Update: The Dream Chronicles, Book 2

In the last few months, I’ve used Space to Dream as a place to share summer reading, book reviews, and my own poems. While I was also busy writing my second novel in The Dream Chronicles series, I have intentionally kept quiet about it because I was also seeking a literary agent and publisher. Of course, I set aside my draft for most of the summer to spend time with my children at home.

With the kids back at school, I’ve once again been happily at work on Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, revising and editing my manuscript while continuing to search for a literary professional who believes in it as much as I do. Daily I remind myself that it only takes one, and even children’s literature maven J.K. Rowling herself sent the first book of Harry Potter to many agents and publishing houses before her manuscript was championed.

With months having passed since I first sent queries to agents and publishers, and a number of rejections received – I am at a crossroads for making the decision that many writers find themselves with: Do I self-publish?

The resounding answer is: Yes. I will publish my work. And I will promote it because I believe it is good, and it is what my heart is leading me to do. But most importantly, I will publish it and continue writing & creating new content. And with each new piece of writing I create, I will have another opportunity to find agents, publishers – and most importantly – readers! – who connect with it.

Will anyone ever believe in my writing as much as I do? Probably not. But I’m not giving up hope that there will be someone out there who sees enough magic in it to give it a chance.

That said, I will be posting previews of Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword and related content in the coming weeks! I will soon be announcing the official publishing date on Amazon as well. Stay Tuned!

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Stacie

 

Children’s Book Review: The Wish Trap (Star Friends, Book 2) 

The Wish Trap, written by Linda Chapman & illustrated by Lucy Fleming, is an enchanting story that mixes childhood adventure with fantasy. Readers will delight in the magical animals and whimsical illustrations. Its description rings true – this is a book that will be enjoyed by fans of both the Rainbow Magic series and other magical adventures for young readers.

The second book in the Star Friends series, it follows friends Maia, Ionie, Lottie & Sita as they discover their increasing magical powers as Star Friends. Star Animals are magical animals that come from Star World, and once they have made a human friend, their magic can flow between them in order to do good and stop others who are using bad magic. Promoting acts of kindness in children’s literature is always a positive experience for both readers and parents, and using both magic and animals to do so is so much fun!

Maia, Ionie, Lottie & Sita successfully battled a Shade (an evil spirit that brings chaos & unhappiness) in the first adventure – and they will need to work together again to solve a dangerous mystery in The Wish Trap. This time, the members of the gym team are mysteriously getting hurt – and the girls suspect that a Shade is behind the accidents.

While the story itself is fun and the characters charming, the illustrations are gorgeous and really brought the book to life. I was familiar with Lucy Fleming’s art through Instagram, but this was the first time I’ve seen her work displayed in a children’s book. Her dreamy, whimsical style fits the Star Friends perfectly. Young readers, particularly girls around my own daughter’s age – will be happy to have The Wish Trap in their libraries.

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review Links:

https://www.netgalley.com/book/117971/review/424591

https://www.amazon.com/review/R2WVG0GHCYU1S/

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2122889554

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream! Have a magical day.  -Stacie

Stacie Eirich is a writer as well as an avid reader & book reviewer. She holds a Masters Degree in English Studies from Illinois State University. She has published four books of poetry and a children’s novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. She lives north of New Orleans, and is currently writing her second children’s novel.

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