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Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie Review

Posted by [email protected] on June 11, 2017 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I purchased Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie and couldn't wait to start reading it.  The fact that the main charcters were senior citizens intrigued me.  The story didn't disappoint me in any way.  

The character of Mrs. Thistlethwaite was fun loving, smart as a whip, and had an instinct for solving mysteries.  The authors insight into her characters was refreshing and they were well developed.  Mrs. T's sidekick, Slim, was a joker, but very caring as well and was a great addition.

 The missing girl, Honora, showed great faith, courage, and leaned on God for hope in her situation.  I so, enjoyed the spiritual element to the story.  The authors descriptions of the setting of the town of Tillamook made me feel like I was living the story with them. Even the dark side of the story was well written, without going into explicit detail.


I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a clean, wholesome Christian mystery.





New Covers for Pacific Cove Series & A Look at Book 3-Love's Enduring Legacy

Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

New covers for Book 1 & 2 in the Pacific Cove Series. I had already finished the cover for Book 3 and wanted some of the design to show on all three.  Here they are!








An in the raw, Chapter 1 of the new Pacific Cove Book.  Check back often for updates.




Amanda Sanders was daydreaming. Her mind wandered back to the soft tropical ocean breeze filled with the scent of surf and floral fragrances that made her senses soar. She was with her new husband, Peter, and they had spent two glorious weeks lying in the sun and enjoying being alone together. Her heart felt full of love and she held tight to the memories of that special time.

A smile crossed her face as she looked out the bedroom window, catching a glimpse of Peter as he rode towards the headlands. She watched his lean, muscular body as he sat tall in the saddle and began to gallop off into the distance. He was headed in the direction of the Pacific Cove Ranch where he would meet up with his father, Jason.

Amanda had come to love his parent’s almost as much as her own. His mother, Naomi, treated her like a daughter and was always there when she needed someone to talk to. With her own mother living so far away, Naomi had helped fill the void she felt. She really hoped that her parent’s would come for a visit soon, if the weather permitted. It was spring since she had last seen them.

Amanda walked out into the hallway and continued down the staircase to the living room below. Upon entering the kitchen, she noticed the coffee carafe half full. She got a cup out of the top cupboard and poured the liquid to the brim. She lifted the cup to her lips taking a whiff of the rich Hawaiian brew.

She sat down in the dining room that faced the ocean laced with fog. It was the middle of March and the surf pounded roughly against the rocks sending a spray of water that spilled back onto the beach below. She loved her life here, even though it was a little lonely at times. Between the phone, texting, and the internet she was able to keep in touch with her family.

Amanda lifted the coffee cup to her lips and took a sip, stopping momentarily to view the boats just off the coast of Pacific Cove. She loved ranch life more than she ever thought she would. After all, it was all new to her. She had grown up in the city and went to the best schools. Her father had such high hopes for her when she left for the Denver Academy of Fine Design. She had graduated at the top of her class and seemed to have a bright future. That was before Jeffrey broke her heart.

Amanda thought back to the first time she set eyes on her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch. She was angry and withdrawn. She thought she would never be happy again. She had turned away from the beliefs of her parents and didn’t want anything to do with God. But then she met Peter.

A warm feeling surged through her and she smiled. Peter, the love of her life, had given her hope again and she loved him with every fiber of her being. She realized that God still loved her too and had joined her with a godly man, one who would be there no matter what trials came their way.

 

Review of Charlene Raddon's Book- Love's Race to the Future

Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I was given an ARC by the author and voluntarily choose to review it.  Charlene, has a fan and I will be reading more of her work.  

This is my first read by this author and I must say I really enjoyed it. I loved the story line and the journey from present time back into 1878.  The descriptions of the countryside and typical life in 1878 made the story seem quite real to me.

 

The characters were well developed and I felt like I was living the story with them. There were unexpected surprises here and there that gave the story a twist that I didn't see coming.   Also,  I loved the humor and how Sierra and Trevor's journey into the past seemed to bring them closer together.

 

Sierra, Trevor and Gidrey were interesting to read about and I couldn't wait to see what came next. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting this one down. I liked the Native American context within the story and Minta made it come alive for me. 

 

This was not a typical love story, but one of adventure, challenges, and an ending that left me wanting to read more about the characters.. maybe another book. The story was exciting and fast paced. The children in the story really got to my heart and I couldn't help but sympathize with their plight.


This was not only a romance/ time travel story, but one of trust in God to help you make the right decisions in your life.  

