“Midsummer’s Eve Magic,” Chōka-like

Artwork credit: Kerfe Roig

Kerfe shared a breathtaking piece of art she created for our Tanka Tuesday challenge this week. I saw so much magic in this piece. The Summer Solstice is right around the corner! Can you feel it?

A note about the chōka form. The nine-line chōka (5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7) should be unrhymed… but for whatever reason, the muse demanded words that rhyme. I suspect faery intervention as the good neighbors love to rhyme. That’s why I called it “chōka-like,” or inspired by the chōka syllabic form.

Midsummer’s Eve Magic

on midsummer's eve,
below June's moon glowing bright
gather up fern seeds 
for special sight—this magic 
summons all creatures 
don the cloak of unseen light
hunt buried treasure 
beware of faery spite
run when magic birds take flight

© 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Fairies, Myths, & Magic: A Summer Celebration

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice. Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all. Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer, Book One” BY AUTHOR, Paul Andruss, @Paul_JHBooks

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Fairies took his brother…

When Jack sees a sinister woman kidnap his bother Dan, he knows his parents will never believe him. Nor will the police. Not when he says Dan vanished into thin air. If Jack wants to see Dan again, he has to save him. And not just him …

If he ever wants to find Dan, first he must save Thomas the Rhymer from a wicked enemy.

Bravely embarking on a rollercoaster adventure into the dark fairy realm, Jack and friends face monstrous griffins and brooding tapestries with a life of their own, learn to use magic mirrors and travel on ley lines that whip them off faster than sound

Even if he returns Thomas the Rhymer to his selfish fairy queen, she might make Jack her prisoner. With the odds stacked against him, can Jack succeed in finding and freeing Dan?

Or will he lose his brother forever?


The trilogy’s written, so I’ve reread “Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer,” to reconnect with the characters. Stay tuned, because I’ll be reviewing the other two books soon. Now, forget everything you thought you knew about faeries!

This fantastic story delves into one of my favorite subjects, faeries! Not only was it geared toward the YA genre, but it also included a fair amount of historical facts to make the story shine. Those historic details make this book unforgettable.

When Jack’s older brother Dan disappears before his very eyes, he’s stunned by the mysterious circumstances of his departure. That Jack witnessed the strange abduction and doesn’t tell his parents only adds to his troubles. Jack’s mother is suffering from a chronic illness and his greatest hope is that the situation will rectify itself, and Dan will come home on his own.

One night, Jack receives a cell phone call from Dan, and when he answers, there’s no one on the line. He tries to tell his parents and the police the truth about what happened, but every time he opens his mouth to speak, his throat closes up and he’s unable to utter a single word. Faery glamours? Could be!

In the meantime, Jack notices a dirty tramp hanging around his house who only speaks in rhyme. It becomes apparent that no one can see the tramp but Jack and his friends, so he enlists them to help him solve the mystery behind his brother’s disappearance.

Jack, Ken, and Catherine become entangled in the magical kingdom of the faeries. They learn about traveling by ley lines on faery roads. They also experience firsthand the deterioration of the faery kingdom. At one point, Catherine disappears into a living faery tapestry. Soon, the truth about the land of faery is revealed to the kids. Believe me, there’s plenty of magic and suspense to keep you reading long into the night! At least, I did!

Let me just say that this is one of the most imaginative books I have ever read about the good neighbors. There are some special scenes involving one of the faery queen’s and the female character, Catherine, that captured my imagination! The author’s attention to detail and the world-building in faeryland is worth drawing your attention to. Andruss writes as if he has first-hand knowledge of how to deal with faery royalty!

Jack’s friends are reminiscent of the characters in the Harry Potter series, and I had no problem connecting with their personalities. The plot is brilliant, although I had a hard time separating fact from fiction. That’s what I call good writing!

You will find this book on Amazon.com and soon to be listed (along with the sequels) with the independent Scottish publisher, Black Wolf Books. You will find a delightful musical rendering of characters and places from the book HERE. I’ve included my favorite for your reading pleasure below featuring the mysterious Elphame Wood.

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“Elphame Wood—speaks for itself, really. The dissonant chords and drum-beats are interrupted by fanfares to remind you that you are in Queen Sylvie’s kingdom. In the first chapter, Sylvie calls Jack ‘Frere Jacques’ and her rhyme has the same syllable scheme as the song. I used an incomplete, minor-key version of Frere Jacques as a recurring bass theme to add to the sinister mood.”

