18+ The two syndicates continue to clash in their fight for control and their battles result in several casualties. The crimes of their warfare surface and draw the attention of Dennis Wilson, a NYPD Detective known for solving his cases in the first forty-eight hours. Dennis follows the trail of bodies out of curiosity. But when his curiosity causes the deaths of his loved ones Detective Dennis becomes obsessed with the case.
Published: January 11th, 2019
On New Year’s Eve 2021 the staff at St. Ann’s Hospital witness a medical miracle when a semi-conscious woman walks into the emergency room. The Jane Doe has been stabbed multiple times and as the staff struggle to keep the woman alive in the end all they can do is stand back and watch as their mysterious patient revives herself.
Glory wakes up in St. Ann’s Hospital gravely injured from an attack she cannot remember. However, her memory loss is no ordinary amnesia and she is no ordinary patient. Much to the shock of the hospital staff Glory heals at three times the rate of an average person. Soon the administration hears of her unique case and waste no time convincing the recovering Glory to be a part of an experiment to discover the origins of her power.
Once outside the comforting walls of the hospital it becomes apparent that healing is just a small portion of Glory’s capabilities. Abilities that to Glory’s distress are becoming increasingly unstable. Deciding that the hospital’s experiments are in vain, Glory embarks on her own Journey to discover the source of her power, unaware that she is a major pawn in a war between two secret organizations.
The two syndicates continue to clash in their fight for control and their battles result in several casualties. The crimes of their warfare surface and draw the attention of Dennis Wilson, a NYPD Detective known for solving his cases in the first forty-eight hours. Dennis follows the trail of bodies out of curiosity. But when his curiosity causes the deaths of his loved ones Detective Dennis becomes obsessed with the case.
In his overzealous attempts to find the murderer Dennis becomes the syndicates’ next target. Now the Detective must run for his life and the only person capable of saving him is the very person he suspects.
Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter is a hybrid of government espionage and supernatural Thriller. This novel is intended for audiences 18+ that seek an edgier outlook on Christian fiction. Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter is the first installment of the Blessed trilogy.
The Inspiration Behind Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter
In reflection Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter mirrors the depths of my own spiritual journey. A journey that grows bolder and more assured in its understanding. The main character’s experience and the progression of the novel’s tone from the first chapter to the last, is a reflection of the spiritual revolution that I see not only in my self but the world around me.
There are many reasons I wanted to write this story but I believe the crux of my motivation lies in two major concepts: representation and revelation. In the last couple of years, I have seen a shift in the Christian community away from traditional religious methods to the more significant pursuit of a relationship with God and a deeper understanding of spirituality as a whole. It is a welcomed and much overdue transition that I believe only helps us to better understand ourselves and the world.
While receiving the liberating revelation that Christianity and spirituality supersede religion played a major part in the making of Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter it was not the only inspiration. I was equally inspired by the misrepresentation of what it means to be a Christian in our mainstream entertainment. It is not unusual to see Christianity in movies, tv shows, books, and even video games. It is unusual, however, to see a positive or even an accurate portrayal of Christianity and/or Christians in said media.
With these two words, revelation and representation, always on my mind I decided to write Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter to illustrate the journey. To show Spirituality from a point of strength, not ridicule and hypocrisy. But also, I wrote the novel to entertain; all of the deeper meanings aside as a writer I always endeavor to entertain readers. It is my greatest wish that readers enjoy reading Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter.
About the author:
A.L. Bryant was born and raised in St. Petersburg FL. She became interested in writing at an early age; an interest that depending on the circumstance brought punishment (detention for passing out the latest installment of her novella during class) and praise (being chosen for a youth writers conference at the Poynter Institute.) A.L. Bryant gets her inspiration from both her mother and her Great Grandmother. Her mother recently published an inspirational children’s book under a pseudonym and her great grandmother is South Carolina’s first published African-American female author and playwright.
Until recently writing had simply been a pastime for A.L. Bryant who although she attended several writing courses, graduated with a B.A. in International Business. It was shortly after her second job as a Financial Office Manager at a Goodwill correctional facility that she realized she loved writing more than anything else. It would still be some years before she would convert the short story she wrote in college into a novel.
Besides writing, A.L. Bryant loves traveling the world. God has blessed her with the opportunity to visit a total of seven countries. She has studied abroad in Seoul and has traveled throughout Kenya; two locations she researched for her Blessed series. Her dream is to visit every country in the world.
Her latest book is the supernatural Christian thriller horror novel, Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter.