A Game of “Would You Rather…” with Jessica R. Patch

Jess color headshotThank you so much for inviting me today! “Would You Rather…” is so much fun to play. So here goes:

Would you Rather…

…Would you rather be a master of every musical instrument or be fluent in every language?

Jessica: I’d rather be fluent in every language because I’d love to travel all over the world. I’ve been to Thailand and the worst part wasn’t the food or heat but the language barrier.

Gabe: I’d say fluent in every language. I’m a pastor and I’d love to be able to share the Gospel easily to whomever I encounter or if I travel on the mission field. I was with Jessica in Thailand and I agree. Also, she was worse than I was at catching on.

Audrey: I want to be a master of every instrument. Sometimes I feel like I have no talent. Playing every single instrument would give me the opportunity to do something amazing. Plus music transcends every language.

…only be able to whisper or only be able to shout everything?

Jessica: I’m going to say whisper. I’m already too loud! Besides, I’ve found that people hush when you whisper and ignore you when you yell. Or maybe that’s just my family. Ha!

Gabe: Whisper. It’s the still small voice that can be heard.

Audrey: I’m beyond loud. And quite frankly, I like it. So I’m going with shouting. It’s just fun.

… go forward or back in time?

Jessica: Forward. I like moving toward something not going backwards. Looking ahead is exciting. Going back, while there are things I’d like to change, seems dreadful. Blech.

Gabe: Forward. We can’t change our past, but we can learn from it and shape our future. Plus, I believe if we ask, we’re forgiven our past mistakes. Every day, to me, is a fresh slate to start over.

Audrey: Past. I’d change some of the major messes I made that caused a lot of crap to the hit the fan in my present. I know God forgives us our sins. But I’d still like to go back and fix them myself.

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Just the Way You Are - High ResolutionWhen Pastor Gabe asks Audrey Gilbraith to use her mad florist skills to help him design a prayer garden, she’s all in, especially since it helps take her mind off the fact she’s about to lose her job and her apartment. But working closely with Gabe and not falling for him is complicated. She’s not pastor’s wife material, and she has the past to prove it.

Gabriel Brookson wants out of Audrey’s friend-zone, but when he pursues her romantically, he ruffles more than a few feathers in his congregation. How much is he willing to give up for this wonderful, quirky woman, and will Audrey accept him if he risks it all?

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Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Her debut novel with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense will release in early 2016.

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

Interview with Jill Kemerer

Jill KemererJulie Jarnagin: I’m so excited to have you here today, Jill! I can’t wait for you to tell everyone about your awesome new book, but first, the important stuff – What are you loving right now? Give us some recommendations.

Jill Kemerer: I’m loving the television show, Portlandia. It’s on the IFC channel, and it’s so weird and random. I also can’t get enough of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines help people find homes to renovate. Chip does the construction, and Joanna designs everything. The results are so pretty! Since I’m on a health kick, I’m getting to know the MyFitnessPal app. It helps me stay on track calorie-wise.

Julie: Now I know why we’re friends. I’ve watched Portlandia, I love Fixer Upper, and I use that same app. Were we separated at birth? 🙂  Let’s move onto writing. What has your writing journey been like? What keeps you going?

Jill: I started writing twenty years ago, but I didn’t get serious until about eight years ago when I started writing full time. I think of my publishing journey as a cross-country car trip. At first I was thrilled to hit the road, but as time wore on, I grew weary of sitting in the car for days! I’m thrilled to finally be “published” instead of “aspiring.”

 As far as what keeps me writing, I’d have to say God does. I feel a deep pull to write, and every time I’ve considered quitting, I’ve prayed and felt let to continue.

Julie: So where have you done all your writing over the years?

Jill: I’m very blessed to have an office in our home. I treasure it! I do all of my writing there. I’m a planner and an organizer, so I spend a lot of time just letting a story come together in my head before I write it. Long walks help with this. Then I fill out plotting sheets to make sure I’m on the right track. After I put together a rough synopsis, I write the first draft. Revising is a huge part of my process, too, and I always have at least one of my critique partners read it before sending it to my agent or editor.

Julie: We definitely know the importance of great critique partners here at Heart-Shaped Glass! We also know the importance of great characters. What is your favorite kind of hero and heroine to write?

Jill: Heroes? Easy! I love strong, protective, and devoted heroes. And I enjoy heroines women can relate to—they drown their sorrows in ice cream but always pick themselves up and try again.

Julie: I know I can relate to that kind of heroine. 🙂 All the ladies here write different kinds of romance – from sweet to spicy. What made you decide to write inspirational romance?

Jill: My first novels were sweet romances, but I felt something was missing—my faith. I figured I’d try to write an inspirational romance, and I ended up loving it. It’s a perfect fit!

Julie: Okay. Now to the book (which I ADORED). I love that you have a pair of otters in your story. What inspired their role in the book?

Jill: Aren’t otters the cutest little things? My kids used to attend school at our old church, and the principal’s wife at the time worked for the zoo. Their backyard was next to the parking lot, so I was chatting with her one day and she told me she was caring for an otter who wasn’t adjusting well with the others. She had a baby pool for him and everything. He moved back to the zoo a week later. I’ve wanted to take care of otters ever since!

Julie: Such an awesome idea! I love when we find inspiration in unexpected places. Okay, now what we’ve been waiting for. Tell us more about your book.

Small-Town-Bachelor-Cover-smallJill: When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…

Interested in buying Small-Town Bachelor? Click on http://jillkemerer.com/books/small-town-bachelor/ for links to purchase!

Thank you so much for letting me be your guest today!

Julie: Thank you for being here!

If you could have any animal in your backyard, which one would you pick?

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About Jill ~

Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer and homemaker, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.

Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&MS, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website www.jillkemerer.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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