A Kindle Fire Giveaway in Celebration of The Convenient Bride Collection’s Release!

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blindedbylovecoverI am so excited to be one of ten authors in The Convenient Bride Collection that’s JUST been released! Do you love marriage of convenient stories? Well there’s nine of those puppies packed into this book!

Mine’s called Blinded by Love and it features Rachel Stanton’s brother Neil Oliver who you met in Love by the Letter.  (And if you haven’t read Love by the Letter, why not? It’s FREE!) 🙂

Here’s the blurb for Blinded by Love:

Neil Oliver is a man of few words and a lot of property, but when he’s informed his failing eyesight may lead to blindness, he knows he needs to find someone to help him that he can trust. Helen Barker has helped raise her sister’s children over the last two decades and will soon be a burden to her brother-in-law’s empty nest. Though she’s not a beauty, Neil has often engaged her in theological discussions, which she’s always found amusing since he fails at normal conversation with anyone else. When he proposes a marriage of convenience, she takes the chance to leave behind spinsterhood despite Neil’s reclusive ways. Will two people set in their ways figure out how to love when sharing words and feelings don’t come naturally?

And here’s the Giveaway! You have until July 10th to enter! Please share!

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Prize Package Includes:

7″ Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Cover (You’ll have a choice of colors)

The Convenient Bride Collection ebook – OF COURSE!

Kindle Versions of:

The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch

A Secret Hope by Renee Yancy

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

Two Brides Too Many by Mona Hodgson

The Oregon Trail Romance Collection with Jennifer Uhlarik

The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection with Gabrielle Meyer, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

12 Brides of Summer Collection #2 with Maureen Lang

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If you don’t like Rafflecopter, you may email mjagears AT gmail DOT com for an entry; put Loaded Kindle Fire Giveaway in the subject line to be entered.


Novella Award and News

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I’m excited to report that my novella prequel, Love by the Letter, not only won ACFW’s Carol Award for best novella last year, but it now has over 500 reviews on Amazon!


So many happy things are wrapped up in this little story. The fact that it’s FREE so that readers have a chance to read my stuff without worrying about whether they’ll like me. The fact that the dyslexic/academic couple is a reflection of me and my hubby. 🙂 That people are enjoying it, and the big professional organization that helped me so much in learning how to write fiction honored me with choosing my story for their big yearly award.

If you haven’t tried it out yet, even if you don’t have an ereader device, you can use your computer or smart phone to read it by downloading the free kindle app.


You can even read it in Dutch!


The other exciting novella news is that I’ve been asked to write a novella with some of my favorite authors from Bethany: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and I will be collaborating on a novella collection. I’m super exciting to be included with these ladies!


Character Naming Contest

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11685 BrideInStore_CVR_mck.inddI’m in the middle of doing some edits for A Bride in Store, and since this is the last time I can make any big changes, I thought it would be fun to throw a contest where I put a reader in the store of A Bride in Store! So, this is a fun, quick contest where you could get to see your name or that of a loved one in my next book shopping at the store!

You might be young, you might be old, (but I won’t make you mean :).

I’ll pick one person who enters the rafflecopter who has either signed up for my author newsletter or written a review for either my novella or novel, good or bad, anywhere on the internet. (And if you haven’t read anything yet, you could read and review the novella within 5 days!).

And if you’ve done more than one review, rafflecopter will let you come back each day until the 29th and enter another review.

Enter by April 29, 2014. I’ll contact the winner by email to discuss the name! Good luck, I hope to see you in my book!

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The winner is Shelley C. Thanks for entering!


101 Reviews!


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balloonssmallI held a party for my book’s first one star review….and my crit partner thought I was crazy. So I’m going to throw a party she can enjoy. My first 100 reviews for A Bride for Keeps that are NOT one stars.

In honor of my first 100 non-one star reviews, I’m giving away presents to two different winners. One gets an ebook copy of my crit partner’s first book and and the other a copy of mine.  Enter below by the end of October for a chance to win our first books!


sanctuary-for-a-ladyCheck out her book coming in January! The Wyoming Heir


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In love with my marketing department

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My marketing department just sent me a copy of the catalog that they send to book stores so they can order the new releases ahead of time. And they wrote some wonderful words about my book, putting a smile on my face. But it’s not something you can see unless you have the magazine.

So I thought I’d share the ones that made me super happy.

“An exciting debut sure to please readers of Robin Lee Hatcher, Julie Lessman, and Karen Witemeyer.” –I am these ladies’ readers and a fan. I sure hope my book would please myself as a reader of these ladies!!

“Set in 1876 Kansas, a love story reminiscent of Love Comes Softly meets poignant romance in the style of Deeanne Gist”–Be still my heart, the woman who founded Christian fiction combined with one of my all time favorite authors!

Then they included a snippet of my endorsement from Rosslyn Elliott (who judged my book in a contest a long time ago), I’ll put the full blurb here because when she sent it to me after reading my entire book, it made me want to read my own book!

“Melissa Jagears is a stand-out talent! Her fresh new voice is strong, stylish, and makes A Bride for Keeps a page-turner for anyone who fancies a stirring love story. Vivid description and unforgettable, heart-tugging scenes between hero and heroine transform the ever-popular mail order bride storyline into something much more real and three-dimensional. In this appealing novel, Ms. Jagears demonstrates beyond doubt that the aplomb of the writer determines the quality of the story.”

So if you read those blurbs would you want to read it as bad as I do? (Despite the fact, I’ve already read it so many times I’ve lost count!)


Past News

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Oct 10, 2012 – Read a kissing scene from yours truly on Seekerville Post: Kiss-ology 301 (It’s at the end of the post)

July 17, 2012 – Signed with Natasha Kern Literary Agency

June 1, 2012 – First Place in Virginia RWA Fool for Love Contest

May 16, 2012 – Finalist in Touched By Love the Inspirational Chapter of RWA

May 8, 2012 – Finalist in Virginia RWA Fool for Love Contest

April 18, 2012 – Genesis Semi-Finalist in the Historical Romance Category of ACFW’s Genesis contest

Oct. 8, 2011 – Speaker at Kansas Authors Club Annual Convention  Workshop: Fiction Jargon, Rules, and Techniques for Beginners – Conference Handout

May 17, 2011- Finalist in the Virginia RWA Fool For Love Contest

April 8, 2011 – I double semi-finaled in the Historical Romance Category of ACFW’s Genesis contest