Each day this month, meet a Rhode Island author! Comment on this blog post for a chance to win our Grand Prize (a $200 Amazon gift card) or our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card). Some authors are giving away books, too – your comment enters you into their drawing as well. (See details at the bottom of this page)
In The Promise: A Perilous Journey, a branch of a crashing tree pierces the ground to a void below. This is all it takes for brothers Peter and David Wilson to explore the unknown—a cavern hidden from the world for millennia. The boys’ dreams, persistence, and determination will solve many riddles, but their carelessness may be their ending. The adventure to meet the man called Eli is perilous indeed, but the gifts they are offered may be the opportunity of a lifetime.
“It is not every book that can portray the true essence of childhood adventure, but The Promise: A Perilous Journey does just that. It is a story that will keep both younger and older readers intrigued even though it appears to be written for a preteen level. Readers are kept on the edge of their seats while they wonder about the meanings of the boys’ findings.” OnlineBookClub.org review.
Literary fiction finalist in the 2018 Independent Publishers of New England book awards.
The Promise: Discovering Their Gifts Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were an adolescent boy or girl and you were given the incredible gift of invisibility? And suppose you could heal animals and people but you couldn’t tell anyone? In this second book of The Promise series, two ordinary brothers, Peter and David Wilson, from a rural town in New England, and eventually a beautiful young girl from Brazil, are given these gifts and more. But special gifts often require extraordinary sacrifice. No one—friends, schoolmates, even Mom and Dad—can know of these remarkable abilities. For if they do, their gifts will vanish in an instant.
Is the cost of this secrecy too high? Can they juggle everyday life with their newfound talents? Travel with these special youngsters and learn from their mysterious mentors in a magical adventure as they use their amazing gifts to help save the beleaguered earth.
“This is an amazing series that deserves recognition. It is probably geared toward the pre-teen age group, but I believe anyone who is a kid at heart will enjoy these books, especially those who love stories with magical realism and coming-of-age themes.” OnlineBookClub.org review
“The tale has a timely environmental message made more exciting by the theme of developing special powers.” Kirkus review
Throughout the book, the brothers learn about humanitarian concerns related to vulnerable people, animals, and ecosystems. They make friends and perform rescues, putting their values into place at home, school, and across the globe. By the end, the brothers commit themselves to becoming caretakers and look forward to solving more mysteries.
Hank is generously offering both books as a gift to one lucky winner – just comment on this post for a chance to win Hank’s books, as well as a chance to win our Grand Prize or Bonus Prize.
Author Hank Ellis is no stranger to environmental issues. Gaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in natural science and wildlife management and working for an environmental agency for thirty-two years has made him aware of the many problems faced by all people living on this planet. His desire to help young people awaken to the mystery of creation and find their own special gifts is his motivation for writing this book.
Book three The Promise: Journey to a Strange Land is due to be published shortly after Christmas 2020. Follow the adventures of Peter, David, Catia and the incredible caretakers.
The Promise series is written for older children to older adults.
Hank’s work is also featured in three of ARIA’s anthologies: “Adversity and Prosperity” in Selections (2018), “The Test” in Past, Present, and Future (2019), and “Hope Springs Eternal” in Hope (2020). Anthologies are also available from Stillwater Books.
You can leave a comment on each day’s blog post during November, for up to 30 chances to win. Daily giveaways by authors will be drawn one week after publication. The author will contact the winner to coordinate delivery. Grand Prize and Bonus Prize will be drawn and announced on December 8.