On Grace: A Novel, Exclusive Cover Reveal #Giveaway + #Starbucks

by Jennifer


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SparkPointStudio and author Susie Orman Schnall have asked us to feature a cover reveal and a fun giveaway for her new book On Grace.

Meet Grace May, who is actually excited about turning 40 in a few months, that is, until her job, marriage and personal life take a dizzying downward spiral. Can she even recover from the most devastating time in her life, right before it’s supposed to be one of the best?

Susie Orman Schnall’s debut novel On Grace is all about rediscovering yourself, and doing it with grace, well after you think it’s even possible anymore. The book deals with themes such as divorce, infidelity, re-entering the workforce after children, breast cancer, and of course, turning 40.

We all judge books by their covers, don’t we? When I see this one, I think of that old commercial that means so much more to me now that I’m a mom in her 40’s: “Calgon, take me away.” I see serenity, a woman making time for herself and embracing this time in her life.

Win it

One of you, U.S. only, can win a signed advanced reader’s copy of On Grace, out April 8, 2014.

SparkPointStudio is including a $10 Starbucks gift card as well!

Start off by telling me if you embrace(d) or dread(ed) turning 40.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 vickie couturier February 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

no,,never bothered me turning 40,,an never bothered me turning 50 either


2 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Vickie, I like your attitude. I hope I feel the same about 50. Not too far away! Thanks for entering the giveaway and I hope you enjoy On Grace! – Susie Orman Schnall


3 Kristin Jones February 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I am a 10 years below 40, but definitely felt the 30 when I work at a technology company with quite a few employees straight out of college!


4 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Nice to know how much wiser you are than those little kids :)!! And 40 is so great – you’ll love it!!


5 Liz February 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I am definitely a bit apprehensive.


6 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Oh no, Liz! What are you apprehensive about? I have never been happier and more settled than in this decade of my life. 40 is awesome!!


7 anne February 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I was not bothered with being 40, 50 or even 60, but the breast cancer diagnosis 2 years ago was totally unexpected and health is what matters.


8 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Amen, Anne. I agree on that. Best wishes for good health. There’s a breast cancer sub plot in On Grace. It’s very realistic and reaffirming. Hope you enjoy the book! Talks a lot about perspective too which really does get better with age.


9 Shannon February 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Didn’t faze me I was fine with it, age is just a number it’s how you feel and lead your life that matters


10 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Shannon, 40 didn’t faze me at all either. I actually was so excited to turn 40. I felt like I had all kinds of permission to do whatever I wanted. It was very freeing for me! And yes, I agree, it’s all about the choices we make and, hopefully most of the time, we make the right ones. Enjoy On Grace!!


11 Jacki February 19, 2014 at 5:35 am

It’s just a number.


12 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Best number so far for me. Pretty big milestone. 50 is next for me. I hope I’ll feel the same when that comes along!


13 Heather B February 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

My birthdays never seem to bother me, turning 40 isn’t stressing me any…. the fact that my son will turn 20 that same year DOES bother me though!


14 Susie Orman Schnall February 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Wow Heather. That’s going to be a big year for your family! It’ll probably hit you harder that he’s 20 than that you’re 40!! I love birthdays – another opportunity to celebrate life!


15 Jessie C. February 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

I’m a few years away to the stage, honestly feel a bit dread.


16 betsy February 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

definitely apprehensive- thankfully still a few years off


17 Corey Olomon February 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I turned 40 two years ago, as just another day.


18 Patricia February 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I think the idea of 40 is exciting! (I wish our society felt the same way.)


19 Jordan February 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Age is nothing but a number. I don’t care!


20 shelly leatham February 20, 2014 at 3:03 am

I embraced it! I’m like a fine wine…I get better with age!


21 Brittany February 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

I embraced it, although I still do not know how it got here so fast.


22 Anita Yancey February 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

I embraced turning 40, but really dreaded it when I turned 50, and I’m not looking forward to 60 either.


23 Cynthia R February 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

I am not going to lie, I dread it.


24 Kate I. February 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I turned 40 about two months ago. My only complaint relating to the age itself is that little physical issues have begun to arise, and I don’t bounce back as quickly as I used to. (That day was the worst ever because, as anyone else born around Christmas and New Year’s Day might attest, NO ONE remembers let alone makes a fuss. I’d hoped to be surprised since 40 is considered a milestone. I have begun making plans for my 41st birthday even if it means traveling alone to one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit.)


25 Kate I. February 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

The bottom line: I *had* embraced it!


26 DarcyO February 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I embraced 40, but didn’t want to let it go!


27 Nannypanpan February 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm
28 Nannypanpan February 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Entered secret of magic


29 Linda Kish February 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I embraced 40, 50 and 60 and still embracing every year. As long as I am alive I will be happy with the age that I am.


30 Tammy H February 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

I didn’t dread turning 40, looking at turning 50 this year


31 Ashley Fryer February 22, 2014 at 10:35 am

I’m definitely going to embrace it.


32 Nancy February 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm

It was no problem turning 40!


33 Nancy February 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I entered The Secret of Magic book giveaway.


34 Idaho Jill February 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I did not embrace 40 at all. I actually never minded a bday till I hit 40…but then my mom took us all to Vegas, so it turned out ok :).


35 susie King February 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Embrace it all just for today because I want to live one day at a time.


36 Annette W {This Simple Home} February 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

I’m somewhere in between embracing and dreading it. My husband is 4 years younger so big birthdays can feel bigger. :)


37 Linda Meyers-Gabbard February 26, 2014 at 6:24 am

I embraced turning 40 mentally but physically my body started falling apart when the clock struck 40.
The warranty on my bodycand health expired.
it started with being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The the carpal tunnel syndrome set in in both hands. The the ulnar nerve in left arm was being pinched causing the arem to go numb. The neuropathy set in in both feet. Then herniated disc in the neck and back. A diagnosis of IBS. Then the big one FIBROMYALGIA.
Yes my forties were somdting. Im in my 50’s now and am coping with the joys of chronic pain and all the side effects of fibromyalgia.

The best thing that happened in my 40’s. I met and married the man of my dreams. Amen


38 Tammy Woodall February 27, 2014 at 2:22 am

My brother dreaded turning 40. When his birthday came around, he lightened up about it because my Sister-In-Law had a Funeral Theme Birthday – everyone wore black. There was even a coffin That was a birthday he won’t ever forget.


39 Tammy Woodall February 27, 2014 at 2:23 am

Oops, didn’t complete my entry. I didn’t dread turning 40. Nothing like my brother did anyway.


40 Neiddy March 1, 2014 at 2:23 am

Well … I am 28 but I will embrace it. I like to enjoy every day of my life plus I love having birthday celebrations :)


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