Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sleeping Beauty's Daughter Website Being Designed


Alinda of the Loch's website will soon have another website to show the very important role she has as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty's Daughter)...Here is a sneak peek at the soon to be new website...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Montecito Book Launch of Alinda of the Loch





Oonagh flew to join me in our "official" United States book launch of Alinda of the Loch (Sleeping Beauty's Daughter) held in the manor house on the property of La Casa de Maria in Montecito, California on Sunday, December 14th, 2009. It was a wonderful event. Here are some photos from the day...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Faith Fairy Book Signing and Visitation Photos



Faith Fairy went to the Westside Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club to sign and bring a copy of Alinda of the Loch to all the "wee" ones and the staff.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Book and Cover Reviews XI



The cover is sooo cute :)
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Martina Lans
August 27, 2009



I love the front picture with the glitter.. so cute!!!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Natasa Mirkovic
August 27, 2009



I like the glitter.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Robert Tjan
August 27, 2009



Looks great! Good luck Julie!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Victor Andersson
August 27, 2009



Great Job! I love the title, the book is amazing!
Overall rating: 4.3
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 4.0
Summary: 4.0
Reviewed by Alexis Ramirez
August 27, 2009



Great cover design.
Overall rating: 3.7
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 2.0
Reviewed by Andrew Bartlett
August 27, 2009



Wonderful art on the cover. Wonderful author! Great job, Julie!! Best of luck to you.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Elizabeth A. Popwell
August 26, 2009



Great.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Daniel Salomonsson
August 26, 2009



The book is very creative!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Hannah Caves
August 26, 2009



Awesome!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Gustav Granath
August 26, 2009

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Great cover and so cute!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Lauren Miller
August 28, 2009



Beautiful book!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by emma bjorngard
August 28, 2009


Beautiful book cover and introduction on back.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by David Allen
August 28, 2009



I think this book is adorable and the glitter makes it a fairytale!
Good job Julie
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Ashley dryden
August 28, 2009



Great cover.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Brian Altarac
August 28, 2009



This book looks so lovely.
The cover is very cute and I'm happy to own one of this books.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Catherine Kaufmann
August 27, 2009



Very appealing cover...the glitter is a fun touch!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Michelle Mills
August 27, 2009



The cover has a nice, vintage touch to it as well as present day Scotland mixed into it. It suits the story quite well seeing how its a story deriving from sleeping beauty (vintage) but progressing a generation in the future (present day). Very nicely done.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Jeremy Cottriel
August 27, 2009



The book cover looks very beautiful with it's glitter and all. Also the introduction of the book sounds very intresting! Good luck to you all who were involved in this book!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Emil Pehrsson
August 27, 2009



I wish the best to this book and all of them who were involved!
Overall rating: 4.3
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 4.0
Reviewed by Erik Martinsson
August 27, 2009

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Very creative and love the cover.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Ryan Moore
August 28, 2009



Very cute cover!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Meghan Brown
August 28, 2009



Awesome cover!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Ryan Duffy
August 28, 2009



This is a really cute story.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Melissa Matura
August 28, 2009



Wonderful fairytale.
It really enchants the reader and brings forth a magical world, where it is easy to get carried away into this world and putting the book down becomes increasingly more difficult as one reads on.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Christian Nicolai Thiesen
August 28, 2009



Great job!
Overall rating: 4.3
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 4.0
Reviewed by Jordan Paterson
August 28, 2009



Wonderful idea for a book. Cover sparkles and is gorgeous.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Silvia Gilman
August 28, 2009



Unique story and terrific book cover. Best of luck!
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Mariel Santana
August 28, 2009



Beautiful cover design and description.
Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Lisa Starr
August 28, 2009



Very cute. I really like the cover and it's a very creative story line.
Overall rating: 4.3
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 4.0 Reviewed by Emily Bauer
August 28, 2009

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Great Book! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by craig osborne
August 29, 2009





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great book and nice cover! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Andreas Danielsson
August 29, 2009





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Alinda of the Loch, should become the number one seller!!! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Misael Arellano
August 29, 2009



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The cover of the book is in my opinion not just beautiful, it is also inspiring and drags your attention because of the glistening and the mystic fairytale feeling. This is definitely a book that I would drag my attention at a bookstore! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Nike Soderholm
August 29, 2009




