It is a Memorial Day story and will release on May 31, 2021!
Here is a blurb about the story:
In the cause of freedom, some will give their all.
When Matt Renicker joins the Army, he’s determined to give his best for his country and his Lord, even if it means risking everything he loves most. But when tragedy strikes on a routine patrol, more than one heart is left shattered and lamenting.
In the wake of a terrible loss, will those left behind find the strength to go on? Or will the faith, family, and freedom Matt fought to preserve be broken beyond repair?
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Ever since Covid started, I have had many days where I struggled to be able to write here on the blog, on my novel, a short story, a flash fiction story. It didn’t matter, I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t find my creativity. My idea bank seemed to be depleted. I was easily distracted.
Today I saw someone had liked my last Book Review and I became curious about this person, so I clicked on his icon, which led me to his blog, and WOW! This guy has liked some of my past posts, but I never bothered to take the time to see what he was doing. Today I am so glad that I found his blog.
His name is Christian Mihai. He’s a young man whose blog is loaded with wisdom and talent. I read a couple of his posts today, but one, in particular, seemed to be exactly what I needed to read.
If you are a writer or an artist, or anyone who has a dream, I highly recommend you visit Christian Mihai’s blog and read this post.
I don’t often read too many other blogs. I just don’t have the time, but I will definitely be reading more of Mr. Mihai’s blog posts. He has inspired me and I greatly appreciate what he does on https://christianmihai.net
If you are like me, you feel like you’re sitting on pins and needles or waiting for the ball to drop as we wait to see what will happen in our country tomorrow on inauguration day. Our country is divided and many are still looking for something to happen that would keep President Trump in the White House while others think Joe Biden will make everything better.
And, of course, the question remains–will there be riots and violence on Wednesday because of those who will be unhappy, frustrated, and angry at the results. We thought 2020 was tumultuous and hoped things would go back to “normal” by the end of the year. Then the election was a farce and a fiasco. Then President Trump spoke outside the Capital on January 6th and a group of people broke into the White House, and once again, emotions are running high and divisions have been driven deeper.
I try not to post anything political here or anywhere on social media for the most part, but whatever happens on Wednesday will affect every single person in this country, and we are wondering if the United States will remain a free and great country or if it will fall and become a Communist country. People are angry, worried, frightened, and many other emotions are running rampant.
I, too, have my concerns and fears of what Wednesday’s inauguration will bring, and I sincerely hope our country will somehow rise from the ashes like a phoenix and become reunited and healed stronger than ever. However, I believe the only way this can or will happen is in the hands of Almighty God. This country was founded on the principles of people who believed in God and wanted to live in the freedoms granted by God.
Over the years, the United States has turned its back on God and sinful behaviors have become accepted behaviors–many have even become accepted in churches. So, dare we hope and pray that God will renew our nation to the Christian free nation that it used to be? Many no longer want to hear the word “Christian” in this nation, and there are those who want to end Christianity in this country.
As a believer, I have been praying and continue praying for this nation — praying for God’s forgiveness and mercy–for another chance. For I believe that God is in control and every leader this country has ever had or will have has been allowed to lead by Almighty God.
Despite my prayers, and the prayers of others like me, God may decide to let our country fall to teach us a lesson, for in the midst of a pandemic, many continue to turn a blind eye to the Lord. Many mock God and mock anyone who claims to be a believer and tries to live obediently to Him, just like the people in the days of Noah.
I don’t doubt some will read this post and scoff at it, mock it, ignore it, or want to argue with me, and I’m okay with that. I’m not trying to tell anyone what they should think or believe. I am simply sharing my thoughts and hoping this post might help someone, or cause someone to pick up a Bible and begin reading, or just think about where their hope comes from. We all need hope, but placing our hope in the wrong thing can eventually lead us to hopelessness, and hopelessness is a dangerous and lonely place to be.
As I wait with both concern and anticipation, I will continue to pray for God’s forgiveness and mercy. But, whether or not, He chooses to grant forgiveness and mercy, I will continue to put my faith and trust in Him above all men, for I have seen and experienced God’s power at work many times in my life.
For those of you who follow this blog, you may have read my last post, in which stated I would be taking this blog in another direction for awhile instead of posting about writing. However, I received a wonderful spark of light in an email that has given me encouragement for this blog and for continuing to focus on writing here on this blog.
I still haven’t been able to settle into a regular writing schedule to post as often as I did before, but for now, I will do my very best to continue posting book reviews as I have many requests for those, and I will also do my very best to continue posting my “Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing” posts, and I want to take the rest of this post to explain why I have been inspired to keep writing the Thursdays’ posts.
Last night I found an email in my inbox that was dated December 10th. I am sorry that I didn’t see this email sooner and sorry that I disappointed a little girl named Anna. I hope Anna will still be happy to find that not only will her suggested writing resource be posted here on my blog, but to find that she has been mentioned here because she and her writing teacher have offered me encouragement in a time where I have been struggling with the things that are happening in our world and with the loss of my father, as well as struggling to find my desire to write anything.
The email was from a woman named Carol, who, at the time of the email, was teaching a fun writing class for students ages 12-15. She wrote to me to let me know that she used things I posted on my “Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing” posts for the class. She also told me about Anna and how Anna wanted to share an article she and her mom had found about writing for film and theater. Carol told me that Anna thought I might like to share the article on one of my Thursday posts to help young writers, who may come across the information on my blog, who might want to become a script or screenwriter someday, like Anna.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much that email means to me — first, because it has inspired me and encouraged me to begin writing again, not just here on my blog, but to finish my current novel and begin the next one; second, because I never dreamed that anyone would use what I share to teach others, and I have been teaching writing to students from first through twelfth grades, in the homeschool community, for sixteen years because I love teaching and encouraging young people who love stories and want to write stories, to do so and to do it well; and finally, because it touched my heart to know that a young girl wanted to share something with me that she thought I might want to share here on my blog.
So, thank you Carol, for the email, and thank you Anna for liking my blog and wanting to share something with me. Anna, I wish you the best on your writing and know that if you work hard and continue to learn how to write well, you will be a great script or screenwriter one day! And Anna, be sure to check tomorrow’s “Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing” post.
The Falcon and the Stag by C.J.R. Isley is a short story that introduces her “William of Alamore” series. It is a story of kingdoms and knights, and two brothers, the oldest who had been prepared to take the throne, and the youngest who wanted it.
This short story is filled with tension, suspense, conspiracy, and sibling rivalry. C.J.R. Isley does a fine job introducing the characters and showing their personalities and character, drawing the reader into the story and encouraging them to choose sides.
C.J.R. Isley captures and holds the reader’s attention from the first to last page, writing strong dialogue and tense scenes of confrontation and sword-fighting. C.J.R. even manages to throw in an unexpected twist or two.
This story is acceptable for young adults and adults. It may also be acceptable for middle grade readers, though there is some violence — nothing too graphic.
This short story is well worth the read, but be warned — after reading it, you’ll want to pick up the first book in the series, Ranger of Kings, which is exactly what I plan to do.
I give The Falcon and the Stag by C.J.R. Isley 5 stars.