2017-February’s Spotlight

Friends

Thumbnail_Friends_AlduraJaelyn, a city born and raised Healer, is assigned to a post in the ‘back of beyond’. With her twentieth natal-day approaching, Jaelyn is feeling lonely because Fenwood Valley is a close-knit community, and they don’t readily welcome strangers, especially not a young, inexperienced female. On her trudge home after helping deliver a baby, Jaelyn discovers unexpected friends when she is kidnapped.

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia Tidbit: This story is another which sprang from a writing prompt: “Someone important goes missing.” I had recently finished reading a story about a very powerful mage who seemed a complete air-head most of the time–until she (and yes it was a female mage) needed to act. I really enjoyed that character. I figured out the “missing person” but also wanted to include a character who appeared scatterbrained but wasn’t,  and I wanted a story about one of the simple pleasures and biggest treasures of life: Friendship.

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2016-January’s Spotlight

Thumbnail_OTT_AlduraOn Treason’s Trail

Guardian Mage Glason Telmar disguises himself as a pauper to track a band of ruthless killers. During his investigation, he uncovers a sinister, deeply laid plot threatening all of the followers of the Twin Gods. Glason must face the menace alone, but will his magic and Guardian training prove sufficient to pass this ultimate test?

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia Tidbit:  The character Glason Telmar was created to be the “wise, older person” to go along with Clovis (in a story that is still steeping on a back-burner on the story-stove). Glason had other ideas about being a foil or minor character to his nephew. I certainly was NOT going to say no to an insistent Guardian Mage, so Glason  became the MC in his own tale. 

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Story of the Quilt Bears:

teddy_bearGo back … go all the way back to the 1950s:  In the 1950s Mom & Dad built a new house. During the building process our family lived in the detached 2-car garage–all except Great Aunt Ollie.  Because of her age, Aunt Ollie stayed with Mother’s brother and his wife.

When the new house was far enough along to live in the basement, Aunt Ollie came back to the farm. She brought with her two new quilts.

The quilts were a pale pink on one side and a pale blue on the other. Aunt Ollie was ever practical and created quilts which could be used for either a girl’s room or a boy’s room.

Skip forward to the late 1970s/early 1980s: Whenever we would visit “Grandma & Grandpa”, Mother would always pull out one of those two quilts, fold it and put it on the floor for my son to sleep/play on.

Skip forward to 2015/2016: When my husband fractured his shoulder and was ordered to sleep in a chair until it healed, one of those quilts is what he chose to use for his cover.

And now in 2017, in the tradition of the ‘Giving Tree’ and the ‘Velveteen Rabbit’, one of those quilts (faded almost white, with a few holes in it, loved/used off and on for over 60 years) will continue its life as two bears (one pictured above): collecting love/memories from yet another generation.

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