In the second book in her post Apocalyptic trilogy, Hunter takes us once more into the world of Thorn St. Croix, a mage who, after living among humans for a decade, has been outed to the city she lives in. The Kirk Elders call her before the tribunal to answer charges waged against her. Of course, this is all horribly ironic since Thorn actually protects the city and has never done anything whore-like or otherwise. She is found innocent, but many in the town still do not trust her or her abilities. Meanwhile, devil spawn have been creeping into town and Thorn may have a bigger problem to deal with than angry villagers. A Major Darkness wants Thorn and is creating an army to get her. Fearful for Mineral City and her friends, Thorn must travel down into a hellhole to stop the insanity or die trying.
Though I had a hard time getting into this book as well, once in I was completely hooked. I think, mayhap, that I waited too long in between reading the first and second book. I won’t let that happen with the last book.
I made this,
and this. That's all. I'm just sayin'. :)
We were all pretty excited for Melisa last week when she received her very first royalty check. I gave her the cash but we decided to frame the check as a souvenier from her first days as an accomplished author. She surpassed our expectations by matching my own royalty check (wooo hooo!) for this quarter. I think a lot of parents have bought her book in order to encourage their children to write and--why not?!--publish as well.
Can I brag a little more?.... Midwest Book Review and Reader Views gave her book 5-star reviews!
Here's a snippet:
"Written and illustrated by nine-year-old Melisa Eyuboglu, Angel in a Bubble is a softcover children's picturebook about a girl whose angel turns into a bubble. Distressed by this turn of events, the girl resolves to visit God and ask Him to change the rule that all angels who fall into the ocean become bubbles. An authentic and heartwarming showcase of a child's vivid imagination."
--Midwest Book Review
"Alison has made a very special friend. She has gotten the chance to meet her own personal angel. Her dog Amigo has also gotten to meet his. Alison's mother doesn't believe that Alison has ever met her angel, until she meets her herself. Her angel has a problem and only Alison can fix it.
She must meet the creator of the angel and request something very special. Her angel is in a bubble and there is only one way to correct that. She, Amigo and two other friends travel up a high mountain to get closer to God. They also have to climb upon a rainbow.
With "Angel In a Bubble," Melisa Eyuboglu has written and illustrated a beautiful book for kids. This book makes children use their imagination and wonder what they would ask God for if they ever got to meet him face to face. The illustrations are pencil-like drawings with watercolors. Without the fancy drawings in some books, these will have children really understand the story. I hope Melisa writes more books about the adventures of her and Amigo."
I keep encouraging Melisa to write as much as I can. She submitted a poem to Launchpad Magazine a couple of months ago. The editor got back to us today saying that although he won't be able to publish her poem (apparently it has a bit too much violence for their readers--it has swords and dragons), he liked her writing very much and would like to invite her to write another poem to accompany an illustration they will be publishing in their "Fairy Tales and Fantasy" issue. I guess you could say that's her first assignment. We'll see how it goes. In the meantime, she will submit her dragon poem to Stories for Children Magazine. We'll see what this editor says...
The Christmas Angel
By Mary Jean Kelso
Illustrated by K.C. Snider
Guardian Angel Publishinghttp://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/
Softcover, 32 pages, $9.96
Children’s Picture Book
Reviewed by Mayra CalvaniThe Christmas Angel
is a sweet, heart-warming Christmas story about a little girl who ends up finding friendship in the most unexpected of circumstances. Set during the time of the pioneers, this is a tale that both teaches and entertains.
Eight-year old Melissa must leave her Philadelphia home to travel with her family to the West across the Oregon Trail, a daunting 2,170-mile long journey. Because they will travel by wagon, she is allowed to take with her only her most prized possession. For Melissa, this is an easy choice: the delicate porcelain Christmas angel her father once brought her from England. Carefully and lovingly, she wraps the angel and packs it in a box. Their trip is harsh, as they must walk many miles a day, mostly on foot, cross dangerous creeks, and camp overnight in wild, Indian territory. Melissa constantly worries that something will harm her precious angel. Then one day, her worst nightmare comes true—her angel is lost. Luckily, the most unexpected person brings it back to her.
This is a lovely book about friendship between two very different people from opposite cultures. It is also a tale about hope and the magic of Christmas. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations as they learn about the Oregon Trail and the pioneers, their hardships and dreams of a better life. At the end of the book there’s a section with activities and information about the pilgrims, as well as a game and a map.The Christmas Angel
will make a lovely Christmas gift to any child as well as an excellent tool for teachers to teach this era of American history.
By: Amy C. Moreno,
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Here is something I received as an email message. I couldn't resist posting it...
These are kids discussing angels.
I only know the names of two Angels: One is "Hark"; the other is "Harold". . Gregory, 5
Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it. Olive, 9
It's not easy to become an angel! First, you have to die. Then you go to heaven and then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes. Matthew, 9
Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else. Mitchell, 7
My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science. Henry, 8
Angels don't eat. They don't like "holy mackrel" but they do drink milk from "holy cows". Jack, 6
Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The basic message is where you went wrong before you got dead. Daniel, 9
When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado. Reagan, 10
Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter. Sara, 6
Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter. Jared , 8
All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it. Antonio, 9
My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth. Katelynn, 9
Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the kid get over it. Vicki, 8
What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.... Sarah, 7
Thought I'd share my finished set of angels. You know, just for fun. :)