I’ve always been a closet writer. As a child I used to write journals in code so no one else could understand them. Weird, I know, but the thought of putting my feelings on paper terrified me to no end. What if someone read them? It’d be like reading a part of me, and so I figured that a code was the only way I could do what my heart wanted to do and still feel safe. Thankfully, today technology assures that I no longer need codes. I now have hidden files and secured flash drives.
I’m an elementary music teacher by profession, which I must say is one of the greatest jobs on the planet. It wasn’t until my school started a “writing buddy” program for our low performance students that writing and teaching came together. For years Kentucky required writing portfolios as part of state assessments, and without extra help these kiddo’s wouldn’t make it.
The staff went through extensive training on how to teach students to be better writers, and that fall I jumped in feet first. I knew it’d be a challenge, but what I didn’t realize was that the whole process would ignite a passion within me. Expanding moments to include all five senses, thought-shots, hooking the reader, and show-don’t-tell became my favorite part of the day. I happily volunteered my planning time and came in early. In the evenings, I found myself thinking of ways to help the students understand how word-choice and restructuring sentences made a piece stronger. It was extremely gratifying to watch their faces light up when we looked at the final draft and compared it to the first, or to see them proudly telling others that their work had been “published” at our school. It was then I understood that these children were more courageous than I had ever been. They shared their words … I hid mine.
And so three years ago when my daughter Kate hit a rough patch at school, inspiration struck. I’d create a world where selfishness and negativity didn’t exist, and I’d find the courage to at least share my words with her.
Little did I know that I’d end up sharing them with the world.
If Nora Johnson hadn't been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different-something within her has changed.
Nora tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin's source, his strength.
Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity has allowed all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive?
A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, The Light of Asteria will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons, as well as unimaginable delights.
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