Katherine Bonner with the golden eyes and a golden, enchanted life is well on her way to becoming a horse whisperer. Tall, athletic, she loves to ride, and she can usually exact good behavior from most wild steed, except from Pierce who bucks her at every crack of the whip.
Pierce is top honcho in charge of the fifteen hundred acre ranch, Bonner-Willow. Although he owns a Master’s in business administration, he loves to be around horses. He considers himself more of a cowboy than a CEO.
When Kat becomes the bearer of unexpected news about her past from ex-convict, ex-lawyer Victor Horn, she wonders how she will ever find her roots and manage to put the pieces of her life back together again. She turns to Pierce, the dark hair and blue eyed hunk whom Kat believes, thinks he is God's gift to women.
Pierce reluctantly agrees to help, partly for reasons of his own. He worries about his lawyerly father being involved with Victor's murder. As Pierce and Kat travel to Chicago together, they walk right into a criminal investigation headed by two bumbling detectives. Kat makes a date with a potential serial killer, and Pierce, whose affection for Kat is slowly changing to one of deeper commitment, worries about her safety. Meanwhile, Kat bumps into a doppelganger she believes is stalking her, only to discover that no one else ever sees her.
Mirror Deep uncovers many twists and turns designed to keep the reader guessing until the end. Through all the action, Pierce remains by Kat's side. Will he be able to hide from Kat his mounting desire? Will Kat find who this look alike is and why she is trying to warn her? Does Kat follow a stranger to Paris, France simply to put miles between her and Pierce or to avoid the threat of a potential killer?
Thank you, Mrs. Joss Landry
What is more important: critics or readers opinion (in general for a writer and for you in particular)?
I believe in both. Although to me this is reminiscent of the question about the chicken and the egg, and I never really got that one resolved. I first got my Kirkus Review for Mirror Deep, the first important critic review, after I had gotten a few reviews from friends and family and of course they were partial to my story, and they enjoyed it.
However, to get an interesting Kirkus Review became such a boost of confidence for me. It allowed me to come out of my shell and begin to look at my story in a totally new way. I had the cover redone. I suspected cover was not adequate. I started a little marketing. The results were great. What a difference confidence makes in an author. It took a while for me to deploy my wings. I was late coming out of that nest, I can tell you. When I did, results were there. Book Bub accepted my application, and for a couple of weeks, Mirror Deep held the prominent spot of # 13 in mystery and thriller and # 11 in Romantic Mystery. So, I believe a critic’s review is important as it allows the reader to trust the story. Yet, a reader’s opinion can be just as vital when it is well rendered. I guess what I’m saying is that an author—this author—is sensitive to reviews, and I love the ones from the media as much as I do the ones from sensitive readers.
What it means for you “Mystery Romance”?
A thread of romance between two protagonists buds while they work to solve a mystery. I love to see romance blossoming between two people who are already involved in a dire situation. This is how I would like to solve any mystery, with a hero looking out for me and slowly getting to know me until he can no longer live without me.
A Goodreads reviewer wrote: “Escape into a world of horse whisperers, serial killers, family bonds, and romance!” How Mirror Deep was born?
Well, Mirror Deep was born while I was writing something else and watching a Grand Slam Tennis match on T.V. I find that when I ‘split’ my brain, wonderful things happen. Suddenly, Serena Williams had just scored again, and there it was, Mirror Deep—complete with characters, plots and sub plots … I stopped what I was writing and started Mirror Deep immediately.
How important is the book title, description and its cover? How was the process of their selection?
Choosing a title for my books is utterly a strange process: title chooses me. When I am struck with a story and characters take up all the place in my head and are gabbing away, the first thing that flashes in my mind is the title, almost as though I’ve read this book before and I remember what it’s called. I can see it in big bold letters, and I have never changed the title to any of the novels I have written. Cover is a different story. First novel, first change of cover. Won’t happen again. I’ve learned my lesson. I spent months and months browsing through covers on Goodreads and on other sites, and I could see my first cover did not give my book the credit it deserved. So I changed the cover drastically. A book is truly judged by its cover.
It’s a fact that most of us want a happy ending. Is there a situation when this happy ending is not welcome?
To ask a hopeless romantic this question is risky. Remember City of Angels? She could have lived and the ending would have been so much better. August Rush. Beautiful story, superb acting and incredible writing. To me this story demanded more closure at the end. Such a long journey and forth coming crescendo building throughout the whole movie to die too quickly; it nevertheless brought tears to my eyes. I guess it’s never okay to have an unhappy ending—for me. Nevertheless, a good ending can be like in Casablanca. They parted ways but this was life and what we all expected. There are some endings with the sweets mixed in with the sour. You still get a good candy.About the author:
Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business.
She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. A recent graduate of the Long Ridge Writer’s Group, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.
Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending her time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis and swimming. She loves creating stories, as she says that it fulfills her need to think outside the box.
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