Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Jennifer!
Jennifer A. Davids (otherwise known as Jen Cvelbar) is dropping by this week, and I’m tickled pink. Jen writes inspirational historical romance and is currently releasing her latest, A Perfect Weakness, which is set in the Victorian era. Check out the cover below. Is that yummy or what?
Jen is offering a print copy of A Perfect Weakness to someone who comments below. So don’t miss out. Join the conversation.
Postscript July 10, 2018:
**Congratulations to Michelle, this week’s drawing winner. Michelle will receive a print copy of A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids.**
How it All Began for Jennifer A. Davids
Hello Dear Readers! My name is Jen Cvelbar. I write as Jennifer A. Davids but you can call me Jen. I write inspirational historical romance and I was born and raised in Central Ohio. I had a challenging childhood. My parents divorced when I was ten, but even before all that happened God was laying the groundwork for what I would need to get through that.
He blessed me with a very wise mother. When one of my elementary teachers told her I wasn’t reading enough she took me to the library and we found the book that planted the seed for my love of reading: Eddie and Gardenia by Carolyn Heywood. I read and re-read that book which led me to finding other books like The Wizard of Oz and the Nancy Drew series and so many other books. The Bible provided much needed solace when my father left. God knew his daughter would need a place to go and provided it.
God Works Out a Plan for Jennifer A. Davids
I didn’t know it at the time, but all that reading would bear fruit when I was a freshman in high school. We were given a creative writing assignment and I remember pounding out the final draft the night before on an old typewriter my mom had borrowed from her job. (I guess God was also giving me a taste of what it was like to write on deadline. LOL!) When I turned it in, I was just hoping for a decent grade. What I got was the top score in my class and thus began my writing journey.
Jennifer A. Davids Begins Writing in Earnest
I majored in English Education at The Ohio State University and after I got married I would write here and there. Finally, I got really serious with it in 2008 and 2009 and wrote my first full length book. It was terrible. Just terrible. It is now filed away somewhere on my hard drive where it will never see the light of day again. LOL!
However, what I learned from that experience led me to write the next one, Yankee Heart. Then at the end of February 2010, I got the best email ever, Heartsong Presents offered me a contract which I instantly accepted.
A Debut Experience for Jennifer A. Davids
At the time, I had no platform, had no blog or social media account and hadn’t even heard about ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) until my acquisitions editor mentioned it. When I got my author copies, I handed them out to friends who also had no social media presence or blogs. Yeah. Big time newbie. (You have my permission to cringe.)
But I have learned since then. I got myself on social media and I have formed friendships and writing ties to some of the most wonderful people thanks to ACFW. I wrote two more books for Heartsong, Wounded Heart and Restored Heart and Barbour released them as a three-in-one called Brides of Ohio a couple of years ago.
And the Journey Continues
I kept writing. It was a challenge with two teenage kids (one of which has now graduated high school) but I wrote another book. This one was actually supposed to be another Heartsong title but sadly the line shut down and the story had become much too long for their guidelines anyway. It went through pitches to agents and editors who turned it down, a contest where it didn’t final and several title changes before it came to rest in Pegg Thomas’ inbox.
Pegg is the fantabulous managing editor of Smitten Historical Romance, a line of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC). In July 2017, I got a call from her at my part-time job as a page at my local library. Let me tell you, hearing that contract offer never gets old. Never. I was so thrilled I wanted to Snoopy-happy-dance right there in the stacks!
What’s up With Jennifer A. Davids Today?
Now, almost a year later that book, A Perfect Weakness, will soon be in your dear readers’ hands. It took a lot of hard work to get it to where it is now and it has been so worth it. I pray you love John and Penelope’s story as much as I do. And I cannot be happier with LPC. My experience with them has been fantastic and I am proud to be a Smitten author.
What’s Next for Jennifer?
Right now, I am working on the monumental task of trying to write while moving house. We’re staying local to our area but it’s still crazy. While A Perfect Weakness has a Victorian setting, the one I’m working on now is set in the days preceding the American involvement in World War II. I’ve wanted to write this one for a long time but life has gotten in the way. I’m praying this is finally it’s time.
How to Connect With Jennifer and Her Books
We can connect in lots of ways! And I also have a pre-order link for A Perfect Weakness included in there too!
A Final Note
So who would like a chance to win a paperback copy of A Perfect Weakness? Leave a comment and Linda will pull a name in about a week.
Dear Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! We praise and laud and magnify You as the One and Only God. And we thank You for blessing sweet Jen with the gift of words and story and love. We pray You’ll bless every single word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake