Love on the Range and Jessica Nelson

I’m excited to hang out with author, Jessica Nelson today. Her sunny smile exudes tons of fun and sincerity. Her blog usually has short posts, but packed with good stuff. I encourage you to pop over and follow if you don’t already.

Jessica, in keeping with her romantic inclinations, married two days after she graduated high school. She believes romance happens every day, and thinks the greatest, most intense romance comes from a God who woos people to himself with passionate tenderness. When Jessica is not chasing her three beautiful, wild little boys around the living room, she can be found staring into space as she plots her next story. Or she might be daydreaming about a raspberry mocha from Starbucks. Or thinking about what kind of chocolate she should have for dinner that night. She could be thinking of any number of things, really. One thing is for certain, she is blessed with a wonderful family and a lovely life.
JP:  Raspberry mocha. Um…yum! And I agree the most intense romance I have is with God! I had the chance to read Jess’s Love Inspired historical romance debut novel, Love on the Range. Ah! Sigh. I was hooked from page one and I journeyed through the pages of a beautiful and fun love story! When did you get the writer’s bug, Jess?
JN: I think maybe I always had it, but it didn’t morph into finishing a story until my twenties. My local paper editor (where I freelanced) told me I should write a book because I’d get paid more money. That sparked off an amazing realization that writing books could actually be a career.
JP: Pretty awesome to be able to do what you love for a living. Not everyone can say that, can they? I’m sure you hold that editor close to your heart for giving you that first nudge. And now you’ve not only finished a book—you’ve been published! Awesome! Tell us one favorite line in one from Love on the Range and tell us why?
JN: “A man should know when a woman fell madly in love with him.”
I like that one because it’s funny to me (because why does a man need to know that? lol) Can I explain why? Not sure, except she thinks she’s in love with one guy but then falls for another guy who ends up being…well, you’ll have to read to find out. *wink*
JP: Tease! Men are generally oblivious to this, I think. Tell us, how did you come up with this story?
JN:I came across a link on the influenza pandemic and had a sudden image of a girl on a train, sent away because of the flu in her city.
JP: As I read this story, the flu was running rampant in my area and I thought about that, being sent away from my family due to illness. That’s who I want nearest in those times. You did a wonderful job with your history and I learned a lot! Other than writing, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?
JN: Reading. J
JP: LOL! Me too, me too! Books take us off to all sorts of wonderful places we’ll probably never go. Speaking of places, name one place you’d like to go that you’ve never been and why?
JN: Maybe Ireland. Or Australia. Italy. Does it really have to be one place? *grin* I think all of those places are interesting because of their cultures and history.
JP: There are so many places to go, so many things to see! I guess 3 is okay. 😉 I’ll go with you! Books also show a darker side to the world, enter: villains. If you could pick one villain from a book to be for a day, who would you choose?
JN: Oooh, this is such a good question!! And I’m drawing a complete blank. Eeek! Hmmm. Okay, I can’t even think of any villainesses. This is horrible!
JP: LOL! I think people have a hard time picking a villain because no one wants to be evil or do heinous things. You’re too sweet. Wish I could say the same of myself. I have ½ a dozen villains I’d like to be! Ha! I’m kidding…maybe…I obviously think good things about you, what would your characters say about you if they had the chance?
JN: Gracie might find me a bit boring but Trevor would definitely be in love with me. Teehee!
JP: That’s hilarious! I wouldn’t mind if Trevor were in love with me either and women should know when a man is madly in love with them! Ha! I guess we writers think of ourselves as boring because we’re always planted in a chair writing exciting lives for others. Our minds are definitely not boring! What are you working on currently?
JN: It’s the story of Mary and Lou, secondary characters from Love On The Range.  They find a child in the desert and disagree over what to do with her, igniting sparks, danger and revealing the secrets both of them have been hiding for years. Which of course only draws them closer and then they fall in love. *grin*
JP: Oh good! I was interested in those characters, especially Uncle Lou. I liked him A LOT! Can’t wait to read it when it comes out!
Thanks, so much, Jessica, for hanging out today and sharing a little about your debut novel. I enjoyed so much! I know readers will too!
Jessica has graciously offered to give away a copy of her debut novel! All you have to do is answer the question in the comments AND leave your email address. If you don’t leave your email, I’ll assume you aren’t entering the drawing! Here’s a sneak peek:

