Monday, June 17, 2013

Is This Lady Pastor Going from the Pulpit to Prison? Or...

Coda to MurderPlease welcome J.Q. Rose as she talks about her latest mystery romance...featuring a woman pastor!

Tara and I have at least one thing in common. We like to write about strong women as our heroines. No wimps allowed. I was drawn to Tara’s historical fiction book, Ride for Rights. This YA story is about two sisters who showed everyone they could ride motorcycles across the country in 1916 where there weren’t even roadways! Amazing examples of strong women. I was especially interested in this story because I wrote a non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! I profile fifteen strong women who share their journeys on paths blazing new trails for women in the workplace.

In my latest mystery/romance, Coda to Murder, my strong heroine is Pastor Christine Hobbs. Yes, she’s a female minister, an occupation where women are finally breaking down the barriers to share in the leadership of many denominations in the Christian churches.

In order to write the book, I interviewed female pastors. One woman laughed as she told me how parishioners will make comments to her they would not say to a male pastor e.g. “I like your shoes.”

Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful WomenWhen asked if it was difficult for a woman to lead a congregation, another minister said, “I have discovered that people don’t care if you are a man or a woman. They just want you to do your job well.”

Pastor Christine Hobbs wants to do her job well, but seminary school didn’t prepare her for obstacles she faces in Coda to Murder. She’s been in the pulpit business for over five years, but she never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer. 

Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?

Thanks, Tara, for hosting me on your blog. Strong heroines rock!

About J.Q. Rose:

After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. Her latest mystery, Coda to Murder, was released in February. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

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Now available at MuseItUp Publishing- and major online booksellers


  1. Good morning Tara and Readers. Looking forward to a fun visit at Book Babe. (love that blog name!) Thanks so much for hosting me, Tara.

  2. Hi J.Q.
    Hmm,I want your car. Love the picture.
    You have an interesting assortment of characters in your novel. I also like strong female leads. This looks like a great cozy. It's on my TBB list that constantly keeps growing.
    I have a birthday coming up soon, so I think I'll treat myself and purchase your novel--and a few more.
    I think you have a winner here.

    1. Oh yes, Lorrie, Coda will definitely make your birthday even happier!! LOL..Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Very interesting. I've never read a book with a woman pastor before.

    1. Suzanne, I loved the Jan Karon Mitford series with an Episcopalian priest,Timothy Kavanaugh, as the pastor. I figured why not a woman pastor as the mc. Her series is warm and fuzzy. Not exactly how you would describe Coda to Murder.

  4. Really, Ms. Rose-By-Another-Name, why are your heroines so tense? Oh. How can I forget? They know all about your pet python, Slinky, eh?

    Well, if she's one of your "Girls Succeed", I'm confident she'll solve the tune of Coda to Murder.

    Great cover, by the way. No photos of Slinky in the background, heh heh.

    1. Wait a minute IB, I don't believe I introduced Slinky to Pastor Christine. He might get a bit grumpy--or hungry-- having to deal with a pig and kangaroo, you know.

      So glad you stopped in IB, I think!!

  5. I just finished Coda to Murder recently, and loved it. The heroine is great - and the supporting cast of characters and animals!

    1. Helena, thanks so much for your "review" of Coda. Makes my day knowing you enjoyed the story.