Thursday, January 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bear!

I never remember birthdays, so of course I forgot that it was Arthur Denniston's birthday until Lady Rose reminded me of it this morning!

So Happy Birthday, Arthur! (Bear!) May you live a thousand years!

(Don't ask me how old he is now -- like all good characters, he's timeless and ageless!)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Prayers for the Zak Family

I want to ask for urgent prayers for the Zak family. Their daughter is a fan of the Fairy Tale Novel series, and we've frequently exchanged friendly emails.

Yesterday they lost their youngest son, Luke, age 10, who apparently died in his sleep. I can only imagine how much their family is struggling right now. Please, please pray for them. I remember the shock of losing my Joshua, and how terrible it is to lose a son. He was their youngest son, their "little angel," as their daughter put it.

Please pray for the Zak family. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Monday, January 21, 2008

New Revised Version of Shadow up!

Thanks so much to all of you who gave us feedback on the new edition of The Shadow of the Bear. You'll be happy to know that we accepted almost every suggestion you sent us. So we've replaced the Tenth Anniversary Edition of The Shadow of the Bear with the new Revised Edition. On the website, you can read the new first chapter (The first chapter has the most changes in it: we tried to eliminate the "slow beginnning" that's always crippled this book).
If you can, help us spread the word by letting your friends know about the new edition. It's a great way to introduce people to the series.
Thanks in advance for your help! And be sure to give us feedback!

Waking Rose reviewed on has posted a review of Waking Rose on their main page. Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopes, the first Hispanic reviewer to post on one of my books, gives a thorough review. Check it out, and browse their other recommended Catholic titles if you get a chance. Thanks!

Monday, January 14, 2008

You Know You're a Fairy Tale Novel Fan If...

Elenatintil started this post on the Fairy Tale Novel forums, and I was so tickled by it that I decided to post some excerpts here. Feel free to add your own in the comments boxes.

You know you're a Fairy Tale Novel fan when...

You analyze every guy by comparing him to Bear or Fish

You pretend to be Blanche and Rose when you go shopping in a thrift store. (And look at things you would never look at simply because they did)

If your friends/siblings do something that annoys you, you threaten to put their head in a box of styrofoam balls

You dye your hair black or red to match one of the Brier sisters.

You're constantly telling your friends that they remind you of Bear, Fish, Blanche or Rose (even when they don't know anything about the books)

If the name Sacra Cor makes you smile and start talking about swords and martial arts

When you consider naming a pet Bear or Fish, to the complete confusion of all around you.

When you have started reading Jane Austen and G.K. Chesterton in honour of the Brier sisters. ( I had never read anything by either until I read 'Shadow.' )

When your copy of Waking Rose is in terrible condition after only owning it a few weeks.

When you plan a trip to Steubenville in honor of Mercy College

When the only reason you even *know* about Steubenville is because of the FT novels

When bears and fish are forever linked together in your mind.

You know you're a FT fan when you hear about a friend who's going to go to the University of Pitt. and you get all excited about it!!

You think a guy is completely worthless unless he knows anything about martial arts or swords.

You're always worried about being framed with drugs showing up in your room/car/locker.

Swing-dancing is now the only kind of dancing you'll participate in. Because it's REAL dancing.

If the car behind you is still there after two turns, you know you're being followed by a hired assassin.

You never forget to turn your cell-phone off in the Metro.

You've planned your wedding to be exactly like Blanche's.

When you see something with sequins and it reminds you of Rose and Blanche's prom dresses.

And then when you notice that the sequins are coming off, you wonder if you would be able to fix them with safety pins.

Friday, January 11, 2008

SWRR special on House Art Journal

Some of you probably know about my other blog,, where I usually discuss things having to do with home decorating. Well, this month I'm doing a "Snow White and Rose Red" series for fun. I did a post on my daughters's Snow White and Rose Red dolls, and today I posted about the mural we painted in our old house. The next posts will be a photo series on "the Houses of Snow White and Rose Red." Check out HouseArtJournal to learn about this intriguing series...

Monday, January 7, 2008

What Lies in Store for Prince Caspian?

Check out my article on the upcoming Prince Caspian movie at Will Hollywood manage to re-create the subtle suspense of the second book of the Chronicles of Narnia? Here's a sample from the article:

One overlooked feature of the story is the complicated exposition that C. S. Lewis manages to pull off in the second book of the Chronicles, subtitled The Return to Narnia.

The first three chapters are actually almost a detective story: the four children are in the most humdrum circumstances possible, as opposed to the scenario in the last book. No longer hiding out from bombs in London, they are back in peacetime and on their way to school. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, they are pulled off the train platform and into someplace that they feel should be Narnia. But it’s not.

And Lewis manages to keep you guessing. There is no lamppost, no snow, no sign of anything magical. Just trees. And a deserted seashore. They don’t recognize where they are at all. Instead of being invited to tea by a faun, they confront hunger and thirst right away and are forced to stop acting like schoolchildren and start thinking like the resourceful former adults they were when they left Narnia. Thus they are forced to act like Narnians without even being sure that they are in Narnia, a masterful stroke.

Lewis keeps the plot moving as the children discover the apple orchard. the old courtyard, and finally the treasure house of Cair Paravel, where they recover their gifts and recognize that they are really and truly back in Narnia. But by this time the answer opens up far more questions: what has happened to Narnia? Where is everyone they knew before? And why have they been brought back?

Want to Preview the New Shadow?

For those of you who are part of the Fairy Tale Novel Forum (but maybe haven't visited in a few days): go over now and check out the first ten chapters of a new version of The Shadow of the Bear. Here's a sample of what we wrote on the forum:

A few months ago, my husband began something he's been wanting me to do for a while: revise the opening chapters of The Shadow of the Bear.

You may ask, why?

I always knew the opening chapters of were a bit slow. I mean, it was my first book, and I find openings really hard to write. But I didn't really intend to do anything about it, especially since the books were owned by Bethlehem.

Now that we own the rights to the books once again, my husband decided that we should do some revisions. Thanks mainly to his hard work and spurring me on, I revised the book -- again. But unlike previous revisions, which mainly cleaned up typos and inconsistencies in the book, this revision contains actual changes, omissions, and rearrangments of material.

Was this a good idea, to tamper with something that so many of you love?

Well, you can tell us!

My husband just posted a link to a pdf of the first ten chapters of the new edition: the first ten chapters are where most of the changes are. (We agreed that the end of the book is just fine as it is).

We want to ask you on the forum if you would do us the honor of reading these chapters and giving us your feedback on what you think of them.You don't have to like them: we want honest criticism and this is the time to give it.

Being a child of the 80's, I remember the "New Coke" disaster: how Coca-Cola decided to change the recipe of their famous soda and everyone hated it. The outcry was so great that they quickly introduced "Classic Coke" and eventually quietly took "New Coke" off the market and "Classic Coke" eventually became "Coke" again.

I really don't want this new edition to be a "New Coke" disaster. So please read and tell us, especially if you *don't* like it. Obviously we're hoping these changes make the book better and more exciting. But if we're off the mark, please tell us so.

Thanks so much in advance for your help!