“Any other socialite would view being packed off to a remote Oregon ranch as a punishment. But Gracelyn Riley knows that this is her opportunity to become a real reporter. If she can make her name through an interview with the elusive hero known as Striker, then she’ll never have to depend on anyone ever again.
Rancher Trevor Cruz can’t believe his secret identity is being endangered by an overly chatty city girl. But if there’s one thing he knows, it’s that Gracie’s pretty little snooping nose is bound to get her in trouble. So he’ll use her determination to find “Striker” to keep an eye on her…and stick close by her side.”

JP: So, Jess, what’s your question?
JN: Hmmm. How about, what’s your favorite kind of chocolate and if you could be a villain, who would you be? (sorry, had to steal that question because it’s GENIUS)
You can connect with Jessica through her website and on facebook!

31 thoughts on “Love on the Range and Jessica Nelson

  1. Two beautiful Jessica's. Not a bad way to start a Monday. Actually, it's still Sunday here. 🙂 Your book sounds wonderful Jessica! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
    I'm not very picky when it comes to chocolate. Anything will usually do. 🙂 And a villain?? Hmm. I got nuthin. I obviously need sleep.
    Great interview J!

  2. I'm a dark chocolate fan! Dark chocolate – any shape or form.

    JN: Your book is next on my TBR list, and I look forward to reading it!

    JP:Fun interview! JN: Fun to learn more about you.

  3. Oooh, Lacie! I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't think of a villain I want to be. LOL

    Loree, dark chocolate is a GREAT choice. *grin*

    Jessica, WOW, thank you for the wonderful interview and for having me over. I love, love your responses! Of course you can come with me, but I have to warn you that my hearing is atrocious, especially with people who have southern accents. *grin* You would be a blast to travel with, I bet. 🙂

  4. Chocolate??? Hhhhmmm, if I had to pick, I would say Godiva is my favorite. It is so creamy!

    As for a villain, I think Mrs. Olson on Little House on the Prairie. She would make me so mad, but at the same time I would laugh out loud at her antics.

    Loved the interview!!! The Writer's Alley is interviewing Jessica tomorrow!!!

  5. I just had to comment…

    Ireland? (Yay!) I have longed to go visit for many years. My sister is an overseas teacher and we're making plans (hope! hope!) to go visit her this fall, stopping in Ireland along the way. I could not agree more. Would love to go visit. ; )

    Thanks for such a fun interview you two!
    ~ Kristy

    P.S. Your blog is beautiful!

  6. You brought me back to college days there at the beginning – I'd start every T&TH morning before a certain profs 3 hour lecture w/ a triple shot raspberry mocha – yum:)

    Dark chocolate definitely. Oh, and I read Jess's villian question each week and still am stumped on one I'd like to be. Typically I read someone's answers and go – "ooooh, good one" but I got nothing here!

    And I do believe I found a book to read this weekend! Thanks for helping me fill in my Spring Break list. I read, the kids play, it's a happy world!

  7. Really fun interview but then again you are both so wonderful!

    Chocolate? Did somebody say chocolate????? Yes please and any!

    Super congrats to you Jessica!!! :O)

  8. Yay, I loved Jessica's book too. 🙂 And glad we'll be hearing more about Lou and Mary.

    I recently have discovered white chocolate. I know, I'm late to the party. I also like dark chocolate.

  9. I'm so craving a raspberry mocha now!! Also, books about reporters make me happy. 🙂 Totally entering the drawing (melissatagg[at]yahoo[dot]com).