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Definetly sounds like a must read Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Sam Ford
August 29, 2009




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Very good book! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Greg Alsop
August 29, 2009




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Great Story and Cover Art! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Michael Nicassio
August 28, 2009




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Awesome book! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Emil Sandberg
August 28, 2009




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great book Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Luis Perez
August 28, 2009




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very good story Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Gianfranco Perona Mendoza
August 28, 2009

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:) Overall rating: 3.7
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 3.0
Summary: 4.0

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Reviewed by Giovanna Ventura
August 31, 2009





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Just fantastic! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Madeleine Zoeller
August 31, 2009





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awesome! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Ryan O'Donnell
August 30, 2009





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Very nice cover! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Allie Zwald
August 30, 2009




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It's lovely Overall rating: 3.3
Book Title: 1.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 4.0

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Reviewed by odrice Eugene
August 30, 2009




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very good!! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by ludvig lillvall
August 30, 2009





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Very interesting story and cover is so cute! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Mayu Yamashita
August 30, 2009




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Great!! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Kristian Westblom
August 30, 2009




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A great book, and the cover is really nice Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Justin Hathaway
August 30, 2009




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This looks pretty rad. It's almost as cool as me. Overall rating: 3.7
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 3.0
Summary: 4.0

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Reviewed by Marc Meisels
August 29, 2009

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Amazing! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Niklas Lundberg
August 31, 2009





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very well done Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Zachary Akin
August 31, 2009





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Beautifully done. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0


Reviewed by Vincent Finn
August 31, 2009

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it is great! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Devan Mortenson
August 31, 2009





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This is a great book Overall rating: 4.7
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 4.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Veronica Wood
August 31, 2009





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very creative story, loved all the designs. Overall rating: 4.7
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 4.0

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Reviewed by hannah gerard
August 31, 2009





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Truly a wonderful book that reminds us all to persevere through any adversity. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0



Reviewed by Mary B
August 31, 2009





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Amazing artwork and amazing story! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Aubrey Catanese
August 31, 2009





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Awsome! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Ricardo Torres Arroyo
August 31, 2009





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one of my child's favorite books. I've read it at lest a dozen times and it still surprises me. Overall rating: 4.7
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Luke Starr
August 31, 2009

Book and Cover Reviews V

Wonderful Book, lets have another. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Jerry Hernandez
September 01, 2009





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This is the best book overall. hands down Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Brandon Crossland
September 01, 2009





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i love it!!! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by luke wester
September 01, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A sweet , beautifull fairy-tale that can be read on one breath!
"Alinda of the Loch" brings back your imagination !

Its a couple of hours of fun,and a good mood for an adult , and the whole world of wonder to discover for kids! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0



Reviewed by Savva Pugachev
September 01, 2009




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I think it's a wonderful book. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0



Reviewed by Rebecca Sjodin
September 01, 2009





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I really like the title of the book and the cover of it. The cover makes me want to read it even more. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0



Reviewed by Spencer Bourassa
September 01, 2009




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I Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by tess
August 31, 2009




3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Alinda of the loch is pure awesomeness. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Max B.
August 31, 2009




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Great Book!! Overall rating: 4.7
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by spencer Larsen
August 31, 2009



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Very well put together and very nice art work Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Preston Day
August 31, 2009

Book and Cover Reviews IV

Love the plaid background! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Xochitl Munoz
September 03, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lovely story and cover design! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Jens Qvarfordt
September 03, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Edward Janisch
September 02, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is very unique and the decoration of the cover is amazing! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Lucy Velasquez
September 02, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Would love to read the book! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Elin Malmgren
September 02, 2009




1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love the artwork! Awesome concept. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Nicole kramer
September 02, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great idea, I am just not too crazy on the artwork. Overall rating: 4.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 3.0
Summary: 4.0

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Reviewed by Alan Chierici
September 02, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
amazing sequel to Snow White! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Taylor Lane
September 02, 2009





1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Truly love it! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Mathias Gustafsson
September 02, 2009

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Wonderful! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

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Reviewed by Oscar Bernhardsson
September 01, 2009

Book and Cover Reviews III

The Center graphic is beautiful with Alinda the mirror and the castle. I do however, prefer the white background on the website to the 'plaid' on the book cover. But all in all it is a very creative color that draws on multiple dimensions of the story.
Overall rating: 4.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 3.0
Summary: 4.0
Reviewed by Neil Roessler
September 16, 2009



