Author: Melissa Jagears

A Love So True
A Heart Most Certain

A Heart Most Certain

Lydia King's best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her by obtaining a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town—but he flat-out refuses. When Lydia proves persistent, Nicholas makes her a bargain, not realizing it will call everything they believe into question. More info →
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Engaging the Competition

Engaging the Competition

THIS NOVELLA IS INCLUDED IN THE WITH THIS RING? COLLECTION Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they'll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison's glasses--without which he's nearly blind--she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything. More info →
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With This Ring?

With This Ring?

Humorous Historical Romance Novella Collection Offers Love and Laughs More info →
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The Convenient Bride Collection

The Convenient Bride Collection

Join nine brides of convenience on their adventures in a variety of times and settings gone by—from a ranch in California…to the rugged mountains of Colorado…to a steamship on the Mississippi…to the dangerous excitement of the Oregon Trail…into high society of New York City. No matter the time or place, the convenient brides proceed with what must be done, taking nuptials out of necessity. . .and never dreaming that God might take their feeble attempts to secure their futures and turn them into true love stories for His glory. More info →
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A Bride at Last

A Bride at Last

Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever? More info →
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A Bride in Store

A Bride in Store

What are they willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams -- or does God has a new dream in store for them both? More info →
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A Bride for Keeps

A Bride for Keeps

Set in 1876 Kansas, a love story reminiscent of Love Comes Softly meets poignant romance in the style of Deeanne Gist. More info →
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Love by the Letter – Novella

Love by the Letter – Novella

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With All My Heart Romance Collection

With All My Heart Romance Collection

THIS COLLECTION CONTAINS LOVE BY THE LETTER (Which has previously only been available as an ebook)- Readers will take a journey across America and through time in this collection of five novellas from some of Christian fiction's top writers. Originally released as ebooks, the novellas--moving, faith-filled and deeply romantic--now find print for the first time. The collection includes: Karen Witemeyer's "Love on the Mend," set in post-Civil War Texas, tells the story of two competing doctors. Jody Hedlund's "Out of the Storm" finds a desperate woman shipwrecked near a Michigan lighthouse. Melissa Jagears' "Love by the Letter" is an unexpected mail-order-bride prairie story. Sarah Loudin Thomas' "Appalachian Serenade" finds love in a small-town West Virginia store. Finally, Jen Turano's "Gentleman of Her Dreams" tackles the New York social season. More info →
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0 Responses to Author: Melissa Jagears

  1. Pingback: How to Make Microsoft Word Highlight a List of Words in a Document with One Command « Melissa Jagears – Author – Reviving Romantic Hope

  2. Mike H

    Hi Melissa,

    I really like what you’ve done here, just the thing I was looking for!

    To save you from copying and pasting the same block of code, try this version. You can then just edit the list of words in one place.

    Sub HighlightWeaselWords()
    '
    ' HighlightWeaselWords Macro
    '
    
    ' Define list of Weasel words
    Dim weasels() As Variant
    weasels() = Array("increasingly", "best", "hoped", "it is agreed", "likely", "need to", "complex", "full", "proven", "would", "should", "could", "often", "generally", "usually", "probably", "significant", "easily", "some", "most", "better", "worse", "soon", "many", "few", "faster", "slower", "higher", "lower", "very", "extremely", several, exceedingly, "many", "few", "vast", "tiny", "interestingly", "surprisingly", "remarkably", "clearly", "various", "a number of", "fairly", "quite", "completely", "relatively", "substantially", "improved", "just", "it was", "often", "for the most part", "rarely", "really", "in a sense", "in a way")
    
    ' Iterate through the list.
    For Each Item In weasels
        Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
        Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
        Selection.Find.Replacement.Highlight = True
        With Selection.Find
            .Text = Item
            .Replacement.Text = Item
            .Forward = True
            .Wrap = wdFindContinue
            .Format = True
            .MatchCase = False
            .MatchWholeWord = True
            .MatchWildcards = False
            .MatchSoundsLike = False
            .MatchAllWordForms = False
        End With
        Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
    Next
    
    End Sub
    

    Cheers,
    Mike

  3. melissajagears

    Thanks for the tip, Mike. For anyone seeing this, for some reason you can’t see a bit of the code. The list ends like this:

    “it is agreed,” “your last word”)

    The list he typed out doesn’t show up, especially the end part which I’m sure is very necessary

  4. melissajagears

    Glad you liked it. I recalled when I first started writing that newbies would ask what these “weasel word things were” and you’d get a smattering of words from different people, but there wasn’t a real comprehensive list. AND trying to explain why the word “wondered” and “just” were both weasel words, well, I decided to make myself a comprehensive list. Over time, I’ve added a few that I’ve realized weren’t on anyone’s list that I found.

