Launch day for A Girl’s Guide to the Outback!

Graphic of the first line of A Girl's Guide to the Outback - Kimberly Foster jammed her phone in her pocket and rushed down the sunny Charlottesville street in a Mr. Potato Head costume, peep-toe heels, and a murderous rage.

A Girl’s Guide to the Outback launches today and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Having grown up on Australian dairy farms myself, it was so special to write a USA-Australian romance that incorporates so many family memories as well as tonnes of chemisty and sass.

I hope you enjoy Sam and Kimberly’s story!

Purchase A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster looms, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

Endorsement graphic for A Girl's Guide to the Outback: A Girl's Guide to the Outback is as charming as it is hilarious...leaving you no choice but to abandon all personal responsibilities so you can devour every page. Betsy St Amant, author of The Key to Love, coming October 2020

New release – The Kiss Dare

The Kiss Dare, a short story by Jessica Kate and endorsed by Rachel Hauck

All Bea MacLaren wants is to survive this work Christmas party and beat Harry Miller to the Corporate Communications Manager promotion – her mother and siblings are counting on her.

But when Harry attempts to distract her with an outrageous dare, is it just a last-ditch effort to discredit her before the promotion? Or something sweeter?

 

Friends, I am so excited to announce the launch of The Kiss Dare! This sassy short is available FREE and EXCLUSIVE to newsletter subscribers, and includes Chapter 1 of my upcoming romantic comedy Love and Other Mistakes. 

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Some wonderful authors were kind enough to read The Kiss Dare and share their thoughts:

New York Times bestseller Rachel Hauck endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

Bethany Turner endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

Carrie Booth Schmidt endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

Rachel McMillan endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

Lindsay Harrel endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

Rachel Linden endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

 

Romance author Tari Faris endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

Romance author Joy Massenburge endorses Jessica Kate's The Kiss Dare.

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New StoryNerds podcast episodes

What’s your favorite stories with heart? Or looking for comedic fiction recommendations?

rawlings-high-res-colour-2Then check out the latest two episodes of StoryNerds!

Our latest episode on ‘stories with heart’ features an interview with the author of ‘The Baggage Handler’, David Rawlings.

Meanwhile, our last February episode was on ‘comedy with fiction’. Book blogger Rel Mollet from Relz Reviews joined myself and Hannah to talk about our favorite types of comedy and recommendations from books to TV and movies.

You can check out the episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or via the StoryNerds website.StoryNerds podcast interview with book blogger Rel Mollet.

Book 2 title reveal!

Romantic comedy 'A Girl's Guide to the Outback' by Australian inspirational author Jessica Kate

Here’s a peek at the still-unofficial blurb:

Kimberly Foster needs help from the last man in the world who would give it.

 She and Samuel Payton fought so much during their three-year stint as colleagues that they now reside in different halves of the globe. She’s still the business director of the Virginia-based youth ministry that Sam founded, while he’s back at his family’s farm in rural Australia.

 But Kimberly can’t find a suitable replacement for Sam, and the ministry is in trouble. She needs him back. What she doesn’t know is that the Payton farm’s finances are scarier than statistics on Australian spider bites.

 She and Sam strike a deal: if she can use her business savvy to save the farm, he’ll return to Virginia and recruit and train his replacement.

 Soon Kimberly’s on the edge of the Outback, working more closely with Sam than ever before. Can she protect his family’s legacy, the ministry, and her heart?


Can’t wait to share this book with everyone! It comes out only six months after Love and Other Mistakes, in January 2020.

It’s been so much fun getting to mix it up with an American heroine and Aussie hero!