Review: Grace and the Preacher




Synopsis:

At the age of twenty-three, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires but has only met through his letters.

 

Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. Ten years ago his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now they’ve finished their sentences, but the plan for vengeance has just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, Theo has aa chance encounter that could provide him with the escape he needs.  

 

But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Sawyer is a wonderful story about forgiveness. I was hooked. The story told of a man running from his past life that soon caught up with him. An offer as a preacher for a new town gave him a chance to leave and start new. But soon, the past came tumbling down his present life. A young woman writes to the new preacher. She soon grew attached to the man in the letters. Once he comes to her town, secrets come out and betrayal will take over…it will be up to both characters to face their situations and decide the results. 

Kim Sawyer’s writing is superb. The emotional attachment happens quickly. Each character faces real life issues that helped me relate easily to them. I could understand what they went through and why. Clean, intriguing, and well-written. Grace and the Preacher is a satisfying Christian historical tale. Love, sacrifice, and redemption can be found inside…I loved it. This is definitely a book that I recommend to all. 

Modern Girl: A Novel

Modern Girl

 

Dear Readers,

It has taken me about four tries, and I finally think my book is on the right track. It’s still in the stage of rewriting so, it may contain many errors. But here’s an excerpt:

I waited. So far, nothing. All my dreams were but fading into air. Feeling frustrated, I turned to my computer. Hoping to scope for some sign. I needed a job. Well, I needed a lot more than just needing a job, but was God listening to me at the moment. Maybe, or maybe he’s just thinks I’m not ready yet. How much longer Lord? It wasn’t like I was a sixteen-year-old girl waiting for her first kiss. I did once a time, wish for that very thing. But it never happened. At least not until, I was nineteen. I almost remember it as if it were yesterday. We were sitting in his car, parked at local park. Listening to music we were just talking. Then, somehow, he moved closer, and before I knew what was happening, he kissed me. I didn’t know what to say. First kiss from a guy. What was I supposed to say or do? He; however, predicted my very exact reaction. I guess I was or still am just that predictable. Maybe that’s my issue. Guys liked a mystery about their girls. I basically tell my whole life story to guy. Thinking it wise to bear my whole self-up front rather than wait until later.

Was I just setting myself up for failure every time I did that or simply did I just not meet any man’s real interest? The only romance these days, are my romance novels. Without them, I probably wouldn’t know what the feeling was like between a man and woman. The novels always left me wondering if a romance could ever possibly be that hot and that passionate…

Okay back to the job hunt…every job either required skills I don’t have or required that I move to that particular location. I mean moving would be fine, if I had the money and a car to do so. I wanted to cry.

Maybe, if I actually took the time to pray the whole rosary or make it to adoration at my church, I might actually have better luck right now. Unfortunately, I was the kind of person who can’t sit still for long periods unless I have a majority of different kinds of tasks at hand.

Thus, the reason for me starting so many projects and only completing a few at a time.

I was about to let my head fall on my desk when…

“Piper, you are so going to owe me a girl’s night out for this!” Shouted my Kendra. My bestest friend in the whole world. Unlike me, she was happily married to a great man.

Slapping a newspaper upon my desk, she goes to sit on the edge of my full sized bed. Taking up the paper, I instantly look at the highlighted parts.

WANTED: A FULL TIME LIBRARIAN. MUST WORK FROM 8AM-4PM ON MONDY’S THROUGH FRIDAY’S. ALSO, MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH THE DEWEY SYSTEM, BOOKS, AND HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

“So, what do you think?” I can just hear Kendra getting worked up over her find.

“This is unbelievable!”

Kendra frowned.

“I meant that in the best of ways. I might actually get a job now, thank you!” I shouted back and hugged her tightly.

Kendra’s smile told me that she was happy to have helped my job dilemma. But there was only one obstacle. I had to apply and then be interviewed…then wait for a response on whether or not I actually will be hired.

Going back to the newspaper, I went on to read:

MUST STOP BY LIBRARY TO APPLY. INTERVIEWS WILL HAPPEN ON SPOT. ONLY SUITED CANIDATE WILL BE HIRED. JOB INTERVIEWS CLOSE FRIDAY AT 4PM ON MAY 16TH.

May 16th at 4pm? “Oh my gosh, it closes today at 4pm!”

“Oh my gosh! Let me drive you. I forgot to check that bit…I was too excited.”

Grabbing decent clothes and putting them on as I’m running down the stairs is indeed a task that is not to be tried. I almost fell a few times if it weren’t for Kendra grabbing my arm to keep me from falling.

As we get into her small car, Kendra turns the key. A litter splutter then nothing.

“Oh crap this is not good!”

“Oh my gosh! This is so not good. Try again, Kendra!”

“I’m trying…” Turning the key once more… the engine comes to life.

“YAY!”

It took us ten minutes to get to the library. I practically ran out and stumbled right into a man. He was like running into a brick wall but warm and breathing…shaking my head, I apologized and went to the door. Only it was closed. A sign that read, sorry, we are closed.

