Monday, September 11, 2023

Story Magic at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!

Stephanie Robinson casting story spells

Ah, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. What could be finer than a day spent with colorful characters greeting you with a hearty, Huzzzah! Catching whiffs of fried dough and baked potatoes seasoning the air. Mingling with artisans at an eclectic market, and watching happy faire-goers finding secret treasures along their way. Who wouldn't want to stay for a spell?   

We feel delighted to be a part of the magic, and we sprinkled in mystery from the classic author booth on Shady Lane. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire offers this cozy nook to local authors to help spread the love of reading. We appreciate their support for local authors. 

It's always a pleasure talking to readers about The Secret Files of Fairday MorrowFairday Morrow and the Talking Library, and hinting at clues from the third book in progress, Fairday Morrow and the Master's Emporium. This Labor Day the faire brewed up plenty of good vibes, and we told our story to curious passersby who inquired about the mystery of the Begonia House. 

Once invited in, let the story begin...

Jess Haight asking curious readers, "Are you in the mood for a mystery?" 

"In book one, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, eleven-year old Fairday and her family move from Manhattan to a small town in Connecticut, where her parents have bought a big, spooky, crumbling Victorian Manor called the Begonia House. They want to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, but after Fairday moves in strange occurrences start happening, and she finds out that an unsolved mystery had taken place in her home. Fairday and her friends, Lizzy and Marcus, in the Detective Mystery Squad, piece together clues to find out what happened in the house, and what they uncover is more shocking then they could have ever imagined. 

The first mystery wraps up, and in book two, Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library, Fairday finds out that the Begonia House is hiding more secrets when she receives a worrisome note from a mysterious librarian warning that words in stories are vanishing, and that a bookworm is eating them. Fairday and the DMS are on the case to save the stories! They uncover a magical portal that transports them to the Talking Library, where books come alive and story magic abounds."

Illustration from Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library 
by David SanAngelo

Monday, August 28, 2023

MMGM: American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar


Lekha Divekar is the only Indian American in her small town. She was born in America, but she thinks other people see her as an outsider. Lekha feels like she is two people; the girl who does her best to blend in and be invisible at school, and the girl at home who is happy eating Indian food and watching old Bollywood movies. Trying to balance it all is hard. But Lekha can't stand being called names because of her culture and having kids make fun of her because they say she smells funny. Her best friend and neighbor, Noah, is the only one who knows both sides of her. Neither of them feels strong enough to stand up to the kids who are being mean. When a new Desi girls moves in, Lekha thinks all her prayers have been answered. Now she will have a friend who understands all her struggles. But when she meets Avantika she realizes that the new girl has moved to the small town straight from India and doesn't feel the same way as Lekha. Now that there are two Desi girls in school will Lekha be able to blend in? Will there be a time when Lekha will use her voice? You'll have to read this enlightening book to find out!

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar is up for the Intermediate Nutmeg Award and I can see why! The characters tugged at my heart, and I also loved learning about Indian culture. Middle school is hard, so I can imagine that a lot of kids try to blend in, but for Lekha it's an even bigger deal. I felt bad for her thinking about how hard it was for her to live two lives. She kept finding herself in tough spots where she was going to disappoint her family, her swim team, or herself. When she has a decision to make during Diwali, the most important holiday of the year for her family, my heart broke for her. The kids in her town don't celebrate Diwali and to them it is just another day. It made me think about important holidays in other cultures and religions. It must be hard if you celebrate a holiday and no one else in your town does, so people expect you to do regular every day things. I like how the book helped me learn about Indian foods and traditions. I would recommend this book to people in 4th grade and up who like realistic fiction and stories about standing up for ourselves and what we believe. I can't wait to read another book by this author.   

Has anyone else read American as Paneer Pie? Or have you read another book by Supriya Kelkar? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

For other MMGM posts, please visit Greg Pattridge's blog.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Color, Creation, and Inspiration

"Seven Royal Colors Play Rainbow Ride" 
Who but I peeps from the unhewn dolmen arch? 
(excerpt taken from a translation of the ancient poem, Amergin in The White Goddess by Robert Graves)

Hello, Readers! Sometimes stories are channeled through art. My mind tends to travel down random conceptual tangents that wind up linking different ideas together. Skipping around on the creative path, no matter where it leads, permits me to follow along and let creative spirit show the way. 

As creation grows, so do stories. I like to listen to audio books while I work. Many of the books I listen to are about philosophy and quantum science, two topics I love to engage with. The books I digest influence my creative work, and I think it's interesting to see the elements that appear in a finished project. 

There is a lot happening on the story front these days; the 3rd book in the Fairday Morrow series. The Master's Emporium, is in the works, along with a WIP that's been brewing up a storm lately. So, while the story cauldron is simmering, here are some of the art projects I've recently completed. 

The more you look, the more you see; truth lies betwixt the lines. Nature's spirits are my muse, and when I explore the essence of natural patterns on a deeper level, I always find myself lost in a mad splash of matter. After all, that's where it's all happening! 

"Myxtress Molasses
Microscopic Modern Art 

"Dream Dragon

Dream Dragon waking

Knock, knock Skull of Forever

Three fold vibe power

"Sorceress Purpura's Spell
Conjuring violet in the Skull of Forever

Spin, spin Rainbow Ride

Purpura’s spell, call a star

Spin, spin Rainbow Ride

When is now, and not so far 


Spin, spin Rainbow Ride

Xeerimoops, a stranger way

Spin, spin Rainbow Ride

Skull of Forever in play

"Colors Dancing in MIND" 

"Color Storm" 

There are clues about the stories and more artwork at if you're interested in putting some of the pieces of the puzzle together. is my art website where you will find drawings, paintings, copper wire characters, mood candles, Microscopic Modern Art, and more! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my art. I love to share ideas and spark imagination. Enjoy the colors! They are eternally light and free. 😍💖


Copper wire mermaid on fluorite stone/ clam shell

"Dancing with Spirits" 
Mood candle art