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Jean C. Gordon . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Jean…

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Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.

She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

Although her writing and family don’t leave her a lot of spare time, Jean likes to give back when she can. She and her husband team-taught a seventh-and-eighth-grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on her church’s Evangelism Committee. She also shares her love of books with others by volunteering at the church’s Book Nook.

You can keep in touch with her at JeanCGordon.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

 

An interview with Jean C. Gordon . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf – Tweet this!

 

And here is my interview with Jean:

  1. You have written several great series for Love Inspired . . . what inspired you to branch out with the Upstate NY series?

Actually, I wrote my Upstate books before I started writing for Love Inspired. Avalon Books originally published them in hardcover for libraries. Amazon Montlake later bought Avalon, and I received the rights back on my first three Avalon books, which I refreshed and updated and published under the Upstate NY imprint. Montlake still has the rights to and has republished my last two Avalon books, Mara’s Move and Candy Kisses. I like writing sweet romance as well as inspirational romance, so I’ll be launching a new sweet series (Team Macachek) in the fall to complement my Love Inspired books.

 

  1. Have you ever written under a pen name? Why or why not?

No, I haven’t. Jean C. Gordon is such a nice easy name to remember. FYI, the “C” is for Chelikowsky.

 

  1. I heard that you plan to attend a readers conference in Nashville this August . . . will you also be attending the ACFW conference during the same week?

Yes, I will be at the conference as well. I’m looking forward to both of them and to visiting Nashville for the first time. I’m bringing my husband along and staying a few extra days to sightsee. I hope to see at least some of you while I’m there.

 

  1. You live in an historic farmhouse in New York State. Can you tell us more about your choice to live with your daughter’s family? (I live with my daughter’s family, too)

The summer before our son started high school, our daughter and son-in-law were house hunting and not finding what they wanted—something with acreage to do some farming—in their price range. The semi-rural area where we were living at the time was quickly becoming suburban, and the high school had grown to a size that seemed large to my husband and me. We wanted our son to attend a smaller school. After a summer-long search, we finally found our house. We had a few bumps at first, such as quickly discovering that we couldn’t share a kitchen. My husband and I added a second kitchen to our side of the house. Once we got over the bumps, things have worked out pretty well, and I love having the multi-generations together. I think it’s good for all of us.

 

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I have two things. If you want to succeed commercially, treat your writing as a business, not a hobby, and remember where your talents come from.

 

And now for a few favorites:

Favorite person – my husband, Mark

Favorite coffee –  anything mocha 

Favorite perfume – Lily of the Valley

Favorite hobbies (other than writing) – reading and playing Scrabble online with a few friends

Favorite book – it’s a toss-up between Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Grace, and Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake and the Reformer (original versions of each)

Favorite music – most recently, Country. It reminds me of the rock ballads of the 1970s. (Yes, I’m dating myself)


Thank you, Jean!

And THANK YOU, readers, for joining me for this AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!

Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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Mandy and the Mayor | Jean C. Gordon Marathon

 


Today I am reviewing Mandy and the Mayor, the 3rd novel in the Upstate NY series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Whitmore Mills, a sleepy village in the Adirondack Mountains, is the last place Mandy Harris would choose to spend her summer.

She far prefers city life. But the village needs a director for its summer recreation program, and the deal is too good to pass up.

The compensation includes a grant to payoff her student loans, and the experience will look great on her teaching resume. The only difficult part is her boss, Mayor Whitmore.

Thaddeus Whitmore is intent on vindicating his family name and returning property to his dying hometown.

His father plunged the community into economic decline when he closed the family lumber mill to meet the divorce demands of his “trophy” wife. Thad’s remedy is to turn the old mill buildings into a highclass resort. He has studiously planned for every imaginable obstacle except the arrival of Mandy Harris.

While Thad’s great Aunt Aggie plays matchmaker, Mandy and Thad clash on everything, from her hiring, to her recreation programs, to his resort plans. More than a few sparks fly in the process. But are they enough to burn through Mandy and Thad’s differences and ignite the flame of everlasting love?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Mandy and the Mayor is a terrific story!

It’s a fun story to read — and I quickly got involved with the characters.

When Mandy Harris gets stranded in the small town of Whitmore Mills, she’s trying valiantly to stay out of jail… but soon everything works out and she is offered a summer job as director of the summer recreation program.

