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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Big Surprise

I was nervous when I submitted my latest guest blog post for Angela D Meyer’s website—until I received an email that blew me away.

Angela D Meyer

To backtrack, when I was trying to decide what to write, I noticed that Angela’s guidelines allowed short stories. My mind jumped to a story I wrote a few months ago, Nightmare. I thought it was the one most likely to connect to her demographic of readers.

The next morning, when I sat down to look at the story and decide whether to use it, I had an overwhelming feeling that the story was too strange. People don’t read short stories very often, and this one was different to the other stories I’d written so I wasn’t too sure about it.

But I looked at my other ideas for a blog post, and I just wasn’t feeling it. I flicked open my Bible on a whim, wondering if a verse would hit me in the face. The page landed on Isaiah 55:9 (NIV); “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

I figured that was pretty obvious. I might not think that people would connect with the story, but maybe God had other ideas. I sent it off to Angela, letting her know that if she didn’t like it I could do something else.

The story tells the experience of a young mother in hospital, waiting to hear if her infant son, Josiah, will live or die. It addresses the topic of where God is when we’re in pain.

I got this email back from Angela:

“Just read your short story. I love it. Very powerful. I have had 2 miscarriages and one of the babies we named Josiah. The emotions that threaten to pull you down can be overpowering. I am sure this story will be relatable to many women who have lost babies. Have you experienced this yourself? The emotions you voiced hit the mark.”

Wow. I was stunned. What a co-incidence! And I almost didn’t send it!

For the record, thankfully I have not experienced a miscarriage. I am not a mother, but I do have a six year-old sister, and my worst case scenario is something happening to her or another member of my family. I wrote the story out of a desire to better comprehend God’s attitude toward human suffering.

So, it looks like even though I wasn’t too sure about what I was doing, God knew better than me what was going on!

If you’d like to check out my guest post—and the rest of Angela’s site— click here.

The Parade

Does guilt ever affect you? Do you find yourself holding back from God? Do you find yourself envious of other people who seem so close to Him?

If you answered ‘yes’, check out my short story/youth group skit, The Parade.

And if you answered ‘no’, you should still check it out, because we can all do with a reminder every now and then. 🙂

Nightmare

What use is God when we’re in pain?

It’s a tough issue.

I wrote this short story, Nightmare, as a reminder to myself of God’s character.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses.” Hebrews 4:15

Nightmare

It’s not your usual cheery Christmas fare, but hopefully it’s still good. 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone!