Jacci Turner

Biography

Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada’s high desert. They spend their
mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.

Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She’s worn many
hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and
mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly.

Jacci's first book geared towards adults, The Retreat: A tale of spiritual awakening, will came out in March with Harper Legend. It is available now on pre-order in paper back.

Jacci's middle grade fiction, Bending Willow, is about Riley and Mia searching for a father who doesn't know they exist. It is the first book in The Finding Home Series. Bending Willow represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and was a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Contest. In addition, Jacci is the author of the Amazon best-selling young adult novel, The Cage, the first book in The Birthright series, and many other other Middle Grade and YA books.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the “east bay” region of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, and although I've spent the last thirty years in Reno, Nevada, I still work a lot in the east bay. One of the ways the east bay has influenced my writing includes its diverse population. In The Birthright Series: The Cage, The Bar and The Lamb, a multi-ethnic cast of characters is central to the development of the story. People ask me about that and I say, "That is the world I live and work in, so that is the world I write about." Of course, when I write ethnic characters, I ask my friends from that ethnicity to give me feedback, and I often have to make changes based on their feedback.

Reno is featured as a setting in all of my current books as I am most familiar with it. And, I was born in Idaho and spent many wonderful days on my Grandma's farm, which is the setting in The Finding Home Series.
When did you first start writing?
My early career was in story-telling. I used to charge neighborhood kids a nickel to come see the plays I'd written. I was five years old. From there I went into middle and high school drama and even majored in Theater in College. But, community theater is very time consuming and I'd always written on the side. I decided to write more seriously five years ago, and now I’ve published four books; the fifth is with my editor.
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The Cage Trailer
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The Bar
The trailer for The Bar is here!

Series

The Birthright

The Bar

Price: $3.99 USD.

The Lamb

Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

Snapped
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,150. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(4.00 from 1 review)
Cade Waters is by far the most popular guy at Sierra High School. Why then has he suddenly noticed Ari, a freshman nobody? As Ari finds herself falling for Cade, his requests become more intimate and personal. Follow Ari as she navigates budding romance, tough decisions, betrayal, and a trip to an island in this young adult story of growing up the hard way.
Willow's Roundup
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,500. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Adoption
When Javier and River help with the spring cattle drive, Riley feels like the rope in a tug-of-war between two dogs. She can't wait for summer vacation and the long-awaited visit to Nana's farm, where there’s nothing to worry about besides relaxing and having fun with Nana. But things never turn out the way Riley expects, and this summer is no different.
Willow's Ride
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,330. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Adoption
Spring in central Idaho means birthing season on a cattle ranch and with Grandpa sick and Delly pregnant, Riley is up to her knees in mud, blood, and babies. She’s rapidly finding out that growing up isn’t easy. To top it off, her new friend isn’t making life any easier.
Shipwrecked
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,960. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Join the adventure as Jillie and Ruby navigate a mysterious island where they must battle wild animals, crazy weather and creepy people, while searching for the girls’ parents. When no one is who they say, and nothing is as it seems, family is all you can trust.
Finding Willow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family
At long last, Riley and Mia have reached Riley’s father's ranch. But when things start to go horribly wrong, Riley starts to wonder if this new family is really going to work out and they still don’t know if Mia can be adopted by Riley's new family. Come along as Riley and Mia struggle through more surprising twists and turns to discover if they have finally found their forever family.
Stretching Willow
Series: The Finding Home, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,790. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings
Riley and Mia suffer crushing disappointment when they learn they won't be able to go live with their father…yet. Staying at Nana's farm seems like a wonderful solution until they learn they have to go to school and Riley receives another heart-rending shock. Join Riley and Mia in their continued adventure as they face new challenges, make new friends, and get downright stretched!
Bending Willow
Series: The Finding Home, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,830. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Riley finds her grandmother dead, she knows her world is about to collapse. Determined to find the father she knows only by an address, Riley and Mia take off on a journey with so many twists and turns Riley begins to doubt they’ll ever find a real home. She ignores the question that keeps popping into her mind–if they do find her father, will he even want them? Or will he send them away?
The Lamb
Series: The Birthright, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,480. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Tyrell and Tiffany are back in the last book of The Birthright Series. Ty and Tiff want to be together, but their relationship seems doomed from the start. Now Ty is having disturbing dreams again, and Tiff’s new friend, Lorna, just might be crazy. Join Ty, Tiff, and their friends as they try to untangle this strange web of clues before it’s too late for … The Lamb.
The Bar
Series: The Birthright, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,230. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
With Dawna’s court date against the sex traffickers approaching, her younger sister, Emily, has a chip on her shoulder as high as Mt. Rose. When Dawna moved to Reno, she left Emily all alone to face the gossip of their small hometown. Suddenly Emily is thrust into a bigger problem when she finds Loyalton’s most popular cheerleader on the floor of the school bathroom semi-conscious.

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