Introducing you to my FIVE short stories compilation!!
My little burning glass hearts include:
Gem His Bottles of Tears
Curls for Rae
and Lucent Sylph!
This compilation will be published, for $2.99, on Valentines’ Day! February 14, 2018!
I had original art – concocted up in my head, and made a reality by the lovely, amazing, talentedJulia Mae Busko.
So today I’m introducing you to this cover (and the main characters of each below)!!!
This is going to be a collection of the most heart-warming, tear-inducing, emotion-ridden, lovely little jewels I can think up. CanNOT wait to share with you!
Now about the main characters for each story!
In “Gem,” the main character is SOLEIL PUNICELLO:
She is ESFJ, motherly, sweet, innocent, and optimistic. The story starts out with her receiving a prestigious high-clearance job being a caregiver for her planet’s Omnicron – the telepathic, telekinetic genius child who is going to save the planet with the power of his mind.
In “His Bottles of Tears,” the main character is an unnamed fifty-something MOM who is struggling, devastated, and wavering in her understanding of God’s sovereignty and goodness. The story starts out with her pleading with her prodigal young adult daughter to come home.
In “Curls for Rae,” the protagonist is BLAINE YORK:
He is ISFP, sensitive, artistic, romantic, and empathetic. The story starts out with him, a New York city hairdresser, being intrigued by a mystery woman who comes in for a styling each week, and sits in his chair and cries.
In “Aine, Starwarrior,” the protagonist is AINE:
She is competent, determined, and self-sacrificing, a galaxy-sized starwarrior who fights intergalactic monsters to protect planets around her.
In “Lucent Sylph,” the protagonist is LUCAS THISSEL: He is ISFJ, introverted, sensitive, quiet, and studious. He is trying to find his purpose in life, motherless, and with a cold, angry father. He wants to avoid the alien pets people are collecting at all costs. These “pets” thrive on the perfect balance of love from their owners, and Lucas is scared about his own hidden emotions.
Stay tuned for this short story compilation, arriving on Amazon on February 14th!!
Last year, I read 52 books – so many good ones – and so many written by author friends and acquaintances. Yay, guys! Good work, faithful servants of God! ❤ This year, with a newborn in the house at the very beginning, I thought maybe I’d read less… but no! I hit exactly 51 books this year! Hooray! And I had SO FEW duds. Seriously. 48 of them were very good. It was a great year of reading! I leave a star rating to show how much I liked a book so you’ll know if I recommend it or not. Still – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. I take no responsibility for you picking up any of these books and being horrified. 😛 One of the 2-star books that I really disliked I left off the list this year so as not to hurt any feelings. ❤ For all of the books that I rated 4-5 stars, I went and left a review on Amazon. LEAVE REVIEWS! It helps an author immensely! 🙂
Stress: Peace Amid Pressure by David Powlison – 5 stars
God’s Love: Better than Unconditional by David Powlison – 5 stars
Motives by Edward T. Welch – 5 stars
Managing Your Emotions by Amy Baker – 4 stars
How to Survive Your Pastor’s Sermons – 5 stars (Totally picked this one up and read it to the kids. I don’t need any help because Daniel is amazing! 😀 )
Awe by Paul Tripp – 5 stars
What is the Meaning of Baptism? by Robert G. Spinney – 5 stars
The RJ Award for Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year…
When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
EXCELLENT. Every single person needs to read this book probably every year. I know I will! All of us, deep down, are people-pleasers who fear man. Maybe some of us discuss it as “fitting into the social norms” or “fear of rejection” or “perfectionists” etc. But every Christian needs to have this idolatry/fear/wrong thinking cleansed from their minds. In gentle tones with so much depth, Ed Welch does just that!
