Thursday, July 16, 2020


Our Story Title:   SOWN IN PEACE

Our Story Genre: Contemporary Christian Women's Fiction ~ With A Blend of Romance

Our Story Releases:   August 27, 2020

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  • Heroine ~ Victoria (Tori) Kinsey Archer ~ Veteran
  • Hero ~ Griffin (Griff) Miles Mckay ~ Veteran
  • Jennifer Joy (JJ) McKay Russell ~ Pyschologist / Physical therapist
  • Rex Archer ~ Tori's father
  • Marty Douglas ~ Veteran & neighbor to Rex Archer
  • Pamela (Pam) Douglas ~ Marty's wife & neighbor to Rex Archer
  • Tanner (Micky) Michaels ~  Tori's Battle Buddy
  • Rebecca (Becca) Chapman ~ Veteran
  • Halley ~ Tanner's MWD/Therapy Dog
  • Brick ~ In-Training Therapy Dog

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SOWN IN PEACE ~ Back Cover Blurb 

How much can one wounded soul take? 

Victoria (Tori) Archer has the heart of a soldier. Taken down by an IED during her fourth deployment, she’s permanently separated from her military career and left with physical scars as well as PTSD. Moving back to her hometown of Three Rivers, Michigan, she’s forced by circumstances to live with an irascible and unsympathetic aunt. Tori’s battle with pain, horrific memories, and loss of independence creates a deep yearning for peace. Will God grant her even a small measure of it?

Retired Military Dog Handler Griffin (Griff) McKay turns to training dogs at his farm for wounded warrior therapy, desiring to bring former military men and women emotional and mental healing. Implementing his plan proves to be more difficult than visualized with the arrival of one stubborn soldier. Why has God placed that particular warrior in his path?

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The Author of My Story:    Joy Avery Melville

Joy Avery Melville's heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

Fully intending to write Historical Romance—had in fact— she had no plans to deviate from that. God had something else in mind for that ‘call’ He’d made on her life back in 1967. A mere eighth grader at the time, she had no clue about the topics she’d be drawn to write about.

Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence.

The settings of Joy’s books are near where she lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan with her husband of nearly 47 + years and their 21 mo-old Yorkie, Is-A-Bella Bindi, (Is-a-beautiful little girl) who thinks she’s a much larger breed with tomboy tendencies.

Joy loves to hear from readers and will respond!

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The author will be honored to gift a winner a signed copy of
SOWN IN PEACE (upon release)



Catherine Ulrich Brakefield said...

This sounds like an awesome story. Can't wait to read it, Joy! Do you have a military background? Or, perhaps someone close which you have drawn from for your stories? God Bless,
P.S. Keep up the great writing. said...

Good morning, Catherine ~

I DO have some family members who've served our country, but God gave me this idea of the story ~ THEN ~ He gave me resources who I have spent hours with via email, phone, in person, and via chat.

The two men God brought to me have given much of themselves to make this fiction story very real! They've become family to me!

Thanks for your comment- and thank you for including your email!

Anneliese Dalaba said...

Joy, I absolutely love the book cover! The story sounds just as wonderful! I look forward to reading it. said...

Thank you, Anneliese!

The inset on the cover holds a very special significance in the story!
I can't wait until you read the novel and discover that portion.

I appreciate your comment here - will enter you in the drawing for next Wed evening.

Lois Kennis said...

The cover really caught my eye, and the story sounds fresh and different. I'd love to read it!

Anonymous said...

Joy, I’m eager to read your next story! As a grandmother to four military people, three of them currently serving, I consider us to be a military family. We have an army medic, army reserve (intelligence), navy and marine. So anything your story can inform us about military life will be shared well with our children and grandchildren! I know you research well and look forward to your book!
God bless you for writing, and God bless all those who willingly serve our country so we can enjoy freedom! said...

This is the aftermath for Tori and Griff and their friends... something NO family member wants to see occur!

BUT - you know - I do not write a book with no hope! I'm excited to have you read this one... Kept For Her will follow... really, it will. LOL


Anita Braden said...

I would to read this book,not sounds intriguing! said...

Welcome to journeystojoy... thank you for commenting!

I'll see that you're entered into the drawing for next Wed evening.

Anonymous said...

Joy comes in the morning!
I'm so amazed by your talent and perseverance over the years to get ideas in print.
Thank you for always answering my questions, in spite of you're busy schedule.
I'm anxious to read this book. My brother was in the Navy and flew many combat missions over VietNam.
God bless,
Penny said...

I hope you get the opportunity to read Sown In Peace and the books that follow it, Penny.
It's been a pleasure to help you where I could.


Marilyn R. said...

Joy, This is going to be one great read. The cover is intriguing and the background of the characters. I'm looking forward to reading Sown in Peace. Blessings as everything is finalized till released day. said...

Thanks so much for stopping by.

The book will be available SOON - I have been so blessed by the wounded warror input and especially the time I've been able to spend with them. God truly used them and they've each said God has used this story in a huge way in their lives already.!

Cannot wait to have you read it!

Natalya Lakhno said...

Can't wait to read the story! <3

Shelly B said...

Can't wait to read this! Especially knowing some of the background info that went into it. Excited! said...

You've been up close and personal with some of the background to this story, Shelly.

I'm anticipating hearing your thoughts about the story itself...


Carol Chamness said...

Loved the first book. Looking forward to reading this book and anticipating the sequel to the first one. said...

Thank you very much, Carol.

Kept For Her is written... have to get it edited, proof read and on it's way to readers like you!

Hope you get the opportunity to read Sown In Peace soon!