Ten Things People (Possibly) Don’t Know About J.M. Kelley

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This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. J.M. will be awarding a gift basket of some of her favorite things, including a $25 gift card from Amazon and a signed copy of the Foreign Affairs anthology from Turquoise Morning Press to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Ten Things People (Possibly) Don’t Know About J.M. Kelley

  1. I am addicted to candles. Seriously addicted to them. As I am writing tonight, I am wallowing in a cloud of beach-lavander-sweetpea-summer rain-coffee-chocolate fumes. If anybody walked into this place right now, they’d probably pass out.
  2. My brother gave me a guitar. I don’t know how to play guitar. But, by God, I have a guitar, and an amp, and lots of purple picks.
  3. I am a weather geek. I try to keep it to myself because, frankly, there are few weather geeks in my social circles. My big goal in life is to catch a fabulous lightning bolt with my camera. I’ve been trying for three spring/summer storm seasons now. Mother Nature is determined to not cooperate with me.
  4. I write romance. I can barely bring myself to say hello to men in real life. I am that romantically challenged.
  5. One would think that my attraction to awkward men would balance out with my own awkwardness. It does not. Regardless of that, there’s nothing more adorable to me than a hapless man.
  6. I am incapable of walking in high heels. It’s a broken neck just waiting to happen.
  7. I have found out the hard way that it is nearly physically impossible to read Howl out loud without accidentally biting your own tongue at some point.
  8. Somehow, I manage to wear a hole through my right work shoe over the same toe, every single time I buy a new pair. I don’t get it. It’s like I have raptor claws instead of toes.
  9. The first time I decided to write a novel, I was about thirteen years old. Unfortunately, after about forty pages, I realized I’d actually just recreated a Sweet Valley High story…only a much worse version.
  10. I know how to shoot a gun, and I can do it well. (Maybe this is why I am still single.)

About the Author:5_27 MEDIA KIT jmkelleyThree years ago, native Pennsylvanian J.M. Kelley packed her bags and moved south. Now, the wannabe Carolina Girl can’t speak a single sentence without adding the word y’all at the end of it, and regards a blast of snow flurries as a doomsday-level event. When the day job allows, and when she can pull herself away from George Takei’s Facebook fanpage, she likes to go on writing jaunts to her favorite lake, or a local coffee shop with delicious shakes and questionable Wi-Fi connections.

J.M. Kelley is a proud recipient of a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary award, and is a member of The South Carolina Writers Workshop and Romance Writers of America (PAN). Readers interested in more information may visit her website at www.jmkelleywrites.com.

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5_27 MEDIA KIT DaddysGirl_JMK_LG (2)Sometimes, returning home isn’t about confronting your past; it’s about discovering your future.

Janie McGee, the black sheep of her family, is free-spirited, uninhibited, and never one to stay in the same place for too long. When Janie learns her father, Joe, is gravely ill, she reluctantly returns home to rural Pennsylvania to care for him. Joe’s neighbor, David Harris, sports a pocket protector, collects coins, and is addicted to Antiques Roadshow. Everything about him rubs Janie the wrong way, from his nerdy wardrobe to his enviable friendship with Joe. And to make matters worse, her father thinks they’re perfect for each other, proof positive of how little Joe knows his own daughter…or so Janie thinks.

A shared devotion to the elder McGee begins to close the gulf between Janie and David, but a burgeoning romance opens the door to new problems and unexpected consequences neither could foresee. Joe, however, remains steadfast in his resolve to show Janie that Daddy knows what’s best for his little girl. Can Janie finally open her heart to David while watching the first man she ever truly loved fade away?

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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Mary Lowery says:

    Look like a great book!

  3. Catherine says:

    J.M….I’m also a Carolina girl, but I’m in NC, just one county over from SC, though. I was just in Myrtle Beach last week. PLUS, I also lived in PA for a few years…in DuBois. My hubby was very eager to leave the frozen tundra. He’s definitely a sunshine and sweet tea kind of guy!

    Daddy’s girl sounds like it has a touch of heartbreak in it. As I lost my own dad a few years ago, it might be a tough book for me to read.

    • Catherine, small world! Myrtle is a great destination, but I especially love crossing the state line and heading to Ocean Isle Beach, NC. So quiet and peaceful.

      I fully understand your hesitancy, and I sympathize. Losing my own father in 2007 was the hardest experience of my life. I still well up at the mere thought of the man and miss him so much. I like to think, though, that Daddy’s Girl, despite some sadness, is more about what we leave behind, and the gifts we take from the people we’ve loved and lost.

  4. I really loved your comments. I giggled out loud over a few. I tried saying HOWL a few times. Didn’t bite my tongue, but came close.
    Your story sounds really sweet, maybe a sensitive view of the heroine and her relationship to her father.

  5. Stacey Treadwell says:

    Loved all of the little things about you! Some of them very funny 🙂

  6. Karen H in NC says:

    Looking forward to following your tour. Loved your interview. RE: #6…remind me to tell you my story about how I broke a bone in my foot while walking in flats….FLATS! Sometimes, even barefoot is too high for me!

    I’m a native of MI but now live in NC…a few counties west of Catherine. I die laughing every time snow is predicted. These people see a snow flake and the close the town up!

    • Oh, Karen, that sounds like a fabulous story, because I know I could absolutely break my foot in flats. And I also have to laugh at snow reactions down here. We got a dusting not so long ago-I mean, it sort of accumulated on cars and grass for about fifteen minutes. There was a mad rush for milk, eggs, and t.p. Meanwhile I’m standing in the middle of the grocery store, staring at the panic, while I can look out the window and recognize a momentary snow squall. Oy!

  7. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed reading the Ten Things. I wear out the heel of my right shoe so I guess I lean to one side when I walk.
    The book sounds like a good read.

    • Rita, thank goodness it isn’t just me, then. I also get weird wear on my shoes, but my problem is I kind of walk like a duck. Not very graceful, huh?

  8. Interesting facts

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  9. I love low high heels, but my feet don’t. The one pair I own are mostly so I can gaze at them adoringly. And awkward men are the best. 🙂

  10. Have had Daddy’s Girl on my Nook since release day…if people would just leave me alone I might have a chance to sit down and read it 😉 (pesky day job!) BTW, JM…it’s Monday 😀

  11. Love your 10 things. You are a ouzzle wrapped in an enigma. Good luck on the blog tour.

  12. I met you at the SCWW last year and bought your book. I loved it! Your interview is very clever and funny. You are a terrific author. Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing you again sometime at the SCWW.
    JB Bonds

  13. Bahah! Just this list alone is hilarious! Thank you for sharing 🙂 If your writing style in your books is the same I know I will love them!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  14. Mary Preston says:

    So funny!! Between the killer heels & raptor claws – still laughing.


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