Book Title: The Jewel of Nirel
Author: Ann Snizek
Release Date: July 27, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Length: Over 86,000 Words
Publisher: Snow Flower Enterprises
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Tour Schedule: The Jewel of Nirel
For the people of Tunuftol, and other countries on the planet Nyssa, names found them starting at twelve months old… at the earliest. Along with the names came certain skills or powers. Depending on what you did with your powers determined what type of person you were, and sometimes affected future names. Therefore, names had great importance in Tunuftol, and Krissa had more than a few… nine to be exact. Her full name was Krissa Lysandra Rue Alverna Harley Mya Magryta Freya Wittek, which is quite a mouthful.
The dangers haven't ended for our friends yet. The weather is starting to warm and the war started last fall is under way. Journey with Krissa and the crew as they struggle to keep their world safe and find their place in it.
There wasn't much talking to start the ride off. The apprehension of what they would find subdued everyone for several miles. Then the silence became too much, and the chatting began.
Sealey started it off. "What a bunch of Gloomy Gus-es," he said trying to stir conversation with outdated terms. Krissa and Micah ripped open with laughter. A memory of when they first moved to Grandma Athey's farm on the other side of the gate and next door to Pin and Khevin, almost a year ago, flashed in both of their heads.
"What did I say?" Sealey asked.
"I was just picturing you in matching teddy bear raingear," Krissa blurted out between convulsions. Micah's head nodded in agreement, even though he couldn't get the words out himself.
The entire group stared quietly at the two as they laughed. Gradually they each smiled and even chuckled. Then Krissa projected an image of her old caseworker from before Grandma Athey adopted her and Micah. That was plenty for everyone to burst out with laughter of their own. In a burst of amused inspiration, Krissa visually transferred the raingear onto an image of Sealey, and everyone laughed harder.
Lonnie was wiping his eyes from the tears because he laughed so hard. Alcina and Ruuna hugged their sides, and Micah had trouble staying in the saddle for a moment. It seemed to be just what everyone needed.
The riding went much nicer after that. Everyone joined in conversation and enjoyed themselves. The sun even warmed the air enough for Krissa to push her cloak back behind her shoulders. It was a beautiful ride with hints of green sprouting from the trees and along the ground. Birds were chirping and Krissa wondered if she would see her pair of Philo birds again. She looked over at Khevin and smiled.
I grew up in Vermont mostly and now live in Virginia with my family (those still at home). My husband and I have a blended family of seven kids. My childhood was spent moving around a lot. (non-military) About five years ago, we started home-schooling our youngest children. Now there are only two remaining in home-school. I have tried to nurture the love of books in our children and now our grandchildren -- always nurturing their imaginations. Recently, I have become active in our community with literacy, starting a local (and online) creative writing club and volunteer tutoring at the Adult Learning Center.
I struggle with Fibromyalgia and PTSD. So, have to be careful not to overdo things... I don't always listen to my own advice. I have a dry, sarcastic and corny sense of humor and always try to look at things optimistically. (again not always successful) However, I feel that if I don't give up -- for long -- then things will work out for the best eventually.
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