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In The Spotlight: J.A. Jance’s Desert Heat

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Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. J.A. Jance has created some very successful series, and is well regarded, both commercially and critically. It’s about time this feature included one of her novels, so let’s do that today. Let’s turn the spotlight on Desert Heat, the first of her Joanna Brady novels.

The story begins with a prologue that takes place in Phoenix and in the desert of Northern Mexico. A gangster named Antonio Vargas kills a man named Lefty O’Toole. Readers aren’t exactly privy to why yet, but that incident becomes part of the story later.

Then, the story moves to Bisbee, Arizona, where Joanna Brady is waiting for her husband, Andy, to come home from work He’s a deputy sheriff for Cochise County, so sometimes, his schedule is erratic. But he’s asked her to be ready at six for a tenth-anniversary celebration. When it…

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

One comment on “In The Spotlight: J.A. Jance’s Desert Heat

  1. Thanks very much for the re-post! 🙂

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