Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's new with JoAnna Grace

From the desk of JoAnna Grace

 
JoAnna Grace
authorjoannagrace.com

 

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Current Titles:

The Roles We Play

Romantic Short Story

ARe


Divine Awakening
Divine Chronicles
Introductory Novella
FREE Download



Divine Destiny
Divine
Chronicles #1
Amazon
Nook


Divine Judgment
Coming Soon!



Pride Before the Fall
Blake Pride #1
Amazon
ARe

~Cover Reveal-August~


Break Her Fall
Blake Pride #2
Coming Fall 2014!
 

Diving Judgment Coming September 1st!

The Divine Chronicles Book 3 is almost here! Have you read the first two? Catch up with the FREE introductory novella, Divine Awakening. Then dive into the full length novel, Divine Destiny! 


Hello! I hope you're having a fantastic summer. Here in Texas it's hot and getting hotter.
Next week I have the privilege of attending the National RWA Conference in San Antonio, TX. These big conferences are always a time of fun and education for me. I'm surrounded by the industry greats and it's easy to get inspired. Be sure to follow me of Facebook @ Jo(space)Anna Grace Author or on Twitter @JoAnnaGrace4ya for pictures and posts about the conference. You never know who I'll run into!

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The Roles We Play, a sweet contemporary romance, is coming to print! Be sure to check out the website in the coming weeks to order your signed copy!
She’s a woman who values her privacy. He’s a man always in the spotlight. Can they make it work after he brings her painful past into the public eye?


 

Divine Judgment: Coming September!


You've been waiting and it's almost here! The third installment of The Divine Chronicles is nearly ready for release. To wet your taste-buds, here's a snipit!!!!!!

Enjoy, my friends!
Lovingly,
Jo

 

*Please keep in mind this is an unedited ARC(advanced reader copy). It is not for publication purposes. To share this newsletter, use the link in the footer. Do not copy and paste or forward.

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One warrior fights for the love of his life, while another warrior finds his.
The gods have summoned…
Thracian Master, Ryse Castille, and Deities around the world travel to the Heavens and face their creators. It’s time for a murderer to come to justice and Ryse will have a front row seat at the trial. The Heavens have a few unexpected surprises for him; he prays one of them will be a reunion with his beloved Avery’s spirit. He’ll stop at nothing to bring her home safely and see his father’s killer brought to justice—if the gods don’t destroy the Olympian race first. Their fate rests on his shoulders.
While the Master is away…
Elite Apprentice, Dante, has a monumental responsibility in Ryse’s absence. He must watch over the widowed queen and Avery’s comatose body until her spirit is returned. In the wake of the king’s death, the gods send Lysandra, an Oracle, to earth to guide them through the troubling times. Weighed down by the constant disapproval of his father, Dante finds solace in her admiring eyes. Their unexpected affections are cultivated amidst the secrecy and constant threat of exposure. Both Oracle and Elite are bound by their oaths—the very things that might wrench them apart.
Two Warriors.
Two Quests.
One Final Judgment.


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The Heavens- City of Olympia
“Crap, crap, crap! Damn it to hell.” Avery slapped at her skin, shook herself off like a dog sheds water. “Fire? Really. You have to transport me with fire?” She glared up at Rhea who stood patiently waiting. Avery coughed and hacked trying to get the heat out of her throat. It took her a moment to realize she wasn’t on fire and she wasn’t having trouble breathing.

“Fire is a part of who you are, beloved. It is not my fault that you have not embraced it.”

“It flippin’ hurts!”

“Your irreverence is disturbing.” Rhea sighed.

Avery’s brows rose. She paced toward the goddess and crossed her arms over her chest. “Irreverence? You set me on fire. Twice. You created me and stuck me on earth, gave my father a vision that caused him to take me into the human world, and now, after I’ve finally found Ryse and fallen in love with him, and figured out who I really am; I’m dead. Now I’m pulled every which way but right, in and out of my own dang body. Did I miss anything? Oh, yeah. You set me on fire.”

