New YA Novel from Ebony Aiken Illustrates Power of Faith

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Essence Harris Finds Strength in Jesus Christ in ‘A Ray of Hope.’

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“I want readers to know that no matter your age, life will give everyone challenging times,” Aiken says, “but it is how you cope with different situations that makes your character.”

Author Ebony Aiken makes her literary debut with the publication of her new young adult novel, “A Ray of Hope” (published by Archway Publishing).

When 15-year-old Essence Imani Harris’ parents are deployed to Afghanistan, her whole life is uprooted. She and her siblings must move from San Antonio to Mississippi to live with their aunt and uncle. Acting brave though she’s unsure of her new home, Essence – CeCe to her friends – puts on a brave face for her siblings and draws close to her aunt.

The household, however, is stressful. Cece’s aunt desperately wants a child, though she may be infertile. CeCe holds tight to her faith in Jesus Christ to see her family through, but when death and loss strike the family, CeCe must find the strength within herself to pull her family together and move on from the hurt and pain.

Aiken wrote the first draft of “A Ray of Hope” when she was 15, which gives the book its unique voice. She hopes to offer both entertainment and comfort to those young adults going through trials similar to CeCe’s.

“I want readers to know that no matter your age, life will give everyone challenging times,” Aiken says, “but it is how you cope with different situations that makes your character.”

“A Ray of Hope”
By Ebony Aiken
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781480814608
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781480814622
E-Book | 230 pages | ISBN 9781480814615
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ebony Aiken is a senior at St. Mary’s Hall school in Texas where she is a cheerleader and studies drama and speech. She plans to attend college and major in writing and mass communications. Her long-term career plans include storytelling and writing novels. Readers can connect with Aiken at http://www.ebonyaiken.blogspot.com.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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