Young Readers and Reading

Credit to Allie
Young Readers

I was graciously allowed to post this wonderful picture of someone who I hope learns to enjoy reading as we all do. I assume you do if you are reading this blog. Cause I’m an author and I write things. I love this photo and not just because it has my first novel propped in it.

I adore this photo, not because it has my first novel appearing in it, but because it immediately reminds me of how much I loved instilling the love of reading into my own children. Every night when they were little was story night read by me. The would press up on either side of me in the King size bed and stare wide-eyed at the pictures or words.

Each night was either a published story, or one pulled from my own imaginings. My own story was The Magic Forest; a land I made up for my kids where they would squeal with joy when I put them into the story and gave them adventures. This was a land with buttercups filled with whatever you wanted to drink. A Queen of the Bees who flew them around to see the flower fields. A non-stop talking bubbling brook running with soda pop. And a village of Teddy Bears who thought James and Katherine were the best kids ever.

Stories are memorable and stay with you – well the good ones do.

Please read to your children. They’ll love you all the more for it. Here are links to reinforce the concept:

Here are links to reinforce the concept:

Night, night and don’t let the bed bugs bite…


P.S. To the person who sent me the picture and to the mother of the beautiful girl featured here: what a beautiful little girl/granddaughter you have! You know who you are! You have my most sincere thanks for sharing.

New Look to the Website

donaldalliumHey, everyone. Beautiful weather outside as Spring is finally coming to Canada’s Nation Capital. If you don’t know where that is: look it up. That’s your growth and learning assignment for the day!

In celebration of rebirth and the emergence of life in all forms, I have revamped the website. Bask in its simplicity! Revel in the austere lines and beautiful colour coordination!

Also, I have opened the website up for members and reallowed comments without the need for my manual approval. Please note: I reserve the right to remove anything I find offensive. PG rating is what I want to maintain! I am praying my spam filter works this time!

Lastly, if you have read all the way down to here you will be pleased to know that Duilleog will go on sale in advance of Craobh being released on May 31, 2016. It will be a special low, low price. And, look for advanced sales opportunities for Craobh! When you pre-order, you’ll be sure to get your hands on it the moment it’s released. Craobh will be with my editor very shortly. It’s so exciting!