Novelist Mike Jordan, son of longtime Sandpoint/Leclede resident Bill Jordan, has released a new novel, “Your Heart of Gold,” that is set in Leclede and features many Sandpoint references, including Second Avenue Pizza.
“Your Heart of Gold” is the first installment in Jordan’s “Lovequest” series. It can be purchased on mikejordanbooks.com, at Amazon.com, or at any book outlet around the world.
The novel tells the story of fictional Leclede residents, twins Annie and Angie Geddis. Annie is the director of the fictional “North Idaho Horse Rescue Ranch,” and many scenes revolve around the Klondyke Café on Highway 2.
The novel is dedicated to “my father Bill Jordan and the good people of Leclede, Idaho.”
“I visited Leclede often to see my dad and just loved the people there,” said Jordan, who grew up in Kennewick, Wash., and is now professor emeritus of journalism at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. “I admit I am a victim of the ice-cold dunk tank at the Klondyke every Fourth of July. The last time was several years ago but I am still shivering.
“It was truly a traumatic experience,” Jordan joked. “There literally was ice in there.”
Jordan is also the author of historical romance novels and the “Lost Heroes Series.” His latest release is “The Freedom Song,” and epic novel of romance, war, and social justice in 1800s America. All of his titles are available on mikejordanbooks.com.
The Mikejordanbooks.com website was highlighted by Amazon.com Createspace team members as having unique features for readers of fiction, including a patent-pending interactive author-reader process called “Coffee Break.”
“Coffee Break” pages are integrated into both the paperback version and the Kindle version of Jordan’s novels that direct readers to chatrooms to discuss the book with the author and other readers while they are still reading the book.
The website also includes a “Photo Gallery” feature allowing readers to view photos of the people and places in Jordan’s novels while they are reading, and a “Back Story” page that lets the reader in on Jordan’s writing and researching process and explains the original ideas that led to his books.
The “Coffee Break” chatrooms come with a stern warning: “Respect your fellow readers. Please only comment in the post that corresponds with your place in the book. No spoilers, please!”