Bio: Maighread MacKay is an author and Podcaster from Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR), and the PRAC (Pine Ridge Arts Council).
Her publishing credits include three books for children: Bedtime Treasures, The Mysterious Door and the Crystal Grove written under the name of Margaret Hefferman. Stone Cottage is her was published in 2015 by Solstice Shadows Publishing. She was included in the 2015 Christmas Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas edition with her story “Being Santa”. Stepping Stones, an anthology of inspirational parables is to be released March 25, 2016 from Solstice Publishing.
Craft: Writer, Short Fiction Writer, Christian/inspirational Writer
Genre: visionary fantasy, children, inspirational
Victoria Anne McBride is dead, mourned and buried. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see it that way and refuses to move on. There’s something she needs to tell her husband, Will. Until she does, she will wait for his return to their home, Stone Cottage. For as long as it takes, she will wait…wait…wait.
Rebecca Wainwright is a 21st century woman. Her world is perfectly controlled. Just the way she likes it. Tragedy strikes and she descends into chaos. Trying to heal, she searches for a sanctuary…a place of her own, away from the burdensome concern of her family and best friend. A place where she can lick her wounds without anyone watching. She stumbles across a lovely stone home located off the beaten path and feels completely at home, as if she’d been there before. Why is she so drawn to this place? How can it help her to heal?
Perhaps, Victoria Anne can help.
While practicing in Emma’s backyard for the school baseball team, Charlie hits a ball into the woods. When Emma searches for it, she finds an old oak tree that is very unusual. Calling Charlie, she asks if he notices anything different about the tree. “Oh, my gosh,” he says. “Do you mean the door?” “Okay, so you do see it. I thought I was seeing things,” replies Emma.
From that moment on their lives change as they approach the door, open it and enter a totally new world. They meet talking flowers, Pip, a Leprechaun, the Hunter and many animals, including their Animal Guides as they journey through a small portion of the Otherworld and run into a tricky problem on their way back home.
The book also leaves us with a few questions. Will the door be there the next time they wish it to be? Who is the caretaker of the tree? Where will their next visit take them?
How could I have been so stupid? Why would Kyle think I’m special? I’m nobody. He’s hot. No wonder he likes Cindy better. I don’t fit in with them. I hate my life. It sucks big time.
After being betrayed by a friend, Emma is having a hard time believing in herself or feeling she is worthy of being liked. Charlie suggests they go back to the Otherworld to find Mystique, Shadow and Ramses to see if they can help her. Discovering they have dangerous enemy in Anu, the yellow tiger, this journey will be more perilous than the last. As they make their way to The Crystal Grove, they will need all of their strength and courage to outwit the new threat. Their own friendship is tried as they learn things about each other they didn’t know. New friends are introduced who help them reach their destination despite the challenges they face. When they arrive at the grove, the Goddess Quan Yin helps them remember Who They Really Are and how to deal with Emma’s problem.
An anthology of 6 short inspirational parables. Four of the stories are taken from obscure biblical references that asks the question, “What might have happened next?” The remaining two are original work pondering life questions relevant in today’s life.
It will be released by Solstice Publishing on March 25th, 2016.
Bedtime Treasures is a collection of 8 short stories and a poem by Author Margaret Hefferman which have been brought to full life with the incredible illustrations by Nicole Wallace! A beautiful and charming book, filled with wonderful characters, adventure, and fun throughout, but also with great messages for your children… From Myrtle to Mandy, Peabody, to the mad conductor, your kids will love the fun characters the enchanting, and fun stories, and the lessons taught throughout! Beautifully bound, a book you will keep forever!
Stone Cottage Booktrailer
The Mysterious Door Booktrailer
The Crystal Grove Booktrailer
Awards: Top 10 finalist in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll
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