Monday, May 23, 2016

Picture This: Scenes from Behind the Doorway

Hi Skyborn Warriors!
I've been having fun on my  Facebook Author Page these last few weeks, posting snippets of scenes from the book and matching them with pictures I bought from Deposit Photos. I never realized how the perfect images can help the written word become even more magical! Here are a few examples:

She’d found the book in the attic before they had moved. Her father kept it in an old box he had been lugging around forever. Finding it was like discovering a secret passageway into the ancient crypts of the pharaohs … By the looks of its broken binding, yellow pages, and faded ink, no one would miss it. All but forgotten—but to her, it awoke a memory she could not yet place. ~excerpt from A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe.

“Welcome, Skyborn Traveler. This is the Doorway Back to Forever. Beyond its threshold lies the Kingdom of the Morning—a parallel realm where magic flourishes…your Awakening is now. Pass through this portal and learn your true story—the magic inside you is waiting to live again. Or walk away, and this entrance will disappear. The choice is yours.” ~excerpt from A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe

“I think that composition has more life to it than you’re willing to see, more answers than you realize.” He stood up and motioned for her to do the same. “Why don’t you go finish it and see where it takes you?”
“Where it takes me?” Robyn said, confused again over his riddles. “How can I finish a story that isn’t real—a story I know nothing about?”
Mr. Fischer squinted deeply as he smiled. “Oh, you’d be surprised how a simple composition can write itself, if you give it a chance.”
~ excerpt from A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe

Kit cleared her throat again. “I don’t mean to interrupt, but I want to remind you that while you both have a personal mini snow-globe, I don’t. And apparently, the bad guys know this fact. I know you two are in the middle of your Skyborn reunion, but I’m still scared as all get-out.” ~ excerpt from A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe.

That whiff of cinnamon came on strong again, and something touched Robyn's right knee. She looked down and smiled. The last slice of cinnamon bread, toasted and buttered, was sitting on her leg. Her gaze darted over to see Cam with a playful grin on his face. He bounced his eyebrows twice, got up, put his bowl in the sink then headed out. Robyn mouthed a tiny "thanks," wrapped the present with a napkin, and hid it by her side. ~excerpt from A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe.

Robyn lowered her head. "I want to join, really. But I'm afraid I can't fight."
Gabriella lifted Robyn's chin. "You can stand. And every great warrior begins by taking a stand."
Take a stand. Join Robyn with the Skyborn warriors as they travel beyond the doorway back to Forever...

And there you have it. Several short snippets to ponder. Enjoy. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

If Harry Potter visited Narnia...

...he'd get there through A Doorway Back to Forever. Find out about the magic and the message.

Allegorical fantasy has a dual purpose--first to entertain and second to teach. (Some may argue the order, but that is for another blog!)

A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe is first a fantasy--a journey of two families that discover the magical power they were born with, the royal family that beckons them home, and the madman that wants them dead. It takes the two families to a wonderful realm beyond Earth where magic is real. They learn of their connection to this mystical world and the power they have to bring magic back to Earth, if they have the courage to believe. This is the magic.

But it's also more--it's filled with lessons of life, spiritual symbolism that may speak to those who are in tune with what it has to say. The readers are challenged to think deeply--not only about the characters but about themselves--what trials do they face, what voices tempt them to falter, what song sings sweetly in their heart to bring them back on the right track. This is the message.

I've enjoyed writing this book. If you enjoyed reading it, would you recommend it to a friend? Please do! That way they can catch the magic and the message too!