Japan, 1637. Young Shiro Nakagawa is a teenage boy of the samurai warrior class who lives with his parents and grandmother. They are a family of Christian converts whose idyllic life is about to be forever changed. Hostile toward the “foreign religion,” the new shogun has enacted a ban on the practice of Christianity. When soldiers arrive at his village to burn the church and arrest Christians, Shiro decides he must act to protect the faith and people he loves. This will set into motion a chain of events that will alter the course of his life and the history of the island nation. Based on actual historical events, with a blend of adventure and philosophy, Masaru will entertain, as well as nourish the mind and soul. A must-read for anyone interested in Church history or Japanese culture.
FINDING HEAVEN IN THE DARK – A MEMOIR ABOUT LIFE’S MEANING
The Story of a Boy’s Journey from Rebellion To Redemption.
It is December 2017 and a sweeping religious movement is gaining traction in the United States. As spiritual leaders diligently work to spread the Word of God to the people, liberal factions in the world of pharmaceutical and scientific development create a secret society with a dark mission: to thwart the group’s conservative impact on what society considers to be morally acceptable. As a string of church-related murders plague the nation, the FBI and local authorities race to locate the assassin responsible. As angelic hosts enter the scene to protect and intervene, only time will tell who will win this compelling battle of good versus evil.
In this riveting supernatural thriller, a chilling murder spree places a church leader in the crosshairs of a killer determined to stop a religious movement.
John Fear was born into a religious sect known as the Exclusive Brethren. This sheltered him from the outside world as he grew up, but could not hide him from its influences. A struggle began in his mind that led him to leave the Brethren, along with his young family.
This is a story that was always meant to be told. During his later life John Fear had prepared a lot of the book, along with notes for chapters that he knew would not be completed. It is only now, over twenty years later, that the book is finally being published. It contains original content written by John, along with diary notes, letters and magazine articles. The final chapters are written by his second eldest son, Alastair. The memoir is introduced and edited by his eldest son, Robert, as a tribute to his father’s amazing life.
A beautiful, razor-sharp story of love, struggle and an all conquering kindness, set against the raw and vibrant human landscape of Jaffa.
Adon, an ascetic en route to make the last payment on a cheap apartment, comes upon a violent crime about to take place. Acting on impulse and with no other moral choice, he gives all of his money to a pimp to save the life of a prostitute, Lili. Instead of gratitude, Lili attacks Adon about his motives, and eventually, Shuki, the pimp and drugged-out gangster, enters unwelcome into Adon’s life.
Adon, Lili, and Shuki play out their dangerous dance of life in the salty air in front of the sweeping variety of Jaffa’s human fabric: owners and residents of cafés, large families, Catholic and Greek Orthodox monks, superstitious fishermen, a business owner and an unwilling mistress.
The tension rises from page to page as Shlomo Kalo weaves another marvelously written and realistic fictional tapestry packed with insights into the darker side of life, as well as a soul lifting depiction of people struggling to make a difference – or who are just getting by on their wits and love of each other.
In LILI, from pain and conflict comes hope and salvation.
“Lili is an ambitious, sweeping book, especially moving at the end…Shlomo Kalo is, obviously, a writer of talent, vision and significant accomplishment” Daniel Manaker, HarperCollins
[Read more…] about Lili: A novel of Love, Suspense and Redemption of the True Kind by Shlomo Kalo
This fun and informative quiz book is a great way to learn about the true meanings and mysteries behind those bunnies, chicks, eggs, and treats that we take for granted.
Their origins and mysteries may just surprise you.
This quizzette can be played alone while waiting in a shopping line buying Easter treats or as a community challenge to guess who the “Eggspert” is among your family and friends.
Best of all, the answers are given immediately.
Just keep a tally of your correct guesses and score big!
This great little trivia game is centered around global traditions- both modern and historic.
A summary at the end of the game gives players an appreciation of this ancient holiday and its impact on how we view the season of Easter. There is a lot to learn and appreciate about the “why’s and how’s” of the Easter and springtime season.
Targeted Age Group:
9 and up
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I utilize gaming as a teaching tool for fun and information. I also provide a summary at the end of the book for readers to be enriched and educated.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write every day. Be aware of your surroundings. They create wonderful stories.
Larissa Larsen was born in Chicago Illinois. She has a Master Degree in Education and specializes in developing character and value literature for children.
She has a great passion for creating curriculum which engages children through the creative arts.
Her stories and developmentally challenging texts have been used internationally to promote imaginative 21st century learning skills through story-telling.
Larissa believes in engaging the whole child. Her publishing services and blog Storyteller Shop.com reflects her philosophy of lessons of wisdom through the eyes of global understanding and respect.
Larissa now resides in New Orleans LA with her family and pet Yorkie Brad Warren.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Provide a fun and informative interactive family game that would enrich the Easter holiday season by appreciating the traditions celebrated globally and their origins.