Blast the glitter cannons, break out the M&Ms and turn on some dance music because I HAVE A PUBLISHING CONTRACT!!!
My debut novel will be published by Thomas Nelson, the Christian fiction imprint of HarperCollins, in July 2019.
This is the novel you all know as ‘Hating Jeremy Walters’, (though the publisher may change the name).
And the fun continues with a second book in 2020!
I am so psyched to be able to share this story with readers. So mark your calendars and prepare for some excited posts about titles and cover reveals, because this stuff is about to get real!
And don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter to make sure you get the juiciest news first. 🙂
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?
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found out that my manuscript Hating Jeremy Walters is one of five finalists in the My Book Therapy Frasier Award for unpublished authors!
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! 🙂
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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. 🙂