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The Mark of the King: FREE Excerpt + Give-away

Mon, 2016-12-26 07:43 -- Jocelyn Green

The day has finally come! The Mark of the King is now available at Amazon, ChristianBook, BarnesandNoble, and wherever books are sold, and I couldn't be more excited. Here is the book blurb:

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

The mark of the king, as referenced in the title, has two meanings. The first is very literal. It’s the fleur-de-lys symbol of the French monarchy that was branded on certain criminals during the time the novel takes place, to permanently mark them with judgment. In the novel, this mark plays a big role. But there is a spiritual layer to the phrase, as well. As believers, we serve a higher King than any authority here on earth. Our lives are marked by His grace, no matter how scarred we may have been by judgment from others—whether that judgment was deserved or not. God’s grace covers all of it. Grace covers all of us.

For a glimpse of my inspiration and research for the novel, visit my Pinterest board for the novel here

Read a free excerpt (prologue and first chapter) here.


If you're curious about the French pronunciation of the character names in the novel, the six-minute guide below will help you out:


The Give-Away

To celebrate the release of The Mark of the King, I am giving away to one lucky winner a gift basket from Cafe de Monde in New Orleans (two mugs, coffee and beignet mix), a set of French soaps, and a pair of silver fleur-de-lys earrings!


Please use this Rafflecopter form to enter. The drawing opens early the morning of Monday, Jan. 2. Good luck!


About the Author: 

Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. As a speaker, Jocelyn inspires faith and courage in her audiences. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at


Submitted by Emily Endrizzi on
This sounds like a wonderfully intriguing book!

Submitted by Pat Castle on
Book sounds exciting! Can't wait to spend my reading time involved with the story.

Submitted by Debbie Clatterbuck on
I love history and this book sounds very intriguing. I would love to win this contest too. I've never had anything so nice as French soaps. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

Submitted by como Fazer dren... on
Os sintomas que você descreve não são comuns posteriormente a esgotamento e também pode sugerir alguma infecção, mas seu médico com probabilidade poderá ajudá-la melhor.

Submitted by Melissa Henderson on
Very interesting. I look forward to reading your stories. Happy New Year!

Submitted by Saundra McKenzie on
I can't wait to read this book. Thanks so much for the chance at the giveaway.

Submitted by Pam K. on
Jocelyn's books are always so well researched, which I appreciate. The emptying of French prisons and sending them to this country is not something I knew before reading about this book. The Mark of The King is next up on my reading pile. I'm certain I will really enjoy it.

Submitted by Marilyn R on
The Mark of the King sounds like an intriguing read. I appreciate the underlying theme of God's grace.

Submitted by Kathy DiDomizio on
Really looking forward to reading this! Thank you for the giveaway!

Submitted by Mallori on
This book sounds fascinating. I can't wait to read it! I loved listening to the pronunciation guide. I took six years of French in school/college and speak French decently, but I still enjoyed listening to you and your sister-in-law saying the names.

Submitted by Nancy M on
I have left a review on Goodreads so far and NetGalley! Amazon soon! Love the earrings! The book was fantastic!

Submitted by Xandra on
I'm from that part of Louisiana, so I am looking forward to reading about this part of New Orlean's history. :)

Submitted by Joye I on
Thanks for the giveaway. I have had Cafe du Monde coffee and it is bold and rich. Loved it. Your book sounds really good.

Submitted by Brenda W on
This sounds interesting. Already wondering what happens in Louisiana. Nice prizes too.

Submitted by Ashley on
This book sounds so intriguing and I can't wait to read it.

Submitted by Tammy Cordery on
This book sounds like a great book to read. Thank you for a chance to win this great gift basket. I love all the things that you picked to put in it.

Submitted by Perrianne Askew on
Those giveaways remind me of home! Best of sucess with the new booka, Thanks for doing the giveaway.

Submitted by Joanne Keith on
Congrats! This book sounds like it is right up my alley! Can't wait to read it!

Submitted by sonnetta_jones@... on
This book to some extend reminds me of the Mark of Lions series by Francine Rivers. I cannot wait to read this book.

Submitted by Connie Troyer on
Loved your English/French pronunciation video! I took French in high school and love hearing that beautiful language. Made me want to read the book all the more! Historical settings are my reading preference, and although I'm new to your books, I think I'm going to be a fan! :)

Submitted by Linda McFarland on
Enjoyed the pronunciation video. So different than what is in my head! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Submitted by Jacki G. on
This book sounds really exciting and I would love to win the giveaway!

Submitted by Jen Colson on
Fun giveaway. I love the cover of the book and can't wait to read it!

Submitted by Paula on
I put this on my to read list on goodreads because Jody Hedlund had put it on her list and then Amelia did too! I've read other books by Jocelyn and loved them!

Submitted by Michelle Fitzgerald on
I am one of the lucky ones who get to review the book. Exciting!!

Submitted by Cindy on
This is the perfect choice to get ready for a trip to Avignon. I'm thinking I may need some more French lessons, though!

Submitted by Annie JC on
I love the cover and this sounds great! Can't wait to read it! Thanks!

Submitted by Marsha Johnson on
What a great giveaway! Looking forward to reading this book.

Submitted by Elizabeth Litton on
I can't wait to read this book. Also, I love the double meaning of the title!

Submitted by marlene on
This sounds like a fabulous historical novel. Read the prologue and first chapter and they caught my attention and intereset right away.

Submitted by Nikki T. on
CAN'T WAIT to get this in my hands! Loved, loved, loved Heroines Behind the Lines and looking forward to another great book!

Submitted by Sheri Lesh on
What a fun video......reminds me of when Sally was trying to teach me how to say various words in German and it was like my tongue just would not do it or make the sounds at all correct. I am sure your new book will be a wonderful read. My historical knowledge of that area is pretty thin.....looking forward to getting into it.

Submitted by Marleen V on
Sounds like a fantastic book, putting it on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity!

Submitted by Sara Barratt on
Ooo, I'm so excited for this book! I just bought it yesterday at Barnes and Noble. Can't wait to read it!!!


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