Monday, September 30, 2013

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears ends October 7th

Please Welcome a friend of mine who I am very excited for. Melissa Jagears debut! She was a blast to interview. Have fun and learn a little about Melissa.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Oh, I totally forgot you ask this question (I’d told myself to be prepared!) but I, thankfully, am dressed in maternity capris and a regular top that somehow still fits over my rather large pregnant belly sitting in my writing area in the living room barefoot. When you post this, I’ll probably still be wearing maternity, but the baby will be kicking me from the outside instead of the inside. If not, I’m rather overdue. Oh how fun!! So tell us. What did you have?

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
In my research today, I read that between 1870-1880, the Blue-Glass Cure Craze was going on. Many ailments were supposed to be cured if sunlight hit the affected areas/person through blue glass. So not only did they make eyeglasses out of blue glass, but also fitted windows of houses and horse-drawn cars with blue glass. Supposedly it could even cure a mule’s deafness! It didn’t last long though, here’s a newspaper editorial from 1877 starting to question whether staying at home to sit behind your blue glass was worth people’s time.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I don’t like to eat lemon flavored anything. The smell makes me imagine I’m eating a household cleaning product, like lemon Pine-Sol or something, and I just can’t enjoy it.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
Goodness, my hubby would tell you that there is no physical thing we own that I might not try to throw in the trash ever since the day he fished my empty engagement ring box out of the garbage…. (Is it just me or is that over the sentimental deep-end? But don’t worry; it’s safely tucked away in one of his dresser drawers so I can’t try it again.) I’m trying to imagine saving something impractical in a fire…and I draw a blank. Oh Melissa, I shouldn't be the one you ask about that! I have my box in my cedar chest. LOL

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future,  when and where would that be and why?I would have said the late 1800s and live off the land, but um, my gardens fail miserably and so I would have died. So how about Regency England—only if I could be one of the landed gentry and have tenants do the gardening for me.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
How my husband and I got together is my most entertaining story to tell, so: “How two unlikely people fell in love.” Which no one would read since that’s like the least cleverest title ever….But now you have our curiosity up so you are going to have to tell us!
 
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?

DebbieLynne, your questions are hard! But well, stories are all about the worst things happening to your characters until you FINALLY reward them after stringing along one bad day after another, not sure I want to go through all that! Maybe um, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? I really want to try the lickable wallpaper…just not the lemons. LOL! If they have coconut I'll join you!

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?
Unfortunately, the biggest is something I couldn’t share in public, so, I’ll have to skip this one unless I can come up with something shareable. Yikes! Another one in the Witness Protection Program, huh? heehee

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

My sister, mother and I were in a really silly mood one day back in high school. I grew up in tourist town, and we decided to do some touristy things on a slow day. One stop was the wax museum. It’s probably unethical to jump the ropes, but we decided to chance being caught and become part of the scenes—this was before cell phones, so we had to go buy a disposable camera from the gift shop and use whatever props we could scrounge up from mom’s purse since we couldn’t leave without paying again. I’ll send along a few photos—just don’t turn me in to the wax museum police!
Ummm too late. I think they maybe knocking on your door now. ;o)
 
MASH (Melissa, I see BJ Honeycutt!)


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More about Melissa Jagears
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.
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Love by the Letter is the prequel to A Bride for Keeps and is available for free download!
Dex Stanton’s first attempt at acquiring a mail-order bride fails when the lady writes back ridiculing his atrocious spelling. Rachel Oliver, the smart little brunette who sat in front of him in school, is the last woman he wants to ask for help. How can he handle her knowing what a dunce he really is?
Rachel Oliver has had enough. She’s lingered in town for two years mooning over Dex and now she’s done, done, done. If the fool wants to write to a mail-order bride company so be it. She’ll help him find a fancy eastern wife and then go to college as her parents wish. Except once she starts working with Dex, she wants to stop. How can she help him capture another woman’s heart as thoroughly as his laidback charm has captured her own?

