A few lines from Summer’s Squall By Amy Schisler.ISBN-13: 978-0692982945 2017 Chesapeake Sunrise, Bozman, Maryland:
Summer shrugged as she cut the slices. “All the time. If I have a student who I am just not getting through to, I say a prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas.”
Lank raised his brow as Summer prepared their plates and put them on the table, refilled her ghlass, and took a seat. Lank sat beside her and nodded his head as she said the blessing.
“So who is this Thomas person?” he asked before taking his first bite. He sucked in air to cool his tongue and regretted being in such a hurry to eat.
“St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of students. When Johnny was in Iraq, I prayed to St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of those in battle. And when he was hurt, I prayed to St. Gemma, patron of back injuries.”
“How in hell, sorry, how the heck do you know all that?”
Summer’s Squall relates a story of horses, a young girl who is terrified of a stalker, a policeman’s love, Native American lore, and young adult religion. It attracts all of us with its freshness and its open discussion of many current social themes in the modern American world. As well as being description of young emotions, it is a fast moving thriller, which keeps us guessing right to the last page. Totally recommended for the whole family to enjoy.
The Christian Science Monitor’s editor Majorie Kehe has written that the Christian titles in available novels these days are “a surprisingly empowering guide to adolescence.” Certainly Illumination Awards prize winner Amy Schisler is a prime example of the kind of writers in this genre.
Amy’s first children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad, is an autobiographical work about spending a day harvesting the Maryland Blue Crab. Her debut novel, A Place to Call Home, was released in 2014 by Sarah Book Publishing. A second edition was published in March of 2015. Picture Me, A Mystery, as well as the critically acclaimed novel, Whispering Vines, were awarded the Illumination Bronze Award for being among the top Christian Romance books of 2015 and 2016. Whispering Vines was also awarded the LYRA for best ebook romance of 2016. Amy followed up her success with Island of Miracles in 2017. All of Amy’s books may be purchased in bookstores as well as online on all major print and ebook sites. Amy grew up in Southern Maryland, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Salisbury University, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master’s in Library and Information Science. A former librarian and teacher, she now lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs.