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The Magic Pond“The Magic Pond”
by Hélene Schweiger

“There is a silver lining to every cloud.” That is the motto of author Hélene Schweiger, who presents us with a tale about courage, adventure and the magic of friendship, geared towards both children and adults. As we all go through difficult experiences and changes in our lives, the message in this story helps us see the strength we have in ourselves to become who we truly are.

The author loves nature and sees beauty everywhere. She uses storytelling on a daily basis as a perfect way to convey messages to children and adults, helping children become the wonderful adults they have the potential to be. Purchase at

The Black Alabaster Box: The Last Crystal Trilogy, Book 1“The Black Alabaster Box: The Last Crystal Trilogy, Book 1″
by Frances Schoonmaker

A historical fantasy for middle-grade/young adult readers and anyone who loves an adventure. A Broadway musical director and avid lifelong reader says, “If you love the fantasy of ‘Harry Potter,’ the time travel of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and the history of ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ this is for you.” It spans 100 years and two world wars, starting on the Santa Fe Trail in 1856 and ending on the famous Santa Fe Chief train in 1944.

The children haven’t heard of the “Last Crystal” or its life-giving water until they are drawn into a magical quest to save it, facing life-threatening challenges along the way. Purchase at

Jojo's Kitties and Critters Coloring Book“Jojo’s Kitties and Critters Coloring Book”
by E. Joelle Wade

This coloring book features hand-chosen photos from around the world, and provides images of family pets and their wild-animals friends. Simple and adorable, it’s a perfect beginners’ coloring experience to peacefully pass the time with fun expressions and imagination through cute and unique animals.

The author has been a working artist since 2012 and has been featured in two galleries and many personal collections for her pyrography work. This is her first public coloring book and second published children’s book. Her passions are art, travel, her loved ones and spending time with her indoor cats. She currently is an instructor of pyrography at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, VA. Purchase at

Shadow of the Spider“Shadow of the Spider”
by E. Burgess

Jamie and Jeremiah are ordinary teenagers going about their business when a strange vortex appears and transports them to the land of Eleusia in another dimension. They are stunned to learn they were actually born there and were hidden on Earth for their own protection. What’s more, Jamie and Jeremiah are part of a set of triplets, and the third triplet has been living in Eleusia all this time.

They must quickly adapt to a world where magic exists and fairytale and mythical creatures such as wizards, elves, dwarves, dragons, and Greek and Roman gods and goddesses exist. The triplets must save Eleusia from a goddess’ curse that will bring evil and darkness to the land … and they have only 20 days. Purchase at

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