Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.
Shining a spotlight on the devastating problem of puppy mills and dog fighting is at the heart of Jane Flagello’s new book, Mercy – all wrapped up in a heartwarming story of love and compassion.
Mercy by Jane Flagello
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): sweet
Darby Dratton is a veterinarian who believes in protecting helpless animals. A widow with a five-year-old daughter, Darby wants to grow her animal sanctuary and provide excellent veterinary care. A colleague’s suicide turns into a homicide and thrusts Darby into the ugly world of puppy mills and dogfighting, transforming her peaceful life into hell. Darby digs deep and finds the courage to go against a man who will stop at nothing to keep the money flowing from his secret empire.
Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write mysteries and romantic suspense. My current project is a 3 book cozy mystery series set in Virginia Beach. Before I retired I had a personal/business coaching practice and was a management professor. Wearing that hat, I wrote self-help and personal growth books. Now, I take many of the lessons I shared as a coach and embed them in my stories.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I keep my eyes and ears open to everything around me. I live at the beach where people are very relaxed. Everywhere I go, ideas for stories present themselves so I can pick and choose which to use. My last three books – Gotcha!, Complicity, and Mercy have centered on social issues that make me angry. My goal was to shine the spotlight on important issues in hopes that people with way more power than I have will work to resolve the issue.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Crafting a good plot that makes sense to readers, has a happy ending, and showcases the issue I want to put in the spotlight is important. Writing is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. I have so many ideas which I work hard to integrate smoothly into a cohesive story that my readers will love.
When did you write your first book?…
My first books were change management and personal development books that I wrote while I was a college professor. In 1998 I wrote a personal development book called Me, Inc. It helped people navigate their life path and chart a course for where they wanted to be. Then I retired and I switched to mystery and romantic suspense – and am loving it!
Leather or lace? Definitely lace
Black or red? Cobalt Blue
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton – and white
Ocean or mountains? Ocean – I live at the beach. The ocean calms my soul.
City life or country life? Country life but close enough to a city to visit.
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dog. He’s just over two – still a puppy – who loves the beach almost as much as I do!
Where to buy Mercy
Publisher Zig Zap Press, LLC
Jane Flagello Social Media
Life is to be lived – and lived fully! At least that’s my never to be humble opinion.
I am enthusiastic about life. Every day I get out of bed, put my feet on the floor and say Thank you, God for giving me another day to play! I recently retired from a successful career as a professor, personal coach, business writer, and motivational speaker. Then I looked around and asked myself, “What’s next?”
Next turned out to be a new adventure. Meet Jane the mystery/romance author!
“Stories have the power to reach people and inspire them. Stories help all of us see our lives up close, in 3D. We connect with characters we want to know, want to root for, want to embrace. Stories give us ways to change what we are doing and who we are being”
I hope that my stories will touch your heart. They are stories are about people in transition, facing life’s challenges, people just like you and me. The magic of stories is that they offer you hints about how to accept whatever life throws at you and find the strength and courage to overcome, to live life fully with no regrets.
My other passion is mah jongg. Yes, I am a mahjonggaholic! I teach people how to play mah jongg and how to be more strategic during the game. And, I play in tournaments whenever I can. Look close and you’ll find references to mah jongg in many of my stories.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APM4YK