December Giveaway

We’ve made it to the joyful Christmas Season. I hope you and yours are counting your blessings as you concentrate on those things that matter most. May God be in the middle of it all, the focus of all your celebrations.

I’m giving away a print copy of Bring Me Near by me and one of All That Glitters by Jennifer Sienes to US residents. Please comment in order to enter for your chance to win one of the books.

What traditions do you plan to include this year in your celebrations? Or perhaps share a favorite recipe or treat? Or a gift idea?

Because Fiction November Article and Giveaway

Time for another Because Fiction article and giveaway. This month I’m giving away a copy of Bring Me Near. Click below and read the article and enter.

Marguerite Martin Gray

#BecauseFiction November Editions!Hello readers, I hope you had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving. It is so hard to believe that Christmas is here. We are decking our halls (and our yard) just like each year….but Christmas is meaning more to me this year. It is easy to get caught up in the hussle and bussle but this year, with all that has happened. We always try to make Christ the center of our Christmas celebration, but I think this year with all that we have experienced, we are thankful to be able to celebrate Christ. I hope this Christmas is a blessed one for each of you, readers! Speaking of celebrating… We have some fun things coming up at Celebrate Lit. We have our Black Friday Sale going on today…Celebrating with FREE books! That’s what I call a celebration! We also have our Cyber Monday Sale coming up on Monday, Nov 30 with MORE FREE books! WHAAAAAT?????!!!!!  Our 4th Annual 12 Days of Christmas is coming December 13. 12 days of videos featuring a different book each day. Did I mention there will be giveaways? Oh yes. 12 days of giveaways with books, gift cards, and more! If you want to keep up with all the fun, be sure to follow Celebrate Lit on Facebook or join our Celebrate Lit Community Forum. WHEW! Okay. Speaking of fun….. We have a lot of fun for you in this edition. Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas. Plus giveaways and a free book. YAY! Be sure to visit each authors article to find their latest news and fun.  I hope you have the merriest, the most blessed of Christmases, dear reader friends.Sandy BarelaOwner of Celebrate Lit Ministries
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Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction October Contemporary & Romance Edition with featured authors such as Chautona Havig, Michelle Keener, and Melissa Wardwell!

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Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction October Women’s Fiction & Suspense Edition with featured authors such as Sara Blackard, Susan K. Beatty, and Dana Mentink!

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Stop by and read our #BecauseFiction October Historical Edition with featured authors such as Misty M. Blossom Turner, and Caryl McAdoo!

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Bring on the Fall Multi Author Giveaway

Hello Readers!Fall is officially here! The leaves are turning, the weather is cooling, and it is time to curl up with a book! 


We want you to have a chance to win 40 of books or a $350 Amazon card to buy a ton of books yourself in the Celebrate Lit Bring on the Fall Multi-Author Giveaway!

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/1004c/bring-on-the-fall-giveaway

The event and giveaway is going on now through October 18!

Bring Me Near is the book I’m giving away! Please enter and look at all the awesome books!

July 4th Celebration Giveaway

July Giveaway 2020Happy 4th of July! It’s a privilege to celebrate our Independence Day. To add to the celebration, I am giving away to a US resident a copy of one of two novels. They that take place pre American Revolution: Bring Me Near: Revolutionary Faith Book Three (1775) and A Heart Set Free (1770) by Janet S. Grunst.

Leave a comment, perhaps about July 4th or a way that you celebrate, for a chance to win.

Good Luck! 

Multi-Author Giveaway

I’m so excited about Celebrate Lit’s second annual “We love our Readers Multi-Author Giveaway!”
Feb 2020 we love our Readers
Readers, we love you, and we wouldn’t be where we are without you! We are excited to show our appreciation with a giveaway just for you!
Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and 40+ books. Click here to enter:  https://promosimple.com/ps/f36d/2020-we-love-our-readers
mutli author giveaway Feb 2020The event and giveaway is going on now through Feb 16! Open to US residents only.
Notice Bring Me Near in the giveaway surrounded by some awesome books!
Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the giveaway!
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End of Year Insights

cup of teaIt has happened again. The end of the year is here, giving me a chance to look back as I look forward. Do you do the same thing? I find it is an opportunity to slow down for a few days, but only a few.  I have deadlines looming, just out of reach. So, I’m taking a few blessed days to contemplate my next moves.

