Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: For the Love of Joy
Series: Coastal Hearts
Author: Janet W. Ferguson
Release Date: January 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance / Southern rom-com
Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down.
Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret.
When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner, FHL Readers Choice Winner, and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.
How did your love of writing begin?
As a child, I had a little pink diary with a lock and key. From then on, I journaled. I often wrote poems (not very good ones, ha!). As an adult, I journaled and wrote little articles at work. Since I started writing fiction, I don’t journal officially anymore, but a friend says she sees my fiction as me journaling about issues I contemplate in life.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
So weird, I know, but I go in my room, close the door, and sit on my bed with lots of craft books and articles spread out all over, plus my computer.
Where did your inspiration from this story come from?
The hero Davis just jumped onto the page of The Art of Rivers! He made me laugh as I wrote that difficult story. I believe he was a gift from God! I knew I’d want to give him his own book at some point.
How long did it take from birth in your mind to handing in the final edits on this story?
This one took a year to write. The ideas floated around while I was writing Star Rising the year before though.
Was there a character that you resonated with the most?
Joy really reminded me of myself in that she held a lot of mommy-guilt. It’s so hard to balance time when you have young children, even when you are picking between good things. My children were young when I worked in children’s ministry at my church, and I sometimes feel like I chose my job over them. Still with the guilt even now…! We just have to pray and do the best we can though and let go of some of that worry.
What do you hope readers would take away from this story?
God can and will forgive us for our past sins, when we turn to Him, trust Him, and allow Him to have our life and our love. J
What’s up next for you?
I’ve started writing Healing Skye. It will be the story of Star’s sister, and the novel is set on Dauphin Island, Alabama. A lot of fun beach research there to come!!
(1) winner will receive a wetcat Hug Yourself Turkish beach towel, beach bookmark, Meyers lavender soy candle, signed book, note, and shell from the author! Dream beach 2021!
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