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Interview with Author Lori Benton (Plus Give-away!)

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 12, 2017 in Behind the Books, Give-aways | 73 Comments

It's my great pleasure to have author Lori Benton here today! Lori was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn; Christy nominee The...

When Refuge Is Not a Place

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 11, 2017 in Journal | 14 Comments

I don't know about you, but I've been holding my breath for days as we've watched Hurricane Irma pummel across Florida, affecting many family members and close friends. This morning I learned that our loved ones are unharmed, and their property has minimal damage, but they are still waiting for power. 

But before that, there were, and still are, the wildfires in the northwest to be concerned about. And we can't forget about those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Rebuilding after fires and hurricanes will be tough work, and for a very long time.

And now we find ourselves on...

Free to Lean Back-to-School Give-away

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 03, 2017 in Give-aways | 51 Comments

Well, Labor Day is behind us and students are back in school. My kids are in third and sixth grades this year, and my husband is in graduate school while also working full-time at a university library. But learning isn't just for classrooms, is it?

In fact, whether we realize it or not, all of us are being taught via hundreds of messages every day. Take a look at the bullets below and see if any of them sound familiar to you:

  • You can and should do it all.
  • Everyone else is doing it all.
  • You need to be more balanced.
  • Slowing down your pace is a...

Top 100 Military Wife Blogs

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Aug 27, 2017 in Military, News | 0 Comments

Just a quick post today to let you in on a nice surprise. Somehow, this blog right here was named in the Top 100 Military Wife Blogs on the planet! Wow! Check out the full list here. I see several worthy blogs that I have followed for years. Bravo!

If you're stopping by this blog for the first time, let me give you the quick run-down. I've written or co-written several books for military wives/families, including: 

  • Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
  • Faith...

Leaving War, Finding Love: A Veteran's Transition

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Aug 23, 2017 in Military | 1 Comment

Today it's my pleasure to welcome to the blog Hillary Sigrist! Hillary is an award-winning author, former military wife, mother of three, and child of God. Married to a special operations solider throughout the course of this decade's Middle Eastern conflicts, she developed a passion for helping her fellow patriot wives, both former and present. Her first book Warrior Wife: Overcoming the Unique Struggles of a Military Marriage, was published in 2015, and has won multiple awards. After her husband separated from active duty, they moved to raise their family under the western skies...

Everything Begins and Ends with Grace

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Aug 09, 2017 in Behind the Books, Journal | 6 Comments

I have to ask. For those of you who have read both The Mark of the King and Free to Lean: Making Peace with Your Lopsided Life--did you catch that I used the lesson the character Marc-Paul learned in the novel in the last chapter of Free to Lean? "Everything begins and ends with grace." Without taking the time to unpack that statement right here, I'll just say that this concept of grace is the perfect fit in both my novel and in my nonfiction book. 

Grace is always our perfect fit. It's always in season. And there is never a time when I don't need it. ...

Pull Out the Good to Make Room for the Best

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 18, 2017 in Journal | 0 Comments

I spent a few hours pulling weeds from my gardens yesterday. Most of what I yanked out was some strange, creepy crawly invasive species I've not officially identified. There was also some crabgrass, some other grass, dandelions, random corn stalks (yes, I live in Iowa), and baby trees who thought they'd give it a go just wherever.

But there was also this flower. A really pretty, cheerful black-eyed susan. The trouble with her was, I'd already stripped that flower bed of her kind, having decided those plants were unpredictable and patchy in how they spread. I wanted to try something...

A Tale of Two Lacemakers

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 06, 2017 in | 6 Comments

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to my e-newsletter, you have already heard gobs about my February 2018 release, A Refuge Assured. You know, for instance, that the heroine is a lacemaker (thank you, book cover designers, for adding the lace touches in the corners, and for finding that gown for the model to wear!). 

And if you follow my dear friend and fellow author...

Behind The Sword of the Matchmaker by Debbie Lynne Costello

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 10, 2017 in Books, Give-aways | 2 Comments

Today I'm happy to welcome to the blog author Debbie Lynne Costello, in celebration of her new medieval novella release, Sword of the Matchmaker! She is giving away a copy of either Sword of the Matchmaker of her novel Sword of Forgiveness (winner's choice of title and format). Leave a comment or answer one of the questions at the end of this post OR ask her a question to be entered.    


Debbie Lynne is also giving away a choice of a kindle fire with Sword of the Matchmaker or a $50 Amazon Gift Card, $15...

Cover Love: 10 Eye-Catching Novels

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 21, 2017 in Journal | 13 Comments

Hello friends! We are inching ever closer to the moment I can share the cover reveal for my next Bethany House novel, A Refuge Assured! Just like last time, my e-newsletter subscribers will get the first peek before I share it on my Web site and social media. (If you're not subscribed yet, now's a good time to do so here! You'll get a free gift, too.)

In the meantime, I'd love to share with you ten book covers that have caught my...


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