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Starting a New Project

sunset live oaks island

I’m starting a new project today. It’s the last in my Medieval series, The ChristKeepers.  And its Simon’s story. Who knew he was going to be the most damaged of the brothers? And who knew he was also going to be the most complex? At the moment I’m plotting the novel. I’ve set the backstory, and the characters with all their peculiar strengths and flaws. I’m kind of sad to close out this particular series. It’s been a real favorite of mine. But I want to flesh out my Savannah based contemporary series and there’s another Abbaddon’s Sword book in the pipeline too, so I need to have The ChristKeepers come to a close. *sigh* It’s really hard to walk away from Titus and his brothers/uncles.

I’m still sporadically working on my non-fiction book, Beyond Blessed. It’s a sort of personal testimony/ household tips kind of thing I’ve had a lot of fun with. It’ll most likely be finished some time in the new year and published in its turn after that time.

I promised an image of our new home, and this is a shot my dear husband took the other evening from the upper deck. That’s our neighbor’s pier. We don’t have one and probably won’t build one. We’re learning the quirks of our old beach house. It creaks in the wind and the wood floors aren’t perfectly level, but we love it. We prayed in every room for God’s blessing and His protection when we moved in a month ago. This place is truly a blessing and a dream come true for us. We never thought we’d get the chance to be on the gulf, but God had other plans. I can’t tell you just how thankful we are.

Back to shop talk- as I proceed on the new Medieval, I’ll try to keep you informed and put out the odd image when I can. Hope your life is great right now, and pray you’re as happy and contented as am I. LNF, Grace

Magpie’s Masque a Best-Seller!

The Last Broken Promise (small) copy

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all the good folks who’ve read Magpie’s Masque and taken the time to review it on Amazon. Your efforts have helped it stay on the Best-Seller list in its category since it was published!

I’m hard at work beginning the sequel to my Inspirational Regency, The Last Rose Pearl. This new book, The Broken Promise, is the love story of Jessamine St. John [Dylan St. John’s baby sister] and the handsome pirate who was introduced in the epilogue of TLRP.

The book is outlined and researched. I’ll be making a field trip for this one. The site of a Creek Indian massacre of American settlers featured in this novel is only about an hour away from where I live. My hubs and I will be going there one Saturday soon so I can take pictures and plot how the action sequences of the actual massacre will unfold.

As I was doing my research for this novel, I found out one of my maternal ancestors was actually the commander of the fort that was attached by the Indians. I found that very interesting and more than a little unsettling as this particular character is a villain, not only in my novel but in historical fact.

The Last Broken Promise will be available for pre-order soon. It will be published  in the fall.

Thanks again for making Magpie such a success! LNF, Grace

Newsletter Update & Free Bookmark

Rafe from Magpie's Masque

Rafe from Magpie’s Masque

Just thought I’d put out a quick post about the newsletter. From now on, instead of sending it out via e-mail I’m going to be posting it here and at my website- http://www.gracewalton.com

If you want to know what’s going on in my life and what’s in the pipeline for my novels, just click on the Newsletter link on the toolbar either here or at the website.

I’m getting really excited about Magpie’s Masque. I got some of the bookmarks in for this novel last week. If you’d like one, just send me your snail mail address and I’ll shoot one your way 🙂 .

Magpie’ Masque releases June 1st-  you can preorder now on Amazon. Here’s the link: Preorder MM

Count Down to New Book Release

Magpie from Magpie's Masque

Magpie from Magpie’s Masque

Life always gets so exciting for me when I get to the one month release count down for a new book. I’m feeling it already for Magpie’s Masque, the third installment of The ChristKeepers series.

I’ve been deep in Medieval London and Scotland all winter. It’s always a wild ride to see where the characters are going to take you. And Rafe and Magpie were especially adventurous.

They veered off outline so much I got to the last three chapters and had to do a rewrite of the first half of the book. But it made for a much tighter read. I’m really pleased with this story and hope you will be too.

I got to see a preview of the book trailer last night. It’s pretty crazy to see your novel interpreted through visual media. I was impressed by how it gave a teaser for the book in under two minutes.

As the release date approaches for Magpie’s Masque, I will be telling more details of the story and even offering a free chapter on my website. But until then, I will let you know that Rafe and Magpie share some unforgettable moments- heartbreaking, romantic, & spiritual.

I’ll be writing more as the release date nears. LNF, Grace

G-Mama’s Easter Loaf

Don’t you love these old vintage ads?