“What!” That’s not possible!

“I’m afraid we had to close early due to no interviews.”

“But it’s not 4pm, and I am here for an interview!”

The man looked at me with his piercing green eyes. I looked right back at him. Standing my ground. I will not let him scare me away from a chance to interview for a job that obviously wasn’t taken yet…

“Fine. You’re hired. You will start tomorrow. Be here at 7:30 am sharp. No lateness will be tolerated.”

“Yes. Thank you.”

Nodding his head, he turns to leave.

“Wait, what’s your name?”

He turns back to me. “Mitchell.”

Then, turns away once more.

I stand there gaping after the man.

“What just happened?”

“I just got hired for the job!” I told her.

“Oh my gosh! I knew it! I just knew it! Oh my gosh! We are so celebrating! Girl’s night out you owe me remember?” Kendra said dragging me away to her car.

I felt light headed. I was finally going to work and not just work any job, but one that I would love to do.

Enjoy!

 

Cover Reveal: The Nightmare Train by Danielle Urban

The Nightmare Train

The Nightmare Train by Danielle Urban protrays a haunting story just as errie and horrifying as the Holocaust but with a modern twist and a horror much worse than Hitler himself. A young girl boards a train with her family, and instead is led to a faraway place reaking of terror and death. Once the train stops, all normality vanishes, and the real horror begins. Hundreds of people, men women, and children board this train and are led to their death. But will this one girl and her family survive along with the others on board? Or will the Nightmare Train continue to lure more people to their untimely death.

This novel was based on a nightmare that occured and has thus become a thriller instead. The nightly terrors and the bone chilling scenes will leave readers wide awake at night. No one should die..especially just for one evil man’s thrill of killing. A brilliant way in capturing innonect people and leading them to believe all is going to be well until the train reaches its final designation. A place where many have died before over and over again. Those who survived, work on the contruction of buildings that once was where all the dead bodies laid. Once a job was complete, the living became the dead. One girl, thousands of dead who are willingly to help, and a bit of courage may evenutally put an end to The Nightmare Train…or so they thought. Readers will love this new edge of your seat thriller. I highly recommend signing up for the arc copies coming soon.

Urban Lit Magazine Cover Reveal

UrbanLit September Issue

Universal Creativity Inc. is proud to present the new name of our creative writing magazine to Urban Lit. Urban Lit is a literary magazine that now delivers more content, better formats, and still free for readers and writers alike.

Urban Lit will be featuring several different authors in this new issue. We will also be featuring more articles on things that readers are curious about. Things like Most Talked about Books, Digital/Print or Both, New Book Releases, Press Releases for Authors, Editing, Formatting, Book Publishers, Contests, and of course writing prompts will all be inside of this very first new edition.

Also, we will be doing author of the month features, book of the month features, book reviews, short stories, poems, and much more.

We will also have two formats available to readers of Urban Lit for them to download. These will be in PDF & ePub.

September Issue is coming soon!

FREE Books & Magazines Coming Soon!

FREE Books & Magazines

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We are happy to announce that June 2015 Issue for Universal Creativity Inc. will be released this Monday! The best-selling author Jacob Appel be featured inside our issue and we highly recommend reading his interview! Also, we will be featuring another author, Allen Eskens, who will have his interview featured as well.

Are you ready? The last and final piece to Enid is now here! What will happen next inside this thrilling piece written by Lucy Mitchell?

Free excerpts from Modern Girl will be featured for readers to get a taste of what the latest novel by Universal Creativity Inc. is like.

Pitch Slam for the summer starting this month will include a free open submission for all genres that contain universal themes such as family sagas, love, heartbreak, etc.. Details are inside the issue, which will be released this Monday!

Need help with your writing? Inside June’s 2015 Issue there is information aboutWriting to Publish, a creative writing course to help writers navigate through the writing, editing, and publishing process. A self-paced online course with lessons and assignments sent to you via email. Acertification of completion will be given via PDF format for those who complete the entire course.

A list of new literary agents inside as well as publishers seeking new submissions. Must read the issue to find out the details.

Mark your calendar! June 2015 Issue will be released this Monday June 8th. 

 Six Incredible Reads for the price of one novel! A collection of romance stories that readers will love. From A Duke to Remember (Historical Romance), Our Story (Erotic), A Start (Contemporary), A Modern Cinderella (Contemporary), Beautifully Flawed (Paranormal), and His Slave (Paranormal).

 Two high school best friends dealing with a jealous enemy who plans to get revenge from the shadow realm. Little do they know that the one night they thought was going to be the best night ever turned out to be a nightmare that both have to live with until they can find a way to defeat the shadow. And just when they only had one enemy to deal with another appears out of nowhere causing them and their enemy danger unlike they ever imagined.

 A Modern Girl growing up in a world where things that should be so simple and easy can be so complicated and complex. Readers will laugh and cry, as the the character finds her way in society and learns to deal with love, loss, friendships, and school.

