Foothills of the Gods excerpt

Eleven-year-old Hattie is on vacation. But rather than splash in the water, she’s trapped inside as storm-tossed waves pummel sand and wind bashes shutters. As if that’s not enough, she’s also stuck babysitting for her new stepsister Dacey. Bored to the brink of tears, upset over Dacey and her monstrous cat invading her life, Hattie prods her stepsister into action, and the two girls embark on a treasure hunt, hoping to find something – anything – to keep their minds off the miserable weather.

Join Hattie and Dacey as they encounter fairy tale characters, struggle through a maze filled with intrigue and danger, and attempt to save their new friends from the evil that threatens their realm – and in the process, find treasure unlike anything either girl could imagine.

Excerpt from The Invisible Realm
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Priscilla is a word collector. She collects all sorts of words. The problem is, although Priscilla collects lots of words, all she does is write them in large notebooks.


She never, ever shares her words.


And because of this, she never, ever makes friends. She wants to make friends, but she doesn’t know how.

She needs help.  But who can help her?


Read Priscilla’s adventure with word collecting to find out how she solves her problem, and, in the process, discovers how to use the words she has collected.

Spinning Words into Golden Tales

Brash and impatient, sixteen-year-old Blaas Rakendo believes he has all the answers, or at least knows where to find them, even in a locked file at Council headquarters or a room hidden behind a temple nave.

Armed with a collection of his grandfather’s journals and notes and a handful of relics, Rake struggles to steer clear of interference from what he considers an attack on his independence by those in authority as he solves the puzzle of his inheritance.

But powers beyond his understanding---or control—soon draw him deep into a labyrinth of political intrigue and dark secrets, and all thoughts of a summer spent digging for clues dissolve, especially when the Council Leader threatens detention, people disappear, and two students are found dead by uncertain means.

Determined to escape the Leader’s scrutiny, Rake must join forces—willingly or not—with a special team to safeguard cryptic artifacts and unravel the long-buried scandal they represent.

Haunted by visions of his grandfather, messages from the Ancients, and waking dreams of unknown ancestors, Rake strives to uncover the identity of the fanatic behind the wave of terror gripping his world. But even if he succeeds, will anyone on the Council believe him? And what about the Leader? What would she do with the information?

For logophiles ages 6 and up:

Join Priscilla and friends and solve puzzles, complete worksheets, answer writing prompts, and write sentences. Develop your own word lists, and create and illustrate your own stories. Then, like Priscilla, share your words and stories with others.


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For kids age 4 and up:

Add to your word-collecting and sharing fun with coloring and puzzle activities based on Priscilla’s debut adventure, The Word Collector.

Praise for The Invisible Realm:
5.0 out of 5 stars: Great imagination
August 12, 2019
This was an easy and interesting read. The two sisters explore a new world and need to help each other to get back home safely. Their relationship deepens and improves. I would recommend this to young readers, who like imaginative worlds with challenges to conquer. (LV2R)
5.0 out of 5 stars: Easy Read
April 10, 2019

This book was a good, easy read. Excellent for students who like simple mysteries. This book is easy to follow, a good plot and interesting characters that match real-life personalities in today's world. (Lisa Toms)

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Praise for The Word Collector:

I liked how it was a story going along with it as it teaches you new words. And for kids that don't understand friendship it teaches them that too! 
(Levi, age 9)

The author is first and foremost an excellent story teller. I loved the story line about the power of words and the illustrations are wonderful. The soft voice the author uses to pronounce the words is very soothing to the ears. Priscilla is the cutest ostrich I have ever seen, especially when she sticks her head in the sand! I just love her! I highly recommend this book - your children will learn and fall madly in love with Priscilla! (MaryAnn Touchette)

Perfect companion for grammar lessons! Strengthens the concept of parts of speech while teaching life lessons about sharing and making friends. My grandson loved the story, as well as the gorgeous illustrations throughout - Priscilla is so adorable! This would be a wonderful tool for traditional teachers or home-school teachers to reinforce nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs lessons!  (Caroline Reichard, author Between Shadow's Ears)

As a homeschooling mom, I found  The Word Collector to be the best combination of a sweet story and an effective learning tool. My son and daughter loved following Priscilla's journey to build friendships and use her words. This is a beautiful picture book that aids in learning verbs, nouns, adverbs, and adjectives. Great for a child's nightstand or a teacher's bookshelf! Do yourself a favor and grab one for the kiddos and the teachers in your life.  (Donna Marie Tyree)