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Monday, February 11, 2013

A GIVEAWAY & An Interview with J.M. Kelley

Sometimes, returning home isn’t about confronting your past; it’s about discovering your future.
Janie McGee, the black sheep of her family, is free-spirited, uninhibited, and never one to stay in the same place for too long. When Janie learns her father, Joe, is gravely ill, she reluctantly returns home to rural Pennsylvania to care for him. Joe’s neighbor, David Harris, sports a pocket protector, collects coins, and is addicted to Antiques Roadshow. Everything about him rubs Janie the wrong way, from his nerdy wardrobe to his enviable friendship with Joe. And to make matters worse, her father thinks they’re perfect for each other, proof positive of how little Joe knows his own daughter…or so Janie thinks.

A shared devotion to the elder McGee begins to close the gulf between Janie and David, but a burgeoning romance opens the door to new problems and unexpected consequences neither could foresee. Joe, however, remains steadfast in his resolve to show Janie that Daddy knows what’s best for his little girl. Can Janie finally open her heart to David while watching the first man she ever truly loved fade away?


1.      How long have you been an author?

I’ve always loved writing, but about five years ago I started writing with the goal of publication in mind. Though, if you want to be literal, my first published work was in kindergarten. A thrilling two-sentence piece about horsies and being a millionaire was published in my local newspaper’s Junior Dispatch. They mailed me a dollar bill when it made the paper. Hey, it’s a writing credit.

2.      What is your favourite genre?

In terms of writing, I like to stay true to story and character driven romances and women’s fiction. Where reading is concerned, I’m all over the place. It truly depends on my mood. I can swing from horror to romance to one of the classics in a heartbeat.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?

I think Daddy’s Girl, my latest release, would be a great start. As much as I love all my characters, this novel was so emotional to write, and I’m incredibly proud of the end result. To say it is near and dear to my heart would be a massive understatement.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?

There’s much that surprises me: The emotional toll it can take, the excitement it brings, the despair when you can’t find the right words to bring what’s in your head to paper. It can be cathartic, and it can be stressful. Writing is either like having your own personal therapist, or is what is driving you to consider therapy…or it can be both at the exact same time.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?

I’m dabbling in the paranormal with a romance due out in June of 2013. It’s called Mediocre Magic, and my goal is to deliver a light touch of the magical in a fun, but sweet story. It’s certainly fun to write, though it’s also a challenge.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

Oh, that list could be endless. I’m a very sarcastic, dry-witted person, and that gives people a certain perception of me that might not always be accurate. I’m not as much of an open book as my followers think I am. There’s a lot I carry inside that is only revealed to those closest to me. The greater the emotional connection to an event or subject, the less likely I am to put my feelings out there.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?

To meet my current deadline, no matter what the gods, or my dedication to procrastination, do to throw me off course.

To stop abusing the word ‘then’ in my manuscripts. I’m a ‘then’ addict, and I just don’t know why.

To improve, improve, improve. I feel like I’m still learning, and my greatest hope is that each story shows forward motion in terms of learning my craft.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?

Warning: Contents Under Pressure. Do Not Store Next To Open Flame.

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?

Can I choose a pair? In my work in progress, I’ve fallen in love with the aunt and mother of my heroine. They’re elderly identical twins, and I think if they existed in real life, they would be an absolute hoot. I’d do some shots with the old coots and sit back and watch what happens next.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?

I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it may incriminate and mortify me! But I will admit it was a hell of a lot of fun.

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links? 

Readers can contact me via I’m on Twitter as @authorjmkelley, and Facebook at, and my website and blog are located at
I'd like to thank J.M. for joining us. It was a pleasure getting to know you. Today J.M. has generously offered one lucky commenter a Kindle or Nook copy of Daddy's Girl. So please leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win it.
J.M. will announce her winner on Thurs. Feb. 14
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Thanks for hosting me, Jennifer! Such fun questions!

  2. Then is a popular word and often fits the context. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Books sound amazing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Debby. I have a weird verbal habit of tacking on a 'then' at the end of my sentences. Like, I'm going to the store, then. See ya, then. Naturally, it pollutes my manuscripts and I have to seek and destroy. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read t his book.

  4. Great interview! I'm looking forward to reading Daddy's Girl - I loved Drew in Blue.

    1. Thanks for giving Drew a read, Stacy! I hope you'll enjoy D.G. as well :)

  5. Thanks for coming by,ladies. Via, Tore was the winner of the free ecopy. Congrats, Tore, and I hope you enjoy!


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