Monthly Archives: February 2015

New Medieval in the Works!

My Private Reading Nook

My Private Reading Nook

I’ve been hard at work this week starting the latest installation in the ChristKeepers series. If you’ve read the first two books, you know that in the last book ‘Faith’s Keys’ there was a cliffhanger ending featuring one of the characters Rafael. OK, to be totally honest, I’ve been itching to write Rafe’s story for a while now. He’s tall, dark, and handsome. But he’s also smart, cynical, & damaged. You know me and damaged heroes 🙂 .

Anyhoo, this book has started off with a real bang. Magpie, Titus’s squire from my 1st Medieval ‘Mercy’s Heart’, is trying her best to get Rafe out of the Tower of London. But she’s caught in the attempt to free him. And there’s an awful price she must pay to get him released. Thus the angst, drama, love, and redemption begin!

I’ve seen the central image the cover artist is using for this book. And I think it’s spectacular. Covers have to be created in the earliest parts of the publishing project. They are important to marketing. And they are often used to make book trailers, and other items, like book marks etc. I like to see the covers early too. They are very inspiring to me as I’m finishing a project.

So that’s what’s going on in my writing world. On the homemaking front, I’ve got a rag quilt cut out and ready to sew. I wrote a while back about the reading nook my husband gave me for my birthday. It’s where I read the Bible, journal, and keep up with my gratitude book. I’m recording all the things I’m grateful for this year. I’m up to number 803 and I only started in January! But the reason I’m making the rag quilt is that I need a throw to keep warm. I also use my nook as a private prayer closet. I do my deep breathing prayers there as well as my prayer list prayers. Since it’s by a wall of windows looking out on the bay, it can get pretty chilly in the winter. I spend a lot of time in the nook, so I really need to get cracking on that quilt!

Hubby and I are so blessed. He works from home, and so do I. We live in our dream location. And we’re  able to live the life of voluntary simplicity and frugality we feel called to live.

It has been quite a challenge downsizing and being content in all circumstances this past year. Nobody enjoys a major relocation across country with a broken wrist, recent surgical procedures, and an elderly parent. And I’m learning to share a really, really tiny closet with my husband 🙂 . But God has been faithful, as He always is. Life is sweet.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re warm. I hope you’re surrounded by peace and the sweetness of ordinary life. And I truly hope you’re able to count your blessings- maybe all the way up to 803!

LNF, Grace

Sea Glass Marmalade

I hope everyone reading this has made a nice plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow. My hubby and I are going on a road trip down the coast.  Ever since we discovered that our bay is known as the ‘Nursery of the Gulf’ because of the dolphins’ mating and calving habits, we’ve been fascinated with marine biology.

So tomorrow we’re headed to the Dauphin Island Oceanographic Center. It’s a long drive and a ferry trip to get there. But I’m really excited to be going. I’ll let you know what I discover.

This week has been a down week for me. In the sense that I’m taking a break from the writing schedule. I start writing again on the next installment of the ChristKeepers series Monday. It is due to publish June 1st. I’ve got a whopping 6 books on the publishing schedule this year!!!

God has been so good to me as I continue to write the novels He puts on my heart. There’s going to be a lot of books with the redemptive themes of forgiveness and freedom from guilt this year from me.

In fact, my writing and publishing calendar is full all the way into 2016. Mostly I’ll be writing  books to continue certain series. But there’s one new one that is not part of a series.

In the meantime, the last few weeks I’ve been relaxing.  I love being a homemaker. So I’ve been catching up on those kinds of things. This is fresh citrus season in our neck of the woods, so I made a huge batch of citrus marmalade. The recipe is as old as the hills. It’s easy enough that anyone can make it too!

Sea Glass Marmalade

Ingredients:

peeled, chopped up citrus fruit- your choice. I always use red grapefruit as one of the components because it gives the marmalade a rosy glow. This year I used 2 each of red grapefruit, lemons, and tangelos.

Measure the pulp by cup. Add that much sugar. I had five cups pulp, so I added five cups sugar.

Set in big pot and boil on medium until it gels. There’s lots of ways to tell if it’s ready. You can smear a spoonful on a cold plate and if it seems to be marmalade consistency, it’s done. I dip a metal spoon into the pot, pull up a small amount of jelly, tilt the spoon and watch for the characteristic ‘clabber’ on the spoon’s edge. The jelly looks like little waves as it drips down into the pot. Or you can use your old reliable candy thermometer. Cook to 225, that’s jelly temperature. Ladle the sunny goodness into jars, top with lids and rings. Let it sit on your counter top. You’ll hear the distinctive little pops as the marmalade seals itself.

This is not your typical British marmalade. I don’t use the peels cause they make the marmalade bitter. Really, no matter how long you soak them and how much you scrape them, the bitterness remains. And I’m really careful to get rid of all the white pith on the fruit too. The marmalade is still going to have a bite to it. Citrus fruits have enough pectin in them.  So you don’t have to add any to make this yummy jam.

My batch made 12 cute little jars. They’ll be just right for gifting, if I don’t eat them all up first 🙂 .

Hope your Valentine’s Day is sweet! LNF, Grace

One Nation Under gods Released Today!

Print Cover for ONug

Print Cover for ONug

My Edgy Supernatural Inspy Romance, ONUg, releases today!! Cheers and confetti, roll out the party cake! I’m so glad to see this one published.

ONUg is my most spiritual novel to date. It is also my most edgy. The themes are what lend it its edge. You can’t write about half breed angels, arch demons, and an alternative reality without some darkness. Hopefully, the themes of love, forgiveness, and surrender make up for the smidgen of edginess.

As always, with all my books, this one follows my standard guidelines for an Inspy Romance-  No sex, no explicit cursing, no glamorization of alcohol or drugs. But there’s tons of chemistry between the main characters, and loads of heart stopping adventure. I do love an angsty, heartwarming read. So you will get a serving of that, as well 🙂 , with ONUg,

And I apologize for this one taking so long to  publish.  ONUg was written and rewritten a couple of times. The art and marketing people got portions as the manuscript progressed. Their suggestions helped fine tune the book. I think it’s a better read because of the time spent on it. I hope you do too!

Anyhoo- hope you enjoy it. And most of all I hope God speaks to you through it! LNF, Grace