Author Spotlight: Melissa Jagears

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight giveaway of Dear Mr Knightley is Terry Petrino! Please email info@suzannewoodsfisher.com with your mailing address.

This week we are featuring Melissa Jagears! To enter to win a copy of her new book A Bride for Keeps (Bethany House),  leave a comment on this post.

jagearsheadshotcompressedTell us a little about your new book . . . this series is all about different ways mail order brides went wrong. This one is how one poor man seemed to fail at the mail order bride business through very little fault of his own, but he’ll get it right eventually!

How can readers find you and your books? My website: www.melissajagears.com

If you could wish one thing for your future, what would it be? A free maid!!!

Best author moment? So far it’s been seeing my cover for the first time. My story totally belonged behind that cover, and it felt unbelievable that my name belonged there, too.

Describe your ideal circumstances to write. Silence, which is very hard to find with 3 kids. And finding the will power not to play on the internet when I check some historical fact online . . . .

Right this moment, what does your office look like? Did you see that I need a maid above? I think that explains things . . . 🙂

If you could write any book–on any topic–and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be? (Or genre?) Medievals. Put a castle on a cover and I buy it, but there are so few Christian Medieval Romances available. I might just write them anyway.

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Ever had a bad review?  How did you handle it? Before being published, I’d determined to throw myself a party for my first one star review—but it had to be a bad review because the reader actually didn’t like the book, not because Amazon messed up an order or something. When I got it, my hubby ordered a cake with one yellow star and four white stars, and we put in 5 candles but only lit one. Then we sang “Happy One Star to you, Happy One Star to you, Happy One Star dear IQ draining, drivel writing author, Happy One Star to you!” (Middle lyrics courtesy of the one star reviewer.) Then I blew out the candle and wished to be a NYT bestseller. 🙂 My crit partner did not find that party fun however, and boycotted it!

How do you solve a grammar dilemma? Google! But I actually love grammar. In college, our grammar class (I was an English major) had trouble with a sentence about an orange peel. Even the professor wasn’t sure what the right answer was. I thought about it after class was over and suddenly realized the answer in the shower two days later. I told my professor the answer at the next class, and he said, “Melissa, I think you need to get a life.” I even kept my college grammar textbook to do again someday . . . for fun!

AB4KCoverAre you an introvert? Extrovert? In between? A huge, huge introvert. On my Myers-Briggs personality tests, my biggest percentage is always introversion.

Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not? And strangely enough, after my last answer, it’s yes. I like being out with people if I have a purpose. Put me in the role of a teacher or speaker and I know exactly what to do and I’m all right. Tell me to go mingle, and I want to curl up in a ball in the corner.

What are you working on now? Newest release? I’ve turned in Book #2 and starting Book #3 in the series.

 

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    Gatood luck with your book. I can remember diagramming sentences in school and grammar can be fun. Language is living and it is fascinating to see the changes in language that develop over time.

    • Kathleen, I remember the HS diagramming as being a little weird but slightly fun, the college diagramming??? Oh made so much more sense and was so awesomely fun, It was so cool when I covered an entire page full of infrastructure for like a 10 word sentence. I was tutoring/working with a guy in that class at his apartment one day and he was rather slow at it, so I’d wait for him while I scanned the 50 sentences we had to do a week and I’d go “Oh, 23 is awesome!” and he groans, “That means it’s hard and this is going to take forever!”

    • Kathleen Bailey says:

      so exciting to read this “New Writer” interview! I hope that’s me someday!

  2. Susan Johnson says:

    Your one-star party sounds fun, but I am sorry you got a bad review. A Bride for Keeps sounds like a really good book. I love books about mail-order brides and this one sounds like a new take on it.

    • Well, I thought it was a fun party, my critique partner did not!!! But that’s all right, my hubby had fun with me. 🙂 And what’s not to love about Mail-Order Bride stories, eh? So fun to put yourself in that situation with your IMAGINATION rather than actually do it!

      • Oh no, I’m having stories told about me without even realizing it! No, I did not think Melissa’s one star review party was fun, and yes, I boycotted. She’s a fabulous author and no one deserves to be lambasted the way she was, let alone publicly.