A very good boook! You must read it! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by christopher lofgren
September 16, 2009



Fantastic and easy read. Perfect gift for people of all ages. A+ Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Jonathan Cowan
September 14, 2009


Great story and cover! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Glenn Robin Sanick
September 13, 2009






its a really good book i read it in 1 day its really ace!!!!! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Courtney Pope
September 13, 2009


Beautiful! I can't wait to read it :) Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Chelsea Dix
September 13, 2009





great cover and illustrations. very professionally done. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by scott fashinell
September 10, 2009




Excellent fairy tale!!! I think it is perfect for people of all ages and anyone who believes in fairy tales! A must have for the holiday season and a perfect gift to give as well!! I have given this book to ALL my family memebers and they completely adore it!!!! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Sara Aaronson
September 10, 2009




nice story and cover design. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Jung-Min Lee
September 09, 2009





This is a beautiful book! Overall rating: 4.0
Book Title: 4.0
Cover Design: 4.0
Summary: 4.0
Reviewed by Nicole Grechowsky
September 06, 2009

Book and Cover Reviews II

Books Children's Books Alinda of the Loch -
The Story of Sleeping Beauty's Daughter
Alinda of the Loch - The Story of Sleeping Beauty's Daughter





I think the book is so cute, it was a fun story to read and I like it would be a great movie as well. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

Reviewed by Casey Pinero
September 21, 2009


I thought this book was so cute!!! I felt like I was reading a movie in the making. I was mad when I got to the end of the book and it left me hanging like that, but I guess that means its a good book haha Definitely want to read the next one in the series. Overall rating: 4.7
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 4.0

Reviewed by Erica Creary
September 17, 2009




i love this book, the story is so exciting, i can wait to see the movie. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by cody sell
September 17, 2009





This book really gave me an escape from reality for a few hours. beautiful writing. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0

Reviewed by Anton Berner
September 16, 2009

Book and Cover Reviews I

What makes a fairy-tale a fairy-tale? Is it the familiar conflict where the pure of heart must struggle against an evil and manipulative foe? With this powerful little book, Alinda shows children of all ages how vital it is to recognize and access their own talents and abilities to overcome inevitable battles with darkness. The dual gifts of courage and fortitude within Alinda allow her to fight bravely for love and family (especially when all hope seems to be lost). Will Alinda tame her power as a young woman who has obtained both the status and rewards of being both a mythical and modern day "princess?" It is time to read her tale for the answers.

The story of Alinda of the Loch (youngest daughter of Queen Aurora of Inverness-shire also known as the "real" Sleeping Beauty) will entertain, inspire and free you to travel with wise abandon to the land of your imagination. You will easily remember that magical feeling of once again enjoying and experiencing a fairy tale!



Love the concept of Sleeping Beauty's daughter. Great idea. Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Deborah Gentry
September 28, 2009


Great book, totally enchanting! The book cover was so nice too! Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0



Great story! Overall rating: 4.3
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 3.0
Reviewed by Michael G. Bingham
September 23, 2009



Great book Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0
Reviewed by Jonas Pedersen Hardebrant
September 23, 2009



Great book and cover, very entertaining even from a males perspective Overall rating: 5.0
Book Title: 5.0
Cover Design: 5.0
Summary: 5.0


Reviewed by Brett Boyer
September 23, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alinda of the Loch - Review by College Students Number 3

Alinda of the Loch



I think the target market here is definitely females of all ages. It would appeal to your children because it has the fairy tale magic aspect to it. Those already familiar to Disney's Sleeping Beauty should enjoy revisiting that world and also continuing the story of their favorite princess. The young at heart would enjoy this book as a chance to revisit their
Childhood maybe also the romantic aspect of the main two characters is also inviting for teens and older women.

This book should could be sold in any book store or those specializing in fantasy, legends, or myths. Disney would be an ideal place to have this book. It would be a great opportunity for them to reopen their sleeping beauty story like they have done with many of the other princesses. You could even place the book in the gift or jewelry stores. Maybe even costume shops. I also feel like any organization that has to deal with children would work.

This book could be promoted by sending out copies to screen writers. Putting the books in book stores. Or maybe a store that carries Loch Ness items would be a good spot. Websites, Face Book, and Twitter are great promotion tools, and of course word of mouth.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick easy read and I really enjoyed the romance between the two main characters. I left on edge at the end of book. I can not wait for the next book in the series. Over all it was a very cute book that has major potential become a major motion picture.

Student Review - After reading Alinda

Hi,
My name is Loredana, I am a 27 year old who loves fairy tales!!! I wish I could of live in those times where magic and dragons were an everyday theme in conversations. Alinda Of The Loch takes you there and back in a magical journey that will captivate you and leave you wanting more!


awesome book


Loredana G.

Alinda of the Loch - Review by College Students Number 1

We are all children at heart and we all crave a good fairy tale now and then just to simply let us escape from this hard cold reality into a world of fairies and wonders.
This is exactly what the authors of “Alinda of the Loch” did, they kidnapped us to Scotland where we were allowed to be part of a fairy tale that went beyond ‘and they lived happily ever after.’ Their story is based on the Brothers Grimm collected story about the sleeping beauty only with a modern time twist. As a child I always fantasized that I had the ability to switch back Channel Fairy Tale to see what happened to the heroes or heroines of the story just as in a soap opera on television. Oonagh Jane Pope and Julie Ann Brown made this wish become reality. If you remember the story about the sleeping beauty you remember that she (Aurora) was awakened by a prince and the story ended when they got married. This book goes beyond that. It tells us about the evil fairy who took revenge by casting another and even worse spell onto their youngest daughter named Alinda. She was sentenced to sleep for 500 years. But at least her parents were able to make sure she would be as well-prepared as possible for that day to come and even gave her a little dragon who became her guardian during all those years – this dragon was none other than the infamous Loch Ness Monster or as the media lovingly called her, ‘Nessie’.
But this wasn’t the only fortunate circumstance that appeared to help Alinda. When she woke up she had an instant friend and admirer – Grant, the son of a rock star whose family had a holiday castle very close by. Even though the evil fairy discontinued her existence when she caste the spell on Alinda , evil still lurked around the corner – this time in the form of the jealous heartbroken girl Millie who is secretly in love with Grant and is filled with hatred for Alinda who appeared out of nowhere and stole Grants heart.
But this is about all I want to tell you about the exciting story of a fairytale princess and her adventures in modern times. I’m not usually someone who has a very long attention span, but I sat down and read this book from beginning to end in about 2 hours. I was very happy it was easy to read and to understand because in this day and age it’s hard to find the time for a book. But don’t be fooled, even though the book is relatively short, it doesn’t skimp on the quality of the story and while you’re reading it you can literally smell the grass of the Scottish highlands!
Make sure to get yourself a copy and follow Alinda on her journey through rock and roll stardom, love, jealousy, independence and trying to get by in a the world of the future. Don’t forget to order a few copies, so you can share them with your loved ones and your grandchildren. It makes a really nice and thoughtful gift and since it comes with a beautiful glitter cover you can save yourself the gift-wrapping as well!

Silvia G

Monday, August 10, 2009

Press Release - Alinda of the Loch - The Story of Sleeping Beauty's Daughter




For Immediate Release – Tuesday, August 12th, 2009

Alinda of the Loch – The Story of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughter

Sleeping Beauty, the beloved fairy tale, is reawakened in this modern twist. Follow Alinda and the legendary Loch Ness monster in their journey through time to a decision that will tear at your heart.

Alinda of the Loch is a short-novel that tells the tale of Sleeping Beauty’s daughter. This is the first book by co-authors Oonagh Pope and Julie Brown, who happen to live across the globe from one another! Pope (Scotland) and Brown (US), are teachers who collaborated to create this modern fairytale.

This fairytale princess is asleep for hundreds of years to awaken in our time and discover what it takes to be a modern day “princess.” A new sleeping beauty and her companion, the Lock Ness Monster, adapt to our world in this story for all ages.
Pope and Brown traveled around the world to create a new kind of fairy tale for all to enjoy. Pope is a primary school teacher in England while Brown is a college professor in Santa Barbara, California. Their combined experience created a book that interweaves a traditional fairytale and contemporary influence. Parents, children, and even college students will find enjoyment in this tale of love, family, and self-empowerment.

About Across the Pond Publishing:
Across the Pond Publishing is proud to announce a new fairy tale that will become a classic for many generations to come. The book is called Alinda of the Loch – The Story of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughter. It is now available on Amazon.com both as a print or audio book.