OK, I’m confessing right up front about this recipe. It is not one I came up with. It is an old stand by over at Weight Watcher’s that I happened upon. It is super-duper easy, your kids can make it with just a little oversight from you. It’s a stir it all up in one bowl and dump it in a loaf pan bread. And my 85 yr old mom [G-Mama to us] adores it!!!

So every holiday I make her an appropriate themed loaf of this sweet bread. Right now her Easter Loaf is baking and my whole house smells divine! Even my wonderful hubby, who works from home as do I, started sniffing and asked me what I was doing in the kitchen. He’s a carnivore, but he did look a wee bit crestfallen when I told him it was destined for my sweet Mama.

So here’s the fool proof recipe.

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix- your choice – today I used a colorful confetti

1 can pumpkin- just the regular sized can, not the big hefty one

1 cup water

Add-ins of your choice: chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, coconut, chopped dates, you get the idea, there are no wrong add-ins. Today I’m using nuts, raisins, & chocolate chips. Just a handful each.

Stir this all together. Be liberal with your add-ins.  Dump into a large loaf pan that you’ve pammed. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes. I check mine at 45 min. and if it’s still gooey looking on top I let it go the whole 60 min.

Take it from the oven and let it cool. After cooling get it out of the pan and decorate the top. Today, the Easter Loaf will have a thick topping of powered sugar and vanilla glaze. About 1 cup of the sugar and a couple of tablespoons of milk with a drop or two of vanilla. I want it kind of stiff. Then I will sprinkle a few pretty M&Ms on top. I was going to use coconut, but I’m out of it and too lazy to go to the store. 🙂

Tomorrow when I go see Mom at the senior village, I’ll take her this treat. We are hosting her at an Easter lunch this weekend, but I know she’ll enjoy this Easter Loaf in the meantime.

Happy Easter! He Is Risen!

LNF, Grace

Change in The Wind for Grace Walton

Dawn This Morning at Sea Glass Cottage

Dawn This Morning at Sea Glass Cottage

The other day, as my dear hubby and I were taking our constitutional, he happened to mention that he felt that spiritually, and in our life in general, there were some changes coming . Taking his words to heart, I began using my Blessings Book [where I write all the things I’m thankful for] as a Prayer Journal.

My sweet grandma once told me that prayers are like chicken eggs- the barnyard variety. After about 30 days they hatch. Now I don’t know where she got such a saying, but over the course of my life I’ve seen that it’s true.

If I write my prayers out, go back in a month, I’ll see that God has always answered them. Sometimes they aren’t answered in the way I would choose. But there’re always been a resolution.

So when Hubby said he felt change was coming for us, I started keeping a Prayer Journal again. And sure enough there are some exciting new opportunities coming our way. I can’t say much about them yet. But just knowing they’re coming is pretty neat!

Please keep my family in your prayers as we take this next journey together. I sure would appreciate being included on your prayer list. And please know you are on mine. I pray every day for the folks who read my books.

I pray God uses my writing in the lives of others, just like He’s used authors in my own life. Most of all, I lift you up  to Him with petitions for His grace and  peace.

Maybe your life is one of change too. If it is, I pray you’ll follow the Lord’s leading- just like I’m trying to do 🙂 !

LNF, Grace

Magpie’s Masque

Magpie

Magpie

Some of you may have read the first two books in my Medieval Inspirational Romance series The ChristKeepers. Magpie’s Masque is the third in that series and features the love story of Rafael Wulfsson and Magpie.

In the earliest book, Mercy’s Heart, Magpie is a child. In the next book, Faith’s Keys, she is a young woman. She is a very resourceful and independent character who continually gets into and out of scrapes. She is cheeky and quirky, but she’s also possessed of a very strong faith.

She has met her match in Rafe.

He is also featured prominently in the first two books. He’s a rake and a scoundrel who has no qualms with doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Needless to say he is not a man of faith. At least not in the beginning of the story.

The novel opens as Magpie’s trying to break Rafe out of the Tower of London. He’s there because he’s offended the king, again.

Magpie makes some sacrificial choices and those lead to lots of yummy plot twists and angst. Along the way there are a Jewish eunuch, healed scars -both emotional and physical, and a very intriguing grand masked ball.

This book is about the futility of revenge, the healing of forgiveness, unselfish sacrifice, and of course, it has a heartbreaking love story. It’s set for a June 1st release.

Here’s an image of Magpie.

LNF, Grace