While on a walk during a warm foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. We were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it had been carved into my memory, something I will never forget.
The road I took on my morning walk
I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I thought it might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not so.
Instead, I saw a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her miniature body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air. I stood there transfixed by the vision. I realized then, I was witnessing a miracle. I had been given the gift of fairy vision.
The spot where I saw the swamp fairy
The petite winged-being stared at me with eyes as green as the leaves she was hiding in. I felt something akin to a spiritual encounter. An overwhelming feeling of peace and love surrounded me and held me within its grasp. In an instant, she was gone. She vanished into the fog that swirled around me.
I shook my head and continued my walk. My feet felt lighter that day. I knew something had changed. The swamp fairy had ignited my imagination. I knew what this fairy encounter meant. I had been granted the ability to become a fairy whisperer.
I started to write stories about the swamp fairies. The stories (and blog posts) came in quick succession. Next, the dreams started. I began to channel the stories of the fairy nymphs that had inspired me that day long ago. I watched as the actual swamp that I walked past each day was being crowded out by the building of new homes. Slowly, a story began to form in my mind.
Fairy Swamp is located behind the development site in Pensacola, Florida
By fall of 2015, we moved to Colorado. The dreams continued and grew stronger. The stories changed. The fairy nymphs wanted me to tell their stories. And, that is exactly what I have done.
As I continue to work on the edits of my first YA series, The Heart Stone Chronicles, Book One – The Swamp Fairy, I wanted to share the book cover with you. By the way, if it were not for the editing expertise of Melissa Barker-Simpson, this story would not be as eloquently presented. Mel has my gratitude for life.
The book cover is an exceptional piece of art. My dear friend, Wendy Anne Darling, an author, and graphic artist has drawn and designed the cover art. She was able to incorporate one of my actual photos of the swamp into the cover.
Here is a synopsis of the story:
Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative.
Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that has belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.
Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.
But with that power comes a greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.
As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.
Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
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Thank you for being part of my book cover reveal. So many of you have guided me, taught me, and supported me throughout this process. Thank you, all. I can’t wait to share my published book with you all. It’s coming soon!