Friday, May 10, 2019

Goddess Fish Promotions Blurb Blitz: Joy After Noon

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debra Coleman Jeter will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Joy marries a widowed bank executive caught in an ethical dilemma and misreads his obvious frustration while struggling to integrate into her new family. Inspired in part by Love, Come Softly, this novel explores the challenges of second marriages and dealing with step-children during the crucial years of puberty and teenage angst. A college professor coming up shortly for the huge tenure decision, Joy finds herself falling apart as her career and her home issues deteriorate and collide.

Read an Excerpt

Though it was Saturday, Ray had gone in to work anyway, saying he had a lot of catching up to do. Joy resisted the urge to flee to her own office, where stacks of papers and unread journals piled high, not to mention the project with Natalie that needed to be finalized. How much easier to tackle the tasks she knew than the unfamiliar. She plopped into a chair. Her thoughts drifted to the sequence of events that had brought her here.

Their whirlwind courtship was so romantic, so fairytale-like, Joy had not questioned her feelings. Swept into Ray’s arms, literally and figuratively, she dared imagine a lifetime with him and his daughters. She’d tried to warn him that she was an incompetent cook. Perhaps he hadn’t taken her light-hearted confession seriously. When he suggested they elope, she was ecstatic. Of course she met the girls, but never really interacted with them. Facing hard facts now, she knew she had been afraid of turning Ray against her—by her lack of finesse with kids and zero domestic skills. She’d been glad—so glad—to be romanced and cherished. Had she made a huge, irreversible mistake by not being more candid?

Ray was gorgeous, with his long, rangy body, his face tanned and creased from years of Sugar Sands sun. His eyebrows and eyelashes were inky black, a startling contrast to the bright caramel hair on his head and faint stubble on his chin. Joy couldn’t help feeling—both then and now—that he was out of her league. Dating him, much less marrying him, had seemed too much to hope for. Yet, here she was, in these beautiful, sun-filled rooms that were about to be jarred from their history of perfection.

About the Author:
Debra Coleman Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her first novel, The Ticket, was a finalist for a Selah Award, as well as for Jerry Jenkins’ Operation First Novel. Her story, “Recovery,” was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman; and her nonfiction book “Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several domestic and international awards.

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Debra Coleman Jeter said...

A big thank you to my host and everyone who visits today.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite character from your book?

Nikki Wilbanks said...

How does Joy's age impact her communication, or lack of, with Ray?

Victoria Alexander said...

Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post :)

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt, thank you.

Caryl Kane said...

Sounds wonderful!

Bernie Wallace said...

Would you ever like to see your book turned into a movie?

Debra Coleman Jeter said...

I think there is something to like in all of my characters. Perhaps my favorite is the younger daughter Jenny, who suffers from a lack of self-confidence when she compares herself to her older sister.

Debra Coleman Jeter said...

That is an interesting question. She is old enough to know better, but doesn't. She suffers a lack of self-confidence in relationships even though she has a fair amount of self-confidence in her career choice. She doesn't think she is attractive enough for someone like Ray, and she suffers accordingly. I think she believes he could find someone younger more desirable and more attractive, until she realizes that she has been thinking incorrectly.

Debra Coleman Jeter said...

You are so welcome. Sorry for the delay in replying to your post. Hope you had a great weekend

Debra Coleman Jeter said...

Thanks! I hope you read more or check out some of the information on my website or the trailer for my first book

Debra Coleman Jeter said...

Thanks, Rita!

Bobbi said...

Who was your inspiration for the character Ray? Is he based on anyone you know?

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