THE UGLY BUGLY WHO TRIED TO CANCEL EASTER

A friend challenged someone to come up with a story about Covid-19 and how it tried to steal Easter. similar to How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Being a writer, I took the challenge.

I’m no Dr. Seuss by any means, but here’s what I came up with.

PS. This is a first draft so it’s subject to change!

 

THE UGLY BUGLY WHO TRIED TO CANCEL EASTER

 

THE UGLY BUGLY WHO TRIED TO CANCEL EASTER

 

It was twenty-twenty in the Land of Plenty.

Easter was fast approaching.

So busy—so much to do!

 

Easter hams.

Easter egg hunts for the little runts.

Chocolate bunnies to be bought.

 

The Ugly Bugly sat in his Ugly Bugly hole and wondered.

I thought Easter was about the Risen Savior, not jellybeans and peeps.

The People of Plenty have forgotten.

So there is no need for Easter.

 

The Ugly Bugly laughed.

As he watched the People of Plenty making their plans.

He had a plan of his own.

To cancel Easter.

So busy—so much to do!

 

The Ugly Bugly crawled out of his Ugly Bugly hole.

He looked around.

He stretched his wings from the sky to the ground.

And he laughed some more.

So busy—so much to do!

 

But what could he do?

After all, he was only one little ugly bugly.

He thought and he thought.

And then he knew.

There was only thing he had to do.

Keep the People of Plenty in the dark.

If it stayed dark, there could be no sunrise.

If there were no sunrise, there could be no Easter.

It was the perfect plan!

So busy—so much to do!

 

He flew away from his Ugly Bugly hole and into the Land of Plenty.

Everywhere he flew he left a drop or two of mist and dew.

Not much, just enough for one or two.

But the darkness grew.

Along with the darkness, came the fear.

Darkness and fear.

No sunrise.

No Easter!

 

The Ugly Bugly laughed and cheered as he shouted with glee. “No sunrise; No Easter!”

His plan made perfect.

Easter was cancelled indeed!

 

The People of Plenty sat in their houses, so afraid and sad.

Life was so bad.

And they were so mad.

 

No Easter hams.

No Easter egg hunts for the little runts.

No chocolate bunnies to be bought.

 

In the twinkling of an eye, they went from the Land of Plenty to the Land of Darkness, Fear, and Want.

 

People bought and bought.

They did not share.

They did not care.

 

The Ugly Bugly laughed and cheered.

Knowing he had won.

Easter was cancelled indeed!

 

But then the people opened their Bibles.

But then the people sang praises to God.

But then the people looked to the Cross.

And they remembered.

 

Easter wasn’t about ham or eggs or even chocolate bunnies.

Easter was about the Risen Savior indeed!

Death and Darkness could not stop him then.

Nor would it stop Him now.

 

The people left their sad little houses.

And walked out into the darkness.

Holding high their crosses of light.

They sang praises to the Risen Savior.

 

And the sunrise came.

And with the sunrise, Easter came.

And the People of Plenty proclaimed.

Jesus is the Risen Savior indeed!

 

The Ugly Bugly frowned and stomped his feet.

No1 No! No!

This simply wouldn’t do.

He would start again.

More darkness.

More fear.

More dread.

 

But the People of Plenty had remembered.

They refused to listen.

They sang ever louder and louder.

They held their crosses higher and higher.

Because they knew no weapon formed against them could prosper.

And that the Risen Savior loved them indeed!

 

Copyright 2020@ Lillian Duncan

Contact: www.lillian-duncan.com

 

 

Blessings to your this Easter.

 

NEW BOOK ALERT! MESSENGER

I’m so excited to let everyone know that the first in my MESSENGER Series will be releasing on February 29!  As of now, it will be a 3-book series, the second will be UNCITIZEN and the third, EXILE.
This story has rattled around in my brain for a long…long time. It’s not my usual suspense but it has a lot of suspense and action in it. It’s a dystopian novel.  In case you don’t know what that means, it’s when a novel is set in an imagined society where there is great suffering or injustice. So that definitely means lots of action and suspense.
Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger since she’s grown up in the godless country of NewAmerica where all religion has been banned even saying the name of God is punishable by death! But when God has a message, he will always find a MESSENGER!

Life is perfect in NewAmerica. No crime. No poverty. No war. No discrimination.

Life is perfect as long as you’re a loyal citizen.

