Thursday, June 29, 2023

Charmed - I'm Sure

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Ms. Ratisha O’Neil didn’t live on planet Earth. She lived far away from it, so far you couldn’t smell her smell or taste the air that she breathed, and maybe that was better. Let’s just say Ratisha was an uncommon girl.

Now, before you begin to judge Ratisha unkindly, you need to know something about her, or perhaps, the place in which she lived that made her the way she was.

Rat not only lived far away but on a planet that was so charming – so perfect – that everyone wanted to visit. One person had finally found his way there fifty years previous, only to find that he was not able to leave it.

Before I continue too far with the story, you need to know that when Rat was born, she looked like every other child born on the planet Charmed. She had darling curly hair, bright eyes, and a smile with dimples on both cheeks. She had smooth skin, tiny feet, and hands, and plenty of love to give.

No, she didn’t even cry, for no baby cried on the planet Charmed. Yes, she did all of the other bodily functions, but she was easy to clean up and didn’t require long nights walking the nursery floor.

But one day, something terrible happened – so terrible I didn’t at first want to tell you what it was. But then I figured, if one day, you decided to travel like the young man who was now old to the planet Charmed, you’d know what to expect.

One day, when the young man was walking the streets searching for a way home to planet Earth – something no one could understand because they were perfectly happy where they were – he stumbled upon Ratisha O’Neil. And so you don’t misunderstand, when I say, stumbled, I literally mean he tripped.

No one had stumbled before on planet Charmed. No one had said a heated word. No one had said anything but kind words since the beginning of time.

But this day, everything changed.

“Ouch!” Rat said.

“My foot!” shouted the man whose name was Glen. Glen was a common name and he hated it for his last name was Smith and his shoe size was a common ten and a half, and for a man that was pretty common.

Rat looked up. At first, all Glen could see was mud. It covered everything. Hair. Face. Shoulders. Legs. Even toes.

“Quick! The hose!”

“What are you doing?” asked Glen, mortified, for he hadn’t seen a dirty, unkept creature for many years. He hadn’t even remembered that dirt could make such a horrible, frightful mess.

The garden hose was a typical green. He lifted it and handed it to the mud-covered thing.

“The water, the water!”

In the back of his mind, Glen remembered where the turn-on valve was located – on the house. He reached for it and turned the knob to the left. In a whoosh, water spurted forth.

“Turn it down!”

Glen turned the knob to the right. “How’s this?” he asked.

“Better. But now it’s going to take me longer to dry,” said the girl, for suddenly Glen could see that it was a girl. She had long hair and was wearing a dress that was quickly turning a bright and sunny yellow. She wore no shoes or socks.

“I’m going to be in so much trouble! Just yesterday Mother caught me picking my nose. She told me I could not return to school if I continued to pick it.”

Glen laughed. He watched as the once dirty girl became cleaner, though it was obvious she had wallowed in the mud for some time; there were patches of dirt that appeared ground-in on her mostly-cleaned dress.

She turned, dripping before him.

“How is it that your mother lets you play in the dirt?” he asked, trying to remain calm. His heart pounded like a great thunderstorm and it was all he could do to act casual. Never, in all of the years he’d been trapped on this planet, had he seen anything to rival the appearance of this girl.

“What is your name?” he asked.

Mud squeezed through her toes as she turned off the water.

“Have you seen my shoes?” she asked.


“After I dry, I’ll have to go inside. I’ll have to wash my dress the rest of the way without Mother seeing me.”

“How will you do that?”

“I have no idea, but maybe I can get away with it. I’ve gone in with dirty clothes before. Mother doesn’t like it much, but she is getting used to it. I’m Ratisha O’Neil but you can call me Rat.”

A sudden thought struck Glen. He’d known of rats once. He’d had one as a pet, and then it had escaped and Mother had never bought him another one.

“Who named you?” he couldn’t help asking, for he couldn’t see how such a perfect society as this one would know of such a name.

“My mother is wont to grow radishes.”

“But that’s rad,” he said, “not rat. Do you mean Radisha?”

“No. It’s Ratisha. My father re-named me. He’s an astronaut of sorts...”

If you've read down this far you are probably thinking, that's not the end, is it? No, it's not the end. What do you think? Is it a children's book, or something like a pre-teen story? I know it's science/fantasy, but that's as far as I've gone with the genre.

I Walked With Jesus

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 2, 2021

I Walked With Jesus: New Testament Stories of Faith and Healing From the Least of These by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones I found to be an enjoyable read. This author helped to bring these stories to life for me as I read her short story surrounding different people in the Bible. This was an inspiring read, with many miracles performed. I found this an amazing read in this day and age that we are living in, I feel many would get a lot from taking the time to read. I received an ARC from the author, and this is my fair and honest opinion.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 31, 2021
Kathryn Elizabeth Jones penned a wonderful collection of New Testament stories about people in biblical times and how they interacted and reacted to Jesus’ teaching. Some of the people were skeptical of the Rabbi who brought his friend Lazarus back to life, after he had been dead four days!
Some people, like Susanna, a Samaritan, felt she was unworthy because she had married many times and she was burned by sins. She even lived with a man who was not her husband. She met Jesus at a well, while she searched for something to take away her loneliness. She looked into Jesus’ blue eyes when he told her if followed him, she would lose the sadness in her soul. She felt Jesus’ love for her and it transformed her life.
There are many miracles described in this book, such as Bartimeus, who was born blind. People in his area scorned him when his younger sister, Leah, led him from place to place. But Jesus healed him. What happened to Jedaiah after he fell? He was paralyzed from the neck down, but he prayed for faith and healing. His brothers took him to hear Jesus speak and he was healed.
The stories in I walked with Jesus are often poignant because you feel whatever events the characters are experiencing. You relate to the power of their faith and the immeasurable love that Jesus shared with each of his children. It’s a beautiful book that I learned from and enjoyed. Well done, Kathryn Elizabeth Jones.
* I received a complementary ARC from the author and chose to review it without compensation.
Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday, June 26, 2023

Audiobooks for inspiration

I have said a lot these past few days about my paperback, "I Walked With Jesus" but did you know I have published four audiobooks that will bring you closer to Christ?