 Music  for Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer, by Patrick Hartnett

I think children and adults of all ages will enjoy this magical tale. Do you love magic and all things faery? Then have a read, because this book will keep you entertained for hours.


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About the Author

Paul Andruss was born and raised in Liverpool. The city’s legendary Scouse wit and dogged stoicism left its mark. Keen to get out into the world, Paul dropped out of college at 17. A year later he was taking exams at Night School, while working in the local Tax Office. On the grounds that anything was better than work, he applied to study Psychology at Liverpool University. Considering his grades (just plumb lazy) no one was more surprised than he when they accepted his application.

After graduation, Paul worked near the romantic Lake District, so beloved of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. No, not Harry’s mum, Peter Rabbit, and Jemima Puddle-duck’s. He worked in Manchester and London before moving to Bodrum in Turkey. 

To finance a passion for exploring the heartland of the Ancient Greek Empire, Paul wrote short travel articles focusing on the history and myths of ruined cities and temples. He began illustrating the pieces, using Photoshop to remove power lines and the odd Esso sign from his photographs of ancient sites.

Returning to the U.K. to focus on writing and illustration, he settled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Paul is the author of the Young Adult magical realism trilogy, the Jack Hughes Books, and the forthcoming (very adult) Finn Mac Cool – a gritty, raunchy mythological saga. He has also written a number of short stories and novellas. All scheduled for release with exciting new, independent Scottish publisher, Black Wolf Books.

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Listen to music the novel inspired: jackhughesbooks.com/music

How to Connect with the Author

BLOG: paulandruss.com

TWITTER: @Paul_JHBooks

Paul Andruss, Buy: Amazon UK And: Amazon US 

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COLLEEN’S 2019 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Mystical Fairies” BY AUTHOR, Judy Mastrangelo, @JMastrangeloArt

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Mystical Fairies describes the Fairy World, showing the fantastic Beings who inspire and uplift mankind. These beautiful creatures are depicted through lovely vivid, and detailed paintings.

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One look at this book cover and I knew I had to read “Mystical Fairies.” It didn’t take me long to realize that the images created by Judy Mastrangelo would enthrall every young girl (or not so young girl).

The book was total eye candy!

But wait! It gets better. Behind the cover, I found pure magic. Poetry, prose, artwork, and delightful fairies. The colors and details captivated me. I imagined buying the book and framing the images, so their beauty could inspire me every day.

I love children’s books. Every time I read one, I remember back to when my kids and grandkids were little. They hung on each word I read and studied the pictures until they fell asleep. I can’t think of a better gift than a book for a developing young mind.

Step into the world of magical fairies. You’ll never want to leave! I received a pdf copy of this book from the author. After I read the book, I had to share it!


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About the Author:

Judy Mastrangelo and “Mystical Fairies”

Most of my life I’ve been drawing and painting in all genres, from Realism, to Impressionism and Abstractionism. I paint a wide variety of subjects, but various forms of Fantasy have always been the closest to my heart. This includes my Fairy Tales, Myths, and New Age Art.

All of Nature is alive to me, and I try to show this in my paintings. I love the Greek and Roman Myths in which they personify Spirits of Nature, and so I enjoy painting Deities of Trees, Water, Earth, Air, Gods and Goddesses, etc.

I have always been inspired by great Artists throughout history, and regard them as my teachers. Some of my favorites are those of the Italian Renaissance, the Pre- Raphealites (I like John W. Waterhouse the most), and the Hudson River School of Landscape Painters. Maxfield Parrish is my favorite illustrator, and I feel that Sir Joseph Noel Paton is one of the greatest Fairy Artists. In my small way, I also enjoy continuing in the tradition of Beatrix Potter with her little animal people, and Cicely M. Barker with her lovely Flower Fairies.

I live happily with my Soul Mate and Husband Michael, a true Renaissance Man, who is a great inspiration to me. We live in a timeless Land of old-fashioned houses and gardens on the edge of a Mystic Woods, with trees that Arthur Rackham would have loved to paint.

I’ve taught Art, Modern Dance and Classical Ballet, and Drama to adults and children. I also created a Community Theater Group, presenting classical literature, including Fairy Tales and Shakespeare, on stage. At this time I have decided not to teach anymore and to devote myself solely to my Art Work. I always have been fascinated with the gracefulness of dancers, and often ask them to be models for my paintings.

