Wednesday Welcomes – Jennifer Rae Gravely!

Yesterday’s Astraea Press Fan Fest was a blast! We all had a lot of fun winning contests and asking or answering questions. 😀 I got to know better many of the authors that publish with AP including todays guest- beagle loving, volleyball coaching, Jennifer Rae Gravely! Her book looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to reading it! If you stop by her blog this week (link below), you may be able to win your own copy! 😀

Romantic suspense novel by Jennifer Rae Gravely, published by Astraea Press in July 2012

“Dreams can’t compare to the reality of you.” Mark Lawrence to Persephone Richards

Blurb: Persephone Richards is in a pinch. With a wrecked car and bills stacking up, the income from her job at the daycare isn’t enough. Mark Lawrence needs a sitter for his little girl and Persephone is perfect for the job. What begins as an employment opportunity leads to romance. However, a secret Persephone hides threatens the happy ever after and puts the three of them in danger.


From Chapter Two Mark hired Persephone to babysit his four-year old daughter Rose.

When Mark returned to the conference room about three

hours later, Rose and Persephone sat at the table drawing.

“Daddy, I drew a picture of the different seasons. Miss Purr-

So-Funny told me the story about her name.” The child frowned. “I

wouldn’t want to be kidnapped.”

“Your father would never let that happen.” He patted her


“I know.” Her smile stretched into a yawn.

“It’s time to go home and get to bed. Are you ready?” Rose

nodded. “Say good-night to Persephone.”

She jumped up and threw her arms around Persephone’s

neck. “I can’t wait till tomorrow.”

“Me either,” Persephone said.

Persephone stood and moved toward her black sweater coat

draped over a chair. Mr. Lawrence handed her money and

followed her to the front door. “Thank you for helping out with

Rose tonight. I hope she wasn’t any trouble.” They stood in front of

the flowers and the mirror next to the door. He loved the smell of

freshly cut flowers, even in the dead of winter.

“Not at all. Goodnight, Mr. Lawrence.”

“Please, call me Mark.” He ran his fingers through his hair

out of habit. “Will you be okay driving home?”

“Yes, Mark.” She smiled, pulling her arms through her

sweater coat and tightening the belt around her trim waist. He

leaned forward and opened the door for her. The gush of wind

brought a hint of lavender to his nose, and he realized it was the

smell of her hair. She stepped out to the porch. About a third of the

way down the stairs she turned and waved at him. He caught his


Author bio: Jennifer Rae Gravely

PhotoBorn in Ohio but raised in Pickens, SC, Jennifer graduated from Converse College with a triple major in history, politics, and English before earning her master’s degree in education. She returned to her high school alma mater to teach English and to coach volleyball. Her teams won four state championships and six upper state titles in ten years. Jennifer lives with her husband, daughter, seven beagles, and two cats. Set to Love, the second romance featuring the fictional Southern town of Keowee, is scheduled to be released later this summer by Astraea Press.

Find Jennifer at her blog

on Twitter @JenniferRaeGrav

on Facebook

on Goodreads

Knight of the Dead is available in paperback, audio, and as an e-book at Amazon or at your favorite online bookstore.



Filed under Books I Love, Guest Posts

2 responses to “Wednesday Welcomes – Jennifer Rae Gravely!

  1. This looks like a great read! I’ve got it on my TBR pile!

  2. I read the book right after it came out and enjoyed it. I loved the hero’s daughter Rose.

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