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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480257176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480257177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Temple is a lifetime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, where she lives with her husband, Dana, with whom she has one son, Temp. She also has two stepchildren, Candice and Chad. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntingdon College and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Lisa also shares her life with her beloved animals: Phebe, Flash and Minx.

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On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple's, small, private school wrote "Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!" On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple's, the Headmaster penned the words, "Lisa, I can't wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!" Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader's curiosity - and her own.

She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn't until her father - her hero - was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling - the "talent" that she finds joy in putting to use.

"Illuminating Gracie," is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple's own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity - by an angel - to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. "Illuminating Gracie," is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, "Instigating Gracie," is due for release in December 2013.

Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.

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Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read.
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I think this is a great book and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Lorraine on July 2, 2013
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This is a can't put it down novel that is packed full of supernatural adventure and action, written in a down to earth style that will leave you anxiously awaiting this authors next book. I certainly hope there is one, and soon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L.K. Williams on June 15, 2013
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This book made me smile, stop and think. The more I read, the more I enjoyed it. The story is thoughtful and interesting. Illuminating Gracie is a good one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.Knowles on July 13, 2013
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I could not put the book down. Every page brought a new twist and you couldn't wait to see what happened next. The book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad she did. I have now passed it down to my daughter who can't seem to stop reading it. Amazing writing, amazing characters and an amazing story! I do hope there will be another one not to far behind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N.J. Collar on June 26, 2013
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I have been thoroughly captivated by this book Illuminating Gracie. On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be? I love this book and am looking forward to what Lisa C. Temple has coming next!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sidney Murray on June 11, 2013
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Captivating. This book not like others held this readers attention with the turn of every page. Illuminating characters and relationships that kept me anxious for more. Perfect book for teens and beyond. I left mesmerized til the end. Can it be told I did not want it to end. Hopefully there will be more to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn svendsen on December 10, 2013
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This was very much a good vs evil fantasy novel where the main character is flawed and needs to work through her “inner demons” in order to become the person she truly is inside. The battle is a spiritual one fought between angels and demons. Gracie is a teenager with some serious psychological issues of low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder and probably some depression. She has few friends and feels deserted by her parents who have gone to live for a year to Kuwait so her father can work at a civilian assignment, leaving her to live with her brother and sister-in-law at the bed-and-breakfast that they run.

The book claims to be a Christian Young Adult Fiction book based on Matthew 5:16 “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”, and the book does indeed convey that thought. However, in this book, the angels lie to Gracie “for her own good” but according to the Bible, lies are not condoned even in the Ten Commandments, so in my opinion, I would not classify this as a book of Christian fiction, but rather fantasy.

I thought that Grace was a fairly realistic character. I liked her because she was flawed. She had many of the same flaws that are common to many of us at one time or another – a lack of self-confidence, poor self-image, anxiety, low self-esteem. She also experienced some deeper psychological issues. Through Grace’s experiences with the angels and demons, she learns to rely on her heart and the strength within herself, allowing who she really is to shine forth. When she does, the beautiful person she really is can be seen, “It was if I’d spent my life being slightly out of focus and then, through some magical or divine intervention, my knobs were turned and my image sharpened and perfected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on October 17, 2013
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Where do I start: the great story, the hunky boy, or the brilliant main character?

To be honest, it started out a bit slow for me. But that ended quickly. Real quickly.
The first thing that pulled me in was Gracie (the main character). It's in first person point of view so you really get to explore and learn about Grace. And boy was she written to perfection. Usually I don't like the main character because I learn all of their flaws, but Gracie had so much wit and sarcasm about her you couldn't help but like her. As you go through the book, you notice Gracie working to overcome her shortcomings, and it just makes you enjoy her fictional company even more.
Next, I met the hunky boy. Well, ok, there were two of them, but only one made me swoon. And that was Merchison Spear (just his name sends shivers down my spine :P). He, being the gentleman he is, comes to the rescue and saves Gracie from being lost in the woods real early in the story. And from then on it's just one swoon after another. Plus, him and the other hunky boy (Locke)......let's just say the tension is palpable. And no, it's not a love triangle people. I promise.

It's synopsis time!
Gracie is a 17 year old, not much to look at, and rather paranoid. She works at her brother and sister-in-law's B&B, which results in her meeting the mysterious Mrs.B, hunky Merch, hunky Locke, and lovable Willem. Who knew delivering food could change your life forever. And I'm not even exaggerating. All of a sudden, she's changing (not the puberty kind, but the stronger, faster, generally more powerful kind). And, to balance out all the good things happening to her, a demon is after Gracie. So not ideal.
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