        I understand people not liking every book they read. I understand that authors sometimes do really stupid things in their books. But I don’t understand being disrespectful, calling names, and publicly accusing someone of making you lose IQ points.

        Just call me Mama Bear!

        But really, I do admire Melissa for laughing at the review and celebrating. I probably would have cried . . . :-/

  3. Patty H says:

    I really enjoyed Melissa’s novella Love By the Letter! I would love the opportunity to read her first novel.

  4. Charlene McD says:

    I would love a chance to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  5. hope moyer says:

    I would love to read this book and add it to my book collection!

  6. Rose Gordon says:

    Congrats on your 1-star review! There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.

    Truly, I think it’s phenomenal (and downright fun) how you handled it and you certainly have my admiration.

    Good luck with the other books in your series!

    • Thanks! My crit partner was miffed that I celebrated that first instead of my first 5 star, so then I did a first 100 non-one star reviews so my first 101 reviews had a party too. But I knew a one star would come if my book got out there enough so why fear it? So I made it something to look forward to. And who doesn’t look forward to German Chocolate cake? 🙂 Well, maybe coconut haters, but I love coconut!

  7. Victoria Concepcion says:

    Would love to read your book and to post my review. Don’t worry about a bad review I am sure the great ones out weigh it. But I know how it hurts my daughter is a new author believe me I understand so keep on writing and I will keep on reading.

    • Yes, often the advice is to not look at reviews, but I’m actually learning some stuff. Like a ton of people refer to wanting the stories of secondary characters, so I know that I should keep trying to sell series of interconnected characters rather than completely stand alones if possible to make the readers who enjoyed my stories the most happy possible.

      Of course, if you have a problem with a book, it’s just rather nice if you say it nicely, authors are human people with feelings too! 🙂

      • Thank you. When I see the the first one star review that states things kindly and politely, maybe I’ll throw a part over that! “There’s hope for one star reviewers. They aren’t all angry-hate filled monsters!”

        Okay, maybe all one star reviewers aren’t quite that bad, but some of them are kinda close.

  8. carrie says:

    Great post and I enjoyed Melissa’s book! Cute interview! Blessings to both of you Suzanne and Melissa!

  9. I loved your “one-star” party! I thought it was great!!! Loved the interview as well. Count me in on this contest please. Would love to read this book.

    Judy F

  10. nancy rodman says:

    I absolutely love the way she handled her bad review that was awesome!!!

  11. Connie Hendryx says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the give-away!! chendryx(at)nctv(dot)com

  12. Bonnie Traher says:

    Looks like a must read.

  13. Andrea Woodard says:

    I would love to read this book, it sounds like it would be a really good read.

  14. Vera Godley says:

    I’d love to win a copy of your book. Your interview is delightful and I love your goodnatured spirit

    • Hope you get a copy some way, Vera. Not sure I’m good-natured, but I can definitely choose whether or not to get down in the mouth about things I can’t change!

      • Vera Godley says:

        BTW – I had a friend once (who taught English in a large Chrstian university) who said that he diagrammed portions of Scripture to help him understand it. That is truly getting to the meat of the study.

  15. Wilani Wahl says:

    this is an awesome book! I hope your book is selling well. I am looking forward to the next book when it comes out. I love the way you handled the one star review because I so loved the book and gave it a 5 star review. I am sure this will be a book that I will read more than once! Hope you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas

    • Thanks for that 5 star Wilani. I’m so honored that you’d reread it; I’m a huge rereader…which comes in handy writing books since you have to read one so often!
      Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  16. June Shirey says:

    Glad to see new writers. Best wishes with your books. I’d love to win.

  17. Julie says:

    It would be interesting to see a medieval romance!

  18. Sharyl B. says:

    I love your cover! Do you decide what’s going on the cover? Thanks for sharing with us. I would love to read your book.

    • Sharyl, it is a great cover! They ask me for cover information, what the characters look like and anything else I think pertinent. But they’re the ones that design and decide on the cover.

  19. MS Barb Dawson says:

    It’s interesting that you’re in introvert, yet enjoy meeting people–It’s ok to enjoy people, and enjoy your personal space & time! I agree with your desire for a maid…I’d rather sew or read than clean! THANKS for a nice Giveaway!

