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The Chapel by Jess B. Moore - Book Tour



The Chapel


Mallory Johansen has nearly given up on thinking she’ll get her act together – the one where she plays the part of an adult – by the time she hits thirty. As it is she’s desperate and depressed. Her only friend is leaving town, she’s paired to work with a man who can’t stand her, and she finds herself homeless. Definitely hasn’t mastered being a grown-up yet. 

Otis Bell wants nothing more than to play his guitar, book acoustic bands to perform at his upcoming music venue, and be in charge of his own life. Instead, he’s working full time in his family’s auto shop. He only owns half the supposed music venue, which stands as an abandoned church and needs more than a little work. When his best friend moves away, he’s paired with an aloof girl he’s never liked as partner, and stretches himself thin working too many hours. 

The Chapel is the little music venue that could. Full of potential. Full of ugly carpet, peeling paint, and exhausting work. Mallie and Otis navigate their way through a fledgling partnership, trying their darnedest to get the place up and running, while trying pretty hard not to fall in love in the process.


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Author Q&A

1. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated? 
There are so many indie authors writing phenomenal books, but are staying under the radar.  It’s tough to get your work out there!  There are those signed with indie publishers in the same boat.  Not to mention how many books are put out, flooding the market with options!  Look up Aimee Brown, Susannah Nix, and Catherine Cowles.

As for over-rated, I’ll admit to not being a Nicholas Sparks fan.  I read my first of his books in high school, and tried again several times over the years, and have never enjoyed them.  Maybe because they’re too sad!

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books? 
Reading The Borrowers series (Mary Norton) with my mom.  She was a reader, had lots of books, and always read to me as a child.  We read through The Borrowers books together, taking turns reading out lout, alternating chapters.  We would fall into fits of giggles together, especially if we couldn’t pronounce one of the names.  I have the books on a shelf and just seeing them brings to mind fond memories.

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up? 
From a young age, yes.  Then, somehow, I got distracted by being a teenager, and forgot those dreams.  I traveled several other paths before finding my way back to writing.  Being an author has been rewarding beyond measure, and now I can’t imagine not doing it!

4. What’s one movie you like recommending to others? 
Lately, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  I tell everyone to watch it!!  Netflix did a superb job.  I’ve watched it at least five times, and am still in love with it!

5. What is the first book that made you cry? 
I was a sensitive child, and remember feeling devastated when the little girl couldn’t buy Corduroy!  Or when Scruffy the Tug Boat got lost in the river.  These are young children’s book, if you aren’t familiar, and I remember feeling attached to characters even back then!  Don’t get me started on books like The Fault in our Stars (John Green)!
6. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 
It takes me about three months, from concept to The End.  Then another couple months for editing and formatting and getting it out into the world.  When I sit down to work, I usually write a scene in an hour (approx 1000 words).  The fastest I’ve written is my first book (The Guilt of a Sparrow) which I did for NaNoWriMo, and finished the first draft in one month!  The longest is my latest book (The Chapel) because I wrote the first half years ago, and added to it occasionally over the years, until I finally finished it late in 2019.
7. How do you select the names of your characters? 
Names are such fun!  I love this part of the process.  For me, I’ve made lists of names I like, and lists of names from certain time periods and regions.  All my published books are set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and I looked up names unique to the area.  For instance, in my first book, the male lead is named Cotton, and he has a brother named Beau, and those are both from the area.  I like old fashioned names, so those work their way in too, like Magnolia (Maggie) and Penelope (Penny).  But I also like “weird” names, so you’ll find a Cricket, and a Denver, too. 
I also take into consideration the meaning of the names.  For example, in The Chapel, the main character is named Mallory, and I picked it because it means “unfortunate one,” and it fits her past, and her struggle find happiness.
8. What book do you wish you had written? 
Tuck Everlasting (Natalie Babbitt).  It’s one of my all time favorite books, and I re-read it almost every year.  The story is magic and the writing whimsical.  But if I wrote it, I’d change the ending!
9. What is your favorite genre to read? 
Contemporary Romance, YA (general, fantasy, dystopian, and romance), and Classics.


Author Bio – 
Jess B. Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her accomplished and headstrong children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.  

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.  

The Fox River Romance novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love. These books can be read as stand-alone, or as a series starting with The Guilt of a Sparrow. 

Follow Jess on social media @authorjessb
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