Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tirissa was a normal ten year old who lived with a family that she loved. Well, normal in that she was ten and did chores and . . . talked to trees and saw a giant bird.
When her family and village are put under a spell, for some unexplicable reason Tirissa is not affected. With the help of a herbwoman, a troll, and a chatterbox, Tirissa searches out the way to break the spell. She presses on to save her family and discovers her inner strength in doing so.
A wonderfully written coming of age story, Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor, the author Willow tells us a tale of a young girl who faces and overcomes hardships of all kinds to save her family. She discovers her strengths, her past, and in the end she is no longer a child but a young woman. Full of fantasy, adventure and danger with fantastical characters who are written well enough to walk off the page, this book would make a welcome addition to any preteen's library. If you are an adult who enjoys reading coming of age stories that are well written you should add this to your library as well.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Many of you who know me know that Iam my husband's caregiver. I also write novels about women who overcome adversity. Sometimes the adversity gets the better of us in real life. Two years ago,Ken suffered another stroke on top of his other 6. It was more than I could handle at the time. I retreated into my little corner, stopped writing and blogging. I hid. Understand my husband did not die. I just hid from everything but his care. In August I crept out of my cave. I started writing again. I did not restart my internet presence though. I was fully intending to. Then on the 26 my husband had a massive heartattack and was not expected to live. He is my energiser bunny. He is not only alive but getting well enough to go home soon. Instead of playing ostrich again I have instead decided to follow the lead of my heroines - pick up the pieces and charge forward. So to honor my ever going hubby I am. (1) writing this on my blackberry from the hospital. So if there are any glaring error please ignore them. I have never done this kind of thing before. (2) I have entered NANOWRIMO 2009.I will keep a running talley of my word count here and other places. (3) I will be reviewing, interviewing and having as a guest blogger Willow, the author of Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor this month. And (4) I will be posting a book by half-chapters (1/2 chapter per day)here and everywhere else I have a internet touch. I don't fight dragons, vampires or save planetary systems. But I can get back to working and associating with all of you. So if you have the inclination, stop by and say hi.