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Book Summary:

Christmas Eve on the Christmas Unit


This suspenseful, touching, quirky little tale of Christmas is a fast-moving, frequently shocking, account of a children’s crisis hospital on one Christmas Eve. This one night of the year has a mysterious power, from millennia of pre-Christian harvest festivals and ancestor worship, when ghosts walked and admonished us to love our neighbor and give to those who suffer most in a time of plenty. Adopted by Christianity, but celebrated by all, this is a time embraced by family, to feel safe and loved, especially for children and teenagers.

The children’s crisis unit and its staff provide a safety net for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and teens. This little novella is a modern look at these issues, at some children’s harsh reality, directly confronting the age-old question of “ if God is good, why are bad things allowed to happen”, on a night when the whole world seems warm and fuzzy, except for some unlucky children and teens, who need the Children’s Unit and staff, and the healing power of Christmas .

About the Author:

The author has first-hand experience with all of the issues in this unusual little Christmas story, including Constitutional Law and efforts to stem the tide of abuse of children and teenagers. The author has been a therapist for children and adolescents in a crisis hospital setting for many years, spending many Christmas Eves there, treating and supporting children, teens and their families, and helping the healing power of Christmas work its magic.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend.

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November is here, and for some of you, that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has officially begun with its 50,000 words looming on the horizon.

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Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga) by B.A. Vonsik

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Author B.A. Vonsik is taking his latest book Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga), on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow B.A. to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for B.A.’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, B.A. was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga).

OP: Tell us a little bit about Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga). What is it about?

B.A.: A Science Fantasy tale revealing mankind’s origins and the creation of the Four Horsemen of humanity’s final judgment. Experienced through the eyes and mind of Nikki, a paleo-archeologist graduate student, whose life is turned upside down during a field expedition and is now on the run with an enigmatic group of companions fleeing and seeking refuge from the relentless and deadly forces of humanity and their guiding masters known from our shrouded deep past, answering the question…”What if all our myths and legends are true?”

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

B.A.: Curious about the similarities between our many myths and legends, I embarked on a three decades long study of our mythological tales, ancient characters and creatures of legends, and our many religions. I discovered the similarities were indeed real, building a common story of mankind’s origins rich in interactions with our mythological gods as living alien beings…also being known to us as the fallen angels…the Watchers of the Bible and Qur’an. I wanted to provide to the curious an integrated story of our conceivable past and origins in what has become known as Ancient Alien Theory in a story told through a unique perspective filled with thought-provoking characters and creatures and events discovering the meaning and purpose of our mortal lives and the nature of our human souls.

OP: How did you get your book published?

B.A.: Self-published through my company Celestial Fury Publishing. The complete story will be told through the main storyline of the published books of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga, with supplementary tales published through an in-development role-playing game. Planned are releases of the story in different formats to reach fans of all ilk’s. Formats planned include: Audio books, graphics novels, and the role-playing game both pen-and-paper and then as a computer game series.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

B.A.: Cross-genre Science Fiction and Fantasy…Science Fantasy fans, Epic Fantasy fans, fans enjoying epic adventures with realistic characters and scientifically accurate settings, fans desiring dystopian settings with a cyberpunk theme, young adult fans, and Christian Fantasy fans.

OP: What is special about your book?

B.A.: A very interesting story with characters you will love and those you will love to hate that will end in the Book of Revelations. Books #1 (Paths of Anguish) and #2 (Light of Honor) have already won 16 awards and honors between them.

Paths of Anguish

  • Young Adult Book of the Year, 2014/2015 Reader Views Literary Awards
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, Readers Favorite 2016 Book Awards
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
  • Distinguished Favorite, Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 NYC Big Book Award
  • Winner, Science Fantasy, National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Winter 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Light of Honor

  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 Reader Views Literary Awards
  • Finalist, Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 CIPA EVVY Award
  • Merit, Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 CIPA EVVY Award
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
  • Finalist, E-Book Fiction Book of the Year, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Finalist, Science Fiction, 2016 Best Book Award
  • Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
  • Fantasy Best Books, NABE Summer 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards
  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2018 New York City Big Book Award
  • Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2018 New York City Big Book Award

Early reviews of Rise of Serpents are even stronger than those received by Paths of Anguish and Light of Honor. Things are looking good for more awards and honors blessing the Primeval Origins Epic Saga. Each book is written to allow readers to enjoy the book and become new fans without the need to read the previous books. Difficult to do, but successful so far.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

B.A.: I know of no other books…or stories integrating all our major myths and legends spanning 65 million years, our religious stories and accounts, all the disciplines of the sciences, engineering and emerging technologies of the 21st century, and our contemporary human history into one tale of mystery in a Science Fantasy “What if…” setting, exploring the our morality and existence.

OP: Have you published any other books?

B.A.: Three books of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga…

  • Paths of Anguish
  • Light of Honor
  • Rise of Serpents

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

B.A.: Book #4 of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga is in the works, as is the master rule book for the role-playing game. Please visit the Primeval Origins website at for more information on all of the above, the encyclopedia and lexicon, the happenings and research blog, and the research source reference material. For the curious, you will be able to spend months, even years going through all the available material…or you can just enjoy the compelling multiple award-winning story filled with terrible tyrannies, deadly dinosaurs, brutal beasts, ancient gods, and heroic hearts of our undiscovered history and the telling of our End Times.

OP: Thanks for your time, B.A.! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!


Multiple award-winning B.A. Vonsik graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served as an USAF Special Operations aviator. Currently, B.A. Vonsik works in the training and simulation industry by day while at night and all other times detailing the world of Primeval Origins with new discoveries and research in ancient mythologies, creation myths, religions, sciences and technologies. Starting with a curiosity about why many of our mythologic pantheons seemed very similar, B.A. created the Primeval Origins story based on more than 25 years of research integrating our mythologies, ancient alien theory, history, the sciences, and with the stories of the Bible, Qur’an, and Hindu religions. B.A. Vonsik lives with his extraordinary wife in Florida.

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