Often we writers are on the chase, like Mr. Gobble here. We chase ideas, stories, our next dream. But, sometimes we come together for a cause, like this writer, Lynn Kelley, who represents many giving writers who've created an anthology, KISSED BY AN ANGEL, the brainchild of writer/mother Robyn Campbell.
Christopher, Robyn's son, has Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting the brain which causes calcification of the brain, and blood vessels, but he has powered through with family and friends to live as normally as possible. He even has his black belt! Robyn says others with Sturge-Weber have seizures, blindness, strokes, blood clots and more. Robyn will tell you that her son, Christopher, is the hero, but they are both worthy of that title in MY book.
ALL the proceeds from KISSED BY AN ANGEL will be donated to the Sturge-Weber Foundation to benefit others. Check out that foundation link and their motto, "The stronger the wind, the tougher the trees." We writers all know about tough times in trenches, but what if people whispered about you, made fun of you to the point you had to ask Mom,"Why am I so different?" That's when Robyn told Christopher, who has a port wine stain over much of his body, that he was "touched by an angel." Thus begins the anthology's first story of Christopher as told by Robyn. I have read it with the accompanying photos and it is a hero's journey indeed!
Most of these tales feature middle grade main characters who are gifted or have exceptional powers. In this 159 page-turner, you'll find code breakers, time machines, undercover agents, and even a fishy mystery. A kid lit writer who is a "kid" himself, Erik Weibel, is part of this awesome group of writers, many whom you know from Facebook:Yvette Carol, Catherine Johnson, Lynn Kelley, Teresa Robeson, Theresa Milstein, Suzy Levinson, Vivian Kirkfield, Ellen Warach Leventhal, Hope Lim, and Cheryl Secomb.
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So while you're munching on cold turkey sandwiches, watching football, or Black Friday shopping, put this anthology on your list as a holiday book that will benefit so many. The book's publication date is tentatively set for December 13, so stay tuned to the GROG for more info. I am grateful to be writing a post on all these heroes, writers, and of course, Christopher.