“Twice.” Rhea finished for her, her lips twitching. “I do enjoy your spirit. Worry not, I shall return you to your mate in due time.” She gathered Avery into her arms and offered comfort.

Avery shivered once more, the memory of the flames still freaked her out. It was only after her tantrum that she comprehended where she was and took a glance around. “So, this is Heaven, huh?”

There was…nothing. Rhea and Avery were surrounded by an endless sea of nothing. She figured Heaven would be like what she saw in the movies; white lights, lots of gold and silver, shiny crap. Instead, she stood in a void. There was no white light but no darkness either. If she squinted she could make out color, but not really.

“Would you prefer the afterlife to look like this?” Rhea waved her hand and a golden street appeared under her feet leading to a city clad in gold and jewels. There were vivid colors, great temples floating on clouds…and every cliché the human race had ever depicted as “heaven”.

“This isn’t it either, is it?” Avery sighed.

“Maybe you would prefer this?” The scene changed and Avery’s heart nearly broke in half.

It was her childhood home in Texas. The farmhouse with a wraparound porch sat pristine in the middle of hay pastures. Smoke even rose from the chimney. A faint scent of Mama’s fresh baked bread wafted past her nose.

Before she could stop herself, tears rolled down her cheeks and she turned to Rhea. “I had no idea the gods of my husband would be so cruel.” Her anger lashed out like a whip at the goddess.

“It is accurate, is it not? This the place you felt most at home, the most at peace.”

With a defiant swipe, Avery cleared her cheeks of moisture. “Yeah. But you know darn well that place is gone and so are the people in it. So why don’t you quit with the picture games.”

“As you wish.” Rhea’s arm cut through the air and her childhood home was gone. In a blink they stood high on a grassy hill so perfectly green each blade looked hand painted. Their feet rested on the cool white marble of a grand temple.

Avery arched her neck to peer up and up and higher still to the ceiling, elegantly decorated with frescoes of the gods. “I’ve seen this place.”

“It is the city of Olympia in the realm of the gods. When we left the earth, we recreated our cities and temples together here.”

“Cities?” Avery questioned.

“Athens, Delphi, Olympia; just as they would have been on earth.”

Rows of stone buildings with round pillars and intricate carvings of the gods they hosted dotted the valley below. The temple of Zeus was the most prominent. Circular pillars lined the exterior, white limestone stacked as high and mighty as the god it paid homage to.

“Will my parents be here? In one of these cities?” Hope lit in her heart at the thought she might be reunited with her family again.

“Your mother was human and I’m afraid upon death, her soul went to another place that I have no access to. Your father, however, anxiously awaits to greet you.” Rhea held out her arm and pointed to a figure emerging out of the valley below.

“Daddy!” Avery took off running, her feet moving as fast as possible toward the open arms of her father. She jumped and he caught her with a strong grip. He was just as she remembered. Tall, brown hair, heavy build with the warmest hugs in the world.

“Avery, my precious girl, how I’ve missed you.” He kissed her cheek over and over again as they both wept. “I’m so proud of you, baby.” Loving words fell from his lips over and over again as if he were making up for a decade of not sharing his love with her every day. “I love you so much. I’m so proud of you.”

“Daddy, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry about everything. About Jerry and mama, and everything.”

He held her face in his hands. Green eyes, just like hers, were filled with tears and emotion so deep it stirred her soul. “Don’t be sorry about your mother, baby. I knew when we were mated that her humanity would be a part of the deal. She was worth every sacrifice. She gave me you.” He kissed her forehead again. “No father has ever been as proud of his daughter than I am of you.”

Rhea approached, a kind smile on her face. “I owe your parents a great deal, Avery. I wish I could bring them together again, but that is far beyond my control. I can only offer you the knowledge that your mother is in a similar place, her soul is at peace.”

“Thank you, goddess.” Her father bowed to Rhea. “Thank you for bringing me my child and for keeping her from a true death.”

“I have things I must attend to. Your time here is short, Avery. Enjoy this gift. For when I return, you will face your fire and your killer.”
 

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