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New back cover copy for Hating Jeremy Walters

Hey all!

Here is the new back cover copy for my romantic comedy, Hating Jeremy Walters.

HJW was a finalist in the My Book Therapy Frasier Award this year, and I’m currently submitting to agents. One step closer to publication!


Hating Jeremy Walters

Natalie Groves was meant for great things. Preferably youth ministry with a side gig as an M&M connoisseur.

But half a year after her fiancé left, Natalie’s evangelist father was diagnosed with cancer. Her grand plans evaporated…and God has seemed disappointed ever since.

Six years later a church internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny, but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer is worse than a life sentence of tofu.

Six years ago, Jeremy ‘Jem’ Walters left Charlottesville, Virginia to escape his father, God, and heartbreak over Natalie.

Now he’s back in town, a committed Christian, and desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece.

When Natalie and Jem join forces, sparks fly. But will they be burned in the process?

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Finalist in 2015 Frasier Award!

I just found out that my manuscript Hating Jeremy Walters is one of five finalists in the My Book Therapy Frasier Award for unpublished authors!

Me and the email announcing I'm a finalist!

Me and the email announcing I’m a finalist!

I’m absolutely stunned; the best I had hoped for was to make it to the second round.

Now my entry will be judged by Tamela Hancock Murray, literary agent with Steve Laube Literary Agency, and editor Ami McConnell, VP, Editor-in-Chief at Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The winner will be announced at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas in September.

I’m so super excited, and now I have to think about if/how I can get myself from Queensland, Australia, to Texas!

Congratulations to the other four finalists, Megan Menard, Linda Davis, Tamera Kraft and Jan Cline and I might see you in September! 🙂

New Book Blurb Revealed!

Lots of exciting things have happened this week, the first one being my new book blurb!

Below is a sneak peek at my novel-in-progress, Hating Jeremy Walters.

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I’m a good church girl. How did I end up in this weird pseudo-family with two kids and the guy who broke my heart?

 

Natalie Groves could never hate anybody. Anybody, that is, except the love of her life.

She was nineteen when Jeremy Walters declared that he wouldn’t—couldn’t—keep faking his faith in God. Not for his overbearing father, not even for her. Natalie ended their relationship and he drove off to Chicago and never looked back.

Now Natalie is 26, single, and broke from paying off her father’s medical bills. And she just lost her job.

When Jem lands back in town, desperate for a nanny for his teenage niece and infant son, some say it’s Providence. Natalie says God has lost His marbles.

But with no paycheck and no savings, she can either go bankrupt or accept his job.

She’s tempted to go bankrupt.

 

Jem Walters knows Natalie better than anyone else. She’s ridiculously ticklish. She does terrible dance moves when she thinks no one’s watching.  She’s never felt good enough for God. And she’s still angry at him for leaving.

She never understood that he couldn’t fake his faith anymore, not even to save their relationship.

But now Jem’s talking to God again, and unusual circumstances mean he and Natalie are caring for his baby son and troubled niece together.

But raising a family is never easy, and doing it with a spitfire who wants to strangle him complicates things a bit.

Jem’s family doesn’t help, either. His niece is going off the rails, his son keeps drooling everywhere, and his father is an overzealous sheriff who’s more likely to give Jem a ticket than a hug.

And then there’s the secret that will rock their makeshift family to its core …

 

This week’s other two events are the arrival of my first writing business cards (!!!!) and Project X this weekend.

I’ll be running a creative writing workshop at the youth outreach event, as well as chatting with the girls who come through our tent and hopefully sharing God’s love.

Everybody’s prayers have been great, keep them coming! 🙂

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Novel Contest Results Are In!

I just received my score sheet from the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest for unpublished authors.

I submitted a few chapters of my first manuscript, Open Your Eyes, into the competition. While I didn’t make it into the next round, I was still encouraged by my score and received helpful criticism from the judges. 

They seemed to like the premise of the book and my writing ‘voice’, which I’m really excited about! Many of the comments were about writing craft issues, not the real guts of the book. 

Can’t wait for next year!

 

Sneak peek at my new book

Welcome to the new website everyone!

As I launch this baby and approach the half-way mark in my latest manuscript, I’m celebrating by offering everyone a sneak peek at my novel-in-progress, All I Am.

Just sign up to my newsletter in the sidebar on the right and you’ll receive the back cover blurb of my book, sent to your inbox.

Also, the new site comes a new web address. This site is now http://www.jessicaeveringham.com and instead of ‘Consumed By Him’ it’s called ‘Jessica Everingham Writing’.

But don’t worry—this is just a facelift. The guts are staying the same.

My blog, novels, recommendations and short stories are all still available.

Additionally, I have a guest post up today at Janet Sketchly’s blog. Click here to read My Identity Is Broken.

It’s something I’ve been learning a lot about this past week, so make sure you check it out.

Now go sign up and tell me what you think of the book! All feedback is welcome.  🙂

The Waiting Begins…

It’s been a big week!

As well as starting work on my next novel (YAY!), I have entered my first novel, Open Your Eyes, into the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis contest for unpublished authors. I have to wait for ages (until May/June) to get feedback from the judges, but I can’t wait to hear their opinions on how I can improve my writing. 🙂

I also have a guest post up today at Cherie Burbach’s awesome site, Working Writers and Bloggers. Her site is one of the best I’ve found, so I’m pretty happy I get to be a part of it.

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Waiting, Self-Doubt and Heroes

You are wasting your time. No one will see or appreciate your work. You’re failing.

Photo by Alex E. Proimos, sourced from everystockphoto.com.

Photo by Alex E. Proimos, sourced from everystockphoto.com.

Even though I haven’t been consciously thinking those discouraging thoughts, they’ve definitely been on my mind over the past few weeks. Self-doubt has been infecting me. Quietly hovering on the edge of my subconscious, a general feeling of failure and foreboding has been like that sticky black goo that covers Peter Parker in Spiderman 3. Strong, dark, evil, and hard to get rid of.

Why?

Part of it is my addiction to affirmation. God’s weaning me off it, and this novel-writing venture is certainly stretching me. It will be a very long time before an agent, editor or reader tells me, “Good job!”. In the meantime I must plot, research, write, read, re-write, edit, edit, edit, re-write and so it goes on.

To put it simply, the waiting is frustrating. Alone at my computer, sometimes I feel insignificant, unworthy and foolish.

But then God reminded me of something I should have known all along: everyone has to wait.

Abraham stayed childless for decades. Joseph served time first as a slave, then as a prisoner. David was chased from cave to cave. Even Jesus spent years building tables and chairs. I’ll bet they were all tempted to feel forgotten, useless or alone. Yet when the time was right they founded nations, ruled empires and saved the universe.

The book of James opens with the words, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds”. (James 1:2 NIV, emphasis mine.) Pure joy? That’s right. Because God is teaching me perseverance; giving me maturity. Same as He did for them.

It’s a little humbling. Suddenly I almost feel proud that God is asking me to wait. I’m sharing in an experience that all the greatest men and women of faith have gone through. It’s an honour, really.

And so is God’s reminder in Psalm 139 that I’m not alone. Even when it’s been just me and my computer all day, God’s actually paying pretty close attention.

Blog 136 O LORD, You have searched me

and You know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

You perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

You are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue

You know it completely, O LORD.

Psalm 139:1-4 NIV

 

How about you? How do you feel when you’re stuck waiting? What do you do about it?