James Michael Pratt Books
"Another heart-rending tale of love, loss, and redemption from a master of moral fiction." — Booklist
Dear Mr. Pratt: Wow!!! I have read both The Last Valentine and Paradise Bay in one day each. I cried, I laughed, and I prayed… I have recommended them to many people for encouragement. Thank you for your wonderful books! — Linda Peraldo
Just wanted you to know that I gave an oral review of The Last Valentine just the other day and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room by the time I finished. You sure do have a way of telling a love story. Thanks for just writing as you do. Don’t change a thing! —Georgina Tacconi
THE LAST VALENTINE (original title) became a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller in 1998. Hallmark Hall of Fame and CBS Movies of the Week premiered Pratt's story to 14.5 million on its world debut in 2011. Now viewed by millions more, this beloved tale -- with flashbacks to World War Two -- was renamed for the film title: THE LOST VALENTINE. Called a "Return ticket to Bridges of Madison County" by Publisher's Weekly, the author's mother inspired the story. Coming Soon: The original in paperback!
NOW AVAILABLE: Very limited number of original 1998 HARDCOVERS PURCHASE HERE
"Dear Mr. Pratt -- I first wrote to you when I was a 12-year-old in middle school to tell you how much THE LAST VALENTINE had affected my way of thinking about love and life. I'm now at Boston College and graduating next year. I see that The Last Valentine will finally be made into a movie. I just wanted to write and congratulate you. I cannot wait for the movie to air!" — Grace Huang
A USA TODAY and National Bestseller, The Lighthouse Keeper was first released in 2,000 in hardcover, then paperback and audiobook. Still being read today, it tells the story of two Irish American lighthouse keepers as they experience loss and love over a 90-year history. Now in the present day, the surviving daughter learns secrets of reclaiming hope after devastating losses; showing us values found in purpose and love become a light that saves in the end. Coming Soon: The Original in Paperback
NOW AVAILABLE: Limited number of Autographed 1998 ORIGINAL HARDCOVERS PURCHASE HERE
"As a big Nicholas Sparks fan, I posted a message on a board asking for author suggestions of similar stories. Your name was the response I received. I just finished The Lighthouse Keeper a few moments ago! I am still tearing up at what a great story that was. Thank you for the hours of enjoyment added to my life. I look forward to reading your other three books." — Jennifer Goldstein
A National Bestseller with an attached screenplay, Ticket Home, is a sweeping 80-year journey through a worldwide depression, a world at war, to peace, then final redemption and forgiveness as twin brothers Norman and Lucian Parker – in love with the same girl Mary Jane – fight to survive and keep a family legacy alive. Now in the present day, one final promise must be kept by the war's surviving brother to the other at his gravesite. But which brother is it?
Coming Soon: The original in paperback!
NOW AVAILABLE: Very limited number of original autographed 1998 HARDCOVERS PURCHASE NOW
“Hi Mr. Pratt! I just wanted to tell you, I just finished reading Ticket Home with tears in my eyes. It was wonderful! Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for your next novel. God bless you!" —Joey Bravo
Bestselling Paradise Bay (2003) became one of Pratt’s favorite stories to tell. Originally titled "The Piano Man," it includes anecdotal elements in time and geography to places known in his youth. A story of immense tragedy and reconciliation with Vietnam era losses, a severely wounded Marine awakens from a 30-year coma to find a son, redemption, and a better way to live through transformative music; and yes--a love thought lost finds a way to strike twice.
Coming Soon: The original in paperback!
NOW AVAILABLE: Very limited number of original autographed 1998 HARDCOVERS PURCHASE HERE
Exciting News for Worldwide Fans of The Lost Valentine
Special Insights & 25th Year Exclusive Anniversary Offers
DAD, The Man Who Lied to Save the Planet (2003) became a regional hardcover bestseller. 12 timeless lessons based on the author’s memories of growing up in Southern California during simpler times and the common-sense truths taught by an ordinary Dad who raised 9 children during the post-World War Two decades. Father really does know best in Pratt's book of enduring values meant for our day. Author's revised, Print and eBook Edition coming Oct 1, 2022!
"For anyone who admits to having forgotten the important things of life, DAD, The Man Who Lied to Save the Planet is here to remind you."— Kenneth J. Atchity, Film Producer & Author
MOM, The Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs offers 12 humorous and poignant lessons learned by the author from his Mom from the 1950s through her passing in 2008. If faith, good behavior, treating others like you’d like to be treated, and caring with common-sense traditions mean anything today, the values always started with a bowl of oatmeal, but never really end. Print, Audio & eBooks Oct 1, 2022!
Limited Original Print Collection Found Here
"If you enjoyed TUESDAYS with MORRIE you're going to love MOM, the Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs!" Inspiring wisdom for everyone!" — Bestselling Authors, Joy & Gary Lundberg
Never before promoted in stores or libraries, this 2021 version of a Christmas and Easter tale was created for perennial holiday reading. Two men separated by 2000 years in time help redeem each other by means only the supernatural and their own talents can achieve. One is a vilified Bethlehem Innkeeper, the other a famous present-day TV and radio show host; both desperate to declare to the world a witness of their adventure in what becomes known as THE CHRIST REPORT.
"What an awesome story! My attention was riveted to THE CHRIST REPORT so much that I couldn't put it down! I've already started to feel the changes that come from reading something so inspirational! Thank you for writing this and sharing it with me!"— Lance Andrewsen
"I have read a few hundred books over the years, including the Pulitzer Prize Winning 'Lonesome Dove.' In my mind, TICKET HOME should win a Pulitzer as well. Now it's time to pass this book along to others that I know will love it as well. Thanks Again! "— Michael Riley
NEW WORKS in PROGRESS for 2023-2032
ROSES HAVE THORNS
Original Novel, Prequel, and Sequel Combined Into One!
