My book, The Lioness of Brumley Hall, is being carried in the Florence Griswold Museum gift shop during the Wee Faerie Village exhibition. The museum is located in Old Lyme, Ct for those of you who live nearby. I took the Wee Faerie Village tour last Saturday. Sweet miniature faerie story settings (from Harry Potter to Cinderella) located throughout the beautiful grounds. Many of the kids dress up as you can see. Fun innocent times still exist! If you live near the area, go see this sweet exhibition and give your little ones, kids and grandkids, a wonderful time.
“A colorful cast of characters illuminates every page…fantasy in the C.S. Lewis tradition…” Beloit Magazine
Enjoy my new family oriented action fantasy adventure about a magically gifted family pushing the limits of their powers to battle against dark magical forces with surprising results – all in the service of protecting the Faerie Queen and her daughter of the faerie realm of Urwelt. My first book in this middle grade (8 to 12 years) visionary fiction book series, The Lioness of Brumley Hall and Her Most Unusual Grandchildren, introduces you to the world of Brumley Hall and the Lioness (grandmother matriarch) who oversees the magic, mystery and mayhem. Grandparents will also find the book an entertaining read, especially to share with a favorite grandchild (yes, I know, every grandchild is your favorite). Gran’s eldest ten year-old granddaughter, Azalea, will keep you “in the know” as she knows everything there is to know about Brumley Hall, except what will happen next! Join in on the rollicking misadventures at Brumley Hall. Order your print or Kindle book here.
Tyntesfield House is a fine Victorian Gothic Revival country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertilizer. Spiraling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and thick mullion windows complete the whole Gothic look, giving the house the feel of a mysterious, faerie tale mansion. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond. The rolling Somerset hills in the distance create an atmospheric backdrop at any time of the year.
Although Brumley Hall is a combination of many British stately homes and my own imagination, this “faerie tale” mansion perfectly captures the spacious elegant old-world feel of Brumley Hall. Magic mingles with daily life and one can almost hear the grandchildren noisily going about their day, classes in literature, math and science, followed by music and art lessons along with breaks for elevenses and tea. Supper is served at the Spike and Crown where Mr. Armstrong reigns supreme behind the pub’s bar (serving the grans only non-alcoholic beverages, of course). Mr. Harrington and Mrs. Ainsley, with occasional help from dust faeries, keep the Hall running smoothly, while Gran deals with all sorts of wacky and vexing interruptions. Queen Victoria roams the upper hallways and big cats pace nervously about the great hall’s domed ceiling ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. All one big happy magickal (and somewhat chaotic) family living in this country manor house hotel.