The Most Important Book

I have debated in my mind whether or not to start a new blog altogether for my Christian posts. You can probably gather by this one that I decided against it. While I am an author of middle-grade novels, I am a Christian. This being the case, everything I do, novel writing included, is Christian.

I know that the gospel with save the world. You can find out how in this post.

But once again, the church has gone astray. Today, I want remind you of the world’s most important book that is neglected by those who know of it, and hidden from those who don’t.

The Bible.

Have you read it? Have really read it? If you call yourself a Christian, I am telling you today, this is your sign to read it. This is your sign to put down whatever you are looking at, whatever you are watching or reading, and read your Bible. Read the actual Bible. Not books that have verses from it or talk about it—but the actual 66 books inspired by God.

He wouldn’t have left it if He didn’t want us to read it. You have to read it.

The reason Christians are going in so many radically different directions today, is that we have forgotten our Bible. We have exchanged the words of God for the words of men, once again worshipping ourselves.

Today, friend, return to God. Drop the “truths” of this world that are causing destruction everywhere we look, and return to God. Open the Bible, pray for understanding, and don’t stop reading until you’ve got it. Keep coming back day after day. This is abiding in the Lord.

Busy? Make time. FIGHT for your faith!

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Find Your Emily Hall

Take this quiz to see which hall at Emily Castle your dormitory would be in. This would also be your sports team and house!

Keep track of the number for each of your answers. When you have your hall, click the name to read its description. If you end up with more than one, choose the one that suits you best.

Godspeed, Your Majesty!

Which book?                     

  1. Alice in Wonderland
  2. Peter Pan
  3. The Hobbit
  4. Charlotte’s Web
  5. Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  6. Divergent
  7. Non-Fiction

Which color?

  1. Royal Blue
  2. Gold
  3. Green
  4. Yellow
  5. Red
  6. White
  7. Grey

Which Activity?

  1. Party
  2. Hunting
  3. Gardening
  4. Cooking
  5. Writing
  6. Reading
  7. Pondering

Which Place?

  1. Paris
  2. Scotland
  3. New Zealand
  4. New York
  5. England
  6. Germany
  7. Russia

Which Animal?

  1. Cat
  2. Dog
  3. Beaver
  4. Bird
  5. Pig
  6. Dragon
  7. Snake

Which Room?

  1. Ballroom
  2. Gymnasium
  3. Greenhouse
  4. Kitchen
  5. Bedroom
  6. Library
  7. Study

Which Atmosphere?

  1. Warm evening
  2. Crisp morning
  3. Wet and sunny
  4. Warm and sunny
  5. Cool night
  6. Warm and dry
  7. Hot or cold- no in-between

Which Evil?

  1. Vanity
  2. Anger
  3. Theft
  4. Addiction
  5. Anxiety
  6. Insecurity
  7. Pride

Which Dessert?

  1. Birthday cake
  2. Pie
  3. Shortbread
  4. Fruit tart
  5. Tiramisu
  6. Snickerdoodle
  7. Divinity 

Which Thing?

  1. Goblet
  2. Trophy
  3. Shovel
  4. Teapot
  5. Journal
  6. Scale
  7. Pen

Where would You Dwell?

  1. Under the sea
  2. In the woods
  3. In the garden
  4. In the cottage
  5. On the mountain
  6. In the lab
  7. In the museum

Which Describes You Best?

  1. Charismatic
  2. Competitive
  3. Natural
  4. Hospitable
  5. Wise
  6. Joyful
  7. Shrewd 

Which Power?

  1. Ability to fly
  2. Super strength
  3. Control of nature
  4. Power to heal
  5. Telepathy
  6. Extreme intelligence
  7. Mind Control

Mostly 1s: FAIRFANG

Mostly 2s: CHAMPION

Mostly 3s: BRAVETAIL

Mostly 4s: FLEETWING

Mostly 5s: IRONSNOUT



Have yet to read BRUMBLETIDE? Find it here!


House of Whitescale

Ancestor: Queen Soleil

Head of House: Queen Mother Felberta

Tower: Soleil Tower

Mascot: white dragon

Class: Academics (Math and Science) 

Whitescales are lighthearted, friendly, and good with numbers. They love to spend time experimenting whether in an actual lab or in life. Brainy yet easygoing, Whitescales make wonderful friends and usually work well in groups. 

Founder of Whitescale, Queen Soleil, played a great role in Emily’s architecture and was worked closely with Queen Flori during the construction of the Hanging Gardens. 

Whitescale Strengths: intelligent, good with numbers, experimental, good-natured, hardworking

Whitescale Weaknesses: prone to insecurity 


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House of Firebreather

Ancestor: King Michelle

Head of House: Queen Mother Toadi

Tower: Michelle Tower

Mascot: Purple Dragon

Class: Academics (Language Arts and Social Studies) 

A Firebreather is expected to ‘execute or be executed”. There are high expectations for Firebreathers since it was none other than their founder, King Michelle, that built the magnificent Emily Castle. Intelligent, diligent, shrewd, and charming, most go far in life after their time at the academy. Many of your favorites actors, politicians, and CEOs graced the Halls of the Dragons. 

