Ericka Proverbs 31 Woman, My Mom

This week I had the privilege to write a guest post for Ericka Clay’s blog at

I’m so blessed to have my post open this new series of guest posts and am grateful to Ericka for giving me the opportunity to share my words with her audience.

Please check out Ericks’s submissions page here, and please visit Ericka’s blog to read my guest post here.

Make sure to check out Ericka’s own work and subscribe to receive all the upcoming guest posts directly in your inbox.

Ericka is also an author and is offering her books for free to her newsletter subscribers!

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Indie Author Giveaway!

In honor of Indie Author Day, I’m proud to be a part of an amazing giveaway of over 30 clean & Christian indie books across all genres! Two lucky winners—one US and one international—will win a slew of signed books, ebooks, and book swag like stickers and bookmarks! Contemporary romance authors like Storm Shultz and Havelah McLat, fantasy authors like  M.C. Kennedy and Stefanie Lozinski, and nonfiction authors such as Karen Brough and Aminata Coote are giving away their sweet romances, epic fantasies, devotionals and journals, and more! Make sure to enter for a chance to win between November 1st and November 7th!

Indie Author Giveaway


The giveaway begins Nov. 1st at 12am EST and ends Nov. 7th 12pm EST.

Open to US and international entrants. Entrants under 18 will need parental permission to enter. There will be TWO winners—one inside the US and one outside. The intl. winner will receive digital prizes—no physical prizes will be included UNLESS the intl. winner resides in the same country as one or more of our intl. authors and they are willing to ship prizes.

The US winner must provide their shipping information and, if applicable, the intl. winner may have to as well.

The giveaway is hosted by Grace A. Johnson, but she is not responsible for any shipping issues or issues/concerns with the prizes except for the ones she offers personally. The giveaway is not affiliated with any of the platforms—i.e., Facebook, Instagram, TikTok—on which it may be shared, or with its internet host, Rafflecopter.

The winners will be announced on Grace’s social platforms (her blog, Facebook, and Instagram) and notified by her through their email.

All entrants are required to provide their email address to confirm their entry. Any other information (i.e., social media handles) is contingent upon which entry methods they choose. To enter, entrants may (1) subscribe to all the authors’ email newsletters, (2) share the giveaway on social media or with a friend, OR (3) follow one or more authors on their primary social media platform. Entrants may pick and choose which of these tasks to complete to qualify for entry.

If anyone has any questions, they are free to contact Grace through her website,

The Prizes!

Havelah McLat – A Forever Summer ebook 

Kristina Hall – Ebook copies of Midnight Will Come and Darkness Draws Near

Valerie Howard – ebook of winner’s choice

Vanessa Hall – ebook copy of Unknown (Grace Sufficient, #1) 

B.R. Goodwin – 2 ebooks in YA Christian fiction series, What Remains: What Remains in the Wilderness and What Remains When Flowers Fade

Karen Brough – Ebooks: Be Held By Him – Finding God When Life Knocks You Off Your Feet and Be Held By Him Companion Guidebook- Finding God When Life Knocks You Off Your Feet

Mary Grace van der Kroef – The Branch That I Am ebook and signed paperback (if the international winner is in Canada, possibly three original art stickers from my Redbubble art shop if the international winner is in Canada.)

Annah Conwell – signed paperback and bookmark

Brigitte Cromey – Paperback copy of nonmagical kingdom fantasy novel Star of Hope (ebook copy for international winner) and 2” vinyl sticker featuring the flag design from Star of Hope

Kellyn Roth – a paperback copy of The Dressmaker’s Secret and a related piece of jewelry

H. E. Reynolds – ebook copy of Death Comes to Greenwood

The Silver Hand/Noah Lynch – A signed copy of The Silver Hand (second book) and a signed 8 X 11 Print of a hand-drawn portrait of Wolfram from upcoming novel, Pale Phoenix (Digtal).

Nicole Lam – Ebook or physical book of On The Beat and a matching bookmark

Storm Shultz – signed copy of Meant to Bee and save the bees sticker for US winner and e-copy of Meant to Bee for international winner

Brianna Lynn Campbell – three short story ebooks (Shadows in my Hands, Lost in Control, and A Future of Lost Lullabies)

Drew Taylor – Signed copy of The Designated Friend/character sticker/bookmark (international: ebook version of The Designated Friend)

Julie Arduini – signed copy of Anchored Hearts

E. N. Chaffin – Free ebook of Avarice, Book Two in the Sin Series (Pryde, Book One is already free on Amazon, Google Books, and where ebooks are sold.)