Allow me to focus on them.

I Walked With Jesus is read by Krista Nicely. I interviewed Krista on July 15, 2021. Click here to read the interview. This book has brought me a lot of joy. I have felt closer to those I have chosen to write about in this book of short stories - many of whom have only one line in the Bible. This book has received 5 stars! 

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I loved the way Kathryn brought the Bible stories to life.
The reader was clear and very good.
I would definitely recommend this book.

My Conquering Your Goliaths series has garnered widespread interest. The series idea came to me when my husband asked, "Why do you think Goliath picked up five stones?" The question came from a nephew and was then passed on to my husband and then on to me. The full title is: Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones. This book has 16 ratings on; 47 reviews on Amazon, with an average 4.5-star rating. Nancy Peterson is the narrator of this book. I met Nancy through the recommendation of my sister. Nancy was excited to take on my project. 

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The second book in the series is "The Feast: A Parable of the Ring". The journey continues with Ms. Virginia Bean. It has received a 4.6 rating on Audible.

Would you listen to Conquering Your Goliaths again? Why?

I definitely would listen again, and I plan to. The story had so many Truths in it, and I would love to sit down with a notebook and just soak them all in.

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Another wonderful story!

This was a sweet continuation of Virginia's story. The struggles, frustrations, & victories were so utterly relatable. This is a parable every woman can relate to.

The third and final book in the series, "The Gift - A Parable of the Key" has received a 4.4 rating on Audible.

Love the series!

I loved this book. The Gift is the 3rd in the series and now I am so involved with these characters that I feel like I am part of their lives. The Gift is very well written, the characters are well developed, and I felt as though I were right there with them. I especially love the Christian values and the way that they are brought out in the story. Just by listening to Virginia talking to God made me feel closer to Him. Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is now one of my favorite Christian authors and Nancy Peterson is one of my favorite narrators. She gives such a beautiful voice to the characters that I could listen to her all day - and I have listened for several hours! I highly recommend this series!

Saturday, June 24, 2023

When in Doubt...

 ...go to the source of all truth.

I can't believe how many people - myself included - will read a blog like this one and call it good. If I can do anything, be anything, it is to motivate someone I love or someone I don't even know yet, to seek Christ.

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There are a lot of books on Christ on the internet - mine included. But the best books out there about Christ have been written by Him through prophets of God. It isn't enough to know about him through the eyes of other truth seekers it's more important to know Him directly through scripture reading and prayer. 

If any of my inspirational books can do that - motivate the person reading them to go to the source of all truth in the scriptures and through prayer and personal revelation, then I have been successful.

When you see me promoting an inspirational book about Christ or about getting closer to Him know that my greatest desire is for you to find Him, and if you've already found Him to draw closer to Him.

May you have a blessed day.


Friday, June 23, 2023

Walk with Jesus today - UPDATE!

I am in need of a few more reviewers for either the audio, eBook, or paperback copy of I Walked with Jesus. My goal is to have at least 10 reviews on Amazon (more would be great!) before the second book in the series comes out in mid-September. 

That means I need your help. Based on the reviews I've received thus far, you won't be disappointed in this book whatever way you get it. If you want the paperback, just send me a note here of your interest. and I'll mail you a copy. Anything else comes with a free audio code or an eBook gift directly from me!

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What do you know of the woman at the well? What led her to the well that day - the exact day Jesus would be there? What of the lepers, the blind man, the woman who dried Jesus' feet with her hair? What of the Centurion who said at the cross, "Surely this was the Son of God”? Stories of Jesus. You have heard them since you were young. But what about the parts that you’ve never heard?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Summer Unleashed

UPDATE: I have just finished the second draft of Charmed - I'm Sure. It turned out a little differently than I expected, but I like it. It's sort of a picture book for pre-teens. Is such a thing out there? Maybe it's a short story. In just a few minutes I'll post it on my blog here - at least a portion of it - and then I'll ask for takers on what you think the genre is.

Here is the direct link in case you found this post first.

This is my second time sitting in front of this screen today.

The first time, I wasn't sure what I wanted to write. I had multiple reasons why I didn't want to and no ideas.

All it took was a lunch break and time to think over what mattered to me.

Here are some thoughts:

I want to begin a new writing project.

A few years ago - I'm not even sure when the idea came - I was doing an interview for a blog and an idea for a picture book came to me. Fortunately, I wrote all of the ideas down, unfortunately, I lost these ideas until, just last week, I found some time and, in cleaning out my files, I found them again.

I'm not going to tell you a lot about the book other than to say that having a charmed life is not really what any of us want even if we think we do. 

Life isn't about perfection, it's about dirt and muck under our fingernails. It's about secrets that aren't kept and people that don't really like you. It's about people who want to serve but think too highly of themselves. It's about work. It's about doing what you don't like to do and aching muscles that tell you how old you're really getting.

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Next, I want to spend some time marketing. I'm not really sure as I'm typing this what sort of marketing I'm going to do, but I'm going to do something, and I'd like that something to be original, especially since I have two books that should be ready for publishing by the end of this year. [I'm giving myself plenty of time because both of these books were supposed to be ready this spring. :)]

I want to do a lot of reading this summer. I want to pay attention to how authors write, how they put words together, and how they get you to feel the story behind the words. 

Do you have some writing goals for this summer? I would love to hear them.