The Hallmark Hall of Fame audience of THE LOST VALENTINE starring Betty White will be treated to the "rest of the story" -- the long-awaited sequel to the original bestselling 1998 published, The Last Valentine. To be delivered in Episodes, 1 chapter at a time in 2024!
It comes with notes, excerpts, and material from the writing of the original THE LAST VALENTINE in 1997. You also get a prequel the publisher did not include with the original story! Now you'll have how it all began with a Japanese Captain's World War Two backstory and his gentle love for his wife, as well as Neil Thomas Jr and Susan Allison's full love story.
IN LOVE, a Christmas Story– Audiences will want to revisit the Love, Wyoming ranch year after year. In the working title: "In a Wonderland Called Love," a present-day supernatural Christmas takes three lonely people with a longing for love and “peace on earth” to a Yuletide miracle. A broken-hearted soldier, a single woman with a sprawling ranch to manage, and an aged cowhand on his deathbed are offered hope, healing, and second chances they long for. eBook and "Sneak Peek" chapters coming, FALL 2023.
"Except for Og Mandino, I haven't read fiction authors in many years; and so I was surprised when I picked up, As a Man Thinketh In His Heart (Advanced Reader Copy) and couldn't put it down. I read for two straight hours. This is Og Mandino at his best and life-changing! I will be recommending your book to everyone I know."— Carlos Packard
As a Man Thinketh…In His Heart is a personal growth and motivational category novel. Featuring the author as the main character and his discoveries in the ghost-like seaside village of Ilfracombe, England – where real author, James Allen (1904) wrote his mega-bestseller “As a Man Thinketh.” Never before promoted in stores or libraries, this ethereal tale of a visit to another time and place is Pratt's tribute to a man and book that helped change his life at age 19. ..AND, you'll also get James Allen's original book FREE. Anticipated Fall 2023 Special Collector's Edition.
"Rarely do we see this generation take time to ponder upon the gentle arts, the beauty of God's creations, the magnificence of a human life as a being of infinite worth and intelligence."
With thoughts like these, As a Man Thinketh...In His Heart is a great reminder for us to step back and look at all we have to be grateful for. The description of Ilfracombe, England made me feel like I was there! Thanks for a beautiful and thought-provoking read. My flight to Singapore went by fast while reading this book...and that is not easy to do! — Sondra MacArthur
In this 15-year writing journey for the author, we find WHEN THE LAST LEAF FALLS becomes the magic we all long for. When broken-hearted father and son from the Shenandoah Valley—both veterans and widowers—travel to the WWII battlefields of France, secrets are finally revealed while healing, romance, and second chances step in to complete their lives and those of two French women; mother and daughter. eBook and Special Collector’s Hardcover Edition release anticipated for Winter 2023.
The Face of Christ – Conceptualized for novel and film, this work in progress tells the tale of a Union soldier and war artist, his dramatic Civil War story, and the search for a face that came to rescue him on a battlefield of 1862. It ends in mystery art found in present day. If art imitates real life, in the end we become who we imitate. Based in part on a true story from the Battle of Fredricksburg, VA and the "Angel of St. Marye's Heights." Scheduled for a 2026 release.
20 years ago, the author's brother Rex Pratt pitched an idea about an artist who lost his way, set in New York City and Italy. The Well at Santa Felicita is a heartwarming, sometimes humorous novel of losing one’s life in order to find it. Near Florence, Italy there is a village and a wishing well, with a 500-year-old secret; a place where dreams can begin. A young artist from America finds love in this modern romance in an inspiring delivery. In progress, scheduled for 2027.
More Works in Progress 2024 – 2032
THE GOLDEN RULES
The Golden Rules series of books begin with Podcast delivery in the Fall of 2023.
When you awaken to the law of the "Golden Rule" you will never be safer and always seek to stay truly awake. You may experience unwanted behaviors, but will always be called back to a new world of empowerment by this universal law of love. Your journey transforms from a self-focused to a selfless path; and as you give you also receive. Real power, satisfaction with personal joy, all begin with: "The Golden Rule."
A 3 book per year "Devotional" eBook series filled with inspiration, hope, and the tried and true wisdom of the ages.
AS A MAN THINKETH
Anticipated for Podcast-to-Book development from 2023 through 2024.
Commentaries on the timeless mega-million 1904 bestseller which changed the course of author Pratt's life at 19 years old. It comes with the entire public domain original book by James Allen included!
LIKE SNOW FALLING IN JUNE
"It's like snow falling in June when the cottonwoods along the river bank shed their white fluffy protections for seeds holding the promise of a future tree. That summer of '72 was when I first laid eyes on the prettiest girl I had ever seen. It was a magical moment as she danced along the river chasing the cotton flying in the breeze. Her name was Vivian."
In progress, the book may begin delivery by chapter in Winter 2024 with an undetermined future publishing date for the completed novel.
Are lives scripted? Or can events be modified? Who will edit your life and mine? And can love last, as this world's ballads all claim? A journey beyond time to find out. Planned for one chapter at a time release beginning in 2026.
Episodic for Book and Television
Coming FALL 2023 -- EPISODE 1 Season 1 of THE YEAR BOOKS series – An episodic thriller series based upon current history beginning with the main protagonist’s government and life story from the 1990's forward. One book chapter per month is offered online for “free” followed by the episodic series.
Espionage, globalist intrigue, and no time to waste with enemies of the country infiltrated among top agencies. Joshua Stone upholds the oath he took, and runs for his life; fighting all enemies of the Constitution, “foreign and domestic.”
Episodic, each book will be delivered 3 chapters at a time through jamesmichaelpratt.com, and either Vella, an Amazon serialized concept or Wattpad.