Character Interview

thecomingofarabella_200x300 (2)In Between Land and Sea (released in September 2013), I introduced Isabella of the Mediterranean Kingdom aka Barbara Davies. She returns in The Coming of Arabella.

Before starting to write, I like to interview the characters. Here’s what Isabella/Barbara had to say…

Continue reading on Carly Jordynn’s blog.


The Mermaid and the Woodcutter

I discovered the following artwork and fable on my Internet travels.

Enjoy!

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A woodcutter had been hard at work all day, cutting down trees to sell for firewood. It was nearing sunset, but he wanted to cut down one last tree before going home for the night. Coming across a sturdy elm that grew beside a deep pool, he set to work. But he was so tired that, after a few strokes, his ax slipped out of his hands and fell with a splash into the deep black water.

“How could I be so careless!” the woodcutter cried. “I’ll never see my ax again!” And he stood by the water in despair.

Now, a mermaid happened to be nearby, and heard the woodcutter’s lamentations. Quick as thought, the creature appeared before him and asked him what was wrong.

“I’ve lost my only ax in the water,” the woodcutter groaned. “I can’t afford to buy another, and now my children will go hungry. What can I do?”

“Wait here,” the mermaid replied, and she dived to the bottom of the pool. When she came back to the surface, she held in her hand an ax made of pure gold.

“Is this the ax you lost?” the mermaid asked the woodcutter.

“No, that one isn’t mine,” the honest man answered.

The mermaid dived again to the bottom of the pool and came up with a shining silver ax. “Then this one must be your,” she said.

“No, that one’s not mine, either,” sighed the woodcutter. “Mine was just a plain iron ax with a wooden handle.”

For the third time the mermaid dived to the bottom of the pool, and this time she came up with an old, worn iron ax.

“That’s the one!” cried the woodcutter joyfully. “How can I ever thank you?”

“My friend,” said the mermaid, “your honesty deserves a reward. Take all three axes home with you, and your children will never go hungry again.”

When the delighted woodcutter reached home, he told his family what had happened.

Now, the woodcutter had a brother who, when he heard the story, said to himself, “Why should my foolish brother have better luck than me? Tomorrow I’ll try the same trick, and I’ll come home wealthy too!”

The next day the woodcutter’s brother went to the same pool and promptly threw his ax into the water. Immediately he began weeping and wailing, calling on the mermaid to help him. The mermaid appeared and, diving to the bottom of the pool, brought up a golden ax. “Is this the one you lost?” she asked.

“That’s the one!” the woodcutter’s brother cried.

But the mermaid let the golden ax fall back beneath the water.

“For your dishonesty,” she said, “you’ll have no ax at all. “And then she vanished, leaving the woodcutter’s brother poorer than ever.

Today marks the end of the Mondays for Mermaids series. Thanks for following!


Medium-Budget Gift Ideas for Wannabe Mermaids

I had fun shopping for these gifts on the Cafe Press website. Click on images for links and prices that range from $30 to $100.

Enjoy!

Mermaid Art Wall Calendar - $30 CDN

Mermaid Art Wall Calendar – $30 CDN

Charm Bracelet - $34.50 CDN

Charm Bracelet – $34.50 CDN




Marine Mermaid Throw Pillow - $37.50 CDN

Mermaid Throw Pillow – $37.50 CDN

Mermaid Wall Clock - $37.50 CDN

Mermaid Wall Clock – $37.50 CDN









Clive Pearl Mermaid IPad Shirt - $45 CDN

Mermaid Shirt – $45 CDN


Clive Pearl iPhone Case

Clive Pearl iPhone Case – $45 CDN

Fantasy Art Bathmat - $52.50 CDN

Fantasy Art Bathmat – $52.50 CDN

Light Pajamas - $60.00

Light Pajamas – $60 CDN




Ruby Mermaid Throw Blanket - $73.50 CDN

Ruby Mermaid Throw Blanket – $73.50 CDN

Vintage French Mermaid Shower Curtain - $97.50 CDN

Vintage French Mermaid Shower Curtain – $97.50 CDN



Low-Budget Gift Ideas for Wannabe Mermaids

I am featuring several low-budget gifts for the wannabe mermaid on your Christmas list. Click on images for Amazon.ca links and prices.

Friends in the United States – Your prices will be even lower!

Mermaid Charm Bangle Bracelet - $5.99 CDN

Mermaid Charm Bangle Bracelet – $5.99 CDN

Little Mermaid Gift Box - $5.99 CDN

Little Mermaid Gift Box – $5.99 CDN



















Mermaid Jewelry Stand - $6.49 CDN

Mermaid Jewelry Stand – $6.49 CDN

Little Mermaid Pillow - $15.99 CDN

Little Mermaid Pillow – $15.99 CDN


















Funny Disney Coffee Mug - $17.99 CDN

Funny Disney Coffee Mug – $17.99 CDN

Save the Mermaids Tote Bag - $20.50 CDN

Save the Mermaids Tote Bag – $20.50 CDN


















The Little Mermaid Umbrella - $17.99 CDN

The Little Mermaid Umbrella – $17.99 CDN

Incense Fragrance Burner - $23.49 CDN

Incense Fragrance Burner – $23.49 CDN


















Canvas Print - The Mermaid $24 CDN

Canvas Print – The Mermaid $24 CDN

Disney Princess Towel/Poncho - $29.95 CDN

Disney Princess Towel/Poncho – $29.95 CDN


















Treat yourself to eBooks of Between Land and Sea and The Coming of Arabella. Follow the inspiring journey of Isabella of the Mediterranean Kingdom from Malta to the fog-drenched shores of southwest England to small-town Ontario to the desert paradise of Sedona, Arizona.

eBook - $3.09 CDN

eBook – $3.09 CDN

eBook - $3.91 CDN

eBook – $3.91 CDN



















Next Week: Medium-Budget Gifts for Wannabe Mermaids