Interview with Melissa Jagears & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Melissa Jagears  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word————————————————————————-

Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at:


Melissa Jagears is a stay-at-home mother to three small children on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house.  Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

For more about Melissa and her writing, visit her website:

Interview with Melissa Jagears  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Melissa! And congratulations on today’s release of A Bride in Store. I’m in the middle of reading it right now and loving it so far! 😉

Can you tell us what was your favorite part about writing this story?

Melissa:  My favorite part about writing this story was how I got to bring back so many characters from A Bride for Keeps that I never intended to. I never meant the series to be connected books, but when my publisher asked for a prequel novella about my hero’s neighbors, I figured I should at least make the hero for A Bride in Store come from A Bride for Keeps as well, but as I plotted and wrote, other secondary characters “raised their hand” and volunteered to show up again. 🙂

Savanna: What do you hope your readers will take away from this series?

Melissa:  Both my hero and heroine have a dream that seems unattainable. I don’t hope my readers get any particular answer to anything from my book, but I hope they look at their dreams and goals and make sure it’s worth striving for, if it’s hurting them in other areas, if they need to pursue it even harder, etc.

Interview with Melissa Jagears  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  On your website, you mentioned all the mail-order bride stories you researched and the various dilemmas those women faced. Can you share with us one of the more memorable stories that really stood out to you, maybe even surprised you?

Melissa:  Oh my, so many were interesting. I remember a really sad one where a young teenage girl was corresponding with a man in his late twenties for months unbeknownst to her parents, when they got engaged in their letters and he came up to visit, her parents were adamant that they could not marry because of the age difference and his lack of wealth. The couple tried several times and several ways to convince the parents to let them marry. When the girl decided they’d never let them marry, she asked her fiancé how to kill a dog that was terrorizing the neighborhood in one of the many meetings/letters they still secretly exchanged. She killed herself with his advice for how to kill the dog, and upon hearing she’d committed suicide, he killed himself in the same manner…..I so wanted to write that story, so full of emotion and angst and conflict, but that sure wouldn’t be the happily ever after I want to be known for, so I’ll pass on writing the true-life mail-order bride version of Romeo and Juliet.

Savanna: Wow! What an incredible story. So sad, yet intriguing at the same time!

I read on your website that you and your husband share a fascination for homesteading. What’s been one of your favorite things to learn about this lifestyle?

Melissa:  We’re not good at it; it’s still mostly a dream! But we do like the aspect of relying on ourselves and making do. We make our own soap, hang out the laundry, raise our own poultry, fashion needed clothing out of things I pick up from the thrift store, cook at home from scratch, etc. The self-reliance is a kick, though I’m happy to have a grocery store. I soooo do not have a green thumb. Which probably makes you want to roll your eyes at me since you’re a gardener/seed company person, and it probably makes it worse when I tell you my mother’s entire yard has basically been converted into gardens and greenhouses, etc. She’s the plant person and evidently did not pass that gene down to me.

Interview with Melissa Jagears  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: I think that’s awesome! I love to see people pursuing homesteading and living off the land. There are so many rewards to that lifestyle, no matter how you go about it. Believe me, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to gardening. How about you show me how to make my own soap and I’ll help you become a gardener?! 😉

So what does your writing schedule look like from day to day? Any helpful tips – or secrets – on how you manage all your writing responsibilities?

Melissa: My writing schedule mainly consists of trying to do marketing and all the non-writing activities that come with writing in between homeschooling and caring for the kids during the day. Then when everyone goes to bed, I write. I try to go to bed by midnight, but I’ve been known to stay up until two…..or four when I’m behind on deadline.

One hint is don’t have a newborn and a contractual obligation at the same time! 🙂 But if I can write a book and keep a baby alive, then no one has an excuse for not getting something done! But really, that’s the thing, it’s not working around things, but simply not doing them. If you want to (insert your dream), but “don’t have the time” …. well, that’s not true. You have the time, but are doing something else that you’re placing a higher value on—which might be good, might be bad. Some things you might have to give up if you want your dream more could be really good things, but don’t tell me you don’t have time…. especially if you watch television! I haven’t had a TV for nearly eight years now and being without one makes it so much easier to see my friends lose time to that thing. So if you really want something and still watch TV, I’d consider kicking that to the curb first!