Contact:
Julie Warth, Director of Public Relations
Across the Pond Publishing
805 988-3722

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Alinda's Story



What makes a fairy-tale a fairy-tale? Is it the familiar conflict where the pure of heart must struggle against an evil and manipulative foe? With this powerful little book, Alinda shows children of all ages how vital it is to recognize and access their own talents and abilities to overcome inevitable battles with darkness. The dual gifts of courage and fortitude within Alinda allow her to fight bravely for love and family (especially when all hope seems to be lost). Will Alinda tame her power as a young woman who has obtained both the status and rewards of being both a mythical and modern day "princess?" It is time to read her tale for the answers.

The story of Alinda of the Loch (youngest daughter of Queen Aurora of Inverness-shire also known as the "real" Sleeping Beauty) will entertain, inspire and free you to travel with wise abandon to the land of your imagination. You will easily remember that magical feeling of once again enjoying and experiencing a fairy tale!

Friday, June 26, 2009

First Book Review!


From J.E.E - Laguna Beach, CA



This book REALLY is fantastic. It is creative and entertaining. It is well edited to give it a good flow and the graphics are perfect.

"Alinda of the Loch" would make a wonderful movie. It is for all ages and a real heartwarming story. The visuals are clearly painted - each person is vivid in my mind. My favorite is Pisces.


The suspense is thrilling- starting from, "Had Shadow's gift failed?" to "Will she go back?" Romantics will love the triangle between Alinda, Andrew, and Grant and also the problem of Millie. Anglophiles will love the British speak, spelling, and style of writing.

The story also satisfies those who enjoy modern twists to fairy tales. When Grant is introduced, that page immediately includes modern references of airplanes and email. The story line of Alinda becoming famous designing jewelry for the rock star, Pisces, shows the comparison between a princess 500 years ago and a modern day princess. Alinda will have the choice between both. The many modern/ancient comparisons are thought-provoking.

The back story of Nessie reminds me of the back story of Wicked- it's amusing to think about all those years of people watching for Nessie and now we know where she came from.

The ending is clever and perfect. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Characters in our story...Get to know them...

Characters of Alinda of the Loch





Alinda - The youngest daughter of Queen Aurora and King Colin of Inverness-Shire.





Nessie - The legendary Loch Ness Monster and protector of the most precious jewel of the glen.





Queen Aurora - The real ‘Sleeping Beauty’ who was awakened by her beloved King Colin in her castle by the Loch. Mother of twin girls named Shona and Olivia and Alinda.





King Colin - Brave King of Aberdeen-shire, Husband of Sleeping Beauty and Father of Shona, Olivia and Alinda.





Shona - First born twin daughter of King Colin and Queen Aurora. Twin sister of Olivia and ten year older sister of Alinda.





Olivia - Second born twin daughter of King Colin and Queen Aurora. Twin sister of Shona and ten year older sister of Alinda.





Prince Andrew - Son of famous Highland King, best friend of Lady Isla, and sweetheart of Princess Alinda.





Lady Isla - Lady-in-waiting of Princess Alinda and best friend


Prince Andrew.





Grant - Son of a British rock star from London and brother of Kirsty.





Kirsty - Daughter of a British rock star from London and sister of Grant.





Robert - Famous British rock star.





Rebecca - Wife of Robert and Mother of Grant and Kirsty.





Millicent - Daughter of band member in Robert’s rock band and childhood friend of Kirsty and Grant.





Faith Fairy - Fairy who inspires those who often are sad or fearful.





Joy Fairy - Fairy who brings happiness and optimism to others.





Hope Fairy - Fairy who when others are beyond the ability to see darkness brings true light.





Shadow Fairy - Fairy who is always full of sadness and low self-esteem and seeks to destroy rather than build up others.





Pisces - Young pop star who influences others were her music and sense of style.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday, June 7th


Today, an opportunity to share the beauty of Alinda's story unfolded as I walked down State Street in my beloved Santa Barbara, California. After seeing three former students and listening how each of their current personal and professional lives are developing, I followed my daughter and her new husband into a bookstore. After browsing those hallow selves, I decided to ask one of the young associates working in a section of the store that sold fantasy books, if he thought they might be interested in the book my fellow teacher (who lives across the pond) and I had written. He was fascinated by the story and said he thought it deserved to be "pitched" to his manager.

