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I am incredibly excited to announce that I have received an official invite to team up with VETS in the fight against PTSD!
VETS is a nonprofit founded by veteran David Wayne and his wife Brandy, who strive to win the battle against PTSD and military suicide by means of counseling, support, and prayer.
On August 29, 2015, The Crystal Keys will join the battle. VETS will be hosting a good ol’ fashioned Texas barbecue to raise funds for the continued battle that rages against our soldiers right here on our own shores—post traumatic stress disorder.
The event will feature good food, giveaways, awesome VETS merchandise, popcorn booth, and even a raffle for an AR15 Rifle!
As if that is not enough, I will be at the event to sell personalized and autographed copies of the up-and-coming fantasy fiction best seller—The Crystal Keys: Champion of Destiny! The profit of all event book sales will go directly to benefit VETS and the powerful work they are doing in the lives of our soldiers and veterans.
I can think of no greater honor than to use my talent to affect a life. A great big thank you to VETS for allowing me to be even a small part of this noble cause.
I cannot wait to see you there! Let’s change some lives together!
VETS EVENT AND CRYSTAL KEYS SIGNING
Date: August 29, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 141 N. LSH Dr. Ste 217, Lumberton, TX
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I just returned from a two-week road trip/camping expedition with my family. I apologize for my absence, but it felt incredibly good to unplug for a little while.
That being said, I am back in full force now, and I have some really exciting things to tell you about!
First, an article I wrote was published to a site called YourTango, who added a plug for The Crystal Keys at the end of the article!
Then I got a message from John Lanier at Christian Voice Magazine asking for permission to print an article I had written in their August issue. In exchange, he is giving The Crystal Keys: Champion of Destiny a full-page ad! I have seen the advertisement that he worked up, and it is absolutely beautiful! I am so excited to get my copy next month!
Something rather notable about these two occurrences is that they are polar opposite on the entertainment spectrum. What does this say about Champion of Destiny? I believe it makes a very potent statement—that there is something for everyone in this fast-paced fantasy fiction novel!
As if this isn’t exciting enough, I received a third email stating that my entry had been chosen for a conglomerate book project called The Mom Quilt! This book is due out in August 2015. The proceeds for the book will go to help build a water well for a house which caters to oppressed and victimized, teen-aged mothers in Kenya at an organization called Mercy House! I can think of no greater privilege or better use for my words and cannot wait to share more about this exciting project with you!
As for my progress . . . There is now an official fan page for The Crystal Keys series. Stop on by and say hello, start a conversation, and meet some other fans! This is a fan-driven discussion, so I hope some of you will come on over and chat! As we speak The Crystal Keys: Sera Oth Berinon (Book Two) is undergoing initial copy edit by the editor. I am starting a word-for-word detailed edit tonight . . . if I ever get off the computer, that is!
Well, that’s all for now, friends! I hope you are all enjoying reading The Crystal Keys: Champion of Destiny (Book One). I cannot wait to hear your comments and reviews!
Angelia J. Griffin
Probably the most frequently asked question I get right now is, “What are you going to do when you are famous?”
Ummm . . . probably the exact same things I already do right now. Drive the same dorky mom van, raise chickens, and love my husband and children fiercely.
Because the truth is, I already am famous.
Not long ago, my 10-year-old daughter looked at me with huge, excited eyes and asked me, ”Mommy, are you on the New York Times Best Seller list yet!?”
Nevermind that the The Crystal Keys: Champion of Destiny had not even been released yet! It didn’t matter in her mind.
In her eyes, I have already succeeded.
I am already famous.
And because my children believe it, it is true. I don’t need a hundred or even a million strangers to tell me that I have created something beautiful—I already know.
When they look at me with those adoring eyes and see a Mommy who fought through adversity; a Mommy who refused to give up; a Mommy who faithfully worked hard to accomplish a lifelong dream—
I have already won.
I am already famous.
It doesn’t matter if one or a million sets of eyes read the book.
What matters was the look in my children’s eyes when they held the first copy of The Crystal Keys in their adoring hands.
What matters is the hugs, screaming, and wild dancing we did when the UPS man walked away and we shut the door.
Perhaps I will never sell a single book. And that’s okay; I am already famous.
Or perhaps I will someday gain what the rest of the world deems as success.
And if by some miracle that should actually happen, I humbly pray that—
I do not let the world and success change me; but rather, I use my success to change the world.
There have already been many incredible moments in this journey. It would be hard to pick a best.
But tonight when I cuddled up beside my firstborn and read the first chapter of my first book . . .
That was simply priceless beyond compare.
Her eyes glowed, her face registered pure joy, and she clung to my arm and every word as I read aloud a masterpiece created from the love of two hearts—her Mommy and her Great Uncle.
She was beside herself that she was the first person to ever read the printed version of the book, and she dubbed it, “The greatest thing that has ever happened!”
That, dear friends, is the kind of fame that all the money in the world cannot buy.
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