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Book review: Then There Was You

then there was you

Check our my first YouTube book review on Kara Isaac’s Christian romance, Then There Was You. 

Plus, you’ll hear how progress on my current project Stuck With You is going, and check out my back-and-forth videos with multi-published author Johnnie Alexander!

 

 

Behind The Scenes On Book #2

Jessica Kate enjoyed reading A Thousand Pieces of You by Claidia Grey

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Hey all! If you missed out on Facebook, my latest newsletter is out, with a behind-the-scenes story from the first draft of book #2, a progress update on Hating Jeremy Walters, my favorite pic from my brother’s wedding, and the top three books I’ve been reading lately!

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Better get out of my PJ’s now and go to work! #somewriterstereotypesareright

Book Review: Just Between You and Me

Just Between You and Me

Funny. Romantic. The sucks-you-in-so-you-can’t-put-it-down kind of interesting. Jenny B Jones is onto a good thing with her book, Just Between You And Me. Here’s the blurb on Amazon:

Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie’s not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her. Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.

Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned. Ten-year-old Riley is struggling in school and out of control at home. The only person who can really handle the pint-sized troublemaker is Conner, the local vet and Ivy’s most eligible bachelor. But Conner and Maggie keep butting heads–he’s suspicious of her and, well, she doesn’t rely on anyone but herself.

As Maggie humorously fumbles her way from one mishap to another, she realizes she’s going to need to ask for help from the one person who scares her the most. To save one little girl–and herself–can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?

I bought this book as a birthday present to myself on the weekend (I got a Kindle for my birthday and LOVE IT!) And I wasn’t disappointed. Jenny B Jones is the author I’ve been searching for.  I love to read a good romance, and I have no problem with a contemporary setting, but most modern romances are either full of suspense, depressingly tragic, or sickeningly sweet. I struggle to find a middle ground that combines realism with an entertaining story. That’s part of why I’m writing my novels; I want to fill that gap. But Jones’ stories do that and more. That girl had got one awesome funny bone, and she puts it to good use. Just Between You And Me had me giggling all the way through at the snappy one-liners and unexpectedly good comebacks. I give it 4.5 out of five stars!

‘All I Am’ – My Second Novel

It’s been an exciting week everybody!

On Tuesday I entered the first 15 pages and a synopsis of my second novel, a contemporary romance tentatively titled All I Am, into the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Writing Contest. Apparently I’m their first ever international entrant. 🙂 Hopefully I do a good job representing the Aussies!

I also found out this morning that Elaine Stock has listed this blog as one of her ‘April favorites’ on her website, Everyone’s Story. Thank-you Elaine!

Another exciting thing: on Saturday I was surprised when I was invited to speak at my church’s night service in a few months’ time. I have never done anything other than a youth group talk before, so I’d love some prayer to help me out.

I have also been working on revamping the blog, and as part of that I’m regularly adding new recommendations to the tab above. This week’s recommendation is the Bible study Experiencing God. This study explains in simple, Biblical terms how we can experience God by working with Him, listening to Him and being part of a love relationship with Him. I cannot overstate the difference this has made in my life, and the lives of a lot of people I know. Check it out!

Lastly, I had to let you all know about this awesome guy I heard about this week. A character in All I Am is in remission from cancer, so I emailed an author who offered to tell me about her Dad’s experience with cancer. During our conversation she happened to mention that her father, who is in his eighties, still flies his powered parachute—as recently as last week! She said his cancer made him a lot weaker, but he was very strong initially so even in his weakened state he still takes the parachute for a spin!

I was amazed, but she sent photographic proof. Enjoy.

James and his parachute.

James and his parachute.

James in action.

James in action.