Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thoughts and Reflections, and Resolutions?

The year, is coming to a close. I've aged one year older, and grown, just that much wiser, I hope.

It's been a year of discovery and challege, knocking and seeking.

Snow is falling softly outside my window, the Korean music on my computer, reminds me of one of the places I've left my heart.

The more I grow up, the more I realize that life is a constant exploration of things, that there never is an arrival date, you never really truely "grow up"it's just a constant, getting up. Getting up from falls, and scrapping up broken dreams, shattered hopes, it also means getting past your personal fears, facing the future with open hands and open heart, even if a knife is placed in your heart, it means looking past all of that, and getting up when you are down. There have been people in this past year, who have hurt me more than I thought people would, and people who brought more joy to my life than I could ever imagine.

I fell in love with 500 children this past year, and I hope the years ahead I fall in love with even more, their precious faces, as you show them love and teach them, are the most priceless thing on earth. Nothing is compared to it. These children, even though I might not rememember all of their names, I remember their faces, and the impressions they left on my heart. They will always be there, even when I grow old and grey with age, they will be there in my heart.

Speaking of constant getting up, I am hoping to turn a few new pages in this coming year. A new book release with Sufficient Grace,  and maybe even some short stories, we'll see what God has in store. I am also at trying to enroll in college once again and nail down a B.A. I've loved my "non-college" life, however as I get older I realize how much those two letters, mean to this world, and the things I want to do with my life from here out ask for those two little letters. B.A. I also hope to start REALLY learning a foriegn language this year. I've tried teaching myself Spanish, and I picked up a little Chinese while I was in Taiwan, but I've set my sights on a new dream. Korea. It'll be a few years but it's a dream worth shooting for, and dream worth holding onto. It's the one I am holding out for.

But, what you are hopes, dreams, resolutions for 2016? I'd love to hear them.

Blessings,

Jessica Greyson

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED!

Hello WONDERFUL Readers,

I have some great news for you.

Sufficient Grace, the lastest book from me has a release date!
Febuary 14th, 2016.
Now, isn't that exciting?

A few weeks ago, I got a sneak peak at what the cover will be looking like! WHOHOO!!! It's going to be a dream come true for this story.

I am looking to organize a blog tour, and a fabulous giveaway!
So if you want to help out, lend a hand or have a hand in something, drop me a line @ jessapphire.at.gmail.com and let's get this party started!

Thanks so much!

Jessica Greyson


Friday, November 27, 2015

WHOOHOO!!!! Black Friday and BOOKS!

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Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Highlight!

Hello Dearest Readers,

Something WONDERFUL has happened.

Annabeth's War has reached 50 reviews.

And Captive of Raven Castle is at 25. It feels so special and wonderful! Thank you!

Each and every review has been a staircase builder in making me a better writer, and a better person. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my books. It's a HUGE honor, and I am very blessed!

Thank you so much!

Jessica Greyson


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Confessions & Facts: Annabeth's War

Reading reviews as an author, I always find super interesting, sometimes I laugh, sometimes I sigh, some times I get giddy with joy over someones delight in my book.

But authors often hold facts that the readers never get to know, so to dissolve some of mystery I'll give you some little insights into Annabeth's War.

The original title was: By The Sword, and there was a little line that went like this before the title page.

A girl fleeing with a price on her head, fighting for her father’s life.
A swordsman who has given up his faith,
A man whose life was changed on the battle field,
A King away at war.
And a master of dark deeds.

Collide.

Battles ensue.
All must live – or die...

By The Sword

Random cover I made for my personal library

It took me nearly 3 weeks to write Annabeth's War.

When I originally envisioned Ransom, he actually worked for Lord Raburn, and had a change of heart and ended up saving Annabeth....it's a really long story. There was much character and author debate.

It wasn't until I started writing, that Prince Alf popped up, and Lady Christina kind of just walked in on all of us, and her name was originally Samantha.

Eliot wasn't part of the plan, then he showed up, he might actually be in the Histories of Chambria (which name you'll know from Captive of Raven Castle)

Song Lark told me nothing about himself. I've asked him a million times and he seems to have a million stories that he wouldn't tell, however I might have an idea about him. He got a little talkative after Annabeth's War was published. If he could pick someone to play him it would be Alexander Rybak.

Annabeth became her name because I couldn't choose between Ann and Elizabeth, and as I was musing one day it occurred to me to smash them together and...thus Annabeth.

If you have any other questions for me or my books. Let me know!