Click on the link below to check out her novel. You will be glad you did.

https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Race-Future-Charlene-Raddon-ebook/dp/B0711QM6Q9" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Race-Future-Charlene-Raddon-ebook/dp/B0711QM6Q9

My Books Available on More Retailers

Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)
All my books are now available on more retailers. I have published my books with Pronoun, which gives me more options to get my work out to more retailers. You can now purchase my work on Amazon, Apple IBooks, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. When you follow the link to Pronoun, you will see links for each retailer. More choices, for you, my readers. I am busy at work on my latest project, "A Walk with Heavenly Spirits," which I am going to publish as soon as proofing and re-writes are done. The image below is of the new book cover. I'll do a post on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jegrace2016 and also here on my blog. Have a great week. The weather is wonderful and my vacation is approaching. Julie

New Online Store Open for Business

Posted by [email protected] on April 18, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I opened my new online store over the weekend.  I have combined my love of art into designing Premade Ebook Covers.  From my experiences of being a new author, I saw that there was a need for moderately priced covers, so I decided to start creating my own.  I especially noticed a lack of sites fo purchase what I would term, Christian appropriate ebook covers. 

I have priced my covers from $25- $35 which should fit into most everyone's budget and can be paid for using Paypal.  After payment is verified, I will email your larger size file to the email address indicated on you paypal receipt as soon as possible. All covers on the website are scaled down versions and are copyright protected by Digimark.

I have a 7 day exchange or money back return policy. Just email me at [email protected] for an exchange or put in for a refund through Paypal.  I stand behind my work and the most important thing is to have customers that are satisfied with their purchase.

 You can view my store at  http//coversbyjegrace.ecwid.com 

There is also a "store" link on  the left hand side of my Facebook page that imports all my designs to my facebook page with a Paypal "buy now" button for your convenience.  

My Facebook page is http://facebook.com/jegrace2016.  

Have a wonderful week. God bless.

Julie



























Is it Spring or Still Winter? I'm Confused!

Posted by [email protected] on March 10, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

How is the weather where you live? Here in Missouri it keeps changing. Our Spring flowers are in bloom. They are confused.  We have had several days of 70+ and then thunderstorms and dropping temperatures. This Saturday it is supposed to snow. Go figure?


I'm at work on my next novel, "A Walk with Heavenly Spirits" which I hope to be able to finish soon and be ready to edit. It’s about a young woman who has fallen away from her walk with God and is visited by Heavenly Spirits that remind her that the Lord hasn’t abandoned her. I show her journey back to God and how her life is dramatically changed. It’s a work of inspiration, enveloped in promises from God’s word. 


I did an Author interview for Kathryn Jones on her River of Stones Blog on March 1. If you want to know more about my writing, how I got started, etc  check it out. 


I completed a new page for my website, J.E. Grace, Christian Author.  I have used my passion for art and combined it with my love of books to create Premade Ebook Covers. As of today, there are 65 covers to choose from in various genres.  These are original designs.  If you are in need of a cover, check them out at http://jegrace.webs.com.  I add new ones often.  All covers are $30 ea.  

As well as writing, I also read a lot of fiction. My favorite genres are Christian romance, mystery,suspense,historica, and science fiction.  I'm on Goodreads as J.E. Grace.  You can check out all my favorite books I've read so far this year.  I'm in the reading challenge. 

http://www.goodreads.com/jegrace .


Be sure and follow me on Twitter  http://twitter.com/bizwings  and Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/jegrace2016. Give me a like to my page if you like what you see. 


Not familar with all my books? You can check out my book trailers and books on my authors page on Amazon. 

http://amazon.com/author/jegrace. Click the link to follow me.

Have a wonderful weekend. God bless.

Julie


 

Nature's Blessings

Posted by [email protected] on April 4, 2016 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Take time to enjoy those things which we so often take forgranted.

 






With limbs outstretched reaching into the afternoon sky,

Sunlight dances on leaves and in darkness,shadows fall.

Dew droplets nourish each newborn bud,

While roots grow deep; solid, becoming one with the earth.


 

In the fall, the leaves, a kaleidoscope of color fall to the ground,

With Spring, renewing each limb to a better replica of itself.

In Summer, sunlit greens and yellows surround the branches and,

With the approach of Winter, leaves drop off and start the cycle once more.


 

Trees give us a place for swings for children to laugh and play on,

Or for them to climb in.

For lovers to carve precious declarations of undying love on,

Or to quietly relax under; reading some literature from author's long gone.


