Sunday, May 12, 2019

Joy After Noon



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debra Coleman Jeter will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Joy marries a widowed bank executive caught in an ethical dilemma and misreads his obvious frustration while struggling to integrate into her new family. Inspired in part by Love, Come Softly, this novel explores the challenges of second marriages and dealing with step-children during the crucial years of puberty and teenage angst. A college professor coming up shortly for the huge tenure decision, Joy finds herself falling apart as her career and her home issues deteriorate and collide.


Read an Excerpt

Joy opened a cabinet door to gaze at the rows of hand-painted spices, little bottles labeled in delicate, loopy cursive and decorated with yellow daffodils, each flower unique. What kind of woman would take the time to transfer store-bought spices into hand-crafted containers? The same woman who painted the daffodils? As a teacher of finance, Joy would question whether she could sell the hand-painted jars for enough cash to compensate for the materials and labor.



In this new universe, the question was altogether different. What was the question? Joy felt lost.



The jars appeared to be aligned in alphabetical order, and she checked to be sure. Coriander seed, cumin ... tarragon, turmeric. They probably hadn’t been used since Carolyn died. Either that, or Carolyn had trained Ray and the girls to keep them in their proper sequence.



The phone rang, startling Joy in the unaccustomed setting. She recognized the voice at once. Her colleague and coauthor Natalie. Yes, the honeymoon was wonderful, Joy told her. She elaborated on the brilliant turquoise of the water, the amazing world she and Ray explored together beneath the sea. She couldn’t tell Natalie the real wonder. To be held, to be nurtured, to feel cherished for the first time in so many years. For the first time ever by a man. She flushed at the thought of confessing as much, at her age.



“I haven’t forgotten our paper,” she said instead. “I know I’ve been negligent lately. But I’ll get on it. Right away.”


About the Author:
Debra Coleman Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her first novel, The Ticket, was a finalist for a Selah Award, as well as for Jerry Jenkins’ Operation First Novel. Her story, “Recovery,” was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman; and her nonfiction book “Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several domestic and international awards.



Website and Blog: http://www.debracolemanjeter.com

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The Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1941103863

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

The Ticket trailer: https://vimeo.com/50187275



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18 comments:

  1. How many books have you written so far?

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    1. This is my third published book. My first book was narrative nonfiction, and this is my second novel.

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  2. Who are some of your favorite authors?

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    1. There are so many. I really like Louisa May Alcott, fyodor Dostoyevsky CS Lewis and Madeleine l'engle among others.

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  3. I would like to thank my host, as well as everyone who visits and reads about my book today. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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    1. Thanks much. Best of luck with your book.

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  4. I really love the name of this website. Was it inspired by the Thornton Wilder play? I remember the first time I read or saw the play our town, and how moved I was.

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    1. I had this site called Bookaholic (because I am one) but I could not get that domain name so it didn't search well. The town I live in has a reputation for being called "Our Town" after the play and I would love to tell you I thought of naming the blog that but...my DH thought of it:) I like it too.

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    2. LOL, I'm a bookaholic also. I guess there are a lot of us out there

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  5. Can you tell us more about the Sugar Sands series?

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  6. The sugar Sands series is a series about real people in realistic but challenging situations. It is set in the Beach Community of Gulf Shores Alabama, a vacation spot that I have visited many times over the years.

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  7. The Sugar Sands books are about real people in ordinary but challenging and realistic situations. It is set in a small Beach Community similar to Gulf Shores Alabama, a vacation spot I have often visited over the years

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  8. Thanks to everyone for visiting. Best of luck on the Giveaway.

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