Author, Jackie Haley
BRENDA'S WISH: A True Story of Faith, Family and the Testament of Love is a unique story of Brenda Schmitz, a cancer-stricken wife and mother who, in the few precious months left, wrote a letter to a local radio station and asked a friend to deliver it when the time was right: when her husband David found a new wife to help raise their four boys.
Two years later after Brenda passes away, David hears the words of his late wife for the first time and receives an incredible wish from the radio station. It's an incredible display of love, loss, faith, and hope, and shows one remarkable woman's selfless acts to help her family grieve and move on after her passing.
Keep tissue near as you journey through the dramatic stage 4 cancer diagnosis, a mother's determined fight for her family, a community united, a husband's paralyzing grief turned resilience, and inexplicable reaffirmations of love, guardianship, and wonder from the afterlife.
After the emotional Christmas wish interview was picked up by the evening local news, it went viral. Days later, David had 440 media contacts from Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres, The View, countless writers, and other major networks requesting an interview. The interview currently has 4.6 million views and continues to be one of the most shared and liked stories on Facebook, especially around Christmas.
Jonathan Blake is a catch. He's attractive, he's charming, and his family has a very successful business.
Unfortunately, that business just happens to be diamond smuggling. Jessica Johnson is ready for a fresh start.
After moving from Chicago to L.A., she has a new job and a new apartment. The only thing she doesn't need, or want, is a new boyfriend. But when Jonathan saves her from drowning, she finds herself swept off her feet.
As their two worlds collide, the decision to stay together becomes a matter of life and death.
Will Jessica sacrifice everything to be with the man she loves?
Discover love's ultimate adventure at Crystal Beach!
Jessica Blake knew about her husband’s past as a diamond smuggler before she married him. As detailed in the prequel thriller, Crystal Beach, the romance between Jessica and Jonathan has been full of danger and intrigue. Now, as the two finally wed, Jessica faces her most dangerous adventure yet—a vengeful Russian general has set his sights on the newlyweds.
General Alex Petrov never forgave Jonathan for helping the general’s daughter, Kira, escape an arranged marriage. The news of Kira’s death turned Petrov’s anguish into blind hatred. His wish: to teach Jonathan a lesson.
The adventure begins when Petrov guards kill Jonathan’s personal assistant and loyal retainer, Carl. As Jonathan tries to process the death of his friend and partner, Jessica struggles with the information Carl divulged to her right before his death—that he was an informant with the FBI. To keep Jonathan alive, Jessica may have to continue Carl’s mission and enter a deadly game of cat and mouse between the FBI, drug smugglers, and a mystery ally.
In this romantic thriller about diamonds, danger, and desire, Jessica Blake proves once again that she is no mere “damsel in distress.”
"There’s an incredibly sweet and inspiring story here, and it’s easy to see why it became a viral sensation." -2018 Book Pipeline Feedback
A True Story of Faith, Family and the Testament of Love is inspirational reading celebrating not one life, but life itself. Its recommended reading for anyone who would learn yet another strategy for end of life goals and lessons and love's lasting legacy. -Midwest Book Review
With an eye for detail and a nose for romance, Haley imagines what might happen if the girl next door stumbled into a James Bond movie. Smuggled diamonds, mafia thugs, a tall dark stranger-Crystal Beach has the makings of a Hollywood hit. -Michael Morain, The Des Moines Register
A captivating page turner that has you hooked from the beginning! With vivid clarity, Crystal Beach gives you romance, adventure and intrigue that will leave you begging for more! - Angela Schmeling, Author, Sementia & Aricka’s Revenge