Friday, April 15, 2016

A Doorway Back to Forever by Nanette O'Neal

I'm coming up for air during my blog break to share a review and spotlight for a dear friend of mine, Nanette O'Neal. She, James Duckett, and I sprint write/edit/whatever each weekday morning in the iWriteNetwork chat room. Nanette is also in my critique group, so I got to read an early version of this book. So, on with it!

Every great warrior begins by taking a stand.

Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives. Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?

When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

My Take

From the very beginning I found these two girls engaging, and I really felt for them. That time of life--twelve and thirteen--can be such a formative one as we're starting to step away from our parents and trying to find ourselves and our own view of the world. And then to find that there's more to that world than you'd had any reason to dream of?

Awesome! And scary.

This tale is very much a story of good versus evil--and trying to decide which is which. It's full of action and creative worldbuilding and standing for something, of taking risks for what you believe. Even facing your fears.

And there's nothing like having to save the world while you're at it.

The main characters are on the younger side of YA, but the story doesn't read like a kid's book. There're plenty of endearing characters, touching scenes, and breathtaking action. I'm looking forward to the next book!

About the Author

Nanette O’Neal has had a long-time passion for the idea behind the Doorway series, stemming from her faith and her love of story. Her interests have always been strong in various creative endeavors, such as music, martial arts, science fiction and fantasy. Having studied music in college, she made a career of teaching and directing various ensembles in the public and private fields for years. When she decided to tackle writing, she began an intense process of study and research in the craft, through the use of text books, online tutorials, chat and critique groups, as well as various workshops, conferences and retreats.

The Doorway series consists of seven novels about faith, courage, and the power within the human soul. She contributes regularly to an inspirational column for a religious website,, and maintains her blog, Nanette O’Neal’s Doorway, found at Feel free to subscribe to her blog posts and to like her author page, Nanette O’Neal, Author, on Facebook. She also created a Facebook Group called Friends of A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe, where people can learn more about the book, the symbolism, and the progress of the series. Nanette loves her husband and family, her faith, the mountains, aviation museums, Star Trek, and dogs.


  1. I like tales of good versus evil.
    Doorway looks like it could lead to Heaven...

  2. Thank you so much, Donna! It means the world to me to see you've featured my book. You have been such an inspiration to me as a writer and a friend. Thank you so much for all the advice, the contacts, and for believing I could do this. You are a real treasure!

  3. What an awesome cover for it. You know a book is good when you look forward to the next one

  4. That cover holds out a lot of promise and mystery! Sounds like a good read.

  5. congrats to Nanette on her book!

  6. Well, scary and amazing is a great combination for books.


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