Forbidden … and yet. The black vial calls to you.
“Mark my word,” Dr. du Monique said, “One third of your team will fall to Midnight—and this black vial will be the cause of it.”
Robyn, Kit, and Cam are called to be on the Elite Skyborn Warrior Team, but the Legend’s prophecy points a guilty finger—three of the nine are destined to turn on the prince. They swear none of them would ever fall, but the vial has a secret, mesmerizing appeal.
While learning to control their powers, their younger siblings, Shirley, Grace, and McCoy, are taught to spy on suspected magic-users and turn them in to the police. When the older kids discover a plot to kill Mr. Fischer, they must use advanced skills they’ve secretly cultivated—skills that could push them over the edge into Midnight.
Will they be the ones to fall to the dark side, or will their younger siblings have them arrested before their mission is complete?
A Doorway Back To Forever: TRUST, is the perfect sequel to BELIEVE. It takes two families on an adventure to Midnight and back that challenges their ability to trust who they are, why they are here, and what they’ve been chosen to do. Do you have the courage to join them?
“Nanette O’Neal spins another great tale of faith, this time asking who can resist temptation—would you pass the test?” Kary Oberbrunner, author of ELIXIR Project.
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Nanette O’Neal has had a long time passion for the idea behind the Doorway series, stemming from her faith and her love of story.
Her interests have always been strong in various creative endeavors, such as music, martial arts, science fiction, and fantasy. Having studied music in college, she made a career of teaching and directing various ensembles in the public and private fields for years.
When she decided to tackle writing, she began an intense process of study and research in the craft, through the use of text books, online tutorials, chat and critique groups, as well as various workshops, conferences and retreats.
The Doorway series consists of seven novels about faith, courage, and the power within the human soul. She contributes regularly to an inspirational column for a religious website, Ldsblogs.com, and maintains her blog, Nanette O’Neal’s Doorway, found at NanetteONeal.blogspot.com.
Feel free to subscribe to her blog posts and to like her author page. Nanette loves her husband and family, her faith, the mountains, aviation museums, Star Trek, and dogs.
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TRUST Top Ten Interesting Facts about the series
The first and last communication of one of the characters is done in palindromes: “Live on time. Emit no evil,” and, “Live not on evil.” Can you guess who said it?
As many of you know, I’m a huge Trekkie! There are three references to Star Trek in BELIEVE, and four new references in TRUST. Any guesses from those who read BELIEVE or an advanced copy of TRUST?
The lyrics to the Song of the Orb give a hint to the titles for the entire seven-book series. (Listen, now, to the song of the orb. Believe it whispers wisdom. Trust your heart to follow its path. Defending the royal kingdom. Honor the gift that was given to you. Remember your promise there. Restore the truth to its glorious end. Becoming a royal heir.) Any guesses as to the name of the next book?
The poetic nature of the Legend was inspired by chiasms of ancient scripture found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament and other early texts, where the first line mirrors the last and each subsequent line is a reflection around the center. Each book includes a piece of the Legend. In TRUST, the first line of the poem is, “One in three masters the power.” The last line is, “Power shatters one in three.”
The three teachers, Coach Horace White, Miss Dianna Mazy, and Dr. Claude du Monique, were inspired by three of my own teachers while growing up—even the hygienically-challenged science teacher!
Coach Horace White got his name from two of my favorite New York Yankees baseball players when I was a kid—Roy White and Horace Clark. I couldn’t name him “Roy Clark,” because of the country music singer, so I named him Horace White!
The Eeberheem children were inspired loosely by my nieces and nephews when they were young.
The names Barsoum (for King Barsoum) and Eeberheem are from my Egyptian family line—my grandfather was Barsoum Ibrahim and my father’s middle name was Barsoum. Eeberheem is loosely based on Ibrahim.
The grandmother figure named Omi is based on my family line from Germany. We called my grandmother Omi (the affectionate name for Oma.) Her knitting behavior is based on my own mother, who still to this day knits everything is sight!
The character of Mr. Fischer is based on my next door neighbor in my former neighborhood. His dogs, Heidi, Nikki, and Freddie, are my three favorite dogs in real life!
What inspired your book?
My faith and my love of story are at the heart of this book series. A Doorway Back to Forever is not simply a children’s story. It has a message of faith for those with eyes to see. In a way, it is a fantastical representation of my own spiritual journey, but it is meant to both entertain and inspire those who may be looking for answers to their own spiritual questions. BELIEVE sets in motion the idea that there is someone greater than ourselves to believe in. TRUST asks us if we can be trusted to handle magical powers after learning who we really are.
How do you spend your free time?
I’m a music educator by profession and still utilize my talent by conducting the Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony. I plan the annual forums for the American Society of Aviation Artists, of which my husband is a member. I also volunteer with my church, tend my yard and garden, enjoy my new granddaughter, hike Glacier National Park, and walk my two doggies.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
I would have to say confidence. It’s a lonely world being a writer. I’m an introvert, so I enjoy time alone to rejuvenate, but I miss the gratification you receive when working directly with others like I had when I taught children. Sometimes, I feel like no one will want to read my writing. I’ve learned the only way to defeat this is to actively reach out to other writers, friends, and fans who’ve told me they enjoy my work. They can be vital to my emotional health, and they have a way of replenishing my creative juices too.
If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main character roles?
So hard to say! The main characters that drive the story ore children so I would think they would be unknowns. But for the two “super hero” characters, I could think of a few! Prince Calemir is good and kind—the savior figure of the series. I picture a Chris Hemsworth-type actor, wearing a white, shimmery cloak, his hair touching his shoulders. As for Sylvare, the Dark Lord, he’s evil and has a grudge against the prince. He has a secret past too. I know Robert Pattinson has starred as the hero in recent films, but if you can picture him with spiked hair, a purple robe, and a long scar down his cheek, that’s what Sylvare looks like!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Good stories have just that—some kind of message of hope. It’s been my desire for this series to inspire readers to look beyond themselves and discover a spiritual connection they may have forgotten. We live in a world of dwindling values, where faith is mocked at every hand, yet children of all ages secretly crave a transcendent bond. My hope is that this story will be more than a fantasy—it will inspire the reader to become better than who they appear to be.
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