Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CFBA: Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

Song Stuck on the Brain: Goodnight Sweetheart from Three Men and A Baby

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Save The Date
Thomas Nelson (February 1, 2011)


Jenny B. Jones


I'm in love. I want to know where my ♥ Alex Sinclair ♥ is, because (be still my pounding heart) I would sign up for this plot in a heart beat!

Jenny B. Jones has such a great sense of humor, I caught myself laughing out loud multiple times. The last time, I scared the cat right off my lap I laughed so hard. Her characters are everything you want them to be, even if they're what some might call standard issue for a romantic comedy. I don't care if they're standard issue, Jenny makes them work beautifully. Hot, rich, celebrity meets bumbling but beautiful full figured girl with a heart and together they plan a fake engagement. You have the best girl friend, the batty older relative and a fashion forward, Broadway musical loving guy friend. It's not a new idea.

BUT... Jenny makes it FEEL new. It's a great example of taking a traditional and often used story structure and making it feel new again. She's made it fresh and funny and absolutely addictive. It has one of the best one line prayers I've ever read. When you read Clara's prayer for Alex at the end of the book, you'll know exactly what I mean.

It also has real depth and heart beneath the funny antics and fashion sense. I appreciated the message of accepting yourself as beautifully and wonderfully made by God. The scene where they nail their burdens to the cross actually made me a little teary. I couldn't put it down and I'm passing it off to my sister next. I only hope my writing can achieve this level some day soon. Great read.

Oh, and note to Jenny: Next time your girl is a scifi fan, make sure to include Stargate: Sg-1. Col. Jack O'Neill and his team deserve the props. :)


You’re invited to the engagement of the most unlikely couple of the year.

When the funding for Lucy’s non-profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir of Sinclair Enterprises—the primary donor to Lucy’s Saving Grace organization. Alex Sinclair has it all . . . except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Both Lucy and Alex have something the other wants. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancée in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn’t quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart – and her future – on the line.

Save the Date is a spunky romance that will have readers laughing out loud as this dubious pair try to save their careers, their dreams . . . and maybe even a date.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Save The Date, go HERE


I write Christian fiction with a few giggles, quite a bit of sass, and lots of crazy. My novels include the Katie Parker Production series and So Not Happening. I would also like to take credit for Twilight , but somewhere I think I read you’re not supposed to lie.

When I’m not typing my heart out (or checking email), I teach at a super-sized high school in Arkansas.

My students are constantly telling me how my teaching changes their lives and turned them away from drugs, gangs, and C-SPAN.

Okay, that’s not exactly true.

Some facts that are true include:

I've always been refined!

A. I got my camera confiscated by big boys with guns at the American Embassy in Europe this past summer. O la la!

B. I once worked in a seed mill office and cleaned out mice on a regular basis. Ew.

C. I’m a former drama teacher.

D. I didn’t pass my drivers test the first time. Or the second…

E. I attract stray animals like a magnet.

F. I used to assemble and test paint ball guns for a local factory...

Since my current job leaves me with very little free time, I believe in spending my spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits such as:

-watching E!

-updating my status on Facebook

-catching Will Ferrell on YouTube and

-writing my name in the dust on my furniture

I’d love to hear about you, so drop me a note. Or check me out on Facebook.


Jenny B. Jones said...

Stargate it is! Thanks for the awesome review!

April Erwin said...

My sister is reading this one now. She was up until 3 am and had to force herself to go to sleep. She's been antsy all day to get back to the book. She's as addicted as I was!