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About Henderson Smith
I grew up as a military brat who travelled the world with my family. We moved ten times before I was twelve. Given that transient lifestyle, I had very few friends and I was quite shy. It always took some time to warm up to new surroundings and by the time I did, we were off to our next assignment. Books became my best friends and I lost myself to them. The wonderful, amazing world of books where you can live hundreds of lives that seem far more interesting than your own. Maybe you know that feeling too?
My new book, Woofapalooza - The Devil in the Dog Suit, was inspired by my Middle Grade years, when my self-confidence tanked and I learned what “mean girls” bullying were all about. I hope this book inspires you, makes you laugh, makes you cry, but most importantly, opens your heart to your own magnificence.
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In this sequel to The Ugly Princess, Olive finds herself in love with a wonderful prince who adores her, though many think he’s too ugly to claim her. As she makes her plans for the future of her dreams, a witch arrives in the kingdom and that witch is Cassandra Dragon Slayer – the witch who cursed the Winnowwood almost to oblivion. And now she has her sights set on Olive – the Last of the Winnowwood. As Cassandra lays her trap to capture and kill her, Olive must outwit the deadly witch and lay a trap of her own instead. But how can she outsmart a 500-year-old witch whose power, cleverness and wickedness knows no bounds?
Disaster has come to the Las Vegas Dog Shelter. Their reigning champion has lost the Eastminster Dog Show and the prize money that would have saved their shelter. Now, the future only holds a one-way ticket to the Dog Pound where they will all die. Enter Freddy Pooka, a dog with a heart as big as this world and an insane plan to save the shelter. Maybe it will work if everything goes perfectly, but when does anything ever go perfectly?
Based on the award winning screenplay of the same name, The Ugly Princess will take you on an amazing adventure filled with twists, turns and an ending that will take your breath away because it is also a love story of the most unusual, magical kind.
What would you give up to be beautiful?
I don’t mean attractive, or pretty or any other term you could conjure up to describe that thing most women seek to be or most men seek to be with. I mean staggeringly beautiful, men falling at your feet with hopeless adoration as they gaze upon you dumbfounded. That beautiful. I could become that beautiful if I chose, but only with a steep price. Would you pay the price? Does that call to your heart? It doesn’t call to mine.
Yes, when I look at the girl in the mirror, I see a young woman of average height and slight build. I see her lovely emerald green eyes and I see her coarse, orange hair poking out in all directions like some unnatural haystack. I see the forty-seven warts that line her face, which accompany one large lump and two small boils. You’d probably think that I would be more than eager to trade for the great gift of beauty because I know some, if not all of you, would call me hideous. But I don’t think of myself as ugly.
I think of myself as powerful, strong and fierce – for I have magical powers – powers that amaze and terrify me at times. And today is the most important day of my life, because today my mother will say the words over me and seal my fate. For I, Olive, am the last of the Winnowwood and this is my story.