Life Moves Me

26 May

You know those women who get choked up for no real reason and can cry on a dime? Yeah, that’s me.

 

Since the birth of my first daughter I’ve found that I am simply more emotional. It’s not something that encroaches on my life or has me reaching for professional help. I can face the hard and tragic things in life with grace and strength–oh I’ll cry with a friend who has been hurt and cry with people I adore when a parting approaches–but I find it’s the happy, everyday things that really make my eyes burn.

 

My eldest, Grace, gives my middle daughter, Joy, piggy back rides and tries to cheer her up by letting her wear her ‘big’ shirts, even though Grace’s clothes are much to big for Joy. When Joy falls down, Grace picks her up and on super hard days, she’ll pat her head. Heaven forbid Joy tries to hug Grace too much, but when it counts, my big girl’s big sister techniques touch my heart. She’ll drop what she’s doing to pick up the baby boy if he trips. She makes me proud–and that makes me cry a little.

 

My middle daughter, Joy, looks at life with these eyes that are soooo wide. She has the most amazing imagination and I get the giggles just listening to the world she builds. She loves to hold babies and tell them they are beautiful and that when they are big she’ll push them on the swing and let them touch her dollies if they promise not to bite their toes. She cries when her friends get hurt because ‘it breaks her heart’. She makes my heart feel like it could fly–and that makes me cry.

 

And then there’s my baby. He’s fifteen months old and is all boy. He’s silly and sweet and gets into everything. When we have visitors of the itty bitty baby kind, he loves to sit by them and give them hugs. He worries when they start crying and tries to give them their nuks. When he can’t he runs the nuk to me and in his way, demands that I fix the crying one. Sometimes he’s too busy to give me hugs and kisses, but sometimes he’ll crawl up on my lap and pull my head down until it’s on his shoulder so he can hug and kiss me. He’s growing so fast and this moment too will pass before I”m ready. His excitement for life makes me hold my breath for the next step–and that makes me cry.

 

Just so you don’t think it’s all kid related, I cry during movies, when I read books, when an especially touching coffee commercial comes on–you name it and I’m pretty okay with being moved. Since I’ve embraced my crying ways, I feel less stress and I feel closer to the world around me. I want God to give me a million sweet reasons to cry–I don’t mind buying more tissues 🙂

 

Any other criers out there? What sets you off?

 

All the best,

Stephanie J Grace

Felines and Flowers for Spring

11 May

Decadent Publishing’s new Bono Books features sweeter romance, including–Felines and Flowers. Check out Felines and Flowers as well as many other wonderful YA and sweet romance stories now!

 

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.

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Enjoy something sweet this spring 🙂

 

All the Best,

Stephanie J Grace

Valentines Love

14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Today is one of those days people either love or despise.

Love for the gifties and the romance and the fun of a day celebrating love.

Hate for the commercialized, carbon copy, over priced gifts and pressure from the media.

Bummer for those who only see it as ugly. Anything can be ugly if you let it. If your feelings are very commercialized on the big Vday, take a look at your life and the day and see where you can do something good that isn’t out of ‘social or corperate’ pressure.

 

Taking cupcakes to the nursing home requires no ulterior motive and you didn’t see a commercial telling you it was a must this season. But I’ll guarantee the grandmas and grandpas will love it.

 

Offering to read at school doesn’t jack any kid up on sugar, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a child turn down a story.

 

Two little things, but they might help put some love in a life that might not see it, even on Valentine’s Day 🙂

 

And for those who love the day and plan on embracing it–rock it, my lovlies! Enjoy the day and share the love with someone who isn’t getting as much!

 

All the best,

Stephanie J Grace

aka Stephanie Beck

Romance at Random Funness!!

16 Jan

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This January I’m happy to be part of the Romance at Random event. Second perk until January 22nd? Felines and Flowers is on sale at Amazon for only .99!  What’s better than .99? FREE!!!

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.

 

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I’m asking the cats vs dogs question. I’m definitely a dog person. What about you? Leave your name and email for a chance to win an ebook of Felines and Flowers! Winner will be posted February 1, 2012.

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All the best,

Stephanie J Grace

www.stephaniebeck.net

 

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Loving the lovely life.

14 Jan

Ahh, alliteration, it is so sweet, yet I’ve been told it is distracting and doesn’t have a place in fiction.

 

Le sigh. I suppose the stupendous sayers of rules really know what they talk about.

Alas, all anyone can do is nod and smile. Or at least that is all I choose to do.

I don’t think alliteration pulls me out of a story, unless it’s too silly for the moment and then it’s just…silly.

 

Thoughts? Are you against alliteration or are you an advocate? (see what I did there?)

 

All the best,

Stephanie J Grace

Merry Merry Christmas

21 Dec

It’s almost here! Oh come, oh come Emmanuel!!

Why do I love Christmas so much? My kids see me get giggly excited this time of year and it’s not because of the presents or the food or the visiting. Oh no, it’s Christmas!!

I hold a respect for those who talk history and explain how Christmas is not Christ’s actual birthday. I will even respect the opinions of those who say the Christmas traditions are mostly pagan in origin. I know how to read and research, I understand that those are basic truths.

However–

 

In the years Christmas was first celebrated, Christians were persecuted. They were being burned at stakes, they were being murdered for their faith. The old celebrations God gave them couldn’t be celebrated. The trappings of their faith had been cut down to none of the physical things that humans desperately need to connect with. The Christians didn’t need a false god or a golden calf–they needed a reminder and a celebration of life and the fulfilling of promises of God.

What better way than to celebrate the Saviors birth? In Isaiah we learned all about who would come and save the Jews. The Jews waited with bated breath for this Messiah. The day he was born…beautiful. It wasn’t just the chosen who were one step closer to being saved, it was mankind.

Celebrating Christmas is thanking God for honoring his promise. Christ’s birth is one more in a line of fulfilled promises from God and I’m sooooo thankful for what it means for me personally and I’m so thankful for what it means for you.

 

Merry Chirstmas! Let your love shine and your heart grow in the New Year

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

aka

Stephanie Beck