CHARACTER INTERVIEW (Jessie Hart of Heart’s Desire by T.J. Kline)
1) Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jessie Hart and I run HeartFire Ranch. Growing up, it was a dude ranch owned and run by my parents and I helped them, especially when it came to the horses. My dad had just told me that I could start focusing on my real passion, rescuing and rehabilitating abused horses, and use the ranch to do it but they were killed in a car accident. Now I’m trying to run both aspects of HeartFire by myself. Well, not entirely alone, my brother, Justin, sister, Julia and cousin, Bailey help me but they are running their own businesses. I’ve been able to pair some at-risk youth with horses to benefit everyone as well.
I need to make this work. I won’t let my family’s legacy die out on my watch.
2) What is it that makes you different?
Different? I guess that depends on who you’re comparing me to. I’m different than my sister and cousin because they are the nicer women in our family. I think I inherited more than my fair share of my mother’s Latin temper but that also means I’m passionate. I’m different from other women because I don’t balk at doing a man’s job. It doesn’t matter to me what part of ranch work, I’ll do it all – bucking hay, cleaning stalls, mending fences. I don’t have the luxury to be picky about typical gender stereotypes.
3) What’s your greatest asset?
I’d like to think that passion is my greatest asset. I am single-minded when it comes to something, or someone, I feel strongly about. I can’t stomach the thought of horses being sold for slaughter, or left to die in an empty field, when I can help. I’ve seen the lives of these animals change drastically. Some with nothing more than some attention from the foster kids who visit the ranch. And the horses have been able to fill a need and help heal the kids. I’m too passionate about what I do to give up, even in the face of dire circumstances, like bankruptcy.
4) What is your biggest weakness?
Besides my stubborn streak? I have a tendency to set my feet, and my mind, on a certain path and not want to stray from it. If you happen to be on the wrong side of the battle in my eyes, you’re against me and should watch out.
5) What are you afraid of? Have you told anyone?
I’m afraid of losing the ranch, losing what my parents built. I’m afraid of not measuring up to the expectation my father had for all three of us, especially since I’m the only one who hasn’t been able to turn a profit in my business. I’m worried that I’ll have to let the rescue fall to the wayside in order to bring the ranch back into the black and return to running the dude ranch. But I don’t like talking about it. Doing that would be like admitting defeat and I’m not ready for that yet.
6) Have you ever been in love? How did that end?
I have. Eight years ago, Nathan Kerrington came to spend the summer at the ranch with my brother while they were on break from college. He was a city-boy who had no idea what he’d gotten himself into. But, there was something about him that just drew me to him. Maybe I was just young and naïve but when he promised me it wasn’t a summer fling, that he loved me, I believed him. Then he disappeared and I never heard from him again. At least, until a few days ago.
7) What is the biggest goal in your life right now?
The biggest goal is to see HeartFire Ranch as a successful rescue and rehab for abused horses. I’d like to eventually hold camps where at-risk youth can spend time but, (shrugs) a lot of things would have to fall into place for that to happen.
8) Any regrets? Would you go back and change what happened? If so, how? If not, why not?
Absolutely. I would go back to that summer, knowing what I know now, and never give Nathan Kerrington the time of day. I can admit that a piece of me broke forever when I realized he lied. I’ve never forgiven him for it and not sure I ever could. He played my entire family for fools. See, I told you I’m stubborn. (wink)
9) What is the one thing you never want to give up?
HeartFire Ranch, my family. I grew up on this ranch and love every foot of it. Losing it would devastate me. It would be like losing my parents all over again.
10) If you were stranded on the side of the road, who would you want with you and what would you do?
This has happened to me several times until recently when I got a new truck. Honestly, I’d like to be stranded with one of my horses. It might not sound particularly exciting to many people but I’d go for a ride. I’d prefer a horse to a person most days of the week. You don’t have to pretend when you’re with a horse.
Let’s play a game! Pick only one answer. (You can also chose a question from the game above.)
1) Beach or Mountains – Mountains, The Ridge on HeartFire Ranch specifically
2) Car or Truck – Truck, have you seen my new 4×4? It’s a beauty!
3) Popcorn or Candy at the movies? – Candy, I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth
4) Bedroom or Kitchen? – Barn
5) Alpha or Beta? I’m an Alpha and two Alphas don’t usually mix well.
6) Naughty or nice? Naughty
7) Sweet or Spicy? Spicy
8) Her/Him on top or you on top? Didn’t I mention I’m an Alpha…Me on top
9) Handcuffs or Scarves? (arching brow) Neither really but if I had to choose, cuffs
10) Love or Lust? I prefer lust, it’s easier and no one gets hurt.
Healing Harts # 1
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing April 28th, 2015
TJ KLINE’s brand new Healing Hart’s series kicks off with HEART’S DESIRE
If you could have anything, do anything… what would it be?
Jessie Hart has a soft spot for healing the broken, especially horses and children, but her business is failing and bankruptcy is looming. The one man who can save Heart Fire Ranch is the last man she wants to take advice from – financial expert Nathan Kerrington – the same man who broke her heart eight years ago.
Nathan Kerrington has it all, except the one thing he’d wanted most – Jessie. Now that he’s finally freed himself from his corrupt family, he wants to make amends. When he’s called in to save Jessie’s ranch, he sees his chance to win her back – if only he can prove to her that she can trust him with her heart…
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