Savanna:  What is one of your most unforgettable moments from your writing career to date?

Melissa:  Ha, I’d say it was having a baby while I was supposed to be hosting a blog post to promote my books. So, I’m commenting on this really active blog because my critique partner and I are the hosts and only plan to be gone for an hour for a doctor appointment where the doctor becomes concerned for the baby so instead of returning home to comment some more, I end up in the hospital to start an emergency induction. Well, the Pitocin took forever and I was so bored, so I got out my old kindle because wifi was broken at the hospital and it had 3G (I don’t own a cell phone) and hopped back on to the blog to talk about how bored I was in labor…. and if you’ve ever typed on a kindle keyboard, you know exactly how bored I was. So while everyone in the world was sleeping, I’m commenting with a few late nighters on Seekerville about my book, critique partner, and labor. So my having a baby is permanently recorded on the internet comment section of Seekerville.

Savanna: Love that! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Melissa.  I’m so glad you could join us today.

Readers, connect with Melissa by visiting the links below:


Facebook Author Page:


Facebook Blog Page:



There are downloads, sign-ups, and freebies—valuable resources that I hope stir your passion for God and His Word. So take your time. Look around. Visit often. – See more at:


Melissa has graciously offered one copy of A BRIDE IN STORE to one lucky winner!

Interview with Melissa Jagears  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends September 9, 2014.
Winner will be notified by email.


49 comments on “Interview with Melissa Jagears & GIVEAWAY
  1. Susan Wayne says:

    Can’t wait to read your new book! I have enjoyed reading your previous books and always look forward to more. Thank you for sharing with your readers, the gift God has given you!

  2. Kathryn Voss says:

    I so want to read this book. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    I subscribe to The Engrafted Word and like The Engrafted Word on Facebook

    I shared this Giveaway on Facebook

  3. Caryl Kane says:

    I am looking forward to reading “A Bride in Store”. I’ve shared the giveaway post on my facebook page.

  4. I would love to win Melissa’s new book! And I have already liked The Engrafted Word on Facebook.

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

  5. Sylvia M. says:

    I loved the first book and novella by Melissa. This book sounds great!

    I am a follower of The Engrafted Word blog.

    I shared this post on Twitter and Pinterest.


  6. Heidi says:

    I’ve been so excited for Melissa’s new book to release since I really liked her first book and novella! Thanks for sharing the interview and giveaway!

    I’m subscribed, a facebook fan, and tweeted the giveaway!

  7. Patty says:

    I really enjoyed Love by the Letter and A Bride for Keeps, so I ma looking forward to A Bride in Store!

    I like the Engrafted Word on FB
    I subscribe to The Engrafted Word


  8. Aerykah says:

    I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
    I’m a subscriber. And I shared the giveaway on pinterest —

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Kristin says:

    I can’t wait to read the book!


  10. Lynn Grier says:

    Your book looks like a awesome read. Sure would! signed and shared for all the required. Thanks for your giveaway and blessings to you and your release.

  11. Kathy Jacob says:

    What an interesting interview! This sounds like a great book. I shared this interview on Facebook.

    Kathy Jacob 🙂
    kathae at jacobfam dot net

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, Kathy. I had a lot of fun chatting with Melissa. Thanks for sharing. You’ll receive an extra entry in the drawing.

  12. Posted on my Facebook news page; tweeted about this post ~
    I receive your e-mails when you have a new post as a subscriber to the engrafted Word. I have previously “liked” the Engrafted Word community on Facebook. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    I have been following this novel around reviews and would like to win a copy! Thanks Savanna for the interview and offering! I enjoy mail-order bride stories and a general store where everyone can meet around the woodstove too.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      So nice to see you again, Kathleen! 😉 Thanks for following my blog and supporting these great books. I know you’ll enjoy this one. Good luck in the giveaway! You’ll receive 4 entries.

