“An engrossing tale about sexual assault that skillfully covers a tough and timely topic.”
Kirkus Reviews

Her Past Can’t Wait
A psychological thriller about resilient women fighting back.
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Jacqueline Boulden turned to writing fiction after a career as an Emmy-winning TV news reporter and anchor, and a Telly-winning video producer and writer. Her Past Can’t Wait is her debut novel.

Author Jacqueline Boulden

Her Past Can’t Wait

No one can hide from their past forever.

After Emily Archer slaps an important client for groping her, she begins working with a psychotherapist to understand the anger and frustration that have been building inside of her. Using a treatment called EMDR, Emily peels back the layers of her memory and reveals a devastating childhood trauma she’d buried deep in her subconscious.

Emily’s past and present collide as she struggles to absorb this new knowledge. Realizing the person who betrayed her trust may be targeting others, she teams up with her sister to prevent him from harming anyone else. But can they stop him in time?

Her Past Can’t Wait is a gripping psychological thriller about resilient women fighting back, protecting each other, and healing.

Praise for Her Past Can’t Wait

Her Past Can’t Wait is a scathing commentary on how society treats women when they do something as simple as trying to set physical boundaries. Gut-wrenching, intriguing, and twisty, Boulden’s thought-provoking story lays bare just how far we have to go as a society when it comes to believing and protecting women.”
—Lisa Regan, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“The World Health Organization singles out Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as one of the top ‘evidence-based treatments of choice’ for PTSD. In her fast-paced and absorbing novel, Her Past Can’t Wait, Jacqueline Boulden illuminates the courageous and timely story of a woman facing her traumatic past and how EMDR eased her suffering. A must-read for all trying to live like the past is in the past, when it’s actually still buried in their subconscious.”
—Donna Knudsen, Psy.D., EMDR Institute Facilitator & Certified Consultant
“Boulden tackles the topic of sexual assault with great care and empathy while exploring the possible benefits of EMDR as a form of trauma therapy.… An engrossing tale about sexual assault that skillfully covers a tough and timely topic.”
Kirkus Reviews
“An accomplished news journalist, author Jacqueline Boulden has applied her keen observation and reporting skills to telling a powerful story too many women know well, and one woman in particular must remember in order to live in peace.”
—Renée Bess, GCLS Goldie Award & Alice B Readers Award-winning author



Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30
Malice Domestic 35, annual conference of Sisters in Crime. Lots of panels for authors and readers.
Sunday, 9:00 am — I’ll be participating in a panel titled “This Is Not St. Mary Mead: New Tropes, Traditional Settings.”
North Bethesda Marriott Hotel, Rockville, MD

Saturday, May 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
I’ll be reading from Her Past Can’t Wait about forty minutes from where I graduated from Dolgeville Central High School. Stop by to talk books and / or old times!
Mystery on Main Bookstore, 144 W Main St., Johnstown, NY

Previous Events


Wednesday, January 11, 6:00 pm
Join me and author Barbara Fournier in a conversation with Journalist Jack Rightmyer. We’ll be talking about crafting thrillers, our paths to publication, and take questions from the audience. And of course, we’ll be signing our books. Please join us!
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11
Murderous March conference via ZOOM. Hosted by the Upper Hudson Sisters in Crime chapter, with Master Classes on Friday, and a full day of panels on Saturday. Guest of Honor is Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of the Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James mystery series.


Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join me, owners Jessica, Julie, and Austin, and others for a reading and book signing at this self-described “Eclectic Feminist Bookstore.”
Pocket Books Shop, 903 Wheatland Ave., Lancaster, PA

Thursday, September 15, 7-8 pm
I will officially launch my book where I lived for more than thirty years and where my novel is set, in the northwest neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Come on in to the newly renovated second floor at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore.
551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia (Mt. Airy), PA

Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 pm
I’ll be reading from Her Past Can’t Wait, answering questions, and signing books at an event sponsored by The Bookplate.
The Retriever Bar, 337 High Street in Chestertown, MD

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 – 8 pm
Debbie Gress Jansen opened booked. one year ago in Chestnut Hill. It was the fulfillment of a dream. So it makes sense she would help me celebrate the fulfillment of my dream: publishing my first novel.
8511 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (Chestnut Hill)

Sunday, October 16, 12:00-1:30 pm
Open Door Bookstore is a neat place to buy books, fun items for your home, and all kinds of creative gifts. I’ll be signing books and then I’ll join shoppers to check out the fresh produce, music, brews from local breweries and more at the Greenmarket around City Hall, which is practically outside Open Door’s front door.
128 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY

Saturday, October 22, 9:15 am-2:30 pm
I’ll be selling my novel and giving away some freebies at the Saratoga Book Festival’s Literary Marketplace.
Saratoga Springs (NY), City Center

Saturday, December 3, noon-5:00 pm
Book sale at the Albany Public Library
Albany Public Library, Albany, NY


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