Finding love and hope in small towns with dark secrets …
Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing Australian Rural Romance novels with elements of suspense, Australian Fantasy Paranormal and Small Town USA stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.
Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?
Valerie Parv has been a constant inspiration on my writing journey. In her book, The Art of Romance Writing, she says, “There are no hard and fast rules for how to write. What matters is the result.” Those words have become my mantra throughout the writing and editing process.
Q. What has been the darkest moment in your writing career?
Only one? 😊 Writing is a rollercoaster of an emotional journey. The highs are as high as the heavens and the lows often feel worse than hell. The darkest moment is always that waiting period where your book is in limbo between acceptance and release.
Q. What is the best opening sentence you have written?
That’s a really hard question! I can’t say it’s the best opening line I’ve ever written, but this is one from Under the Hood (Under the Law, Book 2). TJ Stevens is an energetic, lively character, full of energy as she bounds onto the page and into the story:
TJ Stevens pushed through the glass doors into the reception area of M&M Motors, leaving them swinging behind her. “Marty! I need a tow down on Albany Highway. Sheila’s spat the dummy again,” she yelled. “Excuse me!” she said as a man in a suit stepped in front of her. “We’ll be with you in a moment.”
About your book
Ex Nascar race king, Marty Calhoun, has built a legacy for his family, and now it’s time to round them up and bring them home to claim it. Each of his five children have hearts in need of overhauling. They all have hard lessons to learn. The one thing Marty wants most is to see his children find happiness and love at Calhoun Customs Garage.
Trinity Calhoun is a name everyone knows on the race circuit, but her days in the hot seat are numbered. She’s tired of the limelight, meaningless relationships and long hours behind the wheel. When her father calls her home, she’s ready. She slips right back into the family business, finishing off the custom car projects her father has lined up. But racing is in her blood and she’s lured back to risking her life on the hot rod drag strips outside of town. It’s there she meets paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Reece Balmain, who has her re-thinking the road her life is taking.
Reece Balmain arrives in Bigfork a broken man. He’s lived and breathed through horror accidents, haunted by the faces of the people he’s cut from vehicles. He knows one thing–speed kills. He’s hoping not to see too much of it in small town Montana, until he hears about the drag races taking place outside of town. He knows Trinity Calhoun. He’s watched her race, seen her win, held his breath when her car somersaulted into barriers in Daytona Beach. He doesn’t like what she does, but he can’t stay away from the woman who’s claiming his heart.
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