Only through adversity,
can we find our Happily Ever After.
can we find our Happily Ever After.
WHEN GLASS SHATTERS
When glass shatters, it leaves behind dangerous debris.
So, too, does death to those consigned to pick up the pieces.
After her mother and new stepfather are killed in a car wreck, eighteen-year-old fitness instructor Lorraine ‘Rain’ Mattina has been given sole guardianship of her twelve-year-old siblings. With a learning disability and a checkered past, Rain is not anyone’s idea of a proper guardian; she can’t even cook anything but boxed macaroni and cheese. So, when she’s confronted with her first crisis, Rain hops a train to New York City to seek the help of her estranged stepbrother.
Nineteen-year-old Noah Mack, Duke University’s highest-ranked student, is two matches away from winning the NCAA Wrestling Championship when the stepsister he barely knows shows up at Madison Square Garden, right in the middle of the tournament, asking him to come home. But Noah hasn’t had a home since his own mother died four years ago; he hasn’t even spoken to his father in two years. So, when he’s asked to come home and help, his response is something akin to “get the hell lost.”
Lorraine, undeterred by her stepbrother’s belligerence, decides to take care of the family on her own; she just has to give herself a chance. Noah, on the other hand, can’t get his new stepsister out of his mind; in fact, he’s decided to walk away from the championship title, and his college education, to help the family he disowned the day his father decided to remarry.
With Noah now living in the apartment out back, the Mattina/Mack household needs to move on from the loss of their parents and learn to live harmoniously with each other, but when a long-lost relative decides she’s entitled to custody of her twelve year old niece, Lorraine and Noah need to pull it together to make sure they don’t lose their sister too.
When Glass Shatters is a realistic portrayal of life gone messy; two deaths, four children, and the daunting task of picking up the pieces of a newly shattered life.
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On October 1st, I published my tenth novel (my eleventh publication if you include my short story The Memorial). My tenth. A little over five years ago, publishing a novel was only a dream to me. I'd written a couple stories, but never in a million years did I think I'd ever publish them. I wanted to, I just didn't see it as something tangible. Then someone told me about an online writing contest called Textnovel. I entered, and began to win some awards. WOW! I never even saw that coming. And through Textnovel, I met a few really cool people who had the same dream that I had—to publish their writing. It was through this group that I heard about Amazon's KDP—Kindle Direct Publishing, for those of you who don't know. Amazon KDP allows writers to forgo the middle men (the agents and the publishers) and get right to the business of publishing on your own. This sounded perfect for me. The thought of being traditionally published through one of the Big Five Publishers (at the time, it was the Big Six, but then Penguin and Random House decided to merge) was intimidating to me. I'd started the process, but writing query letters and researching literary agents was something I really wasn't into. All I wanted to do was WRITE. The querying process was taking up so much time that I had to give up my precious writing time—which was extremely limited, since I am a mother of four and work a full-time job (in 2011 I was working part-time, but I digress). So, when I found out that Amazon would allow me to self-publish and toss all that literary agent research and querying into the circular files, I was more than enthusiastic to jump on board. Of course, I needed to begin a different kind of research—there was a lot to learn about self-publishing (formatting alone was something completely new to me). But this kind of research was new, and it was exciting. I had a renewed vigor and, suddenly, a new career. I self-published my first book—Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star)—in November of 2011.
I've been self-publishing ever since, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Since 2011, I've found a great group of people in the Indie World—what we folks call the self-published writers and the writers published by smaller independent publishing companies (Indie, short for Independent, in case you were wondering). It's a wonderful world too—filled with cover designers, editors, proofreaders, formatters (because formatting books for digital or print is not an easy job), and something that, at the time, was brandy new to me—bloggers. There are so many wonderful book bloggers out there that spread the word about us independent authors, and we are so eternally grateful.
And now, nearly five years and nine and a half books later, I'm feeling at home in my self-published Indie World. I love everything about it, from the freedom to write the story my way and the control over what I put on my book covers to the flexible deadlines (which for me is paramount) and the seventy percent royalty fees. I love the camaraderie I have with my fellow writers and I love the choice of books out there that would never be if it weren't for Amazon and their direct publishing program. I also love the readers that I have met through this wonderful indie process. I have made friends with the people who read my books and that is just a fantastic feeling. And without those readers, I guess we wouldn't have an Indie World at all. So THANK YOU.
