Orlando author weaves tales of resilience, survival, hope in new books
ORLANDO, Fla. — Author Kenneth R. McClelland announces the nationwide release of his two new books: “The Slave’s Diary,” which will be released in hardback this week, and “The Jade Lion,” a juvenile book that will be released later this month.
“The Slave’s Diary” is the story of a man who chronicled his life as a slave in America, going from master to master but making friends during his trials wherever he finds them and finally gaining his freedom through a minister who helps him adjust to life as a free man.
In “The Jade Lion,” when a young boy sees his mother and their friends needlessly killed, he vows revenge against the king of the Northern Province whom he blames for their deaths. To help him, an ancient legend has promised the boy two wishes, and he may need them after he meets a beautiful girl who’s on a mission of her own. A journey leads the two of them to enter a competition in the courtyard of the king’s castle at Shadow Lake. “The Jade Lion” is the story of bitterness, love, regret and hope — all tied together with twists and turns that readers won’t see coming until they’re already there.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
McClelland is a devoted husband, father, grandfather and a Christian. The author, who is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, has written several children’s books, writing across a broad spectrum of genres. He has also been receiving awards for his poetry, which have been featured in books and literary magazines. McClelland is currently working for the United States government. He is based in Orlando, Florida.