Dressed to Impress

Photo Credit: Gerla Brakkee

I enjoy dressing up whenever the occasion calls for it. But it seems life has become more and more casual to the point where we seldom dress up anymore. Imagine my delight when I was able to dress my book with it’s cover. I wanted it to convey my grandmother’s story in picture form, yet be compelling enough to make the consumer want to pick it up and read. I believe the graphics team at New Book Publishing did a fabulous job. What do you think? Is the storm approaching or leaving? What is the significance of the old shanty? The wheat field?

Below is the full-cover, front and back, as it will appear when printed. Notice the QR code–where do you think it links to? Have fun figuring it out.



My granddaughters, Bristol and Norah

Remember as a child when Christmas was approaching how it couldn’t get here fast enough? Well, I feel like a child who has been waiting and waiting, and now the day is finally closer than ever. My book, Through The Eyes of Grace, will be ready next month. To those of you who are following my blog, you will be the first to hear about it. You can sign up by clicking the button on the right.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • I approved the final copy today.
  • Our first shipment of books will arrive next month.
  • We’re making plans for a trip to Oklahoma to promote interest and hopefully sales. In case you didn’t know–Oklahoma is where my book takes place. 🙂

Each week I’m going to give you a bit more information about my grandmother’s story. When the book is available I’m going to ask a question from the information I share on the blog. For all who guess correctly your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a signed copy of Through The Eyes Of Grace, a $15.99 value.

So be sure to sign up to receive my next post so you don’t miss the clues I share.

Until then,

I wish you well,


Officially Yours

It has been mine for the past 25 years. Ten  years ago I began the process of making it yours, and in the Fall of 2012 it will be official – officially yours that is.

I have prayed, cried, and labored over this project. I have gone from being a novice writer to a full-time writer of a blog, our neighborhood newsletter, and my own journals. The project of which I speak is my first novel titled, Through The Eyes Of Grace, and is based on the life of my grandmother. The story takes place in Oklahoma just after the turn of the 20th century. Oklahoma was called Indian Territory then, and is still home to hundreds of Native Americans today. I didn’t know her story until after she died when I was 19. I was her youngest grandchild, and how I wished I could have heard these stories from her first-hand. What lessons I could have learned from her, but at 19 I was too young to appreciate the value of asking good questions.

My Mom was her youngest daughter. Of my grandmother’s six children she outlived all of them except for her. My hope is that her story will compel you to ask good questions of your own parents and/or grandparents. My Mom says that every time someone dies a library of information is buried with them. Sadly, this is true. Unless we ask and remember their stories will be gone in one or two generations. What a gift to know those stories and pass them onto your children and grandchildren.

I’ve provided at the back of the book a list of great questions to help you get started in discovering your own family history. We all have a story, but we may not know all the details. My prayer is that you will not only enjoy reading my book, but that you will find yourself drawn to talk to loved ones about it.

Through The Eyes Of Grace is my gift to you.

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Blessings to you and yours,