Thaddeus Whitmore is determined to keep from making the same mistakes as his dad. When he decides to stay away from Mandy, he finds out quickly that it’s more difficult than he expected it to be.

You’ll meet many colorful characters in the pages of this story — and some of them will most likely remind you of people in your own life. But keep reading! It just keeps getting better and better!

I can’t reveal much; if I do, I could spoil it for you. Download a copy today — and get started reading it.

Happy Reading!

 

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God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Love Undercover | Jean C. Gordon Marathon

 


Today I am reviewing Love Undercover, the 2nd novel in the Upstate NY series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Upstate NY…where love is a little sweeter 

A few too many messy divorce cases and custody battles have convinced Tina Cannon to change her specialty from family law to financial planning and move her young daughter out of the city to a place that has the small town values Tina grew up with.

So the offer from her Uncle Jack to join his planning practice in Genesee, her hometown, couldn’t have come at a better time.

Tina is in for a few surprises, though, not the least of which is her perplexingly uncooperative and devastatingly attractive first client Devon O’Neil.

Devon has ties to Genesee too. But they aren’t as pleasant as Tina’s. This is where his grandmother died nearly penniless, bilked out of her hard-earned nest egg by an unscrupulous financial planner — Uncle Jack.

Devon, a private investigator, devises a plan to expose Jack by posing as a lottery winner looking for financial guidance. Tina, however, is upsetting his plan. She’s Jack’s niece and in business with him, so she must be a crook, too, right? So, why does he seem so intent on proving her innocent instead of guilty?

With Tina’s widowed father playing matchmaker in the background, she faces off with Devon in the securities fraud investigation that raises more than a few sparks and teaches them both that while appearances can be deceiving, love shines true.

 

LOVE UNDERCOVER . . . Don’t miss this exciting adventure by Jean C. Gordon – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Love Undercover is an excellent read…

When I met Tina Cannon, I was certain she couldn’t be the deceitful crook Devon had her pegged as, could she? Devon O’Neil seemed pretty sure of himself — and his facts.

Then we have Tina’s Uncle Jack… and her Dad… so who’s the crook?

I’m hoping I can convince you how much I enjoyed reading Love Undercover — without giving away any spoilers, or too much information. Even though I was pretty sure I knew who the crooks were, there were moments when I almost doubted myself — especially when evidence to the contrary was revealed!

But that’s enough . . . really, I can’t reveal anything else; or I would spoil it for you. But you should read it — you really should.  And if you haven’t read the first book in the series, don’t miss it. You can even read them out of order, and it’ll be fine!

Just don’t miss out on this wonderful story.

Happy Reading!

 

… don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the GIVEAWAY contest!

Jean C. Gordon Marathon | Giveaway!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Bachelor Father | Jean C. Gordon Marathon

 


Today I am reviewing Bachelor Father, the 1st novel in the Upstate NY series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Upstate NY…where love is a little sweeter 

Adoption caseworker Molly Hennessey is determined to place every child in her caseload in a happy home with two loving parents — the type of caring home she’s always dreamed of having herself.

Determined, that is, until Brett Cahill comes along and disproves her lifelong perceptions of single parents.

Brett is a typical bachelor. He figures that someday he’ll settle down with a wife and have kids — but just not yet.

Then, his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, leaving him with Jake, the Korean toddler they were in the process of adopting.

But in order for Brett’s application to be approved he needs to be a married man and kiss his bachelor days good-bye.

Molly holds the power to give herself the home she’s always longed for and to give Brett what he wants most–little Jake. But will she realize it in time?

 

BACHELOR FATHER . . . Don’t miss this heart-warming adoption story by Jean C. Gordon – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Bachelor Father is a wonderful story, and is especially endearing to those who have adopted, or are considering adoption.

I quickly identified with Molly Hennessey . . . in my job, it’s easy to see both sides of the story. Most of the time, rules have to be followed explicitly; thankfully, sometimes a supervisor can bend a rule just a little — enough to help the person on the other side to work things out.

This is the position Brent Cahill is in. He needs a rule bent just enough to work things out.

For many years, I would have loved to adopt . . . but the financial aspect — and then the lack of a Dad in the home — was the determining factor in my life. But I wish it had worked out. After all, children are a blessing (at least that’s the viewpoint in our home).

