The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy ON SALE now!

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Experience the magic and learn about the power of the calcite fairy stone!

 Blurb:

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 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 greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swampland.

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?

The most recent review:

“A beautifully told tale about an orphaned teen, Abigale Forester, who is uprooted from her home in Illinois after her mother’s death and her father’s disappearance. She is sent to live with her Aunt Magnolia in Florida where she is given a plot of land owned by her mother. This land is more than just a swamp.

Abigale realizes the value of this plot of land when she experiences its magic. It is inhabited by fairies and plants that have magical healing properties. She soon realizes through some ethereal visits from some of these fairies on the land that her role is to protect the swamp and all its creatures and plants from harm.

When Abigale and her aunt receive threats to their lives if they do not sell the land, Abby turns to friends for support. Abby’s mother gifted to her a magical necklace made from the calcite stone in the swamp to give her strength to do what she needs to do in her role as protector.

The author has created a lovely tale of the magic and mystery of fairies. This is an enjoyable read not only for middle-graders, preteens, and young adult girls but also for adults like me. I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating tale and look forward to more in this series. This talented author enables the reader to see the fairies as real creatures who are benevolent and only want to help mankind.”

Would you like to own your own calcite fairy stone pendant?

My dear friend, Irene Skov-Hansen, from IreneDesign2011, created and designed two amazing styles of calcite fairy pendants just like the one that Abby Forester wears in The Heart Stone Chronicles. The pendant, along with the book makes the perfect gift for that special girl in your life.

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Guest author post with Colleen Chesebro, The Swamp Fairy

I had the best time visiting Debby Gies on her blog. Please stop by and check it out. ❤

My guest author today with a new book is Colleen Chesebro, The Swamp Fairy Book 1 of the Heart Stone Chronicles.

Source: Guest author post with Colleen Chesebro, The Swamp Fairy

Fairies and Fairy Orbs

“In the Beauty of the World lies the ultimate redemption of our mortality. When we shall become at one with nature in a sense profounder even than the poetic imaginings of most of us, we shall understand what now we fail to discern.” – FIONA MACLEOD.

Do you believe in fairies, or have you ever seen one?

I am convinced that ever since my encounter with a swamp fairy in Florida (you can read about that here) my fairy vision has increased. I have heard it said that once you see a fairy, your belief in them intensifies, and now, I can say I concur.

I see fairies, or maybe I should say I feel and hear them through my heart, and not always with my eyes. It is a feeling – belonging to a sacred and ancient energy or psychic vibration. I consider this ability to be a gift from nature itself. It is through my dreams I feel their presence the most. The fae responds to those of us who can feel the vibrations of nature.

Yesterday, I bought a solar powered fairy for my garden. I set the small statue in the sun to charge up the battery. I waited until it was dark and placed the statue on my pub table. Once I turned on the switch the fairy globe sparkled with an iridescent intensity. I stood, mesmerized by the beauty of the lights as they flashed on the ceiling. I decided to take a small video to share with my granddaughter.

You can imagine my surprise when a fairy orb appeared as I was filming. In the video, you will see a tiny green dot that hovers over the fairy and then disappears, only to reappear again at the end. I am not kidding you when I tell you that the fairies are always near to me. My life and writing have been enriched by their presence.

The fairy orbs I see are usually green in color. I figure the orbs are fairy auras. I see them because I have unlocked my heart to the presence of magic. My senses and telepathy are at work here. Depending on how open you are to the possibilities of seeing fairies, you will see them if you open your heart. Here is a fantastic article about fairy circles or orbs and digital photography.

Many folks believe the orbs are spirits of deceased relatives. I would never discount that phenomenon. We must consider that just because the scientific community hasn’t proven the experience, doesn’t mean the experience is not real. I am open to all possibilities. All I know is that I felt peaceful and happy after the orb appeared.

Now, watch my video again. The fairy orb moves and hovers over the statue. If the orb was a piece of dust caught in the lens of the camera, it would drift in the air currents in the room. Yet, my orb appears and disappears always coming closer to the fairy statue…

Fairy lore has been with us since the beginning of time. Of great interest to me is how the belief in the fairies seems to resurge during times of cultural and environmental upheaval. Fairies, like humans, are bound to nature. I have a theory that the fairies or little people appear to humans to emphasize that we must protect sacred areas of the earth. At least that is my interpretation. You will have to make your own assumptions.

As I write this post, the President of the United States is signing an executive order dismantling climate change legislation from the previous administration. Coincidence? I think not. The fairies know that we humans are affecting changes in the environment that we might not be able to reverse in the future.

The tiny, green orb is present near the plant in this picture at the right of the fairy’s wings.

