I remember searching through photos trying to find Bridget, because I already knew who Adam was. Pictures are nice to have on hand. Sometimes I get lucky and find a picture, sometimes I don’t.
For Blessed, book one in the Matawapit Family Series, I visualised a young Pat John in his prime (who played Jesse Jim in the CBC TV show the Beachcombers) as Darryl. But for Emery, he only existed in my imagination, until eXasty Books cover artist Martine Jardin took my ideas and produced Emery for the book’s cover. She shocked me, because I didn’t expect to see my Emery, the one I dreamed up in my head, on the cover of Blessed. Goes to show how talented she is.
For Redeemed, when I saw a picture of actress Kimberly Guerrero posing on the cover of a movie poster with the late Steve Reevis for the film The Cherokee Word for Water, I knew I’d found my Bridget Matawapit.
As for hero Adam Guimond, the late actor Sonny Lanham, during his 48 Hours and Predator heyday, was perfect to fill the roll of Adam. They shared the same muscular build, deep, booming voice, scary laugh, and intimidating presence.
So there’d be no movie, because two of the actors have since passed on. But it’s nice to wish and wonder.
The Matawapit Family Series
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
The Matawapit Family Series Book 2
A single woman battles to keep her foster child from his newly-paroled father—a dangerous man she used to love.
Bridget Matawapit is an Indigenous activist, daughter of a Catholic deacon, and foster mother to Kyle, the son of an Ojibway father—the ex-fiancé she kicked to the curb after he chose alcohol over her love. With Adam out on parole and back in Thunder Bay, she is determined to stop him from obtaining custody of Kyle.
Adam Guimond is a recovering alcoholic and ex-gangbanger newly-paroled. Through counselling, reconnecting with his Ojibway culture and twelve-step meetings while in prison, Adam now understands he’s worthy of the love that frightened him enough to pick up the bottle he’d previously corked. He can’t escape the damage he caused so many others, but he longs to rise like a true warrior in the pursuit of forgiveness and a second chance. There’s nothing he isn’t willing to do to win back his son–and Bridget.
When an old cell mate’s daughter dies under mysterious circumstances in foster care, Adam begs Bridget to help him uncover the truth. Bound to the plight of the Indigenous children in care, Bridget agrees. But putting herself in contact with Adam threatens to resurrect her long-buried feelings for him, and even worse, she risks losing care of Kyle, by falling for a man who might destroy her faith in love completely this time.
The Matawapit Family Series Book 1
It’s been ten years since Emery Matawapit sinned, having succumbed to temptation for the one thing in his life that felt right, another man. In six months he’ll make a life-changing decision that will bar him from sexual relationships for the rest of his life.
Darryl Keejik has a decade-long chip on his shoulder, and he holds Emery’s father, the church deacon, responsible for what he’s suffered: the loss of his family and a chance at true love with Emery. No longer a powerless kid, Darryl has influence within the community—maybe more than the deacon. Darryl intends on using his power to destroy Deacon Matawapit and his church.
Hoping to save the church, Emery races home. But stopping Darryl is harder than expected when their sizzling chemistry threatens to consume Emery. Now he is faced with the toughest decision of his life: please his devout parents and fulfill his call to the priesthood, or remain true to his heart and marry the man created for him.
This is very erotic book about a spiritual journey.
About the Author: An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful memories with the people she loves most.
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