Featured: We Are Different Now by Jackie Taylor Zortman
Jackie Taylor Zortman
This book would be great for anyone who is living through the hell of losing a loved one.
Pete worked late into the night of July 4, 2010, then watched the fireworks with a friend. He drove three miles up a mountain road where his buddies waited.
It is a shelf road with a cliff on one side, deep canyon on the other, pitch black at night, but with incredible acoustics. Pete lit and dropped a firework of some magnitude and instinctively jumped backward, falling one-hundred feet to the canyon floor below.
He died instantly from a skull fracture at the age of twenty-one. An EMT friend found him unresponsive, the Mountain Rescue Team and Ouray County Sheriff were summoned, and my journey with death on the mountain began.
Learn what has been revealed since we lost this young man with an angelic face and who was born possessing an old soul.
“We are Different Now has many of the answers grandparents are looking for and need to hear…” Keith Bettinger, author, retired police officer and grief counselor“…
“I am indeed indebted to Jackie for sharing her touching, bittersweet, awe-inspiring book…” Dr. Marilyn Regan Frankland, retired psychologist and teacher
“Very few resources are available for grieving grandparents. We Are Different Now fills a much-needed void…” Connie Iddings, Ordained Grace Association Pastor
NOTE: Pete had a life-long passion for wolves, which is why I chose this cover. May Pete live on inside the pages by helping someone who has suffered the loss of someone they love.
About Jackie Taylor Zortman:
An award-winning writer/published author, I’ve been writing short stories and articles for the last 26 years and have four published books.
My latest book is a Kindle novella, the first in a series of three in The Drifters Series. It is titled JAKE-Whiskey, Water & Wildfire. Jake is a woman’s wildest dream, a Hotshot Firefighter with a Harley, and a “man’s man.” He’s a drifter who rides until some town mentally signals him to stay for a while. Why is Kimble, Colorado the place he’s meant to be? Will he finally fall in love and get married? Why does Miss Berta adopt him as her pseudo-son and why is he so drawn to her as his mother figure? And then there’s the wildfire. The ending will surprise you.
My first book, WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW, was re-released on April 11, 2019, after being unavailable for two years. It invites you to come along on my journey through death on the mountain. My 21-year-old grandson, Pete, died beside the river in the pitch dark of night after falling 100 feet to the rock-strewn canyon floor. Read the true story of what has been revealed to us since we lost this young man with the angelic face and born possessing an old soul. I love the cover of this book because Pete had a passion for wolves all his life and this cover expresses the emotions we who loved him feel.
My first place award-winning fiction novel FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST introduces handsome homicide detective Max Richards and his girlfriend, Sami Murphy. The two play an emotional tug-of-war deciding whether Sami can cope with the female victims Max must spend time with during a high profile case and trial, as well as the numerous women who are drawn to men in positions of power. Max sits at the prosecution’s table in court with an Assistant DA who is highly capable, but undependable. Will he show up each day and, if so, will he be sober. To complicate matters more, the Assistant DA once worked for the high profile and theatrical defense attorney. Find out what happens in this important case.
SNOW ANGEL is Detective Max Richards Book 2, but can easily be read alone. When he and his sister inherit their mother’s estate, an ornate antique wooden box is found shoved far back in a corner of her bedroom closet shelf. Long forgotten and dusty, opening it reveals a secret she’s been hiding for many years and connects them to an abandoned Victorian house in the Colorado town where Max owns a cabin. The contents provoke changes to the lives of Max and his family that were never expected. Find out what was inside that box and where it led.
A contributing author to the anthologies, Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides, American Blue, Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook; Echoes From the Silence; Dusting Off Dreams and The Centennial Book of the National Society of Daughter of the Union 1861-1865.
Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards in the annual PSWA Writers Competition in Las Vegas in the last five years.
Jackie lives in a quaint, bustling tourist town in the Colorado mountains with her husband and Siamese cat. When the deep snows of winter blanket the terrain surrounding her home, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
Learn more about her on my blog, Jackie’s Mountain Memos at www.jtzortman.wordpress.com.
Review by Christy C:
Jackie Taylor Zortman has the gift of being able to transfer what she is feeling straight from her heart onto the written page. Reading what she went through with the loss of her grandson Pete was painful and beautiful at the same time, because not only did I feel her agony at losing her grandchild, I also felt the immensity of her love for him.
Through her words, I was reminded again that in the end, love is the only thing that matters in this world. It’s true what other reviewers have said, that this book would be great for anyone who is living through the hell of losing a loved one.
It would also be extremely informative and eye-opening for those people who, after someone they know has lost someone close to them, offer up well-meaning but clueless sentiments like, “oh, he is in a better place now,” or “you’ll feel better after the first year. just give it time.”
I wish everyone could read this book, and understand how totally and completely transforming an experience it is to experience the death of a young loved one.
Highly, highly recommended. I look forward to reading more from this author