My Art has been licensed in many fields, such as for prints and posters, wall coverings, puzzles, calendars, greeting cards, and embroidery kits, etc. I’ve illustrated several children’s books, including “Antique Fairy Tales”, “The Sandman and Other Sleepy Time Rhymes”, “Tales of Shakespeare”, and “Pollyanna”. I both wrote and illustrated my book “What Do Bunnies Do All Day?”, published by Ideals. Currently, I am writing and illustrating several new books on Fairies, Elves, Angels, etc.

I daydream about my paintings for a while before putting them on canvas. This preliminary technique of “Mind Painting” helps me to develop an imaginative Work of Art.

How to Connect with the Author:

To learn more about Judy’s books, art, and products, you can visit:

Blog www.judymastrangelo.com

Twitter @JMastrangeloArt

Facebook Author Page at Judy Mastrangelo: https://www.facebook.com/judy.mastrangelo.9

Amazon Author Page USA: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KI3S1Y

Amazon Author Page UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B001KI3S1Y?


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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Tales from the Irish Garden,” by Author, Sally Cronin

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Title: Tales from the Irish Garden

Amazon Author Page: Sally Cronin

Illustrated by: Donata Zawadzka

Publication Date: September 24, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Fantasy



“The queen of Magia and her court have fled their sun-filled Spanish homeland and the palace beneath the magnolia tree.

Arriving on the backs of geese and swans, they seek sanctuary in the magic garden of The Storyteller who welcomes them to the Emerald Island, a place where rain is almost a daily feature.

Grateful for their safe haven and the generosity of their host, the queen, and her courtiers embrace their new surroundings with delight.

As the seasons change throughout the year, they come into contact with many of the human and animal inhabitants of the garden and the surrounding forest, all of whom have a story to tell.

This is a magical fairy story infused with fantasy and romance, as well as opportunities for mischief in the company of goblins, witches and Lerpersians.”




Step into the enchanting fantasy world of Sally Cronin’s Irish garden where beneath the roots of her Magnolia tree resides a magical kingdom filled with fairies, witches, goblins, and leprechauns protected by the wisdom of the magical Storyteller.

This book is part of a continuing saga called “Tales from the Garden,” which originated in the author’s Spanish garden. However, I feel that this book stood alone quite well on its own, as there was a chapter dedicated to catching the reader up with past fairy events.

The story is told in sections denoting each of the four seasons. Each segment of the story shares the lives of magical creatures who with help from the Storyteller and the inhabitants of the fairy kingdom manage to overcome insurmountable odds.

In its way, this book is a triumphant celebration to acceptance and getting along with others who are different from you. It also reinforces the creed that you should love your neighbor as thyself. These are fabulous themes to teach children and as gentle reminders for the rest of us who are enjoying our second childhood.

I spent a blissful three nights reading about Queen Filigree and her magical kingdom beneath the Magnolia tree. The ending was sweet and fulfilling, filled with new dreams and possibilities.

In addition, the reader will find exquisite drawings by the artist, Donata Zawadzka, to make this lovely book complete.

As the resident Fairy Whisperer in our blogging community, I can only say this book gratified my continuing belief in the fairies and all things magical.

I received a copy of this book from the author as a gift. ❤

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Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, Sally Cronin

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics, and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another ten books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course, come back for more.

REVIEWS are so very important for an author and I am very grateful for the feedback that my books receive. If you have purchased or been gifted one of my books I would love to hear what you think about it. I do have some areas that you can help me with so that I can develop as a writer and it is in this post:


As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

And for more information on my books listed here at Amazon please visit


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Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/


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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Reunion, Book 3 of the Ragworts Chronicles,” by Author, Belinda Miller

  • Title: The Ragworts Chronicles – The Reunion
  • Amazon Author Page: Belinda Miller
  • Print Length:  126 Pages
  • Publisher: Winterfrost Publishing
  • Publication Date: November 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099786267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997862676
  • Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Formats: Paperback Note: Not eligible for Amazon Prime.
  • Genres: Children’s literature, Children’s fantasy (ages 6 – 10)

*I was given an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes in exchange for an honest review which follows.*


The Reunion, the final book of The Ragwort Chronicles, is the conclusion of the story, The Ragworts of Brokenfell, and the beginning of a new adventure for the Ragworts of Twistedoak! Is Rilefor a wizard or an alchemist? You decide.

Join the eldest Ragwort brother, Rilefor, as he travels to Bandersnatch Swamp to find the one magic ingredient for an elixir to help the gnomes of Twistedoak reverse the curse of the dreaded Red Witch. Join Rilefor Ragwort as he and his faithful helpers, the tree-imps, and the owl, SilverSnow, outsmart goblins and mold-trolls as they attempt to find the missing piece of the puzzle to make the magic potion work.

