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The Adoption Surprise by Zoey Marie Jackson. Guest Post And Giveaway

The Adoption Surprise JustRead blog tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Adoption Surprise by Zoey Marie Jackson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Join me and welcome Zoey Marie Jackson as she talks about picking character names and getting to know more about her new release the adoption surprise.


My goal when choosing character names is to choose a name that I haven’t previously used in any of my books. When I am in the early stages, I will choose the first name that pops into my head and then begin working on the character arcs and story concept. However, I almost never stick with the original name.
There are several reasons for this. Sometimes, I will find that I have two characters that begin with the same letter and I will try to change that. When I am stumped, I pull up my Facebook friends list and will begin to search to see if a name stands out—I have done this for first and last names. I have gotten so many names that way. I have also used Google to search boy or girl names that begin with a certain letter to help me decide.
Besides doing a random search, the character personality or even a trait will help me decide on a suitable name. Ultimately, the name has to fit the character and it also has to feel right to me. If it doesn’t feel right, I will change until the name fits like a glove. Almost always, my mind is churning on the character and so when I am reading articles or other books, I will see a name that pops or that is different and I will find a fit.
In The Adoption Surprise, the twins’ names were instant—right on the tip of my tongue. Their names inspired their character traits and personalities. However, both Kelsey and Zachary went through name changes until I found the perfect match. And even after a story is written, I have changed names during the editing process. It really all depends.


The Adoption Surprise

Title: The Adoption Surprise

Author: Zoey Marie Jackson

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Release Date: February 22, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Sweet/Clean)

Separated at birth and determined to become a family.

“She looks like me!” When her orphaned niece utters those words, Kelsey Harris is shocked—not only that Morgan has a long-lost twin but that the grieving five-year-old spoke at all. Overjoyed by Morgan and Mia’s instant connection, Kelsey and Zach Johnson, Mia’s widowed adoptive father, agree to be friends—and only friends. But can they ignore their growing feelings when the matchmaking sisters put their plan into action?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.
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Zoey Marie Jackson

Zoey Marie Jackson loves writing sweet romances. She is almost never without a book and reads across genres. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she has earned degrees from New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Teachers College Columbia University and Argosy University and has been an educator for over 20 years. Zoey loves interacting with her readers. You can connect with her at

CONNECT WITH ZOEY: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift card!

The Adoption Surprise JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 14, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on February 21, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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5 thoughts on “The Adoption Surprise by Zoey Marie Jackson. Guest Post And Giveaway

  1. I enjoyed reading “Picking Character Names” and I am looking forward to reading The Adoptions Surprise! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular day!

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