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New Novella Collection Contracted!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 14, 2016 in Books, News | 6 Comments

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...

When Disease Takes Your Children

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 10, 2016 in Special Needs | 0 Comments

In honor of MPS Awareness Day (May 15), I'm handing the blog over today to Shannon McNeil, a mother of two children diagnosed with MPS III, or San Filippo Syndrome--one in heaven now, and one still gracing this earth. Some of the McNeil family's story is included in my upcoming release, Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs. But today, she's going to give us a more complete picture by sharing with us the talk she recently gave to a group of women at her church. I hope you'll take a few moments to hear her heart, below. (Don't miss the video at...

NEW: Christian Historical Fiction Travel Guide

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 07, 2016 in News | 5 Comments

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...

Giveaway and Sale for Military Wives!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 06, 2016 in Books | 28 Comments

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! As a former military wife myself, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of you who is married to someone who is active duty, National Guard, Reserves, or even retired from any branch of service. I definitely appreciate the servicemembers themselves, but today is about you, the spouse! Your sacrifices and dedication are rarely in the spotlight, but you are the backbone of your family! I'm praying special blessings over each one of you today.

In honor of your service, I'm giving away THREE copies of the book,...

Character Inspirations for The Mark of the King

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 03, 2016 in Behind the Books | 4 Comments

I spent last Friday at Bethany House Publishers' offices in Minneapolis, and I'm getting so excited to see what they come up with for The Mark of the King's book cover! I will likely do the cover reveal through my newsletter (see sign up in the footer of this page) two weeks before it appears on all the retail sites. The book releases in January, but the cover will be finalized this summer. Yippee! 

Now, since I don't have the cover quite yet, I thought I would at least show you some images that I've been using as inspiration for some of my main characters. Julianne is our...

Available for Pre-order! Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 20, 2016 in Books, Special Needs | 0 Comments

Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs is now available to pre-order! This devotional book near and dear to my heart. A special thank you to all of you who have been part of this project, whether you prayed for us as we were working on it, or whether you were one of the many parents I had the privilege of interviewing for the book! My co-author Kimberly Drew and I are so excited about this upcoming release, we are going to offer some FREE bonuses to those who pre-order at Amazon, ...

A Prayer for Veterans

Posted by Kathy on Nov 11, 2015 in Military | 0 Comments

Heavenly Father, I lift up to you all the Veterans of the Armed Forces. The men and women who gave unselfishly Serving 24/7 365 days a year For the freedoms this country holds dearly. I pray you fill their minds with peace When there is turmoil and confusion. Replace the anger from the evil they’ve seen With the righteous anger of your children. When they feel lost and completely alone, I pray they sense your presence always near. In the nights when anxiety and nightmares linger, Help them remember they have nothing to fear. If they start to question why they’re still alive, Gently guide...

#Give-aways for #MilitaryFamilyMonth!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Nov 03, 2015 in | 90 Comments

Most of you know I'm a former military wife, so my heart remains tender to the special joys and challenges our military families experience. In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month this November, I am so pleased to partner with Cru Military to offer these FIVE BUNDLES of books to those of you who are active duty, reserves, or National Guard families! To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment telling which bundle you'd like most, along with your second choice.

Bundle #1

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Get Ready for #NaNoWriMo!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Oct 29, 2015 in Writing | 0 Comments

Since November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) I thought I'd pull together some blog posts from the archives that may help those of you who are participating. Or, if you're not going to do NaNoWriMo but are still interested in writing, feel free to bookmark these posts for future reference. Happy Writing!

  1. Who, Me? Write Fiction? Best Books for the Aspiring Novelist
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On Terrible Advice from Really Successful People

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 30, 2015 in Journal | 20 Comments

Recently I sat down with a really, really successful publishing editor who gave me some advice for my writing career. It was terrible advice. The worst ever. If I didn't already have ten books published and several national awards, I would have been crushed. As it was, however, I was just stunned. So stunned in fact, she cocked her head at me and said, "Are you OK?"

I wasn't, at the moment. What she had told me to do went against my entire purpose, and against my nature, and against my integrity. She told me in no uncertain terms that I...

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