Molly & Brad – If Only Christmas Would Come Paperback, 2 bookmarks and a sticker

Erica Richardson – 1 Paperback copy of Peregrine: a novella and 1 Digital copy of Peregrine: a novella

Lydia MacClaren – Ebook copy of novel, Seven Lives Saved

Britt Richards – Paperback copy of Pushing Through with a bookmark and art print postcard. 

Amber Lambda – ebook copy of Halos

T. L. Wynne –  A signed copy of Daddy and Me paperback book.  

Maegan M. Simpson – A signed paperback of Aderes in Karkhana, and possibly a bookmark and sticker 

M. C. Kennedy – A paperback copy of A Wolf’s Rose (YA Fantasy) and  hand-drawn scene from AWR 

Deidre Sequeira – Paperback of Isla Emerged and swag

Alexandria Miracola – A signed copy of upcoming novel, Penelope Grace and the Winter Carousel

Jill Beene – Physical copy of Mr. Pickwick’s Guide to Marriageable Young Ladies 

E. G. Bella – ebook of The Toymaker’s Doll

S. F. Brooke – An e-copy of Christian fiction/romance novel, The Strength in Rubble

Effie Joe Stock – Digital copies of book Child of the Dragon Prophecy and possibly Heir of Two Kingdoms

Ashton Dorow – Ebook copies of The Peasant Queen and The Love of a Princess

Stefanie Lozinkski – ebook copies of Magnify and Majesty

Aminata Coote – Draw Closer: a 52 week devotional journal for women 

R. M. Scheller – Ebook for Extension Squad Vol. 1 and physical merch bundle (character stickers, standees, bookmarks)

Sarah Rodecker – A signed paperback of my book, Escape from Mathebos, and a set of swag

Hannah Morgan – Our Next Chapter, with assorted little gifts like bookmarks, bookish stickers, tea bags

Lillian Keith – Ebook (PDF version) copy of Should We Tell Her? (for international winner) and a signed, physical copy of An Apprentice Escapes (plus a Lyla MC doll; made from wool, 4 ½ inches tall), for U.S Winner.

Jes Drew – A signed paperback  copy of At Summer’s End with stickers/ebook copy of At Summer’s End for international winner

Nicki Chapelway – An ebook of Snow White retelling Winter Cursed

Alyssa Casanova – Free PDF of book for international winners; free signed hardcover once released Bedtime for Spider a picture book for 2-4 year olds.

Alyssa Schwarz – Ebook copy of The Glass Road (the next installment in the Prescott Family Romance series), and a downloadable phone wallpaper. 

Abigail Kay Harris – A digital 8×10 print, digital ebook, and digital bookmark file for intl. winner; and print 8×10, bookmark, and sticker for US winner with ebook.

Emily Wright –  Ebook (PDF) copies of Trial of Strength, Trial by Fire, and Trial of Courage  

Erica Dansereau – Physical copy Come Forth as Gold

E. M. Chaffin – Signed copy of Newfangled Madness and stickers

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Titles by Mary Grace van der Kroef

Reviews for Words of Weight

Have you read ‘Words of Weight’? Please leave us a review on Goodreads, Amazon, or in the comment section of this post. All reviews are welcome and appreciated, whether one star or five. All we ask is that you are kind in your word choice. THANK YOU!

“Poetry that seeks to marry words and their definitions to the emotional responses they bring us in the walking world.”

– from Words of Weight back blurb

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Words of Weight/Release Day!

Today is the day! ‘Words of Weight’, is now available for all regions on Amazon. If you preordered an ecopy, they have delivered it to you.

Only available at Amazon at present.

I have uploaded and released the paperback version as well.

A HUGE thank you to my readers for sending in prompt words and helping me write this collection. It stretched me, it was fun, it game me purpose in a time I was feeling low. We create better when we create together. You are all a blessing to me. I hope you enjoy the finished product.

Paperback full spread Cover

In celebration of this release and my birthday that is today, I am offering a SALE on my first poetry collection ‘The Branch that I Am’. Both the ebook and paperback version are discounted for 3 days only!

Visit my book shop to purchase the ebook directly or use the buttons below to choose your preferred retailer.

Note: because of Canadian shipping costs, I cannot offer a signed paperback for the SALE price. But the discounted paperback is available at Amazon.

Never Empty/Ekstasis Magazine

Reviving the Christian Imagination

Covering creative culture with Christianity Today

“Within the pages of Ekstasis, we exhibit arts and letter that reflect the depths of Christian life.”