 Beautifully Flawed is about a woman who lives in a world where people struggle to fight agaisnt the Devil. Also known as a popular and most wealthy business owner who has learned to use the most advance technology to his advantage in making people obey him or be destroyed. Soon, a small town is on it’s last hope for a hero who can save them from the fate of the Devil. No one thought that their savior would be in the form a beautifully yet most dangerously flawed woman whose determination and stubbornness may help keep her alive long enough to complete her task successfully..or else she and her entire town will be wiped out with a single order from the Devil. Her task, is to make the Devil’s son believe in love. Sounds simple enough until she meets the man herself. A man who doesn’t take no  for an answer and one who is constantly falling away from life because of a disaster with love. Can she pull of her task in time or will her failure cost her everything?

New Published Authors Coming Soon!

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New YA Authors:

– CC Faye – Scar

– Ryan Hill – Barking Madness

New Romance Authors:

– Kari Kovach  – Olympic

– Mary Crum – Hope with Stickers

These are being published and will be having their debut novels coming out soon!

Check out Pulse LLC at: www.pulsepub.net

Author Interviews Coming Soon!

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Universal Creativity Inc. will be conducting author interviews from the following authors:

Ryan Hill – YA Author

Nadia Gerassimenko – A Poet

JT Ellison – Thrillers/ Myster Author

Laura Griffin – Crimes/ Suspense Author

Bruce Henderson – Historical Author

Updates

I have been busy with editing, formatting and releasing new novels. I am sorry for not posting book reviews lately! April’s 2015 Issue is about ready for an early release. We are waiting on one more interview to be sent in before releasing the issue. There is a lot of stuff inside this recent issue. Three interviews. One from an author, a blogger, and a publisher! Plus, free short story and free excerpts from novels coming out soon. I am excited!

I have been reading a new novel by an amazing author. Her work is out of this world. I will post the review as soon as I get her approval. Also, her work will be featured inside the April Issue. And it’s a novel you will fall in love with. I certainly did.

Two new novels have been released. A New Way and Origins by Daniel J. Darcey.

Check out the covers!

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And if you haven’t seen April’s cover, here it is:

April 2015 Issue

Novels Coming Soon:

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New Service Coming Soon!

What new service will we be offering soon?

I am happy to announce that Universal Creativity Inc. will be offering eBook publishing services. We can can edit, design and publish your novel(s) or book(s) for you. We have one author who has agreed to sign on with us using our new services!

What will our publishing service include?

– Designing book covers

– Formatting your manuscript into an eBook

– Editing your manuscript

– Promoting your novel(s) or book(s)

– Advertising your novel(s) or book(s)

– Author Interviews

– Book Reviews

– Social Media Marketing

– Featured in Our Magazine

– Book Giveaways

– Book Tours

What makes us different from other publishing houses?

– We will be working closely with the authors we publish.

– We will work with the authors that sign on with us in designing their eBook covers.

– We will work with the authors during the whole editing & revision process.

– Authors will be more in charge of the marketing of their work.

– Authors will make more money be signing on with us. Because, we work on every task that other publishing houses do, but we give the author more say so by allowing them to say what they want for covers, marketing and  etc. We put authors in control of their work.

– We do the majority of the work, but we work closer with the author to establish a better, easier, and less frustrating way.

– We charge a one time low fee to our authors in doing all the heavy work that they publish with us. This allows the authors to keep all royalties and to increase their profits.

– If your manuscript needs work or is missing a lot, we will work closely with the authors to help them polish their work to be published.

– No author is left behind. We will be accepting all genres in fiction and nonfiction to be published by our company. We will be accepting short novels, novels, and series.

New Book Reviews Coming Soon!

New Book Reviews Coming Soon!

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1. The Harem by Thomas Sheeney

2. Seven Day and Six Worst-Case Scenarios by Leslie Huggans

3. Flirting With Fire by Kyra Jacobs

4. Words That Bind by Ash Krafton

5. Inside Out by Lia Riley

6. There’s Always Love by Joycie Russ

7. Cowboy It’s Cold Outside by Kathrine Garbera

8. Goodness and Light by Patty Blount

9. Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey

Author Tours & Book Giveaways & Author Interview Coming Soon!

I am super excited! I get to host two author tours on here.

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I will be featuring two book giveaways as well. One of them will go live on October 3rd! And the other I will keep you up-dated.

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I will be featuring an author interview with Rose Senehi, whose Contemporary Romance Fiction Novel, Dancing On Rocks, was given the 2014 Indie-Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction!

Descriptive Writing Course Coming Soon!

Descriptive writing is an essential for any writer. Whether you’re a novelist or a poet, descriptive writing helps attract your readers. It lures them in. We will work on writing descriptive scenes, and using story starters, students will develop a creative and unique writing style as their skills develop in the course. Students will learn how to interpret sound, taste, and touch into their descriptive writing.