I am very pleased to announce the publication of The Wizard and the Wood. This book is a sequel to Fairies and Fireflies, taking place in the wood just north of the Wide Wild Field.
As a special gift to people who purchase and review this book on Amazon, if you send me a link to your review, I’ll send you a special, unpublished story, The 13th Fairy. Email me at [email protected]
Deep in the Wood, near a small city in southeastern Michigan, is a nature conservancy. There is a small education center and a gift shop that looks out at a bird feeder area with a pond. You can watch the birds and the fish in an indoor aquarium for hours. There are also walking paths, with interesting signs identifying plants and animals along the trail. Overlooking the children’s garden, a bronze statue stands of a little girl who died too young. And, if you come at just the right time of day and at the right season, you might hear wild Gypsy music faintly on the breeze.
There is also a secret, and the secret is this. In addition to protecting trees, birds and animals, it is also a safe, protected place for magical creatures such as elves, fairies, and dragons. To the outside world, it’s known as a nature conservancy. To the folk who live there, it’s the Wide Wild Wood.
On Thursday, from 5 to 9pm, I’ll be at Michigan Wares in downtown Tecumseh, MI, talking about my books. Other Michigan artists will be there too, as part of the Downtown Divas and Dusk event. It sounds like it’ll be a great time.
Michigan Wares is at 116 S. Evans Street, in Tecumseh, MI 49286. For more information, you can call them at (517) 423-3735.
And don’t forget, I’ll be doing a reading and talking about fairy tales on April 4 at the Northfield Public Library 11-1.
I hope to see some of you there.
Please see the Events page for a list of all the appearances I have scheduled for 2015. I am also available3 for school or library visits. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information.
From Solstice (Dec 21) to Christmas (December 25), my Season of Light book, Child of Promise, will be free in the kindle version.
The paper version is currently $6.00, but will go up to $8.00 on January 1, 2015.
This book will make a great Christmas gift, and reading it aloud to your children during the Season of Light can become a great new family tradition.
Are you looking for an interesting or unusual Christmas gift? If so, I’d like to recommend Child of Promise or Bridge of Seven Stones.
Child of Promise is a different look at a Christmas or Solstice story. It’s sweet without being preachy or saccharine. One reviewer said of it “This elegant story treats the essence of the Season of Light in a spiritually uplifting, secular manner that will appeal to readers of all faiths.One reviewer said, on Amazon, “This is the best children’s story I have read in years. Timeless and dreamlike, the story reminded me of classic fairy-tales and fables – the type of story you’d read to a child at bedtime. The message at the end is positive and uplifting. I highly recommend it to parents.”
While Bridge of Seven Stones is about losing baby teeth, it’s also about transitions of any sort. It acknowledges the losses of transitions while celebrating the new things to come. Whether you’re 5 or 55, Bridge of Seven Stones can help you celebrate life’s changes.
Know anyone who has lost or is losing a tooth? Bridge of Seven Stones is my family’s take on the tooth fairy story.
A child leaves the safety of the Garden of the Morning and begins exploring the Gardens of Growing Up.
The Bridge of Seven Stones is a story about losing teeth, and growing up. An alternative to the Tooth Fairy story, it recognizes the losses of familiar ways and things, and shows how each new stage leads to new and wonderful discoveries.
This book was designed not only to be read, at least not aloud as a bedtime story, although it could be. It was designed to give parents an idea, an alternative to the tooth-fairy story, a way to celebrate the loss of a baby tooth and to prepare the child for the transitions that come with growing up. This story can be acted out, to help a child proclaim:
“I’m not a baby anymore.”
I had a small Christmas Bazaar at the local Masonic Hall a week or so ago. One of the helper girls, maybe 13 or 15 (it’s hard for me to tell now that my own kids are grown up) kept coming back and looking at Fairies and Fireflies, and finally bought it. Everytime I saw her that she wasn’t working, she was reading it. Finally, just before closing, she came back with more money to buy Dragons and Dreams. I told her I was really glad she was enjoying my books. She said “I never read” and went skipping happily off with her new books. When I offered to sign them for her, she just glowed.
What was even nicer was when her mother found me the following Saturday at another small bazaar in the same town, and purchased my other books for her daughter.
It’s for reasons like that that I do even the small festivals and bazaars. That kind of feedback is gold. If I hadn’t sold anything else (and, given the size of the bazaar, we did pretty well – better than I anticipated), the whole day would have been worth it just for that one girl.
I’ll be at the Brighton Public Library December 7 from 2-4, possibly doing a reading.
I’ll also have a new book there, Bridge of Seven Stones. It’s my family’s take on the Tooth Fairy story, with some odd twists.
As soon as I have a 2015 schedule set (maybe mid-December), I’ll post it.
Have happy holidays!
The Snarls has always stood out, not only because it’s the only book printed with color pictures inside, but because the cover didn’t match my other covers. The inestimable Todd Hamilton has created his version of the Snarls cover, but made it so that it matches the other covers of my book.
Some people felt the old cover was too scary. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether this is an improvement on that front.
The Clinton Fall Festival last weekend was great fun – we met a few other authors, both aspiring and already published, and had some great conversations with fellow artists and vendors. It was tiring, and the only thing that made it possible was Son and Friends coming down to help us set up on Thursday and tear down again on Sunday. It was exhausting, but we look forward to doing it again next year. We added a lot of people to our mailing list (I hope to get all the email addresses entered this week), and introduced a lot of people to our stories.
For me the best part happened Sunday. First, the people next door to us (who do some amazing woodwork), having heard our spiel all weekend, came over and bought a copy of one of our collections. Then, some people who had bought Dragons and Dreams on Saturday came back to buy Fairies and Fireflies, after having read some of the D&D stories. That was very gratifying.
I’m *hoping* to have our next book, Bridge of 7 Stones (otherwise known as the Tooth Troll story) out by November or December. It’ll be a great book for parents of children who are beginning to lose their baby teeth.