A Bride for Keeps
Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate
himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she's determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.

Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

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43 comments:

  1. I'm not usually a fan of novellas, but I thoroughly enjoyed Love By the Letter and am really looking forward to A Bride for Keeps!

    I follow via feedburner!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. WooHoo! so glad you downloaded it and ENJOYED it! Thanks for coming by and being a FB follower!

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  2. Sounds like a great story I know I would enjoy reading.

    I follow via email.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hey Katie, be sure and download the free novella Melissa is giving away. thanks for coming by.

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  3. Blue glass cure?! Wow, I can just picture them all now, sitting under some blue glass window in the sun. :) Don't ya wonder where someone even comes up with these ideas and then spreads it?? Fun interview - those pictures just crack me up.

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    1. There are so many things that make me wonder "who did that first?" Like electrocution for poisonous bites. Who decided, "lets just zap my spider bite with some electricity and see how that works"? However, that person gets to be known as a super cool stud, the blue glass person gets to be thought of as crazy.

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    2. I know! Wasn't Melissa a hoot! I was dying laughing as I was putting up this post.

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  4. Okay, so in answer to the first question, I am now in maternity pants and a regular sized top with a 2 week old baby boy lying across my chest, which is quite the feat since he's already over 11 pounds. He's ginormous.

    And it would be just my luck that you saved your engagement ring box. I will not tell hubby or he'll give me that "see? you're the weirdo, not me" look..

    As for our story, it'd take forever to type. But when I tell it, lots of people think it would make a good book. Maybe one day I'll write the bones of it as a contemporary romance. :) Find me at conference on a day you have a lot of time to kill and I'll tell you!

    And I think coconut would be awesome flavored wallpaper. And strawberry and vanilla! And sugar cookie!

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    1. LOL! Yes it is a pretty black velvet box. 2 weeks old and 11 pounds! Oh. My. Goodness! My grandbaby was a month premature and he is now 11 1/2 weeks old and is not quite 8 pounds yet! It seems so funny to see this itty bitty baby smiling, laughing and cooing. When we go out everyone thinks he is a newborn.

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  5. Ohh. Now I want to know your story too!
    I also love those pictures :) Very funny.

    I follow via feedburner.
    hannahpeasha(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Hannah and for being a FB follower!

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  6. How interesting! I am a big fan of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and I have always wanted lickable wallpaper! I know, some of the cures they had back then were rather interesting. LOL..Your wax museum pictures are hilarious..Thank you for sharing, Melissa!! It was a blessing to me. Your book sounds wonderful. I follow via email.
    ~ Juli
    emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. Hello Julianna. I can almost recite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I saw it so many times. That was a fun movie. Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  7. My friend also loves lemon flavored anything. For her birthday I find a new lemon recipe every year!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. I love lemon drops and lemon pound cake. So yummy!!!

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  9. I'm not crazy about lemon either, but my friend, Teresa Mathews, makes lemon squares that are to die for! What a fun interview...you're a trip Melissa, as I know from seeing your posts on FB. lol Congrats on your 3 new babies. Your two new books and your precious baby boy! Puleeeze pick me! I'm not ashamed to grovel for a great book. :P I also have the prequel.

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

    I am also a follower via feedburner!

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    1. Well, I don't like peanut butter and sugar together at all either....I know that makes me weird. But my hubby's grandma made peanut butter bon-bons and once I had one, I could eat them every day. I won't even let the kids have them if I can help it. So I'll wager there COULD be a lemon dessert I might be all right with, but I haven't found it yet.

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  10. OK Diana, don't try to get favors. LOL I want to win this you see. I loved the interview with Melissa. Congrats on the baby Melissa. Debbie, I do follow you by Feedburner. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. And in this corner, Maxie! Two contenders waiting to battle it out!

