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Welcome to Author Melanie Jacobson
Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Her fourth novel, Smart Move, hits shelves in October.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would definitely go to the past. The much harder question is which era. I think I’d like to have lived during the Civil War and helped the abolitionists. But answer changes every time I think about this.
What is one book everyone should read?
Everyone should read To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and its lessons on grace, and yet it’s a page-turning thriller, too.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I can tell you what I wouldn’t choose: I would never, ever want to read people’s minds. What a curse!
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Bacon. This is also my favorite thing to eat for lunch. And for dinner. And also for dessert.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because every so often, every woman deserves to curl up on a Friday night with a mug of hot chocolate and a story that will make them laugh and sigh for a few hours.
Smart Move by Melanie Jacobson
The spark was undeniable the night Sandy Burke met the devastatingly handsome Jake. Conversation flowed easily, so after they parted, she waited eagerly for his call. It never came. A high-powered career woman at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, Sandy feels she has had her heart broken one too many times, and now the redheaded trendsetter is facing a major quarter-life crisis. After some introspection, Sandy determines that helping others may be the key to helping herself. When she’s presented with a job offer in Washington, DC, as the director of New Horizons, a nonprofit organization benefiting women in poverty, it seems providential. But now that she’s moved, two major obstacles threaten the success of her first assignment: The first is her mother and her constant fog of less-than helpful New Age advice. Secondly, plans to build another New Horizons outreach center have come to a screeching halt, thanks to the interference of a pesky lawyer and his attempts to reverse zoning approval for the building project. After weeks of verbal sparring over the phone, Sandy is in for a shock when she comes face-to-face with her foe. The smooth voice at the other end of the line is a heartwrenching blast from the past. In this twist of fate, Sandy sees the perfect opportunity to ensure the success of the outreach center and to enact a little payback on this man she thought she’d left behind. And so the battle of wits begins. Will Sandy’s flirt-to-convert plot sway her nemesis’s determination to block the center, or will his charming and undeniably attractive ways convince the sassy redhead to give love a second chance?
Read Chapter 1: http://melaniejacobson.net/Books.aspx
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