There are many different types of fairies, and I have also been visited by the púca. My swamp fairy sighting was that of a puca. These are the fairy shapeshifters from Celtic folklore. They appear to me initially in the form of a bird and then transform into their natural fairy appearance of a tiny figure clothed in leaves and twigs. They always resemble the natural flora and fauna of where I have seen them.

This video shares my belief that birds and fairies are connected:

The idea of mummified remains and the fairy skeleton’s similarity to birds never entered my mind. However, if the artifacts are real, that would explain how they fly. It also makes sense that fairies exist in our realm.

Now that you’ve seen the evidence… what do you think?

Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen Chesebro

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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, an awarding winning children’s author, kindly featured me on her blog where I could discuss my motivation in writing about the swamp fairies. Many thanks to Deanie for a great time! ❤ Enjoy!

Source: Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen Chesebro

A Foggy Morning at Fairy Swamp

I have spent the last couple of days working on my book, The Swamp Fairy. This morning I woke up knowing that I had to go to Fairy Swamp. I could not shake the feeling. I am glad I did because this is what I found:

The fog curled and draped around the trees and bushes. It was hot, around 80 degrees F. at 6 a.m. I don’t know if I was hot and sweating or if the fog made me wet, but I was dripping. I looked into the far side of the swamp and saw this dark corridor beckoning to me.  ‘Only a fool would rush in where others fear to tread – it turns out I’m a fool.’

I ran across the road and slipped between the barbed wire fences that encircled Fairy Swamp on the south side of the helicopter field behind my house. Not bad for an old broad, I thought to myself, breathing heavily in the humid air. I walked carefully, staying away from the watery edge of the slough. Frogs croaked deep in their throats while mockingbirds sounded the alarm high above. I watched for snakes in the trees and on the ground. I stepped carefully.

I had to see what was at the end of the darkness that beckoned to me. I was pulled, toward that deep black hole between the trees. Spider webs clung to my arms. I brushed them off, moving stealthily through the dense underbrush. Moisture dripped on me from the leaves of the trees. The swamp grew quiet as if it sensed that an intruder was present.

I crept forward as silently as I could. Dead leaves crunched underneath my feet. The smell of decay drifted in the air. The darkness deepened and expanded. The gloom made it difficult for me to see. Bushes tore at my arms and wet leaves licked across my face. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to continue.

I was almost at the end of the gloom. Suddenly, butterflies of every shape and color rose up from the stump of a tree. Next, dragonflies, their wings, and bodies bejeweled in the colors of gems arose from the center of the stump. Their wings commingled in a riot of color, a kaleidoscope of shapes. The fluttering of wings filled my ears.

I panicked. I was spooked! I ran as hard as I could run to the far edge of the slough where the swamp meets the field. I burst forth from the brush, my hiking boots covered in nettles. Dripping sweat and breathing hard, I looked back toward the blackness of the dark corridor. It was then I realized I had missed the swamp fairies in all their glory!

What a fool I was to run!

This is my contribution to Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie! I chose Option 1: Here are the rules:

Option 1: Sentence Starter – ‘Only a fool would rush in where others fear to tread – it turns out I’m a fool.’

The sentence can be used anywhere in the story. The maximum word count is 1,000 words. The genre can be any of your choosing; either factual or fiction based. You may use art to interpret the sentence, or poetry if you wish.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my tale of fact and fiction. You decide which is which.

Until the next time,

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5 Days – 5 Photos: Creating Fairy Magic

I have been selected by Jennifer Nichole Wells to participate in the 5 photos – 5 days challenge. What does this mean for you, dear readers?

The challenge rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.”

Day 4: Believe in the Magic of Fairies and Make Some of Your OWN


It is easy to paint pictures with words. Today, I share how to make fairy magic on your photos!

This is the untouched photo I used to create my fairy magic photo.

I used PicMonkey and added the dark edges first. The dark edges enhance the sun behind the trees and give the image a magical appearance. Then, I added the words. To finish off the effect, I used a “space” texture to give the photo its mystical glow.

PicMonkey is a free and fun way to add magic to your photos. Have fun and get creative!

Today, I would like to ask Maniparna, from Scattered Thoughts to join in this fun and creative challenge. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

Thanks for visiting. I will see you tomorrow,

5 Days – 5 Photos Challenge: The Elusive Red Swamp Fairy

I have been selected by Jennifer Nichole Wells to participate in the 5 photos – 5 days challenge. What does this mean for you, dear readers?

The challenge rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.”

Day 3: The Elusive Red Swamp Fairy


I was able to capture a photo this morning

of the rarest sight indeed –

this elusive red swamp fairy

visited me with the utmost speed.

I chased, I cajoled, I begged him to light,

there was no way I was giving up this fight!

