“Not all those who wander are lost.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien
Welcome to my newsletter. I am excited to announce that What He Didn’t See is now available. This is a short novel, a novella, which can be read as a stand-alone or in conjunction with the Close Enough to Kill series full length novels. As many of you know, I fell in love with Jacob Temple while I was writing Circle of Trust and Circle of Truth. This story is written through Jacob’s eyes: his voice, his story.
Here is a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite:
It's interesting to select a book and find that you're getting what you expected and a bit more. It was the genre that drew me to What He Didn't See by Jacqueline Simon Gunn. As this book is classified as romance/suspense, I was curious about how much suspense would be in a romantic story based on the hope of renewing a relationship after nearly 2 decades of the lovers being apart. That's where What He Didn't See starts: Jacob is a psychologist who hosts a phone-in radio show. When his frequent weekly caller begins to sound very much like Jane, the only woman he ever truly loved but didn't marry, his own unhappiness in a loveless marriage takes over his psyche: he has to find Jane and, if this caller is his long lost love, then he needs to get out of his marriage and grab what might be his last chance at happiness. Herein lies both the romantic and one of the suspenseful angles: will Jacob succeed? Complicating his decision is his manipulative, rich and gay wife, Fiona, who doesn't love him but can't let him divorce her if she is to inherit the family fortune. But the bigger issue for Jacob is the one that caused him to lose Jane 19 years earlier: Jacob is too worried about being a good son and doing what his father expects of him i.e. good Catholics don't divorce.
It is this aspect of parental control, of children doing what is expected of them rather than what they want to do, that is the "more" I referred to in my opening sentence. What He Didn't See is very much an exploration of family relationships, of the expectations, the conflicts, the unreasonable demands parents put on their offspring, and how these demands can mess up people's lives in later years. Given the author's background - Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a clinical psychologist - her portrayal of the characters, their motivations, and the events in this story have an authentic base: Jacob, Jane, and Fiona are believable and what each does in this short, easy to read novel is realistic. Summing up, readers of suspenseful romance get more than expected from What He Didn't See. What readers may or may not themselves see coming is the ending.
- Readers' Favorite
Here is the book’s synopsis:
One reckless night nineteen years ago, Jacob Temple made a mistake that would alter the course of his life.
Caught between the chokehold of his conservative upbringing and the freedom of following his heart’s desire, Jacob was posed with a no-win scenario: Choose Jane — his soul mate and the only woman he would ever love — and be shunned, or marry Fiona to satisfy a deep-seated moral obligation.
After nearly two decades of suffering through a loveless marriage with Fiona, Jacob begins to suspect that Beth, a regular caller to his radio psychology show, is actually Jane. Hoping for a second chance with the woman he never stopped loving, Jacob devises a plan to leave his wife.
But… Fiona has kept him on a tight leash these many years, and her powerful family could ruin Jacob’s life. She will not make it easy for him to leave.
And Fiona is the type of woman someone could die over — or kill over.
Circle of Trust fan favorite Jacob Temple shares his side of the dark love story between Jane Light and himself in What He Didn’t See. This novella provides no spoilers and can be read in conjunction with the Close Enough to Kill series or as a stand-alone.
The Kindle version is only $0.99 and the print version, $6.95. Need an inexpensive Christmas and/or Chanukah gift? *wink, wink*
I am also giving away three print copies. Winners will be chosen randomly from the newsletter list, so if you are receiving this letter, you are automatically entered to win. I will notify winners next week, Dec. 7th 2016.
Circle of Truth, book three in the full novel series, will be available in early 2017, so stayed tuned. Many questions will finally be answered, I promise.
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Thank you all for your interest and support. Please always feel free to contact me with questions and comments. More books are in the works. Transitioning from writing non-fiction books to writing fiction has indubitably been (and continues to be) the most challenging endeavor I have ever embarked upon. I couldn’t do this without your support. Thank you!