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Kyra Jacobs: Her Unexpected Detour

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Good morning! Today’s Naked Truth is being delivered by author Kyra Jacobs, and I’m heading to Kyra’s blog to answer a few questions. Hope to see you there! And have a great Wednesday, everybody. Here’s Kyra! She’s got some great advice for pushing past the doldrums, whether in general or with your muse. Read on. 🙂


Thank you so much for letting me come and visit with you and your readers today, Lisa! I could have come on and done a standard post about the characters or setting for HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR (released in September from Entangled Bliss), but I wanted to offer you all something a little more…helpful.

As a fellow author, you know how important it is for us to daydream. I mean, really, that’s what writing novels is all about:  putting down on paper the lovely (and even the not-so-lovely) tales weaving through our minds. Sometimes, those ideas simply don’t want to cooperate. They’re stuck, or hiding, and it frustrates writers on deadline to no end. Same goes for non-writers. Everyone, at some point or another, gets in a mental rut. And while there are a million and one tips out there to help you find a way out of your funk, here’s one I often employ:

Step outside and just look up.

See, I love to look at clouds. Their ever-changing formations absolutely amaze me. Add in a gorgeous sunrise or sunset and I’m in awe. I love looking at clouds so much, in fact, that I’m prone to pulling my vehicle into parking lots and stopping to take pictures of skyscapes that peak my interest. (And oh, do my kids loooooove that. “Mom, really? Again?” lol)

Kyra Jacobs cloud shot

But beautiful or not, there’s something calming about looking skyward and focusing on objects so far from whatever is perplexing me on the ground. Kinda puts life in perspective, if only for a moment. Next time you find yourself stressed, I encourage you to give it a try. Step outside, take a deep breath, and look up—no picture-taking required.

And because I love cloud-watching so much, I worked it into a scene in HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR. I thought I’d share the excerpt with you today, a fun one with main characters Brent Masterson and Kayla Daniels out on a picnic lunch. Kayla’s a believer in cloud-watching. Brent? Not so much. Which, as you know, always makes things a little more fun. Thanks again for reading along, and I hope you enjoy it!

Her Unexpected Detour


Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the detour…

Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he’s hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do…

Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that’s been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won’t risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So…how exactly did he end up in Kayla’s bed last night?

But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home…



She set their dishes aside and let her gaze drift back to Brent, who looked utterly at peace. The worry lines that typically flanked the corners of his eyes and lips had disappeared. So had the guarded, scowling man who had done his best to keep her at arm’s length earlier in the week. He’d been easier to resist, acting like that. But now…

“You’re staring at me.”

Busted. “Just trying to see if your chest is still moving.”

“You really are a terrible liar.”

“Whatever.” Kayla lay down and stretched out on the blanket as well, careful to leave what seemed like an appropriate distance between them. “You know, when Tommy and I were kids, we’d drag blankets like this out into the backyard and stare up at the clouds for hours, making up stories about the shapes and animals we saw.”

“Oh yeah?”

“Mmm hmm. The clouds today would have made for some great stories.” She glanced his way, suddenly self conscious. “Sorry, I bet that sounds silly. We can go if you need to get back.”

“Nah, relax for a bit.”

“But aren’t you behind schedule?”

Brent snorted. “I haven’t had a day off in over a month, so I don’t think one afternoon is too much to ask. Besides, it’s clouding up. Rain’s coming, I can feel it.”

“Feel it? Let me guess—in all those manly, broken bones of yours?”

He cracked one eye open and threw her a grin. “Bingo.”

“So, what do you see?” asked Brent.


“Up in the clouds. What do you see?”

Kayla brushed aside her melancholy thoughts and squinted up at the collection of cotton candy clouds overhead. The thick white puffs that hadn’t been there this morning drifted lazily between earth and sun, casting giant, intermittent shadows across the Michigan landscape. And with each shadow came what felt like a ten-degree drop in temperature. She snuck a quick peek at Brent as another shadow blanketed them, to make sure he wasn’t shivering again. Satisfied he was all right, she looked up once more.

