ABOUT AUTHOR: Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance after everyone else is asleep. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter is free to try. A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store should be available wherever books are sold. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online 

What was your favorite scene in A Bride In Store? Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?

My favorite scene that was also the most fun to write was the dance scene near the end. It wasn't going to be the typical dance scene and I couldn't wait to get to it and write it.
The hardest was the beginning scenes, trying to get the characters to the point of being attracted, but not too much and not too little.

When you sit down to relax and read, what genre do you turn to? Do you prefer hardback, paperback or digital when you read? Why?

Always Christian Historical Fiction. I dislike Hardbacks, I hate the inflexibility in my hands. Right now I definitely prefer digital because my twelve month old likes to rip paper and doesn't like anything stealing mom's attention, so swiping at a paperback book has meant a few of our books have gotten torn pages, swiping at my kindle only moves screens. :) Plus I can read in the dark rather easily with my kindle fire while putting him to bed, which truly is the only time I have to read right now...

I still love to color with crayons
Nora: There are some advantages to digital! One of the surprising disadvantages to me is when I'm engrossed in a book, staying up late to finish and the Kindle dies! Hate that! (I was to involved in the story to notice it was about to die! Yikes!

Can you share your testimony with us?

My parents moved into my grandparents house when I was little and Grandpa required anyone under his roof to attend church. My parents diligently looked for somewhere else to live! I enjoyed church. When I was six, my grandma said, "do you believe in Jesus?" and I answered yes because I believed what was taught in Sunday school classes, and then she asked if I wanted to pray to become a Christian. I was a very bright girl, and a liar if I was dealing with anything that would strip me of my pride, so I knew it would be stupid to say, "No, I don't want to become a Christian; I want to go to hell." 

It was easier to say I already prayed so she would be drop it and be happy. Then she said, "do you want to be baptized?" Well, I knew my Bible, and that's what you’re supposed to do, so I had to follow through. In the baptistery, I was asked to tell when I became a Christian, I distinctly remember making up a story on the spot about being scared in the dark and asking God to save me--seemed logical, I'd heard it before, and yet it made me feel stupid to admit to people I was scared of the dark when I wasn't, but I went with it.
Does this six year old Melissa look like she'd be afraid of the dark?

Then for 10 years I struggled over that lie and my faith, but at 16, I really felt I needed baptized again because I knew the first time was a lie and the devil was trying to pester me with the question of "are you really saved?" My pastor told me "the devil isn't telling you that, he doesn't want you saved and wouldn't be bringing it up--he'd want to keep you in the dark." Which made total sense, so I took care of it.

Nora: Thanks for sharing your faith journey and picture!

What are the challenges of writing historicals?
German Chocolate cake makes one star reviews tolerable

The fact that I'm not from that time! It's daunting to check out every word and idiomatic phrase that just naturally comes as I write. But even knowing you have to check things, sometimes you don't realize you need to check. Something like "Nope" can get you in trouble without you even realizing it. And sometimes I know a word is wrong and change it, but an editor puts it back in because it's the much easier, natural way to say something and I have to edit it back out if I catch it. And then, sometimes you can prove that a word was used back then, but a reader will flag it as "too modern" and then you have to weigh the desire to use the word against the desire not to make people think you don't know the word's history, even when you're right. Word History is a daunting task when you're dealing with a 100,000 word book!

Nora: Interesting Melissa. I haven't heard anyone talk about this before. "Word History" I'm dyslexic and just hearing you talk about this makes it hard for me to breathe!! I'm glad we all have different gifting's and I'm not forced to do this task!

Women dressed very differently in the time period you wrote about, what do you think you’d enjoy wearing? What do you think you’d dislike?

Halloween picture is last year's. I was in my "stay-at-home mom" costume. :)
I think it'd be great to wear long skirts all the time. I'd never have to worry about what my legs looked like. :) What I'd least like is having to be covered from neck to wrist to toe in certain eras during the summer!

Nora: I'll Amen long skirts! Being completely covered could be very hot too!! Yikes!

What type of transportation do you think you’d prefer that they used then? Why? 

There's something rather romantic about having a horse as your vehicle. To be able to talk to and get attached to your mode of transportation is something that would be fun. 

Nora: Yes. Fun!


You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

My personality is one that is willing to let others take the limelight positions.....unless the organization is incompetent, then we come out of the woodwork and organize everything so it works efficiently and then creep back into the shadows. So if there's a competent leader, then I'd do all the grunt work. If the shipwrecked group is in chaos, I'd just start organizing the whole effort and delegate who does what until things are working like clockwork, then go back to the grunt work if I could. So depending on the others, either manual labor or organizer. :)

Nora: I'm glad others have the gift of organizing. I'm good once it's set up but thinking about putting it all in order gives me a headache! Again, I'm glad we all have different talents!

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

Go back to 30 AD and follow Jesus around until he says something to me.

What three things would you rather not live without (besides your family)?

Books, milk, and sugar

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?

Happy children, especially toddler belly laughs

Nora: One of my favorites too!

There are so many types of weather which is your favorite? Which to you try to avoid?

I love loud thunderstorms--plus that means no one is wondering why I'm staying inside. I don't poke my head outside unless I have to. :) I'd avoid below freezing days--well, unless I wasn't required to leave the house, then it's just fine and dandy!

I love to hear from readers. One fan, by the name of Monica who is an artist; blessed me with this picture. This is fan art is for A Bride for Keeps (It’s the first book in this series) by Artist Monica Bruenjes - see her novel review blog and more fan art for Christian fiction here:


Thanks Melissa, for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I’m thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN starting the 20th of SEPTEMBER at . Looking forward to reading the participation between you and readers! It’s always so much fun! Everyone has to be a member of TBCN in-order to participate. It’s FREE and EASY. Participate as your schedule allows. Last day to enter drawing is Sept 30th

Nora :o)

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  1. Absolutely loved to read more about you Melissa!!! I am so hoping to win a copy of your new book!!! Our family is going through some tough times so I've had to cut books out of my budget for now, but when I can splurge I am definitely wanting to scoop this one up!!! Thanks so much for sharing your story!!
    In Christ's Love,

    PS. That is an adorable childhood pic :)

  2. Aw, thanks for stopping by, hope you can grab a copy somehow, ask your library to order one!

    1. THANKS for stopping by Christina. You still have time to Enter the Drawing for 5 copies of Melissa's new book. All you have to do is Go to The Book Club Network It's Free and Easy to join. CLICK on the Link above her Book to join the Book Fun!!!