A Ray of Hope
Saturday, April 25
Fifteen-year-old Essence Imani Harris can’t believe that her parents have both been called to a fifteen-month military deployment to fight the war in Afghanistan. Essence, her older brother, and younger sister must leave their home and friends in San Antonio to live with their aunt and uncle in Mississippi. Essence, nicknamed CeCe, wrestles with this change and the physical separation from both parents.
Not knowing what lies ahead, CeCe recommits her life to Christ and is tested by life’s trials. Seemingly, the gates of hell open and CeCe deals with death, loss, and some of her deepest fears. During this trying period, she bonds with her aunt’s parents who become surrogate grandparents to CeCe and her siblings. An answer to a prayer, CeCe’s new grandparents help keep the family rooted in Christ and give them needed reality checks. Will all that life throws at CeCe, will she find a ray of hope?
Ebony Aiken is a Mississippi-born native now residing in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the ROCC where she faithfully attends with her family. She’s a senior at St. Mary's Hall School where she is active and involved in High School life. Ebony plans to attend college this fall at Xavier University of Louisiana, majoring in mass communications with a concentration in Public Relations.
Her first novel, A Ray of Hope, is infused with poetry, scripture, and life lessons that highlight the teen experience and the process of growing and becoming adults grounded in Christ.
Some of Ebony's other short stories and poems can be found on her blog site at ebonyaiken.blogspot.com. You can also follow her on twitter @author_ebonya and like her on Facebook.