And in celebration of my tenth (tenth and a half?) publication, I am having a giveaway—a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback copy of When Glass Shatters. So, don't forget to scroll down to the blog post beneath this one to enter.
Smile, and have a great day!
WHEN GLASS SHATTERS is FINALLY here.
Today's the Day!! When Glass Shatters is finally here, and to celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway on my Facebook Page. If you'd like to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback copy of When Glass Shatters, just enter HERE! or scroll down to the bottom of this page.
And if you'd like to go right to Amazon to download or purchase When Glass Shatters, you can click HERE for US Amazon and HERE for UK Amazon.
WHEN GLASS SHATTERS, it leaves behind dangerous debris. So, too, does death to those consigned to pick up the pieces.
WHEN GLASS SHATTERS, its effects are felt long after the pieces fall.
WHEN GLASS SHATTERS, someone has to pick up the scattered mess.
But will doing so leave scars that could never mend?
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WHEN GLASS SHATTERS by J.P. Grider
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
The deaths of her mother and new stepfather leave eighteen-year-old Lorraine Mattina with many challenges.
Telling her twelve-year-old siblings their worlds are about to shatter.
Asking her estranged stepbrother for help.
The deaths of his father and his father’s new wife mean practically nothing to nineteen-year-old Noah Mack—until the stepsister he barely knows comes begging for help. His response? Pretty much—”Get the hell lost.”
But when he can’t get his new stepsister out of his mind, he goes to the extreme and gives up the NCAA Wrestling Championship title and his college education.
That’s when the real problems begin.
Lorraine and Noah face many obstacles when picking up the pieces of their parents’ deaths, but none as big as the secrets they keep.
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It's finally here - Naked's release day. I am really proud of this story, because it is the first time I went outside my comfort zone to write a story. Naked and Far from Home is a more serious story than I am used to writing, and it is not a romance, not in the conventional sense. But it is a story that I was compelled to tell.
In Naked and Far from Home, we follow Tia through the many stages of her teenage years, while, through her eyes, we watch Clinton struggle with adulthood. But there is a balance; their story isn't all somber and maudlin. We experience, with Tia and Clinton, the excitement of first love, first kisses, and first break-ups. We have fun reminiscing as they live through the uniqueness that was the 1980s and the first days of MTV. And we remember a time before cell phones, the internet, and the instant gratification that comes along with.
This is a love story of a different kind. Join Tia and Clinton on their journey through firsts, and experience a love that is not limited by conditions. A raw and emotional love story of the very best kind.
You can buy Naked and Far from Home - HERE
Tia Mercury was a freshman in high school and had her first serious crush – on a senior who wouldn’t touch her. At least not until she turned eighteen.
Clinton Daniels was not your everyday teenage boy, and because his tougher-than-nails father wouldn’t let him forget it, Clinton became a loner. And learned to distrust everyone.
Until he met Tia.
She was sweet, she was funny, and she knew nothing about good music. It was the nineteen-eighties for goodness sake – time to turn off that AM radio crap. So, while Tia drooled over Clinton, he was busy making her mix-tapes.
She was falling in love. He was ignoring his heart.
See, Clinton had a secret. But sharing it could cost him their friendship, and he was not willing to risk losing the only person he ever loved.
Naked and Far from Home is a serious story that spans a decade. A tale about unconditional love and what two people are willing to look past to prove that love.
I know it may not be the most politically correct thing to do, but since my mom can't leave me a review on Amazon (she's tried...several times), I thought I'd share her review on my own website. Because why not share what my mother has to say about my writing. She IS the woman who raised me, and isn't her opinion as important, to me MOST important, as anyone else's? YES, IT IS!!! So here it is - my mother's thoughts on my most recently published book REACHING ROSE.
I really enjoyed the book......like the Broadway song goes "For Good" ....."I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most,to grow.....because I knew you .....I have been changed For Good."
When we meet Rose an aspiring Broadway dancer and Ben an aspiring major league pitcher we become totally touched by their love story.
They face unbearable life changing circumstances but are determined to make their dreams a reality.....and to succeed.
J. P. Grider handles such sensitive issues with amazing grace and even humor.....
They will touch you heart and their strength will touch your soul.....for good!