Friday, August 28, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: All Our Empty Places

"Excited" doesn't begin to describe how delightedly happy I am to reveal the cover for All Our Empty Places!

This novel is the second in what is now the "A Time of Grace" trilogy. (The first book, as most readers of this blog will know, is The Fragrance of Geraniums.)

All Our Empty Places officially releases on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. It will release both in softcover and also as an e-book.

Right now, the Kindle version is on pre-order at for a special early-bird-gets-the-worm price of $0.99 -- My "thank you" to those of you who pre-order! :-) (That price will rise to its normal point as soon as All Our Empty Places releases.) This link will take you to the novel's Amazon page: CLICK HERE.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me and this book with prayer and encouragement during this writing process. Every book is a wholly different experience for me as a writer, and I'm thankful for the ways God has already used this one in my own life. I'm praying that He uses it in yours, as well!

Thus, the journey begun for Sarah, Sam, Grace, and Paulie in The Fragrance of Geraniums continues...

By the way, to CELEBRATE this cover reveal, I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY on Facebook! :-) Drop on by and check it out here:

OR you can enter right here if you're logged into Facebook! :-) Read the post for more info:

I'm so delightedly happy to share with you the cover for ALL OUR EMPTY PLACES, Book 2 in the "A Time of Grace" trilogy!...

Posted by Alicia G. Ruggieri on Friday, August 28, 2015

Have a wonderful weekend!

Grace and peace,

Friday, August 7, 2015

First Friday: August 2015

This post is part of a once-a-month series on A Brighter Destiny. Each "First Friday," I'll glance over my mental list for that month and reveal to you some of the things to which I'm looking forward this month - both writerly and more personally.

I'm hoping that your summer is going well, friends! Mine is going... FAST! My favorite time of year is just around the corner. :-)  Without further ado, let me draw back the curtain on what I've been doing and thinking over the past month or so, and what I'm looking forward to in the month ahead!

What I'm thankful for: The unchanging Truth Who is Jesus Christ, in the midst of a constantly-shifting culture - that He will "never, no never forsake" His children.

What I'm anticipating in nature: Oh, my favorite season! Autumn is coming - Crisp air that stings our noses, the scent of burning leaves, the sight of chubby squirrels gorging on nuts before the winter, the sound of the Canada geese flying south.

What I'm reading in Scripture: Right now, I'm in 1st Timothy and then will be moving onto 2nd Timothy, I think. In response to John Pollock's book The Apostle, I've become fascinated with Paul's writing. I spent July reading 1st & 2nd Thessalonians over-and-over because of John Pollock, too! (If you haven't read The Apostle, I give it my highest recommendation.)

What I'm reading in fiction: In July, I cried as I read Joanne Bischof's This Quiet Sky on the beach - My one-sentence review? If you like nostalgic historical fiction that asks questions that are relevant for all time, this is a wonderful novella. :-) This month, I'm just starting in on Kate Breslin's Esther-inspired novel For Such a Time. I ordered it from the library, and it came in today! :-) I was a happy camper. I'm also starting in on Michael Phillips' Heather Song, the sequel to Angel Harp, which I really enjoyed overall.

What I'm writing: Nothing! (gasp!) INSTEAD, I'm editing - editing - editing All Our Empty Places. And I believe that - by this time next week - you'll know what the cover looks like! (I am grinning widely as I type that!) Hoping, by God's grace, to release this second book in the A Time of Grace trilogy within the next few weeks. Please keep the book and me in your prayers as I work with my early readers, editor-helpers, and cover designer to make this the best offering to our God that it can be. 

What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to, friends?

Grace and peace,