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Oh so Crazy

6 Sep

Life gets crazy. Some days it seems like my to-do list is only rivaled by the plethora of things I forgot to add to my to-do list, but still need to be done. Why in the great blue yonder is this list so long? I’m blessed to be home with my three kids, loved by my wonderful husband, doing a job I adore on a timeframe of my choosing, and happy to have a small, but fantastic group of friends…I should have more time to just…have time.

 

But I don’t and when the day of “aaaaaaaah!!” comes and I need to relax and I need to do nothing, I look to books. And more than just any books, I look for one that is sweet. Life is busy and crazy and sometimes, frankly, unpleasant. Sometimes I need a shot of sugar and when I do I find a sweet story that makes me sigh and giggle and smile even after it’s over.

 

With the crazy of getting back into the school routine or the crazy of having to hear about other people getting into that routine if it doesn’t apply to you, I hope you’re able to take a little sweet time for yourself. Fill it with something good that will make you smile!

During high school, Warren was just Wendy’s youth pastor. All grown up and shepherding over her own flock of church kids, Wendy Miller turns to her old friend for help. Not that Warren is that old. In fact, the two have a lot more in common than Wendy would have ever thought.

After the death of his wife, Warren was sure he was finished with relationships. Wendy changes that forgone conclusion with her bright spirit and zest for life. Lining up their desires when they’re at very different points in their lives proves a challenge that might take a little divine intervention, or at least help from friends.

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All the best, my friends! Keep things sweet 🙂

 

Stephanie J Grace

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My nails look good.

20 Jul

You know how I know I’m on vacation (kinda)? My nails finally look like nails instead of transparent, chippy pieces of tape at the ends of my fingers.

 

For the last six months my husband has been working in western North Dakota near the Bakken Basin. He loves his job and is so great at it. It was the sort of thing we couldn’t pass up. I stayed home to finish off the school year with the three kids and he drove home to Minnesota as often as he could.

 

We’ve also been working on our house so we can sell it and make a full transition to North Dakota. Between painting and cleaning and fixing, my hands have been dirty, very often in the last six months and where there is dirt there is soap and water.

 

We headed west in June, mostly to be out of the way so the realtor can do his thing, and I’ve found in the last two months…I have nails again!

 

Living in a camper in the middle of a parking lot in the middle of oil country might not sound like every woman’s dream, but it’s been a blessing in disguise. I sit more and play more games and write more now than I have in months. The kids and I see my husband every single day and though things aren’t ideal, my stress levels have returned to levels unseen for many, many months.

 

I looked down today after I’d given all the kids a bath and put in a movie for them that I actually needed to trim my nails. That’s right, I hadn’t snagged them off or bit them off or anything like I have been. They really needed a trim.
That’s when it hit me: I’m not super stressed anymore and I really don’t want to go down that road again. I know in the next few months as we sell our house and move and find housing out here (it’s as horrible as everyone says as far as being able to find homes is concerned) but I’m going to hold onto this feeling of peace…and I”m going to put on some fancy polish!

 

All the best,

Stephanie J Grace

Loving the Sweet Life

18 Nov

 

At the moment I’m writing something spicy and titillating, all the while plotting my next sweet story.

I find the combination of writing and thinking a little like mixing up batter for chocolate pudding while the savory aroma of a roast permeates the air. They don’t quite mix, but it’s not unpleasant either.

How far away from each other are sweet and savory? Really, they are only on adjacent sides of the tongue, so maybe sweet and spicy romance really aren’t so different. Sure, in one the language is a little harder, things are more graphic–but the main goal is still love.

In sweeter romance the doors stays shut, or maybe there isn’t even a reason to close the door. I tend to leave the cussing out of sweeter stories as well, but that just forces me and my characters to express themselves differently, but still practically in stressful or high emotion situation.

 

As I finish up with the sexy, naughty story, I’m really excited to start on my next sweet story. 2012 just might be the year of Stephanie J Grace…well, she’ll be there at least.

 

Stephanie J Grace

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Stephanie Beck

Stephanie J Grace-prancing in the daisies

19 Sep

My name is Stephanie J Grace…no really it’s Stephanie Beck…no, wait, that’s still not right. Anywhoser, this is the page for Stephanie J Grace, sweet, inspirational romance writer, YA writer, and lover of all things sweet…including cake.

Inspirational romance is one of those things that needs a few specific features. The relationship between the characters and each other as well as their relationship with God come into play. Such relationships are deeply personal and getting a glimpse into them can make a story something more. It can be a gentle push into repairing relationships or into taking the first step in making one.

YA (young adult) romance also falls into the Stephanie J Grace book-bag. Romance for the 18-24 crowd doesn’t necessarily need to be all sunshine and daisies, but it does focus in more on the issues and details of the lives of younger people (I just got pushed out of the target reading age for this one, but I still love it).

A new name, a new face, a new line of stories–what a better way to embrace the changing of the season? Stop in, look around and pass on the goodness.

Lots of Love

Stephanie J Grace

Felines and Flowers

During high school, Warren was just Wendy’s youth pastor. All grown up and shepherding over her own flock of church kids, Wendy Miller turns to her old friend for help. Not that Warren is that old. In fact, the two have a lot more in common than Wendy would have ever thought.

After the death of his wife, Warren was sure he was finished with relationships. Wendy changes that forgone conclusion with her bright spirit and zest for life. Lining up their desires when they’re at very different points in their lives proves a challenge that might take a little divine intervention, or at least help from friends.

Genre:  Contemporary romance, Late Escape, sweet romance

Heat level:  1
Word count – 19k

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