Posts by Janet

Another Palm Sunday Many Years Ago

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, History, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Another Palm Sunday Many Years Ago

   McLean House at Appomattox Court House, Virginia

Although a few skirmishes would follow, it was Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865 when the Civil War officially ended. Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union General Ulysses Grant, who had known each other slightly during the Mexican-American War, gathered in the parlor in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House. General Lee was accompanied by Lt. Col Charles Marshall Virginia and General Grant’s staff numbered about a dozen.

 

          Replica of table where Lee sat

Seated at two small tables, General Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant. General Grant wrote a letter detailing the terms of surrender, which were generous even by Lee’s account. Confederate soldiers would be required to lay down their arms and then be paroled and

        Replica of table where Grant sat

allowed to return home to their farms and businesses. Confederate officers would be allowed to keep their sidearms, pistols, and swords. The Confederates who had horses or other animals were allowed to keep them. These terms of surrender had emanated from a prior agreement between President Abraham Lincoln and General Grant. The President believed that the war that had cost the nation so much in lost and injured lives should end with as little animosity as possible. Those who had served in the Confederate Army should now be allowed to return home, pick up their lives, and begin the healing process.

               Lee & Grant at Appomattox                                by Stanley Arthurs 1922

 

Appomattox Courthouse remains a somewhat rural small village 24 miles east of Lynchburg and 95 miles west of Richmond. It has been preserved by the National Park Service and opened to the public on April 9th, 1949.  At the dedication ceremony on April 16, 1950, before an audience of around 20,000 people, Major General U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee IV, direct descendants of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant, cut the ceremonial ribbon.

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A Heart Set Free ~ Featured on Everyone’s Story

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Blog, Books | Comments Off on A Heart Set Free ~ Featured on Everyone’s Story

When I was at the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference last summer, I met Elaine Stock, another client of Linda Glaz, our terrific agent. It is so fun to finally meet folks that you have had an online relationship with, and who share a love of Christian fiction.

I enjoyed reading her book, Always With You, which delves into the difficult subject of cults. 

 

 

 

For the next week, Elaine is featuring my debut novel, A Heart Set Free, on her blog, Everyone’s Story.

Come by to find out why it’s ever too late to pursue your dreams.

And there’s an opportunity to win a free copy of A Heart Set Free.  

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Goodreads Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Blog, Books, Uncategorized | 1 comment

In the mood for romance?

Starting on Valentine’s Day I will be having a Goodreads Giveaway

forcopies of 

A Heart Set Free

It will end on February 21st.

Just scroll down to the box that says “Enter Giveaway.” Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/223285-a-heart-set-free

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A HEART SET FREE

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog, Books, Family | 4 comments

It is finally the release day for A Heart Set Free.  a-heart-set-free-final-cover

Writer’s manuscripts are like children. We pour our time, love, faith, wisdom, imagination, discipline, and hope into them. We want to see them mature into a creation we can be proud of, and something that others will benefit from and enjoy.

This has been a long journey, and today, my heart is full of thanks as a long held dream has been realized.

 

~       To my parents who instilled a love of reading in their children.

~       To the friends and family who encouraged me so many years ago as I wrote this story. Some of them read it as I completed each chapter. Their impatience for the next chapter gave me the confidence to continue.janet-adoring-ken

~       To my husband, Ken, who read this story and encouraged me to never give up on
my dream to write stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith that will entertain, as well as bring inspiration, healing, and hope to the reader. He urged me to continue to write and pursue publication. Armed with his red pen, he provided wise editing advice.

~       To my friends and writing associates who inspire, teach and continue to encourage me on this journey.             

Janet with her agent, Linda Glaz

~       To my agent, Linda Glaz with Hartline Literary Agency, who has taught me so much about the craft of writing fiction. Linda’s support, patience, and positive reinforcement has blessed me incredibly. She also does this for her other clients.

~       To Kathy Davis, my managing editor and the rest of the team at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Kathy patiently worked with this neophyte to help make it a better story.

~       To Eddie Jones at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas who has a heart to give unpublished authors a chance to break into the market during a season when even experienced authors are struggling to find homes for their work.   

~       Last, but by no means least, for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His provision, mercy, and grace in my life. He put this story in my mind and gave me the heart to write it.

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A Heart Set Free ~ Cover Reveal

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Blog, Books | 8 comments

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for my debut novel.

a-heart-set-free-final-cover

 

It will be released two weeks from today on December 2nd.

Look for it on Amazon.com.

 

In 1770, Heather Douglas is desperate to escape a brewing scandal in her native Scotland. Penniless and hoping for a fresh start far away, she signs a seven-year indenture and boards a British merchant vessel headed to Virginia.

Widowed planter Matthew Stewart needs someone to help raise his two young children. The tall blonde standing on the Alexandria quay doesn’t look like much after her harrowing sea voyage, but there’s a refinement about her that her filthy clothing cannot hide. Could God be leading him to take this unknown indentured servant as his wife?

When Matthew purchases Heather’s indenture, marries her, and takes her to his farm, she is faced with new and constant challenges. And Matthew wonders if they can ever bridge their differences and make a life together.

It is in the Virginia countryside that Heather begins her greatest journey, one of self-discovery and of maturing faith. Here, she discovers that her emotional and spiritual scars bind her far more than her indenture . . .

and love will finally set her heart free.

I am very grateful for my family and friends who encouraged me over the years and for other writers who have taught me so much and mentored me.  I so appreciate my agent, Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency and Kathryn Davis and the entire team at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

https://www.facebook.com/Janet-Grunst-Author-385405948228216/

 

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