Monday, August 2, 2021

My Newest Book! Puppies and Portals!

I am so excited to announce that Puppies and Portals, my newest book, has just been published! And right now, the EBOOK is only 99¢! The PRINT version, for anyone interested, is 12.95. It is a middle grade time travel adventure that kids and adults who like stories about time travel with plenty of action and danger will enjoy!
After one nerve-wracking time travel escapade with her friends, Amy Yellow Horse is happy to be doing something normal. Like babysitting Leah Walquist, Jax and Ani’s little sister. But when a girl shows up at the Walquists’ house with technology that can only be from the future, Amy realizes her day isn’t going to be normal after all! Thank goodness her friend Will Taylor shows up when he does. But even together, can Amy and Will figure out how to help their new friend get back to her own time? And what should they do when the girl’s mischievous puppy plunges them all (including little Leah!) into another harrowing journey through time? And please take a look at a Sample Chapter from Puppies and Portals HERE!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis is a delightful story that highlights the beginnings of all the comings and goings between Narnia and Earth, in particular how the wardrobe in Professor Kirk's house became a magical portal to begin with. In the story, young Diggory Kirk and Polly Plummer make friends and decide to go exploring in the shared crawl space above the attic rooms in the houses where they live. (They live in a long row of houses, and the crawl space evidently goes all the way from one end to the other.) Trying to get into the abandoned house for some exploration that is just beyond Diggory's
house, they make a mistake and end up in the attic room of his house. By bad luck, Diggory's mad uncle is there, and tricks Polly into picking up a magical ring that transports her to some other dimension. This of course, forces Diggory to go after her to rescue her. (His uncle is not decent enough to go after her himself.) And this begins the two friends' adventures wherein they meet the evil queen Jadis, and the noble lion Aslan. And will Aslan be willing to help Diggory find something in Aslan's new and growing world of Narnia that will cure Diggory's terminally ill mother? Read the book and find out! The Magician's Nephew was first written in 1954.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

The first book of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling will always be one of my favorite works of fiction. (Trailing not far behind The Hobbit.) In it, young Harry Potter, orphaned as a baby and living with his dispicable aunt, uncle, and cousin, discovers with the help of a bumbling but lovable and strangly tall and hairy fellow name Hagrid, that he, Harry, is a wizard! Not only that, but he has been accepted to
Hogwarts, the school for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the U.K. (It's American counterpart, incidentally, is Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located in Massachusetts.) But all is not rosy and easy for Harry. He discovers as he begins his studies at Hogwarts, that the evil wizard Voldemort who tried to kill Harry as a baby, is still out there, somewhere biding his time. What will Harry do if he is confronted by Voldemort and Headmaster Dumbledore isn't there to protect Harry? After all, Harry is only 11! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first published in 1995.

Early Man, Movie directed by Nick Park

Early Man directed by Nick Park is a fun family movie about a group of cavepeople who come up against a technologically advanced culture that has mastered bronze. The advanced group led by an entertainly wicked leader, takes the valley the cavepeople had been living in, forcing them out into the less hospitable land. One
of the young cave people sneaks in, and discovers that the bronze using people enjoy football (soccer, not American football) and decides that since they can't fight to get their valley back with brute strength (bronze weapons would beat stone weapons any day) he decides that he wants to play a game of soccer against the bronze using culture's professional team. The leader of the bronze culture is happy to accept, because he thinks that the cave people don't have a chance at winning. But do they? Early Man is a super cute movie that is appropriate for all ages, and is perfect for fans of Wallace and Gromit or Shawn the Sheep. Early Man was copyrighted in 2018. View a trailer of Early Man HERE.