The Heart Stone Chronicles has a New Look

I’m thrilled to share the new cover for The Heart Stone Chronicles created by my dear friend and Sister of the Fey, Wendy Anne Darling.  We decided that Abby Forester needed the place of honor on the cover, as this is the story of her journey into the realm of the Swamp Fairy.

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 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 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 world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

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The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

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My Book Review of The Heart Stone Chronicles: Part 1, The Swamp Fairy

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Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy book review

It is with great pleasure I share this review of The Heart Stone Chronicles: Part 1, The Swamp Fairy,by Author Colleen M. Chesebro.

Colleen ChesebroBut first, let us go back over two years ago, when I first met Colleen in Fall 2014. Her blog was then called “Silver Threading.” She introduced readers to The Swamp Fairy. Here is an excerpt:

“It was a warm morning in November the first time I saw the swamp fairy. The fog curled around the tops of the trees and the autumn breeze smelled of fragrant flowers, even though the early frost had killed all the wild flowers. I inhaled the intoxicating fragrance and peered into the dense foliage near the road. It was a lovely peaceful morning.

I was out for my regular morning walk. I had taken the narrow back road behind Blackberry Ridge where I lived. This morning I could hear…

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Ringing in the New Year – A Tanka

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Welcome to my contribution to my weekly Tanka challenge. This week, I kept the prompt words of ‘last and few.’ Both words have many connotations and can change the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. By the way, please link your Tanka to my post found here.

Ron and I have so much to be thankful for this year. My heart swells at the outpouring of love and friendship from my blogging community. Thank you all for making this a memorable year for me.

Don’s forget, great excitement lies just around the corner… On January 3, 2017, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy will finally be published. I can hardly contain my excitement! 😀

I would like to take this time to wish you peace and happiness.

The last hours tarry –

between the Yule and New Year,

time is suspended.

When Auld Lang Syne sweetly sings

hope recharges our spirits.

© 2016 Colleen M. Chesebro

Happy New Year everyone! ❤

NaNoWritMo Here I Come!

I can’t believe I’m doing it… but here I go. Even though my novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, doesn’t publish until January 2017, I am using the month of November to draft out the second novel in the series, The Meadow Fairy. I am scared to death and exhilarated all at the same time!

Here is a preliminary synopsis so you can get a feel for the story:

The Meadow Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigail Forester journeys from Blackberry Ridge, Florida to Bent Grass, Colorado when her Aunt Magnolia accepts a job as a researcher working for an author who specializes in writing about myths and paranormal activity.

Abby, along with her deceased mother’s most sacred possession, a calcite pendant, continues her legacy as a Fairy Whisperer to the primordial fairy nymphs who inhabit unique places scattered about the world.

In Colorado, Abby meets two young friends, Crosby and Landon Miller, who along with their family are beekeepers on a small farm under the shadow of Pike’s Peak. Abby is summoned by a primeval nymph who asks her to resolve the secret of why the bee population is dying from the prairie meadows.

With the help of Nate Bannock, a Native American Ute rancher, Abby learns the astonishing truths behind the decimation of the bee population.

Does Abby have what it takes to save the bees and the Meliae Meadow Nymphs before it is too late?

I am excited about this new story, and yes, the dreams have already started!

I have been privileged to receive help from some pretty amazing authors: Melissa Barker-Simpson, Effrosyni Moschoudi, Sarah Mallery, Lyz Russo, Annette Rochelle Aben, and Eloise De Sousa. They gave me the gift of their time and taught me how to write, edit, and tell these stories. Each one of them took the time to read The Swamp Fairy. Each one suggested pros and cons and made me spread my wings as a writer. I only hope I can write as well as they all do someday! Thank you for your support, it means the world to me.

As I always say, I am a student of writing. I’ll see all of you in December unless you take part in my #Tanka Tuesday Poetry Prompt Challenge. Then, I’ll see you each Tuesday throughout November.

I heart you guys! ❤

The Third Dimension – The Realm of the Swamp Fairies

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Welcome to Fairy Swamp.

What could be better than a visit to the “Third Dimension,” with my swamp fairies? Come along for the ride!

I entered the horizontal plane of oblivion drifting into the third dimension as if I were being born again. Inside, the dark void pushed me forward like a vacuum in reverse. I found myself spewed out, thrust into the past and the future all at the same time. I drifted into a cosmic soup of stars and blackness, floating in a 3-dimensional gloom. An overwhelming longing overtook me. I felt homesick. I longed to feel the warmth of home.

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The primordial swamp was before me. I could hear chanting in the background as the swamp fairy gazed deeply into my eyes gazing into my very soul. She raised her arms as if it were a signal of some sort. Instantly I was covered in butterflies of every color and size imaginable. I felt them all around me.  Multicolored wings touched my skin beating in a rhythmic motion.

The fairy nymphs were everywhere I looked.  I felt no fear.  I stood enthralled with my eyes closed as I soaked in the glory of their beings. Iridescent wings gleamed in the light from the sun which burned holes in the fog which swirled around me. The fairies held me close in a tight embrace of love and light. Their warmth made me feel humble.

