Today, I’m honored to be a part of the blog tour for the release of Grace A. Johnson’s latest release, a wonderful short story called Daylight! I’ve read two of her books (here’s my review of Prisoner at Heart and one for Held Captive if you want to check them out. Also, for those of you who are reviewers, Grace is offering a free copy of Held Captive at her website in exchange for an honest review. I’d highly suggest you scoot on over there and get yourself a copy! :)). Just let me tell you, Grace is an author to watch!
Daylight: a 9/11 short story
It was too late.
The whole world knew it, the nations shaking their heads at the fallen United States, our beautiful country of hope and freedom covered in blood and ashes.
Only the devil could’ve planned something so disastrous.
Only God could save us now.
Only God could save August.
It was all my fault that he nearly lost his life, dashing back into the hailstorm of debris to save a man who was already dead. I can only hope that he’ll recover—that we will recover.
Because some things will never be forgotten.
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In past experience, the vast majority of short stories I’ve read were required reading for school. They tended to be dry, boring, and downright stuffy. However, Grace Johnson’s Daylight is absolutely none of those things!
Let me just start off by saying this: a short story might take less time to write than a novel, but getting character development and the plot right in a short space of time is incredibly difficult. Grace, however, nailed this! I felt like I knew August and Sylvie even though there were less than fifteen pages of them. There was enough backstory that I knew what was going on, and the characters were well-established in spite of the shortness of the story. I started caring so much for the characters within a few pages. That’s some good writing there.
And August and Sylvie. There were some lines in there that just hit me right in the heart! Their relationship was sweet—best friends who finally realized more about each other in the face of tragedy. They both cracked me up with their NY attitudes, and the conversations between them were quite somber but filled with a little bit of humor.
Writing about a national tragedy like 9/11 can pose difficulties, but Grace really captured the horrible essence of that day very well. Sylvie’s emotions were realistic—shock, heartbreak, despair, grief, and all of the other wild emotions that a person goes through after such a sudden and awful event. The symbolism of daylight was nice, and I loved how Sylvie just surrendered everything to the Lord. She didn’t feel good about it, didn’t feel like everything was going to be ok, but she still trusted the Lord with her present and her future. And that’s what faith is, isn’t it – “the substance of things not seen”?
At the heart of this story was hope – hope that daylight would come, that God would work all things out for the good of those that love Him. And what a timely and true reminder that is!
In honor of the release of Daylight, Grace is also hosting a giveaway! Click here for more info.
You can enter the giveaway by subscribing to her newsletter. Collect more entries by commenting on tour posts and answering the trivia question. Only one winner will be selected and will be notified through email. The winner will be announced on September 12th on her blog, Of Blades and Thorns!
About the Author
Grace A. Johnson is a teenage Christian fiction authoress, book reviewer, and avid reader. She lives in beautiful (but humid) South Georgia, surrounded by farmland and forestry, with her parents and six younger siblings. She has written four novels, three of which are published, and a smattering of short stories and novellas, which you can find on Amazon. She’s also a homeschooler who loves learning about history, linguistics, art, and the world around her. You can find her on Goodreads, Pinterest, BookBub, or blogging on her website at www.graceajohnson.com. Join her for a virtual cup of tea and a free short story when you sign up for her e-newsletter!
Blog Tour Schedule
Blog Tour/Giveaway Kickoff – www.graceajohnson.com
Character Q&A – www.thepeninspired.wordpress.com
Review – www.Kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com
Review + Interview – www.egbella.com
Review – www.teenwritersnook.com
Book Club Kit – www.graceajohnson.com
Spotlight + Review – www.whimsicalwanderings.home.blog
Author interview – www.gloryforgodalone.blogspot.com
Author interview – www.intomywritingjourney.wordpress.com
Character Q&A – www.eccoltonauthor.wixsite.com/quillofhope
What Readers Are Saying About Daylight – www.graceajohnson.com
Review – www.vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com
Review – WWW.abigailkayharris.wordpress.com
Review – www.thebookcubicle.wordpress.com
Never Forget – www.graceajohnson.com
Giveaway Wrap-up – www.graceajohnson.com