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.
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
You write southern fiction and live in Mississippi. What are some of your favorite Southernisms?
There are so many!! I’ve used a ton or quirky ones in my novel, but I’ll limit myself to my most commonly said colloquialisms.
Y’all (used constantly)
I’m fixing to… make supper, go to the grocery, whatever. We say fixing to.
How’s your momma and them?
You want a coke? We have Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Mountain Dew. (Coke is generic.)
It’s hot up in here.
Your wallet’s over yonder somewhere.
I reckon that’ll work.
I am full as a tick.
Why are you just piddling when you should be doing your homework? (Piddling means dawdling. Also called lollygagging.)
Look at her wagging around that cat like it’s her baby. (Wagging means carrying.)
Your ponytail’s all cattywampus. (Cattywampus means crooked)
Can you carry me up to the mall? (Carry means take, like in a car.)
Yes, ma’am or sir is always a polite way to answer.
Quit being ugly. (This is bad behavior, not appearance.)
Hush your mouth!
Oh my stars!
Do you have a favorite saying from the area where you live? For more Southernisms, be sure and grab a copy of For the Love of Joy.
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.
(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!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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