Thursday3Some: Tangled Memories by Jan Scarbrough

Today, Jan Scarbrough dropped by to visit. Jan and I met when we published with Kensington's now-defunct Precious Gems Romance line many years ago.

(Recently, Liz Flaherty, another Precious Gems author friend got us all together to create Gems in the Attic, a new group blog. If you see #GemsInAttic on Twitter, that's us. We expect to start blogging in the spring so look for an announcement here.)

About Jan Scarbrough

Jan is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances about family and second chances, and if the plot allows—horses.

Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a competitive horse show.

A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.

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Tangled Memories by Jan Scarbrough

After losing his wife, Dr. Alexander Dominican is determined his infant daughter will not grow up motherless as he did. Offering sensible, kind kindergarten teacher Mary Adams a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution. The widow’s husband left her with a mountain of debt. For Alex, paying it off is a small price to pay for his daughter’s happiness. Until his sensible new wife begins to lose her mind.

On the day of their marriage, Mary starts having frightening hallucinations of medieval England—visions that feel more like the memories of woman who lived centuries before. More terrifying, someone—or some thing—is stalking the new mistress of Marchbrook Manor. Could it be one of the sinister servants? Or Alex himself? Alex is reawakening hidden desires and longings in Mary, but until she can untangle the web of nightmares and secrets, she can trust no one. Not even Alex.

Alex has no idea he’s unleashing a destiny that’s taken him seven hundred years to fulfill.

If Alex and Mary are to salvage their future, they must first unravel centuries of…Tangled Memories.

When did you write Tangled Memories?

When I was thirty-eight, I almost died. I was in the intensive care unit for four days. After I recovered, I decided it was time to make my dream of becoming a novelist come true.

What was the spark that gave you the story idea?

After my life-threatening illness, I wondered “what if” we were all given second chances. What would we do? And especially, what would happen to a heroine if she were given another chance to find her true love? In Tangled Memories, there’s a supernatural element that makes for a happy ending.

Why do your readers buy Tangled Memories?

Tangled Memories is different from my normal contemporary romances. In a way, it defies classification. It’s set in contemporary Kentucky, but it is a typical Gothic romance with the young heroine, mysterious hero, and threatening mansion. It is paranormal because of the flashbacks to medieval England. The book is written in first and third person. Readers who miss old-fashioned Gothic romances buy this book. I like to think it’s a good story and an enjoyable read with a happily-ever-after ending.

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Takeaway Truth

The Gothic lives again, much to the delight of readers everywhere. Please enjoy a live free preview of Tangled Memories. Just scroll down and click READ PREVIEW.


  1. That is the way with the Gems--we just defy genre limits! I love Gothics--it's nice to see this one out there.

    1. Joan and Liz, I've enjoyed getting my start at Precious Gems. Thanks for having me, Joan.

    2. Hey, Liz. Yes, we should wear our Gem-hood proudly! Thanks for stopping by.

    3. Jan, it's always a pleasure. I've started Tangled Memories, and it's also a pleasure!

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    1. Hello, Pamela. Nice to see you here. Thanks for stopping by.

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