      If you don't win, I've got some more blog giveaways coming up, so make sure if you're on FB to follow my author page and I'll let you know there. https://www.facebook.com/melissajagearsauthor

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    2. Maxie, you little stinker! Maxie is a favorite on our OWG blog by the way, Melissa...or should I say was? hehe Just kidding, Maxie, you know I love you.

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    3. LOL! Don't worry Maxie, Random numbers picks the winner and from what I can tell there is no prejudice there. And even bribery doesn't seem to influence it. Heehee. And speaking of OWG (Overcoming With God) if you haven't ever stopped by there you absolutely must! It is an awesome blog full of encouragement. Here is the link so you can check it out. http://cfpagels.blogspot.com/

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    4. Awww...thanks, Debbie Lynne! Hmmm...wonder if random number likes homemade lemon squares? ;)

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  11. Hi, Melissa!

    SO enjoyed your interview, & learning more about you - bet you are a ball to be around, & never a dull minute! The blue glass cure is one of the strangest things I have ever heard. Oh well, I've always heard that truth is stranger than fiction.

    Haven't read any of your books but, A Bride For Keeps sounds like a fun book, & I would love to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    By the way - I had large babies, also. My youngest weighed 10# 11 3/4 oz. at birth.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a feedburner follower.

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    1. You got me beat. He was 9 lb 5 oz, but passed his birth weight only 4 days later and been packing on ever since.

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    2. Oh my goodness! almost 11 pounds! Wow! That's like 3 of my grandbaby!

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  12. Enjoyed your great interview. Loved the novella. Looking forward to reading A Bride For Keeps. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm a follower by FeedBurner!!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed her novella! Thanks for coming by, Barbara. Good luck and thanks for being a follower!

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  13. Oh, I'm looking forward to reading this book! Love these kinds of stories.

    Those pictures of you at the museum are so funny. I would never have the nerve to do something like that.

    You threw away your ring box? I'm not a pack rat, but am sentimental.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. We definitely furtively looked around before we jumped fence. But how often I see my friends back home (on FB) still jumping ropes at the wax museum to do something similar (now with new figures) I'm going to assume the museum knows people do this.....

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    2. I bet the fun police are still looking for you, Melissa! Thanks for coming by Sylvia! Good luck.

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  14. Melissa, you know I love book giveaways and would especially love to win yours. All the best with the release!

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  15. Congratulations on the birth of your son! We are going to have our first grandchild (a boy) in Nov. I am the opposite of you; I have a hard time getting rid of anything. I take after my parents:)
    Martha
    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Martha, my mother's family is WELL known for their packrat behavior....must have skipped a generation. Actually, that's a lie. I am an obbsessive compulsive in that regard. I save everything and then I purge everything. Yeah, that's more like what I do.

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    2. Martha, I am so like you. I am so sentimental. And I think that sounds better than a pack rat. LOL. So I'm sticking with sentimental. ;o)

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  16. Enjoyed your interview and would love to win your book! I love mail order bride stories.....they're so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Susie
    seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Good Luck, Susie. And I love mail order bride stories too.

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  17. Your wax museum adventure looked like crazy fun! Please add me to the drawing, thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Hello Merry. I love the spelling of you name! Good luck on the drawing.

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  18. Hi Debbie Lynne, I am the one with my very own Debbie Lynn daughter ~ Kathleen at Lane Hill House ~ I am a Google Friend Connect friend, blog follower, receive your e-mails by Feedburner, have the Novella ~ Love by the Letter prequel, and so eager to read the book, A Bride for Keeps!!! Mail-order bride stories are fun to read. Hmmm ~ I love blue glass, lemon slices in my water, have saved my engagement ring box and have the original pop tab in it he put on my finger and proposed when we were walking and the straw paper he blew at me ~ sentimental. My husband makes a delicious lemon dessert ~ yum. (smiley face) Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Now, see, if I had a pop tab ring to stick in the box, I would have kept it. Cute.

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