Life is perfect as long as you follow The Guardian Rules without question.

All religion has been banned, even uttering the name of God is a crime punishable by death. Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger, but when a patient braves the consequences to tell her The Guardians have deceived everyone about God, she’s determined to discover the truth.

Life is perfect in NewAmerica until the moment you wonder…is there a God?

 

Magdalena lives in a society that is controlled by The Guardians. The Guardians are in control…of every aspect of a person’s life.  In return, loyal citizens are provided with all that they need for a good life; housing; clothing, food; and entertainment. Magdalena knows she should be happy, but she’s not. When a patient tells her that God is real and he loves her, she wants to know the truth–no matter how dangerous it is. And it’s very dangerous!

Even though I’ve classified the story as YA novel (young adult), but it’s not just for the young. In fact, it’s a timeless story that people of any age will enjoy. There’s two aspects to MESSENGER. There’s the literal plot with lots of suspense, action, and a little romance. But then there’s the spiritual lessons that are a part of the story as well.

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and I do this time but…. the giveaway is on my new blog–MODERN DAY PARABLES. To learn about the giveaway, go to Modern Day Parables and leave a comment under the MESSENGER POST. And while you’re there, sign up to follow the blog so you don’t miss any other giveaways! Thanks,

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

FREE BOOKS!

I’m in the winter doldrums–even though we haven’t had much of a winter here in Ohio.  How about you? To beat the winter doldrums, I’m giving away FREE BOOKS! For a limited time, these books will be free on Amazon. Click on the link and get a free book–that’s all there is to it. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. But, of course, reviews are always appreciated–especially 5-star reviews!

 

ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE:  Kara Smith has the perfect life except for one thing—the voice.

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UNTIL DEATH DO US PART (Country Living Book 2): When Reggie vowed until death do us part, she had no idea how close she’d come!

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SPLIT: No matter how hard she tries, her life is one big gutter ball!

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DARK ALLEYS:  Homeless and alone, Tessa witnesses a murder–now he’s after her!

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THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIEF: She can’t go home—ever—if she wants to stay alive.

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The books will only be FREE for a few days so click on them now!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

Book Review

The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue Book #1)

I was excited to read The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren but… this book was not for me.

The story was good. The characters interesting.  Lots of tension. Great romance. The writing was even better!  So, why wasn’t this book a favorite for me?

Both characters are mountain climbers and the story revolves around mountain climbing. Susan May Warren does an amazing job of creating word pictures that got me right up on that mountain with them. And that’s the problem. I’m not an outdoorsy-type person. I have absolutely no interest in mountain climbing, whether it be on a mountain or in my armchair reading.  So unfortunately, this wasn’t a book that I particularly enjoyed but… if you’re more adventurous than me, it might be just the book you’re looking for. And it won’t stop me from reading another Susan May Warren book–she’s an awesome writer.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an unbiased review.

God Bless and Good Reading!

 

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Book Review

 

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps Book #1)

I jumped at the chance to review COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason because she always does a great job. And Collateral Damage is no exception. She manages to weave romance and suspense with a great plot and wonderful characters.

In Collateral Damage, the hero and the heroine are truly heroes. Both have spent time on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Now that they’re back in the states, life should be safer. Not true in this story. As I read this story, I wondered if Ms. Eason had spent time on the battlefield herself. I don’t know the answer but if the answer’s no, then my respect for her writing has grown by leaps and bounds. With Collateral Damage, she’s brought the grit of war along with the heroes who fight every day for the principles that keep America strong. Can you tell that I loved this book?

This is a definite YES for me.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

 

There’s a New Blog in Town!

If you love Christian fiction (and I’m assuming you do), there’s a new blog in town! Modern Day Parables is all about Christian fiction and the people who write it! As well as about the readers who read it!

Check it out at MODERN DAY PARABLES.

If you enjoy reading about other authors and their books, not to mention giveaways, you’ll want to sign up to follow Modern Day Parables. I’ll be moving my interviews and book highlights over to that blog so you won’t be seeing them on this blog any longer.

Make sure you hop over to MODERN DAY PARABLES and sign up to follow the blog by email. If you sign up right now, you’ll be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

Double Jeopardy by Donna Schlachter

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Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.

You can connect with Donna at www.Facebook.com/DonnaschlachterAuthor.

About DOUBLE JEOPARDY:

Set in 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. Unable to return to her mother in humiliation and defeat, she determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make the Double Jeopardy profitable.

Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, is faced with a hard decision regarding his land and his dream. After several years of poor weather and low cattle prices, he will either have to take on a job to help pay his overhead expenses, or sell his land. He hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money.

Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over.

Zeke finds many of Becky’s qualities admirable and fears he’s losing his heart to her charms, but also recognizes she was never cut out to be a rancher’s wife.

Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture—before her mother arrives in town, thinking she’s coming for her daughter’s wedding? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?

 

Sounds like an interesting book, Donna. Thanks for sharing your story with my readers. Donna has generously offered to give away a copy of her book to one readers. Leave a comment to be entered in the contest. Winner will be chosen on January 11th.

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

I love the holidays but… it’s good to get back to normal.

I pray that this new year will bring you many blessings.

As for me, I have two books that will be releasing sometime this year. My publisher hasn’t given me the dates yet. One is SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN. It’s actually the third book (and probably final) in the Puzzle House Trilogy. The other book is JANE DOE–a thriller with lots of action and suspense and a little romance.

In the meantime, I’m working on a new series. At the present time, the first title is MESSENGER. It’s set in a future America where all religion has been outlawed and even saying the name of God is a crime–punishable by death! This book is way out of the box from my usual writings so it’s taking longer to write than normal, but I’m having fun doing it.

How about you? What’s your plans for this year?

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Acts of Malice by Nike Chillemi

Nike Chillemi is my Writer of the Day and is here today to talk about her latest book–Acts of Malice.

Nike writes classic murder mysteries/detective novels. It’s been said she writes literature that reads like pulp fiction. Plenty of action, a dash of grit, wry humor as her characters navigate through situations and relationships, and there’s as an uplifting message. There’s usually a national security/public safety underlying theme to her work. She likes her bad guys really bad, her good guys smarter and better. 

Tell us about Acts of Malice in a nut shell… A taut and compelling classic murder mystery with a national security underlying theme. Interpersonal relationships, greed, dry humor. Uplifting.

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Q: What is the key theme in the book?

A: In ACTS OF MALICE there are two murders. The story is driven by the murders, the search for the killers, and need for justice for the victims. The main characters are either trying to stay out of the crosshairs of the killers, trying to find the killers, or both. Closely related to this is the subtheme about the widows and families left behind, and how they mourn and struggle in the wake of these devastating, senseless murders And, there is a strong inspirational, Christian message. Still it’s the search for the killers and the desire for justice that pushes the story forward. That’s why I say that I write from a Christian World View, rather that saying I write Christian fiction, because what I actually write are classic murder mysteries. Many of the most important characters in my mystery novels happen to be Christians.

Q: Villains can be hard to write. How did you write yours?

A: I find most villains disturbing, even the ones I create. That’s why I don’t get into their mindset too much. I show them in social situations where they’ve got their public face on. Of course, I do give an inkling as to their devious interior being so that when it turns out at the end that they are the killer, it’s believable. I have put down and stopped reading thrillers by talented authors that delight and revel in the demonic mindset of the psychopathic killer. Of course, it almost goes without saying, I’d never write anything like that.

Q: What comes first, plot or characters?

A: The murder and its motive come first. Then the main characters drive the story and the plot forward as they hunt the killer(s) and/or try to stay out of harm’s way. It becomes a question of what would they do next to find the killer(s) and to survive the killer(s).

 

Back Cover Blurb:

Lavender Raines gets the ‘doorbell ring’ no wife ever wants to get. Her husband has been brutally murdered, and the FBI is more secretive than helpful. The problem is, his body was found in Caracas when she thought his business trip had taken him to New Orleans.

Mackenzie just opened a second beach resort-town restaurant, this one in Ribault Beach, Florida…but now the clandestine national security organization that from-time-to-time sends him on covert missions wants him to find Lavender’s husband’s killers.

Forces from within the “Deep State” have shaped circumstances that will alter the course of both their lives. Then a local man is murdered. Lavender and Mackey are polar opposites. He is emotionally shut down about his life, but protective of others. She is a pillar of strength in her family, but distrusting of Mackey and guarded around him. Can they find common ground amidst this treachery and turmoil?

 

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Nike. How can my readers contact you?

Nike’s blog. https://nikechillemi.com/

Nike on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/nike.chillemi

Twitter: @NikeNChillemi

 

God Bless & Good Reading!