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

Cover reveal & pre-order: A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

Jessica Kate's new novel A Girl's Guide to the Outback

What if your nemesis was your last hope?

When Kimberly Foster strikes a deal with former colleague and nemesis Samuel Payton in order to save her dream job and his family farm, Kimberly has to fly Down Under to work with the one person who considers her the enemy.

Guys, I’m so excited to reveal the cover for A Girl’s Guide to the Outback and to announce that it’s up for pre-order!  
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This book excites me for SO MANY reasons! Some of the top ones being:
1. It’s (mostly) set in AUSTRALIA!!!
2. There’s not one but TWO love/hate storylines…my favorite type of story!!!
3. I get to show of Australia’s farms (where I grew up) and also its beaches (where I, you–let’s be honest, everyone, would rather be right now).
4. A Mr Potato Head costume is involved.
5. There’s an adorable dog.
6. There’s also a Captain America costume.
7. Feel free to image my hero speaking with Hugh Jackman’s voice…because have I mentioned, he’s AUSTRALIAN?!?!?!?

Jan 28 2020 is the big day everyone!

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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.