I have got such a treat for y’all today! Jessica Patch is here to talk about her new book, Concealed Identity, and a case of a (hilariously) mistaken identity of her own!
Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her watching way too much Netflix with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter at www.jessicarpatch.com. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.
Jessica’s newest release, Concealed Identity, released January 1st from Love Inspired Suspense. (watch for my review later today!)
After Holt McKnight’s criminal informant disappears, the DEA agent must go undercover to get close to the missing man’s sister, who may know more than she’s letting on.
But when Blair Sullivan’s attacked, it’s up to him to protect her—without blowing his cover.
Blair isn’t sure she can trust her new neighbor, Holt. After all, the last charming and handsome man she fell for was her late husband, and he turned out to be the brother of a ruthless drug lord.
Yet when it’s clear the target on her back is somehow linked to her past, she has no choice but to accept Holt’s protection.
Even if getting close is the last thing her scarred heart can handle.
Yay!!! Hi Jessica! Welcome to the blog 🙂 Thank you so much for chatting with me today!
Jessica: Thank you, Carrie! I am so happy to be here with you. I love to chat!
I start all of my guests out with a fast four…
Jessica: Apples. Because you can’t quite pull off oranges smothered in caramel sauce like you can an apple. 😉
Carrie: This is so true. Chocolate? Perhaps. But not caramel.
Jessica: Summer. I have never been a fan of the cold. I’d rather live in the heat. And we have a pool and I enjoy napping on my raft.
Carrie: But summer is so hot (can you hear the whine in my voice?) lol.
Jessica: Neither. *ducks* I want to be an animal person, but I’m just not. We did have a dog for almost 17 years so I guess I’ll go with dog if I have to pick one.
Carrie: Zuzu says this answer is permissible because at least you had a dog and would choose “dog” over “cat” in a pinch. I, however, nearly had to end the Q&A because I misread *ducks* as if you were choosing those as your pet of preference rather than avoiding any rotten produce I might throw at you. And … just no. Birds are evil. 😉
Jessica: This is tough for me. I love coffee but I also love hot tea and I live in the South so I also love sweet tea. Generally, I’m coffee in the morning (unless I feel puny) and tea in the afternoon.
Carrie: That almost sounds like it should be a country song – “coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoo-oooon” haha! Ahem. Anyway…
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jessica: If I could pick any superpower, I’m going with invisibility. I can creep on people and eavesdrop—you know for book fodder. If I had to pick a superpower based on something I do…my superpower is tuning out voices. I have an amazing ability to switch off my hearing when I’m focused on something whether writing, reading, Netflix binges, etc…I literally will not hear you!
Carrie: I have the same hearing switch …. as well as the ability to tune IN to voices in an unintentional eavesdropping thing that I think annoys my husband just a wee bit. Especially when we’re out at dinner and he’s talking to me and I’m totally (unintentionally) not paying attention because I’m tuned in to the conversation two tables over. Sigh. lol.
Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Jessica: Here’s where everyone gets to see how shallow I am! I’d love to say someone like Anne of Green Gables or Nancy Drew (though I did love those books) but my favorite character was Jessica Wakefield from Sweet Valley High. I know, Elizabeth was the sweet one, the compassionate one, and the giving one but Jessica loved adventure, boys, and mischief and so did I! LOL She wasn’t dull or boring that’s for sure. I couldn’t help but love the messes she made and her lip gloss was always perfect. She never got hair stuck on her lips like I did. #goals hahahaha
Carrie:LOL!! I love this! It probably also didn’t hurt that you shared the same first name 🙂
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Jessica: I have these often I’m afraid. I’m not sure about the last time, but the biggest was one Sunday during church. I’d had my eyes closed during worship and we were asked to pray for our spouses, so I simply eased up on my knees in my chair, wrapped my arms around my man’s neck and whispered prayers against his neck when suddenly I thought, “This doesn’t smell like my husband…this…isn’t my husband!” He’d invited a new guy who came to church that day to sit with us. He’d just gotten out of prison (if I’m lying I’m dying) and I was all up on him! During church for everyone to see because my husband had quietly gone to the altar to pray. So what did I do? The only thing I knew to do! I finished my prayer (yes, I did) and sat back in my seat. I explained it after church to him, but my husband has yet to let me live it down! lol
Carrie: Oh. My. GOODNESS!!! I am literally laughing out loud over this story!!! I would say “that poor man” but he got some smooches and sweet nothings out of the deal so he’s not doing so badly in this situation. LOL!! Oh mercy. I am now praying fervently that this never happens to me. 😀
Jill Kemerer has called your latest book “Storage Wars with intrigue”. Pardon my pun but I’m SOLD 🙂 How does the “Storage Wars with intrigue” concept tie in with the title, Concealed Identity?
Jessica: During one of the episodes, I asked myself, “What if someone bid on a unit and got it home only to discover something inside that could get them killed?” Concealed Identity was born!
Carrie: oooo ok I’m even more intrigued now. So the title refers to what’s in the unit as well as the undercover identity!! I love!
In Concealed Identity, a DEA agent goes undercover to get close to a missing informant’s sister. What do you think would be the most difficult part of living undercover?
Jessica: As a Christian, I think it would be doing something that could compromise my beliefs. In the book, there isn’t a big test (other than lying about who you are) but in the real world, agents have to create false relationships even if they’re married. I’d be scared of crossing lines or even teetering on them. I’m not sure how they do it. I couldn’t.
Carrie: That’s a great point! Lots of emotions and temptations to consider…
What do you most want readers to take away from Concealed Identity?
Jessica: I want readers to know life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan it. It can feel like our dreams have died, like God wasn’t there to make it all picture-perfect like we expected, but that doesn’t mean He wasn’t there. And that doesn’t mean He can’t give you a ‘come forth’ moment like Lazarus. He’s still in business of resurrecting dead dreams, hopes, and faith. And He can breathe to life new dreams. New hopes.
Carrie: yes… amen! He’s still the “Lamb of God who rolled away the stone in front of every grave” – I love that lyric from Alive by Natalie Grant.
Again 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: Thank you again for having me! It’s been so much fun. 2017 is a big year for me. I have a romantic comedy, Unleashing Love, coming out in a collection full of fantastic authors. I’m not an animal person but this is about a dog-walker! The next book for Love Inspired Suspense, Final Verdict, releases in April. I also have a devotional releasing from Guideposts that same month. It’s called Everyday with Jesus (I’m a contributing author.) And my first book, Deep Waters, in a miniseries (The Security Specialists) with Love Inspired Suspense hits shelves in July!
Carrie: Yay! I’m excited to read all of these!
Jessica R. Patch is giving away a copy of Concealed Identity to one of my readers! (Due to shipping costs and international giveaway regulations, this is open to US mailing addresses only.) Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.
What about you? What’s your own humorous/embarrassing/pleasekeepthisbetweenus story of mistaken identity? You’re among friends 🙂