Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Janet W. Ferguson & For the Love of Joy

Posted January 21, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Janet Ferguson, romance / 14 Comments

For the Love of Joy JustRead Blog + Review TourWelcome to the Blog + Review Tour for For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Janet here today to share some behind the scenes facts about herself, the book, and her writing companions!

For the Love of JoyFOR THE LOVE OF JOY
Series: Coastal Hearts
Author: Janet W. Ferguson
Release Date: January 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance / Southern rom-com

Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down.

Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret.

When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.

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by Janet W. Ferguson, author of For the Love of Joy

little-known facts about me

  1. I’m deaf in one ear.
  2. I have a degree in Banking but have never worked in a bank.
  3. After camping and warning my kids to watch for snakes the whole time, I stood on one. Luckily a king snake!
  4. I’ve had five very different careers!
  5. I bought a boat when I was single and went water skiing almost every day of the summer after work for three years. (And still never got very good at it! No upper body strength, LOL!)

my fave lines/scenes from For the Love of Joy

“Seems like I haven’t kissed you since Moby Dick was a minnow.”

In his own case, marriage had been a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

The man had thought the sun came up just to hear him crow, and he’d been about as useless a husband as a screen door on a bass boat.

“I’ve heard preachers say they were sinners, but he’s the first one I believed.”

“Even if I did still have an inkling of a feeling for Joy—which I don’t— there is zero educational value in the second kick of a mule.”

Side note from Carrie: I am absolutely GIGGLING while I paste these in here hahaha – anyone else tickled by these lines from the book?

my writing companions

For the past couple of years, four women met a private location, and they plotted murder and mayhem and disease. They planned disaster after disaster for individuals who’d done them absolutely no harm. The betrayal, the surgeries, the unfair attacks, oh my!

Good thing they weren’t plotting about real people, but only imagined characters for four Mississippi authors’ future novels! 🙂

I was blessed to be invited to plotting weekends with amazing authors: Stephenia H. McGee, Pam Hillman, and Patricia Bradley. We had charting pads, computers, and craft books. There was a lot of food and coffee involved!  Then we all took turns introducing our next book idea, and the other ladies would jump in with ideas and brainstorm. It took about half a day per novel. We dug deep into our characters’ motivations, their childhood, their hurts, and their psyche. So much fun!! Okay, and work.


Each of us write in a slightly different genre, but we all write inspirational stories. Patricia and I both write contemporary, but she writes suspense–which usually means a murder! Pam and Stephenia both write historical novels, Pam’s are romances, while Stephenia’s are often women’s fiction with a romance thread.

The virus issue kept us from having all four of us this year, but since Stephenia and I live in the same town, we met outside on her porch to plot.


Writer friends are such a blessing! They truly helped me make For the Love of Joy a much better novel! I pray that the four of us can get together again in 2021!

Janet W. Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner, FHL Readers Choice Winner, and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

CONNECT WITH JANET: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

For the Love of Joy JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a wetcat Hug Yourself Turkish beach towel, beach bookmark, Meyers lavender soy candle, signed book, note, and shell from the author! Dream beach 2021!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


This giveaway is hosted by JustRead Tours, not RimSP
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What about you? What makes you want to read For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson?

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14 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Janet W. Ferguson & For the Love of Joy

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    I’m eager to read For the Love of Joy and enjoyed the lines from the book as well as learning more about your brainstorming sessions with the other authors pictured above.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the book tour for “For the Love of Joy” by Janet W. Ferguson. Enjoyed reading the guest post and learning more about the author. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this great sounding book.

  3. Roxanne C.

    The fave lines/scenes from the book are definitely funny. With such a great book blurb and giggle-producing lines, I am sure For the Love of Joy will be an amazing read.

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