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Hope’s Reward Pre-Order

The newest installment of my best selling Inspirational Medieval series- The ChristKeepers is now available for pre-order. It will be released this Friday- July 23rd.

If you liked the previous novels in this series, you will love this one. It’s the story of Magnus, Earl of Windham [he’s Faith MacAllister’s blacksmith-turned aristocrat brother] and the virgin widow Hope of Windham.

There’s loads of passion, angst, adventure, and a truly uplifting Gospel message in this book. If you like your Christian fiction with some real chemistry between the hero and heroine, you’ll be happy with Hope’s Reward.

Go here to pre-order: Hope’s Rewardcover HR   

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Field Trip for The Last Broken Promise

I can’t tell you how much fun the field trip for TLBP was for me! It was way too hot to be out tramping through the woods in late July. But my wonderful husband was my path-breaker and photographer. I spent a lot of time just soaking up the ambiance of the place. I like to add physical details into my stories. Like how the deep woods smelled. How the rough bark logs of the buildings felt. How the ground sloped. And having a historical society rebuild the actual fort accurately was amazing! I got to go into the little cabins and imagine living there two hundred years ago.

The novel will be released in the fall. Hope you enjoy it! Here’s a recipe from that time period that my great-grandma Clora used to make. She called them Tea Cakes. But nowadays, we’d call them a type of sugar cookie. Hope you try them out.

Granny’s Tea Cakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Additional granulated sugar, for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, add the eggs, one at a time; add vanilla. Whisk together the flour, nutmeg, baking soda and salt and add to the butter and sugar mixture 1/2 cup at a time, until each addition is fully incorporated. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently press into a ball. At this point you can chill the dough to make it more easy to work with. But Granny didn’t have that luxury, she just went to the next step.

Sprinkle top lightly with additional flour. Roll dough to somewhere between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, rotating and turning dough and using additional flour as needed until dough is no longer sticky. Cut out rounds using a floured, 2-inch cutter. Transfer the cookie rounds to greased cookie sheets, spaced 1-1/2 inches apart; cookies will spread some as they bake. Gently gather scraps together and re-roll for additional cookies.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of cutting them out, you can just roll a tablespoon of dough into a little ball. That works too.

Bake one tray at a time at 350 degrees F on the middle rack of the oven, for about 10 to 12 minutes, or just until cookie begins to look dry on the surface, and very lightly tinged with color on the edges. Remove from oven, sprinkle immediately and generously with granulated sugar and let rest on sheet for about 3 minutes; then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Sometimes Granny would add cinnamon or a tsp of grated citrus peel to the dough. This recipe is very easily changed to suit your family’s tastes.  These little tea cakes are nothing fancy, but were a tea time staple during the regency  era. 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

Birdie Cover Nominated for Best Contemporary Book Cover!

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I’m so excited! I just found out that the cover art for my Contemporary Inspirational Romance – Birdie Saves the World has made the final cut of 12 contenders in a pretty awesome book cover contest. I’ve always loved this particular cover, as well as Birdie’s story. It’s so neat to know other folks like it too! Congrats to Christian Artist, Amy DeLoach for her lovely work!

If you follow the link you can vote! Thanks in advance! LNF, Grace

Vote for Birdie’s Cover Here 

Beach Roses

My Rocking Chair Porch on the Beach

My Rocking Chair Porch on the Beach

I wanted to post some images of my porches this morning. They are the place I go to decompress, read my Bible [ I’m currently working my way through The Story version of the Bible], drink my morning coffee and afternoon tea, and spend quality time with my hubby.

I’m a porch girl from way back. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting on my Grandma’s porch in the evenings with our huge extended family. The ladies did a whole lot of talking on those sultry evenings. The men were mostly quiet. And the kids ran through the yard with empty pickle jars seeing who could capture the most fireflies [Lightening Bugs is what we called them]- We all lived together, a thing that was not that uncommon, once upon a time.

