ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- From multi-awarded author Elaine Stienon comes three books about the early Mormon events. The Light of the Morning takes a new look at the earliest days of the Church, in narrative form. In Clouds of Fire, a 2008 Best Book Awards Finalist by USA Book News, readers will witness how love, violence, and death on the American frontier play a part in this story of the early Mormons and their search for peace and freedom from persecution. And The Way to the Shining City is a historical view of the early Mormons.
In The Light of the Morning, readers will discover a fascinating and beautiful heritage as they walk with Joseph Smith. They get to follow Nathaniel, as he helps Hannah get safely to Missouri, where her fiance Dan is building a cabin for them in the story In Clouds of Fire.
The author invites everyone to walk on The Way to the Shining City in this historical view of the early Mormons which might help people become informed, especially since one of the leading political contenders is of the Mormon faith. The basic theme is the struggle these people had in order to survive, let alone build a religion that is now known throughout the world.
About the Author
Elaine Burr Stienon grew up in and around Detroit, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in English and American literature. In her senior year, she won a Hopwood award (a prize in creative writing) for a collection of short stories. From her father, a physician, and her mother, a botanist, she acquired a lively interest in the natural world and a compassion for all living things. Nature, wild creatures, and concern for the environment play an important part in her writing.
She has worked seriously as a writer most of her life. Her first published story appeared in a nationally distributed magazine, Literary Cavalcade, when she was 16. Her fiction has been published in literary magazines such as Phoenix, South, Ball State University's Forum, Cimarron Review, The Writers' Journal, and the Bear River Review.
Her novels include Lightning in the Fog and Utah Spring, published by Herald House of Independence, Missouri. Historical novels about early Mormon events are The Light of the Morning, published by Ensign Publishing House, In Clouds of Fire, and The Way to the Shining City, the last two published in collaboration with AuthorHouse.
Most recently, she won the 2011 Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by The Potomac Review. Her winning entry, "Skipping School", will appear in the spring 2012 issue of The Potomac Review.
She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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