I had to have proof that magic does dwell,

in the mystic location down from my well.

Along the tree line that edges the field

the horse-hole gateway beckoned to me –

One step inside and back in time, you will be,

all alone with the elusive

red swamp fairy.

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This photo and poem are inspired by my tales of the swamp fairies which you can find on my blog by clicking here. My first young adult novel called The Swamp Fairy is currently under construction with a plan to (hopefully) publish by November 2015; to coincide with my anniversary of the discovery of the fairies last November. Here is a brief synopsis of the story:

“One autumn day, on her way to school, twelve-year-old Abigail (Abby) Forester meets a fairy who asks for her help in saving the fairy kingdom that resides in the nearby swamp down the road. A new housing project with 180 units is being built next door, threatening the existence of the swamp fairies.

The swamp fairy explains to Abby that it is her destiny to help them, as she was chosen long ago in a different time and place. The fairies have always helped humans in the past. Abby proves to be the link who can help preserve the fairy kingdom, and the natural balance between their world and ours, to keep them both intact. One place cannot survive without the other.

Abby tells her best friend Savanna, and together the two girls embark on an adventure to save Fairy Swamp. They travel back into time to the beginning of Pensacola, Florida, where the girls learn about becoming stewards of the land, human equality, and what cultural harmony really means.”

Today, I would like to ask Lisa, from Rebirth of Lisa to take up the photography/story telling gauntlet. I am excited to see what Lisa will come up with!

Thanks for visiting. I will see you tomorrow,

 

 

 

The Swamp Fairy – My First Book is Under Construction NOW!

My excitement continues to grow as my book is beginning to take form. This will be my first novel, and as many of you know, my inspiration came from my blog posts called, “The Swamp Fairy.”

Here then, is a blurb for my book jacket, as was suggested by The Daily Post:



“One autumn day, on her way to school, twelve-year-old Abigail (Abby) Forester meets a fairy who asks for her help in saving the fairy kingdom that resides in the nearby swamp down the road. A new housing project with 180 units is being built next door, threatening the existence of the swamp fairies.

The swamp fairy explains to Abby that it is her destiny to help them, as she was chosen long ago in a different time and place. The fairies have always helped humans in the past. Abby proves to be the link who can help preserve the fairy kingdom, and the natural balance between their world and ours, to keep them both intact. One place cannot survive without the other.

Abby tells her best friend Savanna, and together the two girls embark on an adventure to save Fairy Swamp. They travel back into time to the beginning of Pensacola, Florida, where the girls learn about becoming stewards of the land, human equality, and what cultural harmony really means.”

I have even set up a word count meter on my blog, to track my progress. Please feel free to comment and lend me your support. I am excited at my new endeavor and look forward to sharing my novel in the near future!


Thanks for sharing in my excitement,

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#BeWoW on Earth Day


It just does not get any better than this! Be wonderful on Wednesday, and Earth Day all at one time! I love it!

Ron and I spent our Earth Day morning mowing the lawn. It was one of those rare 80 degree F. days in Florida with relatively low humidity. After the lawn work was done, I transplanted some plants, and had a good old-fashioned chat with my neighbor next door, Su. We both love gardening and cooking, so we had lots to talk about and share.

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than communing with nature. Stop by the official website to see what it’s all about at Earth Day.org. You can read
here
how the first Earth Day actually came about.

Not to be outdone, the swamp fairies celebrate Earth Day also, with a bit of prose and a tour of Fairy Swamp. Leave it to the fairies to spread some magic in the world today.

The Song of the Swamp Fairies

Darkness descends dragging a veil of foggy gloom,

Fairy Swamp comes alive with a chorus of frogs and insects

singing the stories of the day.

Lightening flickers in shadowy clouds flitting across the inky black sky.

Tiny glowing translucent wings rise above the slough,

as heartbeats sync and beat as one –

The Swamp Fairies

glitter in the remnants

of the setting

sun.

  Enjoy your day and spread a little of your own magic everywhere you go.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Earth Day!

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Word Snap Weekly – Magic Drifts on the Sea Breeze

It’s Sunday, and that means it is time for Amanda, of Unique Art Chic to host her fabulous Word Snap Weekly, where we can showcase our photos with poetry, quotes, sayings… anything that inspires the creativity in you! Join Amanda and me, and show us what inspired you this week! We can’t seem to stop talking about it!

I am in high creativity mode right now and floating on air. I started writing the first draft of my first novel this weekend. I am channeling the magic of my swamp fairy kingdom. Can you feel the magic of possibility? Do you feel your energy levels soar? The white light of goodness is enveloping you in a warm embrace. What inspiration can you share?

Thanks for joining me this Sunday. I look forward to seeing you all again!

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