Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The road to romance can get pretty rocky. Jackie Sullivan is learning that the hard way. A failed marriage and an out of the blue job loss propel her to seek refuge among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. But did she move cross country to chase a dream or a dreamy tour guide?
Jackie Sullivan had it all- a great job, a loving husband and a big house. But that’s all in the past. A chance encounter with a sexy tour guide gets her dreaming of a new life surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. When she is denied tenure at the mediocre New England college where she has taught for nine years, she decides to live the dream and make the cross-country move. Jackie’s efforts to re-invent herself in the tight-knit desert community are well, complicated. Is her new guy looking for a relationship or a friend with benefits? And in the case of her ex, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder! Is it her imagination, or is Rob more amazing than ever? Fueled by an unflagging sense of humor and lots of caffeine, Jackie challenges herself to navigate a new course in her search for a happy life.
Here are a few fun questions I asked Gail that she so kindly answered:
What is your favorite TV show? Catching up on Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black
What is your favorite summer activity? Sailing on the CT river or reading in the shade
What is your favorite summertime food? Anything grilled accompanied by watermelon and washed down with iced coffee!!
Who is your favorite fictional romantic couple (movie/TV/book)? I loved Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally
Do you plan to do anything special this summer? My daughter and I just came back from 2 weeks in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Lovely.
Gail Ward Olmsted is a professor in the School of Business & Information Technology at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA. She was the recent recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award. Olmsted earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from Central Connecticut State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Haven. Prior to teaching, Olmsted worked for 16 years in a variety of marketing and event management capacities in the telecommunications industry. She is a hopeless romantic, married to the love of her life, the mother of two young adults and enjoys reading, music and travel.