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Hurrah! Huzzah! And Hip Hip Hooray! After many years in journalism, PR and education, I finally found my passion in short-story writing.
I've had a number of shorts published in literary magazines and recently Lampglow Books published one of my faves, "The Greatest Blessings," as a children's chapter book, replete with 22 sumptuous illustrations. That's a victory in itself. But what would be better is if the tale of the fabulous Lords Fame, Fortune and Power and the forsaken runaway named Boy they command to decide which one of their namesake favours is the greatest blessing sells a few copies!
Discover the critically acclaimed, classically written children's chapter book that has kids everywhere asking ...
Fame, Fortune or Power: Which would you choose if you could have only one?
The Greatest Blessings is a classically written children's chapter book that, as one reviewer put it, "makes one think that a bard wrote it to be told over a glass of (ginger) ale in a medieval tavern." Lauded by the prestigious Midwestern Book Review as "unforgettable" and the popular Reading Frenzy book review as "the book that should be next on your child's reading list," The Greatest Blessings is a nominee for the American Library Association's 2015 notable children's book list.
Synopsis: A forsaken runaway named Boy has to decide which one of the namesake blessings of the fabulous Lords Fame, Fortune and Power is the greatest.
Summary: Lords and brothers Fame, Fortune and Power decide how well all people will fare in life in the namesake realms of human desire they control. When they deem a woeful babe abandoned in a barn unworthy of any of their favours, the child grows up the lackey of a cruel farmer and his tormenting spoiled children. When he is old enough Boy, for that is the name used for him, runs away with the only friends he has ever known--the equally abused and unnamed Sheep, Cow and Horse--to seek a better life.
Years later, a quarrel among Fame, Fortune and Power over whose blessing is the greatest sends them, and their court jester Nobody, on a quest to find an unsullied party to settle their dispute. Boy seems the perfect candidate, but his unusual views on what is valuable in life incite the lords and bring him to the brink of doom. Will he live? What happens to the lords? And is Boy right or does one of the lords' blessings outshine the others? The future of mankind depends on the answer.
Boy: Abandoned by his mother as a newborn and shunned by Lords Fame, Fortune and Power, Boy grows up the lackey of a cruel farmer and eventually runs away with his only friends, his faithful companions Sheep, Cow and Horse.
Fame: Conferrer of the blessing of renown to children, the dashing Fame believes that his gift is the name of the game.
Fortune: Conferrer of the blessing of wealth to children, the extravagant Fortune believes that his gift is all you need to succeed.
Power: Conferrer of the blessing of might to children, the brawny Power believes that his gift is the be-all end-all.
Nobody: Court jester to Fame, Fortune and Power, when it comes to saying the right thing at the wrong time, Nobody does it better.
Sheep, Cow and Horse: Scraggly, frail and puny respectively, Sheep, Cow and Horse are nonetheless priceless to Boy.
Settings & Locations
The Greatest Blessings takes place during an Arthurian time in a mythical land from which the glorious lords Fame, Fortune and Power decide the destinies of all people according to their fancies.
Magnificent palace of Fame, Fortune and Power
Dark forest where a pack of ravenous wolves stand ready to pounce
Ramshackle stable and prosperous farm of a rich but cruel landsman
Treacherous river that carries Boy, Sheep, Cow and Horse away
Paltry patch of land that Boy, Sheep, Cow and Horse call home
Genre: Children's Books, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths, Arthurian, Classics
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