Patreon ExclusiveMy daughter and I are going to partner to bring you a wonderful story for the holidays GETTING INTO THE SPIRT. Look for my writing and her illustrations to appear in posts soon.
WIP (Works In Progress)
Rabbit's Snow Day
Concept art by Penny Collins
Winter is full of danger. A hungry fox searching for food. Man.
However, when a young bunny has mama and papa to cuddle in a cozy hole home all is contentment. Rabbit’s Snow Day is an idyllic poem perfect to cuddle up and share on your own snow day.
Rabbit’s Snow Day is being illustrated by Penny Collins of Studio 566 http://studio566.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-works-of-studio-566.html and http://www.ragingbunnies.net/#_=_
Vitals: Children's Poem about feeling safe with family. Nonfiction component teaches about wild rabbits. Spiritual component tells of the legend of St. Francis and the rabbit and includes a poem encouraging the reader to care for creation. Will be used to raise environmental awareness.
Spirits At Night (Out This Christmas)
Cover Illustration Sylvester Osorio
Subtly spiritual and wholly magical, Spirits At Night captures the imagination and transforms the night into a time of wonder. Here is a collection of poetry perfectly suited to make the bedtime ritual a warm, loving transition into sleep. And a catalyst for treasured memories for child and caregiver to last a lifetime.
Illustrations for title poem and additional content provided by Rich Okun http://www.thesunthemoonthestarsandmaya.com/
Additional illustrations by:
Maria Antonietta Cappasso
Carrie Goad https://www.facebook.com/St.CatherinesApprentice
Sylvester Osorio http://www.pigboom.com/
Kayla S. Wilhite https://www.facebook.com/artkaylaswilhite
Vitals: Collection of children's poetry about visitations in forms natural, supernatural and fantastic termed "spirits" conveying warm feelings. Includes prayers and blessings. Will be used to promote benefits of early reading and the bedtime ritual.
Illustration by Anne Yvonne Gilbert
Set in tenth century Bohemia, Snow Bloom is an extension of John Mason Neal’s, Good King Wenceslas Christmas Carol. An old peasant gathers wood outside the castle but not for the purpose the king suspects. Meanwhile a young girl has perilously ventured out into a winter storm armed with a bit of magic and looking for a Christmas miracle.
Snow Bloom is being illustrated by award winning artist Anne Yvonne Gilbert http://yvonnegilbert.com/ who has over thirty years as an industry leading illustrator.
Unlike the above WIPs this project is being submitted to traditional publishers. Funding will be needed to promote it but I primarily mention it here for your prayers.
Vitals: Christmas book written in poetic prose about an orphan girl grieving the loss of her parents. She nearly parishes in a sever winter storm but is saved by a magic beast and Good King Wenceslas. Nonfiction components include a biography of the life and legends of the real Wenceslas, Duke Svaty Vaclav I, and a glossary of religious, mythical and historical terms. The spiritual component is woven into the telling of the story. This book poetic and beautiful is sure to be a work of art in and of itself.