  13. Becky B says:

    I have enjoyed Melissa’s other books. I will enjoy reading a Bride in Store too.
    Becky boernerb (at) fuse (dot) net

    Liked Engrafted Word on FB
    I subscribe by email.

  14. I shared the giveaway on my Cheryl Barker, Writer page on Facebook. ckbarker at gmail dot com

  15. Kelly says:

    I’m glad you have a new book out! I look forward to reading this one as well!! kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

    I like The Engrafted Word on FB.
    I subscribe via email.

  16. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I really enjoyed “Love by the Letter”. I’m certain I’ll enjoy your other books. Such a sad Mail Order Bride story you share in this interview! How romantic, yet so very tragic at the same time. Thank you for sharing.
    Kelly Y.

    (I subscribe to The Engrafted Word, Like on FB, and have shared the giveaway on FB.)

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wasn’t the story she shared fascinating? I love learning some of the research authors uncover while writing, don’t you? 🙂 Thanks for joining us today, Kelly! It’s great to have you here. You’ll receive 4 entries in the drawing. Good luck!

  17. Joan Arning says:

    I subscribe to the Engrafted Word and like on FB.

  18. Andrea Stephens says:

    I enjoyed the interview very much. I would love to win “Bride in Store” I’ve already read “Love By The Letter” and “A Bride for Keeps” and shared them with my mom and sister.
    I must say that the cover of “Bride in Store” reminds me so much of a lady I used to go to church with. Enough to make me wonder if the two might be long lost relatives!

  19. Bonnie Roof says:

    Loved this interview – thank you, Melissa and Savanna!!

    I love Melissa’s style of homesteading – I’m sure it brings a sense of accomplishment while opening your eyes to the appreciation for the things you have and realization of the things you can do without (such as the TV, as Melissa mentioned) and the benefits of making wise choices in time management.

    I can so sympathize with your lack of a “green thumb”, Melissa!! My mother, aunt, grandmother, and sister-in-law all have them and their gardens and lawns are beautiful. I, on the other hand, was not only born without one – but live in a condo community with little lawn space and have physical issues which prevent my kneeling and limit my time outdoors in the heat and walking on unlevel ground. However, there’s nothing I love viewing more than beautiful lawns and flower gardens.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your wonderful book, “A Bride in Store” – I love the play on words in the title!!


    I am a subscriber, FB follower, and have shared this post!!

    • Melissa says:

      I wish it were not true, but I can even kill aloe vera plants which my mother hardly does a thing with and they grow so prolifically and monstrously large and healthy, she always wants me to take some home since “no one can kill aloe vera” well, I can. The only plant I couldn’t kill was this wooly cactus, I let it behind a sun shade for like 2 years once and it was still alive when I found it again….my hubby and I were talking about it the other day, I must have forgotten it in one of our moves. It probably still lives on, waiting for me to find it again. 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s always a delight to see you here, Bonnie. Thanks for your kind words. And don’t give up on trying to grow your own beautiful lawn and flower garden. You can do it! 😉 Believe me, every year I struggle with my own plants, but I learn a lot too.

      You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway. Good luck to you and happy reading, as always!

  20. Sierra Faith says:

    I’ve Subscribed to the Engrafted word, Like on facebook and shared!! 😀

  21. Abbi Hart says:

    Such a fun interview! I absolutely adored Love by the Letter and A Bride for Keeps and I cannot wait for A Bride in Store! I sadly accidentally deleted the email that contained the opportunity to receive a review copy so I was very happy to find this giveaway! Thanks!

  22. Brooke Robinson says:

    This book sounds very intriguing! I would love to read it!
    I’m subscribed to the engrafted world and I pinned on pinterest.

  23. Joan Arning says:

    Sound great! Subscribe to Engrafted Word and like on FB.

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