Fiction – Middle Grade (chapter books read aloud to kiddos)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis – 5 stars
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis – 5 stars
The Traveler’s Tricks: A Caroline Mystery by Laurie Calkhoven – 3 stars
Benny Uncovers a Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner – 5 stars
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis – 5 stars
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis – 5 stars
The Secret of the Attic by Sheri Cooper Sinykin – 4 stars
Heather Goes to Hollywood by Sheri Cooper Sinykin – 3 stars
Keisha Leads the Way by Teresa Reed – 2.5 stars
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – 4 stars
RJ Award for Best Middle Grade Fiction of the Year…
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I laughed aloud reading this book. It was as good as I remember from my own childhood. I loved it so much, and the kids had so much fun listening to it as well. Peter is precocious, imaginative, and the writing style is comedic and artistic.
This book isn’t even out yet! (sticking out tongue) but it’s GORGEOUS. I’m not a high fantasy lover at all – I’ve never even been able to finish one in the past because it’s so not my cup of tea. But I adored beta reading this manuscript so much that it was my favorite of the year. Rebekah is an artist, and her work is all so different that they could win the heart of any reader. She can write so many different styles, you might not even know it was the same author. The Luck Child was like reading a painting. In some of the most beautiful language I’ve come across since reading Inkheart, Rebekah takes us on the adventures of a daring young orphan who has a strange problem: When he leaves someone’s presence, they forget about him. It’s a fascinating premise, and he meets a variety of magical creatures. I adored this book so much and hope Rebekah puts it out soon so all of you can enjoy it.
Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
The best allegory – bar none – in the history of allegories. I cried, bought souvenirs, painted a watercolor, made bookmarks for friends, and pretty much fangirled this story hard all year. My mom read it to me when I was a kid, but it really came alive for me this year re-reading it out loud to my girls. It was just what I needed this year as a new mom of three, and I drew closer to the Lord because of it. I highly, highly recommend this very accessible allegory. You will see yourself in it, for sure!
For the next five days, Astound, the booklet about doctrine for the very small, is free! Reformed theology for young children written in a way they can understand. Your children can understand more than you think, and so many times we wait until they’re teenagers before talking to them about God. Using this booklet to cover the basics can be a really helpful tool to start conversation with your kids! Give it a try and see if they don’t understand more than you’d ever imagine. 🙂
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The blurb for “Gem” as well as the song that inspired it!
From the bestselling author of Lucent Sylph comes a new story about a friendship in an unlikely place: between the child savior of a dying planet and his handler.
The planet of Topha is breaking into pieces and the next core earthquake will crack the planet into oblivion.
But God has sent generations of Omnicrons: children born with advanced brain abilities, telepathy and telekinesis – children who will be called upon to literally hold the planet together with the power of their minds. Few Omnicrons survive the core quake.
Twenty-five-year-old Soleil is hired to be a motherly caretaker for this year’s Omnicron, the precocious and brooding eleven-year-old named Gem. She finds herself drawn to the doomed child. Will Gem survive the task ahead of him? Can Soleil heal his heart in the meantime?
Introduce your characters! Soleil Punicello – main character – we hear all about Gem through her eyes. She’s 25, very smart, loving, nurturing, and has worked hard to get a job with Tuson Industries. She’s cheerful, friendly, and has experienced little to no rejection or pain in her life, and her mind’s an open book. Gem is amused and touched by her. She’s ESFJ.
Gemini “Gem” – The Omnicron – the child of this current generation divinely chosen to be born with incredible brain capabilities: intelligence, telekinesis, and telepathy. He’s seen it all, heard it all, and has logically shut down his interest in emotional investment. At 11 years of age, he’s wiser than the oldest man and a bit jaded too. He accepts and tolerates, with the even cool of a Vulcan, his probable impending doom using his mind abilities to hold the planet together from the next core quake. He allows himself no plans beyond that. He’s INTP.
Are you writing a book? Tell me about your characters!
#WIPjoy – One line that expresses the story theme!
My main character of Gem is 25-year-old Soleil Punicello, a bubbly, motherly young woman who is hired to be the boy genius, Gem’s caretaker, emotional support, and friend. The line that encapsulates the theme is all hers – the chatterbox that never stops talking, but who is a hero in her own right. 🙂