Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve

Losing Faith

I was up early this morning reading my Bible and writing a recap of the year in my daily journal. I was amazed to see God’s hand all over my life last year. His blessings were enormous.

On happy notes our wonderful son got married to an amazing young woman. I love her like a daughter. Jon knows he’s a blessed man and he tells her all the time. Which is so sweet to hear.

My mother moved into a senior village and is tickled pink with her new friends and daily card playing opportunities. At 84 she’s in perfect health and will probably still be playing gin rummy when the angel’s trumpet sounds.

Our daughter and son-in-law moved closer so I got to spend lots of quality time with my adorable grandson. [I’m not objective about him, sorry, it’s just impossible.] My daughter is my best female friend. She and I have had many, many wild and hilarious adventures together over the years.

My husband and I celebrated 38 blissful years together right before the holidays. He’s my soul mate. I thank the Lord for him every single day. And I still think he’s the best looking guy I’ve ever seen. If you wonder why my novel’s heroes are so attractive, you can thank him. They all are him in some iteration. His laugh, his quirky eyebrow lift, his dry sense of humor. Yep, he still does it for me after all these years.

From my personal goal list I’ve had 4 novels published this year. And from the mails, messages, and repins it seems folks are enjoying them. Some people have taken the time to let me know how God spoke to them through the books. What a blessing that’s been! I remain amazed at what God can do with my feeble efforts.

Like everybody else, my year wasn’t entirely sunshine and roses. We lost my father-in-law this past Summer. And my Aunt is suffering from the effects of several massive strokes. She lost her business of over 50 years today. I’ve been praying for that side of the family all day long.

My sweet Basset Hound mix Ernie had to be put down earlier in the year. I still miss him and think I hear his foot steps on the wood floors here sometimes.  He was an elderly old fellow and had lived a great life, but it was really hard to let him go.

 

All in all it’s been an amazing year. I hope yours has been just as full and rich.

Tomorrow I start work on ‘Losing Faith’. It’s plotted out and ready for me to write. I’ve been praying about it for over a month. It’s the next installment in The ChristKeepers series. Medieval England is hard to resist this time of year. So I’ll be tucked up in my office typing away. ‘Faith’ is set for an Easter release. It’ll have another beautiful Amy DeLoach cover. She does amazing work. Check out ‘Mercy’s Heart’ and ‘Birdie Saves The World’ to see what an incredible artist she is.

Anyhoo, ‘Faith’ is going to be a wild ride. Every morning I wake up with some new tweak God inspires me to add. My favorite so far is the fact that each of her siblings is named for a Fruit of the Spirit. And those siblings run the gamut from wildly unorthodox to sternly buttoned down.

Before I go let me encourage you to enter my book giveaway. It’s over tonight at midnight. If you miss that opportunity you can look me up on GoodReads. I’ve got another giveaway going on over there.

Hope you are planning a grateful New Year’s Eve- we are here at my house. Tucked up on a cold Winter night with folks you love eating a take out pizza is our kind of celebration. More in the New Year. Love Never Fails, Grace

 

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Birdie Saves The World Cover

Birdie_Saves_The_WorldI’m so excited to post the lovely cover of my new Inspirational Romance ‘Birdie Saves The World‘. It is the work of the wonderful Artist Amy DeLoach. She is really talented and always delivers an amazing cover.

So here’s the blurb for Birdie. Hope you’ll read it when it is published later today.

Quirky Birdie O’Brien’s life is a juggling act. Her artistic career compliments the non-profit she’s started. Her colorful and eclectic circle of friends lightens the snobbish aristocratic disdain of her Old Money Savannah roots. Her dull and conventional fiancée never challenges her authentic faith. Her whole life is a monument to delicate balance and hard-won moderation.  Her control is legendary…

Until Shiloh Buchannan returns. He’s a wrong side of the tracks Old School Southern Bad Boy. Run out of Savannah ten years ago he’s back. And he’s almost unrecognizable. All dark seduction and malicious intentions, he’s returned to claim his revenge. Birdie’s family is his target and she’s his weapon of choice.

Back in the day they shared something rare and wonderful. Now they are merely hostile strangers. Aching heartbreak, mind numbing intrigue, simmering chemistry, sweet romance, and deep abiding faith collide as Birdie struggles to save her world.

If you like your Inspirational Romance tart, sweet, and just a little spicy ‘Birdie Saves The World’ may be your glass of sweet iced tea.

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and that you and yours are merry and bright!

  

Carried Away Available Today!

CarriedAway cover 2

 

My Inspirational Cowboy Romance is available today in the Kindle Store. At only $2.99 it is a fun and frugal read. If you like cowboy romance but have always wanted it written from a Christian world-view Carried Away might be for you.

It’s not your Mama’s Inspirational Romance. There is a nice component of simmering chemistry between the main characters Carrie Smith and Gage Ferguson.  Here’s the linky:  Carried Away   

And here’s the blurb:

Burnt Hickory, Montana, population 2,000 is the perfect place to live. At least that’s what the Witness Protection folks claim. Carrie Smith isn’t so sure. Four years ago she was a super model. Everything changed the day her father was murdered by a Mexican Drug Lord. Now she’s a frumpy kindergarten teacher waiting to testify in a trial meant to win justice for her Dad.

Gage Ferguson is an ex-Army Ranger who runs his family ranch in Burnt Hickory. He’s a new Christian with a violent and promiscuous past. Gabe’s trying real hard to change his ways. But circumstances just keep getting in his way.

