The GraciePress Newsletter

By J.R. Spiers (with help from Gracie)

The GraciePress Newsletter brings you the latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts from Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia. They are the inspiration behind all of the books published under The GraciePress imprint.

The GraciePress Newsletter brings you the latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts from Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia. They are the inspiration behind all of the books published under The GraciePress imprint.

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The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” - Chapter 5 - “The Worm Olympics”

When it was time to play outside, Gracie watched from a distance and wondered if she would ever be able to dance again without being called names. She had not acted in a way that would hurt anyone else. She had only been carried away by the beauty of spring, …


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” - Chapter 4 - “A World Full of Wonders”

Gracie was as happy as she thought she could ever be. “CheeP!” was her new favorite word. She had not been separated from her best friend Bessie when they left The Feed And Seed Store. She had as much water and food as she wanted in the gray brooder box even …


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” - Chapter 3 - “The Big Scary Thing”

A curious thing happened one early afternoon. It was the first time the baby chicks had a chance to play outside their brooder box on the sunroom floor. They needed to understand there was a much bigger world waiting for them once they were old enough to leav…


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” - Chapter 2 - “The Gray Brooder Box”

Including Gracie and Bessie, there were fourteen chicks to raise in my sunroom. Eight were for friends. Six were for me. Those were some of the busiest, noisiest, but altogether happiest days of my life.Several kinds of chicks were in the big brooder box ther…


The GraciePress Newsletter - “PeeP!” Chapter 1 - “The Big Hand”

“Are you sure you want that one? The one with the lopsided feathers?” asked the sales clerk. I looked more closely at the two baby chicks she was holding in her hands. I could see what she meant.“If you ask me, there’s something wrong with that one,” she said…


The GraciePress Newsletter - And So We Begin Again!

While we enjoyed our time away from writing and illustrating and keeping up with the newsletter, we have missed you, loyal fans.We appreciate you more than we can say. You have helped to make the first two books in the series Once Through a Garden Gate a succ…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Happy Holiday Season!

Thanks so much for reading, supporting, and encouraging!Best wishes always,John, Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Doubly Exciting Great News!

Our fans are just the very best, and we could not have gotten here without you! You have given us encouragement each week and provided good feedback to help us be better and make it to the next higher brick. And because of you, we want to do the best we can f…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - The Promise Of Seeds

In the first book, Gracie received this wise advice from her friend, The Robin.“Just like a seed, you already have everything you need within yourself to do what you are meant to do. Sometimes we songbirds simply sing to set it free. “Let the seed within you …


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Another Free Sample For Our Fans!

While the sample for PeeP! Was 24 pages, this week’s sample for BwÖwK! Is 36 pages. This is because the chapter length has increased, but not the reading level. That still remains in the third to fourth grade range.Even though the chapters are longer, this is…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - A Very Quiet Rollout…Shh!

As with every book, there will be a pair of Gracie’s Ballet slippers hidden in one of the drawings in PeeP! Do you see them in this week’s featured illustration? Really easy to find, right? But they may not so easy to find in the published book with its fifte…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Gifts Wrapped In Friendships

Gracie has three major friendships with other chickens in PeeP! Here is how Gracie described two of those friendships just before Lefty had to move out to the country.Somehow, Gracie knew Leftie would be leaving soon. Maybe Lefty had told her. Maybe she had g…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Sample For Our Fans!

This first part begins with a short chapter, but as you may notice, the chapters gradually become longer as the story gets going.To better connect the books in this series, each book will begin with an illustration page and six lines of poetry. This is to set…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Friday Double Feature!

Even though Amelia is very independent-minded, once in their new home, she could hardly wait for me to come outside and visit with them. As soon as the others discovered whether or not I had brought any treats for them, they moved on to other things. Amelia w…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Amelia And More Important Things

For weeks, I planned and built a new home for six chickens based on what Lefty had told me. It would have plenty of wing-flapping room for them and lots of walking-around room for me. At every chance, I would tell them, “You have no idea how wonderful your ne…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - BücK-a-bwawk-BôcK!

So what if we very quietly released an additional separate series titled “BücK-a-bwawk-BôcK!” with color covers…just to see how it goes? The interior story will be exactly the same, word-for-word, just split in half. The books will have more colorful covers a…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Once Through A Garden Gate

The interior files for The Shoebox were too large to upload to either Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing or Barnes & Noble Press. Full-page illustrations made the files really huge, but we really like having full page illustrations with every chapter. The …


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Amelia Dreamed A Dream

“Watch this,” said Lefty as we headed from our private conversation spot by the barn towards his coop.He stopped and pointed with his beak towards the big backyard where the lawn met the tall dried grasses and the tall dried grasses met a small forest. I coul…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - Illustration Art Video!

The video is completely in black-and-white because all of the illustrations are also. We didn’t want to give the impression that anything will be in color, so even the title slide is in black-and-white. (The book jacket does have color.) We really hope you wi…


The Gracie Press Newsletter - So What Does Amelia Truly Need?

I told Lefty how it all began when a friend had asked, “Will you take Amelia?” The only explanation had been, “She needs you.”My friend lives in a very rural part of a city next to ours but still needed five and a half acres of land to have any chickens. Amel…