If you watched the book trailer for “A Most Wondrous Place,” you may have noticed “GraciePress.com” was on the last slide. (But maybe not!) This is a new separate website and independent of WordPress.

Why do this? The biggest reason for me has been to have a website with stories and illustrations that children (and adults) can read with no social elements, no external links, and no advertisements. (It’s about internet safety for me. You can’t even contact me through the website, but I may add a street mailing address because my chickens would love to receive some “fan mail” to post in their coop.) Links to Dropbox free items will be there. Links to purchase our books will be there too, but that is not what the site is mostly about. (See first two items below which focus on just reading for free.)

Why not some other name? Something like “JohnSpiers.com”? Well, that’s an easy one. People aren’t always sure how to pronounce my last name. (It sounds exactly like the last part of the word “inspires” which is what I hope my books will do.) There’s also a much more famous person who is musician with the same name, and he is the one who comes up on searches before anything about me.

What’s there? That was tough to decide. I didn’t want it to be too much…or to little. And I didn’t want it to be a duplicate of a blog-type website like “MyLifeWithGracie.com.”

  • Newest Reads” has a selection of chapters from the most recent published or soon-to-be-published book. This gives readers a chance to preview the book.
  • Coming Soon!” has a selection of stories from future projects that may be turned into books. My next projects are likely to be expanded chapter books for independent readers in the upper elementary grades. Those will have many more pages along with black and white illustrations.
  • Our Books” gives more information about books which have been published and are available to be purchased. Right now, there is only one, “A Most Wondrous Place.”
  • Author’s Page” give more information about me. (It’s not really all that important, and so it’s last on the page!)

Why not check it out? And while you are checking it out, why not look for and select this picture and you will find a free coloring book to print out! Selecting the picture will open a link to Dropbox, but you don’t need a Dropbox account. You can print some or all of the pages, and with Easter just around the corner, what could be more fun than pages and pages of baby chicks for coloring, cutting out, and creating?!? (4 season illustrations and 12 month illustrations, black line versions from artwork found in “A Most Wondrous Place”)


Each post shares a glimpse into my journey as a writer and illustrator. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

If you have any feedback or suggestions for improving GraciePress.com, please let me know. I don’t want it to be difficult to navigate or to be too complicated. It should mostly be about reading stories and looking at illustrations, and that should be easy for anyone to do. Thanks!

13 thoughts on “GraciePress.com And A Free “Thank You” Gift For Our Readers

    1. Thanks, Renee. I truly appreciate your input. It’s okay to be critical and honest. I don’t have elementary age kids to try it out on any more! I want the site to be user friendly and to encourage reading. Thanks again!

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      1. You are welcome! I hear ya! My grand children from my oldest lives almost 2 1/2 hours away from me, so I don’t get to see them often. And my youngest daughter lives an hour away now, so I may not be the best candidate, but I will try! 😁


  1. I think this is a lovely website! Interactive & easy to navigate and beautifully designed to perfectly reflect the aesthetic of your stories. Plus some little surprises, like that very sweet colouring book, which I stumbled upon without realising how I got there, (only to realise afterwards, that you mentioned it here). That would have absolutely delighted me as a child- I mean, it still does. 🙂 A wonderful job indeed!

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    1. Fiona, thank you so much for taking the time to look over the new website and then to comment. My chickens and I would love to send you a free copy of “A Most Wondrous Place” through Amazon. Just send your delivery address to john.spiers@yahoo.com, and we will order it for you as a special gift of our appreciation!

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      1. Oh, why thank you John! It was no trouble at all to leave some feedback, especially when it was such a delight to look through. That really is a most generous offer, and very kind of you and the girls, but I live in Australia and I would hate to put you out of pocket or create any unnecessary hassle!

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      2. Hi, Fiona. I didn’t realize Book prices are all that different in Australia, but they are! I checked on Amazon in Australia and the book is almost twice as much there! I thought there might be some type of mistake, so I did a little research and found that it wasn’t an error. I hope the same isn’t true for ebooks! Anyway, I truly did appreciate your feedback and comments. Thanks again, John


      3. No stress John! Thanks anyway! I have plans to print out your colouring book for a little low-key fun, so that in itself is a treat. 😀

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  2. John, you have been staying busy with your writing and publishing interests. I like your idea of having a safe haven for families and children to check out your offerings. Your efforts are very progressive and forward thinking. I will take a look at your site.

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