The Cursed Existence of Jessalyn Bell by Katie Lynn Johnson – Author Feature

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Today is the release day for Katie Lynn Johnson’s novel The Cursed Existence of Jessalyn Bell! Don’t you just love that title?

Today I’m helping her celebrate by posting her book cover,  blurb, and an excerpt.

Check it out!



Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right?

Well, every day is like that for Jessalyn Bell. Falling victim to a streak of extremely bad luck, Jessalyn can rarely go a day without encountering a disastrous occurrence. Her parents’ divorce, her inability to meet quota at her sales job, and the incident in which she’s mistakenly arrested are just the beginning. There’s also the fact that every single date with her boyfriend Kyle goes wrong. Unpleasant surprises wait around every corner, but through her various misadventures Jessalyn comes to realize that every cloud has a silver lining, that friendships can develop in the most unlikely places, and that love and romance are every bit as spontaneous and unpredictable as a bout of bad luck.


When I wake up, I’m feeling slightly hung-over. There must have been more alcohol in those Long Island Iced Teas than I thought. Because it’s Sunday, I stay in my pajamas and spend the majority of my day watching TV. By mid-afternoon I have accomplished nothing except to fall asleep again on the loveseat. A knock at my door wakes me up and, glancing at my pay-as-you-go phone, I see that it’s four thirty. I don’t get a lot of visitors so I’m confused about who’s here. Maybe a salesman of some sort.
Groggily I stand up from the loveseat, make my way to the door, and peer through the peephole. My jaw drops. Officer Blue Eyes is standing on my doorstep, his expression politely curious. My first thought is that I’m in some sort of trouble, but then I realize he’s wearing regular clothes.
As quickly as I can, I change into a clean outfit and run a brush through my tangled hair as I call toward the door, “Just a minute!”
I pull the door open and Officer Blue Eyes holds out my phone. “You left your cell phone at the station,” he states unnecessarily.
“I know,” I reply blankly, taken aback by how different he looks when he isn’t in uniform.
I take my phone from him, completely bemused as I utter my thanks. He’s only about three inches taller than I am, and his startling blue eyes are almost level with mine. His arms are muscular, a six pack of hard abs are visible beneath his crisp white t-shirt, and his cropped blond hair gleams in the light from the sun.
“No problem,” he replies as I take my phone from him. He flashes me a wide grin of perfect teeth and I’m momentarily startled. Wow. He’s really attractive. Why didn’t I notice before? Oh yeah. Because he was arresting me. Right.
“My name’s Kyle, by the way. Kyle Daniels,” he adds cordially as I shake his hand. Looking around my apartment, he adds casually, “Nice place you’ve got.”
“Yeah,” I agree halfheartedly, wishing now that I had done the dishes which are piled high in the sink. “It’s small but it works for me.”
For some reason, he appears uncomfortable as he says, “So, listen. I feel really bad about what happened at the station. We don’t normally make mistakes like that.”
Though somewhat doubtful of his claim, I reply, “That’s okay. Accidents happen.”
“Anyway,” he continues hesitantly, “I was wondering if I could make it up to you.”
I blink. “Sorry?”
He clears his throat and says, “Well, I just thought since last night was such a hassle for you, maybe I could take you out for coffee or something.”
I stare at him, wondering if this is standard protocol for making a mistake on the job.
Officer Blue Eyes―Kyle―looks more uncomfortable than ever.
“I, ah, don’t normally do this,” he tells me with a bashful grin. “Give me a call sometime if you’re interested.”
He leaves and I stare after him for several seconds, completely bewildered. Did he just ask me out?
Frowning in confusion, I retreat inside my apartment and stare at the cell phone in my hand. Instinctively I scroll through the short contact list on my phone, knowing before I see it that a new contact has been added.
Halfway down the list, there it is. Kyle Daniels, followed by a phone number. Well, I’ll be damned. Officer Blue Eyes has a crush on me.


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Katie Lynn Johnson was an Air Force brat growing up, and has lived in California, Germany, New Mexico, Texas, and Idaho. In college she studied fine art and marketing, all the while taking far more English classes than were necessary for her degree. By day, she works as a writer, editor, and graphic designer for a magazine publisher, and by night she writes novels just for kicks. Katie lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two children.

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