    • Oh, only when I have a role to play, Barb. If you asked me if I wanted to go to a party to meet people I’d shake in my boots. But make it a mystery dinner where I have to pretend to be a character and solve a crime, I’m all “let’s get ‘er done!”….after I force myself there….So maybe if I went out into public always pretending to be a spy or something I’d never fear it. 🙂

  20. I love to win books. Thanks for offering a Giveaway!!

  21. Mary E says:

    Melissa, you did awesome with the way you chose to handle your one-star review. I love stories of mail-order brides. Would love to read this book; and I look forward to reading the entire series. The best to you with the success of your writing career. God bless you! Would love to be a winner!

  22. Lisa Garrity says:

    This is on my list for wanting to read, I too love mail-order bride stories! I found it interesting that you rate as an introvert on the Myers-Briggs assessment. Just curious, what is your full personality combination? I’m an INFP. 🙂

    • I love Myers-Briggs, helped me make sense of myself and why no one acted like me. I’m an INTJ, the rarest female personality. And I’m a textbook INTJ….and INTJs are not likely to be romance authors let me tell you, I’ve discovered a few writing INTJ females online but a romance reading/writing one is well, I might be the only one!

  23. Lis says:

    Wow, that one-star reviewer was pretty harsh. Good thing you have a great sense of humor about it. On another note, yeah to Christian Medieval romances! I’d love to read some more (loved Michelle Griep’s and enjoyed Tamara Leigh’s books). Will you write one?

    • She was pretty harsh, wasn’t she? Probably a good thing I was prepared to celebrate it, because if I hadn’t had any plan and that was the first one I got? Might have thrown me into a funk instead of party mode!

      I want to write several medievals, but they’re hard sells…. at least at this time. I think I’ll probably stick with the better selling historicals for now, and then when the baby baby gets more independent and I can up my writing schedule I’ll try to sell them along side the others, if not, I might self-publish it, because there just needs to be more!

  24. Rachael Merritt says:

    Totally love the one star party! Loving life and enjoying it all! Great story!

  25. Sharon says:

    Can’t wait to read this!!!

  26. Pam Nelson says:

    Sounds like a great piece of fiction with a historical touch!

  27. Cathy Cermele says:

    Enjoyed the interview very much. I admire your
    spirit and your great attitude.
    I recently downloaded some free mail order
    brides book and thoroughly enjoyed them.
    Would love to win this book. I will look forward
    ro the series.
    Wishing you much success!

  28. Johnda Scott says:

    Enjoyed this interview. I’ve read Love by the Letter and loved it. Can’t wait to read this one and the rest of the series.

  29. Lisa Cowell says:

    I would love to win. I am a grammar Nazi, but hate diagramming sentences. Is that possible?

    • Well, considering I love diagramming but I don’t consider myself a grammar Nazi, I’d say I believe you. 🙂 My ESL kids would catch me saying something grammatically wrong and I’d answer “Yes, I know it’s wrong, but I can tell you exactly why and how to fix it, can you?”

  30. Melanie Backus says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed! A great author and a great book!!

  31. Pamela Fallin says:

    The title is interesting and picture is good. I would enjoy reading your new book.
    Pam

  32. Teresa Sheroke says:

    Sounds like a book I could get lost in. Would love to win this book. I’m a sucker for romance.

  33. Carol Kelley says:

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to read it. Would also love to have a free maid. ha

    • What’s that old song?
      “I’d like to give the world a home and furnish it with love” it so should have been “I’d like to give the world a home and offer free maid service”

  34. Ola Norman says:

    Just think, if you hadn’t had the courage to write that book, you’d never have had a one star review! So glad you you did.

  35. Nat Holmgren says:

    ahhh looks like a holiday vacation…to sit back and read!

  36. sharon miller says:

    I would love to win your book on mail order brides. It’s a really big version of our blind dates, only more permanent! sharon, CA

  37. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I love the idea of celebrating a bad review (very clever!)

  38. Leanna Morris says:

    Great interview. Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for the chance via your giveaway.

  39. hannah graft says:

    i would love to win this book!!

