October: a Novel with a Giveaway

Today we begin a countdown. To what? The release of J. Grace Pennington’s new book, October (available here). 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?

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.

Giveaway

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.

October Blake
October is the central character of the story, and of course the title character.  All the events within it coalesce around her.  And she changes the lives of the other characters permanently.
So who is October?
She is a twenty-two-year-old girl who shows up one morning in Pleasanton Baptist church with her aunt and uncle.  She stands out, but in a way that seems perfectly natural–long red hair, elegant posture, crystal green eyes, and clothes almost old-fashioned but modern enough to not seem anachronistic.
She is shy and quiet, preferring to keep to herself or be with very close friends.  Yet she also shows unexpected boldness at times.  It’s just one part of the puzzle that Emily can’t quite put together–an enigma of confidence and vulnerability.  She is caring and deeply 
thoughtful, but doesn’t seem to have any particular passion in life.  
She loves stories, loves people, loves God, and loves nature.  She doesn’t have a job or go to school.  She never hints how long she’ll be in town or why she came.
She may be an anomaly, but she teaches Emily to find pictures in the clouds and in the stars, to revel in the magic of ordinary things, to find empathy for people who can sometimes go unnoticed.
She seems perfect.  Except for those moments when Emily catches a glimpse of something deeper—a dark cloud over an otherwise glorious soul.  Why?  What is October hiding?

Tour Schedule

October 25, 2017

Orchestrations

– Introductory post

Peculiar Treasure Rae

– Character Spotlight

from Annie Douglass Lima

– Character Spotlight

Queen of Random

– Book Spotlight

– Book Spotlight

October 26, 2017

Hoelsema

– Excerpt

Knight

– Character Spotlight and Excerpt

Elizabeth Huneke

– Review

October 27, 2017

Author Interview and Excerpt

Thoughts, and General Rambling

– Character Spotlight and Excerpt

Bookshelf

– Book Spotlight

Reviews

– Guest Post

October 28, 2017

Excerpt

– Review
Character Spotlight and Excerpt

Pennington

– Special author’s post

October 29, 2017

Orchestrations

– Giveaway Winner

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