A Night Under the Stars

It was a warm evening, the thunderstorms of late, a mere hint of humidity in the air. “The air feels friendly on my face.” The sunset streaked the sky with ribbons of pink and set the scene … “A wisp of magic fill this space.” It was the perfect night for my launch of Mother Nature’s Kiss.

FireRock Country Club has an event lawn that was made for this event. Strings of lights accompanied the clear starry night and the feel of grass underfoot connected us to Mother Nature in the most visceral way. Flutes of sparkling Prosecco and star cookies iced to match the book were in hand to add to the sweetness of the night.

My friend, Vicki O’Connor, warmly introduced me. As an artist, she is all too familiar with the feeling of putting yourself out there when you create something so dear to your heart. It was a lovely beginning to a very special night. Have a peek at Vicki’s art here.

I welcomed friends, acquaintances and young ones to settle in as I spoke about the story behind the story. Instead of reading the book, I recited it to the magical music of Tracey Chattaway’s “Light the Night”. You can listen to it here.

It was a magical evening and an excerpt from the introduction describes my feelings perfectly. I wanted to share it as a common love for a warm summer evening. The idea of Mother Nature is one of universal and perfect love. It crosses borders, culture and time. May we be reminded that with every shooting star and every warm breeze, Mother Nature is reaching out to all of us.

For me, it was a night meant to share. I was thrilled that so many people came out and bought multiple books for many little loved ones. It is a story about letting your imagination soar into the night sky. The evening was all I had hoped for and more. I sold out in four days!

Let me end with the words of one of the most talented and creative men in history, Walt Disney.

I want to thank all who came and shared the evening with me. The next launch will be in Winnipeg, June 12th, at McNally Robinson, Grant Park. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Hold Onto Summer!!

I don’t know about you, but it feels like we never had much of an autumn. All of a sudden, snowflakes were flying! As Thanksgiving approaches, I would love to share the feelings, the love and the memories of summer.

Remember those soft, warm nights with a sky filled with stars? Or the touch of a silky evening wind on your face? How about the dazzling blinking of a firefly or the sparks from a bonfire? How many new friends did you meet? Were you ever lulled to sleep on a boat? Weren’t the sunsets amazing, and those Northern lights? How many times have we looked up to the night sky and marveled at the depth and beauty of the universe?

Well, Friends, my new book which is a bedtime story, Mother Nature’s Kiss, has all that and more! As our summer of 2018 closes, we can still grab those special moments. This book is for anyone who loves to look out onto a body of water and dream. The relaxation of letting your mind drift as you look out – no matter where I am – it is my happy place.

I wrote and illustrated Mother Nature’s Kiss with little ones in mind. It is a bedtime story that gently guides your imagination across a lake and into the possibilities of a twinkling night sky. We meet a firefly, a sleepy family on a boat, campfire kids, new friends, a lonely alien, a fanciful angel and, finally, Mother Nature! We feel the breath of a warm evening wind, silky across our cheek and the wisp of the magic of a good bedtime story.

Hold onto summer, with all the charm and memories of a warm, starlit evening. I invite you to a sneak peek at the images in Mother Nature’s Kiss.


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Warm wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving. xoxo