Thursday, February 4, 2016

What Would You Do?

Welcome Sarah M. Johnson to Writer's Corner.  We are sharing her latest novel.  I feel that it is onethat is worth reading!  One lucky reader will get one copy of  this novel.  Please follow the rafflecopter below.

 Life is Beautiful by Sarah M. Johnson

Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God, by Sarah M. Johnson, takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in Life is Beautiful, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.

Chapter 1 – The Crash

I remember all of the emotions, the trees whipping by, everything happening so fast, dad yelling, Here we go, and mom screaming, Stop it. I remember my brother Zachary looking back at me, his eyes bright with fear as I prayed God please...

I remember the sense of something coming; you know it’s coming and wonder: will I live?

I remember the violence of the plane plowing into the ground as we attempted an emergency landing in a roughhewn field...Boom, boom, boom...and then nothing but an unnerving silence.

I don’t know if I blacked out or merely paused with my eyes closed in the stillness of those first few moments. Awareness comes slowly. Then in a rushed breath of shock and revelation, Thank God I’m alive.

My eyes open to an eerily lit silence where sunlight and shadow intermingle, making it difficult to see into the new geography of the plane’s interior. My head and body buzz. My mind trips on the dissonance of dangling upside down, held a few inches from the ceiling of the plane’s cabin by my seatbelt.

Taking stock of my body, I notice that I peed my pants and there is a small cut on my left arm. Looking up, I see that one foot is missing its shoe. My eyes squint into bright sunlight that passes through a relatively large doorway next to me that was torn open.

The only noise to break the silence is the erratic popping of electricity; the final groans of a dying airplane.

I move my arms first and then my legs, which causes small shards of glass to fall from where they’re lodged in my clothes and upturned seat. I tilt my head back toward the ceiling beneath me and it is covered in broken glass.

My hair dangles down away from my face, but the position of my body and the way sunlight cuts through the cabin makes it difficult to see much of the plane. In those few seconds I realize that I am okay and begin to think that maybe we are all okay; that the crash wasn’t so bad.

Life is Beautiful will be released on August 25, 2015. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author:

Sarah M. Johnson is currently a graduate student seeking her Marriage and Family Therapy degree. She will graduate in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. After graduating, she plans to open up a private practice office and guide those who are seeking their own self-discoveries of love and happiness.

Sarah believes that adversity is a gateway for change, and that through the difficult times of sorrow, loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, disease, or other mental illness, we can use this adversity to self-explore and change for the better. We must not run away from the adversity, but face it, heal, and use this particular adversity as a learning lesson.

We all have the capacity to be happy and love ourselves; but we must utilize all necessary support systems, medical professionals, mental health professionals, Religious affiliations, (and many more that I am not mentioning) to help us find the Power Within. The Power Within helps us to accept our adversity and create necessary change for a life of love and happiness.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Would You Like to See the Infinite Sea?

Beatriz Williams continues the story of the Schuyler sisters in her latest novel Along the Infinite Sea.  We will also see another character from a previous novel A Hundred Summers Nick Greenwald will come back for a visit as well.  I always think of Beatriz’s novels as being engrossing. 


Pepper Schuyler with has restored a mercedes and she means to sell it. You see Pepper is in a delicate situation.  She got in trouble in with her job in Washington.  She needs a little cash to help her out of the sticky situation.  What about the history of the car?  The buyer Annabelle Dommerich pays handsomely to get the car back in her possession.    She also takes an interest in   Pepper.  How will Annabelle’s story help Pepper in her current situation?   What will be Pepper’s  solution?

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed reading Beatriz’s latest novel.  I am looking forward to her next novel as well The Forgotten room with Karen White and Lauren Willig.  I always love when the author continues stories from  one of her previous novels.  In this novel we catch up with Nick Greenwald from A Hundred Summers.  We also meet Annabelle Dommerich who is an interesting character.  She is full of life and keeps the reader interested in what happens next in her journey.   I have not read the previous two novels by Beatriz introducing the other Schuyler sisters or seeing the small role that Pepper has in Tiny.  I wish that I had gotten to know more about them.  The storyline for Annabelle is much richer in detail.   I also found the novel to be a little long at times.

The setting was the most interesting part for me.  The story takes place in France, Germany, and the United States.  The setting in the United States is Cocoa Beach Florida.  I recently visited there.  Here are some pictures of that area and what it looks like now.  I encourage you to visit the  beaches of Cocoa Beach.  You can take a boat tour that might give you an idea of where Annabelle’s home might have been. 
Get swept away by the next Beatriz Williams novel!



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