Saturday, February 15, 2014

Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken, Novel Series, by Laura J. Marshall

Contemporary Christian Romance

Volume # 1: Summer

Excitement. That's what Jaycee has been saving for since high school. With plans to leave rural Twain, Georgia, the "to where" and the "to what" have been the only questions stopping her. Will her intentions change when Dash Matheson pulls her wandering heart in his direction? Feel the summer heat of the Fourth of July in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.   

Volume #2: Fall

It's autumn in Twain, Georgia. Jaycee has herself a new job and with it, a new problem. Is it something bug spray can fix? Dash is struggling with more than just the reality of the pain from his injury. Could Jaycee be hiding something from him? The pumpkins are ripe on the vine and the pecans are ready to be shelled. Come spend Thanksgiving week in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.  

Volume #3: Winter

Public humiliation. That's what Jaycee faces on a regular basis the days leading up to Christmas. And wrapped up in the off-the-wall job is a thief waiting to be caught. Dash is planning for perfection, yet when push comes to shove, is there such a thing? Christmas in all its hustle and bustle with bright colored lights has arrived. Slow down a spell in this southern series as Jaycee finds love. 


Volume #4: Spring 

To be released, April, 2014

Excerpt: From Volume #3, Winter

Dash moved from the couch and walked toward Jaycee, who still stood in the doorway. Leaning forward, he cupped her elbow in his hand, his thumb caressing her through the fabric.
She nodded, her eyes now glued to his. A smile crept up and onto his lips; she was irresistible.
"Most beautiful Christmas elf I've ever seen."
He felt her breath release more than heard it. This must've been hard for her to do, this big reveal and the bigger picture, dress up in a mall full of people, many of whom she knew.
Her fingers curved over one of the elf ears and she pulled it off. With one ear on, she grinned. Marcus stilled from his merriment and in fascination, sat up, "Can I try ‘em?"
"Don't break them, okay?" He nodded as she tossed the plastic ears to him. He fit them to his own, running from the room to look in the hall mirror.
“So, workin’ for Saint Nick, are ya?” Jaycee’s Dad asked. “What’s your schedule?”
Jaycee padded across the carpet to stand near the tree, taking the hat from her head and nodding. “Tomorrow at noon. Not sure of my regular days yet. Expect I’ll find out then.”
Dash took in the picture of her with the decorated tree behind her and the brilliant white star high above her head.
Even to him, her skirt seemed tiny on her petite frame and when he thought of her going out in public in it, he wanted to yank it down by the puffy trim. If he hadn’t had a girl elf infatuation before, he expected he had one now.


“The innocence and intensity of their love was like listening to a sweet song of longing that is brought to life with a fun and lively rhythm. To watch Jaycee awaken to her feelings for Dash was pure enjoyment peppered with giggles and infused with a soft yet meaningful sigh.”

“Just finished it today and loved it! Just as good as the first and can't wait for the third! Just keep falling in love with the characters more and more.”
“Absolutely love this series! the characters, the trials, their faith in God.”

Laura J. Marshall is a full-time mom of five boys. When not on active duty, she is the best-selling author of The Battle Cry Devotional series and inspirational fiction (historical romantic suspense, YA, and contemporary romance). Visit Laura’s website at

Why did you write this novel series? 

I heard a song on a country radio station as I was driving one day in the summer. That particular song caused me to create the story in my head: Jaycee and Dash in the heat of the summer with Jaycee’s dreams of a life outside of their small town coming between Dash’s plans for a life with her. I wrote the story because it wouldn’t let me go and still hasn’t. 

Tell us something topical, interesting, funny, or something we would not expect about the writing or research for this novel series.

I’ve laughed a lot writing this series and sometimes that can be awkward, because I write a lot out in public places. I look forward to Jaycee and Dash’s life together, which surprises me, that they’ve become quite real. The final episode, volume 4, spring will be longer than the other three as I tie things up.