Thursday, March 3, 2016

My name is Jamie Dawes

Our guest today is from Barbara Ross's Maine Clambake Mysteries. Barb is giving away a signed copy of Fogged Inn to one commenter!

By Jamie Dawes

Hi. My name is Jamie Dawes. I live and work in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, the place where I grew

up. I still live in my parent’s house, in fact, even though I’m thirty. I’m the youngest of four kids, with a decade-long gap between me and the next one. My mother always calls me “the period at the end of the sentence,” and my dad always responds, “more like an exclamation point. Surprise!”

The older kids grew up, went off to school, and then moved to other states to make their livings and raise their families. I stayed to care for my parents. Not that I mind one bit, let me tell you. I love Busman’s Harbor, always have and always will. And, I was lucky enough to score a job as an officer with the Busman’s Harbor Police Department. In the off-season, there are only six sworn officers plus the chief, so they’re hard jobs to get.

What I didn’t anticipate, or really think through, was that it might get lonely. Most of the women I went to school with have either left town for opportunities elsewhere, or they’re coupled up, with little kids even. I’m an okay-looking guy with a good job. I didn’t have any trouble finding company during high school and college. Who knew it would be this hard?

Last spring, I thought all my problems in the companionship area might be solved when Julia Snowden moved back to Busman’s Harbor to rescue her family’s clambake business from bankruptcy. Julia grew up in the house next door. She was my first and best friend. We waited for the school bus together every day through elementary and middle school, and I worked summers in high school on Morrow Island where her family holds their clambakes.

I hoped there might be something there. I’ve always been a little in love with her. Her moving back was like a dream come true. But Julia was heads-down trying to save her family’s business. I didn’t want to distract her. I knew the stakes were high.

But then it became clear I’d missed my chance. Julia had somehow gotten attached to Chris Durand. He’s a shady guy, in my opinion, older than us, who skates along at the edge of the law. I didn’t like it one bit. One night, last summer, Julia and I were in a bar, discussing a murder case. One of her employees was a person of interest, but Julia was convinced he was innocent. We talked all night, just like old times. When the bar closed I walked her home and kissed her.

Giant mistake. Terrible mistake. It’s been awkward between us ever since. And the worst part, I can’t stop thinking about it, is that in my eagerness to find a relationship, I lost my friend. It makes me heartsick to even think about it.

Now we’re involved in a new case together. Julia’s landlord Gus found a dead guy in his walk-in refrigerator. The man had been in the restaurant Julia runs with Chris the night before he died. I saw him there with my own eyes. It was a foggy, icy night when I was dealing with my own problem, an accident blocking the main intersection that shut down the road in and out of town. No one knows who this guy is, why he died, or how he ended up in the walk-in. The state police major crimes unit is here working on it. I’m helping them with their inquiries and as a result I see Julia all the time.

I would give anything to take back that kiss, and to have my oldest friend back in my life in the same easy way it was when we were kids. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if you can ever go back again. To your childhood. To the night before we kissed. I just know I miss my friend.

Readers, what do you think? Can friendship survive a failed attempt at romance? Can you go home again? Barb is giving away a signed copy of FOGGED INN to one lucky commenter!

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out and Fogged Inn. Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors.

She is always thrilled to hear from readers. You can find her via her website at www.maineclambakemysteries.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barbaraannross, on Twitter @barbross, or on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/barbaraannross.



41 comments:

  1. Yes, I think you can. My suggestion is to talk to her and explain how you miss her as your friend, and would like to have the friendship again. Good Luck!
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Jen. This is an excellent suggestion. We'll see what happens.

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  2. I think you can survive if both parties are in the same thought mode.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I think you can, but both parties have to agree. Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  4. Jen Scott beat me to it. I quite agree. Open communication is what resolves most issues. No relationship can grow without it. As for going home again? You can. But it is a different time with new perimeters. Nothing stays static. So you have to be willing to adjust to those changes. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  6. It depends on those involved and how well they can communicate. It will be tough!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  7. Yes, couples can remain friends and you can go home again. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, lovely, since going home again is another big theme of Fogged Inn! Thank you,

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  8. I think friendship can survive a failed relationship, it can be an easy fix. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  9. Yes to both questions. For friendship, it takes two. To go back home, it's up to you.
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  10. Difficult questions. In this case, only the author knows the answer.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  11. Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments to Jamie. I am on the road, at a hotel with inexcuseably terrible internet, but I will check back in on my phone as I can. Good luck to everyone with the giveaway!

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  12. You can go home again, but relationships are tough, I think they would have to discuss them situation and get that cleared up. Thanks for the chance to win! annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  13. You can go home again but it is necessary to adapt to the changes that have occurred in your life and in the other individuals as well. Becoming friends leads to a deep relationship eventually so have patience. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Take it slowly and renew your friendship and then let it develop into something more. Going home is tough and requires strength and adjustment. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I think so. It just takes time and patience. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  16. Welcome! We are so happy to have you here! I do think we can always go back home...the friendship thing is iffy. It depends...on A LOT!

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  17. I think friendship can survive after a failed relationship, but it would be very difficult. I personally could not do it. But I know other people who have.

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  18. Friendship can be tricky---sometimes it takes more work than it is worth, other times it's priceless.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. I think you can go home again. It would be a shame to lose such a long friendship--Jamie and Julia definitely need to talk about it! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  20. Wise words, Sue. Jamie is finding everyone's words encouraging. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  21. Can friendship survive a failed attempt at romance? Can you go home again? I believe friendship is more enduring than romantic love, so Jamie needs to be honest with Julia. He needs to say his friendship with her is the most important thing in his life. One day they may find the friendship can be romantic, but to preserve the friendship is paramount.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  22. Gosh, I hope so. Jamie seems so sweet and honest. Probably the type of person Julia needs in her life. Barbara, what a treat to learn of this new (to me) series. thanks for the offer but regardless I intend to learn more about Busman's Harbor. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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  23. While sometimes you can go home again, I'm not sure the awkwardness of the kiss will fade that quickly.
    JHoldn955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I feel you can be friends after an attempt at romance. After all you saw something you liked in them and you were most likely friends to begin with. Just because you are no longer together doesn't mean you don't care about the other person. As for going home again of course you can. It just might be different than it once was. utaker555@gmail.com

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  25. Yes, I think couples can still remain friends after a romance fails. It may take time but it is possible. Would like to read about Maine in your new book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Yes, I think friendship can survive.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  27. Thanks everyone. And good luck with the giveaway!

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  28. Yes, I think that you can return to being friends if it is mutual.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  29. well to be honest I have had that kind of romance, friendship so sure with a lot of communication that will work. As far as going back home, too many changed would be very hard to overcome. Thank you for the giveaway. Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  30. I have had that Relationship too and no I didn't get to start over as Friends. The energy was too uncomfortable. However I think it could work with different people. Hope springs eternal.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  31. Yes it can. Love this series. Thanks for the chance to win! doward1952@yahoo.com

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  32. Friendship can be a destination, not a journey. A stop at romance doesn't mean it can't get back on track - but you have to express that's where you want it to go. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  33. Yes, a relationship can survive with a lot of communication and willingness to adapt. Same with
    going home again one needs to forget what had been and adapt to what is and the reason for the return.
    Carol Smith. penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I've not had that kind of romance, but Oh, you've torn at my heart. I hope Jamie can regain her friend. Clearly Jamie is someone special.
    I would love to win your book and read more about Jamie!
    Kath

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  35. I have the first book in the series. I like the cover with the cat.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. good stuff about losing a friendship when attempting an ill-timed romance. I say ill-timed because, maybe, there's hope . . . for either the romance or a return to friendship. aemfisher at gmail dot com.

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  37. Wow - I think that it isn't long-term healthy for a friendship, or the friendship may not be as close for a while. Would love to read this! And find out about the dead guy in the walk-in, and how the beautiful cat fits into the story...jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  38. I agree with Jen Scott and most everyone else. Talk it through. Tell her you miss your friendship. You can go back again...just takes time. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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