October 15, 2012

Jeremiah Jones

There are so many things I want to say about Jeremiah here in his feature but can't. After conferring with several of my closest reader friends and trusted hero girls who know this novel, they adamantly agree this is the right call. This is also the reason for omitting the excerpt for this feature. Preserving the full reader experience of this historical romance is too important.

When I formed this blog, I wanted to deliver you exceptional heroes. And to deliver you Jeremiah Jones, I’m going to need you to trust me more than you ever have. My review of The Messenger on Goodreads stressed these things:

  •  This novel is geared for an astute reader with a strong attention span. Learning to be comfortable with Quaker vernacular takes some getting used to.
  •  This novel is first person in both the hero and heroine's point of view and if you’re used to third, especially in romance, this takes some adjustment as well.
  •  The first third of the novel reads slow. Understand me when I stress that slow is not a euphemism for boring. Hardly. But Jeremiah reveals himself to the reader the way a flower in the desert blooms. Hannah is the rain and their mission, even with the dangers, is the sun. Together they draw Jeremiah out and as the chapters tick off, you don’t realize he’s opening himself to you until his pain, fears, hopes and frustrations have become yours.

Excerpt omitted.

A little behind the scenes in the inner-workings of FHF is this. As I read a novel that's advanced for consideration, I use an index card as a bookmark. When I reach a scene where the hero presence is overwhelming and he's getting into my soul, I write the page number of the scene on the card. If the hero earns a feature, these become the pool where I select the excerpt for the feature.

Jeremiah had six of them, and one with two stars beside it I so badly wanted to include because you would all skip the wait for the giveaway winner announcement and buy the novel now. Which we love here at FHF and has happened quite often. But I think the power of those moments were so profound because of the careful character development and coming through the hero's journey with him that I've already mentioned.

So yes, I'm holding out on you with Jeremiah. When you've enjoyed the incredible reader experience of Jeremiah and his story, you'll understand. And come back and thank me and the fellow hero-girls who concurred this was the way to go. So now we're going to tread lightly through his attributes to that same end.

Gallant Score: Every one of them well-earned. For his country, and for his heroine.

Wounded Score: Yes. What you're seeing is correct. The first ever five-head wounded score here on FHF. I can preserve the reader experience and still tell you Jeremiah's wounds are both emotional and physical. Because you're going to find this out very quickly in the novel and it is revealed in the FHF exclusive from the author, Jeremiah is missing an arm.

Softie Score: When animals are injured in the wild, experts tell you leave them alone. Their wounds have hindered their flight or fight response so their option to flee isn't available, which only leaves the fight instinct to defend themselves. So they growl, snap, posture, etc. because they don't understand that the people coming at them with nets or syringes want to help them and not hurt them. They just want to be left alone. This is Jeremiah.

Stupid Strikes: See Softie Score. But I can't fault him for it. I understood it when it happened, and am surprised that as wounded as Jeremiah is body and soul, he didn't score higher here. I'm confident the reason he didn't is because beneath the wounds beats a heart of integrity, honor, and compassion.

Swoon Score: Like Jeremiah's wounded score, it took more time to turn the page of his novel than to decide this was a full five. FHF followers and my critique partners know wounded hero is my drug of choice, but even if that were not so, Jeremiah would still earn a five on gallantry alone.

 About Jeremiah Jones's novel The Messenger (released March 1, 2012):

In a time of war, can two unlikely heroes find the courage to act?

Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith... until her twin brother joined the Colonial cause and ended up in jail. She longs to bring some measure of comfort to him in the squalid prison, but her faith forbids it. The Friends believe that they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. She is not allowed to visit him, even if she were able to secure a pass.

Jeremiah Jones, a Colonial spy, needs access to the jail to help rescue men important to the cause. Upon meeting Hannah, a plan begins to develop. Who would suspect a pious Quaker visiting a loved one?

But Jeremiah is unprepared for Hannah, for her determination to do right, to not lie. How can one be a spy and not lie? Hannah, in turn, is surprised by Jeremiah... for the way he forces her to confront her own beliefs, for the sensitivity and concern that he shows her despite the wounds he still carries.

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About Jeremiah Jones's author:
Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes, The Cubicle Next Door, and She Walks in Beauty.

A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit http://www.sirimitchell.com

The FHF exclusive directly from the author:
Jeremiah is secretly frightened that he's insane. He has no other way to explain why he would still be able to feel an arm that has been amputated. As you can imagine, this leads to a sort of push-pull of emotions, a see-sawing between trying to ignore his suspicions and trying to deal with them. And when he admits his feelings for Hannah, it heightens his fear.

