I’m pleased today to introduce you to author Jessica Alyse & her latest book, The Road to Austin.
Jessica Alyse is a Louisiana girl with a heart for Texas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she has a passion for storytelling, romance, and Jesus Christ. When she’s not writing, you can find her bookbinding, daydreaming about the day her stories are adapted into movies, or in the event of a football game, cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
Her newest book, The Road to Austin, released August 30, 2017!
Natalie Hallie is a woman on a mission.
She needs to get home in time for her sister’s wedding.
Austin Brooks is a man of spontaneity. And he needs coffee.
To get to Austin, Texas, Natalie refuses to step foot on a plane. She’d rather accept a ride from the reckless and wild boy from her childhood who, in her opinion, hasn’t changed all that much. If she can just get through three days of his witty commentary and cheesy jokes, then life will return to normal. That is, if bad eggs, thieving monkeys, a tornado, a dilapidated motel, and a stolen truck don’t do her in first.
The world looks better in watercolor. Or so Austin believes. He finds it easier not to take life so seriously, unlike Natalie. Things change when they spend three days together and her long-buried feelings start to surface. That’s when Austin finds himself getting serious…about praying for Natalie’s heart.
On a journey where the skies aren’t always blue, graffiti isn’t always illegal, and bathroom breaks aren’t always a good idea, their lives collide. When secrets of her brother’s death, Austin’s past, and Natalie’s family come to light, they’ll learn there is more to life and love on the road to Austin.
Hi Jessica! Welcome to the blog!
Jessica: Apples. I prefer sweet over tangy…most days.
Carrie: Me too. If I want tangy, I pick up some Sour Patch Watermelon candy lol.
Jessica: Winter. I love the layered look during the cold months. Scarf, jacket, long sleeves, etc. Unfortunately it’s always summer in Louisiana. 😉
Carrie: Aaaaand that’s why I will (hopefully) never live in Louisiana. I’m grumpy enough about Kentucky’s general lack of a good winter haha!
Jessica: Dogs. Because they have a way of making you feel loved and needed. Cats need nobody and they don’t like to cuddle – or at least, mine don’t.
Carrie: We are long-lost kindred spirits, Jessica! 😉
Jessica: Coffee every time. I’m a caffeine junkie. Give me a hot cup of mocha on an early morning with a couple of awesome characters and I’m good to go.
Carrie: Ok, here we part ways a bit. I too need my morning shot of caffeine but I prefer it in the form of an ice-cold Diet Coke from McDonald’s.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jessica: I’m a huge Marvel fan and I’ve always kinda envied Ororo Monroe’s (X-Men’s Storm) ability to change the weather…and her super cute haircut. If I had to choose, I think it would be that. But for now, I’ll just stay with Writer Woman. 😉
Carrie: Writer Woman sounds awesome!! And if you do ever get Storm’s superpower, would you send some more snow my way?
Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Jessica: The Lady and the Lionheart (Joanne Bischof), Never the Bride (Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge), A Tailor-Made Bride (Karen Witemeyer), Short-Straw Bride (Karen Witemeyer), and Meeting Mr. Right (Deb Kastner).
Carrie: Aaaaaahhhh!!! Kindred spirits. I’m telling you. Charlie Lionheart totally has my bookworm heart. And those two Karen Witemeyer books you mentioned are my faves of hers!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?
Jessica: I’m a bit of a night owl (even though I adore mornings) so I write between 10 pm and 2 am. I like the room dim and quiet with my favorite music going in the background. That’s my personal formula for great ideas. As for must-have snacks and beverages, it’s a tossup between Dr. Pepper and coffee (even at 2 am) and any type of chocolate I can get my hands on. That’s pretty much how I’ve survived for the last year and a half while writing The Road to Austin.
Carrie: Well if you’re writing at 2 am, I’m pretty sure coffee is a must! LOL. Follow up question: When do you sleep? lol
Q: It sounds like Natalie has an … interesting… road trip ahead of her! What is an eventful road trip you’ve taken?
Jessica: I don’t take a lot of long-distance road trips (which is what led me to write Natalie and Austin’s crazy story) but my most eventful trip recently was incidentally on the way to my sister’s wedding in Texas (ironic, right?) where my family had a blowout on the Interstate and we drove for hours on a spare until we could find some place to have it changed. What should have been a four hour trip turned into eight. Fun stuff.
Carrie: Oh that sounds miserable.
Q: Natalie takes life seriously. Austin is more impulsive. Which character are you most like in your own approach to life?
Jessica: Definitely Natalie. I prefer a schedule, routine, and plan A, B, and Z. I like to play things safe and know where I’m going before I get there. On the flip side of that coin, I’ve got a lot of Austin in me, too, because I tend to lay everything out and then wing it when the time comes. Any INFJ’s out there can probably relate. I make lists, but then I forget where they are.
Carrie: <raises hand> INFJ here. Totally get it.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Road to Austin?
Jessica: Besides how amazingly awesome these two characters are? I pray the readers walk away inspired and hopeful. I pray they hear Austin telling them how beautiful they are, inside and out, and Natalie telling them to keep pushing forward because they’re worth it.
Carrie: Love this answer!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Jessica: I’m currently working on part two of Natalie and Austin’s story. It will be the third and final book to the series and will revolve around their version of happily ever after…and what it means to fight for love. Sign up for my newsletter at JessAlyse.com to stay updated.
Thanks so much for having me, Carrie. This was so much fun. I look forward to hearing from the readers, so please stop by my Facebook page and let me know what you thought of Natalie and Austin’s story. Facebook.com/writer.jessalyse
Carrie: Come back anytime now that we are clearly best buds! 😀
Jessica is graciously offering a signed copy of The Road to Austin to one of my readers (US only). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Are you more like Natalie (a planner) or like Austin (impulsive)?