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Continuing with WordPress Wednesday it gives me great pleasure to have author Meredith Burton in the Author’s Corner with us. She’s been keeping herself quite busy this summer, so without further delay I’m going to turn the floor over to her so she can tell us all about her Summer Adventures.
I hope that all of you are doing well on this beautiful (if humid) day. I have had an exciting and eventful summer, and I am eager to share a few of my adventures with all of you.
Firstly, I have enjoyed spending time with my nieces. It is amazing to me how quickly they are growing up! The eldest will be in fifth grade this upcoming school year, and the youngest will be in third grade. Getting to take care of the girls during the summer is always a treat for me as I get to witness firsthand how much they are learning. We have had trips to our local pool, a week-long visit at their home and many more adventures.
This summer, my nieces are in two theater camps and are performing in The Wizard of Oz and The Lion King. The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro, Tennessee does theater camps every summer. The director of the camp does four plays every year! Yes, you read that correctly! Four two-week sessions in which a play is produced and presented. I have helped my nieces practice the songs for The Wizard of Oz, which has been tremendous fun! Of course, I have “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” and “If I Only had a Brain” running rampant in my head every day now! But, it is worth it. I am so very excited to see the production
I am also excited for The Lion King, which is a story with such a beautiful message. We are all part of the intricate “Circle of Life,” and we must find our places and appreciate the order the Creator establishes. More ominously, we must not seek to steal what is not rightfully ours. Power hungry and arrogant individuals will come to ruin in the end. The Lion King is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, so how can you go wrong? Moreover, the songs are catchy and beautiful. I am super excited about the play and the upcoming release of the new movie version as well. I hope to write a review for the movie whenever I get an opportunity to see it.
In addition to helping with play practice, I was honored to teach in our congregation’s Vacation Bible School. This is an annual four-day event in which students do art projects and activities to learn about themes from Scripture. I helped in the puppet show room, and we performed skits to illustrate the lessons. The themes were faith, hope and love. I had a tremendous time, and everyone who helped, (including those who prepared refreshments), made the Vacation Bible School a success.
I have also been writing and am thrilled to report that I have a new book releasing on August 8, 2019. The book is entitled Rebekah’s Refuge, and is loosely based on the fairy tale of Rapunzel. The story, while set in a fantastical world, explores the themes of isolation and inclusion in society. The novella also examines how easily we make mistakes but how opportunities to rectify wrongdoings always exist. I love the characters in this story, and was drawn to the “villain,” with whom I relate. He has good intentions but makes many mistakes, a fact with which all of us grapple daily. I love Rebekah, the main protagonist, as well. She is young, but her kind and spunky spirit were such fun to write. She is inspired by my best friend, Elizabeth Harville, to whom the book is dedicated. Elizabeth has strong faith, and a kind and innocent spirit despite the many hardships she has endured. I am so excited to share this book with all of you.
I hope that you have all enjoyed a fun and eventful summer. Mine has been one of the most memorable I have experienced in some years.
MORE ABOUT MEREDITH, HER UPCOMING RELEASE, AND OTHER WORKS…
RELEASED AUGUST 8, 2019
FROM AUTHOR MEREDITH LEIGH BURTON
I am thrilled to announce that I have a new novella releasing on August 8, 2019. The book is entitled Rebekah’s Refuge, and is a loose retelling of the fairy tale Rapunzel. Writing this novella meant so much to me, because it addresses the difficult theme of knowing when to acknowledge your desperation and turn over your problems to a higher power. I am dealing with the sickness of a family member and have come to understand the difficult stress placed upon caregivers. This novella explores, in a fantastical setting, the difficulties placed upon those who seek to save others even when circumstances are beyond their control. Rebekah’s Refuge is about learning to listen for the calming song of peace even in the midst of turmoil.
In a plague-ravaged world, Rebekah is a blind norn, a being with the ability to create life-giving plants through her hair. Her people are often misunderstood, and Rebekah must flee from a desperate man who seeks to obtain her hair in order to save his ill wife. When Rebekah’s path crosses with that of Martha’s, a mother who has lost her daughter to the same man, the two women must find a way to band together to save human and nornkind alike. Will Rebekah’s pursuer capture her? Will the plague upon the land be eradicated, or is a more sinister plot at work? Things are not what they seem in this story of loss, danger and triumph. Rebekah’s Refuge is a story of finding the inner strength to fight even when you feel alone and powerless.
I’m excited to announce that the book is now available for pre-order.
To pre-order visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GC3HNYB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_4zlACbVJFFBX3
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983. She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University. Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12. She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing. She also enjoys helping with church activities. She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy. Her recent release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways. Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil. All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight. Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.
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Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption is now also available on cartridge from the Tennessee branch of the National Library for Books and Accessible Media, (National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped). Meredith is working to get it uploaded on BARD, but that will take a while. People may call and request the book on cartridge.
To get in touch with Meredith email: firstname.lastname@example.org