    And thankfully, the longer I write after killing these many times over, the less I see of them! 🙂

  5. Renee C.

    I just saw that it’s up for pre-order on Amazon so I clicked the like button and then headed straight over here to check and see if you had the cover and blurb because Amazon doesn’t yet! I’m in love with the cover and can’t wait to read it.

    xoxo,
    Renee C.

    • melissajagears

      Ahhhh! Renee, I’m on Amazon??? How Cool. :^D And I KNOW–the cover is so awesome, I got the designer to print me off a poster so I can just stare at it all day long. ha ha **Um, I’m not kidding**

  6. Virginia

    We’re all coming over here from someone mentioning this in the 1k1hr site. Weasel words now has a list. Reference point- Melissa’s blog.
    P.S. I haven’t been here since you revamped. VERY NICE! Did you do this yourself?? So truly beautiful.

    • melissajagears

      Thanks, Virginia, yes I did it myself. I wanted it to sorta match my Index, but wanted this site on WP instead of blogger where it was……spending time tweaking websites is one of my many procrastination methods. 🙂

  7. Amber Perry

    This is awesome Melissa!! Thank you for sharing this–I’m going to adopt it. 🙂 I can’t wait to read your book–and of course feature you too, if you’re up for it. Let me know!

  8. Natalie Monk

    I love this book and getting to take this lesson from it after you’ve done all the hard work of dissecting is fabulous! Thank you so much!

    I struggled reaching my word count goal with my last MS, so I had to do something similar. Went back in an Excel document, wrote one line for every scene I had, then went back and dropped in new conflict scenes for each goal. Hope it works. I guess I’ll find out when I start subbing. 🙂

  9. Neil Larkins

    Saw your comment on Rachelle’s blog on Books and Such. Great list and I am so guilty. Now I can reduce my 26,000 word short story to..um. Three words. Back to work.

  10. Laurean Brooks

    So…what’s left? LOL. Seriously,(Oops! an “ly” word), you covered a lot of ground here. Thanks for for the list. I saw several of my “repeat” words in it.

    Let’s see. After I cut all these words from my 80,000-word ms, I should have about…40,000 words left. LOL.

  11. Joyce

    I also found this list through Books & Such. Have written a post linked here to remind myself of this helpful information when the time comes. Need to write the words first 🙂 Thanks, Joyce

  12. Neil Larkins

    Hi, Melissa –
    I made a comment to this list a few weeks ago and now have a second thought about several of your weasel words: was, wasn’t, were and weren’t. I’d been working on my memoir and went back to see how many of those words had worked into the text. Plenty! Yet when I tried to edit them out or replace them with more acceptable words, I became stuck. I could take out a few but not nearly as many as I’d hoped. Then a couple weeks ago in a recent issue of Readers Digest I read a memoir article by Ann Patchett. Titled “The 11-Year Engagement” it was taken from her book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. I learned that Ms Patchett has written eight bestselling books (none of which I’ve read) and became surprised as to how often she used the words was, wasn’t, were, and weren’t. The story is filled with the words so much that it seemed she had no concern as to their frequent appearance. This discovery puzzled me. I wondered, is it OK to use those words that often in a memoir, or is it OK once you are a famous, multi-published author? I’ve concluded that perhaps your inclusion of these words in a weasel list is not warranted. Or am I wrong? Your comments. Thanks.

  13. mjagears Post author

    Neil, I added more description to my lists to help people figure out why they should edit the word, so look back up top again to see if any of that makes things clearer for you. 🙂

    “Was” and the others can be perfectly acceptable in a book. But there are often stronger ways to say something.

    He was eaten by zombies.
    would be better as
    Zombies ate him.
    Making this sentence active.

    She was looking at a magazine.
    would be better as
    She looked at a magazine.
    Making this sentence less wordy and more immediate.

