Hi. My name is Jessica Keller and I believe in romance. I believe in honorable men. I believe one of the greatest adventures in life is completely trusting another person. I believe in faithfulness. Loyalty. I believe in love.
I also believe that all those things are never as easy as they sound. That waiting for love and fighting for our marriages and trusting others can leave us hurt, bitter, or scared. That many people are turning over the wrong rocks in search for meaning, in search of their own worth.
Sometimes it all makes us doubt the love of God too.
And this is why I read and write romance, because in the end every romance book boils down to one thing: Hope. Hope that we can find love. Hope that noble heroes still exist. Hope that we can be forgiven. The hope of redemption.
Spending time reading or writing romance isn’t silly or fanciful. Unfortunately, in the midst of my writing journey I’ve been made to feel that way. But people who think that are wrong. The books I’ve read and the characters who have walked their way across my heart have made huge impacts on my life.
Romance is important.
I’m new around here but you’ll be seeing a lot of me in the next year. I should probably tell you a little bit about myself though, right? How about seven facts about me?
- I have broken almost every bone in my body at some point or another—including my skull, jaw, and ribs.
- My husband and I can hold entire conversations by quoting lines from musicals to each other.
- I’m a mother to one giggly little girl and have been in love with my husband since we were teenagers.
- I love to cook and bake and have been told that all my books make people hungry (apparently my characters cook and eat a lot too).
- I’ve worked as a zookeeper, horse wrangler, and once planned an entire event to save and provide the means to care for exotic reptiles confiscated through smuggling rings.
- I’m a first generation American on one side of my family tree and the other side dates back to before the Civil War.
- My first book released on my daughter’s due date (but she beat my book into the world by a couple of days).
Last but not least, I’m a multi-published author who writes sweet romance for Love Inspired. My debut book was Home for Good and is a standalone (though there are side characters in that book that I want to write about someday). Everything else I’ve published with Love Inspired has been in my Goose Harbor series.
Goose Harbor is a fictional, friendly tourist town nestled within the picturesque sand dunes that line Lake Michigan’s shore in the state of Michigan. Residents of Goose Harbor are quirky and love their town traditions and annual events, but more importantly, they always leave room for love. I’m currently writing the sixth book in the Goose Harbor series and there are plans for many more.
To celebrate my first day blogging on Inspy Romance I’m going to be giving away 2 paperback copies of The Single Dad Next Door (giveaway open worldwide) to someone who comments on the blog today. It’s the third book in the Goose Harbor series (the fourth book releases this August). The winners will be announced on Sunday.
Here’s the blurb for it:
Love Comes Home
All Maggie West has ever wanted is a family to call her own. But her new neighbor, single dad Kellen Ashby, is definitely not the man to make that dream come true. His daughters are sweet and silly, the kind of kids Maggie used to imagine having herself. But Kellen has just inherited the inn Maggie manages—her former family home—and the two butt heads at almost every turn. He’s handsome, and clearly a devoted father, but with all the changes taking place, Maggie worries she may soon be jobless, homeless or both. At war with her emotions, Maggie will have to decide what truly matters—heart or home.
So … since we’re all lovers of romance here, let’s talk! Why do you read romance? What’s your favorite thing about reading romance? Your favorite type of hero? Also, feel free to ask me anything about my books or about the seven things I shared or tell me fun things about yourselves. I’d love to get to know you all better.