Date: Mar 26, 2010
Title: Angelic Authors Wing Their Way
Soldiers’ Angels is proud to count three published authors among its many loving and talented Angels who do so much to support the troops!
Soldiers’ Angels is proud to count three published authors among its many loving and talented Angels who do so much to support the troops! Mary Ann Bernal is reporting the publication of her first book, Lori Bakewell is writing her fourth in a set of books for elementary/middle school age, and C.S. Challinor just announced publication of her third book in the highly successful Rex Graves mystery series.
C.S. Challinor has been donating 15% of her profits from Christmas is Murder—the first in her series about British amateur sleuth Rex Graves—to Soldiers’ Angels wounded projects since the book came out in 2008. She got involved with Soldiers’ Angels several years ago when the organization was still quite small and her son coordinated donation of a large cartload of supplies for care packages. She remains motivated to help by seeing young people coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with life-altering wounds. “The average age of wounded veterans is 23 years old,” Challlin says. “That's only a few years older than my own son.” Her 3rd book, Lori Bakewell’s youth fiction books follow the travels of 13-year-old Kat and her family as they visit historical sites. Kat sees ghosts at the sites and works her younger brother to solve a problem or help the ghosts with a particular issue. Bakewell is now working on her fourth book, which will be set in Texas at the Alamo. Due to her mother’s health needs, she is currently on leave from her position of coaching Angels through the Mentor Team, but remains active on the Letter Writing and Wounded TLC teams.
Mary Ann Bernal is celebrating the recent publication of her first book, The Briton and the Dane, which is receiving rave reviews. It’s the story of a lord who trains the king’s army in 9th-century Britannia during the era between the end of Roman rule and the beginning of the Age of Chivalry. Bernal mentions Soldiers’ Angels in the book, dedicating it to the memory the son of a Gold Star Mother in her church. After joining Soldiers’ Angels in 2006 through a friend’s influence, she now serves on the Letter Writing, Cards Plus, Wounded TLC and Mentor Teams.
Soldiers’ Angels salutes Bernal, Bakewell and Challinor for their creativity, hard work and dedication in both their professional and volunteer spheres!