Back to the story . . . I can’t reveal much else; if I do, I might spoil it for you. But take it from me — you should read Molly and Brent’s story (warning: you might need a tissue or two).

Don’t miss out on this wonderful novel.

Happy Reading!

… don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the GIVEAWAY contest!

Jean C. Gordon Marathon | Giveaway!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Love Undercover | Jean C. Gordon

 


Today I am reviewing Love Undercover, the second novel in the Upstate New York series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Upstate NY…where love is a little sweeter 

A few too many messy divorce cases and custody battles have convinced Tina Cannon to change her specialty from family law to financial planning and move her young daughter out of the city to a place that has the small town values Tina grew up with.

So the offer from her Uncle Jack to join his planning practice in Genesee, her hometown, couldn’t have come at a better time.

Tina is in for a few surprises, though, not the least of which is her perplexingly uncooperative and devastatingly attractive first client Devon O’Neil.

Devon has ties to Genesee too. But they aren’t as pleasant as Tina’s. This is where his grandmother died nearly penniless, bilked out of her hard-earned nest egg by an unscrupulous financial planner — Uncle Jack.

Devon, a private investigator, devises a plan to expose Jack by posing as a lottery winner looking for financial guidance. Tina, however, is upsetting his plan. She’s Jack’s niece and in business with him, so she must be a crook, too, right? So, why does he seem so intent on proving her innocent instead of guilty?

With Tina’s widowed father playing matchmaker in the background, she faces off with Devon in the securities fraud investigation that raises more than a few sparks and teaches them both that while appearances can be deceiving, love shines true.

 

LOVE UNDERCOVER . . . Don’t miss this exciting adventure by Jean C. Gordon – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Love Undercover is an excellent read…

When I met Tina Cannon, I was certain she couldn’t be the deceitful crook Devon had her pegged as, could she? Devon O’Neil seemed pretty sure of himself — and his facts.

Then we have Tina’s Uncle Jack… and her Dad… so who’s the crook?

I’m hoping I can convince you how much I enjoyed reading Love Undercover — without giving away any spoilers, or too much information. Even though I was pretty sure I knew who the crooks were, there were moments when I almost doubted myself — especially when evidence to the contrary was revealed!

But that’s enough . . . really, I can’t reveal anything else; or I would spoil it for you. But you should read it — you really should.  And if you haven’t read the first book in the series, don’t miss it. You can even read them out of order, and it’ll be fine!

Just don’t miss out on this wonderful story.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Bachelor Father | Jean C. Gordon

 

Today I am reviewing Bachelor Father, the first novel in the Upstate New York series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Upstate NY…where love is a little sweeter 

Adoption caseworker Molly Hennessey is determined to place every child in her caseload in a happy home with two loving parents — the type of caring home she’s always dreamed of having herself.

Determined, that is, until Brett Cahill comes along and disproves her lifelong perceptions of single parents.

Brett is a typical bachelor. He figures that someday he’ll settle down with a wife and have kids — but just not yet.

Then, his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, leaving him with Jake, the Korean toddler they were in the process of adopting.

But in order for Brett’s application to be approved he needs to be a married man and kiss his bachelor days good-bye.

Molly holds the power to give herself the home she’s always longed for and to give Brett what he wants most–little Jake. But will she realize it in time?

 

BACHELOR FATHER . . . Don’t miss this heart-warming adoption story by Jean C. Gordon – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Bachelor Father is a wonderful story, and would be especially endearing to the hearts of those who have adopted, or are considering adoption.

I quickly identified with Molly Hennessey . . . in my job, it’s easy to see both sides of the story. Most of the time, rules have to be followed explicitly; thankfully, sometimes a supervisor can bend a rule just a little — enough to help the person on the other side to work things out.

This is the position Brent Cahill is in. He needs a rule bent just enough to work things out.

For many years, I would have loved to adopt . . . but the financial aspect — and then the lack of a Dad in the home — was the determining factor in my life. But I wish it had worked out. After all, children are a blessing (at least that’s the viewpoint in our home).

Back to the story . . . I can’t reveal much else; if I do, I might spoil it for you. But take it from me — you should read Molly and Brent’s story (warning: you might need a tissue or two).

Don’t miss out on this wonderful novel.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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