In creating Jeremiah's character I was interested in learning how wounded veterans coped in an era 200 years before our own. As a military spouse, one of the most tragic aspects of the wars we've been involved in is the number of wounded that come back from the battlefield and have to learn how to adjust their hopes, their dreams, and the basic rhythms of their lives. The questions, the fears, the adjustments Jeremiah had to face would be recognized, I believe, by his modern counterparts.

The giveaways:
We have a drawing for one print copy of Jeremiah Jones's novel The Messenger to a randomly chosen commenter in the drawing that closes at midnight central time on October 30th. Just request to be in the drawing for the book.

If you already know Jeremiah's story, please feel free to share how much you love him but please, PLEASE use discretion with what you share here in the comments for the new readers.

I'm doing my part to preserve the amazing journey that is discovering this hero in his pages the way Siri intended, so for the $10 Amazon or B&N gift card drawing for this feature, go share a link to Jeremiah's feature on your Facebook page or social media outlet of choice, and tell me you did that in your comment. This is for Jeremiah's feature only. Come November, we're back to names of characters but the FHF followers have gotten very good at that. =)

As always, if you are not a blog follower with your e-mail address in your profile so I can find you if you win the drawings, please leave your e-mail in an anti-spammer format like reluctantspy at heroesoftheamericanrevolution dot com. Now let's play!


  1. happygretOctober 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I am a full-on member of the Siri Mitchell tribe. Thank you Nancy for recommending "The Messenger" which lead to me reading three more! "Moon Over Tokyo" is my next one.
    Nancy, I'm so glad you chose to let the reader enjoy Jeremiah as the story unfolds. It was fun reading this at the same time and messaging each other about the scenes that got us "right there."
    I love Siri's insight into Jeremiah not understanding phantom pain and how he thinks he might be insane. We take so much medical knowledge for granted in the 21st century.

    1. SiriOctober 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Thanks for your kind words! Maybe we should figure out some kind of Siri Tribe secret handshake :)

  2. Alexis HOctober 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I absolutely love your work, "The Messenger" was a very intense book and I enjoyed it very much. The setting and time period is unique to most fictional authors and the characters very dramatic.

    1. SiriOctober 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Thank you, Alexis. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Melissa JagearsOctober 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I thought I'd already gotten this book but it wasn't sitting in my TBR pile, and I was a little frantic that the kiddos had misplaced it, but then remembered to check my kindle. Yep, I'm not insane, I have it! I put up a link to this on my facebook author page. :)

    1. SiriOctober 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      I hope you enjoy reading it!

  4. lookniup33October 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I must be an astute reader with a strong attention span because I have no problem getting into your books! The problem is getting out to do mundane things like laundry, cooking , cleaning or even picking my kids up from school. Lucky for me I can take it along and read it carpool!! :)

    1. SiriOctober 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Thanks for your encouraging words!

    2. happygretOctober 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      I "read" The Messenger via audio book on my iPod Touch, so I got to enjoy it while doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, and picking my kids up from school. Bonus with the audio book, there are two readers male and female, so no confusion for me. I used the Kindle version to compare passages with Nancy & picking out passages is harder for me to do on audio book. Even reading, I was able to pick up Jeremiah & Hannah's distinct voices.

    3. Lady DragonKeeperOctober 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      That's so cool! I love full cast audio books, but those tend to be children's novels or classics. I wish all audio books had a male and female reader ... it is less confusing!

  5. Amada ChavezOctober 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ENTER ME!!! I have been desperately wanting to read The Messenger, but unable to get a copy yet! It has intrigued me cover since I saw the cover and read the description!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez


    Exodus 14:14

  6. SiriOctober 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I'll cross my fingers for you!

  7. Pam K.October 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I've read several of Siri's books and enjoyed them immensely. There is always a facet of history to be learned by reading her books. Please enter me in the drawing for a copy of The Messenger. I've been wanting to read it but haven't been able to yet.
    Thanks so much!


    1. SiriOctober 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      I'm so glad you've been enjoying my books!

  8. JanOctober 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    I love this site, because it is so much fun. I have not had a chance to read a Siri book yet. I would love to start with this one. I am a follower.

    1. SiriOctober 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      It's a terrific site, isn't it? I've added some new books to my TBR pile as I've looked back through the heroes!

  9. PattyOctober 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Please enter me! I am a fan of Siri's writing, and recently read two of her older novels on my Kindle...

    pattymh2000 at yahoo dot com

    1. SiriOctober 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      So glad you're enjoying them!

  10. Diane EstrellaOctober 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I read this book and also enjoyed it a lot. I have the book so don't enter me for the giveaway. Just wanted to say I agree with all you have shared or not shared. :O)

  11. Emily C. ReynoldsOctober 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Please enter me! I have seen Siri's name around and have yet to read one of her novels. She sounds like a phenomenal writer! Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. MarissaOctober 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I can't wait to read this book! It looks so good!