    He was beat.
    Would be better as
    He slumped in his chair, his head hitting the headrest with a thump.
    That “was” was as a linking verb, grammatically that would be a perfectly acceptable, non-wordy way to use “was,” but it’s telling. So I rewrote it as a showing sentence.

    As to best-sellers getting away with lazy writing….yes, that happens, but as a newbie trying to break into a market, gain an agent or editor interest, why give them any reason to reject you. They won’t care if Stephen King does it, they already have King and he has millions of followers that will buy his books printed on kleenex. It’s your writing they’re going to be inspecting with a fine tooth comb looking for reasons to reject. 🙂

    These lists are not “get rid of all these words!!!” it’s “check all these words because they often indicate weak writing and make the decision”

    Hope that helps, Neil.

  14. Neil Larkins

    It’s helped more than you know, Melissa. I’d printed out that list and intend to keep it nearby. Thanks…and for confirming my assertion that established authors get away with what we newbies cannot. Keep up the good work.

  15. Wilani Wahl

    I find it hard to believe that someone rated your book so low. I absolutely loved it. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life with your newborn and his siblings. Keep up the great work!

  16. Martha J. Sturm

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and not everyone likes what I read. Seriously? One star! I would give it 5 stars!!!

  17. Naomi Rawlings

    What a fun party! See, isn’t this so much better than celebrating a one star review? What WAS that reviewer thinking anyway? I totally agree with the others on that.

    Congratulations on a book that’s both well written and well loved. 🙂

  18. Paula Osborne

    Hi Naomi, wow what a party you guys know how to party down…love the gifts too, I am wanting to read this one..Congrats on the reviews.
    Paula O

  19. Naomi Rawlings

    Well, I baked a cake for this party so that Melissa could celebrate in style, and I would love to post a picture of it. But it just so happens that our camera accidentally got taken home with my parents and is now en route back to us, and my smart phone isn’t working at the moment, so I can’t even take a picture on that.

    So everyone please imagine a chocolate cake with coconut cream frosting. It says “101” and has four blue stars on it. Congratulations Melissa!

  20. Bonnie

    Sorry for the 1 star review, Melissa, I know they are dreaded by all authors, but SO happy to see that you are taking it in stride, & joking about it! I’m not a writer, but feel it is inevitable that authors eventually receive a 1 star review, because there is just no way every reader can be pleased. The 5 star reviews, hopefully, recompense for the 1 stars.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of either of the 2 books! Would love to read both of them!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Donna B

    I would give your book more than 1 star just from reading about it!!! I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet but it sounds like a great book to me!!

  22. Pam K.

    I don’t understand people who would give a book a one star review. If they didn’t think they’d like it, why even bother to read it? I’ve seen some very good reviews for your book. I’m glad you are staying positive about it. I’d love to win your book so thanks for having this giveaway.

  23. Abbi Hart

    So my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to read the one 1 Star review. WOW-I don’t think I’ve read a meaner and less true review! She was completely wrong about everything!It was clear that she doesn’t like this genre so I’m kinda confused as to why she’s upset that she didn’t like a book that she knew she wouldn’t like! That’d be like me reading a horror book and then getting mad that I didn’t like it. I really can’t understand why people write things like that! It’s just mean and not helpful! And now that I’m done ranting about how awful that review I’ll end by saying how much I adored your book! It was one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and I’ve read almost 200. Keep up the great work!

  24. Brittany McEuen

    Well, that is definitely not a one star book! I truly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of your stories. But happy for the “party”!

  25. Linda Marie Finn

    Excellent books ! Thank you for posting them here as a reminder that we can learn from books already written and not only as authors but as women, training our daughters and sons.
    Hugs
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    Faithful Acres Academy
    Faithful Acres Homestead

    • mjagears Post author

      Hey Stefanie! Thanks for being my very first guestbook person! So happy you liked the book, there are two more in the series, hope you like them as well. The next one (with the hero being William Stanton) will be out in September.

  26. brandis

    I really loved this book. I found my self not being able to put it down. Now I am starting the continuation of this one. Its hard to find the perfect book and author andi think I may have just got a third. Keep writing ill be done with this one in no time. Thank you.

