Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.
Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with the Seattle Opera Company and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write A Code of Love, a romantic mystery set in the Regency era. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge.
Although writing now fills most of her days, she continues to volunteer with Seattle’s Ballet and Opera companies, as well as leading children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire.
Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in A Code of Love. A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies—a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. Fortunately, her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog. Jacki’s extraordinary heroines love and heal.
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A Code of Love (Book 1 of the Code Breakers Series)
Author: Jacki Delecki
Published: February 6, 2014
Threatened by French spies, assassins, and calculating suitors, can Lady Henrietta Harcourt trust the infamous rake, Lord Cordelier Rathbourne, with her carefully guarded family secrets?
In his new, undisclosed position as Director of English Intelligence, Cord faces more peril keeping the brilliant, Harcourt family of code breakers safe than he did as undercover spy in Napoleonic France.
Cord’s passionate attraction for the indomitable Henrietta hasn’t diminished in his four years abroad, but neither has Henrietta’s memory of his libertine past.
In pursuit of the missing brother, Henrietta and Cord become entangled in a web of international intrigue, danger, and white hot passion.
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“They call themselves gentleman, pshaw.” Henrietta plunked her boot into a muddy hole on the sidewalk outside the Abchurch secret offices. Cold water seeped through to her toes. “Arrogant, self-righteous….” The unpleasant feel of wet stockings only served to fuel her anger at the clerk and all the men in the Abchurch office, the bastion of male superiority.
Her body shook from the insult and her soaked clothes. The clerk, who had refused her admittance to speak with Sir Ramston, had implied she was a spinster worried for naught about her brother. She bowed her head into the driving rain, glaring down at her sodden black boots. Her dark mood festered like the foul weather plaguing London this last week of April.
The impact was sudden. She stumbled backward, her arms swung in an outward arc. The slippery mud grabbed at her boots.
The man thrust his hands in the mud beside her shoulders trying to stop the impact of his large body driving her further down on the wet ground.
The shock of the fall left her immobile and speechless. She was flat on her back in the middle of a main London throughway with Lord Rathbourne’s hard body pressing against her. The huge man loomed over her, grinning with all the nerve of a blatant libertine. Looking up into his chiseled face, she noticed the small laugh lines surrounding his bright eyes that seemed to be laughing back at her.
An Interview With Jacki
Welcome Jacki Delecki, and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us at Just One More Romance.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer but like many strayed on a lot of paths. My heart has always been in dance and theater and I spent years performing but always telling myself one day I’d write the stories. I started to write my first Ballet romantic mystery many years ago…Then I get busy with my family. But my third book in the Grayce Walters Series is going to be around Seattle’s Ballet Company.
Tell us about your work. What are you writing now?
I’m working on the second book in The Grayce Walters Series- Women Under Fire. (Hopefully to be released sometime during the summer.) And plotting the second book in the Code Breaker Series. I’m very very happy with the plot and I think my readers will be too.
I’m trying to keep to my writing routine which is about 4-5 hours a day but spring and sun have come to Seattle and it is hard to sit at the computer.
Where did you draw your inspiration from?
From everything around me: people, animals, conversations, books, movies, music. I’m always watching and listening. I spend a great deal of time outside by myself. I need quiet time to put together all I’ve observed.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a writer. I still remember going to the library when I was in first and second grade, sitting on the floor and being taken to magic, wonderful places.
What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
The first romance I read was Jane Feather and I was hooked. She had a strong heroine, alpha hero and loads of adventure. My favorite kind of romance.
What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.?
I don’t do anything but write and drink caffeine. I can’t imagine watching TV and writing since I’m in my character’s world. I have a big ball in my office and I try to remind myself to get up and hang over the ball for a break.
Tell us 3 surprising things about yourself.
1. Reread my favorite romance authors over and over
2. Addicted to all Sherlock Holmes. Love the newest Sherlocks- Benedict and Johnny but loved Basil Rathbourne who I named my hero after in A Code of Love.
3. Very driven athlete
What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
Philomena. Very intense and difficult but amazing.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Beach date. Watching sunset with champagne. Getting my feet wet in the sand.
If you could take a romantic trip anywhere, where would it be? Paris. Always Paris!!
Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes.
Top three things on your bucket list:
1. Back to Paris first
2. Then to England and Scotland
3. Scuba diving in Hawaii or the Caribbean
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Tattoos or Piercings? Tattoos.
Brains or Muscles? Brains with muscles! LOL
Planner or Wing it? Wing it
Favorite feel good drink? French Champagne
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Laptop or desktop? Desktop
Beach or mountains? Beach
Winter or summer? Summer
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us interview you Jacki and we look forward to having you back again very soon.
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