After meeting with his manager, the following offer was given. As long as the book could be evaluated and judged as a "good read" and would not be under either a "vanity press or “print on demand," (which it is not as we also have begun our own publishing entity) they would offer us the chance to both sell it and promote it. If Oonagh and I wished, we could also do a reading and signing promotion.

It will be approximately three weeks until the audio book and printed book will be available for sale, gifts, or promotion (it take quite a while to build a life, a family, an education, and a book) in their "perfected" form. The new publishing website "Across the Pond" is being designed as we speak...When we dream...we think...When we put the magic ingredient in our work which is "love," our product will be beyond the ordinary...and beyond our own imagination or expectations.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Listen to a Taster of the Tale on Youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTrr64owwE

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Legend of How the Loch was Formed

A Druid priest named Daly announced to his brethren that there was a blessed and enchanted healing well which was located deep within their fertile and lush valley. A sacred stone cover protected this enchanted healing water well. Daly warned that should the stone be left uncovered a great consequence would befall the land and its people. One long summer day a young Mother from the valley came to the well to fill her jug. Suddenly, she heard the cry of her child. Fearing the child was in danger, she ran to him. She had in haste, forgotten the warning of Daly and not replaced the stone cover on the sacred well. Within seconds of her departure and with great speed the well began to overflow with water and began to gush throughout the valley. The people realized that before their very eyes the valley itself was transforming. Waves were quickly replacing the landscape which moments before held an abundance of both flora and fauna. Citizens climbed up to the highlands for safety. Once safe, they looked down at the water and said in their native tongue, "Tha loch' nis ann" (which is pronounced loch neesh) which translated means, "There is a lake there now."

Legend from the Land of Sleeping Beauty and Her Children - Loch Ness Scotland

One night during a deep sleep, the kind and gentle comforter priestess of the Celts known as Bebhinn, was to be given a powerful message. This message had come from the Queen Caoimhe who ruled the land of the fairies. Caoimhe had weaved her needs and desires into Bebhinn’s dreams. The priestess was told that she had been chosen to become the human messenger of the fairies. She would serve for a season, those who resided in the land of the fairies or ancestors. The fairies needed a human voice to assist them, as many centuries had passed without finding a human worthy of the task. The Queen told the holy woman that contact was often not sought with the living as knowledge from the fairies often frightened those who walked in the kingdom of men. Many fairies had tried to bring messages to the sons of Adam. They found that through their attempts at contact they had become objects of ridicule or curiosity. However, now they believed they must share their happiness and secrets as the good people of the highlands were their neighbors and kin. They knew that to not share with others they themselves could lose their wisdom, which would be lethal to both worlds. Many fairies remembered the brave and kind Bebhinn from their time in human form. The Queen after hearing how the priestess had healed many who suffered from pain and despair, decided that they had found a messenger they could trust. The fairies would request she come to their grand kingdom to collect knowledge on how to heal and spread joy to those most like them, the people who lived in their old glen and highlands. Bebhinn was then told by Queen Caoimhee to take a journey to the land of the great northern loch. Once she reached he well-known rocky outcrop overlooking the water, she was to make a camp and rest. When in a deep sleep, she would be taken to the land of the fairies. Bebhinn was eager to do the will of the fairies. She set off the next day on her journey to the great loch and land of the fairies. When she arrived, she made her bed and began her rest. Suddenly, she felt peaceful and fell into a deep slumber. When she awakened, she found herself in the heavenly land of the ancestors. She enjoyed her time with the enchanted ones. She was told many secrets by the fairies and was given healing potions and stories to share with her upon her return to the highlands and the loch. Filled with their joy and hope, she returned to her people. Bebhinn became known both near and far as a wise and holy healer. Many sought to learn from her until the end of her life whereupon , she traveled once again to the land of the fairies and ancestors

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Alinda of the Loch - A Taster of Our Tale...






Introduction

By the shores of Loch Ness, a majestic castle ruin stands, gracing a rocky outcrop. The castle, known as Urquhart, clamours to tell her tales. The past of this place with its legends of mystery and conflict has been concealed, as the bricks and centuries disappeared. For hundreds of years it has been the home of warring clans and unseen kingdoms but as we shall discover, the ruin is at last about to find peace with itself. On a sunny day, the clarity of the views looking from the castle in all directions is breathtaking, as striking mountains proudly frame the site. A path leads from the north to an arched gateway, which welcomes visitors in to explore the mysterious battlements. Looking to the west a solitary tower stands tall looking out over the furtive waters of the Ness.

