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My name is Jackie Smith and I am the principal of a small pre-school and private school in Austin, Texas. My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Saint Edwards University in Austin, Texas, graduate work at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, a M.S. in Educational Psychology from Walden University in Minnesota, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Walden University.

Jackie Smith Video - Playlist

Once More with Feeling

Fiction, Romance, Women

Two people meet in a seedy country-western watering -hole called the "Giddiup." One is a young widow named Emma-Lou who feels responsible for the death of her family. The other is a young college-educated rancher named Jonas, who is without family except for a surrogate father who lives on a neighboring ranch.

It is an odd trilogy of characters sharing only one common thread... their love of books. When Jonas begins to realize the "almost" in his seemingly "almost perfect" life may well be this confused and lost young woman, his life forever changes.

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The Lost One

Fiction, Military

A gripping story of four friends who were drafted at the same time, served together through basic training and at the front lines; then, when the cease fire is put into effect, one who has been a prisoner of war chooses to stay behind in North Korea. The other three go home, attend college, meet girls, marry and find careers.

What happens when the one left behind seeks permission to come back after many years? His country gives him a dishonorable discharge but no other legal ramifications and permission to return. How does the four of them find each other again? How do some of them fight to be non-judgmental and accepting of their former buddy? How do they regain their feeling for one another? This is a fictional story based on true events. Nineteen United Nations soldiers choose to remain n a communist country following the armistice; but years later decided to return to their homeland.

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The Bargain

Fiction, Romance, Women

What part might genetics play in history repeating itself within a family? This novel asks and suggests one answer.

Caroline is an attractive school teacher in 1869 who has made a bargain to act as housekeeper for a widower and tutor for his young son. She has agreed to leave everything she knows in Boston to travel to the territories of Nebraska to live with people she has never met, isolated on 160 acres of homestead.

Part One ends with her eleven year old stepson being forced to kill a man who assaulted and raped her.

Part Two begins with this same boy; now grown, returning to claim his heritage. He is forced to make the same kind of decision he made as a child; whether or not to kill someone again, if it involves saving those he loves. Does history repeat itself? And if so, can the future be altered, based on the past?

Quietly moving, told with humor and a realistic understanding of human nature; a great read!

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The Hourglass

Fiction, Romance, Women

While still a child, a young woman discovers that she has an unusual ability to manipulate the minds of others. She is driven to make decisions which directly affect the lives of others. With results irreversible, she often struggles with her own morality.

Is it a gift? Or is it a curse?

When one individual controls aspects of love, faith, judgment and even death.

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