  13. AnonymousOctober 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Please enter me in this contest for this book. And, please give me an extra entry for I have shared it in my Facebook page. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

  14. Christy KennardOctober 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I love Siri Mitchell! Her character development is fantastic! I have not read The Measenger yet, but after reading your blog...... I CANT'T WAIT TO!

    1. SiriOctober 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Thanks for the compliment!

  15. Nancy KimballOctober 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    GRET, I'm delighted Dawn and I turned you into a Siri fan. Always a good day when you swing by my blog. =)

    ALEXIS H, agreed. I learned a lot from this novel.

    MELISSA, that's hysterical, my friend. Thanks for the share, we'll toss you on the list for the gift card drawing.

    LOOKNIP33, I hear you, my friend. Thanks for stopping in.

    AMADA, great to see you sticking around. You are in the drawing for the novel. LOVE the verse, my friend. One I know well.

    PAM K, agreed. I have only read She Walks in Beauty but learned a lot and enjoyed it, and now the Messenger, and... SAME! You are in the drawing for the novel.

    JAN, thank you. I love it too. For a lot of reasons. Mostly because it began as a genuine answer to prayer. You are in the drawing for the novel.

    >>>SIRI, thank you!

    PATTY, will do. You are in the drawing for the novel.

    DIANE E, thank you. I really like it when other readers familiar with the hero evaluate my scoring and how I did on the feature. It gives me valuable feedback to continue to make the blog strong.

    EMILY C, Siri is a very gifted writer. I can say that because I've read two of her books now and they were both very good. Jeremiah completely stole my heart, which is why he is here. You are in the drawing for the novel.

    MARISSA, it is. You are in the drawing for the novel.

    MAXIE, you get an entry in each drawing. One for the novel and one for the gift card. (Thanks for the share.)

    CHRISTY, welcome to my corner of the web! You do know you're the person who introduced me to Siri's writing when you loaned me "She Walks In Beauty", right? Many thanks! You are in the drawing for the novel.

  16. Joy HannabassOctober 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I love your Halloween colors! And what a wonderful post. I would love to have this book to read...and pass along to others!

  17. Lady DragonKeeperOctober 18, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Wow, I'm definitely intrigued ... Thanks for the chance to win! I love the colonial period and I've heard so much about Siri Mitchell's books.


  18. KayMOctober 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I've only recently become acquainted with Siri's writings, but haven't got to read one of her books, yet. Thanks for the opportunity.
    may_dayzee at yahoo(dot)com

  19. Veronica SternbergOctober 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    This book and Jeremiah sound amazing! I look forward to reading it!

  20. karenkOctober 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Thanks for the chance to read Siri's latest masterpiece....LOVE her writing.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  21. Nancy KimballOctober 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    JOY, thank you but they're black and orange year-round. The orange heads are part of the iconic awesome of FHF. You're in the drawing for the book and thanks for stopping by.

    LDK, welcome back. =)You're welcome and Siri is an amazingly gifted writer. You're in the drawing for the book.

    KAYM, glad to know you already know Siri's writing, and we'll get you in the drawing for the book. Thanks for stopping by.

    VERONICA S, Jeremiah is amazing. Uh-mazing. You're in the drawing for the book.

  22. Nancy KimballOctober 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    KARENK, you got it and you're in the drawing for the book. We crossed each other in the satellite. =)

  23. Pamela JOctober 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I've not read any of Siri Mitchell's writings yet and would love a chance to win this one. Thanks for holding out on us with Jeremiah, but I would love to find out all about him and how Hannah fits into the plot... without telling a lie.
    purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

    1. Nancy KimballOctober 27, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      PamelaJ, you're in the drawing for the novel and it is pretty amazing the transformation that happens to both Jeremiah and Hannah while they're busy trying not to get killed or ready to kill each other.

  24. JesOctober 30, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Love your scoring system! :) I read my first Siri Mitchell book this year - She Walks in Beauty - loved it!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

    1. JesOctober 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Oops! I forgot to ask to be in the drawing for the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    2. Nancy KimballOctober 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Hey Jes, welcome to FHF. You are sliding in under the wire for this drawing my friend, hehe, but we like that here. I've also read She Walks in Beauty and enjoyed it. Especially the grandmother and the conversations with the dog, LOL. So drawing in... 2 hours and fifty five minutes.

      And a new hero in about 24 hours and be warned all... he is spectacular. But you already knew that, or he wouldn't be featured. ;-)

  25. Nancy KimballOctober 31, 2012 at 8:11 AM


    Courtesy of Random.org...

    The winner of the drawing for the copy of The Messenger is Pamela J.

    The winner of the drawing for the $10 Amazon or B&N gift card is Melissa Jagears.

    Thank you everyone, and thank you Siri for letting Jeremiah play with us. Our newest hero features in less than 24 hours so we hope to see you all again soon.