Plan A was an industrious day of home education. Plan B was to clean house between tending sick children. Plan C looked something like this:
(followed by a quick book review and THEN frantic cleaning while tending to the remaining sick child).
Yes, I finally read my first Neil Gaiman novel!
CORALINE was simply elegant or elegantly simple. Like a fine chocolate from one of those fancy shops where one bite costs more than half a dozen Hershey bars, the story was simple, yet complex; unadorned, yet beautiful; lighthearted, yet so very, very dark. I imagine Mr. Gaiman had a delightful time penning this tale, and I’m fairly certain not many authors could match his skill.
It was creepy and weird and at times completely senseless, but even so, I felt in the hands of a master storyteller all the way through. I’m not sure I’ll pass it on to the kids – or that I’ll ever look at black buttons without a shudder of terror – but I do anticipate checking out another Neil Gaiman novel in the future.
“My love for you is a garden, a forest… No, a jungle.” He sits back, arms crossed, like his words mean something. “It grows every day, Jenny, and I can’t stop it.”
“Well, you should. I don’t love you. And you can keep your gardens and forests and jungles. I was born and bred for the city, my dear.”
“My dear?” Those eyes light up like it actually means something.
“I call everyone dear.”
“No, you don’t.”
Following his gaze, I glance over my shoulder. Weeds are growing through the cracks like it means something.
“Okay, so maybe I don’t.”
Read or Join here:
As a fantasy writer, the whole subject of heroism fascinates me. What makes a hero? Is it the big things, the small things, a combination of things both epic and mundane? How does one become a hero? Is it a birthright or a choice – or again, some combination of destiny and determination? Thankfully for all my lovely readers, I’m not going to delve into all those complex questions today. Today’s question is a little different, and it started with a brief email from my Wise and Wonderful Sister.
Remind me to discuss with you the idea of not wanting to be the hero of one’s own story….
There’s a whole host of character development stuff I could talk about, author-to-potential-reader, but I want to get real. So, let’s talk one-on-one, real human being to real human being.
You aren’t the hero, and neither am I.
As Christians – and if you aren’t a Christian, hold tight. I’ll speak more broadly in a moment – but as Christians, we ought to view not ourselves, but Christ, as the hero of an epic story that has been unfolding since before the world began. In this story, Jesus is the suffering, sacrificing, redeeming, triumphant hero. The rest of us can marvel at the grace of being welcomed into the supporting cast, of being called brothers and sisters and co-heirs with Christ.
In a broader sense – here’s where I’m talking to everyone, so thanks for sticking around – what if we aren’t heroes? What if we are supporting characters for the stories of the people around us? I’m not suggesting we all become sniveling doormats, but how would our lives and our world change if we looked at others as heroes, rather than expecting them to pander to us… or even, you know, to “Like” our Facebook statuses and “favorite” our Tweets and not unfriend us for excessive posting of food and feet photos?
I haven’t fully formed my thoughts on this heroism thing, but you can expect to see it pop up again and again in my writing. As I told my Wise and Wonderful Sister,
Fantasy is a great way of processing this kind of thing, at least for me. When I see how a theme plays out in a character’s life, it’s a little easier to apply it to my own.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the whole hero thing, whether as it plays out in fiction or as it plays out in real life.
Moving across the country isn’t Hunter’s ideal start to her Junior year of high school. She has no friends to hang out with, no beaches to lounge on, and she’s living just a few miles from the secluded hiking trail where her father died when she was a baby.
Living in Wyoming isn’t all bad, though, thanks to Logan, the handsome veterinary assistant at the animal clinic where she lands an after school job. And he seems just as interested in her as she is in him.
As Hunter begins to settle into her new home, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death, and it may not have been the accident everyone believes. Something dangerous lurks in the woods, and Hunter might be the next victim.
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Add HUNTER to Goodreads!
And now for the trailer…
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she’s a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she’s a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.
At our house, we celebrate creativity and sometimes, well… kind of, sort of muddle through the mess. Today’s story, while purely fictional, is not so far from reality. It hasn’t happened yet, but it could… at any time… and with the right materials…happen.
“What are you doing, child? I told you to clean your room two hours ago!” I should’ve checked on him sooner. Should’ve brought a trash bag, too, come to think of it.
“Um… I lost track of time?” He’s smiling like we haven’t had this discussion a thousand times in his short life. “But look. I made something.”
The glorious monstrosity sits on his desk, a heap of tile and seashells and a broken down alarm clock.
“What is it?”
“It’s… It’s.. I just made it. I don’t… It’s…”
I sit beside him. “It’s splendid, child. That’s what it is.”
Read or Join here:
Today Anaiah Press is proud to present the cover reveal for John Davidson’s YA novel BRICKS!
Sixteen-year old Cori Reigns learns that not all tornadoes take you to magical places. Some take your house, your school, and life as you knew it. Struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, Cori learns to rebuild what the storm destroyed by trusting a family she didn’t know she had and by helping friends she never appreciated.
BRICKS release February 3, 2015 but you can add BRICKS on Goodreads today!
And now for the cover…
About the Author:
Married to my bride for twenty-four years, I have an amazing son and a wonderful daughter.
Born and raised in central Oklahoma, I work in education, first as a teacher now in technology curriculum. I write. I read. And in the summer I make snow cones. Find John on Twitter @jdavidsonwrites or connect with him at his website and on Goodreads.