Peter Little Wing has been out for a little over a year now, but I feel like Peter's journey is only just beginning...
I was honoured to be a guest for children's author Gloria J. White on her blog in early February. I read chapter one and we chatted a bit about the background behind Peter Little Wing. You'll want to check it out HERE...and be sure to visit every week for new authors and books!
I was also interviewed about Peter Little Wing (as well as Tamara Turtle's Life So Far, and Chloe the Unfeathered Parrot!) by Peter Okonkwo on his YouTube channel, P. English Literature. Check back often for more interviews with authors from all sorts of different backgrounds and books from different genres...for now, CLICK HERE to see my interview!
Check out my guest blog on author Sharon Ledwith’s site about what inspired by middle-grade novel, “Peter Little Wing”!
You’ll also get to read an excerpt from Chapter 1!
Head on over to https://www.sharonledwith.com/blog/
I’m at another Novotel Pop-Up on Valentine’s Day!
Find me at Novotel Toronto Centre
45 the Esplanade
Wednesday, February 14th
10am - 6:30pm
ALL my books—from picture books, to Peter Little Wing, to my Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham, PLUS my Space Zombies DVD—will ALL be available for sale!
Day 12 of the 12 Tales of the Holiday Season...it's a Christmas Eve Art-in-Progress Reveal for "Peter Little Wing and the Bay of Islands" - Book Two of the "Peter Little Wing" middle-grade novel series by Regan W. H. Macaulay
A most merry Christmas Eve to you! Today I offer you a sneak peek at some artwork-in-progress by Gordon Bagshaw for Chapter 4 of book two of my Peter Little Wing book series, Peter Little Wing and the Bay of Islands, featuring Southern tokoeka kiwi, Nandy Enzo (Peter's grandfather), and brushtail possum, Andrew...
Again, it's not finished, but this gives you a hint of insight into Gord's process. Look how soft and plush Andrew's fur is, and check out the sweet little "beard" on Nandy Enzo! It's details like these that I love so much about Gord's brilliant art.
Look for Peter Little Wing and the Bay of Islands in the latter half of 2025!
Day 11 of the 12 Tales of the Holiday Season...Rosie Amazing reads a book written by her mom, Allison McWood!
Rosie Amazing reads an excerpt from her mom's picture book, Harold Angel!
Allison is an acclaimed, multi-published Canadian author, playwright and lyricist. Specializing in comedy, farce and satire, Allison's novels, plays, musicals and children's books all feature her signature quirkiness. Her writing has not only charmed readers and audiences across Canada, but her works have also been taught at Universities around the world from Vancouver to Lucknow, India. Holding a specialized Literature/Renaissance Drama degree from Toronto's York University, Allison is also a Shakespearean dramaturge, and Marlovian scholar.
And now, a second tale from author Tonya Cartmell...Christmas Toys!
By Tonya Cartmell
On the day before Christmas, Jingle, one of Santa’s senior toy distribution elves, heard soft crying coming from one of the shelves stacked with toys.
As he looked up, he spotted Holly, a beautiful Christmas fairy. Holly had long red curly hair, a dark green dress, and delicate gold wings. Her green eyes that matched her dress were overflowing with tears.
“Holly why are you so sad?” asked the elf. “It’s almost Christmas eve. You will soon be wrapped in colourful paper and loaded onto Santa’s sleigh to be delivered to the child that asked specifically for you.”
“I’m nervous and a little scared” whispered Holly. “I’m used to being with all the elves and other toys where everyone is happy and loves one another. What if the child doesn’t like me?”
“Not like you? Of course, they will like you. You are going to a little girl named Jan who told Santa her wish was for a dancing Christmas Fairy just like you. You also won’t be going alone. The black horse beside you is going as well.”
“Hello,” said the black horse. “I don’t have a name yet but think of the adventures we will experience together. Everything will be fine.”
Jingle and the black horse helped calm Holly's nerves. Excited for her turn to be wrapped, she requested a green bow be added to match her dress.
Holly called out to the horse with no name “I will see you tomorrow when Jan unwraps us.”
Santa arranged Jan’s presents under her Christmas tree and quietly said goodbye to them before disappearing back up the chimney to his sleigh that waited on the roof.
Thrilled to open her gifts on Christmas morning, Jan tore off the wrapping paper that covered her toys. She hugged Holly to her chest and decided to call the horse Cupid as that was her favourite reindeer. She put Holly in Cupid’s saddle and imagined them riding to a far-off magical castle.
Every day Jan would create a new adventure for Holly and Cupid to go on. At night while Jan slept, Holly and Cupid would talk about all the fun they had. Sometimes, they would sneak off and go for a ride themselves to explore the house. They made sure they were back in the same spot before Jan woke up in the morning.
One warm summer night, Jan’s parents left the downstairs window open. “I can make the jump to the ground,” said Cupid.
“And back up again?” asked Holly.
“Of course! Let’s go tour the world.”
Trusting everything would be ok, Holly jumped into the saddle and held on as Cupid sailed out of the window and landed softly on the ground below. He began to gallop, enjoying the breeze in his mane and tail.
Neither of them noticed the grey tabby cat watching from the bushes until it started to chase Cupid. “I only want to play,” it said as it took a swipe at them.
Holly cried out in pain as its claw tore her right wing. “Faster Cupid, we have to make it back to the house.”
Cupid dodged around trees and under bushes. He spotted a way to lose the cat on his tail and ran as fast as he could towards a rock hidden by a bush. At the last second, Cupid swerved to the left to avoid hitting it. At the sound of the crash, they both turned around and saw the cat lying down rubbing its head with its paws.
“Whew! That was close,” said Cupid. “Does your wing hurt?”
“A little sore but it should be ok. Hopefully Jan doesn’t notice it.”
The pair made their way back into the house and onto the shelf where Jingle waited.
“I’m here to fix your wing Holly,” said Jingle. “We can’t have children suspecting Christmas toys come alive when they aren’t around.”
Cupid watched as Jingle waved a magic candy cane over Holly’s wing to repair it. “That is amazing, Jingle. Great job.”
As Holly turned to face her friends, Cupid took a step back and fell to the ground. The noise of him falling woke up Jan.
Jingle disappeared before Jan spotted him. Holly knew that Cupid hurt his back leg.
Jan scooped Cupid up and ran off to find her mom and dad, hoping they could fix his broken leg.
Cupid never returned. Jan’s parents bought her a new horse but without the Christmas magic, it never came to life.
Eventually, Jan grew up and lost interest in playing with Holly and her other toys. Holly sat quietly on the shelf thinking of Cupid and Jingle as time passed.
On the night before Jan was to move away for university, Jingle came to visit Holly.
“I’m here to bring you home. It is time for you to go back to Santa’s workshop. You have been a good toy and friend to Jan while she grew up and you kept the Christmas toy secret.”
Holly visited Jan in her dreams that night, not as her doll but as a real person. Holly told her she loved her and believed Jan would be successful. She thanked Jan for all the fun they had over the years and then whispered “Goodbye” in her ear.
Cupid was the first toy Holly saw as she and Jingle arrived back in Santa’s workshop. She threw her arms around his neck as they both yelled “I’ve missed you so much!”
When her first children’s book, Twelve Days of Rescue, was published in 2020, Tonya fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author. Her second book, Pa’s Hockey Sweater, was published in 2021. Tonya’s first middle-grade novel Second Hand Witch came out in 2022.