Monday, April 15, 2013

Grounded By Neta and Dave Jackson GIVEAWAY!

...But Hope May Be Just Across the Street

Grace Meredith is a beloved contemporary Christian recording artist whose career--and personal life--hits unexpected turbulence. She feels grounded--in more ways than one.
Grace s fiancé, bothered by her outspoken stance on purity and her near-constant travel, has broken off their relationship. Exhausted and unable to continue her current concert schedule, Grace returns home to Chicago, where she is soon stranded in a major snowstorm. Facing new questions about her future and her faith, Grace finds herself connecting for the first time with the residents of her neighborhood. What she discovers in these unexpected relationships could change everything.

Welcome to the Neighborhood
The first in the Windy City Neighbors series, Grounded is an uplifting, contemporary story about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. The series employs the innovative storytelling technique of parallel novels, each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters lives become intertwined and affect one another. Grounded welcomes you to Beecham Street--a typical, isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.
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As a kid I was crazy about horses and animals of all kinds and loved to draw (horses, mostly). Since I didn't have a horse, I wrote stories about them instead. My high-school English teacher sent one of my stories (about a couger) to a Scholastic magazine writing contest and it won First Place . . . and the rest, as they say, is history. I wanted to be a writer!
I grew up on the campus of a private Christian school in Seattle where my parents were teachers. A lovely childhood, though fairly sheltered. But college took me back to the Chicago area and a whole new world. My husband and I settled in the Chicago area soon after getting married, and even though we both grew up in solid Christian homes, our search to deepen our faith took the form of Christian community for much of our family life raising kids. Eventually the critical issue of racial reconciliation became the call of God upon our life, and we chose to immerse ourselves in African American and multi-cultural churches. Our world and our hearts expanded. What a gift these relationships of faith have been!
All during this time, my husband and I have been a writing team--writing books with expert resource people (as their co-authors) on a variety of topics (from medical ethics to stories of gang kids), then writing a whole series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes--40 titles in all!--called the Trailblazer books (and a series of "Hero Tales," five volumes in all). Now we are each writing adult fiction--the Yada Yada Prayer Group series for me, which was inspired by my real-life Bible study sisters, a multi-cultural group of feisty women going on 12 years now that God has used to turn my life upside down, or rather, rightside up! (I have to admit, sometimes my real world and my fictional world get a bit mixed up!)
I've been married for 40-plus years to the same wonderful man, we are truly partners in life. We raised two kids plus a Cambodian foster daughter, and together they've given us eight beautiful grandchildren! As one of my girlfriends and I agree: The best stress-busters in the world are pets, gardening, and grandkids!

I really enjoy Neta's writing and her books are always a pleasure to read.
This book was a little different from her other books, not sure why I did not get into it like I aways do with her books. The story line was good, I enjoyed the character Grace and all that she went though but it was  just slow in my opinion.
I was given a copy of this book to review by Wynn-Wynn Media


  1. A new author, but I think it sounds like a good read.
    Thanks for review Mary.
    Carolyn J.

  2. Sounds like a good book to read to me .Blessings ,Dana "Girl"

    1. Dana, You are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  3. I don't want to read this one after reading your post.

  4. I am not real sure about this one, thanks for being honest with us Mary.

  5. New author to me, just not sure this book is for me.

    Thanks Mary


  6. I would love to read this book, Mary! thanks! and congrats on your blogversary!!!

  7. I would like to take a chance on this book Mary. Thanks for the review and give-away.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  8. Thanks for your honest opinion, Mary. I share you sentiments.

  9. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. Praying you have many more to come. You and your blog are such a blessing to me dear friend. Hugs, Susan Fryman

  10. I find that some of the books I don't care for, others love and vice versa. That being said, I'd love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for your honest review Mary!

    Judy B

  11. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the honest reviews that you always give.