Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Interview & Giveaway with @JessicaRPatch

Lots of fun is in store when we have Jessica Patch visit our blog! 

Jessica R. Patch writes inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series and several Love Inspired Suspense novels including, Fatal ReunionProtective DutyConcealed Identity, and Final Verdict. 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 spending time with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

Today she's saving me (Jaime) as I charge ahead on content edits and a new book, and coming to hang out so you can get to know her better. AND, she's giving away a copy of her book --- BONUS!


Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story? 

My latest release is Unleashing Love which is a romantic comedy novella in a rom/com collection! Eight authors. Eight stories from light-hearted to laugh out loud. Reviewers are saying Unleashing Love is Laugh-Out-Loud funny. I’m glad because I thought it was but I think I’m funny so… *wink* Unleashing Love is about a dog walker who’s kinda stuck in a rut in her life. She wants to go back to business school but she really doesn’t see how she can. Enter my construction mogul, Griffin Noble, who is married to work and learns that his sister has passed away and they want to put his infant niece in his care for relative placement. He agrees, reluctantly and he hires my heroine, Emma Kate—who thinks she’s going to nannying a fur baby.  What inspired me? Hmm…I just woke up one morning and thought, hey I wanna write a book about a woman who loves dogs and works with them and pair her with a man who detests them (traumatic reasons).

Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why? Toughie. Most of the time, I tend to enjoy writing my heroes over my heroines but Emma Kate was a blast to write because I got to explore her fanatical love for dogs. Although, dog lovers might just call it…love. J She’s sarcastic (in a nice way) and quirky. She loves to eat and is curvy. I tend to relate to all those things.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them? Oh this is easy! Hilary Duff would play Emma Kate and Henry Cavill would be cast as Griffin Noble.

How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel? I knew I wanted Emma Kate to be from the South (like me) and I wanted him to not be. So I set in Chicago because I’m familiar this city. So we get a little North and a little South.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why? I don’t want to say “no” because the minute I do, God will impress me to do it! It’s like praying for patience. You pray it and then you’re surrounded by people who drive you mad. I’m kinda kidding. But not really. J

Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why? I’m married to my college sweetheart going on 21 years. Or 22. It blurs after awhile. My daughter is heading off to college in the fall and I cry every single time I think about it or buy an extra toiletry item for her. My son is in 7th grade and unless he’s hungry, I never know J Who am I most like? I can’t say Anne of Green Gables because I’ve never read it. Don’t hate me. I was busy reading Sweet Valley High. Maybe Nancy Drew because I love a good mystery, I’m nosy, and I need answers to every question I ask. I’ve learned you don’t always get the answers, but I still snoop around looking for them. Also, I’m curious about everything and everyone. So yeah, Nancy works.
he’s in the house. He does love those video game tutorials. I’m a glass running over and spilling out kinda girl. I like to see the good and funny in everything. I don’t laugh, I cackle. I don’t know how to whisper or talk low. And it takes a whole lot to embarrass me which is good since I’m constantly doing things that SHOULD embarrass me.

What strange writing habits do you have? Like standing on your head while you write with a pen between your teeth? I can’t stand on my head for anything. I can’t even do a somersault. I don’t have any stranger writing habit. Sometimes I repeat out loud what I wrote but it has nothing to do with wanting to hear it read aloud. I just do it. I guess that’s strange?

Do you have a writing mentor, or another author who has inspired/encouraged you in some way? I don’t have a mentor but I’ve always wanted one! I do have a solid circle of authors/writers who have always been available to me when I have questions or need feedback. I love that no one is competitive in the sense that they hide knowledge. I’ve never known a single author to do that. I love the writing community!

We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing? My faith is my writing. It’s how I see the world around me. How I would react/respond in any given circumstance and I want readers to see that no matter what there is always hope in Jesus Christ. Not all my characters are Christians and those who are, aren’t squeaky clean. Find me one human being who is squeaky clean and I’ll call “LIAR!” J But there is always hope. Always forgiveness from God, always a way to make it through when you have faith. So yeah, faith is everything to me!

Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were responsible to write your own epitaph for your tombstone, what would it say? Hmmm… I guess it would depend how much the engraving cost. Like is it by the line? The amount character spaces? You know, I wouldn’t want to burden my family with the cost of a paragraph and I am an overwriter so…Let’s say it had to be Tombstone written in a tweet:
Jessica Patch
Beloved of Jesus
Devoted wife and mom
Loved by most
Laughed at by many
Now part of the Cloud of Witnesses Club

Anne is an insatiable romantic with a serious vintage aura in all she writes. Do you have fabulous love story in your family history that you could share with us in a few words? If not, what about your own? My love story starts with a young man eyeing a young girl in a college cafeteria, leaning over to his pal and telling him, “I’m going to marry her.” What was supposed to be a friend only Valentine’s Day dinner turned into 21 (or 22) years of marriage, two beautiful children, much laughter, and a happily-ever-after. I’ll never forget him opening my car door and in the seat lay a dozen roses, chocolates and a card. I asked him, “I said this wasn’t a date.” And his reply was, “You don’t know me well. I do this for all my friends.” That grin. Those dimples. He pretty much sealed my marital fate right then. *swoon*

Erica and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing? I have loved romance all my life. I say that because my mother watched soap operas and they shaped my formative years. Hey, God works everything together for good for those who love Him, am I right? My divine romance makes my heart flutter and some days I could so step off into eternity and not look back. I want readers to fall in love with the romance between the hero and heroine, but mostly I want them to see the pursuit, passion, and perseverance of Jesus as He woos them in a divine romance. It’s breathtaking!

And for some extra fun . . .

If you could pick one superhero to save you from impending doom, who would it be and why? Hands down Superman. He’s my favorite. Always has been. I think he’s a picture of Jesus—minus the new movie when he gets in the tub with Lois Lane. I was all NO! That is not what Superman would do! But still…Superman.

If you could guest star in one TV show, what would be and what would your ideal role be? That’s so tough. I watch soooo much TV! Haha. Maybe the new Lethal Weapon show. I’d be FBI or something. It’s all action, suspense, some mystery and great one-liners and laughs. Since I mostly write a crime procedurals, it fits my curiosity and adventure level.

Name one significant heirloom or keepsake you have and why it’s important to you: I have a porcelain tea cup and saucer with a poinsettia on it. When I was a little girl, my grandma set it out every Christmas and she let me pretend to have tea with it. I felt so fancy! And maybe English. Now, on December 1, I put it out and I remember and shed some happy tears.

We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:

“How much different are dogs than babies? They eat. They bark/babble. They poop,” Griffin retorted.
“Are you being serious right now? Did Creed give you a concussion last night?”
 “I have no clue what to do with a baby. But I see you practically every night taking excellent care of that dog—when you’re not losing him that is. And since this baby is small and can’t walk, I’d think you’d have a better handle on her.” That horrid desperate look entered his eyes again and Emma Kate ignored his barb. He’d seen her. Noticed her.
Ignored her.
“So you want a temporary nanny. For a baby. A human child.” Guess the permanent nanny would be here in a month.
He rubbed the back of his neck. “Yes. I need you 24/7. Are you in?”
24/7. “Are you being metaphorical right now or precise? Because clearly we have some communication issues.”
“Precise. I need you twenty four hours a day. So let me show you to your room.” He started toward the stairs and stopped. “She probably can’t be left alone, can she?”
“No.” Emma Kate shook her head. “But we have bigger dogs to wrangle here. I’m not living with you. I don’t even know you!”
“I’m Griffin Noble. I’m the CEO of Noble Construction. I’m thirty-three years old. I’m single. No record. Not even a parking ticket. I have a housekeeper who comes twice a week—so no cleaning or cooking involved here. I have lived in Chicago my whole life and—”
“Stop.” Emma Kate stared blankly. He was serious. “You can tell me all day long how nice you are. But you know what people say on TV interviews after authorities find nine-hundred dead girls in a backyard? They say, ‘I can’t believe this. He was so nice. Lived here all his life. Had a good job. We had no idea he was a serial killer.’ So your nice guy speech is falling on deaf ears.”
He tilted his head as if she was the one not making sense. “All of our nannies lived with us.”
The way he said it. As if everyone had nannies plural. She put on her best Julie Andrews accent and placed her hand over her heart. “Oh, well…if aaaall your nannies lived with you then…” She rolled her eyes.
“Okay, that came out—”
“Snotty?” Uppity. Privileged.
“Slightly arrogant.” He narrowed his eyes. “But I am paying you eighty grand.”


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  1. Hey, I'm from the south too, Jessica. And I'm curvy!!
    We southern ladies like to eat those grits and fried chicken you know.
    Thanks for the chance to win your novella!

    1. Yes we do! Now, I want grits for breakfast. Cheese grits! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks for sharing about this story, it sounds like one I'd really enjoy!

  3. This sounds like a great book; I love books with humor. I recently read Concealed Identity. I was glad I started it on a day off so I had plenty of time to read. I could not put it down!

    1. I love books with humor too, even if it's suspense! Ah! So glad you enjoyed Concealed Identity! Holt and Blair will make a cameo appearance in Final Verdict that releases this Saturdaay. :) Thanks for stopping by!


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