About Chris

Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a grade school daughter. She is also Nana to two grandchildren. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Washington State after a lifetime in Pennsylvania. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone. When she’s not writing she’s active in her local Church as a lector, volunteering at her daughter’s school in the library as well as helping the children develop a love for reading and writing, Bible Study or with the church theater group. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.

A Gift of Poison Review

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A Gift Of Poison

By: Kate Avery Ellison

If you love dragons, magic and rebel missions this is the book for you. Briand will take you on a journey from nobody to savior of the world as she knows it.

The characters were well developed, although a little more backstory as to why they were where they were would have been nice. Briand appears to be a bad girl on her way to banishment from the only home she has ever known. An ability to speak to dragons is discovered just as she is on the verge of leaving.

I was a little disappointed in the fact that she seemed to have no one that was truly on her side until the end of the story.  It would have been nice to see at least one person as her champion to help her face the obstacles in her life.

Her training was slim and the moment when she is called upon to use her abilities seemed rushed and you never really saw how the ability worked.

I enjoyed the diversity of characters, although her cousin, prince did seem a little on the weak side.

The plot was good, but could have been a little more drawn out to add excitement and mystery to the story.

And I wanted to see more of the dragons.

Sir E. Robert Smythe and the Galactic Safety Council

 

Up until now I have shared with you things about my dragons and the books of Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy. I kind of felt that maybe this was the time to talk a little bit about my Middle-grade series.  About two years ago I approached a gentleman about taking a series of children’s scripts and aging them up to middle-grade. I felt that since I was writing young adult, writing middle grade would be easy. I quickly realized when I started working on this new series that middle grade is definitely different from writing young adult. I won’t go into all the differences here, just know that there was a slight learning curve. Today I sent the last query for the sixth book in the series to the publisher for consideration. It has been an exciting challenge to write for people in this age group.

Although many of the characters had already been created, I felt one more was needed. So I created Sir E. Robert Smythe. He is the Chief Safety Ambassador for the Galatic Safety Council from the planet Gwill. He works with Queen Sage and an array of characters that come to Earth to help children navigate their way through many of the social issues plaguing today’s society.

Sir E. Robert  helps  boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 14, deal with school bullies, homeless people, death of a loved one, rich girl vs. poor girl, self esteem issues, suicide, arts vs. sports and A.D.H.D.

Someone once asked me why do kids need fantastical creatures to guide them through life? Don’t the parents do that? At the time I was so upset that I could not formulate an answer. ( A problem I frequently have when in a confrontational situation). Looking back on that evening from this point of having finished six books with these characters, I think I finally have a partial answer. So here it is: This is a very unique age group. These kids are on the verge of teen years where they become more responsible for their decisions and yet they are at a point that they still want their parents to give them all the answers. They don’t want to listen to their parents and yet they are  in a place where adults are still needed. The fantastical creatures of the Gwill create an atmosphere for these young people to begin to formulate the person that they will grow into, provide gentle guidance while still giving the preteen room to make their own choices.

Anyway that’s what the series is all about. Two of the books are published: Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully and Sir E. Robert Smythe and the Lost Detective. The remaining four books are with the publisher with plans of releasing them over the next few years.

God willing these books will serve to help 8-12 year-olds become aware of social issues and find a way to navigate their way through them.

 

Buy Links:

MuseItUp: School Bully: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/museityoung/sir-e.-robert-smythe-and-the-school-bully-detail

Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Smythe-School-Galactic-Council-ebook/dp/B01M0ONOUB/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

 

MuseItUp: Lost Detective: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/museityoung/sir-e.-robert-smythe-and-the-lost-detective-detail

Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-Robert-Smythe-Lost-Detective-ebook/dp/B076G5SWWX/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8