  40. This book sounds good.

  41. Rita Clements says:

    Wonderful reaction to the bad review! I have always loved the saying, “When life gives you lemons…make lemonade!”. I am an avid reader of many authors and would love to read your books as well. I would enjoy receiving a copy of A Bride For Keeps. Thank you for giving us a chance to win one! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  42. Lynne Blake says:

    I just love to win books !! This one looks wonderful Thanks

  43. Jean Smith says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book, the cover is beautiful!

  44. Amy Bateman says:

    This book sounds amazing. It is definitely going on my “to read” list.

  45. Melissa–
    Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview. Really enjoyed learning more about you. Had to smile at your bad review coping method! Warmly, Suzanne

  46. Sharon Timmer says:

    Congratulations Melissa – I would lobe to win a copy of your debut novel 🙂

  47. Kristie D. says:

    I’m a librarian and a grammar nerd too. Your book sounds great. I think you should try the Medieval era though. Be different!!! Can I borrow your maid? Happy Thanksgiving!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

    • If I get a maid, I’ll let you borrow her/him……once! Can’t let my maid get away. 🙂 I’ll probably get to Medievals sometime, but probably after the infant/toddler stage is done in this house, and the homeschooling gets to a more independent stage.

  48. Misty says:

    This sounds like an amazing book! Win or not, I will be purchasing it!! Good luck for your future adventures!

  49. Tima Murrell says:

    Loved the novella and the excerpt I read from the book. The book is on my Christmas Wish List. But if I win the book I can just put another book in its place. =) Can’t have too many books, right?! Also love the attitude about the negative review.

    • Well, that’s my motto Tima, but my hubby and father-in-law and anybody else who’s had a hand in moving us to new homes might disagree. I have more boxes of books than probably any other thing when moving!

  50. Brittany C says:

    Great interview! Thank you both for taking the time to enlighten us 🙂

  51. Tonja K. Saylor says:

    Thank you for the interview! I would love to win a copy of Bride for Keeps.

  52. Bonnie Traher says:

    Would love to win one of your books.

  53. Natalie Monk says:

    Enjoyed this interview very much! Thank you, ladies!! 🙂

  54. Judy welbaum says:

    Would lovvvvvvvvvv to win this book!

  55. Meghan Corning says:

    Would LOVE to be able to win this book. And as for grammar, I was so lucky to have a good teacher for that subject.( not my best subject by far) Dad was not the most help but mom was okay, and for any problem she didn’t know I had to rise to the challenge and fend for myself. I don’t think I did to bad, I passed anyway 🙂

  56. Sharon Rudolph says:

    I just finished reading this book last night! I was so excited when my library got it in! I loved this book and can’t wait for the next book! I would love a chance to win this book to share it with my mom!

  57. Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    I would love to win your book, Melissa. I’m always looking for new authors to try out. I think you should totally write a Christian medieval romance book. I love to read historical romance novels but it’s hard to find Christian ones.

    • Shaun, I’ve got the website for you! I didn’t realize when I left working at a Christian book store about many of the historicals available. I have them all cataloged at http://inspirationalhistoricalfiction.com/

      You can find historicals by decade, main character occupations, historical events, etc. I love browsing there. And they are all Christian (they might not be romances, but you should be able to tell that by the blurb)

  58. Shelia Hall says:

    great interview!Love to win the book!

  59. I love books about mail order brides. They were a true part of history. Most authors write about them going right. This is great that it you will be showing about how they can sometimes go wrong. Looking forward to reading a book like this.. I also hope I would be lucky enough to win one as well.

  60. Becky Lee says:

    Interesting that you would write medievals. Those are the ones I stay away from. Now give me a book with a horse on the cover & I go for those westerns every time.

  61. Samantha S says:

    Would love to win a copy. This book has been on my “watch” list for awhile. 🙂

  62. Rebecca Maney says:

    Your book is on my Goodreads “want to read” for sure! It would be faster if I won a copy, but I will eventually read it, regardless. I love mail-order bride stories, for some reason.

    • I think it’s because mail-order brides were more desperate and made of stronger stuff than we are….not that I want to become one beyond through reading role play!

  63. Tami says:

    Looks like a lovely read! Hope to win it.

