"...it was the author's writing that grabbed my attention...I definitely recommend this book just for its writing alone. The author takes you from one scene to another as if you are floating on a magic carpet looking down." - Aspiring Book Reviews blog
"...the book just blows you away...You feel every emotion that she feels, and that is what I call excellent writing skills...whether you are 8 or 80, this book will hold your attention and I definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking to escape into a faraway land." - The Reading Cat blog
"My book club members and I were completely taken in by the world the author had created. In some ways, it felt like reading Narnia by C.S. Lewis." - Author's Friend blog
"This is definitely a book that any middle grade child or adult will enjoy. The author has carefully contructed a new world and the reader is taken on a fascinating journey..." - Brainy Book Reads blog
"...a wonderful fantasy adventure story. The characters are well-written and the books are captivating. The author creates another world with astonishing clarity and amazing detail....it immersed you in the world where what Helga and her friends were doing was far more important than whatever was going on in the real world." - Genuine Jenn blog
From the Author
One of the attractions of writing fantasy is that it forces us to experiment with "beyond the box" thinking. Imagination is often the only tool we have in breaking through the barriers or chains that limit our possibilities. Running on imagination, our minds and hearts are no longer bound by such "obvious" constraints as common sense, the speed of light, or prejudices of mind.
A natural relative of fantasy is the sense of humor, and need to play, that are part of human nature. Like fantasy, humor is a matter of skewing how we look, and re-look, at things we normally take for granted. In my writing, I use fantasy and humorous absurdity to poke holes in the expectations cultures create to keep things in their place.
Fantasy, including the idea that cows might think, talk, and are proper heroines--perhaps encourages us to wonder about other creatures, people, and dimensions of thought that "common sense" keeps us from hearing and seeing. Possibly, we may even discover that there are cows within ourselves waiting to speak and be heroic. Our capacity to hear things that are, in our "common sense" world, unheard and unheard of, is one of the degrees of freedom we can preserve for ourselves and offer to others. And, for children--kids of all ages--these degrees of freedom are precious and worth nurturing. That is why I write.