Friday, February 28, 2020

Guest Post with Jaye Elliot - No Chance Meeting

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Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene in Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight.

No Chance Meeting
(No Chance Love #1)
By Jaye Elliot
Christian Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 393 Pages
February 11th 2020 by Living Sword Publishing

No Chance Love Series
True love doesn't happen just by chance.

1. I wrote No Chance Meeting for NaNoWriMo 2016. It was the first time I ever participated in NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t sure I ever would and really didn’t think I’d actually make it to 50,000 words. I ended up completing the month with over 60,000.

2. Riley was initially inspired by Eliot on the TV show Leverage, which I was binge-watching at the time I had the ideas for NCM.

3. I wrote a large chunk of the book while helping my brother remodel his house. I would sit on a pail with my writing tablet and get as many words in as I could between hanging drywall.

4. NCM was supposed to be a novella. Then I started writing it, and it just laughed at me as it surpassed 100,000 words.

5. It was also supposed to be just one book, but it ended up spawning ideas for three more loosely connected books set in the same town.

6. In the book, Alex tells Riley that she had a huge crush on Sully from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman when she was little and that’s why she has a thing for guys with long hair. That was inspired directly from my life.

7. Also like Alex, at the time of writing the book, I hadn’t been on a date before even though I was almost thirty.

8. Coffee plays a huge part in the book. Both Alex and Riley are pretty much addicted to it. However, I am not a coffee drinker. Actually, I used to hate coffee. Now I can enjoy a cup (with lots of sugar and creamer) here and there. Really, the only “coffee” I love is McDonald’s mocha frappe. Otherwise, I’m a tea drinker all the way. Irish Breakfast tea, to be precise.

9. Alex’s best friend, Mindy, was originally named Bailey. But while planning, I realized it was too similar to Riley. I was disappointed to have to change it at the time, but now I think Mindy is the perfect name for her.

10. I had to do more research for this book than for any of my fantasy novels. Turns out, writing about real life is a lot harder and more complex than writing about a fantasy world.

Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.

Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.

Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?

You can purchase No Chance Meeting (No Chance Love #1) at the following Retailers:

Wide Tour Giveaway
One winner will receive a signed copy of No Chance Meeting, a coffee mug, 
a bag of chocolates, and a hand painted watercolor bookmark (US only)


  1. Totally intrigued! Congratulations!

  2. What an absolutely beautiful cover! This will catch a reader's eye and draw her in, certainly. Well done!

  3. Thank you so much for being part of the tour!