    • mjagears Post author

      Thank you, Brandis, for stopping by! I hope you like the next one. I’ll keep writing if you keep reading. 🙂

  27. Barbara

    MELISSA GREAT book. I have read 100s of Christian fiction books over the years. I am pleased that I can add your name to authors to watch for. I fell in love with both your main characters. I Can’t wait for William’s story. May God use your books to strengthen those of us who believe and shine a bright light for the lost to Find Christ.

  28. Rita Fisher

    I’ve just finished Books 1 & 2 of the Unexpected Brides Series and looking forward to Book 3. I wanted to Pre-order this in ebook. Could you tell me if this book will come in ebook form? If so when it can be pre-ordered.

    Thank you,
    Rita Fisher.

  29. Holly Nel

    Melissa, your first book A Bride For Keeps kept me so engaged! I loved it! I ran it to it by chance at our library while looking, as my “regular” authors were all checked out. I’m so glad I did. Except my first night reading you kept me up til 3am. I’m looking forward to the next one! And I’m an aspiring writer myself, so thank you so much for sharing all the helpful links and resources. I’ve been a copy writer as a profession, and do much marketing/writing for our business now, but soon hope to write my first novel.

    • mjagears Post author

      Yay for a busy library! Glad you found me. 🙂 And I stay up til 2am sometimes even 4 (bad bad me) writing, so it seems I keep people up reading that late as well. I’m glad you found my resources helpful, so many people online helped me when I started out, I wanted to share the best stuff I found that helped me.

  30. Phyllis Autry

    I have read the first two books. I am so excited about this third book. You see both me and my granddaughter (Clarity) are in this book. I hope we can continue to be part of stories as they continue to many more books you will write. I am letting all my friends and family know. Thank you!

  31. Vicki V.

    I some across your books while searching for new books for my nook. Once I read the free novella, I couldn’t wait to read the 2 full novels, & I was not disappointed! After reading A Bride for Keeps, I preordered A Bride in Store & was just enamored with it when it came out. Please keep writing!

    • mjagears Post author

      Vicki, thanks for letting me know! There were many times I wanted to give up…..well there are still many times I want to give up. 🙂 But so glad you’re enjoying what I’m doing! Thanks for reading! A Bride at Last is coming too, hopefully you’ll enjoy that one just as much.

  32. Aritha

    I read this week, two books of yours! What a surprising stories. For me as Dutch woman an unknownhistory. I like it! I am also a writer of historical stories but I write about the period around the Christianization of Europe. Welcome to my blog by the way. I have a translation button 🙂

    • mjagears Post author

      Aritha, thanks for stopping by to tell me! Good luck with your writing and don’t you love the translation button? 🙂

  33. Annette

    Melissa, thank you for your wonderful book(s). I just read “A bride for keeps” and I could not stop before I read the last page (sorry for my family, but housekeeping had to wait). You wrote it so good and specially the things you wrote in the last chapters about Gods love for all of us, no matter what we did or do, makes the book a “must-read” for every woman. Most of us think they are not good enough for our loving God, but He already gave his Son for our sin, because He love us so much!
    “Love by the letter” was really too short and I was so happy that I could go on by reading “A bride for keeps”. I can’t wait until “Bride in store” will be translated in Dutch.
    Please go on writing books for us. God gave you this talent!!!

    • mjagears Post author

      Annette, thanks for coming by and letting me know how you liked the book. Novella’s are short aren’t they. 🙂 But I’m happy that Dex and Rachel appear throughout the series so they haven’t “ended.” A Bride in Store will be out in Dutch, just not sure when!

  34. Melodie Harris

    Great post, Melissa. Thank you! I have never had anyone show me how to create a macro in Word. I look forward to doing that.

    In case you’re wondering how I found this post, I too found a link to you from the Books & Such blog after someone had linked that post from middlegradewritersers.com. I recently Goggled middle grade writers and that site came up and referred to Rachelle’s post on B&S.

    I just (just seems to be one of my fav weasel words) started studying the industry this past spring, and I’m sure I’ll be accessing your site more. Thanks for such clear explanations. Your tact & kindness with Neil’s request above was impressive. Best wishes.

