Jacque Jacobs - Author
Dahlonega Literary Festival
March 2, N. Georgia.
I've been invited as a regional writer. Looking forward to it.
Now available at Vero Beach Book Center (please support your local bookstore) and Amazon.
The Almost Perfect Crime: Serendipity brings joy yet it can also lead life into never imagined directions. Quinn Isaacs, daughter of a wealthy Knoxville mother and equally wealthy Spanish father, entered law enforcement after one of the worst traumas a high school student can experience—an active shooter on campus her senior year. After ten years as an agent with Immigration Services, she leaves to become lead detective in the small rural town of Round City in the Smoky Mountains. In her second week on the job, the deaths of two women and a complicated web of family connections swirl through the mountains like the winter wind. Building a team in the hierarchical system in the Round City Police and facing her own demons as she struggles with self-doubt and nightmares, Quinn begins to understand the long-held belief about mountain life: it’s a place where people take care of each other—except when they don’t.
Paperback book: ISBN 13: 979-8-9873453-2-0
eBook: ISBN 13: 979-8-9873453-3-7
(4/30/23) Longleaf Press has selected my poem, "The Last Official Face" for inclusion in their anthology of military-related poems on the theme of healing. (Stay tuned for notification of publication date).
All six books in Love is a Cabin series now available! See "Book Reviews" below for information.
AWARDS for Book 1 -
High on a Mountain
Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist - Fall 2022
American Writing Awards Finalist- Spring 2023
Literary Titan Gold Award Fall 2023
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If you don't have a local bookseller, all six books are available on Amazon.com or you can request through your local library.
Publishing books requires the talents of three very important support people.
Editor: Mine is the extraordinary Elaine Massung: https://academic-smartcuts.com/
Format of book and e-book: Arkonna at https://www.fiverr.com/arkonna
Cover design and layout: PixelStudio at https://www.fiverr.com/PixelStudio
High on a Mountain
Life on a Mountain
5-Star Review: "High on a Mountain includes precise details that capture the setting’s beauty and radiance. Bella recalls her childhood experiences at the cabin with her grandmother Hazel. As she nears the cabin, she lowers her car’s window to listen to the delightful birdsong frequent in the area. The characters have complex backgrounds. Each has suffered a painful loss which they are still learning to live with. Bella misses her late husband, Matt. In the past, she has struggled to stay in the cabin without him. The cheerful conversations between the characters and the passed-down lessons they contain enhance the story. The romance, which is developed alongside the story’s mystery, also enriches the novel. High on a Mountain is an engaging novel with convincing characters and entrancing settings." (E.W., Readers Favorites 5-star review on Book 1 in Love is a Cabin series).
5 Star Review: "One of the great strengths of this series is the depth of character development. For example, Bella is facing many challenges in her new ventures; making major decisions alone, embarking on a writing career, and the possibility of a love relationship could be overwhelming. Local law enforcement officers’ personalities are similarly complex; often their thought processes are included in the story. The plot is both exciting and adventurous, balanced by pleasant and charming scenes. Author Jacque Jacobs has skillfully penned Life on a Mountain. While it can be a standalone novel, reading the first one will enhance the experience. An excellent series!"(D.L. Readers Favorites 5-star review on Book 2 in Love is a Cabin series)
Readers Favorite Review – 5 Stars (4/21/22)"Settled on a Mountain is a stand-alone book but books one and two are a must-read. Jacque Jacobs has written a heartwarming series that has a little bit of everything needed to make it a winner. There is romance, mystery, murder, friendship, community, and oh so much more. I cannot urge you strongly enough to put this series on the top of your reading list. I found it easy to feel as though Bella, Chad, Josh, and Carla were my very own friends and I was sharing right along in their adventures. Settled on a Mountain and Jacque Jacobs are winners in every way possible and you will not be disappointed when you read this very special story. Can't wait to read book 4!" (T.L. Readers Favorite 5-star review)
The latest book in the series arrives with a large helping of mystery to go with the drama already on offer. Jacque Jacobs gets into the details of the storyline almost immediately, giving a clear idea of what to expect as you read. The characters are individually interesting and it is nice to see that their motivations are easy to interpret. The developing romance between Bella and Chad is pleasantly different and their conversations are refreshingly mature in a way that complements this novel's sedate pace. New Beginnings on a Mountain adopts a different approach to the classic romantic mystery storyline, upping the tempo as the story progresses beautifully. Jacobs deserves the highest commendation for this lovely novel. E.A. Readers Favorite 5-star Review of Book 4 in Love is a Cabin series.
