Julie Jarnagin: Discover more…and a giveaway

Julie JarniganDiscover more about

Julie Jarnagin

and her contemporary romance

Kiss the Cowboy

Redbud Press


The last book that made me laugh out loud was…Jessica R. Patch’s novella, Just the Way You Are. Love her humor!

I’m completely immersed in their storytelling, whenever I read a book by…Becky Wade. Her books have the best heroes.

The first person who encouraged me to pursue my writing was…my dad. When I was in elementary school, he told me I should write a book about toys that come to life when no one is watching. I should have listened to him because I might have written Toy Story. Ha!

If I wasn’t a writer, I would be…in marketing, which is my current day job. I’ve worked in marketing for a local homebuilder for the past ten years. I work with great people, and I’m always learning something new. We even did a build for Extreme Makeover Home Edition several years ago.

I write stories because…it keeps me sane. With a busy job and two young boys at home, things can get crazy. Writing forces me to carve out some quiet time for myself.

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What if your competition for your dream job…was your dream man?

All Lucy Pickett needs to become executive chef in one of Dallas’s finest restaurants is to pull off the high-profile wedding she’s catering. So what if she’s forced to share duties with Dylan Lawson, a modern-day chuck-wagon cook? So what if he’s got rugged looks and cowboy charm? None of that is going to knock her off her game. Until she learns the restaurateur is considering Dylan for the position she wants. Game on–and it’s a winner-take-all event!

Dylan Lawson finally has the opportunity he’s been waiting for to prove he can do more than just be a ranch hand. The only thing standing in his way is the fiery chef fighting for the same position. Will the heated competition scorch any chance they have for love?

My latest novel can be described by these 5 adjectives…culinary, Texan, fun, romantic, and quirky (for my favorite character–Nana!)

My heroine is…a talented chef who is still trying to find her place in the world. My hero is a rugged cowboy whose specialities are cooking comfort food and charming the socks off of most people he meets.

My main character resembles….Katharine Mcphee. You can see more inspiration for the novel here: https://www.pinterest.com/juliejarnagin/kiss-the-cowboy-novel-inspiration/

My story’s spiritual theme is…finding our identity in Christ. There are so many things that can affect how we see ourselves–past hurts, family, careers, relationships. It’s when we find our identity in Christ that we can really live the life God meant for us.

The most recent movie or tv show I loved was…Fixer Upper. We’re currently building a house, so I’m a little obsessed with HGTV. And Chip and Joanna Gaines are such a cute couple.

The story I’m currently working on is…Book 2 in my Taste of Texas series. This series has been so much fun to work on. All the stories revolve around good food, cowboys, and a Texas setting.

You may not know this about me, but I…crave sour stuff–sour candy, lemons, pickles. My one-year-old takes after me. You can hand him a slice of lime at a restaurant, and he’ll sit happily in his highchair and chew on it.

If I could travel back in time, I’d go to…the 1980s and talk myself out of some questionable hairstyle choices. 😉

I get lost in the music when I listen to…the Pandora station I created for writing. I like artists like Mat Kearney, Mumford & Sons, Ryan Adams, Jack Johnson, The Civil Wars, and OneRepublic.

Thanks Julie!

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.com

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35 Responses to Julie Jarnagin: Discover more…and a giveaway

  1. I am a vegetarian, so a veggie packed quiche and tossed salad? It doesn’t get any better than that!

  2. I’m so excited to be here! Thanks!

  3. Abby Breuklander

    Oh this book sounds so good!! I absolutely love anything Italian as a home cooked meal!

  4. Anything my mom cooks is my favorite home cooked meal, but her gravy and biscuits (yes, I’m from Tennessee, y’all) are by far my favorite. Even though I’m all grown up, if I’m in need of comfort food she’ll call me over and cook it for me. This meal is truly my ‘manna from heaven’.

  5. My favorite special meal growing up was my mom’s Sweet and Sour Chicken.

  6. Great Q&A, Julie. Love the theme of your series and I wish you the best with it! I plan to check out some of your favorite music artists. I never thought about creating favs on pandora for writing!

  7. Susan Anne Mason

    Hey, Julie! What a fun interview! My favorite meal growing up was spaghetti and homemade meat sauce. Over the year, I’ve changed my own meat sauce recipe and it is one of my family’s favorites too!

  8. Hi, Julie! Loved the interview and I’m so excited to learn there will be more books in the series ?

  9. This series sounds so fun! I’ve read and loved a couple of different restaurant/competition style books, so I’m pumped! My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings, contrary to my hubby’s opinion that it’s chicken and boiled biscuits. :)

  10. I love my meatloaf! It’s my mom’s recipe that I’ve improved on over the years :-) Makes me hungry thinking about it! Then we can make meatloaf sandwiches for lunch the next day, yummy!! That’s the best part.

    • My mom makes a great meatloaf too. My dad farmed and ranched, so we never knew when he would be home for lunch. The trick I learned from her for cooking meatloaf more quickly was to cook it in muffin pans.

  11. It is so hard for me to choose favorite meals, b/c I am a huge foodie. I am going to choose my favorite comfort food – A turkey roast that has been slow-cooked with baby carrots and fingerling potatoes. I like it served with a thin gravy made from the juices left behind. Yum!

  12. Great interview, Julie! I was blessed to be able to read this story early, I absolutely loved it!

  13. Julie, I loved this book and every one of the characters, but Nana is by far my favorite. She’s who I want to be when I grow up–right down to the dog.

    Great interview!

  14. I love kabobs with chicken/shrimp, pineapple, onions, and peppers and a wild rice pilaf on the side. Yum!

  15. I make a mean pot of Turkey Chili!

  16. Yum! My husband is the chili cook in our family. But he’s a hunter, so you never know if there’s some venison or some other kind of wild game in it. :)

  17. Our favorite meals involve any kind of Tex-Mex food so we have quite a few well-loved recipes. Enjoyed the interview and can’t wait to read the book.

  18. That would be lasagna, with 4 types of cheeses! Yum!!!

  19. Meagan Williford

    Chicken and macaroni salad and chocolate cake.

  20. Connie Saunders

    I love many types of foods but I especially love to cook a Chuck roast with potatoes, onions and carrots and have green beans and coleslaw to round out the meal.Iced tea and red velvet cake or Peanut butter pie. Oh my!

  21. I can’t wait to read this book! Our favorite meal is a potluck with friends and family centering around Hamburgers and Chicken! Love the family and friend time. I cherish the moments of times gone by!

  22. My favorite meal is fried pork chops with mashed potatoes!

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