A Quite Extraordinary Umbrella (Book II of the Trinity Tales of Tresia)
Before the beginning of Time, was the eternal Three in One. From the empty expanse of space They spoke into existence the Realms of Tresia; a home, but no family. So They created children and gave them gifts.
Brie has waited and hoped for a remarkable twelfth birthday gift from her neighbors. What they give her isn’t even close. It’s a horrible ugly black second-hand umbrella! Now she may never go on three magical journeys and discover the secrets of Tresia.
Then Dave shows up. He’s too polite and way over-dressed. After her party, Brie’s expected to entertain “Goody-Two-Shoes” Dave all by herself.
When she drops her ordinary gift down a dark shaft, her beloved Samoyed dog, Tara, leads Brie and Dave into a hidden cavern where everything changes, including her umbrella. This is her chance! They discover three powerful gems, two princesses, and a mystical swinging bridge. But Brie and her companions risk losing everything when they face the Great Dragon Rasha, evil Agent Khadol, and the dangerous Shadowshifter.
Brie must learn to trust her friends, her gifts, and the Three in One. But will she make everyone so mad they give up on her? Will she be forgiven, allowed to enter the Kingdom Beyond Time, and have her gifts restored? Or will someone else end up with everything that was supposed to be hers?
Praise for Book II
“Where most authors choose to inform, McPhail entertains and educates the reader. She captures the essence of excitement and intrigue and skillfully crafts a work that readers of any age would enjoy. Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the read of your life!” —Barri Cae Seif, Ph.D., Author, The Name: Hashem; Theologian; President, Massay Yahdav, The Works of His Hands, Inc., www.massayyahdav.org
“The extraordinary adventure continues as J.A. McPhail brings the world of Tresia to life once again with her vivid descriptions and flowing literary style. Tales of magical stones, plain ol’ umbrellas, talking winged beasts, transforming scepters and powerful new friends imaginatively teach readers of all ages scriptural principles to live by. I can’t wait to find what tales await us next in the land of Tresia.” —Rev. Randall Miller, Pastor Cherokee Bible Church, West District Director, Rhema Ministerial Association International
“J. A. McPhail inspires practical life lessons, like experiencing consequences for poor choices, and everlasting spiritual lessons, such as the benefits of having a personal Kingdom Corner to worship, study and pray. Human and animal characters represent good and evil, and the eternal impact we have on each other’s lives. As a former elementary school teacher, and home school mom, I can imagine my students being swept away in the action and dialogue as they become part of the story, while at the same time gaining Godly insights.” —Jill Harrison, Director of Operations, TY Ink Promotions
“As a reader of fantasy and high fantasy for most of my life, the author has again shown her talent in weaving a fantastical story based on divine themes. I highly recommend to all ages McPhail’s latest work, A Quite Extraordinary Umbrella.” —Timothy Baskin, Founder and President, Baskin Capital Wealth Advisors
“Young people and adults alike will love Book II in J.A. McPhail’s Trinity Tales of Tresia series.” —Delight Van Horn, newspaper columnist, Author, Henry the Huge Red-Tailed Hawk
“No matter your age, it will leave you wondering about your own gifts and use of them.” —Barbara Jolly-Deakle, business owner, newspaper columnist, and freelance writer
“I found myself holding my breath as the story’s climax approached. The following questions occurred to me. Can they escape the forces of evil? Will Tara, the little Samoyed, survive? Will they receive help from the winged creatures in the ‘Garden of Life’? I saw ingenuity, metaphorical and spiritual insight as the driving forces… —Sylvia Payne, Editor, Journal of Tar Heel Tellers
About the Author
J.A. McPhail is a published author and a member of the Morganton Writers’ Group, North Carolina Storytelling Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Jeannie’s first book was published in 2012. Dawn of Day is a middle-grade historical fiction novel about the Free State battle and the Underground Railroad in Kansas. Her second book, published at the end of 2013, is a memoir about her daughter, Stacie, titled, I Will Not Fear: A Chosen Life.
Trinity Tales of Tresia: A Most Remarkable Hat is McPhail’s third published book, an upper middle-grade inspirational fantasy and the first volume in her Trinity Tales of Tresia trilogy, released in December, 2015. The third book in the series is in the works!
Jeannie’s job experience includes serving as a managing editor for a women’s newspaper, editor and photographer for a real estate magazine, music teacher, and public library director. Over the past 25 years, she has written hundreds of articles for various newsletters and newspapers, including several years writing for the Morganton News Herald’s “Burke County Notebook” column.
Jeannie is a native of Kansas, where she married her high school sweetheart, Dennis McPhail. Dennis is a high school counselor, choral director, and coach. They sang in the Messengers Quartet of Silver Lake, KS, for over 23 years. In 2002, they moved to NC and joined their daughter, Stacie, singing together for nine years as a family trio called The Macs.
J. A. McPhail interviewed by Georgia Ruth Writes.
Visit the author’s website: www.jamcphail.com