On April 25th, USA Today Best Selling Author, Jacquie Biggar is releasing another of the books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky. Her book is entitled Missing: The Lady Said No.
I asked Jacquie to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. As you may know by now, Chandler County is a romantic suspense series. So I asked Jacquie to tell us what's so special about her favorite character and why! Thanks, Jacquie for stopping by and sharing.
JB: My favorite character is Augustus (Gus) Grant and here's why!
He’s a 1950’s detective I fashioned after one of my favorite TV shows, Columbo. Gus is a bit klutzy, a geek, and not your normal hero. But, he’s smart, kind, and endearing. Gus runs into an old girlfriend when he’s assigned the case of a murder in his home area of Chandler County.
NOTE: Gus likes to take the lead and insisted on answering my questions himself. Go for it Gus!
ST: What is your most noticeable characteristic?
GUS: (He grins.) "My habit of tapping my fingers while thinking. It annoys the heck out of most people.”
ST: What quality do you like most in the opposite sex?
GUS: “That’s easy. Fidelity. My first wife liked to, shall we say, play the field. She and I were a mistake. If only I’d known then that a relationship involves so much more than hormones.” (His eyes take on a far-away expression.) “That’s the difference with Becky, Rebecca Hayes. She’s faithful to those she cares about. It’s not in her nature to deliberately hurt anyone. She’s a special lady.”
ST: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
GUS: “I would change my need for success.” (He taps his fingers, notices what he’s doing and quits, fisting his hand in his lap.) “I come from a family where second-best was never good enough. I always felt like I had to do better and it cost me the love of my life.” (He frowned and shook his head.) “You know the saying, hindsight is twenty-twenty? In my case that’s never been truer.”
ST: Where and when were you the happiest?
GUS: “I invited Becky to the county fair. She wore the prettiest white dress with red roses on the skirt. She told me she’d made it herself. I took her dancing in that dress and it was pure magic.” (A reminiscent light enters his eyes.)
ST: What personality trait do you admire most in a friend?
GUS: “Loyalty. I didn’t get a lot of that as a kid.”
ST: What is your biggest regret?
GUS: (He rubs his chin.) “Walking away from Becky. I could have handled the whole thing better. I’m not very proud of my behavior.” He looks me in the eye. “I just hope she’ll give me a second chance, ya know?”
ST: What is your favorite motto or expression?
GUS: (He smiles.) “I like to put people at their ease when I interview them and then, just when they think they’re getting off scott-free, I say ‘Pardon me, ma’am, there’s just one more thing.’ Get’s them every time.”
ST: What is your greatest extravagance?
GUS: “Hmm, I’d have to say my ’52 Buick.” (He leans forward and places his elbow on the desk.) “She’s a beaut. I’ll take you for a drive sometime. Once you go for a cruise in a Buick, you’re ruined for any other car, trust me.”
ST: What is your most treasured possession?
GUS: (He pulls his badge from the inside pocket of his trench coat and holds it up for me to duly admire.) “Isn’t it a beaut? This says I’m someone, you know? I made something of myself. Something I can hold my head up for.”
ST: What do you like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?
GUS: (He sits back, crosses his arms.) “It’s the same answer either way. I like the closeness of the community and how everyone has your back. At the same time I can’t say I like how everyone knows your business. It’s a catch-twenty.” He shrugs.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: MISSING: THE LADY SAID NO
The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country
Detective Augustus Grant is faced with his most baffling case to date. Well-respected race horse breeder, John Jorgenson, is murdered in his den days before the Kentucky Derby and the list of suspects is growing.
Complicating matters, Gus' ex-girlfriend is the last person to have seen the victim alive.
Rebecca Hayes owes the Jorgenson family her loyalty. They gave her a new life after a disastrous affair leaves her alone and pregnant.
With all the evidence pointing in Becky's direction, will Gus do his duty?
Or follow his heart?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they're gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love.
She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.
She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.
Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)
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