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Sheridan “Dani” Reed is a recently unemployed photojournalist living in New York City. Her boyfriend is vacationing without her, and her best friend has abandoned her for a job in the south.

Is a quarter-life crisis a thing?

After accepting a freelance job in Louisiana for Southern Style magazine, she feels the bleakness of her life back in New York fading in the rearview mi
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Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 27th 2015 by self-published (first published June 1st 2012)
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Lynette
Nov 29, 2015 Lynette rated it it was amazing
When I finished reading "Finding Focus" by Jiffy Kate, I was left with an aching hum through my soul. A bit dramatic, right? Well you try grasping the truth that your new favorite book just ended. And there are several reasons why this book just jumped to #1 in my heart.

The story is quite well written. That's a key factor for me to even continue reading a book. It is smooth, eloquent, and it flows from scene to scene with ease. There's details that have you capturing the image in your mind, find
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Rhiannon St. Clair
**I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

So, here's the thing—Jiffy Kate has me completely HOOKED on Sheridan and Micah. The I-want-more-right-now-or-I'm-not-going-to-survive-another-minute kind of hooked that I feel any time I read a book that's so good it traps me inside the pages.

Sheridan Reed escapes to the south on a freelance photojournalism assignment following a series of unfortunate events in her personal life. Originally from the region herself, Sher
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Amy
Jan 14, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
"Someone once said life is a like a camera. Just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out, take another shot."

I am so in love with this debut novel by Jiffy Kate. This is one of those debut novels that has you asking, "How can this possibly be their debut novel?" From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. What I didn't know or expect was that I was going to fall in love with this story so quickly.

When we first meet u
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Give Me Books
Jan 04, 2016 Give Me Books rated it really liked it
I have to say, this was a sexy story with just the right amount of humor. It had me cracking up!

Sheridan (Dani) hasn't had the greatest year, yet when an opportunity falls on her lap that might lead to her big break, she takes it. Little does she know that this opportunity will be life changing!

Dani's opportunity to get reacquainted with her southern roots was not only cute, but also refreshing—especially when you compare it to the life she was living in New York. I could not stop laughing at wh
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Vagabonda Reads
Nov 24, 2015 Vagabonda Reads rated it it was amazing
Finding Focus is the debut publication of writing team Jiffy Kate (Jiff Simpson and Jenny Altman). An adaptation from their fan fiction, Southern Comfort, Finding Focus is the romantic tale of Sheridan (Dani) Reed and Micah Landry.

Dani is a gorgeous girl with Southern roots working as a photojournalist in the Big Apple. Unemployed and stagnating in a long term relationship with her boyfriend (WEASEL ALERT), Graham, Dani accepts a freelance assignment from Southern Style magazine. Her job is to
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Amanda R
Nov 20, 2015 Amanda R rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, romance, 2015
Thanks to the authors for the book in exchange for a honest review.

Dani is adrift right now. She lost her job and she's not enjoying the relationship she's in anymore. Especially since he's leaving on vacation by himself. Sureeee by himself! Her best friend calls in the nick of time with a freelance job in Louisiana. It was the perfect thing for her at the time. Bag packed she set off on what she hoped was the first in many jobs. Being in Louisiana is just like being home, the area soothes her s
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Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Jan 25, 2016 Itsy Bitsy Book Bits rated it really liked it
First time novel from Jiffy Kate has some great moments that I loved though there were a few flaws.

This is a story about Dani, a photo journalist who just lost her job and her boyfriend decided to take off on vacation without her. She is given a chance to write an article for a southern magazine her best friend is an editor for and so she leaves New York and heads to Louisiana. There she is profiling a prominent family in the area who live on a plantation.

Micah is the son of the plantation owne
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Toski Covey
Nov 30, 2015 Toski Covey rated it it was amazing
When I read my very first Indie book about 3 years ago, I absolutely fell in love with it. I've always been a reader and this opened up a whole new world for the reading world. I'm a contemporary romance junkie and I admit a cover snob. When I saw this cover, I knew I needed this book in my hands ASAP. After a friend (thanks, Heather!) contacted me saying "I'd really like you to try this book out," I was SO excited.

