Introduction to “Jake and the Heavenly Host”

Jake Book Cover Preview 1“We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for a special weather bulletin. A severe thunderstorm warning alert is now in effect for all of Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince counties. A travel advisory . . .”

“Oh, shoot!” Lieutenant Vance Coolie protested, leaning forward in his ’66 Mustang to switch off the radio. “I haven’t got time for this.” As he did a gust of wind caught the vehicle, nearly forcing it off the road.

“Well, Little Lady,” he said, talking to his car, “Looks like they’re gonna be right this time.”

Suddenly, he noticed a car parked along the side of the road a quarter of a mile ahead. Its hood was open and the emergency lights were flashing. A lovely, olive-complexioned woman stepped out from behind the vehicle, waving her arms for help.

What a horrible time to have car trouble. He pulled up behind the vehicle, turned off his engine, and stepped out. Walking toward the lady he asked, “May I be of some assistance?”

She smiled.

What a beautiful smile, he thought to himself.

“Thud . . .” The trees began swerving and everything grew black. Vance felt his body crumble as he began to lose consciousness.

“Thanks, Shema. You get out of here . . . before you’re seen!” Ishmael leaned over and kissed his cousin on the cheek. “Hurry now . . .”

As she turned to leave, a dark, navy-blue van pulled up beside Vance’s body. “Get him loaded . . . fast. I’ll attach the note.” Sixty seconds later the only evidence that a kidnapping had occurred was the note taped to the Mustang’s steering wheel.

(Introduction to the youth Christian series: The Heavenly Host Series available on


The Secret Cave

I’m excited! I’ve just finished my fourth youth fiction book of the series, The Heavenly Host Series. I absolutely love writing and can’t wait to get the fifth one finished!

You’ve got to Write those Stories Down

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Every parent wants their children to thrive among the best and brightest, and I was no different. But for my children to become their best, I knew they needed healthy minds and bodies. Nurturing their bodies was easy, but stimulating their minds was another story. I remember searching through multiple books looking for crafts, art projects and any other possible idea that would be fun and build their creativity. One of the best ideas I found was to tell “on-the-spot” stories from scratch. My children immediately loved this story time, not only because of the stories themselves, but because they gave me the beginning scenario. They would feed me a sentence or two and I would go from there.

When my youngest son began attending kindergarten, I began substituting at their school. One of the first classes I subbed in was my eldest son’s class, and apparently he had informed his peers that his mother told awesome stories because they immediately began begging for me to tell one. Being a bit leery about handling discipline issues in a school setting, I answered, “Okay. I’ll tell you a story, but only if everyone behaves themselves and after all assignments are completed for the day.”

What a remarkable bribery tool! There was not one discipline issue—which is unheard of for a beginning substitute—and all assignments were completed about forty minutes before the final bell rang. I remember gathering them around and then asking my son (because he was familiar with the process) to give me the opening sentence or two.

Word spread quickly and every class I substituted for requested a story. In just a few weeks the teachers, as well as some parents, were asking where they could purchase the book containing these stories. The kids had apparently retold them to their teachers and parents. When I explained that these stories could not be found in books, the normal response was, “Then you’ve got to write them down.”

. . . and that’s how The Heavenly Host Series began.

The Heavenly Host Series is available through Amazon. Book 1 is Jake and the Heavenly Host; Book 2 is Adventure in the Rockies; Book 3 is Terror in the Rockie; Book 4 (available in a few weeks) is The Secret Cave . . . with more on the way.