All is not as it seems.

Lurking under the deep dark waters, full of peat and plankton, a shadowy creature patrols back and forth. It constantly keeps the ruin within its inner vision. Throughout the centuries, this creature has been heralded both as a monster and as a myth. From everywhere the curious flock to the shores of the Ness, in anticipation of catching a glimpse of this elusive inhabitant of the loch. They are mindful of the danger the creature may pose if challenged. Imagine being the one to explain what lies beneath the water. Various descriptions and photographs have appeared over many years in newspapers, from stories of normally sober citizens who are convinced they have seen the inhabitant of the deep. It has been seen to have one hump, two humps even three humps. It has also been described as having a long slender neck ending in a small head. However, until this tale unfolds no one knows what lies beneath the water.

In an earlier part of last century, some schoolchildren told tales of a most peculiar and horrifying animal they had see in a busy swamp in Urquhart Bay. They fled to their homes and refused to leave, unless accompanied by a strong and well-armed protector. Through the years, these tales have been handed down and embroiled, and thus the legend has grown, of the Monster who patrols the loch and frightens those who get too close. But too close to what? What lies behind the tales and why should such a creature be living in the waters by Castle Urquhart? The secret is hidden in deep dark caves right beneath the ruins. The importance of the secret is so precious that the Monster will stop at nothing to protect it.

It is now time for our story to begin to unfold.

Chapter One: The Christening.

It had been ten years since Queen Aurora and King Colin, rulers of Inverness - shire had given birth to their twin princesses, Olivia and Shona.

This part of the land of the Scots had always been different, because their unusual neighbours, the fairies, enchanted it. The Kingdom in this story is where the tale of the beautiful, curious, and kind “Sleeping Beauty” occurred. This particular piece of land, water and people had been continuously touched by the unexplained and the often “unseen” powers of the fairies.

Indeed, for our modern world we find it difficult to understand how such tales could be more than myth. Therefore, through the passage of time the story of Sleeping Beauty has transformed into a mere fable. However, this was a place where both good and evil have met and fought, both on the land (the reality) and in the minds of its people (the unseen).

We all remember the fateful day of Aurora’s Christening. The day the good Fairy Godmothers and the evil Shadow Fairy met in battle over the future of the baby. It was Aurora and her people who suffered by having to sleep for 100 years, because of the wounded ego of the Shadow Fairy. Imagine feeling so keenly the rejection of the exclusion from the invitation list of such a very important event. This wound was so deep that it made her easily inflict harm on an innocent baby, without a shred of remorse.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ISBN and Copyright!


It has been a lovely day for our book...

The ISBN number has been assigned and approval for its copyright is pending. Creating this book which is both beautiful in its content and tone has been truly self-actualizing! From the process of its creation, I have begun to understand why God made us...Our Lord and Father (whether or not we choose to accept, acknowledge, or love him these are His loving names)is indeed the ultimate writer and reader. We are His stories. We begin within His creator imagination. To Him each of us is a living mystery novel or short story. Even though He knows the ending I believe he has decided to not look ahead to know our ending. He wants to be surprised and delighted in how much we have chosen to learn and love during our earthly sojourn. He hopes that that we will have a "happy ending." This happy ending would be to fly into His arms upon our homecoming while feeling His "unconditional love,understanding and healing" of our now transparent raw souls.

Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness - Scotland





This has been an amazing week. Finally,I was able to see through my human eyes rather than the "eyes of the imagination" the ancestral home of Aurora of Inverness-shire and her daughter, Alinda. The journey to Loch Ness has been one of the greatest gifts I have ever received from my husband, Paul. Finding out that Oonagh (co-author of our book) would be there at the same time visiting her Mum and her brother and sister-in-law, made this adventure even more enchanting...


As Oonagh and I wrote the tale of Sleeping Beauty's daughter set in her home of Scotland, I knew it would look and feel exactly as it did. I was right.



The highlands of Scotland I have discovered this week are both mysterious and magical. After telling a guide a Urquhart castle the story of Alinda, he excitedly responded, "Oh, she must exist, only in a parallel universe." I both laughed and smiled at the truth within his comment. That universe does exist. It has existed in the minds of Oonagh and I...and it has been incredible accessing it.


