Connie R. is the winner of one title from Joan Hochstetler's American Patriot Series in her May drawing! November Tea Party Winners: Carrie Fancett Pagels' copy of The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection - Debbie Curto, Christmas tea - Andrea Stephens, Golden Tea body wash Joy Ellis, lighthouse earrings -- Pegg's SIL from Lake Ann and Perrianne Askew, Pegg Thomas's Leather journal - Shelia Hall, and Writing Prompts book goes to - Connie Porter Saunders

Friday, November 11, 2016



Each year on November 11th we acknowledge and express appreciation for all the men and women who have served or are serving our nation in the armed forces. This practice dates back to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the armistice was declared at the end of World War I.

As someone who was raised in a military family and with two sons and a step-son-in-law currently serving, it is a day filled with humility and gratitude. As Americans, we enjoy liberty and so many freedoms only because others were and are willing to sacrifice. Many will spend vast amounts of time away from family and friends, work long hours under stressful conditions, and put themselves in harm’s way. Their service has preserved our union and allows us to pursue our plans and dreams. Take some time today and thank them.


Five years ago, I was asked to submit a guest post for Colonial Quills.
Coming To America, September 16, 2011.

It was a privilege to be invited to join this esteemed group of writers who love delving into our colonial history and sharing their knowledge with interested readers. In addition to learning so much from them, I’ve made some treasured friends.

Coming To America detailed how many Europeans without funds came to the colonies by becoming indentured servants, serving for a specified period of time in exchange for passage. This was a common method of emigration during the 17th and 18th centuries, and it was a subject that has fascinated me for many years. 

In the mid-eighties, I wrote a story about a woman who left Scotland in 1770 and traveled to Virginia as an indentured servant. And now after many years that story is being published. Its theme is forgiveness.

Here’s a peek into A Heart Set Free published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

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 blond 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 faces 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’m delighted that A Heart Set Free will be released December 2nd, 2016 and will be found at:

Janet S. Grunst is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her. A lifelong student of history, she has been fortunate to live overseas as well as throughout the United States. Her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith, as well as entertain and bring inspiration, healing, and hope to the reader. 

Janet Grunst
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Represented By Linda S. Glaz
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  1. Congratulations on your new release, it sounds good.

  2. Congratulations, Janet! We're looking forward to celebrating your new release at the December CQ Tea Party! And God bless you for your own contribution to the military and for raising two sons who protect our country!

  3. Congratulations on your new release Janet!
    Thank your military families service!
    Blessings, Tina

  4. Janet, I am so excited about your upcoming release! May the Lord bless this book and place it in the hands and hearts of many!!

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    2. Thank you so much for all your wisdom and encouragement, Elaine.


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