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“A great middle grade fantasy.” —ForeWord Reviews

“The Moon Coin is a fine and adventurous read for young adults, highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review


Telling a wicked good tale is a talent, but making it sound believable is a gift. Even as young teens, Lily and Jasper Winter still love their uncle’s bedtime tales. But they don’t believe, as they once did, that the tales he spins are true, or that his fantastic paintings are from places he’s actually been . . . that would be childish.

Now Uncle Ebb is missing.

Lily and Jasper are supposed to stay out of trouble while their parents search Ebb’s study, but his mansion is full of distractions. A Tesla generator thrums in the basement. Prismatic electrimals drift lazily around walls resembling underwater reefs. Then Oscar, a fuchsia-plumed flying seahorse, leads the siblings to a secret room, where the mystery of their uncle’s disappearance deepens. They’ve never seen Ebb without his golden necklace, yet there it is, with a curious coin dangling from it.

That night, Lily’s careful examination of the coin yields unexpected results. To her surprise, it transports her to the Moon Realm, the setting of Uncle Ebb’s bedtime tales. Lily is thrilled to meet the horse-sized, leonine Rinn and the lunamancers of Dain. But something is wrong. The inhabitants of the moons are no longer allies, and the heroic characters from the tales either don’t exist or are known only as myths. Worse, one of the moons appears to be dead, haunted by an evil villain named Wrengfoul. And no one seems to know what’s become of Ebb.

Illustrated by Carolyn Arcabascio. Volume One of the The Moon Realm Series.

Gold medal winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for pre-teen fantasy.

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Book Signing

Author Signing blog

Eastern High School library, Wash. DC, Friday 31, 2014

This was taken right after an Imagine, Write, Repeat presentation. Here I’m talking to one of the students while signing Moon Realm books. It was a smart crowd, filled with lots of good questions. The signing ran over a bit, but luckily the parents were very gracious. The librarian asked if I’d be interesting in coming back to run a writing workshop!

Illustrations and excerpts from the

The Moon Coin.


From Chapter One

flying seahorse resting on a wall made of living coral


From Chapter Two

Lily removing moon coin necklace from mannequin as alarmed Jasper looks on.


From Chapter Three

Mr. Phixit.


From Chapter Four

Witcoil riding a wifling.


From Chapter Five

Roan swatting away arrows.


From Chapter Six

Graydor observing from high atop the ridge gate.


From Chapter Seven

Lily riding Roan into the Royal Palace of the Rinn.


From Chapter Eight

Greydor and Nimlinn on reclining on the Royal Dias.


From Chapter Nine

The stained glass doors of the Tomb of the fallen. A saddle and Nimlinn's paw can be seen within the room.


From Chapter Ten

Tanglemane snoozing on a stone ledge.


From Chapter Eleven

Aleron and his flock diving through the clouds.


From Chapter Twelve

Dragon with arrows sticking out of his snout being rained on.


From Chapter Thirteen

Curse, the malevolent entity that lives in Tavin's sword, being unsheathed.


From Chapter Fourteen

Tavin walking knee deep in the fens...

From Chapter Fifteen

Small girl carrying two lanterns in the night.


From Chapter Sixteen

Lily and Keegan having tea.


From Chapter Seventeen

Dubb and Lily at the door.


From Chapter Eighteen

The lunamancer Ember, tending a fireplace with an iron poker.


From Chapter Nineteen

Dubb's cracked moonsword.


From Chapter Twenty

Lily, about to reach into a boot.


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Interview with Bill Watterson from Mental Floss

Barnes and Noble, Sandy, Utah.

Like two little hobbits starting off on their first big adventure.


Hint: Second row, third and fourth from the left.


The Moon Realm Invades Barnes and Noble Bookstores Everywhere




I wish I had a more exciting tale to tell, but getting a self-published book into Barnes and Noble is all about time, diligence, and whether or not they want your book.

In a nutshell, here’s how I got the Moon Realm series into Barnes and Noble. Last fall I submitted to their Small Press Dept., at their Headquarters on 5th Ave, in New York. On their website, they said that if I didn’t hear back from them I should resend, as they get 2,000 submissions a week, which means, every once and a while, they have chuck everything and start over. I got a letter back from them maybe two weeks later requesting paperback copies of The Moon Coin (the only Moon Realm book in paper at that time). That was back in November. My next task was to get a distributor or wholesaler. B&N had sent me a list of them. I sent submissions two wholesalers that could work out for me. One replied in a week with a no. The other, Baker and Taylor, took longer. On March 26th, B&N sent me another letter saying they still wanted The Moon Coin, but that since they hadn’t heard from me in a long time, they were going to take their offer off the table 30 days from the date of that letter. That seemed more than fair to me, generous, in fact. It was a bit of a bummer, though, as I’d decided in my mind that Baker and Taylor, not having gotten back to me—I’d submitted to them in January—wasn’t interested in my book. Then, on April 11th, Baker and Taylor sent an email to Gibbering Gnome press saying “We are pleased to inform you that after reviewing your materials, we would like to have your company become a vendor with Baker & Taylor.”

That was a fine day.

Since the second book in my series, The Dragondain, had come out in December, and since my original contact from Barnes and Noble had changed since last November, I decided to send my new B&N contact new copies of both titles. She called a few weeks later to say they were going to order The Moon Coin, and that The Dragondain was now being reviewed by their buyer. During that time, Gibbering Gnome Press set up its account with B&T. I sent copies of books to my contact at B&T at that time, too. Soon, I was in B&T’s system.

On July 18th, the day before I was leaving for vacation, the first two purchase orders from B&T rolled in. So, instead of packing, I spent the evening thumbing through a 55 page document on how to make a proper shipping label for B&T’s warehouse. It involved me—I’m Gibbering Gnome’s typesetter, among other things—generating a label containing six barcodes. I’d never made barcodes before. I mean, I’d order them from Bowkers, of course, but never made them from scratch. By midnight, though, everything was boxed and ready to ship. I did what packing I could, then finished up in the morning. We sent the books off as we left town.

Unrelated to all this, I’d been in contact with a B&N Children’s Book Manager since last summer. Her store is in Utah. She’d contacted me on GoodReads, and wanted to know why my books weren’t in B&N’s catalog, Bookmaster. I’d told her I was trying my best. We kept in contact during this whole process, and, now that my books were in the system, she ordered copies for her store. She’s picked out a display, and Gibbering Gnome Press has sent her posters and postcards adverts.

Now all I need to do is sit back and watch the purchase orders roll in, right? Ha! If only it was so easy! But seriously, my job now is to run around to local B&Ns and independent bookstores, handing out free review copies and letting them know that I’m in B&T, or, in the case of the B&Ns, that I’m in Bookmaster. If I’m lucky, I might be able to get in on a few signings.





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Second Looks Books will have a bookstall at this year’s festival.

I’ll be there all three days signing Moon Realm novels.


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