Tale of the Saint and the King of Urquhart Castle

A robust holy man named Columba was often to be found journeying by boat between holy Ireland (the land of his birth) and enchanted Scotland (the land of his soul). Many a time St. Columba would be found to have traveled from nation to nation sharing the good news of his beloved God-man.

During one of his trips to sacred Scotland he was lead to a great and good King. This King had built a fine castle on a rocky outcop where many magic stories had been said to have occurred. The name of his stonghold would come to be known as Urquart Castle of Loch Ness. The king was Brude the Brave and True. This good and just King had been told through predictions, that his land would be visited by a holy man bearing good news. The people and King knew at once the prophecy was completed by their meetings with this strange and holy man, Columba.

King Brude and his people loved to listen to the stories told of the gentle God-man by Columba and his good brothers. The stories resonated with the people as enchantment and interaction with the unnseen was commonplace for those who lived in the land of miracles. They understood the beauty and unending power of a God force inside the body of a man. Again, it was easy for them to believe as they had the gift of unending faith.


King Brude would often entertain Saint Columba and his friends. They stopped and visited when on an adventure to share stories of their God. As the Loch and Valley had hosted many holy missionaries who traveled through it, the name of the area was often known as the "Valley of the Saints."

A story of Saint Columba regarding the power of the enchantment of His God of Light was often told by the Pictish King Brude and his people. It seems one night in Urquart castle, a grand cross appeared on a carved pagan monument. The cross shone so bright upon the symbols of the old faith that all who witnessed this enchantment became followers of the God of Columba, including King Brude. The people and their King chose to weave the new symbol and faith as it complemented all that was good and true within the beauty of their old beliefs. The King and kingdom from that day forward had peace, abundance and an enduring power that made magic and miracles as natural as the air of the highlands and unending strength of the hills.

During a trip down Loch Ness, Saint Columba was told of a great sea monster who was causing the fear of death or damage to those trying to carve a living from the land and loch. Saint Columba was told that a man had been bitten by the sea monster and had died from his wound. After attending his burial, Columba was told that another man was in the lake and was in danger of succumbing to the same fate. The Saint went to the loch and demanded that the creature change his evil ways and no longer seek humans for sport, as he was causing them to die. The monster hearing the voice of the saint and feeling remorse for his deeds, never again harmed another daughter of Eve or son of Adam.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The View of our Imagination from the Grand Administrator's perspective





This graphic best illustrates my view on what a soul looks like that has "not bought into negative cultural thinking." Those types of cultures leave little room for dreamers. It is only where "imagination and faith" dance within people, that the full power of knowing and accessing the love and heart of our Creator exists. He loves to play and dance in with us and our our ideas...He gave us the gift to dream. We emulate Him through the use of our intellect and thoughts rather than through popular media and modern cultural propaganda.

It is up to us to take on the challenge of finding where within our lives we can be creative. Any life pursuit ( examples can be showing love or concern for another, reading, surfing, creating a piece of art) done with the product being lost as the process is undertaken, is a direct means to accessing our creativity. When we do access our creativity through actions and thoughts that create rather than destroy, we become powerful. Powerful in that we can find and then share with others the product of our internal happiness. If we thrown away our creativity as if it where a gauntlet of our defeat, we become temporarily, lost. When we see what we could have done as our dreams " hit the ground" we often do not notice an invisible vapor of "depression " was released at its point of impact. That depression if not fought with a new weapon of faith and creativity will be heading straight for us...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Alinda of the Loch - The Story of Sleeping Beauty's Daughter








Oonagh (my Scottish friend and 4th Grade teacher in the U.K.) and I (American/German Marketing professor) began writing the story of Sleeping Beauty's Daughter, Alinda approximately two years ago (2007). Since the time we began writing our story we have together spent seven long weekends traveling "across the point" to finish it. Unbelievably, as of one week ago today, we did indeed complete it. Currently, the finshed manuscript is in the process of being proofread and "cleaned up."






Additionally, we have been talking with professional and amateur graphic artists who (with great passion) have joined our team . They are going modifiy or use as (base illustrations) many of the images from the Archival Art (public domain graphics) library, Those that we ultimately select will complement the story that has been written with the goal of inspiring and lifing up the young and young-at-heart.