Meet Lucia, the Light Fairy, and read her heart-breaking tale about Lora, Witch of the Dark Forest. Fantastical creatures to love and loathe, bring this exciting trilogy to its end – and to the beginning of “Phillip’s Quest.”

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The Reunion is the final book in the Ragwort Chronicles and introduces the reader to a new adventure called the Ragworts of Twistedoak. It is a delightful tale featuring Rilefor Ragwort, a gentle gnome who spends most of the cold winter looking for animals he can help. Be it with food or tending the animals caught in storms, Rilefor is the medicine man or healer of the woods. Rilefor’s mother, Nonna, taught him her healing ways when he was but a child-gnome. One valuable lesson was to never eat the Red Witch’s spotted mushrooms.

The gnome lives at the edge of the Dark Forest which is protected by the fairies, sprites, and the tree goddess, Laurelea. Part of his duties required him to be the caretaker of these woods which caused some to call him the Wizard of the Woods. For years, Rilefor grew and studied mushrooms trying to figure out how the Red Witch had enchanted the spotted fungi. His research would soon pay off.

The adventure begins during Rilefor’s favorite time of the year – Spring. When a ruffle of butterflies appears with the Queen of the Butterflies, Farfal, in tow; she asks Rilefor to find a way to destroy the red mushrooms. The Red Witch and her hoards have overrun Twistedoak with the poisonous red mushrooms.

The gnomes need Rilefor’s help if they are to survive a war with the Red Witch. It’s up to Rilefor to develop a potion, but that requires a trip to Bandersnatch Swamp to find the missing ingredients. Rilefor is tested even though his magic is strong. If he survives the battle between good and evil, it will be a miracle!

I loved this story. I know it’s geared toward younger readers, but it was a fantastic step back in time where I could embrace my love of fairies, gnomes, and magic like I did as a child. I was in reading heaven!

The illustrations are excellent, and I can only imagine a child’s joy at seeing the characters come to life before their eyes. This series would be a unique gift for that special child or the grandchildren in your life. Most importantly, the stories aren’t written just for girls. The author added the right amount of farts and burps to delight all children which will have them dissolved into laughter in seconds.

If you are looking for an unforgettable gift for the upcoming holiday season, this would be on my list. I loved and enjoyed this story so much that I’ve added it to my ME TIME category for children’s literature. I guess Grandma’s know what they like. ❤

Here is a brief description and link to the first two books in the series. Enjoy!

The Ragwort Chronicles Book I: The Beginning

“Meet Poppa Ragwort!  A Master Carpenter in the Village of Brokenfell, not far from Twistedoak. He loved to puff on his pipe while sitting in his favorite spot, the hand of an ancient warrior dwarf statue and carving toys for the children or observing the hustle and bustle of the village below. This is the first of three books about the Ragwort family of gnomes who befriended Phillip and Ivy Tuber, on their way to the Farmer’s Market in Phillip’s Quest, Book I: Winterfrost.

The Ragwort Chronicles Book II: Along The Way

 2016 Finalist in the Next Generation Book Awards for Children’s Picture Book, ages 6-10 and Overall Book Design and Layout

“There was a line of pines that bordered the stream but were far back enough to provide cover for the watching eyes. This time, they were not the eyes of the friendly little tree imp. Three dark shadows were slinking behind the trees and following Roscoe. Although they were just shadows, they had luminous yellow eyes, like cat’s eyes, glowing in the dark.”


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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Author, Belinda Miller

About the Author

Although a native New Yorker, author Belinda Miller, now makes her home with her husband and two cats, in Manassas, Virginia. A Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Literature and the Language Arts fueled her love for writing and literature, especially children’s literature.

Belinda taught developmental reading in the late 1970s, in an economically and culturally diverse school district in Leavenworth, Kansas. The district had few books suitable for that demographic, so she wrote and adapted the curriculum based on the literature she loved.

After leaving Kansas, Miller entered the corporate world. She retired in 1998, due to a debilitating fall which affected the progression of her FSH Muscular Dystrophy. In 2013, while recuperating from a broken back, Mrs. Miller started writing the Phillip’s Quest series, inspired by the illustrations of Dean Kuhta, and his desire to put his drawings into words.

