It is said that if the first chapter is written well, the reader will want to continue reading the book. Well, I am going to see if this is true.
I am adding the first chapter of “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” to this post. If you like it, please send a comment and let me know what you think. If you would be interested in ordering the book also let me know and I will send you a link to order it directly from me.
Books are written to be read and shared. I pray you will want to read Pearl’s story.
When we first began writing “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” Deborah was participating in a publishing contest at a Writer’s Retreat in Vermont. We had always intended the book to be for middle-grade and adolescent girls. As we continued writing the book, it took on a more mature voice, yet we were already committed to the book cover. The book cover was drawn by illustrator and artist, Sean Tate. Deborah did not want to disappoint Sean, and we really loved the cover, so the cover was used.
Later, using her Publishing Editor’s eyes, Deborah examined the book and recognized the cover looked more like a children’s book, so the book was not widely marketed. Over the past two years, the book sat waiting to be reborn. We carefully edited and rewrote some sections, and added a new section and new chapters. I am proud to say, the 2nd Edition of “Pearl” arrived Monday, April 11th.
I am so pleased and encouraged by the response that I am receiving from people who have read the book and looking forward to the next installment.
As I worked in the kitchen this morning preparing breakfast, I played Tibetan meditation track on You Tube. I like the sounds of running water and the solemn sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls. As I work with my hands, my concentration is on the sharp knife as I cut the potatoes. I first cut them in half then in quarters, and then dice them and place them in the bowl. I have a sense of peace as I repeat this process. Half way through, my mind began to replay an image of Grandma and Aunt Clara working in the kitchen. They both rose really early. I was always
asleep and never heard Grandma get out of her bed, go to the bathroom and dress. I was always awaken by the smells from the kitchen.
By the time I washed, dressed and came down to the kitchen, most of breakfast was already prepared and the table set waiting for everyone. Aunt Clara would leave the kitchen and go to attend to Uncle Josh. She made sure he had his basin of water to wash. He dressed himself and came down the stairs to his waiting wheel chair.
Those visions brought a smile to my face and a warmth in my heart.
As a child, I loved to tell stories and limericks to anyone who would listen. My favorite audience were older women who lived on my block or in the boarding home where I spent part of my youth. My most ardent fan was my friend Diana Amati. She was gracious enough to sit for hours listening to my adventures and experiences in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. She fell in love with Grandmom Rebbecca and Aunt Clara. She encouraged me to share bible stories with her because during the beginning of our friendship, she did not attend Sunday School. My stories made Sunday school very attractive to Diana.
One of my other friends, Liz attended the same church. I had a totally different relationship with her. She didn’t have the patience for my storytelling.
Grandmom Rebbecca tells Pearl how pearls are created through patience and perseverance.
Well I hope that you do. Deborah is placing my first book, “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” on sale today. The book is written with the young reader in mind, but transcends generations. It is a good book for middle grade, young adults and adults who love reading to their young ones. The book will begin shipping May 1st. The retail price is $9.99.
To order your copy and to save $2.00 on your purchase until May 1, click here PEARL.
Sean Tate is the illustrator and designer of my avatar and is the illustrator of the book cover for “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines”. We are so blessed to have such talented and gifted people working on this project.
On Wednesday, January 8th, The Arts Avenue, hosted by Cedric Brown, Senior Pastor at Commitment Community Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey, interviewed Sean. I hope you enjoy the interview.
Oops! I forgot to turn the camera when the Sean’s video was shown, but you can go on his website to see Ground Up Studio’s incredible work.
If you are an artist of music, dance, drama or literature and would like to perform or be interviewed, please visit their website.
The Arts Avenue program is presented the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of holidays. Lord willing I will be there each month, presenting talented individuals in my network. I hope to see you there too.
I am standing at a crossroads in our project…Deborah told me she received an email from Steve Eisner that our first twenty page submission did not make the cut. She is disappointed but assures me that our project is still a go. Rejection is part of life. I experienced it as a young child and over the years have learned to take rejection in stride. I thank God for his favor.
At this current crossroads we have the option of turning back and stopping our momentum. We can try to make major changes in our project and turn to the left or to the right which takes us in a totally different direction; or we can stay on course and move forward. We are staying on course and moving forward with our plans.
Our purpose for writing “The String of Pearls” series is to tell wholesome stories based on our lifetime experiences. There were so many wonderful things that happened in the 1950s and 1960s that need to be told. I will be posting stories behind the stories that cannot be told in detail in the books. I started a Pinterest Board that shows the television shows we watched in the 1950s. I started a Pinterest Board to collect pictures and video where I can share with you the things that I grew up and experienced.
If you haven’t done so already, please click on the follow button if one is displayed upper left-hand side, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is 10:00 pm as I write this and I have fond memories of Christmas past. One of my fondest memories is the television show aired in 1950 on WHYY Channel 12 “The Spirit of Christmas”. The same year I was born.
The opening credit announces this show is “Presented By Your Telephone Company” . AT&T and the Bell Telephone System monopolized the telephone industry until 1984. My very first job in 1967 was as an information operator for Bell Telephone in Center City Philadelphia, and it was a family environment.
During the 1950s, my siblings and I still believed in Santa Claus and, more importantly, Christmas Day was the day Jesus was born. We enjoyed hanging our stockings over the fire place, trimming the tree and watching this wonderful marionette presentation. Just in case you have never seen this program, my Christmas gift comes to you from YouTube. The Night Before Christmas and The Nativity were performed by The Mabel Beaton Marionettes “The Spirit of Christmas”.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Joyous New Year!