– from the Ekstasis Magazine About Page –

I have found the pages of Ekstasis Magazine, both online and in print, to be a place of great beauty and deep thought, reverence and worship, joy and celebration.

I would like to thank the editorial team for including my poem “Never Empty” in their Autumn online lineup.

I invite you to visit them and enjoy the many rich works of writers/artists of all kinds.

“Ekstasis publishes work that slants toward the triumphant and glorious aspects of life in Christ, framed through the arts and literature. Ekstasis is based in the work of Beautiful Orthodoxy, as defined by Christianity Today.”

– from the Ekstasis Magazine About Page –

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Walnut Greens, Falling Purpose/Door is a Jar Magazine

I have been waiting in great anticipation to share this publication with everyone. It’s always such a blessing to my heart to see my words in print, and as an acceptance from Door is a Jar Magazine was unexpected, it makes it even sweeter.

I first connected with this magazine on twitter #writingcommunity.

Door is a Jar is a print and digital literary magazine of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork. Our publication focuses on writing that is accessible for all readers.

Door is a Jar Magazine

Their emphasis on accessibility for all and clarity so that everyone can enjoy and understand the stories and poems they publish is right in line with what I am all about. I enjoy academic and literary works but my heart is where the simple becomes beautiful.

“Within the cover letter please include your full name, contact info, and a fun 3-sentence bio, which will be published in the magazine. (We’re not as interested in how many degrees you have, or how widely you’ve been published. Instead, we want to hear about the real you. We want to know about the little things that spur you along.)”

Door is a Jar Submission page

My poems Walnut Greens and Falling Purpose appear in Issue 23 Summer 2022 alongside the work of 49 other writers. This issue is available on Amazon as an ebook and in print.

If you are a writer, I encourage you to take advantage of their rolling submissions.

Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Disconnect/Mental Rhythm Magazine

A literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the rhythms of mental health in individuals around the globe.

Mental Rhythm Website

They have featured my poem Disconnect in their first issue. I invite you all to read it along with the many other great works included.

It’s always a blessing to have a piece chosen out of the many submitted to each outlet. As a student run magazine, it’s also great to know my words are reaching young people in need of support.

I look forward to following them as a publication and supporting the students working behind the scene.

Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Red Stuff by Mike Bonikowski

By: Mike Bonikowsky

Cover art by: Sarah Christolini

Published by: Solum Press

There is not a single poem in Mike Bonikowsky’s ‘Red Stuff’ that I did not love. Every word is a word of lament, praise, worship, connection, question, awe of and too God.

“Sing to the Lord, all ye mid-restoration”

– From Invocation –

His gift is in highlighting the pain of every day, be it through family life, or work. But not simply highlighting, he lays it at the feet of the cross and raises the lantern he keeps lit with words in readiness for the coming bridegroom.
I was so blessed while being humbled while reading these words.

Mary Grace van der Kroef

Quip Corner with Ada

I recently enjoyed having a conversation with Ada from Quip Corner, about my book ‘The Branch That I Am.’

I enjoyed our conversation and I hope you do as well!

Ada is the author of the 101 QUIPS AND QUOTES BOOK COLLECTION. for the last 2 years she has used her YouTube channel Quips Corner to promote other authors in celebration of World Book and Copy Write day. I know she would love to have you tune in for the rest of the month. Don’t forget to go back and watch the interviews from earlier in April.

Thank you Ada, for blessing me with this interview!

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Winter’s Harvest/Paddler Press

Paddler Press is a new poetry and art mag based in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, Ontario.” – From Paddler Press Home Page

It excited me when the editor of Paddler Press tweeted he was expanding the call for Issue Three to include Creative None Fiction. I had a piece I felt would be a great fit and jumped at the opportunity.

Deryck N. Robertson felt the same way and blessed me by including it in this great third issue of Paddler Press, All Together.

“Deryck is an elementary teacher, outdoorsman, composer, poet, husband and father.” – from Paddler Press Mast Head Page

“Winter’s Harvest” closes out this issue by inviting its readers to visit the world of my early childhood. It was great fun writing this piece and reliving the details when I called my parents to make sure I remembered correctly.

The Cover features “Unknown Terrain” by Julie Francey.

Paddler Press is a great edition to the Canadian and international word of literary magazines. I hope to see many more issues from them and Deryck.

All three Issues are available HERE. Enjoy the free digital download or order a print copy and support this great small press.

Mary Grace van der Kroef

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