesn’t mean cancer. But I had nothing meaningful to say. I should have gathered her in my arms, stroked her back and let her cry on my shoulder if that’s what she needed.

I couldn’t speak.

I couldn’t breathe.

I was frozen.


Jacki Kelly has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.

Jacki loves to read almost as much as she likes to write. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s walking her adorable cocker spaniel or on the golf course. Her idea of bliss is squeezing all this stuff into one day. Happy Reading!


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  1. Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?

  2. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. Good morning.Thank you for hosting me this morning.

  4. Hello Mai T. I think the most important sense is touch. The ability to feel the sun on your skin or an embrace are important to me. How about you, which is the most important.

  5. I liked the interview. The blurb was good, sounds like a great read.

  6. Replies
    1. Danielle Merkle, it's my pleasure. I hope you can stay turned to the whole tour.

  7. Hello Rita, The interview was fun to do. The questions weren't the normal ones I've gotten in the in the past. I'm glad you liked the blurb, I hope you'll check out the book.

  8. I enjoyed the interview, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  9. Hello Eva Millien, the interview was fun to do, so I'm glad you liked it.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

  11. Great interview! I would love to read this book. Entering under the name of Virginia

  12. Great interview! I would love to read this book. Entering under the name of Virginia

  13. I enjoyed reading the interview, thanks for sharing

  14. Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. Thank you for the reveal!

  15. Love the interview, thank you!!

  16. thanks for the chance!

  17. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.