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A sweet Story

23 Feb

by Stephanie J Grace

aka Stephanie Becken

When my son was born 4 years ago, our first outing was to church. Our home congregation is one I treasure. They aren’t just people I see on Sunday, they are my friends, my family. That morning, Tanner was maybe 5 days old, just itty bitty, but everyone had been waiting to meet him–I couldn’t stay home! I remember one of the ladies, a doctor, said something about protecting newborns from germs, even as she cooed over him. It was special.

Fast forward to the busy toddler years, and Tanner was a well known fixture. To make it even better, there were 3 other little boys born the same month, so Tanner and his buddies were chief smile-bringers and joyful noise makers. Children’s message time had become a time to watch the boys–what would they do this time?

At that time, our church had two pastors, Ed and David. As soon as Tanner could talk, he called them ‘god’. The pastors were so wonderful about this–they always corrected him and said something about how it was special they could worship and praise God together, but helped him say their names. Tanner ended up calling them a hybrid of names–god, god-Dave, god-Ed–though usually, Dave got called Ed and vice versa.

Then Ed got sick. Very sick. Tanner was about 3 when he notice the Sr Pastor no longer came to church. Ed had been diagnosed with cancer, and did best at home between treatments. Tanner asked Dave where God was every Sunday. Pr Dave was so good with Tanner, and he’d tell him he was sure Ed missed him, too.

Ed died in June after a hard fight with cancer. I still miss him, and so do my kids. Shortly after Ed passed, Dave took a new job at another church. We miss him, too. A new pastor came in to help our congregation transition to a new path. His name is Pastor Ralph, and right from the start, Tanner called him Pastor Ralph. He likes the ‘f’ sound. I thought that because of Tanner’s age, he had a better understanding of identity, hence, he always called Pastor Ralph by his name.

This week, that changed. Tanner celebrated his 4th birthday this week, and in major birthday mindset, started asking about everyone’s birthday. He asked when ‘god’s’ birthday was. I thought he meant Jesus at Christmas. Nope. He meant Ralph. “When is God’s birthday? We should make him a cake. He really likes my glasses. Do you think he’ll eat soup at church with us like god Dave did?”

At church this week, Tanner, who had called Pr Ralph by name for months, chased after him, wanting a hug from god. I reminded Tanner of his name, and I will keep reminding him. I know Ralph will help, too, but I’m going to treasure this while it lasts.

My son sees God in the people who love him, and he’s pretty sure everyone loves him. I want that to last forever, and for him to grow into a person who tries to be the same for others. Tanner is little and innocent, and learning about God in a faith community that loves him and all the little ones who come to worship and grow.

I had a good cry today, remembering Ed and Dave, especially Ed, who baptized my kids, gave me my first communion, and answered dozens of faith questions for me. When my middle daughter was a toddler, he’d stop by our pew on his way out of the sanctuary, and share a pretzel from her snack bag.  I have hundreds of church stories, and they’re on my mind.

I’m also prayerful and thankful for my church family–including Pr. Ralph, who is going to have a Tanner on his  tail for a while. With birthday cake and lots of questions.

All the best,

Stephanie

New Release and a give-away!!

13 May

I am so excited to present this second sweet title. Felines and Flowers has been a joy story–one that makes my heart happy and I hope my readers will find Easy Peasy another shot of sugar to leave you smiling!

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Myra’s childhood in a prepper bunker facilitated her self-sufficiency, but at twenty-four, she’s tired of being a lone mitten. With her business keeping her busy, she’s not sure when she’ll find Mr. Right, but hopes he likes long walks in the park and princess movies.

Oakes Willowbee, just starting his prepping, needs all the help he can get. Former military and in over his head, he’s trying to get his life in order to be ready for a worldwide catastrophe, but he’s having a hard time getting past sheep. With Myra’s help, Oakes gets a taste of prepper life, but his fascination with preparedness might kill their budding relationship.

Despite the attraction between them, finding a balance between living and surviving could be anything but easy peasy.

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To Celebrate, I’m offering a giveaway! If you were a prepper–or if you are a prepper–what is your favorite item to have stocked to the rafters? Remember to leave your first name and your email so I can get a hold of the winners!!

I will give away 2 goody bags (US only, sorry) containing all sorts of prepper fun for summer as well as ebooks of Easy Peasy for each winner–format of choice. Winners to be announced May 20th!!

All the very best,
Stephanie J Grace
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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

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

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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Contest ends January 31st, so make sure to visit all the blogs for the most chances to win goodies!

 

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

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