    Ooh, my villain pick is going to be Scarlett O'Hara because she's like the villain and the heroine all in one…and she gets to hang out with Clark Gable, so…

  10. Love that line! LOL!
    Can't wait to read her book!!!

  11. Rockin' interview! For some odd reason it's easy to think of the bad lady I'd be (maybe b/c Julia Roberts is playing her in an upcoming movie and that makes her seem less "bad" or maybe it's b/c I struggle w/ jealousy so I feel I "get" her in all her cruelty). I'd be the queen in Snow White.

    Love the line too, Jessica!
    ~ Wendy

  12. Lisa Stillman

    You know those chocolate oranges that you can only find around Christmas, the kind that you whack really hard to break the segments apart? I found a dark chocolate one of those one year—Yummmmmy.

    As far as a villain, I'd want to be one of the bad girls in a Bond flick. Hey–If I have to imagine being bad, I can at least dream about looking really good while doing it!

  13. Lace: Thanks for coming by! Sleep. I was up till midnight reading. EXHAUSTED today!

    Loree: I'm a dark choc. fan myself! Yum!

    Sherrinda: Good choice! She was such a spoiled snot, but I always felt bad for her. A great good/bad character!

    Kristy: Thanks so much for coming by and complimenting the blog!:) I'd like to see Ireland, myself!

    Susan: Yay! Spring break! You'll enjoy Jess' book. I did. Come on…you can pick a great villain!

    Diane: Thanks!! LOL…yes chocolate anywhere, anytime!

    Lindsay: When I was growing up, my favorite candy bar was a White Chocolate Crunch bar. Not sure if they make those anymore, but man, I'd kill to have one! lol

    Tagg: Ooooh, very nice choice! Nice choice indeed! And a 22 inch waist. Uh, yeah! lol

    Jennifer: You'll love it!

    Wendy: I want to see that movie too! It looks great! Nice choice!

    Lisa: LOL! Fabulous choice!

  14. Fun interview, ladies! I just finished Jessica's book last night and loved it. I'm so glad to see she's working on a story with Lou and Mary. I had a feeling that might in the works. 😉

    As for chocolate, I have a secret stash of Ghirardelli squares with caramel…yum!

  15. I LOVE JESSICA! (both) 😉

  16. Lovely interview! Thanks, ladies! Can't wait to read the book. 🙂

  17. Hahaaa! Y'all's comments are cracking me up. 🙂
    I feel like I'm in the midst of greatness with all the chocolate lovers here. LOL

    I didn't know there were other raspberry mocha lovers!!! So glad to meet you, Susan. *grin*

    Kristy, that is SO cool your sis lives over there. *a little green here*

    Sherrinda, Mrs. Olson is a great villain! You're so right about her being bad and funny at the same time. lol

    Thanks for the awesome comments, everyone!!!

  18. Lisa, my step-sis LOVES those.

  19. Late to the party, but great interview!!! I can't wait to read this… And I'd be Prof. Snape because he has the best lines… and he's actually the good guy.

  20. Sarah: Oooh! I love those, but it's hard to keep from devouring them all at once. I need more willpower!

    Jaime: The feeling, dahling, is mutual!

    Karen: I think you'll really enjoy it! Thanks for coming by! 🙂

    Virginia: Thanks so much for hanging out with us today! Prof. Snape is an excellent choice! I think he has great lines too and who doesn't like a flowy cloak!? 🙂

  21. It's got to be the name Jessica that makes you both so funny, right?

    Dark chocolate all the way!!

    Villain? Hmm….I dislike the idea of all the endings of villains, I mean, who wants to be slain by the knight in shining armor and NOT get the beautiful damsel?

    Okay, okay…I still got nothing. Can't get over the ending of them…no fun. 🙁

  22. So glad to see your post on Jessica Nelson, Jessica! I'll be posting about Love on the Range in April. Such a fun read from an amazing author!
    Aloha! –Cheryl

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