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Ebook SALE: The Mark of the King, and more!

Wed, 2017-05-03 08:02 -- Jocelyn Green
For the month of May, The Mark of the King is only $2.99 in ebook format at online retailers! "The 18th-century Old and New Worlds burst off the pages in the latest historical fiction treasure from Green. . . . Readers can only hope for more from this talented, spiritually insightful author."--Publishers Weekly starred review   "Readers will be swept away by the themes of faith and redemption woven throughout the narrative as well as the alluring protagonists and setting. Fans of Beth White's Gulf Coast Chronicles, Lynn Austin, and Susan Meissner will enjoy."--Library Journal If you don't already have your copy, this is a great time to snag it. At this price, it's even cheaper than the average greeting card, so you might consider gifting it for someone else, too. (Mother's Day?) Find it at Amazon, ChristianBook, BarnesandNoble, KoboBooks, and others. But my book isn't the only ebook on sale right now. Baker Publishing is currently offering steeply discounted (and some free) fiction titles from authors Laura Frantz, Elizabeth Camden, Roseanne White, Sarah Sundin, Ronie Kendig, Dani Pettrey, Gilbert Morris, Ann Shorey, Regina Jennings, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer, Jen Turano... WHEW! I'm not even done listing them all! Some of these sales and freebies last all month, but some expire earlier. Please, if you have an ereader, do yourself a favor and check this out for yourself. Personally, I feel a shopping spree coming on... one that certainly won't break the bank! Happy reading, everyone! (Ooh--and if you love a book, would you consider posting an honest, positive review at Goodreads and/or the online retailer(s) of your choice? Every review helps, even if it's only a sentence sharing why you liked it, or what kind of reader you think the book would appeal to. Thank you!)  

Refresh: FREE ebook TODAY ONLY!

Fri, 2016-11-04 14:58 -- Jocelyn Green
FLASH SALE! Today only, download your FREE ebook copy of Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Find it FREE at Amazon and BarnesandNoble. . You can read more about the book here. Here's one reviewer's take on Refresh: Being a parent to a special needs child is challenging and exhausting. Not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually. In-between being mom, therapist, caregiver, and nurse, there's little time for anything else.But as a parent and a person, I need what everyone else does too... friendship, encouragement, inspiration, and a connection. That's why on this journey it's so important to continue to pursue a relationship with God, our Creator. We need that connection and relationship. We need to find hope and encouragement in His Word and that's why authors Kimberly Drew and Jocelyn Green wrote this devotional book. I love this devotional because it is written by and filled with encouragement and stories from real special needs parents that were interviewed before the book was even written. I can relate to so many of the devotionals and stories as a special needs parent and it's nice to feel like I'm not alone when reading along. It's hard for other parents to understand what we're going through, but none of this is a surprise to God. We only need to rely on Him to continue on. ~Kathryn Sneed Read "Crushed Spirit," an excerpt from Refresh, here. If you know someone who could use this resource, please let them know the ebook is free today only! Thank you!

Available for Pre-order: The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection!

Mon, 2016-09-05 08:37 -- Jocelyn Green
Exciting news! But first, a bit of housekeeping: dear blog subscribers, I know we've had some formatting issues with the blog posts that arrive in your email inbox. We're working to resolve these. In the meantime, if the paragraph breaks aren't showing or the hyperlinks aren't working, please click the title of the blog post and read the content on my Web site--that should be a much less frustrating experience! Thanks for your patience! And now--hip hip hooray! The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection is now available for pre-order at Amazon, ChristianBook, and BarnesandNoble, AND for adding to your "want to read" list on Goodreads. (Psst, adding it on Goodreads is a big help for the book!) Here's the blurb: Join the journey as one word etched in Latin on an ancient bronze bottle travels through the centuries to reach five young women who are struggling to maintain their faith in God and love. An Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a Post-Colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid who nearly drowned each receive a message from the bottle just when they need their hope restored. But will the bottle also bring them each to a man whose love will endure? I'm honored to be included in this collection along with four other fantastic storytellers: Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Heather Day Gilbert, and Maureen Lang. My particular novella, A River Between Us, will take you to Civil War Georgia as we explore the plight of a cotton mill worker evicted from her homeland when Union General William T. Sherman sweeps through on his way to  Atlanta. The seed for this story was planted by Amy Reed, curator for the Marietta Museum of History, when I was visiting for a book signing of Yankee in Atlanta. (Thank you Amy!)  Here's a glimpse of Vickery Creek in Roswell, Georgia, where the first scene of my story takes place:     Release date for this collection is March 2017! 

Attention bloggers! Review opportunity

Tue, 2016-08-23 19:29 -- Jocelyn Green
Quick note for you bloggers out there! If you're interested in joining the blog tour for Refresh, register here by August 29. Those who are reviewing Refresh on the blog tour will receive their complimentary copies of the book by October 8, and the tour will run from November 7-11, 2016. (Read Kregel's Blog Tour Rules and Regulations here). For more information about Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs, visit the book page here.

Available for Pre-order: The Mark of the King!

Fri, 2016-06-24 07:47 -- Jocelyn Green
At long last, The Mark of the King is available for pre-order! The novel releases Jan. 3, 2017. Here's the book blurb! Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent 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. I can't wait to share this story with you all! Pre-order at Amazon, ChristianBook,or  BarnesandNoble. If you're on Goodreads, you can add it to your "Want to Read" list now (which would actually help a great deal!)--and you could also vote for The Mark of the King from a list of most anticipated 2017 titles right here. Or vote for other books on the list, that's fine too!

New Novella Collection Contracted!

Sat, 2016-05-14 07:41 -- Jocelyn Green
Drumroll please! I am so delighted to announce that I've signed a contract with Barbour Publishing, along with four other talented authors, for The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection! The five of us are currently hard at work writing our novellas, each from a different era and location, tied together with a single bottle that finds its way across the world and through generations to bring hope. My particular novella is set in one of my favorite periods: you guessed it, the Civil War.  We've been sitting on this news for sooo long! Look, I'm wearing a turtleneck in that photo. It was February when we signed the contract! I'm so honored to be writing with these four ladies. If you're not familiar with them already, allow me to introduce you! HEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up. Heather's Viking historical novel, God's Daughter, is an Amazon Norse bestseller. She is also the author of  Miranda Warning and Trial by Twelve, Books One and Two in the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series. She has also written the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher. Find Heather online at her Web site, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. AMANDA DYKES is the author of Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales. With both Scottish and British heritage herself, writing A Song in the Night for the Message in a Bottle collection has been a very special journey for her. Amanda has a B.A. in English Education. She relishes connecting with readers online in an encouraging and heartfelt way. Delighting in a shared love of good books, she serves as the book club resource person for Novel Crossing. It’s also her joy to serve as Digital Coordinator for PulsePoint Design. Find Amanda online at her Web site, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. MAUREEN LANG is the author of thirteen novels and three novellas, with settings ranging from historical to contemporary, Europe to America. Her earlier work won RWA’s Golden Heart Award then ACFW’s Genesis, and published works went on to final in the Christy, Carol, Book Buyer’s Best, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Golden Quill. She’s won a HOLT Medallion, First Place in the Selah and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest. A wife and mother of three, she is the primary caregiver to her adult son with Fragile X Syndrome and lives in the Chicago area. Find Maureen online at her Web site, on Facebook, on Goodreads, and in a group blog at Christians Read. JOANNE BISCHOF is a three-time Christy Award finalist in historical romance and young adult categories. Her titles include Be Still My Soul, This Quiet Sky, To Get to You and The Lady and the  Lionheart (forthcoming). She has a deep passion for heartfelt tales and writing stories that shine light on God's grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children and visits Coronado Island as often as she can. Find Joanne online at her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. WOW! What a line-up. I'm so fortunate to be able to write with these authors. I can't wait to read the stories they are spinning. We are sharing glimpses with each other along the way, as we work out details of how the stories interlock, and I can tell you that you're in for a treat with this collection! This will be my first novella I've ever written. Let's see if I can squeeze a story into 30,000 words instead of 100,000! :) I'm up for the challenge! The next few weeks I'll be really digging into this story, so if it's quiet on the blog and social media, just know I'm busy in my writing cave, doing terrible things to my characters and then bringing them back from the brink. :) 

NEW: Christian Historical Fiction Travel Guide

Sat, 2016-05-07 14:33 -- Jocelyn Green
I love immersing myself in a great book, and then visiting the book's setting. And clearly, many of you love doing this too! These three photos were sent to me by three different readers who took Widow of Gettysburg on tour in Gettysburg. (Thanks Christin Faber, Meghan Gorecki, and Rebecca Halton!)  Reading about a certain time period and setting before visiting makes the location really come to life--and the history, as well. With that as my inspiration, I've just compiled the Christian Historical Fiction Travel Guide, a seven-page document full of my favorite books and the related sites you can visit! With plenty of input from other avid readers, the books on this list span four centuries of American history and reach from sea to shining sea. With this list, you'll be able to: Find an earthquake shack in San Francisco, from Karen Barnett's Golden Gates Chronicles series Visit the Swan House in Atlanta for which Elizabeth Musser's The Swan House was named Discover the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, featured in Sarah Sundin's Waves of Freedom series Explore New York's Fort William Henry, which fell in the beginning of The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton Lose yourself in North Carolina's Biltmore Estate, setting for Maid to Match by Deanne Gist Experience a Norsk festival in North Dakota, and have your Red River of the North book signed by author Lauraine Snelling See Mount Vernon through Martha Washington's eyes after reading Nancy Moser's Washington's Lady Tour a Japanese-American World War 2 internment camp in Wyoming, the setting of Alice J. Wisler's Under the Silk Hibiscus And much more! Each book title is linked to the book's Goodreads page so you can read more about the story and add it to your list. Every suggested place to visit is also linked to a Web site giving you more details. So how do you get this amazing guide? :) I've created it as a free gift for those who subscribe to my e-newsletter. Subscribe here, and then after you confirm your subscription from your email inbox, you'll be taken to a Web page that contains the link to the downloadable guide. The email newsletter is different from this blog. You'll receive exclusive updates such as cover reveals (The Mark of the King to be revealed June 7 in the newsletter!), new book contracts, and more inside scoops. Already subscribed? No problem! Just email me and I'll send you the Christian Historical Fiction Travel Guide right back. Thank you!  

New Book Contracted for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Wed, 2015-04-15 04:00 -- Jocelyn Green
Last week I signed a contract with Kregel Publications, officially ending my nine-month sabbatical from deadlines. (If you're curious about how I filled my non-writing season, see my top 20 here.) This new project is one that is very close to my heart. It's a devotional book for parents of children with special needs, and I'm co-authoring it with my dear friend Kimberly Drew. Allow me to introduce you. About Kimberly [[{"type":"media", "view_mode":"media_large", "fid":"1219", "attributes":{"class":"media-image alignright size-full wp-image-3002", "typeof":"foaf:Image", "style":"", "width":"300", "height":"200", "alt":"kimberlyabbey"}}]]Kimberly and I attended Taylor University together, where we were Resident Assistants in the same resident hall. She and her college sweetheart, Ryan, have been married since 2000. (I was one of her  bridesmaids!) The Drews live in New Jersey with their three children, Abigail, Jayden, and Cooper. They also have a son Jackson who is waiting for them in heaven. Kimberly developed a labored passion for children and parents of children with special needs after their daughter Abigail suffered a traumatic birth which resulted in multiple disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, a seizure disorder, hearing loss, and microcephaly. From these experiences, and a heart to see and know Christ more, came the desire to help other parents grow in their Christian walk through their own experience raising a child with special needs. Kimberly has served the last fifteen years as a pastor's wife and mentor to teenage girls. She blogs at Promises and Perspective, and at www.differentdream.com, the Web site of author Jolene Philo. Why this project? Those of you who know me well know I've co-authored four devotional books so far. They were all for military, since, as a military wife, I felt a desperate need for spiritual encouragement. I believe parents of children with special needs share that need as well. My son was born with hypothyroidism six years ago. His medication is keeping symptoms at bay, but when I was told my baby was born with a disease that causes profound retardation and dwarfism, my world was rocked. It opened my eyes to an alternate possibility for our family, and though we are fortunate that he is developing normally with his medicine, my heart is still tender to the trials of families with special needs. Kimberly will be sharing from her own heart and experiences in this book, and I'll be sharing insights based on conversations I'll be having with many other parents whose children have a variety of challenges. We are both so grateful for this opportunity.
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