Job Hunt & Ghosts by Jackie Keswick

A big welcome to Jackie Keswick who is re-releasing two of her books – Job Hunt & Ghosts.

Hello, I’m Jackie Keswick, and I’m very grateful to Anne for inviting me to her blog to talk about books! I’m in the middle of re-releasing my romantic suspense series, The Power of Zero. The first book, Job Hunt, came out a couple of weeks back, and book #2, Ghosts, arrived back on the scene yesterday.

The Power of Zero books are very close to my heart for many reasons. Job Hunt was the first of my novels that a publisher took a chance on. It was also my first attempt at writing contemporary romantic suspense, after many years of writing fantasy and sci-fi. Most of all, though, the Power of Zero story is one I tried to tell for years… It never worked, and manuscript after manuscript made its way into the bin.

Maybe I needed distance. Maybe I needed to grow up. Maybe I needed to be safe and settled myself first. Whatever it was, in the summer of 2012, the story I wanted to tell for so long suddenly began to take shape.

Jack’s story is one of survival, hope, revenge, healing, and family. It’s the story of a man who makes use of the ghosts in his past to help others.

The Jack we meet in Job Hunt is brittle, closed off, and trusts neither others nor himself. He’s also profoundly lonely – though it would take a knock-down, drag-out fight to get him to admit it. He has no expectations. He just gets on with things.

Jack changes as the books unfold. He realises that help can be a two-way street. He learns that he can make his own family, with people he wants in it. And that those people will have his back. Most of all, he realises that he can have the man he always wanted – as long as they’re both prepared to work for it.

The Power of Zero books are available from amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.
If you’d like to meet Jack before you dip a toe into my world of spies, hot men, and rescued children, you can download a Job Hunt taster from my bookstore here.

Jack Horwood has not had a home since his mother sold him to a pimp, has not had a family since he walked out on his Army career. Now he spends his days chasing secrets for MI6 and his nights chasing pimps and men who buy children for sex, seemingly content until Gareth Flynn, his former Army CO and the man he fell for when he was seventeen, walks back into his life.

Suddenly endings turn into new beginnings, two scared, abused boys need his help, and his past won’t let him go even as he tries to make a new life for himself.

Book 1 – Job Hunt

Does Fate offer second chances?

When Jack Horwood visits Nancarrow Mining to discuss a network security job, he doesn’t expect to run into his former CO or for Gareth Flynn to tag along when Jack goes after a pimp.

Because Jack doesn’t hunt pimps because he enjoys it. And Gareth has never been told of Jack’s past.

Jack has carried a torch for Gareth Flynn since he was seventeen, never expecting the man to notice. Can he deal with suddenly having Gareth in his life, while secrets, lies, and the consequences of a daring rescue test their forming bond?

Jack fights best alone, but he can’t walk away now. Not from his new job. Not from the boys they’ve rescued. And not from Gareth Flynn.

Jack has wanted a second chance like people in hell want ice cream. But is it real? Will it work? And most of all… does someone like Jack even deserve to be happy?

Available from Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

Book 2: Ghosts

Family. Christmas. Old ghosts. Or comfort, joy and new beginnings?

When it comes to the holidays, Jack and Gareth are poles apart.

Just the prospect of a big celebration brings Jack sleepless nights and painful memories. Add two rescued teenagers, an upcoming trial, and an unexpected discovery, and Jack is convinced he’ll screw up his second chance with Gareth.
Because Gareth loves the holidays. For him, they’re all about new beginnings and family he’s chosen for himself, while Jack’s past has only taught him to fight and protect.

Jack wants Gareth, the boys, a new life. He just never guessed that the fight for what he always wanted would rage in the most dangerous of battlefields: his own mind.

Available from Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author
Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks, and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, and a laptop.

Jackie writes a mix of suspense, action adventure, fantasy, and history. She loves stories with layers, plots with twists and characters with hidden depths. She adores friends-to-lovers stories, and tales of unexpected reunions, second chances, and men who write their own rules. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.

To chat with Jackie about books, boys, and food, join her in her Facebook readers group Jackie’s Kitchen, or find her in all the usual places:

Jackie’s Kitchen FB Group


About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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2 Responses to Job Hunt & Ghosts by Jackie Keswick

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Anne!


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