Shannon here: Jordyn Redwood shares insight into her real-life romance and a glimpse into her fictional world. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a print copy of her latest Romantic Suspense, Eliminating the Witness. Two copies up for grabs. Deadline: June 3rd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Jordyn:
Who Will Tell You the Truth?
My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this past January. I don’t think it would have been possible to make it through all those years without a little truth telling. Sometimes it’s easy—hey, you’ve got ketchup on your cheek. To sometimes a little harder. I may lose my job and I’m not sure what that will mean for our family.
I was at that point one time in my nursing career ten years ago. There had been a situation during a shift. No harm, mistake, or neglect had occurred with a patient. You might be thinking . . . then what could a nurse lose a job over? To be honest, nursing is just like any other profession. There are good managers and bad managers and at that time I had a retaliatory one and she carried an incident to the most extreme position to show me she was ultimately in control. She was seeking severe disciplinary action and I feared I would lose my job. I received the call about this process starting when my husband and I were leaving to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.
Needless to say, it wasn’t the celebration I hoped. I was teary eyed through the whole evening. We went to this amazing restaurant, and I could barely eat. My husband can sometimes grow weary of nursing work drama, but he knew what was happening was significant. He took my hand and said to me, “I love you. Even if you lose everything in nursing—you still have me. We still have our family.” It was the words I perhaps didn’t want to hear—my whole identity sometimes feels like being a nurse is the core of who I am—but it is what I needed to hear. The truth.
I weathered that storm. I remain a nurse still working with patients at the same hospital. Have had the opportunity to work for some amazing nurse managers since then and got awarded a coveted nursing award called The Daisy Award just this last February.
But what if your situation is far worse than mine. Imagine, for the sake of fiction, your husband is not who he seems. In fact, he’s the worst kind of human. A serial killer and you were the one to put him in jail. You’re whisked away into Witness Protection where you’ve rebuilt your life over the last three years only to have your nemesis set free and now, he’s hunting you because he never wants to go back to jail.
Facing our demons can be sticky and this is the ultimate test for the heroine, Rachel Bright, in my novel, Eliminating the Witness, releasing today. The hero, Kyle Reid, is the WITSEC inspector charged to protect her. Who will tell her the truth. Who will challenge the story she is telling herself. Can she overcome her past and put faith in a man when one before, she was so close to, betrayed her in unfathomable ways?
I guess you’ll have to read to find out.
Question for Readers: Who can you count on in your life to always tell you the truth, even when the truth hurts?
About Jordyn: Jordyn Redwood is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge– a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates. She loves to get e-mail from her readers at email@example.com Learn more & connect:
About the Book – Eliminating the Witness:
A hidden identity exposed…
and murderers on the hunt.
Rachel Bright’s time hiding in a small town comes to a crashing halt when her witness protection location is compromised. Now to evade her serial killer ex-husband after his surprise release from prison, she must go on the run with US marshal Kyle Reid. But with a bounty on her head and determined contract killers on her tail, every move could be their last.
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