Hello!

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I thought it was time to reintroduce my work to my new followers and readers. I am a writer. I’m also a wife, mom, friend, and therapy dog handler.

I have two book series out right now, plus a nonfiction book based on American history. It also happens to be my family history.

The Fairies of Carlow book series is for those who are able to read chapter books. The material should be appropriate for those in grades 3-6. I’ve also heard from adults who have enjoyed the stories of the fairy princes and princesses who live in the Kingdom of Carlow. While their lives are magical, danger lurks across the border. The horrible Red Caps have a kingdom the adjoins Carlow. Separated by a strong fierce field that is monitored by the Border Council, the Red Caps continually attempt to battle the fairies of Carlow.

Because of the Red Caps, the royal fairies are under strict rules. One daughter chafes under the restrictions and manages to escape. She becomes a commoner and lives as a peasant.

My second book series is about Guinness the Therapy Dog. These books are easy readers and expertly illustrated by an artist who lives in England. They tell the story of my big Bernese Mountain Dog as he brings happiness to high-risk kids and kids who like to read to dogs. Of course, we haven’t been able to do any therapy activities since the pandemic began. We both miss the kids, both at the shelter and at the library.

The nonfiction history book is called The Voyage and tells the story of John Wing as he goes to Oxford, becomes a minister, and takes his family around Europe as he searches for religious freedom. This is an easy reader and illustrated by the same artist who crafted the artwork for the Guinness the Therapy Dog series.

All my books are available on Amazon.com. If you search for my name, you’ll be able to see my entire catalog. This website has direct links to each title in the left margin.

Please leave a review on GoodReads.com and Amazon.com. Sonja

It’s Photo Day!

Here are the covers of all my books that are available now!

Go to Amazon.com and search for my name to see the entire book catalog. Every title is available in paperback and ebook.

I have quick links in the left margin of this website that will take you directly to the book’s page on Amazon.com.

The first three books, the Guinness the Therapy Dog series and The Voyage, are illustrated easy readers. The Fairies of Carlow series are middle-grade books with chapters and complex plots. Choose your reading level and the titles that intrigue you. Each book in their series stands alone, so it isn’t necessary to read the series from book 1 (although I think you will enjoy them that way!).

Let me know how you enjoy my books! Sonja

Countdown Deal!

(c) 2020 Available on Amazon.com

TODAY ONLY!!!

The first book in the Guinness the Therapy Dog series is available at special pricing!

Here’s the breakdown:

midnight to 4:59 a.m. $0.99

5:00 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. $1.99

10:00 a.m. to 2:59 p.m. $2.99

3:00 p.m. to 10:59 p.m. $3.99

11:00 p.m. to midnight $6.99 (regular price)

I hope you are able to take advantage of this specially-arranged sale! Sonja

Still Recovering…

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While I continued to wear a spiffy blue cast on my lower arm, I imagine it actually looks like this. I’m charmed by this photo.

Plus, I am writing about Lady Zepherine in the fourth installment of The Fairies of Carlow. Her namesake rose isn’t such a light pink but is equally beautiful. It’s a more cerise pink, maybe a medium dusty pink, so she makes a statement when she enters a room! There’s no blending in for someone wearing a cerise pink gown.

While I’m unable to write without sending pain throughout my hand and wrist, I am busy plotting in my head. My notebook is filled with ideas (my right hand, my handwriting hand, is fully capable!) and I’m starting to form another novel under a different author’s name.

The next Guinness the Therapy Dog book is also close to being sent to the illustrator.

Exciting stuff, huh?!?!?

I hope your week is filled with success, too. Sonja

Lucy the Wonder Dog

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Much of the focus of the Guinness the Therapy Dog series is on–Guinness the Therapy Dog. As it should be. But did you know that he has a companion/older sister?

She is Lucy the Wonder Dog. She is very shy and is happy to leave the spotlight to Guinness.