    • mjagears Post author

      Glad you found me, Melodie! Have fun building your macro, it really is kinda fun. And good luck with your middle grade books, one of my crit partners writes MG. Glad to have you come back anytime. 🙂

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  36. Caryl Kane

    Hey Melissa, I LOVE the cover of A Heart Most Certain! I can’t wait to read it. Please include me in the drawing for Edenbrooke. psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

  37. Anne Payne

    I would LOVE to own a copy of this book. I checked it out at the library and fell in LOVE. I hated to have to return it. It’s one that I know I would read again and again. 🙂

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

  38. Jane Squires

    Already on newsletter. Id love to be an influencer. I review on up to 7-10 sites. please enter me in contest. Tried to enter other contest but could not get link to work. It kept saying error. Thank you for no rafflecopter.

  39. Pam K.

    I’ve been hearing good things about Edenbrooke so thanks for the chance to win it. I love the covers on your new books and look forward to reading them.

  40. Melanie Backus

    I am certainly throwing my hat in the ring for this one…..paper please!
    Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  41. Lori Copeland

    I’d love to have a chance to read this one. Paperback for sure. I’m really looking forward to “With All My Heart.” I have no ereader and I still haven’t read Love by the Letter! Thanks for the giveaway, Melissa!

    lorimcopeland AT gmail DOT com

  42. Lane Hill House

    Thank you! Paperback for me, please. And… I already am receiving your e-mails ~ form pop-up to enter name and address to receive mail and I filled it out ~ so… if I end up with two, delete one going to the same e-mail. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  43. Nancy M

    I am hearing a lot of buzz about this book! I need to check it out! Maybe I’ll win it! 🙂
    Nancycooks4u at gmail dot Com
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Terrill Rosado

    I have yet to read this regency romance. You are just one in a long list of people I follow who have this book as one of their all-time favorites. What have I been waiting for?!

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

  45. Beth

    I would love to win a copy of Edenbrooke! I don’t have a preference between paperback or ebook, I love them both! Thanks for the giveaway!
    betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

  46. Alison Boss

    I have wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it. I would love to win a copy of it! Paperback is my preference please. 🙂 I LOVE the cover of your new book!!! I am subscribed to your newsletter under:

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

  47. Britney Adams

    Hi, Melissa! I would love to be entered in the drawing to win a print copy of Edenbrook! Thanks so much!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  48. mjagears Post author

    KATHLEEN ~ LANE HILL HOUSE – WINS!

    Thanks everybody for being subscribers, and you should get your hands on Edenbrooke somehow or another!

    • Lane Hill House

      Thank you, thank you , thank you!! I am so excited to receive a print copy of Edenbrooke. Romance, adventure, and intrigue for the readers too, I look forward to Marianne’s travels in heart and destiny. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  49. Deborah Johnson

    I really enjoyed The Love Letter story, but I am not sure what happened on my tablet because every so many pages it would say download. I would try to download the page and nothing happened then I would miss parts of the story. I kept on reading around the pages because I enjoyed the story very me much. I also read Bride for Keeps and Bride in Store before reading the love letter book. I liked being able to see how everybody revolved around each other. I just wish I didn’t have the blank pages. Looking forward to reading more of your books.

    • mjagears Post author

      Hello Deborah!
      Thanks for reading my books. Glad you enjoyed them, hope you enjoy those coming up. A Bride at Last was fun for the epilogue when I got everyone in it. 🙂
      As to the blank pages, that sounds like a hardware problem. Here’s three options that might take care of it.

      Delete the book then redownload.

      Change the font back and forth to see if that makes a difference.

      Perform a hard restart (30-second power button hold or whatever your tablet requires you to do to go off instead of just to sleep).

      If I were to try one first, it would be the hard restart, it fixes a lot of my wonky kindle problems!

  50. BARBARA

    Melissa I just finished reading A Heart Most Certian. I wrote on this guestbook in 2014 that I would be watching for your new books and I have. I have enjoyed all of them but this one touched my heart. I was so convicted after reading A Heart Most Certian. I had to ask myself do I truly reach out in love to the lost around me in a sacrificial way? Could I be doing more for God’s Kingdom? I love that the couple in this book opened their hearts and home to society’s forgotten. May Jesus use this book to remind all your readers that He can use all of us to Show His love.I also loved the Pastors wife. Thanks for the reminder that work for the Lord without the right reason and heart motive is just work. Jesus is worthy of all our praise and glory and efforts. Keep writing 🙂