Posts Tagged ‘legend’

One thing’s for sure, the Twelve Days of Christmas will never seem quite the same again …

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

 

Dividing my time between homes in South-West France and Abu Dhabi, I live with my husband and our beautiful Tonkinese cat. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, before a change of career led me to writing books for children instead.
Shadows from the Past is series of time-travel adventures, featuring 3 children and a rather special Tonkinese cat by the name of Max. I’m currently working on the tenth book in the series, The Shadow of the Witchfinder. Max also has a few solo adventures of his own to accompany the series.

As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too.

 

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MAX’S ADVENTURES are spin-offs from my 
SHADOWS FROM THE PAST books.
A second solo adventure awaits Max the time-travelling Tonkinese cat in this Christmas short story. 
 
Invited to accompany a well-known figure on a whirlwind trip into the past, he sets off on a mission to search for something very precious to his owners Jemima and Joe Lancelot – their missing parents. 
 
The hunt reveals tantalising clues to this mystery and ends with a special surprise for the twins.

 

Max the talking Tonkinese cat has a third solo adventure in this seasonal short story.

What happens when the feline hero is trapped in the attic one night?

Will he escape the clutches of the Christmas fairy, a regiment of soldiers and three obstreperous French hens in time to enjoy a holiday with his family?
 

One thing’s for sure, the Twelve Days of Christmas will never seem quite the same again …



Snippet Book 3:
EXTRACT 1: Struggling to break loose, Max thrust his head out through
the tangle of tinsel and took a few gulps of air. From downstairs, he heard the
distant chimes of Uncle Richard’s grandfather clock and counted as it struck
twelve times. It was midnight.
 

 

EXTRACT 2: ‘What the Dickens is all this racket?’ barked the wooden
soldier, glaring at the fairy as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes. ‘Why have
you woken everyone up? You know the rules, Tinks. Christmas is still months
away.’
 

 

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Interview with Lu Ann Brobst Staheli about “Men of Destiny”

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Lu Ann, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

My mother was a writer, although she had never had anything published. She wrote poetry for every family occasion, happy and sad. She wrote letters to all of us, no matter how spread across the country. She wrote her life story in a journal. I think my mom would have embraced the internet and used it as a means to touch, teach, and love. Although she told me I’d never make a living as a writer, she still supported my dreams. She once arranged for me to work at the Anderson Herald though the Explorer program so I could learn about the newspaper business. My grandmother was also a writer. She had huge dreams of writing the All-American novel someday, and although she wrote short stories, to my knowledge the only thing she had published was a poem about the sinking of the Titanic a few days after the tragedy. Her poem, “The Lost Ones,” was published in the Chicago Herald American. She always gave me gifts that would teach me how to write and expand my vocabulary. Both she and my mother were avid readers, as I turned out to be.

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The Eyes of Sandala by Cathy Benedetto review for readersfavorite.com

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

This is a very well told tale, in a made-up world quite different from those fantasy lovers have seen before. It has a well thought out plot with interesting characters, both human and otherwise. I find the writing fluid even when the author chose to make each scene a new chapter. Some readers may find it a touch disconcerting (more…)