Blessings!
Jessica Greyson
Heeeeeellloooo Blogesphere!!!!!

Please allow me to introduce you to Christi Ella Ryder. I met this girl...oh, a few years ago at Colonial Williamsburg, our families had seen eachother around Williamsburg at various events and at the end of the day ended up "meeting" which led to hours of talking--an email exchange, a few scattered phone calls and...a life long friendship. I've flown to her house, her family has driven up to mine, it's all great!

However not only do you get to meet my awesome friend...she is announcing that she is entering the writing world after me pestering her for years that you should. I am bouncing up and down with excitment that Christi is finally pursuing publishing one of her novels!

So without futher ado please give a round of applause for Miss Christi!!!!

First, please tell us a little about yourself.

I always hate this part!  Well, I am a highshool homeschool graduate, and oldest daughter of many siblings.  I'm an introvert who enjoys thinking, crafting, reading, writing, animals, and photography!    


How long have you been writing?

I started writing about twelve years ago, but I only got serious about it after meeting the Amazing Miss Jessica and reading some of her epic stories.  :)

What inspired you to start?

I have always loved reading, and creating such stories has intrigued me from a young age.  Over the years I've met a lot of really amazing unpublished and published authors who have helped encourage me to develop a style of my own and improve my story telling skills.  

What is your favorite genre to read and write?

My favorite genre to read is definitely historical fictional romance, but I prefer writing modern romance.  One day I may tackle a historical romance of my own.  


Do you listen to music while you write?

Depends.  If all is quiet, I prefer to write in the silence.  But if the family is around, then I use music to drown out the distractions.  


Your greatest influences as a writer?

I think life in general, and also the inability to find books in the genres I liked that were appropriate for me as a tween (and beyond).    

Favorite Authors? 
Lois Walfrid Johnson, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Karen Witemeyer, Rachel Rossano, Jessica Greyson, and Eizabeth Ender.  

(HA! WHY AM I THERE?????)

Hobbies outside of writing?

Haha, you name it and I've probably given it a try and one time or the other.  Among my favorites are drawing, singing, photography, reading, family, games, anything that makes me smarter (fun facts, trivia games, informational videos/books, intellectual discussions, etc).


Your reading list for this summer?

It's humongous... Amish Society, Born Amish, Crossing Over, The Amish Cook's Anniversary Book, Amish life, The Book Thief, Playing by Heart, Head in the Clouds, A Taylor Made Bride, Princess Academy, Paige Rewritten, several unpublished books, and more... :P   

White, Milk or Dark Chocolate?
 White... Rittersports filled with raspberry cream filling.  (I just made myself hungry.)  

Favorite TV series?

No!  You did NOT just ask that... Okay, there will be a list of them, though.  
Historical: Love Comes Softly, Dr. Quinn, Legacy, Christy, the Paradise, and Larkrise to Candleford
Action/crime/spy-thrillers: Numb3rs, Leverage, Burn Notice, The Glades, White Collar, City Hunter, and Magnum PI.


Thanks so much for joining this interview you can find her on her blog Christi Ella Ryder
So go on over and follow her for future awesomeness and exciting things!

Thank you so much for having me, Jessica!  

It was a DELIGHT to have you!






Christi Ella Ryder lives in the country with her dogs and her books.  She's a jack of all trades, picking up many new hobbies, learning everything she can and storing the knowledge away for future dates.  Although she loves to travel, she spends a lot of her time at home, homeschooling her younger siblings, learning homemaking skills from her mother, and entertaining herself with reading, writing, sewing, photography, and watching movies.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hello! Long Time No See

Dear Readers,

Hey! It's been a long time since I've written, or even been active on this blog. I have finally gotten the details of the URL fixed so it was how I wanted it! So I'll be writing here more often.

Currently I am working on the next novel for you guys! I wrote it back in 2010 and am super happy to be bringing this to you. It is my original magnum opus. Now that I am 5 years older I realize that it no longer is, however, it is still the story straight from my heart and I hope it touches yours. Sufficient Grace will be the first book in a trilogy set in the west. Hoping I'll soon have news about a possible release date timeframe!

Also, this year, I am biting the bullet and am going to do my best to submit a short story to Roglewood Press, for thier Five Magic Spindles contest. I am super excited about it!

This past year, I spent as a volunteer teacher in Asia, and I grew so sooooo much, and I still have so much to learn and so much life to live, I look forward to each day and what it brings.

I'll write more soon.

Thanks for reading!

Jessica