“Well, over there,” she said, pointing up and to her left. “That one kind of looks like an elephant. And the smaller one beside it? That sort of looks like a three-legged dog. Maybe the elephant stepped on him in some freak circus accident or something.” She grinned at the absurdity of her explanation and wished for a moment that Tommy were there. “So, what do you see?”


“What?” she laughed.

“Clouds,” Brent said. “Just clouds.”


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Author Bio:
Kyra Jacobs head shotKyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website to learn more about her novels and ways connect with her on social media.


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Thanks very much to Kyra for visiting and blog swapping today. Be sure to tell her hello, and don’t forget to visit me over at Kyra’s blog!

See y’all Friday for Observations from the Tub!


19 Responses to "Kyra Jacobs: Her Unexpected Detour"

  1. Comment by Pat
    October 7, 2015 at 7:51 am  

    Clouds certainly can be fascinating, can’t they? Your advice to slow down and take a look is a welcome reminder in troubling times.

    Critter Alley

    • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
      October 7, 2015 at 8:44 am  

      I tend to forget to slow down as well. Figure if I write it enough times it may eventually sink in. 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm  

      Clouds and stars. *sigh*

  2. Comment by Rob
    October 7, 2015 at 8:03 am  

    Long walks work, too. Go Irish!

    • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
      October 7, 2015 at 8:46 am  

      Yes, or even short runs. Good luck to your Irish, I’m an oddball Hoosier who married a buckeye, so….Go Bucks! 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm  

      My daughter-in-law is an Ohio alum and a staunch Buckeye’s fan, so we are by extension. Sorry, Rob. lol

      • Comment by Rob
        October 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm  

        I just like the name: Fighting Irish. 🙂

        • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
          October 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm  

          🙂 lol

        • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
          October 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm  

          Lol yep, fun to say.

          • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
            October 7, 2015 at 11:33 pm  

            Go Bucks! 🙂

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm  

    Kyra, I enjoyed your post and book excerpt. I am also a cloud watcher, and am fascinated by sunset clouds.

    • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
      October 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm  

      It was sooo hard to choose just one picture for this post, Linda! I’ve got so many. Been debating putting together some sort of inspirational book with clouds and quotes, may still do it someday. Might need a better camera than my cell phone, though… lol

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm  

      Agreed, Linda. Sunset clouds are some of the prettiest. Have you ever seen mammatus clouds? I’ve only ever seen pictures, but they’re gorgeous.

      • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
        October 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm  

        I had to look that one up, Lisa. Wow, cool images-next storm season I’ll be watching a bit more closely for them! Especially at sunset 😉

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 7, 2015 at 11:34 pm  

    I love the orange-y glow of clouds at sunset. You book sound good Kyra. I wish my TBR list wasn’t so long.

    • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
      October 7, 2015 at 11:49 pm  

      Thank you, Button’s Mom – and hey, it’ll still be there when your TBR list runs low. 😉 And by all means…GO BUCKEYES!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2015 at 6:09 am  

      Ah, yes…and you have the benefit of enjoying those clouds from the beach! You’re a lucky woman, ButtonsMom! 🙂

  5. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    October 9, 2015 at 9:09 am  

    I loved your blurb and excerpt, Kyra, and your characters sound like ones I’d like to meet 🙂 Your suggestion to look up to the clouds and relax is a wise one. I think I’ll go do just that — after I click on over to your blog and read Lisa’s post. Thanks to both of you!

    • Comment by Kyra Jacobs
      October 9, 2015 at 9:36 am  

      Thank you, Theresa – the cast at the Checkerberry is a fun one to work with, and am having fun adding new characters to the mix in the sequels. And by all means – go cloud watching and relax today. I know I will be…TGIF! 🙂

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