Forgot to Mention… Additional Availability

I’ve mentioned before that The Magician’s Doll is widely available through most retailers, but I forgot to mention that, in addition, the book is also available through Scribd and Oyster. So if you have a subscription to their services, you can catch the novel through those outlets as well! If you like borrowing ebooks from your library, you can put in a special request to your library to access it through OverDrive. If you prefer paperback, you can also put in a request to your library to order the book for its shelves. Again, I’ve tried to make the book as accessible as possible as I feel it’s an enjoyable tale for kids and kids-at-heart to enjoy! And, as always, if you get a chance to read the story, please do consider leaving a review. πŸ™‚

Little Things Thursdays Mini Grocery Carts!

I’ve noticed that more and more groceries have been offering mini grocery carts like this one:


There are times when this little thing makes my day, like when I don’t want to lug a grocery basket around, or I have too much to carry but not enough to fill the large carts. I love being able to maneuver and zip through the aisles, and some of the newer ones wheel like they’re on rails! If I shop while hungry, it limits what I can load from the bakery/chips/ice cream aisles, and when I really wish I didn’t have to make a grocery run, it makes me feel like I can at least get in and out fast. I have to admit, I have some(most)times chosen where to shop based on whether these carts are available.

What can I say…sometimes it’s the little things!

And just like that, fall is here!

“The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.”

~Emily Dickinson~
Nature XXVII, Autumn.

Dogs Just Know

When I visit my folks’, I sometimes let their dog up on my bed. I usually grumble about the fact that their dog is one of those types that yips all the time, but in reality he is the sweetest dog–not a mean bone in his body–and a glutton for affection. Although I suspect he enjoys having the option to come up on the bed, he doesn’t seem to like staying there, preferring instead to climb down after a few minutes and rarely climbing back up unless I call for him (again, he’s a sweetie!).

The other day I had dozed off and fallen into a nightmare, one of those vivid ones that feels like an all-too-real movie. This one was a horror film, the kind with monsters, and in it my neighbors and I were about to be swarmed. The tension had been building, and this was not one of those dreams where you know you’re dreaming. I was completely immersed.

Just as the worst was about to happen, I heard a dog whimpering, right beside me. All of a sudden the nightmare fell away and I was floating up through layers of consciousness, breaking through the surface to find that my parents’ dog had climbed onto the bed and was trying to get my attention. The second he saw I had come out of the nightmare, he stopped whimpering, climbed down the bed and settled into his favorite spot on the floor. At first I wondered what had upset him; I checked around the house, listened for thunder (he doesn’t like thunder), but there was nothing out of place.

Maybe it’s far-fetched, but I suspect he knew I was in distress, even in a dream, and was trying to make it right for me. I don’t know if I cried out in my sleep or anything like that. I didn’t think I had, but I also think a number of dog lovers out there can attest to the fact that somehow dogs just know. They can be so attuned to the humans in their lives they can read more than we realize and surprise you with it. Whatever might have been going on with me in my sleep, I believe he sensed it and tried to shake me out.

I have to admit, I was a little grouchy at having been shaken out of my dream as I was actually curious as to whether my neighbors and I would have made it out of our tough spot. In the end, though, I’m touched by the idea that my parents’ dog might have tried to help me out of a troubling sleep.

They really are man’s best friend, aren’t they?


Boy, I’ll miss him.

“There are times my son looks at me and gives me that look in the eyes like, ‘Well, what’s it gonna be?’

‘Hey Zack, uh, hey it’s um…I don’t know. But, maybe along the way, you take my hand, tell a few jokes and have some fun.'”

~ Robin Williams

Thank you to Mother Daughter Book Reviews

I owe a big thank you to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews for hosting the Book Blast for The Magician’s Doll. I had never tried a Book Blast before and was nervous to give it a try, but Renee’s friendly professionalism really paved the way for me and made it a very non-intimidating experience!

My hope in doing the Blast was to get more exposure for The Magician’s Doll, and from that standpoint I feel it was a success. I had hardly used Twitter before, but seeing how effectively Mother Daughter Book Reviews utilized it and other social media to increase audience awareness really opened my eyes. I’m by no means an expert, but it was an invaluable lesson and, again, Renee’s experience paved the way.

So thank you to Renee, to Mother Daughter Book Reviews, and to the bloggers who posted! Special thanks as well to those who took time out of their busy schedules to read The Magician’s Doll and review it in their posts. I really feel that, as a middle grade book, The Magician’s Doll had a place and an audience with Mother Daughter Book Reviews, and given how challenging it can be to reach the middle grade market, finding Renee and Mother Daughter Book Reviews was like stumbling into a goldmine. Thank you, Renee!