Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

Grace Awakening novels May 6, 2010

Note: this series is currently OUT OF PRINT on all platforms,
but never fear!
Grace and Ben will be back in 2023 or early 2024.

Modern romance meets ancient myth

Fourteen year old Grace doesn’t know it yet, but she’s been around for three thousand years waiting to fulfill her destiny to become one of the Three Graces of Greek Mythology. Forces are battling for her love, her body and her destiny.  Now all she needs to do is survive the war.

The Whistler Independent Book Awards said,

Good pacing and characters combined with an appealing fantasy adventure.

This two-part young adult fantasy novel features a well-paced adventure with an appealing heroine in Grace Severin.  Grace is a not-so-ordinary Grade 10 student in Calgary who meets the very attractive young musician, Ben Butler, and is drawn to him in ways she cannot understand.   Her love life is complicated by school bad-boy Josh, some brushes with danger and the attentions – both benevolent and malevolent – of the residents of Mount Olympus.  The author’s experience as a teacher is reflected in the well-drawn portrayal of high school life and the authentic dialogue – her teenagers spring to life on each page.  This is a story that will appeal to a female young adult audience.

Grace Awakening 

Dreams & Power 

 TRADE PAPERBACK: ISBN 978-0-9877296-2-0


E-BOOK ISBN 978-0-9877296-8-2

Enjoy both Grace Awakening Dreams and Grace Awakening Power in one volume.  6X9. 408 p.  

Check out the reviews here and the press here!

Grace Awakening Dreams  GAD WEB PROMO small

(Book one)

<- E-BOOK 2009 ISBN 978-0-9877296-0-6

E-BOOK 2014 ISBN 978-0-9920052-4-5   ->

In Awakening Dreams, Grace discovers the devotion of a love that has followed her through time.  She also discovers the evil forces that are determined to destroy her life in Calgary.  As she faces attacks and begins to find her own strength, Grace awakens to the other reality that her dreams reveal.



Grace Awakening  Power  

(Book two)

<-  E-BOOK 2009 ISBN 978-0-9877296-1-3

E-BOOK 2014 ISBN 978-0-9920052-5-2  ->

In Awakening Power, Grace has been sent to the Shuswap and must learn to live without her love’s physical presence in her life.  As the attacks increase, Grace faces a battle to accept her destiny and to save the man she loves, their life together, and the joy, beauty and radiance that fuel all artistic endeavours in the world.


Free Study Guide

A study guide for Grace Awakening Dreams & Power  focuses on myth, poetry and elements of story for teachers and book clubs.   You can download a pdf of the guide here:

 Grace Awakening Study Guide




Want More Grace?

The Story of Grace

Interview with Shawn about writing Grace Awakening

Meanings of the Character’s Names

Several male characters reflect specific Greek words for love

The teachers’ names come from inspiring educators


17 Responses to “Grace Awakening novels”

  1. Your book sounds amazing. Congrats on getting published.

  2. Vikki Says:

    Grace Awakening is the next step for Twilight fans. There are several levels, from simple escape to complex allusion, poetry, and syntax. Teachers will find multiple stepping stones for differentiated learning. This book is one of the most compelling, teachable YA novels I have read, and I have read voraciously. I most like that I can recognize these various characters in my own students, and I love the familiar Canadian and Pacific Northwest setting. Shawn’s use of our landscape as a secondary home to the Greek gods is inspired. She finds and creates layers of meaning, filling them with sweetness to create good literary baklava! I am very excited that she is continuing the tradition in Grace Beguiling, which promises even more!

  3. Vikki Says:

    I like your use of this section of the painting for Grace. You can go to the wideshot for Beguiling. Can you use it for cover art? If not, get a student to do a “in the manner of” representation. I also look forward to Grace Charming, or whatever C word you find appropo. There are so many wonderful stories of inspired love in literary tradition. Heloise and Abelard? If you keep moving from Greece to Italy up into France, or was it Gaul then? I am very excited in the meantime to learn about Petrach and Laure from someone who will do all the legwork and serve it up in a lovely novel for me!

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Yes, Heloise and Abelard are on my list to consider in the future, although their story is a little too close to Petrarcha and Laure for my liking.

      I don’t know about the rights for the Botticelli painting. It’s over 500 years old, so if they have public domain it’s probably in it, but I’m not sure that applies to paintings. Perhaps the Uffizi in Florence owns reprint rights. I’ll have to explore that. Beguiling could just be Venus, actually, and C could be another detail… 😉

  4. Vivian Says:

    Who am I? Someone who does not read fantasy. When I read a book I want to believe it is real and fantasy does not do that for me. Grace Awakening is an exception. Maybe it was the setting I could relate to (BC!), or the authentic characters; I’m not sure what it was but I was able to suspend my disbelief and immerse myself in Grace’s world. It was a pleasure to read!

  5. Just Coop It Says:

    Can’t wait to read Grace! It’ll be like a Birthday present to me in July! 😀

  6. Helen Gezahegn (@helengezahegn1) Says:

    I think the book sounds amazing, but I would like to recommend a better book cover. It isn’t that eye-catching and it makes me not want to read the book. Like don’t get me wrong, I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but maybe you should improve it a bit, because in reality, an aesthetic book cover combined with a beautifully written book is destined to go far. I’m just saying, no hard feelings. 🙂

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      I appreciate your frankness. We had a poll with several designs and the two that tied are the two shown for the two books on the webpage. The colour and dimensional image are quite fantastic on glossy paper, but I have wondered if it translates well enough to thumbnail. Thanks again.

  7. brightverse Says:

    Wow that story about Grace sounds so cool! I always have been a huge fan of Greek mythology!

  8. cararolsen Says:

    Grace Awakening sounds like a lovely novel, Shawn. Heading to take a closer look!


  9. I shared this on Facebook!!!!! How wonderful!

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