I felt their unity, their strength in numbers.  I knew I was part of them and my heart began to beat in time to the steady drumming of their wings.  I continued to stand, silently reveling in the unity of the fairies surrounding me.  I knew in my heart I had come home.  Taking a deep breath, I exhaled, living in that exact perfect moment. I was one with the fairies.

As quickly as it all began, the swamp fairy released the butterflies, and they immediately flew off into the sky. However, they did not look like butterflies anymore. Instead, they had taken on their true appearance, their camouflage discarded. They were tiny swamp fairies wearing the colors of the spring swamp, clothed in brown, and a brilliant green, the color of new leaves. Wild flowers of every color were twisted in their flowing hair. Golden flecks of light bounced around them like glittering stars in the night.

I yearned to stay with them but felt the tug of time as it sucked me back into the obscurity of my human life.

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PROOF! The 1917 Fairy Photos

In my journey reading through fairy and nymph research for my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, I discovered a fascinating story about a couple of young cousins, Elsie Wright (1900-88) and Frances Griffiths (1907-86) who lived in Cottingley, Yorkshire, England. All five photos are from an article on Wikipedia.

In 1917, these two young women shocked the world with photos of fairies they took using their father’s camera. The media were in an uproar over the photos and at the time, spiritualist and writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle even used them to illustrate an article he wrote about fairies. It had to be true if the author of Sherlock Holmes believed it, right?

Public reaction to the photos was always mixed. Some people believed the photos were real while others thought they were faked. At the beginning of the 1980’s both Elsie and Frances admitted they had faked the photos. However, Frances said that the fifth and final photograph was the real deal.

Here are the five photos. I found it interesting that if the girls did fake the images they were excellent artists. One article I read said the girls used hat pins to balance the cutouts in their photos so they would not topple over.

The first of the five photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the alleged fairies.

The second of the five photographs, showing Elsie with a winged gnome.

Frances and the Leaping Fairy, the third photograph.

The fourth photograph, Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie.


Fairies and Their Sun-Bath, the fifth and last photograph of the Cottingley Fairies

The key to discovering that the first four images are not real can be found in the first photograph. In the left-hand corner is a waterfall. The photos were taken with a camera that did not have high speeds like they do today. It took about 10 seconds to snap that photograph. That is why the waterfall is blurred. If you apply the same logic to the fairies then, we should not be able to see their wings as they would be beating rapidly. Their wings should be blurred.

The fifth photograph is the one that seems authentic to me. The fairy figures have a mystical almost transparent look to them. The tiny flowers in the image seem to be in scale in relation to the fairy figures. The irony of the whole situation is that the girls faked the first four photos and then possibly stumbled upon the real thing by accident. Who would believe them?

You must remember that in the 1920’s photographs were still a relatively new advancement in culture. People believed what they saw in photos. By the 1980’s people became much more questioning and cynical. Here is a video where Frances’ daughter appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show. This is a keen look into the dynamics of the photos.

I think that is why fairy lore beckons to us. We all want so badly to believe in the magic and wonder as seen through the eyes of a child again. The fairy tale takes us on a journey to “happily ever after,” a place that does not exist for many people in real life. The battle of good vs. evil, with good triumphing, in the end, makes us feel hope that our circumstances are only temporary. Hope is a powerful mechanism in believing in positive outcomes in our lives. Hope allows us to keep moving forward in life.

Always remember. Magic appears when you least expect it!

I believe in fairies, do you?

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The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book Cover Reveal

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!

“Ancient Songs” – A Haiku

The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #106 words for this week are “Sing & Flower.” To make the words a bit more colorful I used the word, “chant” for sing, and “bud,” for flower.

Nymphs chant ancient songs –

as buds raise their heads in glee,

a storm lurks above.

Colleen M. Chesebro

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I am busy editing The Heart Stone Chronicles. I have decided on that title so that each book of the series can be titled by the nymph the book is about. Book One is “The Swamp Fairy.” I must say the book is shaping up to be fabulous, thanks to my fabulous editor, Melissa Barker-Simpson!

In a few weeks, I will have a cover reveal created with love by my dear friend, Wendy Anne Darling, from The Dragon’s Lair. She studied to become a graphic artist and is quite gifted, as you shall all see.

Many thanks to Ronovan for hosting my favorite challenge each week. I’ll see you next week! ❤

The Heart Stone – A Haiku

The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #104 words for this week are “dazzle & sky.”

I am still editing The Swamp Fairy, Book 1 of the Heart Stone Chronicles. My fairy nymphs are never far, and they continue to share the wonders of their nymph kingdom with me…

Here’s a sneak peek from The Swamp Fairy:

“The heart stone is a massive chunk of green calcite located deep within the swamp which Abby Forester inherited from her mother. The mystical stone is surrounded by a fairy rath, an earthen ridge of land built up to resemble a bank or wall. Within this swamp fairy rath, grows the elusive pink sundew plants known for their medicinal properties. Revered by early Native Americans, the plants could prove to be the key to saving humanity.

Abby wears a green calcite pendant which her mother once wore. The pendant, a piece of the heart stone from the swamp, enhances emotional balance and the knowledge of divine love. When worn near the heart, green calcite ignites an emotional connection between the Naiad Nymphs and Abby, revealing her true destiny.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?”

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time. Hugs! ❤

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