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      The Inkwell 1999 Press Release
Contact: John Jenkins or Mark Weaver
(703) 691-8416
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RECONCILIATION PRESS
AWARD WINNING HISTORICAL FICTION
CONTINUES TO
"SHINE A BRIGHT LIGHT ON OLD DEEDS"

Manassas, Virginia - Manassas authors John Jenkins and Mark Weaver continue their mission with the publication of Above the Midas Touch, the fourth book of THE CENTURY WAR CHRONICLES (CWC), a historical fiction series about the spiritual war for the hearts and minds of America's young people. City of Lies follows in a tradition of carefully crafted storytelling that can be enjoyed by both male and female readers of all ages, but is designed with a focus on developing and sustaining a high level of reading interest in upper elementary and middle school age boys, for whom an absence of quality historical fiction has been widely recognized.

In Above the Midas, the year is 1849 and the setting is the California Gold Rush. Mary, an ambitious sixteen-year-old, unlike her missionary parents, exchanges her Bible for a spade. Touched by gold fever, Mary makes an ill-advised alliance with conniving entrepreneurs from Midas, a nearby mining town. Rejecting both her father and the timely advice of a wise and respected Californio, she will not abandon her chosen path. Mary's escapades will threaten her father's work among the Feather River tribes, compromise her faith and family, and ultimately imperil not only her life, but the lives of her friends. But when Mary finally comes face to face with her shortcomings, evil plans beyond her control are already in motion. Trapped and alone, Mary must confront the darkness within herself. Only then will she be ready for the greatest test of her life, with the lives of others hanging in the balance.

John and Mark's DISCOVERY SERIES book Beneath the Sky of an Angry God recently received a 1st place 1998 Northern Virginia Christian Writer's Fellowship Jenny Award in the Children's/Teen Professional Level category. Their second book in the DISCOVERY SERIES, Above the Midas Touch, is based on the California gold rush of 1849 and is scheduled for publication late summer.

CWC DISCOVERY AND FREEDOM SERIES will span 200 years of American history, using historically significant locations and time periods to introduce their readers to main characters who are young people and are facing a crisis of conscience. Each book in the CWC is interdisciplinary and is designed to support Christian and home school curricula.

The authors are available for interviews or speaking engagements, and offer half-day workshops to improve writing, creativity and critical thinking skills for Christian and home school students. For more information on their books or workshops, call (703) 691-8416, visit the Reconciliation Press website at www.reconciliation.com, email us at publisher@reconciliation.com, or write Reconciliation Press, P.O. Box 3709, Fairfax, VA 22038.


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