  64. Sara Johns says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book I’d love to read! Beautiful cover too.

  65. T. says:

    I love grammar, too:o)

  66. Love mail-order bride books

  67. Sarah Fox says:

    Thanks for sharing and the contests! I love celebrating the one star review party story! Way to be positive and celebrate your achievements no matter how big or small!

    • yes, why not celebrate everything, makes life more fun…..actually, I’m not always that upbeat, but I knew it would come….if only I did that with more things in life!

  68. Tonya Bailey says:

    Love Mail Order Bride stories, can’t wait for this one!

  69. Vickie Jameson says:

    I love the way you let the readers get to know you a little bit through this question and answer session. I’d love to win a copy of your book. Thanks for the chance!

  70. Camille says:

    Looking forward to reading this book, fingers crossed that I may win it.

  71. Tee says:

    Ooh, I love discovering a new (to me) authors! Looking forward to reading this book no matter how it winds up in my hands!

  72. Jean Thompson says:

    Can’t wait to read either of her Books… Nice Interview…. Would like to win a copy of her book…

  73. Molly R. Moody says:

    I absolutely LOVE mail order bride stories and the ones from a Christian perspective are the best. Would love to win a copy of this book but even if I don’t, I’ll be reading it.

  74. Becky Boles says:

    Very excited about your new book!

  75. wyla goodman says:

    I realy love mail order brides, set in the west & have Christian values as well in the books. I also like set in the west with Indians & Christian values.

  76. I would love to win this book.

  77. donna harris says:

    I’m new to your books and writing. After reading your interview I kind of chuckled. I like your one star party, what did that person know giving you a bad review. Your mail order bride sound really good and interesting, love to read it. English in grade school didn’t go over to good for me. I went to a catholic school and the nuns were trouble. I liked the diagramming the sentence it was fun. Now writing a theme paper, I guess that’s what you call it, lol! I was trouble. The nuns keep telling me I didn’t have proper english I don’t talk right. I told them, so my mom doesn’t talk proper english because I talk just like her. The nuns kept sending notes home to my mom. I think it’s funny now but it wasn’t back then. To this day I know I don’t talk right. Congrats on your book and the next one. I hope I win a copy of your book “A Bride for Keeps”, I love stories like this. Thanks!

  78. Linda says:

    Sounds like a great story!

  79. Janice says:

    Would love to win your book. Thanks for having the contest!!!!

  80. Fran Tucker says:

    I’m just beginning to read “A Bride for Keeps”. Maybe I can rate it high. That was one person’s review. As others read I’m sure ratings will be better

  81. Mallori says:

    I still have some of my college books too to look at again someday. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who keeps them! 🙂 Your book sounds good–I love mail order bride stories!

  82. Donna D says:

    If you figure out how to get that free maid, let me know. I could sure use one as well. I spend way to much time on fb and reading instead of housework!
    I’ve always been rather intrigued with the mail order bride idea of our past. There were certainly more men in the west than women – but I’ve often wondered why a woman would go for the mail order idea.

    • Desperation! Modern mail order brides are from poverty stricken countries, so also desperate. I think us Americans, even poor ones, are generally so far from desperation we find it far more inconceivable than the women back then probably did. My guess anyway. 🙂

  83. Darlene E says:

    AMAZING, I would love to read

  84. Brenda says:

    Would love to win!

  85. Hi Suzanne and melissa. Great to be here. Enjoyed the interview. Melissa I’d have to agree with you on your wish. And, I was an A student in English all thriugh school, but now sometimes I feel I can’t even spell right, must less all of the other things we learned. I sure need something to fix my broken Rememberer. I have been trying really, really hard to win this book. But, no luck yet. Trying again but a whole lot of competition on here. Thanks for a chance tho. Maxie Anderson

    • Maxie, a lady from my church is running around trying to win it too and hasn’t yet. She came to my signing and bought a copy, but she’s now trying to win for her daughter, so she’s in the same sad state. :^) But somebody’s got to win!

  86. Becky says:

    My Meyers Briggs introversion is usually 100%. Congratulations on your new book! I hope to read your work sometime soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

  87. Suzanne Dawson says:

    Enjoyed reading about Melissa Jagears. I haven’t read any of her books, so would love to win this one.

    • All my comments with links are still awaiting moderation, so you can get my short story for free at Amazon or any store that sells ebooks. Type in Love by the Letter. Can’t beat free, right?

