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!

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HarperCollins will publish my book next year!

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.

We spent a whole weekend celebrating when I got the news that Thomas Nelson wanted to publish my book!
We spent a whole weekend celebrating when I got the news that Thomas Nelson wanted to publish my book!

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!

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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?

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! 🙂