Oonagh flew to join me in our "official" United States book launch of Alinda of the Loch (Sleeping Beauty's Daughter) held in the manor house on the property of La Casa de Maria in Montecito, California on Sunday, December 14th, 2009. It was a wonderful event. Here are some photos from the day...
Faith Fairy went to the Westside Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club to sign and hand out copies of "Alinda of the Loch" to all the little ones and the staff!
Today, an opportunity to share the beauty of Alinda's story unfolded as I walked down State Street in my beloved Santa Barbara, California. After seeing three former students and listening how each of their current personal and professional lives are developing, I followed my daughter and her new husband into a bookstore. After browsing those hallow selves, I decided to ask one of the young associates working in a section of the store that sold fantasy books, if he thought they might be interested in the book my fellow teacher (who lives across the pond) and I had written. He was fascinated by the story and said he thought it deserved to be "pitched" to his manager.
After meeting with his manager, the following offer was given. As long as the book could be evaluated and judged as a "good read" and would not be under either a "vanity press or “print on demand," (which it is not as we also have begun our own publishing entity) they would offer us the chance to both sell it and promote it. If Oonagh and I wished, we could also do a reading and signing promotion.
It will be approximately three weeks until the audio book and printed book will be available for sale, gifts, or promotion (it take quite a while to build a life, a family, an education, and a book) in their "perfected" form. The new publishing website "Across the Pond" is being designed as we speak...When we dream...we think...When we put the magic ingredient in our work which is "love," our product will be beyond the ordinary...and beyond our own imagination or expectations.
It has been a lovely day for our book! The ISBN number has been assigned and approval for its copyright is pending. Creating this book which is both beautiful in its content and tone has been truly self-actualizing! From the process of its creation, I have begun to understand why God made us...Our Lord and Father (whether or not we choose to accept, acknowledge, or love him, these are His loving names) is indeed the ultimate writer and reader. We are His stories. We begin within His creator imagination. To Him each of us is a living mystery novel or short story. Even though He knows the ending I believe he has decided to not look ahead to know our ending. He wants to be surprised and delighted in how much we have chosen to learn and love during our earthly sojourn. He hopes that that we will have a "happy ending." This happy ending would be to fly into His arms upon our homecoming while feeling His "unconditional love,understanding and healing" of our now transparent raw souls.
The journey of this blog is to share the adventures of the new Scottish fairy tale written by two teachers about the story of Sleeping Beauty's daughter.
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