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Valentines Special: 3 Book Give-Away!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Feb 11, 2018 in Give-aways | 43 Comments

Happy Valentines Week, everyone! I'm so excited to be teaming up with TWO of my launch day sisters, Kristy Cambron and Sarah Sundin, to bring you a special triple give-away! One lucky winner will receive all three of our new releases: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron; A Refuge Assured by yours truly; and...

A Refuge in Every State Contest

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Feb 05, 2018 in Give-aways | 5 Comments

Happy Release Week to A Refuge Assured! Every book that launches is special, but this one is noteable for one extra reason: this is my 15th book, which is a nice round number worth celebrating. And I want to celebrate with YOU with another nice round number: 50, for 50 states!

Introducing: The Refuge in Every State Contest! Here's how it works: Be the first person from your state to take a picture of your own paperback copy of the book and send it to me via...

The Making of a Book Cover

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jan 09, 2018 in Behind the Books | 15 Comments

Today I'm so excited to take you behind the scenes, into the making of a book cover! There's more than one way to go about the process, of course. I will just share with you the most recent one in my experience: A Refuge Assured, published by Bethany House. 

Even before we landed on a title, they asked for my input on the art direction. This is a great opportunity, and I was happy to put together an 8-page document for them. It included notes and images on period dress, location, book covers I like, and any other ideas or strong feelings I had about the cover. (For instance...

Author Chat with Laura Frantz!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jan 02, 2018 in Journal | 16 Comments

Happy Release Day to my friend and fellow author, Laura Frantz, for her new novel, The Lacemaker! I'm tickled pink that today of all days, I received my copy of my February release, A Refuge Assured, as well. (Don't they look fantastic side-by-side?) The reason I love seeing them together is that our heroines are related! 

Laura's story is set in colonial Williamsburg on the eve of the American...

How the Republican Calendar Shoved God Aside

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Dec 31, 2017 in Behind the Books | 2 Comments

Today I’m hanging up a fresh calendar for 2018. It’s pretty basic—12 months, from January to December. Seven-day weeks, each of which begins with Sunday. Christmas is marked on December 25. The year 2018 is dated from the approximate birth of Christ.

After researching the French Revolution and writing A Refuge Assured, I no longer take all this for granted. Here’s why.

In October 1793, the revolutionary government declared a new way of ordering their days by replacing the...

Goodreads Challenge Report for 2017

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Dec 14, 2017 in Journal | 2 Comments

In January of this year, I set a goal for myself to read 50 books in 2017, which felt daunting since I also needed to write and release books of my own. But reading is really, really important to me, personally and professionally. I can't be a great writer if I'm not also a great reader. 

According to Goodreads, I've read 60 books, which amazes me! I'm sure my new addiction to Audible greatly helped. I've recommend books throughout the year on my Facebook page, but I thought it would be fun to put a bunch of them all in one place.* I've broken them down into several categories....

Author Chat with Susie Finkbeiner!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Nov 27, 2017 in Journal | 0 Comments

Today I'm celebrating Susie Finkbeiner's new release,A Song of Home, the third and final book in the Pearl Spence series! If you are just now hearing about this series, I recommend starting with A Cup of Dust, and then find...

5 Questions (& Coffee) with Jaime Jo Wright

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Nov 13, 2017 in Journal | 2 Comments

I'm thrilled to welcome Jaime Jo Wright to the blog today to talk about her new release, The House on Foster Hill (Bethany House Publishers)!  I first met her at an ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference, but really got to know her last summer when we roomed together while attending a writers conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since she hails from Wisconsin, she's a fellow Midwesterner, which means we totally dig each other's denims and plaids. (hee...

On Books, Bread, and Fish: Christy Awards 2017

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Nov 11, 2017 in News | 2 Comments

This week I travelled to Nashville to attend The Art of Writing Conference and the Christy Awards Gala, hosted on the campus of Lipscomb University. The last time one of my books was a Christy finalist was 2013, for Wedded to War, and I skipped the Gala so I could stay home and write. Afterward, even though my novel didn't win, I second-guessed my decision to forfeit the opportunity to gather with like-minded writers. 

For those who aren't familiar, The Christy Award™ is...

Why Does It Take So Long? Book Publishing from Conception to Publication

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Nov 03, 2017 in Behind the Books | 11 Comments

Every once in a while, someone will ask me why, for the love of new releases, does it take so long for my next book to come out? After all, I turned A Refuge Assured into the publisher (the first time) on March 6, 2017. It releases Feb. 6, 2018. Eleven months in between? What gives?

The process varies according to author and publisher, so I will just speak to my own experience, and I'll use A...

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