 

It's a place to pitch a hammock for an afternoon nap in the cool summer breeze,

Or to have a picnic under with loved ones you hold dear to your heart.

A place to sit under to fish and catch your evening meal,

Or for an artist's retreat to create striking masterpieces.

 

Poetry-The Winter Stage

Posted by [email protected] on March 12, 2016 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Poem- The Winter Stage\

A poem for Winter

 

 


Icy mist arises in atmospheric splendor, A bleak horizon sets the Winter stage.

The river now hardened by the Winter's chill,

Replaces once more its emanation.

 

Frozen water droplets suspended in time hang from trees heavy laden with snow,

Forgotten; awaiting the new rebirthing.

For Spring; the time of growth, of harmony with nature,

To cleanse away the collection of nature's spoils.

 

The curtain falls as night descends upon the barren landscape,

Bringing once more its cold, brutal winds.

Newly fallen snow laid to rest in gigantic mounds of white,

Cover in ambiguous fascination, the Winter Stage.

 

Writing Contest-Writers Crushing Doubt Hosted by Positive Writer

Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Writing Contest-Writers Crushing Doubt Hosted by Positive Writer


Doubt became more prevalent the closer I got to the end of my fiction novel.  I had been working on it for over a year without seeing it come to completion.  It seemed that I always let life come between what I felt was my true passion. I had faith, but doubt always crept in to tear that down layer by layer.


Doubt is a strange emotion.  It doesn’t have to be fed by outside sources for it to affect the inside of you.  In fact, if you are like me, I am my own worse contributor. It’s like a cancer.  Once you let it in, it takes hold of everything you do, especially your writing. 


When I feel the stronghold of doubt capturing my thoughts, I remind myself that I was born to write.  I also find that if my mood changes and I’m feeling inadequate, that immersing myself in my imaginary characters is a great release for doubt.  In my writing world my characters can do anything and I don’t doubt that, so why do I doubt my ability to write when that is real?


Studying the craft of writing is also a great replacement for doubt.  The more educated you become, the less you doubt yourself.  I do my best to study from the writers I admire.  I learn from the ones that are willing to share their experiences about how they defeated their doubt.  Then I apply some of the methods to my own writing.


I released my first science fiction ebook in January 2016. I had the manuscript professionally converted for kindle, had a professional cover done, and still right before I went to add it on Amazon for the world to see, doubt crept in again.  I emailed an author I know online and I’ll never forget what he said, “If you wait until you think you are good enough, you will never publish.  Just do it! 


From those words of encouragement I went from doubt to confidence.  You never know when one person’s words will be just what you need to hear at that particular moment. You need to reach out when you need encouragement.  The best advice I can leave writers with, is to find a mentor or writing buddy to help encourage you along the way. 


When you see your final work published, you won’t be able to contain the excitement you have to write that next book.  Writing isn’t easy but it is self- gratifying and for some of us, it’s as important as breathing.



http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/

When Your Writing Craft is Fading

Posted by [email protected] on February 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (1)

 





For The Times When Confidence in Your Writing Craft is Fading!


I'm the creative ego that lives within the filled pages of your literary works. I'm waiting, hidden as the blank pages causing intimidation. I take on many forms, but the writer's voice tries to break through just the same. You have to search deep within the writing to determine if she has truly escaped or if I have cleverly disguised her presence.

 

Sometimes she gives you a clue when she writes from the heart, then her true inner-self comes out from under the layers of hidden walls she has carefully built for herself. Sometimes my cloaks of insecurity and lack of confidence is revealed in the mish-mosh that falls within her pages.

 

Who is she really? She is someone who cares deeply. Someone who can witness another person's pain and feel immense compassion. Someone who finds beauty all around her and knows what touches her heart and makes her come alive. She has searched for the internal meaning to, "What am I supposed to do with my life?" with the answer echoing back--"Use the gifts you were given!"

 

I then find myself being less and less able to control the pages and begin to grow silent. She is like a butterfly emerging from the cocoon. She no longer needs to rely on me. She now has a voice of her own.

 

She refuses to wait to try her wings, unable to control the urge to try something new. She is learning to master the ability to focus on the process involved in creating instead of concentrating on the outcome. She lives everyday doing what is important to her. "If it really matters, make the time!"

 

She now looks at life with a new vision. I know someday soon, very soon, I will disappear and only her strong, confident voice will emerge victorious to be heard. She has learned to let go of pain and doubt and welcome her creative side with open arms.

 


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