Let's talk about Dani.. I absolutely loved her. Sometimes I wanted to shake her
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Sassafrass (Candace)
Jun 02, 2015 Sassafrass (Candace) rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC copy of Finding Focus. JiffyKate have a way of writing that draws you in and holds your attention so well that you are done before you know it. This book was sweet, sexy, funny, and and so good I couldn't put it down. Before I knew it I was finished.
This book is about a young woman finding her focus in life. sometimes we live our life for others, always trying to please them instead of ourselves. That is just what Dani Reed was doing. After losing her job
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 Lori (Ficwishes)
Nov 14, 2015 Lori (Ficwishes) rated it it was amazing
This writing duo was new to me, and this was actually a wonderful read. I know that makes it sounds like I was surprised, but I guess I was. I've come to expect a certain formula in romance books, especially ones that are re-written fanfiction stories. This story completely bucked the system and followed it's own rules.

Sheridan 'Dani' Reed is feeling adrift. After months of feeling less then thrilled with her long term boyfriend, Dani loses her job, sending her to Louisiana to do some freelance
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Jeanne McDonald
Jul 18, 2016 Jeanne McDonald rated it it was amazing
For me, Finding Focus is a staple of Southern hospitality and idioms. A well written story that flowed with ease, I became lost in the details of the south that Jiffy Kate drew upon. As a southern woman who takes pride in her heritage, I was enamored by their depiction of the south and what it means to be a southerner. Their characters, well thought out and developed, embodied the principles I was raised upon. The chemistry of land, heritage, and attraction made this book come to life. It’s a gr ...more
Amber Ford
Sweet Southern Charm

Awesome debut from these Southern Belles. I loved the story; it was a fun, charming and quick read. It makes me want to go to Louisiana and find my own Micah Laundry.
Erron
Dec 15, 2015 Erron rated it it was amazing
Why is there a last page? I neeeeeeed more Micah & Dani!

Loved this story.
M. Addison
Aug 11, 2016 M. Addison rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5

This book you guys. It warms my sweet little southern heart.

I read this book at the exact moment that I needed to. It found me in a rough moment, in between a book I couldn't finish and when I just needed a happy ending! I've had a hard time finding a good book since finishing Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us. That book broke me... and this one just helped put me back together. Walking into this story felt like home... it makes me feel like I can travel to LA and walk through the d
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Tina Lynne
Nov 30, 2015 Tina Lynne rated it it was amazing
Debut novels are like a treasure hunt for me. There is nothing better than reading an author’s first book and learning to embrace their writing style and ideas. Finding Focus was a brilliant collaboration that made me smile like a giddy fool! This book was fantastic, a story that touches your heart and gives you something to hold on to. It is a love story but there is so much more. It is a story of passion, life, and finding where you belong. Maybe it just speaks to me more based on where I am i ...more
Chanpreet
Jan 22, 2016 Chanpreet rated it really liked it
I've been looking forward to reading this book for a long time. There's something about Southern gentlemen and a small town setting that do it for me. It must be because I'm from the South and most men have that charm. Or it could be I love to read about people finding themselves and their bliss. Either way, this book was high on my reading wishlist.

Thankfully Finding Focus didn't disappoint, but surprised me instead. I was expecting something hot and fast but got thoughtful and a slow burn inst
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Steph Urso
Feb 08, 2016 Steph Urso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet steamy love story

Easy to read and the world the writer(s) built was vivid and realistic.

The intent of this review isn't to tell you what the story is about. It's to let you know why or why not you would like this book.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun sweet love story. Micah is everything you want in a bad boy turned love struck hero. It reminds me of a Jill Shalvis novel but with more cursing and more detailed sex scenes.

Dani as a protagonist is smart and strong. Nothin
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Marissa
Jan 20, 2016 Marissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kindle Copy for Review

Sometimes you need to lose everything in order to find what you really want and need in life.

Sheridan Reed recently lost her job as a photojournalist. Her long time boyfriend decides he needs to go on a vacation alone out of the blue. She has a feeling he is cheating on her as she goes south to do a freelance job for her friend about a plantation and their small town.

She finds herself enjoying her stay in Louisiana as her creative juices start to flow. Sheridan meets co own
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Laura
Jul 11, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Such a great book!!