With the help and constant support of her husband Gary, the love of her family, friends, and the drawings of her talented illustrators, Belinda has rekindled her love of writing and children’s literature. She has also developed a children’s jewelry line based on Phillip’s Quest and the Ragwort series.

To enjoy samples of her books, a short-story, and crafts for kids, please visit her website at http://www.theworldofwinterfrost.com and https://m.facebook.com/WinterfrostCastle/

How to Connect with the Author

website: https://belindamiller.me/  Winterfrost Publishing

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The Elf Killer – Part IV: A New Discovery

Mel’s Midweek Writing Prompt for this week is: Option 1: Sentence Starter –

I live in a society without rules, without boundaries; it is a dark and desolate place.

Click here to learn more about this creative writing challenge. Believe me, it is addictive! I love it. These are my stream of consciousness stories. I write them as they come into my mind with the prompt from the challenge. In addition, I have been posting my contributions to ReadWave. Check it out. It is another great site to display your writing talent.


Rawmall slowly rolled over on the hard-packed earthen floor of the burned out elven hut. His head throbbed and felt like brilliant flashes of lightning were slicing into his brain. The acrid smell of smoke lingered in the hut as well as another unsavory aroma, of which he could not remember the source.

Gently, so as to not disturb his pounding head, he shifted his weight to his hands and knees. He balanced himself for a moment. Once the hammering in his brain subsided, he rose to his feet. Rawmall noticed that darkness had descended on the burned out elven community of Morr. He staggered towards the grey ashy remains of a fire where a cauldron was perched, still warm. The stench was overpowering and suddenly he remembered the events of the day.

The slaughtered body of the blue-haired elf, the human head of the elf killer boiling in the cauldron, and Nedra the Witch, all flooded his memory with the force of an assault from an enemy. There had to be at least fifty occupants of the elven community that were bewitched by Nedra somewhere in the Timmoral Forest waiting to be found. For a moment, Rawmall found himself temporarily blinded as the jaded fragments of his memory came together.

“I live in a society without rules, without boundaries; it is a dark and desolate place,” he thought to himself. Damn, that witch, Nedra! She had been pursuing him for the last couple of years now. Rawmall knew her game. She was a soul-eater. Every time she devoured her prey, she gained their strength. Men, women, elves, trolls, even half-breeds like himself, had fallen to her womanly wiles. Nedra was a seductive enchantress who always got her way. How he had escaped this time and why, he did not know.

A cupboard near the overturned table produced a loaf of stale bread and a gourd filled with water. Not the best meal, thought Rawmall, but better than nothing. Crouching in the shadows he ate his dinner slowly. In the silence he heard a slight rustling sound behind him.

Rawmall stopped eating and quietly set his dinner on the floor. Stealthily he crept toward the far corner of the burned-out hut. A dark shape moved softly toward the fire with little creeping motions. Its appearance was distorted and covered with some type of dark cloth. Suddenly, two brilliant blue eyes peered out from beneath the dark material.

It was a grundolyn female. She was small, only about two and a half feet tall, with pale skin and dark hair. Grundolyns work for the elves in exchange for a place to live. They have been the servants to the elves since the beginning of time. Many grundolyns live with the same family for generations. How this one came to survive Nedra’s bewitching was a mystery to Rawmall.

“It’s alright little one,” said Rawmall to the grundolyn. “You’re safe with me.”

The grundolyn stared at Rawmall and shivered, pulling the dark cloth around her shoulders. She spied the bread and water gourd on the floor and ran towards them. She grabbed the gourd and drank deeply. Water leaked out of her tiny mouth and dripped down her chin.

Rawmall sat back on his haunches watching the grundolyn with a puzzled look on his face. “How did you end up here, and not bewitched like the elves and the rest of the grundolyns,” he patiently asked her.

She shook her head and started to eat the bread, tearing it into shreds she could fit inside her small mouth. Rawmall repeated the question to the grundolyn, this time raising his voice. The grundolyn still did not respond. What the devil kind of black magic is this, thought Rawmall.

The grundolyn looked at Rawmall and covered her ears with her hands. Then she placed her hands over her mouth. She repeated this a second time. Rawmall edged closer towards the fire and pointed at his lips and then pointed to the grundolyn, motioning for her to look at him. “Can you hear me?” he asked her.

She shook her head trying to tell him “no.” She opened her mouth and pointed inside, nothing came out. It was then Rawmall realized that the grundolyn was deaf and dumb. She could not hear Nedra’s curse so it had no effect on her!

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Thanks for reading my continuing saga of the elves in Timmoral Forest.