Tornado Tragedy

A Very Special Announcement!

It’s been awhile since I’ve put out any new blogposts, but today I’m here with one. And as you probably guessed by the title, this is a really exciting blogpost! Any guesses what it can be? Here’s a hint: it involves a giveaway!

Well, without further ado, let me tell you what my news is. I’m in the process of publishing my very first book!

Tornado Tragedy paperback mockup

Tornado Tragedy is the first book in my middle-grade series H.E.L.P. Here is the blurb for the book.

A storm brews. Tension builds. Can peace prevail?

The Hardings’ home is anything but peaceful with the constant clashes of Jennie and her six siblings, each with a different personality.

In the midst of sibling squabbles comes a large ministry opportunity: raising money to keep a local missions organization from closing. But what seems like a chance for them to finally learn to work together, quickly escalates into stormy words and more arguments.

Jennie’s new puppy and a mysterious locked chest do not help matters any, as they distract the siblings from their goal, and the Hardings’ elderly neighbors are trying to discourage them from working to save the ministry. Will the siblings ever learn to work together and show each other love and kindness?

What inspired Tornado Tragedy?

This book came about because of a desire to write God-pleasing, inspiring, and enjoyable stories for young people to read. As I wrote this book, that desire became a passion to write books especially for the middle-grade audience. I remember what an avid bookworm I was at this age, devouring pretty much every book we owned that was age appropriate for me, borrowing books from friends and the library, always wanting more to read.

So my hope and prayer with this book, series, and with the other middle-grade books I have planned, is that they will be a blessing to these readers. I hope the books will teach them important life lessons, draw them closer to God, and help to satisfy that desire for more books to read. I want to write the books my 12 year old self would have loved reading as well as benefited from.

tornado tragedy e-book mockup

The Giveaway

And now for the giveaway announcement. I’m doing a pre-launch giveaway of Tornado Tragedy! Actually, I’m doing two giveaways: one for my American friends and one for my international friends. I’ll be giving away one autographed paperback to an American winner and one e-book to an international winner. You can enter the giveaway below and find bonus ways to earn more points. The giveaway will be open until Tuesday night at midnight.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In case those of you already on my email list are wondering if you need to re-subscribe to enter, all you have to do is enter the email address you subscribed with into the Rafflecopter box. You don’t need to re-subscribe.

The winners will be announced in an email next week after the giveaway ends, so keep an eye on your inbox for that. Since the book is not yet out, it may take a little time for the winners to get their copies, especially the winner of the paperback. I can’t wait to see which of y’all will win!

About Author

Hannah E. Griggs

Hannah E. Griggs is a teacher and author of primarily middle-grade Christian fiction from Texas. She loves card-making, history, and coffee. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her building her education business, reading Christian fiction and biographies, or improving her guitar skills.


  1. Anna

    I’m excited for this! I still read a lot of middle grade, and I also often look for good ones to share with my brothers. I think this checks both those boxes!

    1. I’m so glad to hear you’re excited, Anna! I still enjoy well-written middle-grade books as well.

  2. I can’t wait to see how different it is from when I was reading it! So happy for you, Hannah! You’ve worked so hard!

    1. Aww, thanks Vonnie! I don’t think there are any huge changes, but it definitely has improved since you read it!

  3. Lydia Coral W

    Oh, I’m so excited!! And thanks for running an international version!! I haven’t really looked at what the book is about until I read this post (sorry, not sure how that happened!) but it looks so good!! I’m excited to read your first full book 😀

    1. I’m excited for you to get to read it too, Lyds! And with having so many international friends, I definitely wanted to include y’all too!

  4. So excited for you, Ems!!!!

    1. Thank you, Auntie Bekah!

  5. Congrats on your upcoming release, Hanah!

  6. P.s (I signed up for the giveaway via an email I use for newsletters). Anyway, to answer your question, what piqued my interest the most is that it’s a MG book; I love discovering new indie middle grade stories, especially by fellow homeschool writers 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lillian! I enjoy middle-grade books as well! And yes, homeschool writers are an added bonus!

  7. This looks good, Hannah! Congratulations! 😀

  8. I’m most intrigued by the locked chest, because I’m a sucker for those stories lol. But also I love the title and the whole premise sounds so good!

    Also, thanks for having an international option 🙂

    1. Thank you, Katja! Glad to hear the mystery sounds intriguing. And you are very welcome! Can’t have my international friends left out!

  9. I’m so happy that you’re book is almost ready to release!!!! 😀 And I love the reason behind why you decided to write middle-grade. I can certainly relate. When I was younger, I could never get my hands on enough good books!!! 😉 I’m intrigued to know why the elderly neighbors don’t want them working to save the mission and the locked chest part too. And thanks for making a giveaway for us internationals too. 😉

    1. Thank you! And it sounds like we had the same dilemma growing up, Lauren. I’m happy to have an international option for all my friends around the world!

  10. Congrats, girl! I’m so excited for a Godly middle grade book. ❤

    1. Thanks, Tory! I’m happy to hear you’re excited!

  11. Yay! I’m excited for a godly, well-written, and inspiring book!

    1. Thank you, Vanessa! So happy to hear that!

  12. Congratulations, Hannah! What piqued my interest the most is that I know the author. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lauren! And aww, that’s sweet of you to say!

  13. Erika Mathews

    Congratulations! I find this book intriguing because clean Christian middle grade fiction is amazing and it has to be good if it’s written by you. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Erika! What a sweet comment!

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