I was totally intrigued by the blurb about the book and decided to give it a try, I mean a southern girl going back to her roots and meeting a southern boy....well that can only mean awesome things.
I love Dani & Micah (& the rest of the Landrys)! They way they could banter back and forth from the moment they met was hilarious. I really liked that even though they were flirty, they still had to work to being together. Dani still had to deal with her stupid boyfriend (g
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Melanie Moreland
Apr 04, 2016 Melanie Moreland rated it it was amazing
Finding Focus is a charming debut from the duo known as Jiffy Kate. I loved the writing, the southern references and the slow burn of two people reaching out and falling in love. Micah’s growth is lovely to read, and Dani’s slow acceptance of what she truly needs, rather than what she has been told she needs was great. I loved the character Annie and her warmth, and the feistiness of BFF Piper, and the brotherly fun with Deacon. Looking forward to more from this team!
Seriously Shawn
May 17, 2016 Seriously Shawn rated it it was amazing
I'm beyond proud of my IRL friend, "Kate" for her debut book with her partner in crime "Jiffy". Since I read Dani and Micah's story like I was living it, and loved every turn of the page, I cannot wait for the next one. Brilliant work my friend!
Amanda
Dec 13, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, standalone
Oops. I never wrote a review!

I was lucky enough to read this early on. And I absolutely loved it!! I remember staying up until almost 4am because I had to finish it!

Micah is seriously a top bbf! And I just loved Dani! I loved Annie and Piper as well!

Such a great debut novel from Jiffy Kate!
Fyrephoenix
May 08, 2016 Fyrephoenix rated it really liked it
Shelves: total-chick-lit
Loved this, a cute, funny chick's book. :)
Leslie Carson
Jan 24, 2017 Leslie Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding Focus is the perfect Southern cure for your cold, winter day. Jiffy Kate weaves a well written, captivating story that will have you craving a charming Micah of your own. There is nothing better than a story that draws you in with strong characters that stay with you long after you’re done reading. The slow burn allows you to truly get to know Dani and Micah. Their journey is sweet, funny, and full of beautiful moments that will make you want to catch the next flight South! Go. Run. Read ...more
Laura
Oct 05, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a feel-good contemporary romance, stop looking!!! You found it!! I am so in love with these characters, I feel like they are family! Can't wait to start Chasing Castles!!
Margie   'CSR' Fite
Finding true love - Micah 'oh southern boys!!''

This was my first book from these lovely lady duo , and what a team! This is their first book in the 'stand-alone' series, "find in focus! Each book can be read separately as there is no cliff's!! However, I will warn, some characters from b'day 1 will be in bk 2 'Chasing Castles' - soon to release ( can't wait!!! Gotta love me those southern 'Landry men'....HOT, sexy, & know how to get their woman!) This book had me all kinds of 'giddy, like s
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Judi
Sep 12, 2016 Judi rated it it was amazing
I am mesmerized by these two girls. Few people can tell a story like Jiffy Kate. The way she describes people, places, dialogue, and events, is nothing short of transcendent. It's easy to get sucked in and feel as if one is really there. There was a good balance of the sharing of the story between Dani and Micah, not a lot of detail by detail repeating. This story had relationship, intrigue, excitement, character development...all rolled up into one great package. Hard to believe this is the aut ...more
Kelly
Jan 04, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It was sweet and kept me wanting more after the book was done. These two authors hit it out of the park with their first book.

If you are fond of fanfiction, then you might have read the original version of this story, Southern Comfort. A fan of the original and follower of these two authors, I was anxious to read their first published book. While a lot of times in fanfiction the connection between the two main characters is instant this was a good build and didn't jump from hel
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Kim Ginsberg
Aug 19, 2016 Kim Ginsberg rated it it was amazing
Sheridan Reed is having a crappy few days. First she's fired from the newspaper she was working for, then her boyfriend tells her he's going on vacation alone. She doesn't believe the alone part, but she doesn't have proof to refute it. He leaves and she then gets a call that will change everything. Her friend Piper calls and gives her a freelance job for the publication she's working for in Alabama. Go to Louisiana and take pictures and write an article of the family that lives on an old planta ...more
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Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman.

Jiff was born and raised in Louisiana. She’s now living in Texas with her two teenagers and two bulldogs, Georgia Rose and Jake. She loves purple, 80’s movies, and geeking out at Comic Cons.

Jenny Kate was born and raised in Oklahoma. She’s the mom of a twelve-year-old and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Wrigley and Olive
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