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
"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
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. A limited number of Autographed 1998 ORIGINAL HARDCOVERS are now available! PURCHASE NOW
"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 the secrets of reclaiming hope after devastating losses; showing us the values found in living with purpose and love become the light that saves in the end. PURCHASE NOW
"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 an epic 80-year journey through 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 keep promises and 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? 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.
I just finished reading Paradise Bay. I have never been so moved. I cried my eyes out the last three chapters. You are the newest author on my 'must-read' list of books. I can't wait to read your other books. Please keep writing these wonderful books. GOD BLESS YOU and your wonderful work! — Jenny Figueron
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, Personal Edition eBook coming Fall 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 & Bestselling 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. Edited for new release coming May 2022. Coming June 2022
"If you enjoyed TUESDAYS with MORRIE you're going to love MOM, the Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs!" Packed with inspiring words of 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. Coming Fall 2022
"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
NEW WORKS for 2022-2026
We loved, were carried away, believed in heroes, and became part of a story as we immersed ourselves in books, "Once Upon a Time."
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 2023!
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 Special Collector’s Edition, Christmas 2022.
"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, this book 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 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 2024 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 2025.
More Works in Progress 2024 – 2028
AS A MAN THINKETH
Commentaries on timeless mega-million 1904 bestseller with entire original book by James Allen included!
LIKE SNOW FALLING IN JUNE
A love story spanning five decades inspired by and reminiscent of The Lightouse Keeper.
Are lives scripted? Who will edit your life and mine? A journey beyond mortality to find out.
THE GOLDEN RULES
A Devotional Book Series filled with inspiration, hope and wisdom of the ages.
Episodic for Book and Television
Coming FALL 2022 -- 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.