Romance Rendezvous + Giveaway with Jennifer Rodewald

Romance Rendezvous meme

Hi there, booklovers! Welcome to my Romance Rendezvous with Jennifer Rodewald, author of the super fun, super cute novella The Cupcake Dilemma, which released yesterday. If you haven’t read my review yet, don’t forget to check it out here. (You can go ahead and click on it now, because it will open in a new window. I’m thoughtful like that 😉 )

Jen writes some of my all-time favourite romances—although they’re definitely not all light-hearted like this one—so I couldn’t wait to get some of her thoughts on romance!

~ About the Author ~

jennifer-rodewald_4_origJennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. The draw to fiction has tugged hard on her heart since childhood, and when she began pursuing writing she set on stories that reveal the grace of God.

Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence. Blessed with a robust curiosity, she loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new.

After growing up in Denver, Jen moved to Nebraska to attend college where she met and married a Husker. She now lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, laughs at her horses and chickens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Connect with Jen:  Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

~ Jen’s Books ~

Stand alones

Grace Revealed series
 *Finding Evergreen releases 22 March 2018

Rock Creek Novellas

* Jen has also written a YA dystopian series under the name of J. Rodes

~ Rendezvous ~

Thanks for joining me today, Jen! As a romance writer, part of your job is to make other people swoon, but what makes Jen Rodewald swoon?

Hmm…. Depends on the day. 😉 A man holding tulips and a generously frosted cupcake (my hubs came home with tulips and a Dove bar the other day—same effect 😊). An aching look of love—oh I’m a sucker for that.  A man who chooses deep compassion and stays the course when walking away would be easier.

Oh, an aching look of love. I like that! And yes, definitely a man who chooses deep compassion and stays the course. (Insert plug for Red Rose Bouquet!! ❤ )

What’s one of your favourite bookish swoon moments, and why?

Huh. You know, I don’t know. Don’t hate me!

I think I would probably quake in my boots if someone asked me that question! Too many to choose from!

Why do you think romance is such a popular genre?

We are wired for romance—the deep longing to be known and loved completely. It’s one of God’s calling cards. It’s also one of His beautiful gifts for us to enjoy in this life.


How does being a Christian influence the way you write romance?

First, I seek to see romance from God’s point of view, so my definition of it is different than a worldview that excludes Him as the Great Author. Romance is so much more than physical attraction—more than touches and kisses and heavy breathing and a string of I-can’t-see-past-this-heady-moment moments. Romance is soul deep, and it involves not just a man and a woman, but the Creator Himself as He lovingly weaves their story together. When I write, I’m ever aware of God’s presence not only in my stories, but in my real life, and my real, nearly twenty-years-young romance with my husband.

You might notice that I’m not huge on physical descriptions—especially when I write male characters. I have to do some—it’s kind of required—but I do as little as I can get away with, and I do that on purpose. Again, because there’s so much worldly emphasis on physical attraction—and that is valid—but the heart of romance is so much deeper, and I don’t want my readers to miss that.

*Sigh* Folks, this is why she is one of my faves!!! ❤ ❤

Who are some of your favourite romance authors and why?

Denise Hunter, Tamara Leigh, and Sarah Monzon are all go-tos for me. I can count on them to weave a story with many sigh-worthy moments and yet not lose sight of the Author of Love. I have to pause here and confess to you, though, that I don’t read nearly as much fiction as maybe my readers think I do (or should), so if you think my list should be longer, you’re probably right. 😉

Well, if you’re going to have a short list, you’ve definitely picked wisely!

Time to pucker up! Readers and writers have different preferences when it comes to how kisses are written in romance novels. How do you like to capture those memorable moments on the page?

I’m a less-is-more kind of girl. Here’s my honest take—for better or worse—I feel like if you’ve left my book and the only things you remember about my story are the kisses, then I totally failed my calling. Don’t get me wrong, just like every romance loving girl, I like a good kiss—but I want it to be memorable because of the heart behind it. The deep-seated emotion that leads up to that kiss, the honest love that fuels it, and the abiding commitment that makes that kiss mean more than a heated moment of passion. If I don’t have that in play throughout the story, then a kiss is just a kiss. So, when it comes to a kiss, I’m looking at everything I’ve built up to that moment. If I didn’t build the emotion, the attachment, and the ‘lead’ well, then I feel like no amount of wordy, steam-littered paragraphs about lips and hands and laboured breathing or whatever are going to make up for that in the end.


Where did the idea for The Cupcake Dilemma come from?

Haha! Well, that’s lots of fun. Because it literally started with the hook. Let me begin by stating this clearly. I was voluntold.

