MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW Littluns and the Book of Darkness Mark Glamack, Author Mark Glamack, Illustrator EZ Gift Shopping PO Box 285, West Bloomfield, NY 14585 9780615169972 $29.95 http://www.littluns.net Adventure, courage, and determination surround loyal friends in the fantasy novel Littluns and the Book of Darkness. Movie Producer and Director now Author, Mark Glamack, uses his background in animation and writing to create this family friendly and Christian based young adult novel. With a mission to positively motivate, educate, enlighten and inspire through entertaining content, Glamack uses his own spiritual guiding light to draw his readers into the struggle between good and evil in this debut novel. The Littluns and the Book of Darkness will entertain audiences of all ages with its fast paced, intriguing storyline and elaborate illustrated life of the Littluns world in the Hollow Hills of the land, Terra Fermata. Author, Mark Glamack, shows off his artistic talent with colorful and meticulous illustrations. His veteran motion picture experience shines with expertly written detailed scene changes and engages readers with screenwriting skills that make his audience feel like they’ve been deep inside a high production animated movie. Glamack has exceeded his goal in depicting the journey of life, how to choose between the light and dark side of the world while showing the gifts of friendship and how they can influence us in the shadows of our own life choices. Littluns and the Book of Darkness is a delightful, skillfully written novel that will capture both young and mature readers and leave them with full hearts and the tools necessary to know the difference between good and evil. Littluns and the Book of Darkness is a wonderful gift for lovers of fantasy, for parents and educators who want to offer a faith based book and for librarians who want to expand their offerings. Sara Hassler Reviewer http://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/sep_09.htm#hassler
Grief: An Invisible Genre until Now
New heart-rending memoir is about how one woman survives a tragic loss
Lynnwood, WA – Those who read Anne Rule’s 1999 book and New York Times bestseller, A Rage To Kill, would know that the first chapter (A Bus To Nowhere) is about the true story of the heroic Seattle Metro Transit driver who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty on the Aurora Bridge the day after Thanksgiving, 1998, in an unprovoked act of violence, the worse in Metro history.
But Rule’s recollection of the driver and his family was based solely on hearsay and public knowledge. Now, for the first time, Elise Crawford—the brave man’s widow—in this stirring memoir A Promise Kept courageously allows us a glimpse into how her world was shattered—and how she managed to put the pieces back together.
The life-altering paradox of that fateful day, November 27, 1998, marks the beginning for the driver’s young widow who journals her spiraling descent into hell through a complex system of paths, obstacles—including the tragic death of her mother—and betrayals through which she inevitably becomes lost, essentially missing for nearly eight years in a labyrinthine maze of grief. By no means a poster child for grief, she leans the hard way that grief cannot be outrun, that it has to be faced head on.
In A Promise Kept, she reveals her true feelings, raw emotions, and mental anguish she suffered needlessly while making her way down that road less traveled—the journey of grief. Riding every wave, letting the ebb and flow of the tide of grief flow over her, she learns valuable lessons that she never wanted to learn, about the value of life, faith, and self-discovery. Most importantly, she learns that of all the stages of grief, the most difficult of all is the stage of acceptance, the only one that will show her out of the door of the past and into the present toward healing.
Elise Crawford was born on a cold and wet November day in the Motor City the year U. S. troops were sent to prevent the South Vietnamese government from collapsing, during election week the year the was signed into congress, the year Kellogg’s introduced Pop Tarts, and the year that the first close up photographs of Mars were taken. Elise moved with her mother and younger sister, Jenny, to Seattle in 1968.
Although not formally educated as a writer, Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. Elise holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while raising her two children single-handedly and working on the college campus part-time teaching college level English to fellow ESL students.
Elise is a native of; she and Roberto reside in , with their four cats—Sniffles, Lucky, Foxy, and Fluke. Their CEDAR-AL business continues to flourish and prosper. Elise has two grown children; a son, Dale, and a daughter, Lexi. Her son, Dale, is currently serving in the as an aviation ordinance man. His ultimate goal is to become a Navy SEAL. He plans to make the Navy his career. Her daughter, Lexi, lives in southwest Washington, works full-time in a bank, and attends a technical college full-time. Her ultimate goal is to become an architectural engineer.
A Promise Kept is Elise’s first book; “Spiritual Intervention” was her first short story prior to the writing of this book. She is currently working on Wednesday’s Child, a prequel to A Promise Kept.
With a sequence of poignant chronological photographs, A Promise Kept not only gives readers “the rest of the story” of that tragic day, but also reaches out to other survivors of tragic loss in hopes they come away with the strength and courage needed to face, to accept, and to begin their own grief journey, regardless of the nature of their loss. If you are searching for a real-life story of love and tragic loss to relate to, and to seek hope and comfort from, then you will want to read A Promise Kept.