Friday, October 27, 2017


Today is the day! For what? The release of J. Grace Pennington's new book, October. Yep, she named her book after the month we are in. Check out the great giveaway, and the other posts in this countdown!

About the Book

For Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made up
completely of school, church, and the community in the small farming town she
calls home. All that changes one fateful Sunday, when a new girl shows up at
Pleasanton Baptist—a girl unlike anyone Emily has ever seen. A girl with long
red hair, crystal green eyes, and style and posture like royalty.

A girl named October.

The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of
ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense
of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new
friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she
seems to be?

Character Introduction:

Pastor Jonathan Ulrich

The last character I'd like to introduce is not as prevalent in the story as the previous three.  He's more of a quiet presence throughout, without whom something important would be missing.

Jonathan Ulrich, who generally goes by “Jon” is the pastor of the Pleasanton Baptist church.  He is relatively young—in his early to mid thirties—but he's pastored the community for several years already.

He's a gentle, bearded man who speaks with a soft Alabama accent, whose favorite sermon topic is faithfulness.  While not perhaps the most gifted speaker, he is a pastor in the truest sense of the word, a 
shepherd of his flock, counsel, or step in whenever anyone needs it.  
He wants to be truly acquainted with the members of his congregation, to know them by name, to greet as many as he can each Sunday.

He's a gracious man, not overlooking flaws in others but willing to see past them.  He makes it a policy, when at all possible, to have time for anyone in the church who needs him.  He speaks the truth in love but at the same time is an excellent listener.

When things become difficult for Emily, he's the one who is best able to shine a light through the fog of the situation, ultimately pointing her to the higher Good Shepherd whom he serves.

About the Author

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could
talk and writing them down since age five. 
Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as
adult life permits.  When she's not
writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and
looking up at the stars.

Grace has generously offered a paperback book of her new
book as her giveaway prize. You can enter at this link or
the widget below.

Excerpt/Spotlight/Interview/Guest Post/Review

Tour Schedule

October 25, 2017
– Introductory post
Peculiar Treasure Rae
– Character Spotlight
from Annie Douglass Lima
– Character Spotlight
Queen of Random
– Book Spotlight
– Book Spotlight

October 26, 2017
– Excerpt
– Character Spotlight and Excerpt
Elizabeth Huneke
– Review

October 27, 2017
Author Interview and Excerpt
Thoughts, and General Rambling
– Character Spotlight and Excerpt
– Book Spotlight
– Guest Post

October 28, 2017
– Review
Character Spotlight and Excerpt
– Special author’s post

October 29, 2017
– Giveaway Winner