Community Unites on a Mountain by Jacque Jacobs provides a wonderful example of cooperation and civic spirit. Lives were at stake and there were a series of mysteries to solve, making for exciting and absorbing reading. I liked the fact that much of the narrative was presented using dialogue, showing the characters’ relationships and actions through speech. I also enjoyed the balance between community warmth and a suspenseful event. I liked the emergency personnel of neighboring regions coordinating their efforts, as well as the harmonious involvement of Native Americans and others. The plot presents a good example of individuals and groups striving to protect the country lifestyle they value. Outside forces including drugs and criminal gangs made the perfect villains in contrast with the lovable locals. Community Unites on a Mountain combines romance and action to weave an entertaining regional drama. C.H. Readers Favorite 5-Star Review of Book 5.
Please Holidays on a Mountain is an engaging mystery that will have readers thinking like detectives as they try to figure out who is behind the arson in Dr. Bella Anderson’s North Carolina home and what motivated this act. The narrative starts slowly but as you read further, it moves at a faster pace as we meet more characters; the conflict and the pacing build the level of suspense effectively. The author drops clues throughout the plot, giving readers an insight into details that may otherwise have remained hidden. I also found the romantic aspect helpful in adding depth to the main characters and making them more realistic. Ultimately, Holidays on a Mountain is a Christmas story set in an isolated community, where people generally take care of each other. your local bookseller.
M.V.B. Readers Favorite 5-Star Review of Book 6.
Mountain storytelling is in my DNA. My mother's family settled in Knox County, Tennessee, in the 1720s. My daddy, yes he was always Daddy, was a descendent of the Oliver family who settled in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of East TN.
I am a southerner by birth, family roots, and upbringing. My adult life is deeply grounded in family, education, and service. I've lived and worked on five continents and am grateful for the opportunities to experience other cultures first hand—immersed in the lives of the people I have met. Each individual on my life's journey has helped me to be a better person. I am grateful.
I wish you peace.
Jacqueline Evans Jacobs, Ph.D.
On being a writer:
Writers often hear the admonishment: Keep your day job.
As a retired professor from Western Carolina University, I no longer have a day job. What I have is the luxury of time to write—to weave a story in the best tradition of mountain storytellers.
In my Love is a Cabin series, I invite you to become friends with Dr. Bella Anderson as she retires to the Tennessee mountains on the 80 acres she inherited from her paternal grandmother. Will she be prepared for all that she will encounter?
Bella's personal relationships and experiences get caught up in community intrigue as she encounters multiple modern mysteries. The wisdom deeply rooted in a Southern mountain community emerges in often unexpected ways. Welcome to Bella's Drellag Cabin.
Quinn leaves Immigration in the Love is a Cabin series to become lead detective in Round City. Come do sleuthing of your own as you try to figure out "Who is the real criminal?"in my new series: Detective Quinn Isaacs.
Member: NC Writers Network
News, Events and happenings:
March 2 - Attending the Dahlonega Literary Festival in Dahlonega Ga
January 28 - Participated in Writers League of the Villages Book Expo.
January 20 - Detective Quinn Isaacs: The Almost Perfect Crime - available on Amazon and from booksellers
Summer in Florida, and most of the time, is a time when folks read and stay in out of the heat or find a nice place on the ocean or a lake or river. I wish each and everyone a joyous summer of reading great books and look forward to the start of new literary activities in the fall.
April 22: Thanks to all who joined us at the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation 13th annual Poetry and Barbecue. https://www.lrjf.org
March 4: Kudos to the North Georgia Literary Festival and your fine event. I enjoyed meeting other authors and attending interesting sessions.
February 26: Thanks to Xaque Gruber for a wonderful evening of "Stories in the Raw" at RawSpace, Vero Beach. I had fun sharing my story: Phineas, Lawrence, Maria, and...me! Loved recalling the influences of movies on my life.
June 7: I was honored to have my poem "The Harvey Homestead" read as Jennifer Horne's mid-week poetry break. Check out her work and order her upcoming book at https://www.JenHorne.com Thanks for all you do, Jennifer, to promote poetry.