Happy Saturday!

(c) 2020

My crazy metal chicken is super excited that it’s the weekend!

How about you?

To celebrate the end of the work week, the ebook of Book 3 of The Fairies of Carlow is now FREE! You can find it on amazon.com. Search for my name (Sonja Danielson) in the search bar on the Amazon homepage, or use the direct link for The Commoner in the left margin of this website.

I announced this FREE ebook promo two days ago on this website and on my Instagram page (@ author_sonja_baker).

The Fairies of Carlow: The Commoner tells the story of Princess Cecilia as she runs away from the castle and loses her memory. While not knowing who she is, or the danger that awaits her and the kingdom, she becomes part of a family–a common family that farms the rich soil of the kingdom of Carlow.

She learns a lot from them, more than she would have from her royal tutors and the professors at Longford Academy.

I hope you enjoy this story! Check out books 1 and 2 to learn more about these amazing fairies and the kingdom in which they live. Sonja

Another Free eBook For You!

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The third book of the Fairies of Carlow series will be available for FREE in eBook format, starting August 8, 2020!

Go to Amazon.com and enter my name (Sonja Danielson) in the search box. This will give you all the titles that are available in my book catalog. You can also use the direct links in the left margin of this website to go directly to this title.

This story focuses on one of Carlow’s royal princesses, who is chafing under the restrictions placed on her by the king. He wants to protect his family from the continual marauding of the dreaded Red Caps. They are able to breach the magical border of the kingdom, despite new restrictions on entering or exiting the kingdom. They were first able to enter the kingdom with help from gnome technology.

The gnomes have since made amends and are working to re-establish their friendly relationship with the fairies, but the Red Caps continue to progress the initial technology.

In a fit of pique, she flies from her suite of rooms and punches through the forcefield that protects the palace. She wants only to have a brief respite from all the rules. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see the horse and rider barreling through the rainy night until they are upon her. When she awakens from the accident, she is asleep in a strange cottage with absolutely no idea who she is or why she was out in the weather without cloak, boots, or bonnet. Now, she must learn how to live life as a commoner.

Enjoy the story of Princess Cecilia! Sonja

Happy Birthday, USCG!

Photo by Duurt Delger on Unsplash

The United States Coast Guard was founded on this day in 1790 with ten ships. They were initially tasked with the enforcement of tariffs, to prevent smuggling, and to protect the new nation.

While it was formed so long ago, it didn’t get it’s current name until 1915. That’s when the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service combined into one force.

The USCG is one of the armed forced branches that represent and protect the United States. Today, it’s mission is to protect the public, the environment, and the economy as they relate to the nation’s coastline. The Coast Guard also patrols the international waters and any maritime region that requires military intervention in the case of national security.

Happy birthday, USCG! Sonja

Love Space!

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I’m sitting here trying to think of a topic for today, completely distracted by the landing of the Dragon spacecraft (I’m writing this on Sunday morning).

Then it hit me: how can I write about anything else?

With the NASA live feed and audio running, I’m following the closing of the nosecone and their landing in the Gulf of Mexico. All I can think of is: Please allow this groundbreaking mission end successfully.

I watched the blastoff in awe. I follow their return to Earth with the same awe.

Welcome home, Bob and Doug! Sonja

#NationalFriendshipDay

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National Friendship Day is meant to be a day to connect with your friends. These days, that’s even more important than ever.

Remember running into a friend while out running errands? Or meeting for lunch? We can’t do that these days, but we can connect in other ways.

I’ve had Zoom meetings with friends, which was super fun. I’ve also begun handwriting letters and cards. I think handwritten cards and letters are special, especially in these days of email and texts. They can seem so impersonal. A handwritten letter tells someone you think they’re special.

Celebrate your friends today. Say hello. Send a letter. Arrange a video call.

We all need to connect, and stay connected. Sonja

Happy Avocado Day!

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I hope you like avocados because this is your day! Whether you like them whole, chopped up and made into guacamole (yum!), or slathered on toast-avocados are a superfood.

They’re a good source of monounsaturated fat, which helps reduce your risk of heart disease. They also have a bunch of nutrients that you need. Although a lot of the calories from avocados come from fat, eat away! (Just don’t eat too many at one time because they are loaded with fiber.)

How do you know when these green gems are ripe?

They will give way to a gentle squeeze, but not feel mushy. Usually, the skin is greener, but going by color alone can yield disappointment.

Enjoy your day to eat the green fruit. Sonja