Here is a link to the book trailer for my newest novel, Hollister’s Choice. It is the second in my Montana Miracles series. Hope you go by and check it out. Go here:
Today I’m so thankful. I write in my Thankful Journal almost every day. But today I took an especially long time detailing all my blessings. If you’re like me, you sometimes need to stop and really focus on the things and people in your life to appreciate them. Just taking those few seconds to think about my family, friends, and circumstances fills me with gratitude.
One of the things I was most thankful for today was the nice reception folks are giving my new novel, Hollister’s Choice. I’m so glad readers are finding it to be heartwarming as well as rooted in our shared faith.
Because its being so well-received, I thought I’d tell you a little behind the scenes information about the novel. Specifically about the cover artist and model. Ramona Lockwood is the cover artist on this book. She’s a wonderful graphic artist who always does a stellar job. Ramona is fast, professional, and most of all really a nice person. The model is Jimmy Thomas who’s also a joy to work with. Jimmy has been the cover model for several of my other books [The Last Broken Promise, Carried Away, and The Last Rose Pearl]. He’s won all kinds of awards for his work. He’s kind of a legend in the romance cover world. The image for this post is one of his headshots.
If you’d like to know more about these folks, I’ll post a link for their websites here:
Again, please let me express my gratitude to those of you who have become loyal readers of my novels. God has been so good to me. I pray you are feeling His love every day, just like I do. Thank You and Bless You.
I’m so happy to announce the next installment in my Contemporary Inspirational series Montana Miracles will be available for purchase tomorrow. Hollister’s Choice is set in Montana and London. It is one of my favorites storylines. And Hollister is one of favorite heroes!
How could you not love such an honorable, damaged guy who is trying to do the right thing despite all the odds? And Maggie, the sweet heroine, is dealing with so much tragedy in her own life.
If you like emotional romance with a whole lot of angst, this may be the read for you. As always, this novel has some adult themes but no coarse language or graphic love scenes. I’ve had some wonderful feedback during the editing and beta reading process. My favorite beta reader cried over the ending. She thinks its my best story yet. Maybe you’ll like it too. I sure hope you’ll give it a try.
And thank you to everyone who has stayed with me over this past year. It’s been filled with both challenges and opportunities. We’ve moved, yet again. Since leaving our little townhouse by the bay- SeaGlass Cottage, we’ve relocated to a neighborhood and then back to the beach. Talk about taking a wild ride!
We loved SeaGlass but it was just too small as both my husband and I work from home. I was so sad to drive away from that home. I was sure God would never give us another chance to live in such a wonderful spot. I prayed for days that God would restore the days the locusts ate… it’s one of my favorite scriptures. And He did!!!
Our new home is right on the gulf on one side and has a great canal behind it for my husband’s kayaks. We couldn’t be more blessed. If you’ve ever felt like you were praying for something impossible and you’ve given up and stopped petitioning the Lord…I encourage you to give God more time to effect the changes for which you’re pleading. He can and will do a great work in your life. He sure has in mine!
I’ll try to post some images of our new place so you can get a context as to where I’m writing these days. I hope you’re as blessed as I am today, and I pray you see the goodness in every day, whether your days are challenges or opportunities.
Please watch for the Hollister’s Choice trailer. It should be up on my YouTube channel soon.
Please don’t miss your chance to get my Montana Miracles novel, Carried Away for .99. The marketing folks are running a sale on this book for a few days to celebrate the release of The Last Rose Pearl– my Regency Inspirational Romance.
These books are set in different eras, but they have the same trademark humor, adventure, and Godly love story. And they have the very same simmering chemistry between the main characters.
I love a book where the characters have authentic flaws and where they are redeemed by the last page.
And I really like the tag line created for my branding – I don’t know a whole lot about branding. But apparently the marketing team does :). So now, on most everything tied to me or my books you’ll see this neat little phrase:
Everyone Deserves a Happily Ever After. Find yours in a Grace Walton Novel!
Hope your day is wonderful, and don’t forget to enter this month’s contest! LNF, Grace
I’ve had two book give-aways going this month. The one over at GoodReads ended yesterday. Lots of folks entered that particular contest, If I was a wealthy woman I would give a copy of one of my books to all of you. But I’m not wealthy, except in family and friends :). The GoodReads winner is Rachel Greensburg. I put Rachel’s prize, a copy of the first book in my Montana Miracles series- Carried Away, in the mail today. I sure hope she enjoys reading it!
The give-away here at the blog is running until midnight tonight. If you’d like to enter, just go up to the toolbar and click on Contest to learn how.
Hope your weekend’s starting off well. I’ve been watching a school of dolphins play in the bay from my deck this afternoon. I’m constantly amazed at the lovely world God made and the interesting creatures He created to fill it.
Love Never Fails
Woohoo! Marketing called me today to tell me that Carried Away was number 18 in its category on amazon. Happy Dances All Around! Such exciting news!
If you’re one of the folks whose purchase made that happen- Thanks a bunch! I really appreciate your buying my books. Hopefully God used one of my stories to speak to you. I know He does that for me as I’m writing. Sometimes I’ll be typing along working my way down my outline for a book and suddenly the characters take a sharp turn. Before I know it I’ll look back at something spiritual I’ve written and say to myself, “Did that come from me?” And the answer is a resounding ‘no’!
I’m a firm believer that God has a plan. A plan for good for them that believe. I’m just as proud as punch that sometimes He includes my small efforts into the mix.
Hope you’re having a great weekend. I sure am. I spent the day in my office fine tuning some things. Hubby worked in the yard and is now in his ham shack [he’s a rabid ham radio aficionado]. Daughter called to let me know all’s well in her world. Talked to my elderly mother this morning- she’s such a blessing to me! And drum roll please…..I drive a really old car that is like a member of the family to me. She’s a 2003 Miata. I got her off of eBay and dragged my husband down to Florida one rainy Saturday to fetch her home. This morning my husband and I took her for a new paint job. I resisted the urge to go with pink- too Barbie. And it was hard to not go with turquoise…my favorite color. In the end I decided to go with a repeat of the silver she was made with.
So I’m without wheels this week. I should get a lot of writing done, right? 1/4 through the new Medieval & I must say I’m loving it!
More in the next day or two.
Love Never Fails, Grace
I just wanted to let everyone know I’m running a CountDown Deal on Carried Away from the Amazon Kindle Store today. It will be on sale for .99 for one day. Hope you’ll take the opportunity to snag it. There’s also a deal where if you buy the print copy you automatically get the one from the Kindle store at .99. This is a bundle deal in place all the time.
When I was younger I was a big fan of Diana Palmer. She’s from my grandfather’s hometown and is sort of a Southern Celebrity when it comes to Romance Novelists. Carried Away is my homage to her Cowboy Romances but with a definite Christian emphasis.
Here’s the blurb for Carried Away if you’d like to read more about it:
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. Gage’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’
On a side note it’s supposed to snow here tomorrow. I tell you, I can’t believe the weather we’re having down here in the Deep South this winter. One day it’s warm and your daffodils are blasting out of the ground. The next day the bird bath is frozen over like a little avian skating rink. Hope where ever you are you’re warm and cozy tonight!
Hope you’ll give Carried Away a read! Love Never Fails, Grace