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!)
Wizard of Oz
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. Novella Cover URL: http://melissajagears.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/lovebytheletternew_3.jpg?w=210 Book cover URL: http://melissajagears.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/melissacovernotweird.jpg?w=196
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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