Sparks fly the minute they meet in the town’s only elevator. Both decide to judiciously avoid the other.

Then an old army buddy calls Gage asking for a favor…

Funny, heartwarming, and a wild ride from start to finish, ‘Carried Away’ combines all the heart stopping adventure of an action movie with the quirky charm of a romantic comedy.

If you like your Inspirational Romance with an alpha-male and a spunky heroine, you’ll love ‘Carried Away’

Cover for Carried Away

 

Gage Black Knife Ferguson on Carried Away Cover

Gage Black Knife Ferguson on Carried Away Cover

I got the cover for ‘Carried Away’ last night. Thought I’d share it here. The book will be out in Kindle by the end of the week. I’ll post the blurb on the release day.

Birdie Saves The World

Birdie's Bike

Birdie’s Bike

 

I’ve been writing  for a few weeks about my upcoming novel release. It’s a Contemporary Inspirational Romance. If everything goes according to plans, ‘Birdie Saves The World’ will be published by the week before Christmas. It would be a great Christmas gift for somebody who’s getting a new Kindle.

In fact it has a heartwarming seasonal flair, so it’d be a cozy romantic read for Christmas Day. A cup of hot spiced tea in a fancy teacup, a nice crackling fire in the fireplace, and ‘Birdie Saves The World’. Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate after all your family and friends go home.

I’m so excited about Birdie. And since I’m so revved about this book, I thought I’d post the blurb so you can see what its about.

But Before I get to the blurb, let me remind you that there is a new contest going on for the month of December. You can read about it and enter by going up to the Contest Page here. Anybody re-tweeting, ping backing, commenting, pinning etc on any post during the Month of December is eligible. I’m giving away free books, bookmarks, & even some amber heart earrings in honor of ‘Mercy’s Heart’. Sure hope you’ll enter the contest.

Now on to the blurb:

Quirky Birdie O’Brien’s life is a juggling act. Her artistic career compliments the non-profit she’s started. Her colorful and eclectic circle of friends lightens the snobbish aristocratic disdain of her Old Money Savannah roots. Her dull and conventional fiancée never challenges her authentic faith. Her whole life is a monument to delicate balance and hard won moderation.  Her control is legendary…

Until Shiloh Buchannan returns. He’s a wrong side of the tracks Old School Southern Bad Boy. Run out of Savannah ten years ago he’s back. And he’s almost unrecognizable. All dark seduction and malicious intentions, he’s returned to claim his revenge. Birdie’s family is his target and she’s his weapon of choice.

Back in the day they shared something rare and wonderful. Now they are merely hostile strangers. Aching heartbreak, mind numbing intrigue, simmering chemistry, sweet romance, and deep abiding faith collide as Birdie struggles to save her world.

If you like your Inspirational Romance tart, sweet, and just a little spicy ‘Birdie Saves The World’ may be your glass of sweet iced tea. 

New Cover for The Giftlings!

Loving This New Cover for 'The Giftlings'

Loving This New Cover for ‘The Giftlings’

 

I’m loving the new cover for ‘The Giftlings’. Professionally created it really gives you a sense of what the book is all about. It’s available right now for kindle and will be available in a bundle next week with the print version. Buy the print book and get the eBook for .99.

‘The Giftlings has gotten great reviews! It’s a wonderful coming of age Inspirational/Paranormal/Romance- Whew! Try typing that three times.

It would make a great Christmas gift for new Kindle owners or as a stocking stuffer for your favorite reader. If you or your giftee loved the Twilight books but want to read your fiction from a Christian worldview, ‘The Giftlings’ is a great choice.

How My Son-in-Law Rescued Carried Away

Inspiration for Owen Ferguson Hero of Carried Away

OK, I know that post title is sort of odd but it’s truly a pretty good high level blurb about my day. Here’s the thing. In a universe far, far away…or at my original blog about 7 years ago, I offered a Contemporary Inspirational Romance for sale. The title was Carried Away and it’s always been sort of close to my heart. But remember-Those were the days of saving files to floppies.

Fast forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving this year. I found those old floppies and decided to take a look at some partial manuscripts and a couple of unpublished novels lurking there.

The downloading was going well until I hit the cursed floppy with Carried Away. It was a nut not to be cracked! Even my computer genius hubby who works in the cyber world was stumped.

Then in a flash of brilliance…OK it was really by God’s Grace, I remembered my wonderful son-in-law had purchased a copy while he was courting our daughter. But…the computer he’d been using at that time had been in a nasty car wreck.

A quick phone call later and he had located the file in his email archives and it was winging my way. He saved this book for me. There is not another copy of it anywhere.

God allowed my SIL to be the one last hope for this book.

Thanks  marvelous SIL, I’m so glad you bought it a million years ago and it was sitting there in your mailbox.

So all this means that Carried Away will go into the edit queue. And some time in the New Year I will have it up for sale along with my other Inspirational Romance books:

Mercy’s Heart- a Medieval- available now on amazon- buy at sidebar linky 

The Giftlings- a Young Adult Paranormal- available now on amazon- buy at sidebar linky

The Last Rose Pearl- A Regency- in edit

Birdie Saves The World- a Contemporary- in formatting to e-book

If you comment, retweet, or ping back this post I’ll add your name to the hat for this month’s book giveaway.