Sunday, October 23, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Letting Go (The Defiant Sisters #1) by Jacquie Biggar

Title: Letting Go
Series: The Defiant Sisters #1
Author: Jacquie Biggar
Publisher: Wavefront Publishing
Publication Date: October 21st 2022
Genre: Young Adult Coming of Age Contemporary Romance

A coming-of-age novel about the pain of misconceptions and learning from them.

When life gives you lemons…


Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean.

I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal, and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart.

I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway.

If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.


The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since.

Going home is supposed to be the answer. Instead, it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve made.

My sister hates me. My little brother barely knows me. And Simon… is engaged.

None of it matters- or so I tell myself. I’m here to make amends and face a past haunted by regret.

As long as I can convince myself to stay.

Letting Go is a young adult romance dealing with tragedy, restitution, and love in all its aspects. The story relates to sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.

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Two years later

The town looks the same as when I left for college. The Welcome to Smuggler’s Cove, pop. 7562, sign bows with the weight of the old town’s worries on its aged wooden frame. God, I’m glad I escaped.

My second-hand SUV chugs up the hill and over the bridge. Chinook, the river named after the salmon who travel hundreds of miles to spawn in its muddy brown water, gurgles over the rocks far below. Giant rubber tubes in a rainbow of colors filled with laughing teens dot the surface. I’d joined them many times to get away from the oppression at home.


It’s been nearly two years since I left, and would’ve been longer if I had my choice. Hard on the heels of guilt come the ever-ready tears. Fact is, while I soaked up the west coast sunshine and campus life, my little sister had taken over the reins of the house, getting my brother to school, paying the bills, and caring for Mom.

Someone honks their horn, an angry watch it sound. Startled, I jerk the wheel and almost cream the rail. Nervous laughter pushes through clenched teeth. Wonder what Miss Perfect would say to that? Mom never understood the jealousy that reared its ugly head around Izzy. Hell, I didn’t get it myself. It just is.

The restaurant my friends and I haunted throughout high school comes up on the right. Why hadn’t I noticed how old and tired it looked? The door opens and a group of four exits into the parking area.


My heart drops to my toes. He glances away from the woman laughing up at his handsome face and our eyes meet. Time slows. Everything we’d done together, been together, lost together plays out in my mind like a tragic Shakespearean play. God, why now? I’d hoped to sneak into town, do my duty, and leave with no one the wiser.

He steps away from his date—a blonde like me—and lifts his hand as though to wave me down. The others turn to see what’s going on and I—being the scaredy-cat my sister always accused me of—punch the gas pedal and grimace as my vehicle belches out a plume of dark gray smoke before obeying my command.

Damn. What else could go wrong?
Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:

“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I'm not acting like a total klutz, I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasures are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. Every Monday night, I can be in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake's shenanigans.

I love to hang out at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink, and talking to my friends.”

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

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  1. this sounds like a wonderful book to read, thanks

  2. Replies
    1. It is a romance, but more than that, it's a story of forgiveness. I hope you give it a try.

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt.Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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    1. Thank you! The cover was my inspiration for the story :)

  5. I should add this book to my reading list.

  6. I would love to read this story. I am so ready to read about realistic issues and how people deal with it when the outcome isn't predestined to be HAE!

    1. Yay! Thanks, Cheri. It's available on NetGalley for a limited time, or $.99 at Amazon. I hope you enjoy the story!

  7. This sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I love the cover, as well. It's perfect for autumn :)

  8. I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thank you, Barbara. I hope it convinces you to read the book :)

  9. Sounds like a really interesting book, will have to read it.

  10. Sounds like a great book, and I like the cover as well.

  11. The book sounds like a great read. Love the cover!

    1. Thank you. A good blogging friend created the cover- I love it, as well!

  12. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Letting Go, seems like a great book idea.

    1. Sometimes, we tend to hold on to negative feelings without knowing the whole story. I wanted Letting Go to open hearts and forgive those we love.

  14. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    1. Join a critique group. They'll help your book to shine.

  15. Thanks for sharing my new release with your readers!

    1. You're very welcome! Thank you for stopping by my blog. =)

  16. looks like a fun one

  17. I enjoyed the excerpt and I'm looking forward to reading the entire book.