So many things to share. First off, I’m 26% of the way into Anabella’s Story (Book 6). It’s going slowly. It’s going to be heavy on the back story / origin story. Many many secrets will be revealed. This is a long time coming, but I hope worth the wait. I’m trying to delve into Anais and Anabella’s relationship. Tough stuff.
I’ve donated to another awesome Science Fiction and Fantasy giveaway. Kindles and Amazon gift cards are being given away. Click on the link for more info: http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/sff-promo
Also, my sister asked me to write a very short story with my eight year old niece as the protagonist. It was a class assignment. I thought it came out pretty well. See below —
As always – my best to everyone,
The Tooth Fairy
Maddie suspected that there was no such thing as the tooth fairy. It was such a silly notion. Still, she had every intention of placing her front tooth under her pillow. Even if it was only her parents sneaking in to exchange her tooth for some trinket, she wasn’t ready to forego the gift or the thrill. Not yet anyway. However, she wasn’t going to make it easy for them. She was determined to stay awake and find out exactly what happened to her tooth.
Before tucking herself into bed, she took her front tooth out of the pocket of her pajama pants and slipped it under her pillow. She planned to keep her eyes open and stay awake all night if she had too. It would be easy. Except after an hour or so, she felt sleep begin to pull at her, and it became harder to stay awake. A scurrying sound saved her, and she blinked her eyes open just as her tooth was being swiped from under her pillow.
The culprit was neither a winged fairy nor one of her parents. It was a little girl.
“You aren’t supposed to be awake,” the girl accused her.
“I wanted to see if the tooth fairy was real.”
“Are you the tooth fairy?”
“Not exactly. I’m just an apprentice. I made a few mistakes with the tooth fairy’s schedule, and I’m trying to fix everything before she notices.”
“Why don’t you have wings?” Maddie asked.
“Apprentices don’t get wings. I’ll probably never earn mine now. Look, I really ought to get going, you’re not the only child I need to visit tonight.”
“Wait. Aren’t you supposed to leave me a gift? Money or a book or a toy or something.”
“Oh no. I had no idea the tooth fairy provided presents. Are you certain?”
“Yes. I really think you have to give me something. It’s an exchange,” Maddie said. “That’s the rule.”
The girl looked at her hands and down to the ring she was wearing. “Will you take my ring?” she offered.
Maddie looked at it. It was pretty enough and would certainly make an interesting story. “I accept your offer.”
“Good,” the girl said. “Now I need to be going.”
When Maddie woke up the next morning, she found a dollar under her pillow and almost decided the whole encounter with the tooth fairy’s apprentice must have been a dream until she looked down at her hand and saw she was wearing the girl’s ring.