Firebreather Strengths: intelligent, intellectual, shrewd, cunning, hardworking, makes a good first impression 

Firebreather Weaknesses: can be manipulative, prone to self-absorbtion 


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House of Ironsnout

Ancestor: Queen Eve

Head of House: Queen Mother Stiorri

Tower: Eve Tower

Mascot: winged pig

Class: Non-Common Sense 

Ironsnouts love to ponder. The meaning of life, the inner workings of the mind, the vastness of the universe— the Ironsnout enjoys seeking the answers to big questions. Journaling is a popular past time in this house as it is a soothing way to gather all the thoughts zooming through the Ironsnouts mind. Though it can be difficult to get them out of their shell (or room), they make wonderful friends to the few that understand them. 

Ironsnout Strengths: intellectual, smart, understanding, good-hearted

Ironsnout: prone to anxiety and isolation, can come across distant 


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House of Bravetail

Ancestor: Queen Flori 

Head of House: Queen Mother Hertha

Tower: Flori Tower

Mascot: winged beaver

Class: Horticulture 

Bravetails are naturally… NATURAL. They love anything and everything nature. It is quite necessary for a Bravetail to spend more time outside than inside, they enjoy anything and everything that comes from the earth, and are fascinated by the wonders living and growing in the world around them. 

Founder of Bravetail, Queen Flori, created the breathtaking and miraculous Hanging Gardens of Flori which Emily Academy students have the privilege of tending in Horticulture. 

Bravetail Strengths: down to earth, what you see is what you get, hardworking, good work ethic, ability to appreciate natural beauty 

Bravetail Weaknesses: can find it difficult to understand Fairfangs.


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House of Champion 

Ancestor: King George

Head of House: Queen Mother Berthilda

Tower: George Tower

Mascot: winged hound

Classes: Hoplology 

Champions are naturally competitive and always on the hunt in life. They are honest (sometimes brutally), loyal, and hard-working when it comes to a cause they believe in. A strong inner drive propels them to great heights but, adversely, they can be bullheaded and stubborn.

Founder of the Champions, King George, isn’t known for his friendly disposition but has earned the respect of every generation after him for leading the charge to fight for what is right. He is responsible for George Tower, the weaponry of Emily, and the orchestration of Emily’s athletics. 

Champion Strengths: leaders, truthful, loyal, competitive, driven, do not settle

Champion Weaknesses: Stubborn, can be rude, prone to pessimism 


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House of Fleetwing

Ancestor: King Justice 

Head of House: Queen Mother Erline

Tower: Justice Tower

Mascot: Sparrow

Classes: Hospitality and Subjects (as in a Queen’s subjects) 

Those of the House of Fleetwing are great friends to have. They are usually friendly, hospitable, great cooks (or at least enjoy it), and find pleasure in making a house a home. Whether they like people or not, Fleetwings are good with them and can sometimes find it difficult to get time to themselves.

We can thank King Justice, the founder of Fleetwing, for the renowned ferry of Emily, the many glorious levels of Justice Tower, and the cozy at-home feel of Fleetwing Hall. 

Fleetwing strengths: smart, kind, compassionate, a good friend, works well with others, not afraid to try new things

Fleetwing weaknesses: Can find it hard to say no, prone to isolate 


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House of Fairfang

Ancestor: Queen Sara Lisa 

Head of House: Queen Mother Carrington

Tower: Sara Lisa Tower

Mascot: Winged Panther

Class: Disposition 

Lovers of celebration, Fairfangs are always up for a party and the more dazzle and glamour the better. They are known for being fun and adventurous and love to bring others along for the ride. It’s founder, Queen Sara Lisa, was a natural charismatic winning many hearts for good. It was she who created the magnificent Resplendent and her beauty and quirkiness is expressed magically in Fairfang Hall and Sara Lisa Tower. If Emily were a crown, Fairfangs would be the jewels. 

Fairfang strengths: Strong leadership, charismatic, swagger, good speakers, an eye for symmetry 

Fairfang weaknesses: Prone to vanity, can fall out of touch with reality


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Queen Lenore – The Ear Tickler

Continuing on in this series explaining how the characters, places, and everything of BRUMBLETIDE AND THE DAUGHTER OF EVE came to be, today is Lenore.

Lenore, Head of Castle, is beautiful, powerful, and a master of words. By her schmooze, the people of Little Ipswich pour into Castle Emily with not only their hearts but their wallets. To them, Lenore is their savior, giving them opportunity in life. Anyone, young or old, rich or poor, can come to Emily, leave their life of hardship for a time, and be ROYAL. How could anyone not support a selfless leader like this who cares only for the people?

Lenore loves that the people view her this way and does everything in her power to make sure they continue. Why? Because as long as they think that she is for them, they will not looker deeper and find that she is only for her. Lenore tells everyone they are royal, allows them into her palace for no cost, and look at that, the money rolls in! Lenore doesn’t mind a bit telling everyone what they want to hear because she knows that she is the only real Queen of Emily and everyone else, unbeknownst to them, is only her servants. Tickle their ears and they will bow without question.

The idea for Lenore came from lying, schmoozing politicians, pastors, and cult leaders. I tried to paint her and someone really difficult not to love on the surface which is why Maggie idolizes her in the beginning. There is also several layers to Lenore as even she isn’t fully aware of all of the evils of Emily.

Have yet to read BRUMBLETIDE AND THE DAUGHTER OF EVE? Check it out here!