The Faith of Fire

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SUMMON YOUR INNER WRITER TO EXPLORE THE STRUGGLE TO OVERCOME GRIEF AND FIND COMFORT.

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EXPLORE THE MYSTERIES OF GRIEF
AND FAITH

Faith is tested as a family is torn by a tragic fiery accident that takes Lizbeth. With the loss of wife and mother, Paul and Cara struggle to deal with their grief. Paul, a professed Agnostic, channels his grief to his company, leaving 14-year-old Cara to deal with hers alone. Nana Beth, a prayerful grandmother, believes that God has a plan to heal their hearts. When cunning Mya moves in and removes all traces of Lizbeth, Cara’s anger opens Paul’s eyes to his error. A trip to a rustic, remote cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains to rebuild their relationship begins a harrowing adventure. A forest fire, a lost dog named Rudy, the faithful vision of a search and rescue volunteer, the prayers of the faithful, and the acceptance of God bring joy back to a grieving family.

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CHAPTER ONE

The Highway Patrol Dodge Charger pulled to the curb in front of the modern prairie-style home in the quiet cul-de-sac of Menlo Park. Lieutenant Walters gazed across the manicured lawn at the sculpted yews lining the walkway to the front door, where he could see the lowering sun filtering through the home’s large glass windows.

As he made his way from the Charger up the driveway, he noticed the hybrid car parked inside the garage next to an empty spot where a second vehicle should be. Noting a dark oil stain on the concrete, Lieutenant Walters felt sad that it was ironic the stain would be there as a perpetual reminder.

He walked to the front door, took a deep breath, and thought how much he hated this part of his job. “Let me do anything other than ring this doorbell and face this family,” he thought.  It fell upon him to be the liaison for the department in cases like this.  He reached toward the doorbell and pressed.

A melodic chime played inside.  The officer waited.  A few seconds later, a young girl came around a corner into the hallway and foyer.  She became a shadow in the fading sunlight filtering through the home from behind her.  As she neared the door, she looked at him with a quizzical face as she slightly opened the door.

Cara Rose, 14, was at that awkward stage of growth.  Not a child any longer, yet not quite a woman.  She had grown to her 5’5″ height but still carried a bit of childish fullness around her face.  She had a natural glow and deep blue eyes that highlighted her strawberry blonde hair.  Today, it was falling around her face in soft waves.

“Hi, may I help you?” Cara asked as she peered up into the Lieutenant’s solemn face.

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HOW DOES THIS WORK?

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Getting started is easy.  Sign up for a free account at Next Chapters and follow the struggles of the Rose family, a novel already in progress on our writing platform.  Then write and add your next chapter to the story. 

While the plot and characters are outlined to help guide writers collaborating on this novel, you have complete creative liberty on your chapter, taking the story on whatever path you wish.  You can suggest any change to characters or the plot that fits your vision for the rest of the story.

Your work will be read and considered for approval as an official chapter of this novel; meanwhile check some other great works on our platform and craft additional chapters there too.  Or start that great story inside you waiting to be told for others to join in and write alongside you.  If you’d like help improving your writing craft on this novel or one of your own, we can help there too.

If your chapter is accepted as a part of this novel, you will share in any profits generated from publishing and selling The Faith of Fire.  

And don’t worry about rejection!  If the editors decide to go in a different path than your submitted chapter, you will have the option to continue writing a copy of The Faith of Fire using the chapters including yours to finish and complete writing your story.

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SOME OF THE CHARACTERS YOU CAN EXPLORE IN THE FAITH OF FIRE

A teenager struggling to understand her place in the world, Cara is a high school sophomore who is a good student, mostly keeping her emotions to herself and struggling to overcome feelings of isolation and grief.
CARA ROSE
High school student
Nurturing and caring, Lizabeth is a compassionate mother and friend who loves the outdoors, gardening and finding struggling individuals in search of redemption. Her death in a tragic fiery accident tests the faith of her entire family.
LIZABETH ROSE
Mother
A practical and logical decision-maker, Bryan does his job as described, but would rather not have to deal with being the bearer of tragic news and the emotional responses of those receiving it. Bryan struggles to keep his emotions out of his job.
BRYAN WALTERS
California State Police

While the plot and characters have been fleshed out for this novel, you still have full creative liberties to progress the story plot and characters however you wish in your chapter, including altering the plot or going substantially off-script.

Absolutely yes, you can kill off the main characters.

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The Faith of Fire?

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If your chapter isn’t selected to be included in this work, you will be able to take the story – using your chapter –  as a separate novel in progress, with you as the editor of this new version.  You can use all the prior chapters in your book, so you can complete the story testing the faith and overcoming grief of the Rose Family.

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