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At 7:21pm on April 28th, 2008, Jean Hackensmith said…
Sorry I haven't posted for so long. I've been busy writing and editing "Checkmate" and am so happy to say it is finally DONE and will be released May 1. "Checkmate" is the beginning of my "break" from the romance genre. It is classified as a "romantic thriller," but is actually more thriller than romance. My family and friends actually laugh when I say there isn't even one love scene in the entire book! (I'm known for my steamy love scenes, so this was indeed a rebellion on my part. I'm not saying I won't ever write another romance, especially time travel. I love the genre, and I have too many readers out there who'd be ready to kill me if I never wrote another one. I just felt a need to try something new, and "Checkmate" is it. It tells the story of Caryn Deaver, who managed to escape death eighteen years ago when her ex-husband tied up her and their children, locked them in the bathroom and set the house on fire. Dan Hamilton was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for the crime. But he's out now, though, and playing a sadistic game where each move is more violent than the last. The ultimate "checkmate" will come at the end of the game, when Caryn dies. Caryn's new boyfriend, Zach Riker, is just as determined as she to see that Dan won't succeed in his goal. He will do anything, including installing a panic room in their house and buying a protection dog, to ensure her safety...and his. Since Zach is now the man in Caryn's life, Dan has earmarked him for execution, too. Their children, could also be victims of Dan's rage if Zach and Caryn can't stop the countdown to their deaths.

I'm also ecstatic over the first "Checkmate" review, by Debra Gaynor of

"It is almost 3 a.m., and I am still up. It is all Jean Hackensmith’s fault. Checkmate is one of those books that you do not want to put down. From the opening page to the last page, the action does not stop. The plot will keep readers gripping the edge of their seat..."

You can check out the full review at

That's it for now. I'll stop back in a day or two to update you on the tour and, again, please stop by and say hello! Delete Comment

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