Thursday, June 11, 2015

EVERY BRIDE NEEDS A GROOM - Janice Thompson - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Janice Thompson is one of my longtime, dear friends. We both live in Texas, but she’s in the Houston area and I’m in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We’ve spent many special times together, and we’ve prayed each other through a lot of things, both good times and hard times. We started writing for the same publisher over a decade ago. And we’ve grown in our writing skills.

Now she writes romantic comedy. Every Bride Needs a Groom, her latest book, is one of my favorites. I loved, loved, loved the characters, and I’ve been in the places where the book is set. It was so true to the Texas setting. And I laughed so much during this book. I know you will, too.

Only one person can win the free book. If you’re not the one, you need to get your hands on the book somehow. It’s a bright, funny story that will lift you up.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town—the very same day Katie wins her dream dress—her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop—yeah, you read that right—catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Welcome back, Janice. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m a Christian author from the Houston area. I’ve been writing for about twenty years now and have over 100 books (both fiction and non-fiction). I’m pretty passionate about my family. I have four daughters, four sons-in-law and eight grandchildren (so far). No doubt we’ll have more in the next few years.

How did you become interested in writing?         
My mother is a voracious reader. I grew up going to the library. My dad (who passed away in ’06) loved stories. He wrote screenplays and country-western songs. I believe I got my passion for stories from both of my parents. I started writing in 1994 and my first book was published in 2000. It’s been quite a ride!

What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
The idea for Every Bride Needs a Groom came from my agent, Chip MacGregor. He told me a story about a friend of his who took over his mother’s bridal shop while she was going through cancer treatment. I thought the idea of a man running a bridal shop was clever (especially a reluctant man) but needed a different angle. In my story, Brady James (the hero) is a pro basketball player (Mavericks) and can’t play because he blows out his knee. He ends up at Cosmopolitan Bridal to help his mother, dress designer Nadia James. Along the way he meets (and falls for) the heroine, Katie.

What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
The primary theme is that life doesn’t always work out the way you think: sometimes it works out better. There are also several other themes: big town versus small town, homebodies versus road-trippers, and so on.                                                                                                                                                                       
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
I hope they learn that people are capable of change, even when they think they’re not. I also hope they learn to laugh as they read this fun-loving story.

What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Probably the thing that sets most of my books apart from others in the market is the humor. I love to pull from the fun things in life and add comedic bits to my stories to give readers “Calgon, take me away” moments.     

How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I’m at an interesting place in my writing journey. I was called to write in the ’90s and have been faithfully responding to that call ever since. That said, things have been moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up. Part of my current “call” is to spend more time taking care of myself and less time racing toward the deadline. That means I’ll probably be cutting back a bit.                                                                                                                                                                              
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I love to bake cakes and cookies. I spend several hours a week designing both. I love the cakes, but the specialty cookies (hand-painted) are my favorite!   

As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
It is possible to follow your dreams. I’ve had the dream of being a published author for many, many years and trusted God to open the right doors in the right time. He’s done just that! He’s closed quite a few, too, which is always hard, but learning to trust (even in the tough times) has been part of the journey that I wouldn’t trade.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook: JaniceHannaThompson
Twitter: booksbyjanice

Thank you, Janice, for sharing this book with us. It's always a joy for me to share your stories with my blog readers.

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Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style Book #1): A Novel - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

Angela in KY would love to win.

Tammy G. said...

I love Janice Thompson's books! I didn't realize she was a Texan, either.....

Tammy G.
East Texas

Janice said...

I'm a Texan through and through, Tammy! I was born in Houston and have lived here most of my life. :)

Anonymous said...

sound like a great book! Shelia from Mississippi

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like such a fun story. Why can't you win the perfect dress even if you aren't with the no longer perfect guy anymore. Sounds like the one running the store just may be the right one.

Linda in California

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Melanie Backus said...

From one Texan to another, this book sounds great!!!!

Melanie Backus, TX

Pam K. said...

I enjoy the humor in Janice's books. I've seen photos on Facebook of some of the cakes and cookies she decorates. She is quite talented. Thanks for this interview and the chance to win
Every Bride Needs a Groom


Library Lady said...

Without the groom asking the bride to marry him, there wouldn't be a wedding.
Great title, looking forward to reading it.
Janet E.

Library Lady said...

Sorry about that. The computer is faster than I am.
I live in Florida
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a real winner. The cover is so pretty and I love wedding stories.
I would love to have a chance to read this.
Deanne Pattersin in Pennsylvania

Trixi said...

The scripture that came to mind when I read this post was Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" Things don't always go my way and sometimes God does redirect my path, but I know in the end He has it all worked out perfectly! Also Jeremiah assures me of that too "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" He's in control and thank goodness for that because I always mess things up on my own!
Thanks for sharing about your book. It would be interesting to read about a man helping run a bridal dress shop :-)

Trixi said...
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Trixi said...

Did it again, forgot both my email and where I'm!
teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
Trixi in OR

Mary Preston said...

A very interesting interview thank you. The cookies sound delicious.

Mary P


R Merr said...

I live in downeast Maine. Beautiful place, but winter lasts a bit too long! :). ewe_r_merritt(at) yahoo(dot) com

Loraine Nunley said...

A man running a bridal store? Oh my! That sounds like such a fun read already. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Beth Gillihan said...

I love Janice's books!! The first one I ever read was her Bella books and laughed out loud so many times! Looking forward to reading this one!!

Beth in Montana

Patty said...

Sounds like a fun book! I love some humor with my romance.

Patty in SC

Brenda Arrington said...

Sounds like the kind of book I would very much enjoy. I live in VA.

apple blossom said...

Oh, yes. I love Janice's books. thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cindy W. said...

I love Janice's books! Thank you for the chance to win.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

I live in Indiana.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in this awesome giveaway!! Can't wait to read your book.
Conway, SC.

Unknown said...

That cover is BEAUTIFUL!


Melissa Oldaker said...

Love her books! Thanks for the giveaway!

Melissa O from NC

Becky Dempsey said...

This sounds like a fun book!

Becky in Michigan

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks fantastic! Please enter me!

Abigail Mitchell said...

Blanch NC

Anonymous said...

Would love to win Janice's book. She doesn't live far from me in Pasadena, Texas. Thanks for the giveaway,
Maxie from Texas. > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Brenda Arrington said...

I love Janice's books and would love the chance to win. I live in VA.

Rebecca said...

Wow! Over 100 books, that's impressive! Sounds like a great story, thanks for the chance to win.
Rebecca in Oregon

Judy Cooper said...

I always enjoy Janice's books and always love anything written about Texas. Thank you. Judy C. in Southwest Louisiana.

rubynreba said...

The cover really catches your eye! This sounds like such a good book!
Beth from IA

Alisha said...

I've been wanting to read this book. A friend of mine read it and enjoyed it. It sounds great!

~Alisha L. in Florida

Deanna Stevens said...

Deanna from Nebraska thinks this is a book for the TBR wish list :)