Have you had a chance to check out my new book, ‘The Voyage’? It’s an illustrated east-to-read book about the beginnings of one of America’s founding families.
If you’ve been to Cape Cod, Massachusetts you’ve likely driven or ridden through Sandwich. That’s where the Wing Fort House is located. You should take a tour. The house is chock-full of furniture and other belongings owned by the Wing Family.
The kitchen is something special and when you walk in you can imagine the family gathered around the gigantic fireplace. The smell of bread baking or a stew bubbling in a cast iron pot hanging off a hook over the flames fills your imagination. And that’s just the first room!
My ancestor, Stephen Wing, was the man who built the house. History relates this story: He was fearful of an Indian uprising and built a very solid fort home. The Indians in the area turned out to be very nice and helpful, making the home overbuilt. But I bet those 12-inch thick walls helped keep those frigid winter temperatures out of the home!
I am pleased to announce the working title for my first picture book: The Voyage. This tells the story of one of America’s preeminent families as it travels through Europe and finally lands on the eastern shore of the American Colonies.
The Wing Family landed in Boston and lived at Plymouth Colony before settling on Cape Cod.
I can’t wait for you to read about the Wing family! Sonja
I hope you have been able to take advantage of the various price reductions that I have arranged for The Fairies of Carlow series. Some of the deals are for everyone and some are for readers specific to the U.K.
I also want to let you know about my upcoming books: The Wing Family: From England to the American Colonies will be published in time for Christmas purchases; the first two books of the Guinness the Therapy Dog series should be available by February of next year.
These new books will be picture books. The Wing Family: From England to the American Colonies features the illustrations of Emma Crick, who is a very talented artist from England. She is scheduled to illustrate the Guinness the Therapy Dog books as well.
Check back on this website for release dates and special pricing deals. Sonja
This book is so close to my heart. It’s based on my own family history and I’m excited to share it with you. The illustrations are beautiful and you can fall into them as you look at all the details.
This book will be available exclusively on Amazon.com and should be published before Christmas. I will have a link in the left margin of this website when the book is available. It will be a first reader and I plan to embed hyperlinks into the text of the ebook. If the reader is interested, they can click on the link to read more about a particular subject or person.
I wanted to premier the artwork for my upcoming picture book about one of the first families in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the early years of the patriarch, John Wing!
This is a sample of the artwork that is being produced for my new picture book: The Wing Family: From England to the American Colonies.
Isn’t it beautiful? The remaining artwork is just as special.
The artist, Emma Crick, lives in England and is so talented. To see this and more artwork, my book will be available before Christmas. Check back on this site for the announcement that it is available for purchase!
If you live in the UK, I’ve arranged for a special pricing event just for you. This will be for the ebook of The Fairies of Carlow: The Gilding and will start Friday, October 18. This pricing event ends on October 21, with the lowest prices available on the first day.
Take advantage of this opportunity!
You can access the pricing on Amazon.com or by using the link for the ebook on the left margin of this web page.
If you haven’t read The Gilding, I hope you enjoy it. If you have read the story of Fern, thank you!
Don’t forget that the series continues with The Outsider and The Commoner. Each book stands on its own, but there are glimpses into the futures of the fairies from the prior books. I hope you enjoy all the books!
Plus, stay tuned for a picture book that tells the story of a family who emigrated from England to Plymouth Colony in the 1600s. Tentatively titled, The Wing Family of America: From England to the American Colonies, this book is expected to be available before Christmas.
Also, I will have the first two (or more!) picture books from the series Guinness the Therapy Dog ready for purchase in the new year. This series will show how a big Bernese Mountain Dog becomes a therapy dog and all the adventures he has! I can’t wait to share his stories with you.
The artwork is coming for my new picture book, The Wing Family: From England to the American Colonies. I think you’ll love it. It’s a blend of watercolors and pen and ink detailing. The artist is incredibly skilled and you will find yourself immersed in the world of 1600s England.
This is an interesting story of one of America’s founding families. The patriarch was an impressive young lad who made a huge impact on history as he aged through adulthood.
Stay tuned for my announcement that the book is available!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my ancestors. Luckily for me, one of the branches on my family tree has so much history attached to it, and the family has a strong desire to preserve that history. But, much is lost to time–
My picture book based upon the patriarch of the Wing Family of America will be published soon. The text is written and the artist is busy drawing the illustrations. I’m so excited to tell the story of this family as they leave 1600s England for the American colonies.
Unfortunately, the patriarch died before he could stand on American soil. But his desire to leave England was strong in his family and they emigrated a few years later. They settled in Plymouth and then migrated to be some of the original founders of Sandwich, Massachusetts. That’s on Cape Cod. The Wing descendants fought in the American Revolution in a Massachusetts regiment. I often think about those men and women who put everything on the line for their beliefs. It took courage, a lot of courage. I can only hope to be courageous enough to make them proud.
The coat of arms the Wing Family of America, Inc. “adopted” was the coat of Arms of Sir Theodore Wing, Lord Warden of Wastes and Liveries to King Henry VII (1485-1509)
According to Conway Wing’s Wing Genealogy (1st edition, 1881) In Sir John Bernard Burke’s “Encyclopaedia, or General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland,” we find what purports to be “The Wing Armour. County of Rutland.” The Heraldic description accompanying it is: “Arms.– Per pale, argent and vert – a maunch counter-charged. Crest.– A maunch per pale, argent and vert, between two wings or.”
The phrase “per pale” (from palus, a stake.) signifies that the field or charge is divided into two equal parts by a perpendicular [vertical] line, with a different field on each side of it… “Argent and vert” are the colors in which the field or figures are depicted. They were designated either by “metals or colors” [in traditional coats, either the figure or the background was in metal, but not both] [The colors/metals were in French, Argent is silver and vert is green].
“A maunch” is a sort of old-fashioned sleeve with long-hanging ends. “Counter-charged” means that the colors were reversed on the from the right half of the coat to the left half. The “Crest” which was worn usually on the top of the element had the same design with two wings or [gold].”