  88. Kelly says:

    I love the story about your 1-star review party!! I enjoyed your short story and I can’t wait to read your first full length book!

  89. Betty says:

    I have no doubt that you will do well with your book. Many readers out here who love good stories, things that bless our lives in this very stressful world. I know you address the very things so many of us enjoy. Best wishes to you! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to “see the world” in your book.

  90. vickie says:

    I love the one star party idea. Much better than feeling bad about it.
    Would love the read this book -I love mail order brides books.

  91. Rhonda Lovell says:

    I would love to read a medieval book that had a Christian theme to it. Thank you and God bless.

  92. Rhonda Lovell says:

    Would love to read this book. God bless.

  93. Carol Evirs Quinn says:

    This sounds wonderful and would love a chance to read it. Thank you and God Bless

  94. Martha J. Sturm says:

    I’ve kept all my grammer books and dictionaries. My 7 yr. old niece takes after me. She asked for a dictionary for Christmas this year.

    • Aw, how could anyone deny a kiddo a dictionary? Not possible, I say! Once, I sent my daughter to her room for disobedience and she said, “Can I take the dictionary with me?”

      How could I not let her take a dictionary! That’s punishment for most. 🙂

  95. Pam Nelson says:

    Great interview!! Book sounds wonderful!

  96. Jaquelyn S says:

    I would love this book! I think it’s nice to see that she didn’t let the one star get her down. No matter what you do you can’t please everyone! Even the best authors get bad reviews, some people are just plain rude and crazy lol!

  97. I loved your one-star party. Great sense of humor! I would love to win A Bride For Keeps. Thanks for this great contest. Judy F

  98. Sarah Thomas says:

    Enjoyed your novella and now I’m eager to read the full novel. Like so many others I love that you celebrated your one-star review. I’ll put up with just about anything for cake!

  99. Lisa Stifler says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book.Thank you for sharing!

  100. Sherry Murchison says:

    I would love to win this book!! I too love books about mail order brides and I’m always looking for a New author!!!!

  101. Trish Jorgenson says:

    I am excited to read this book. It sounds great. :))

  102. June says:

    Exciting. I love to read from new authors. Mail order Brides, it will be interesting. I would love to win a copy of your book: A Bride For Keeps

  103. JoAnn Stewart says:

    Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  104. sharon miller says:

    I really like the cover of your book and would love to win it. sharon, CA

  105. Valerie Monschien Laux says:

    would love to win

  106. Wendy Looker says:

    Pick me, I love reading about mail order brides. It looks like a great book!

  107. Mielang Gamble says:

    I love to read this type of books, please pick me to win.right now the only books I get to read are on my Kindle.

  108. Sherry L Cremer says:

    This book sounds like a must read. I hope you are able to write a Christian medieval romance….sounds intriguing!

  109. Donna Cochran says:

    I especially like your books about the Amish. I hope to one day visit one of their communities. Would also love to win your book!

  110. Donna B says:

    I think having a party when you received a one star rating was a good response. I would love to read your book!

  111. Sharon says:

    Got this on my list for me and mom!!

  112. Wendy P says:

    I love the way you celebrated your bad review, Melissa. May your wish come true.

  113. connie ross says:

    love to read this book

  114. Marg Z says:

    There will always be someone who doesn’t appreciate a good book and rips it apart. That is there opinion and thankfully is not the opinion of the masses. I think this book sound fantastic and I can’t wait to read it. Keep writing because those of us who like to read want a vast variety of books to read.

  115. Judy Coooper says:

    I really enjoyed the interview. It is nice to learn a little bit about the author of a book you know that you will enjoy. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

    • Sharon Clark Paavola says:

      Fun interview! Love the maid request! Melissa’s my kind of gal! I hope she does write a Medieval novel. That’s such a great period of time.

  116. Caryl McAdoo says:

    Bride for Keeps sounds fun. I LOVE your one star party, such a great way to treat a negative. It’s sad that some people are so negative and pessimistic and so jealous that they’re set on putting others down. I always wonder, didn’t they have a mother who told them, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”? Oh phooey, now you’re going to get me for the period/quotation marks/question mark 🙂