E Tutto Per Il Luminosa

Penuel’s dark eyes softened with compassion.

“Liang, you are greatly loved, yes? Don’t be afraid. È tutto per il luminosa. It is all for the bright,” he quoted and, like a mist, floated up the stairs, leaving a confused Li alone in the huge laboratory with an ecstatic Dr. Yancey.

From Chapter 10, The Pain of Wonder, The Red Knot, Days of the Guardian, Book 3

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The Spring Festival- China

“What’s your favorite animal?” I ask her.

“I don’t know . . . a cat?” She shrugs.

“How can you not know which animal is your favorite? Mine is the baiji.”

“The river dolphin? But the baiji are all gone!” Shu Rui says.

“Maybe, but my grandma says the baiji is the Goddess of the Yangtze. She says the baiji will come to visit at special times, like the Spring Festival. Seeing a baiji brings good fortune.”

“Our teacher said the baiji is indignant.”

“Not indignant, silly, endangered.”

February 22 is the Spring Festival in China. Learn about this celebration and the goddess of the Yangtze in this short story for middle grade readers, The Baiji.

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Love Never Ends

The good luck knot stared back at Connor. He gave in to fantasy. If Ainsling and Aaliyah succeeded, Noelle could live with him and Ainsling on the ship, and they could have a second chance. Fairy tale ending or not, he hoped—no, he prayed—for a miracle. For years he believed his dear wife was dead. Now hope rekindled, however slim the chances were.  He caressed the red satin cord.   Love never ends.

-From Chapter 3, The Red Knot, Days of the Guardian, Book 3, The Red Knot

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The Red Knot Book Release- It’s Party Time.

Meet Local YA Author

D. Marie Prokop

Saturday, February 13, 2016

9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

@ Cafe Marrese

11729 Spring Cypress Rd., Tomball, TX.

D. Marie will be enjoying Cafe Marrese’s delicious coffee, along with reading, selling, and signing her novels, including her newest release, The Red Knot, the final book in her YA Sci-fi trilogy, Days of the Guardian.

To add to the fun, there will be random giveaways, prizes, and crafty demonstrations. Don’t be surprised if you walk away with a new skill, like knitting or Chinese knotting. These things have been known to happen around D. Marie…




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Hot Youth Pastor Discount

Kayla thinks the speaker is brilliant. And . . . wait for it . . . hot. He speaks so dramatically, as if the world hinges on his every consonant. By the time I finish rolling my eyes over some lame remark, I start rolling them all over again.   My eyes grow sore from the unrelenting workout.

“God—the one who made the sun, the moon, and the stars—can use you!” he yells. I’m a bit frightened by his insistence.

Hot or not- Youth Pastors have a tough job. I’m on a mission to distribute my short fantasy story, On The Outward Appearance, to youth pastors around the country, maybe even the world… Please nominate a youth pastor you love in the comments. (Be sure to include their church, city, and state.)

I will send the first five nominees a free copy of this book about God’s unconditional love for teens (and all of us with complicated hearts).

For those of you in the Houston, TX area, stop by Café Marrese on Saturday, February 13th from 9am-1pm for your signed copy of On The Outward Appearance!


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Happy Chinese New Year!

Shu Rui’s house is not far. There are no sidewalks, but the streets are wide. They’re filled with people because everyone comes home for the fifteen-day celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s The Year of the Tiger, 1998.

I was born in 1989, The Year of the Snake. Everyone says that’s why I talk so much. Grandma always tells me,

Child, you were born under a sign of wisdom. Remember, wisdom is attained by three methods: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

It’s the Year of the Monkey! More specifically, it’s a fire monkey year. Those born in this year are thought to be ambitious and adventurous, but irritable.

Find out more about Chinese New Year in The Baiji.

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Watch “David Bazan – Eating Paper (Sleepover Shows)” on YouTube

This is just what I’m listening to now. But “paper” and “books” are in it…

Check out David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion).

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By now you probably have noticed
And I’m so relieved
To see while you have been leaving me be
My younger sisters and brothers
Have all grown to be
Stronger and smarter than you would believe

But like all good things it did not last
Your appetite returns so fast
And just in time for supper

Why would you sweat my confession
What I claim to be
When you see the fruit as it hangs on the tree
While this may be the rare occasion
Where high tide lifts all boats
I’m keeping my head down under the water
Cause man I’ve gotta get there on my own

I’ve done all you have required
Still you feel the need
To quiz me on books I did not claim to read
Well alright, John Henry dies in a tunnel
Hammer in his hand
Steam drill lives on to make fools of every man

When I lived alone, I did as I please
Eating paper I swung from the trees
But like all good things it did not last
Your appetite returns so fast
And just in time for supper

YA Short Story Release – On The Outwards Appearance

“I’m glad God doesn’t care what we look like on the outside. Wouldn’t it be great if people only saw what’s on the inside, too?” Kayla interjects before Brad can speak again.

Brad squints then raises his right eyebrow.   His eyes bore into me and I’m distracted from my potatoes, shocked by how interesting his eyes are. His white teeth are so blinding when he smiles that I hadn’t noticed he had such gorgeous eyes until now. Rimmed in navy blue, his periwinkle irises appear almost violet. Definitely not boring.

“Do you care?” he asks me.


What if you could see past the outer appearance and glimpse the hearts of the people around you? When sarcastic, sassy Anne attends a church youth retreat she doesn’t even want to go to, she gets an unexpected gift . . .

“On The Outward Appearance” is now available in print and ebook versions on Amazon. Get yours today!

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