It's my pleasure to welcome Regina Jennings to Ink Dot this week. Regina is homeschooling mother of four from Mustang, Oklahoma. She enjoys watching musicals with her kids, traveling with her husband and reading by herself. Regina graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. For more posts by Regina or information about her novels—A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Caught in the Middle, Love in the Balance and Sixty Acres and a Bride—please visit her website - www.reginajennings.com.
But Jeremiah Calhoun Is Very Handsome, Very Alive, and Very Perplexed.
Most Inconvenient Indeed.
With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he's gone--a practical solution for both of them.
After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain--until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she's never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn't trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?
If I could explore anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be... Scotland. We were in Edinburgh for a few days last year, but I’d dearly love to explore the Highlands. I don’t know if it’d be warm enough in December though. Maybe I should pick a warmer location. Australia's warm in December, Regina. You could try visiting us!
The best thing I did today is... spoke to a group of Girl Scouts earning their “Make a Book” badge.
A secret pleasure of mine is... sniffing essential oils. I only have two kinds and I don’t use them for much, but whenever someone pulls one out of their purse, I have to have a sniff. I like smelling stuff.
I wish I could relive the days when… my family was traveling together. When the kids were smaller my husband traveled a lot with his work and we tagged along. We grew so close being in a new city every month and only having each other to rely on. We still travel occasionally, but now the kids have more commitments and it’s not as easy to pack up and leave for a month. Oh, we've done something similar. We followed my husband to Bangkok for a year when the children were little. Right now I'm with him in Singapore. Minus the kids, sadly. :(
When I was a child I dreamed I would... have a maid. In fact, I swore I would have one. That’s what I told my mom every time she bemoaned the disorganization of my bedroom. I’m still dreaming about getting one. I hope that dream comes true someday, Regina.
I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but... I’m extremely laid back about germs. Hand sanitizer? No, thanks. I’m building immunities. I’ve been to leper colonies in India, shared a ceremonial cup of tea with a (topless) woman suffering from malaria in Africa, and spent more time at various stockyards than I care to recollect. Not much grosses me out. Wow... you are not easily turned off! Good for you. Thanks so much for being my guest this week, and I wish you every success with A Most Inconvenient Marriage.
For the chance to win a copy of Regina's A Most Inconvenient Marriage (e-book outside the US) tell us which essential oils you love (like Regina)... or perhaps cannot tolerate. I'm a big fan of my own blend of eucalyptus and lavender. Great for adding to bath salts. How about you?
I'll announce the winner in the comment thread here, next Monday.
Good luck and happy reading,