Lucy lives with us, too. She was, I think, significantly abused when she was a puppy and bears the emotional scars to this day. Lucy has lived with us for seven years, but cannot move past her suspicion of everyone and everything. She is on anti-anxiety medication (CBD tincture), which does a tolerable job but doesn’t completely eliminate her fears.

She is also a genetic mess. She suffers from permanent dislocations of both back kneecaps, her front legs are shorter than her back legs, and one of her front legs is shorter than the other causing a limp. She also has an impressive underbite. Even bulldogs are, like, “DUDE!”

But Lucy is a sweet girl and asks for attention-but, only from me. She doesn’t like men, hats, or loud noises.

Guinness loves her and they rely on each other for support. When I take Guinness for a walk (not her, she can’t go on walks longer than 50 yards because of pain), she waits by the door and talks to him when he returns. It’s a sweet relationship.

Lucy didn’t make me write this! Sonja

Do You Follow Guinness the Therapy Dog?

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Did you know that Guinness the Therapy Dog has his own page on Instagram?

You can find him at @real_guinness_the_therapy_dog

Every day, I post a new photo of him doing his everyday dog things. Lucy the Wonder Dog also makes an occasional appearance.

Guinness the Therapy Dog loves to have his photo taken, and loves to send his photo to you. I hope you will follow him!

I also announce promotions on his books (and my other books) on his page, my author page (@author_sonja_danielson) and on this site. All the links for my books, paperback and ebook, can be found in the left margin of this website.

I hope you enjoy all of the books about the adventures of Guinness the Therapy Dog.

Leave a review on Amazon.com and Good Reads! Sonja

Guinness Goes to Court

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Guinness the Therapy Dog is going to have his day in court! But he’s not in trouble.

Did you know that therapy dogs go to court to help kids? That’s right! It can be a scary place, and dogs are there to make it less scary. Frequently, kids are asked to go into a courtroom to tell what they’ve seen or experienced.

That can be tough to do with so many people watching and listening. Among those watching could be the person who hurt them. That can be intimidating. Dogs help kids feel brave enough to tell the stories they need to tell.

Next time you go to court, think of the therapy dogs who help the younger people as they face this huge new challenge.

And if you’re a younger person facing this challenge, and you think a therapy dog can help you, ASK FOR ONE! They are there for you!

Stay happy! Sonja

#motivationmonday

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It’s time to set your intentions for the week!

What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to have done by the weekend?

I guess you could call this a weekly bucket list… to do list… success list.

I have my goals: finish editing my current work in progress (WIP), write the next installment of the Guinness the Therapy Dog series, continual communication with the folks who like my books (I love to hear from them!), reach out internationally… the list is long and continually growing!

I’m also working on my lifelong learning. I’m refreshing my French and German. I’m getting my classes lined up to learn Japanese with my son (a huge leap on my part) and I’m taking some writing classes online since there’s always something new to learn and improve on.

What are your short-term goals?

Time to take the plunge! Sonja

Sale Prices!

I arranged for special pricing on these two ebooks.

The sale on the Guinness the Therapy Dog book ended yesterday, I hope you were able to grab a copy with the lower price!

The sale on The Voyage ends late on May 9. If you are interested in this nonfiction account of one man’s search for an end to persecution in the 1600s, then this is your book. It is written as an easy reader and has wonderful illustrations.

This book should be especially interesting to members of the Wing Family of America, as it chronicles the life of Reverend John Wing in England and Europe.

I hope you enjoy these special prices, and the ebooks! Sonja

Ask Me Anything!

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It’s Wonderful Wondering Wednesday and I’m awaiting your questions. I do reserve the right not to answer it, but would love to hear what you’re thinking.

You can ask me here or via email at sonjadanielson.com.

Are you wondering about The Fairies of Carlow series, or Guinness the Therapy Dog, Lucy the Wonder Dog, The Voyage, or something else?

I tend to say everything in my posts, but if I missed something that left you wondering, I will address it.

Tell me what you want to know! Sonja