Bee Helpful by J.W. Edwards III #authorpost


For Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers! (ages 4 – 8)

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Not Everyone Walks With You On Your Journey! !
By J.W. Edwards

Often when we start a new quest, venture, or journey, we can’t wait to blaze a new trail and invite our family, friends, and the world to come along with us. Sooner or later we find out that not everyone wants to be apart of our journey. What can we learn from Sunny in Bee Helpful when he discovers almost no one supports his quest to help his friend?

Can you remember a time when you had an idea, dream, or project that was very important to you? The sort of thing that caused a tidal wave of excitement to rush through your entire nervous system? This level of enthusiasm is hard to keep inside and nearly impossible to ignore. For many reaching this point, it certainly marks the beginning of a new quest. One of the first things we might do is reach out to some people and share our vision or quest with them only to end up with a basket full of heartbreaking experiences when they don’t share our enthusiasm, say it will
not work, disagree, ridicule us and/or our idea, refuse to support us, or even ignore us! This can be downright disheartening, hurtful, and devastating.

This sort of response is often all it takes to destroy a fragile dream that aspires to one day become real. Just about everyone who has shared their idea with enough people have experienced this…it even happened to Sunny in my Bee Helpful story too! This is one of many lessons I’ve included in the story for children and parents because lack of support can leave us
feeling hurt, angry, frustrated, resentful, and isolated.

So what can we do about it? What did Sunny do? One of the lessons is about accepting:

“Not Everyone Walks With You On Your Journey…”

What does this mean? It means that it’s not meant for everyone to be apart of what you are doing, or at least not right now. Our journey is first and foremost for us to walk and sometimes we must walk it alone. This doesn’t mean that everyone is against us or hope that we will fail in our quest. Often it’s just that many people are busy with their own journeys. Some of them are even fighting spectacular fire breathing dragons and are unable to come and help you fight yours.

There are lots of reasons why they can’t be there with us. Whatever the reasons are, we will be better off to honor them and accept that not everyone can go with us on our quest. After feeling frustration and despair, Sunny Bee eventually accepted this so he could continue his journey.

The second part of the lesson is:

“Always Keep Moving Forward”

Despite walking alone sometimes or not receiving the level of support we had hope to get from the people in our lives or that of the world, we must remember to always keep moving forward. It’s ok to take a break and rest for a little while to regroup as Sunny did in the story.

It is very easy to get caught up thinking about who’s not there or didn’t do this or that. These discouraging thoughts can cause us to be in the wrong emotional state to succeed. Instead, we must concentrate our vital energy on our passion and each step of our journey, which is really about doing what we love. Remember each day to take a step or two and realize that it is all about the journey, not the destination. If you can’t enjoy now, you will not enjoy later either.

“Remember each day to take a step or two and realize that it is all about the journey, not the destination.”

Also it helps a lot to be grateful for those who do support you, even if it is just your dog at first. If you walk far enough, eventually you will be surprised at who comes along and who you will meet along the way.

Lastly, be there to support someone else on their quest, too. Your attention, time, support or whatever you can give, means more to them than you’ll probably ever know.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced support or lack of support for your ideas or quest? How did you feel about it? What did you do about it?

About the author:

DSC_0107J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time.

J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014. Learn more about this series at

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The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

TheLabyrinthWallbannerThe-Labyrinth-Wall-CoverAraina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

The Labyrinth Wall is the story of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free.

Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free?

Young Adult Fantasy Novel. Hit #2 on the Amazon Best Seller list in its category the day after release and hit #26 on the Top 100 Amazon Free Best Seller List.

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My review: Going into this book I really didn’t know what to expect. I had a little bit of back story but I came in without knowing much and I must admit I was surprised. The book thrusts you into a world without any knowledge of whats going on and you’re forced to figure out what the world is like through the main characters eyes, a stubborn teenage girl. This was executed brilliantly through very detailed explanations of the world which allowed me to really visualize the world like I was seeing it through my eyes which I thought was really cool. There was pain, suffering, and loss throughout the whole book. There was also growth as well. You get to watch a person who doesn’t trust the world and moves through every day struggling to being thrown into situation that turns that life completely upside down and their journey to get to something better.

I liked this book because it allowed me to really become apart of this world. We learned only what the main character learned and made me feel very involved and very excited to see what will happen later in the series because of the massive cliffhanger it left, which I always have a love/hate relationship with. It keeps me very interested but it keeps me itching to know whats going on. This book I feel is for those who like being involved in the book and paying complete attention to a book. It creates a new world which I love. I would recommend this book to mainly young adults and up because there are some very graphic moments in the book and I would give 4 stars. I can’t wait for the rest of the series 🙂

Meet the Author:

EmilyannLab2Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University in 2011. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology’s Musings and She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida.

Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn’t a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.

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