I was finishing the rough draft for Finding Evergreen, which is a heavier, harder story, and once again found that I really needed a break—a trip to the lighter side. The last time I needed that, I played a little mental game called write a hook and then build a story. (catch, right? I made it up. Aren’t I so clever?) Ordinary Snowflakes was born that way. So, I did it again. Wrote the hook, and then let the story develop from there. It’s a refreshing break from heavy research, tough storylines, and complicated characters. Really, a step back into the sheer joy of creating. And honestly, The Cupcake Dilemma is the first book of all the books I’ve released thus far that I’m not tied up in knots nervous about as launch day approaches. It was just plain fun, and I feel like the story shows that.

It definitely does!

What did you enjoy most about writing Kirstin and Ian’s story?

Embracing laughter. I’m known for deeper, more serious things—and that is a true reflection of who I am. But it’s not a complete reflection. I love, love, love to laugh. Truly, if given the choice between watching a tragic drama or catching the performance of a live comedian, nine times out of ten, I’ll pick the second. I feel like comedy is a rare gift, and I’ve often lamented that I don’t have it (I so wish I was funny!), so when this story became something that made my husband laugh (repeatedly!) as I was reading it to him, I was thrilled.

I also very much enjoyed the whole just be you—do what you do theme that emerged. I tell my kids everyday when I drop them off at school “Go be your best weird self,” which always earns a smile, so when this theme began to surface as I wrote, it rang true. Plus, this was a story I was able to read out loud to my family as I completed chapters, and that doesn’t often happen, so that made it a fun family affair, and I loved that.

I love that! Sharing humour is one of the things I’m enjoying more and more with my kids as they get older. And, um, I might just borrow your little pep talk. I think it could come in handy! 😉

If hubby was going to buy you a cupcake for Valentine’s Day, what kind of cupcake would say ‘I love you’ the loudest?

He’d better know this. 😉 If he were home right now, I’d make him answer, just to see if he got it right. I’d swoon over a chocolate-peanut butter cupcake, loaded with frosting and with a little bite of Reese’s on top.

And a bouquet of tulips.

Lol. Don’t forget the tulips! But you can keep your choc-peanut butter. I’ll go for something citrusy. 🙂

Thanks for the rendezvous, Jen!

Thanks so much for letting me chat with you! This was fun. 😉

~ Giveaway ~

I have THREE ebook copies of The Cupcake Dilemma to be won. Just leave a comment letting me know what flavour cupcake says ‘I love you’ the loudest to you, and then click on the graphic below to go to the Rafflecopter giveaway! Giveaway closes on 21 February 2018. For general terms and conditions, click here.

Cupcake Dilemma Giveaway

About Fiction Aficionado

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23 Responses to Romance Rendezvous + Giveaway with Jennifer Rodewald

  1. Phyllis says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Jennifer Rodewald, but after reading this interview know that I need to. Her heart for her books reflects what I love to read the most.

    I’ve never really thought about a cupcake flavor speaking of love, so this is rough. If my sweet husband was to produce a chocolate peppermint cupcake, with some sort of cream cheese frosting or filling, I would know he has been paying attention, so let’s go with that. 🙂

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  2. Jen says:

    Katie! This was so much fun!!! Thank you. ❤ And also, I want you to know that Superman came through. I not only got one peanutbutter, frosting laden cupcake, but a FULL DOZEN! He loves me. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jessica Baker says:

    I am with you on the chocolate peanut butter cupcake. Yum!!! Love reading Jen’s stories. Yes they are swoon worthy, but they also speak to your heart and souls. Great post!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Sarah says:

    Hmmm… double chocolate with chocolate chunks…NO frosting!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Lemon poppyseed cupcakes with cream cheese frosting speaks I love you to me.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog says:

    I enjoyed this interview so much! Jen just *gets it* when it comes to romance and kissing scenes. Her stories prove this approach – I can’t tell you one detail about a kissing scene in Reclaimed but I can vividly remember the emotions of that story: forgiveness, longing, a sense of home, and the connection between Paul and The Pickle. ❤

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    A vanilla cupcake with lots of vanilla frosting says “I love you” to me. Yum!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Pam K. says:

    I’m not ecstatic about cupcakes but I do sometimes enjoy one that is chocolate with chocolate frosting. This sounds like a fun book to read. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Julie Jobe says:

    Rich, thick, fudgy chocolate cupcake with rich, thick, fudgy icing is the only way to go in my book! 🙂


  10. MJSH says:

    Triple chocolate. Sigh.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Perrianne Askew says:

    There’s a bakery in town called The Upper Crust and they make what’s called a fudge marble cupcake. A dense chocolate cupcake with some cheesecake in the middle (about a heaping tablespoon) and an excellent quality chunk of dark chocolate plunged into the cheesecake batter. Yep, that’s my go to cupcake. I did finally find a similar recipe, so I make them from time to time to keep from spending a fortune at the bakery. I love the book cover (I love hearts!) and the fun storyline. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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