Hold me Close front (1)I’m excited about my next book being released sometime in February or March 2020. But for now, I want to remember how far the Revolutionary Series has come in two years. The characters are close to my heart as are the stories they live through the pages. The titles of each book have a duel meaning and carry through the series. The title of Book One–Hold Me Close, conjures images of a romance. Although that is not the number one theme of the book, a romance is present. The sentimental elements of love and affection appear in the pages of the historical novel. But Hold Me Close has a spiritual significance as God is the one holding the characters close in His plans, in His arms, in His sight.

Surround Me front (1)Book Two–Surround Me has the dual meaning also. The full title could have been Let Your Love Surround Me. Whose love? Well, the love between the couple with all the ends and outs of a romance, but also God’s love, as ultimately the characters need His love and presence to face their future together.

Bring Me Near rough (2)By now the pattern is set for the other novels in the series. Book Three–Bring Me Near carries the dual meaning onward with the human element of longing to be close for protection, support, and love. God’s role is every-present as He is there to provide the answers, comfort, protection outside of the human capabilities.

In the new year, I will pass on the title and information about Book Four. For now, I intend to relax and contemplate how I can allow God to hold me close, surround me, and bring me near.

What insights do you have from 2019? 

 

Beginnings…Part Three

IMG_0533Saying goodbye is in fact facing a beginning. You can say adios to friends and family as well as jobs, residences, seasons, and vacation. Of course, there are big events when children leave home, loved ones die, youth flees along with health. Yet, these events are replaced with something, perhaps a new beginning.

IMG_0680I recently returned from a very awesome sojourn to Switzerland. The majestic mountains and cool weather rejuvenated my senses and my energy for a short period of time. It’s always nice to say hello to vacation, the planning being a huge part of the anticipation and actual journey. Colors are brighter; smiles are larger; attitudes are transformed. Yes, vacations tend to release negative energy and vibes.

VUQV0631Those events whether a vacation or a move or a change of jobs have the inevitable end and the facing of reality.  That is where I am right now. Summer is coming to a quick halt as the first day of school hangs just a week away. My new beginning, full of anticipation is preceded by a few months of leisure and rest. Who am I to complain! Life is full of these moments between seasons.

The hero in Book Three of Revolutionary Faith, Bring Me Near (Amazon link), faces decisions and an ominous new event:

Charles Town, South Carolina–December 31, 1774

Louis Lestarjette paused with his hands on the hard cherry-wood armoire doors, depending on the strength of the massive piece of furniture to hold him upright. The slight pounding of a headache reminded him of the task before him.

Meet at the Exchange at eleven.

He was to come alone. The note had not been signed. Christopher Gadsden, his friend and business partner, had told him he’d receive an opportunity to help the cause. Since he trusted Christopher, he did not second-guess whether he should meet tonight. Nothing could keep him away. He needed to know how to protect Elizabeth from the turmoil brewing…. 

IMG_1023What are you saying goodbye to right now? What beginning are you anticipating? 

Thank You

IMG_7178I need to stop and thank everyone for a successful release of Bring Me Near. The flowers are for you! I could not have done it without so many people working to make this publication special and memorable. The process of publication is long and arduous but so very worth it to finally hold the book in my hands.

Thank you to my publisher and editors at Celebrate Lit. You kept me on track and worked diligently to create a beautiful book. Roseanna White once again created a gorgeous cover. I’m so pleased with all three of the covers for the series.

IMG_7114 (1)My advanced readers, or my street team, are awesome. I hope I didn’t scare you off from joining me again for the next novel. Thank you for your time, your critiques, your reviews, and overall support. I received many comments that I will use over and over to inspire me to continue writing. My team of readers for Bring Me Near was Katie G., Boots M., Sarah H., Charlotte P., Sally M., Terri W., Melissa W., Mary C., Donna G., Nancy W., Diane F., Gloria B., Judy K., Katherine H., Linda M., Dot G., Sandy D., and Becky S. You are the best!

My blog tour with Celebrate Lit ran from February 28- March 13. Thank you to all of the bloggers for your time and reviews. It is always a joy to work with such a dedicated group of readers, writers, and bloggers.

img_e7187-2.jpgNext is a new release book signing on March 23 at the Avenue Christian Bookstore in Ruston, Louisiana. I hope to see many family and friends at this event.

I will continue to promote the Revolutionary Faith Series at book clubs, book events, festivals, and social clubs. I am over half way in the writing of Book Four Draw Me to Your Side. Keep your comments coming as we continue this journey together.

Let me know what you think about the series and what you expect for Book Four!

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