A! Magazine for the Arts

Melissa Ferguson

Melissa Ferguson

King professor novel published

November 26, 2019

Melissa Ferguson, assistant professor at King University in the Bible and Religion department, has a debut book, “The Dating Charade,” coming out from HarperCollins Dec. 3. The book is part of a three-book contract.

“The Dating Charade” is a heartwarming rom/com that has already been featured as one of the best upcoming romance titles on Publisher’s Marketplace and The Nerd Daily. Publisher’s Weekly referred to it as “Ferguson’s delightful debut” and said “Ferguson’s humorous and chaotic tale will please rom-com fans.”

Ferguson’s debut novel follows a first date that turns quickly into a childcare quagmire. After yet another date with a man who forgot to mention he was married, 33-year-old Cassie Everson gives up on dating and focuses on her work at Girl Haven, a center for disadvantaged teen girls.

Firefighter Jett Bentley has had a crush on Cassie since high school. After Cassie’s best friend, Bree, goes into Cassie’s dating app to set up a date with Jett, Cassie doesn’t even give Jett a chance. Undeterred, Bree and Jett conspire to create a surprise that hard-to-please Cassie can’t help loving.

But after the dreamy date, both their nights take a sudden turn. Cassie has to intervene when one of her Haven girls, Star, along with Star’s two sisters, is threatened with being taken into foster care. Meanwhile, Jett is surprised when his sister, Trina, shows up with her twins and a new baby—and then disappears. Since both Jett and Cassie had told each other they weren’t ready to take care of children, each resorts, in a somewhat confusing plot twist, to shenanigans and misdirection to hide the fact that they are caring for children.

Ferguson is the mother of 4-year-old twins and a 2-year-old daughter. For more information, visit www.melissaferguson.com.