I cherish those memories, but I don’t worship them. Now is a good time in my life too. And sitting on one of the  porches, sipping coffee, hearing the waves, and watching the roses is pretty sweet. I am beyond blessed. Hope you’re feeling as blessed this morning! LNF, Grace

Beach Roses

Beach Roses

Grace’s Mama-Thon: GGG-Grandmama Temperance

One of Temperance's sons- Ransom Beauregard Wingate

One of Temperance’s sons- Ransom Beauregard Wingate

Since Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I’d share some stories about the strong women in my family. Everybody’s got a Mama or Grandmama story. And I’m no exception.

A few years back I was deep in the throes of a genealogy addiction.  I’m happy to report that I’m in recovery now 🙂 . But at the time I made a pest of myself asking questions, sorting through old photos, and staying up way to late to troll through ancestry.com.

It was a fun pastime and it was also a great way to research for future historical novels. The thing I found most amazing was how true a lot of my family lore proved to be. A lot of that lore revolved around a rather shadowy woman born in the late 1700’s. Her name was Temperance Wingate.

Temperance was born a Hudson [ think the famous Henry Hudson]. Which should have meant a life of ease. But unfortunately, for her, her dad was the younger son in a looooong line of younger sons. By the time Temperance was born, they lived in genteel poverty in the mountains of North Carolina. Cue the Deliverance banjos.

And it didn’t help that Temperance was both strong-willed and very beautiful. By the time she was in her twenties, she had three boys and a missing Wingate husband. Nobody really knows if he was a ruse to make her seem respectable or if he just up and left, or if he died. There’s no record of him.

At the same time, Temperance and a Mr. Shirley were both read out of the local church for ‘conduct unbecoming’. His wife had left him and Temperance was his housekeeper. Apparently  everybody in those misty mountains knew there was more going on than cooking and cleaning.

Another son for Temperance was the result. Mr. Shirley’s wife got wind of his shenanigans and hot-footed it back to North Carolina. Mrs. S agreed to raise the boy as her own. Mr. S decided to pull up stakes and get some of that lovely free land so recently seized from the Creek Indians in Alabama. Temperance was included in this relocation, now being a shirt-tail sort of relative. These kinds of kinship bands are very convoluted in the Deep South.

In any event, there was some type of falling out that occurred in Southwest Ga. Temperance and her other sons [the Shirley son went on to Ala. with his dad and step-mother] remained in Ga. They became pillars of a new community, though Temperance was never truly accepted because of her scandalous past. Then came the miracle….

At a very advanced age, a newspaper article put Temperance at over 90, the old lady decided she wanted to learn to read. And she wanted the Bible to be her primer. She was saved in the process. Upon the confession of her old misdeeds, she was accepted by the local church as a member in good standing.

In those days church discipline was a big thing. I’ve read the account of the sending of her confession to her former church. And then of her being added to the rolls of her new church as an old lady. Over a hundred years later my grand-dad was made a deacon in this very same church!

Her lost Shirley son returned to her. He and his family took her surname- Wingate. How’s that for a great HEA? It all sounds like an Inspy Romance, doesn’t it? I’ve thought about writing a fictionalized account of her life over the years, and I may write it yet.

So that’s my 1st Mama-Thon story. I’d love to hear yours. LNF, Grace

How to Host a Medieval Feast

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I love to throw themed dinners for family and friends. We’ve done a Bible Feast for Easter one year, a Greek Celebration, and an Authentic Italian Party for 35 of our Sunday School buddies.

So in honor of the third installment of The ChristKeepers , Magpie’s Masque – release date June, 1st, I thought I’d give a link for a great download from fellow author Ginger Garret for hosting a Medieval Feast.

She’s got tips and recipes and loads of other fun stuff to help you throw a great historical party. Even though the Tudor Era is a little further down the timeline than The ChristKeepers setting, most all the elements of the feast would likely be the same. So with a tip of my hat to Ginger, I pass along her download link:  Medieval Feast

Also you can go to my website: www.gracewalton.com or follow this link: Grace’s Recipes to get recipes from my novels- especially the one featured in MM for a tasty Medieval Posset