How Is A Cover Made?

The first photo is the published cover. The second photo is a trial mock-up. I like the final product. How about you?

I think the red of the cover is eye-catching, and the artwork on the front is a good example of what’s inside.

The cover is what draws the reader into looking at the first page. It’s a matter of reader preference.

I hope you have read, and enjoyed, The Voyage! Sonja

Hello!

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

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

FREE EBOOK!

(c) 2020 A non-fiction look at the search for religious freedom in the 1600s

To celebrate U.S. Independence and my ancestor’s roles in the formation of the United States, the ebook of The Voyage is FREE on amazon.com!

You can search for the book using my name in the Amazon search bar, or use the quick links on the left side of this website.

The Voyage is an illustrated easy-reader and tells the story of Reverend John Wing as he studies at Oxford, and then flees the religious edicts of the English monarchy.

This book is illustrated by the same artist who does the Guinness the Therapy Dog series.

THE FREE EBOOK OFFER ENDS TONIGHT!

I hope you take advantage of this offer! Sonja

Have You-

Have you read one of my books? I would love to hear your comments!

Please leave a review on Amazon.com and Good Reads. It matters!

Right now I am working on two manuscripts meant for grown-ups (under a pen name, so there’s no confusion!) And then I plan to add another Guinness the Therapy Dog book and add to The Fairies of Carlow series.

Where would you like Guinness to go?

Who would you like to read about from the Kingdom of Carlow?

Let me know and I’ll tell you if I used your idea! Sonja

Book Sale!

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

From time to time I put my ebooks on sale. If you’re in the market for an ebook, check this website for announcements. I don’t have a specific schedule, but I do announce the sales here and on my Instagram (@author_sonja_danielson).

The Fairies of Carlow series is filled with middle grade books. That means chapters, no illustrations, and a more complex plot. These aren’t Young Adult books, so the subject matter should be appropriate for those readers of any age who are advanced enough to handle chapters.

The Voyage and the Guinness the Therapy Dog series are illustrated books. They are meant to be easy-to-read books, suitable for those learning how to read.

The Voyage is based on historical fact. It is set in the 1600s and looks at English history and how a preacher travels through Europe in search of religious freedom.

Guinness is a real therapy dog, and Lucy is his real-life older sister. They live with me. The books are based on Guinness’s adventures and his relationship with Lucy.

I hope you enjoy them. Sonja

Unboxing the books!

One of the most fun things is to get a box of books in the mail. From the covers to the pages, I love getting books.

These days, it takes a long time to get stuff shipped–since the shipping sources have been affected, as well as the supply lines. Order what you want and have the patience to wait. The people working to get it to you are battling a lot of negativity and unhappiness from the scarcity of several things as well.

Make sure you thank your delivery drivers–and wave when they drive by. It’s a good way to bridge the gap of social distancing!

I was out walking Guinness the Therapy Dog and waited for the Fed Ex truck to pass by before we crossed a side street. It wasn’t a big deal for me or Guinness, but it meant a lot to the driver and he called out a thank you. It was nice to show caring in such a simple way.

Tell me your ideas for bridging the social distancing gap! Sonja

Did You Get a Copy?

A couple of weekends ago I offered the ebook versions of these titles for free. So many downloads! I hope you were one of those who took advantage of the offer.

If not, you can order the ebook or the paperback using the direct links in the left margin of this website. You can also find my entire book catalog at Amazon.com. Just search for my name, ‘Sonja Danielson’, and all my titles will come up.

“The Voyage” is a true history of one of the founding families of the American Colonies. I happen to be a member of that family. Doing the research was fun and I learned so much about the patriarch who instigated the family’s move from England and Europe to the American colonies.

He didn’t live long enough to move to Plymouth Colony, but his wife and sons booked passage on a ship and arrived in Boston, along with his father-in-law and sister-in-law. The story of his father-in-law, Stephen Bachiler, is very interesting and I plan to research and write about it.

So many stories float through my head and I want to write them all!

Please leave a review on Amazon.com or Good Reads if you have read one of my books. I would love to see what you think! Sonja

A Cancellation and Sadness

(c)2020

Due to too many authors canceling their appearances at the Tucson Festival of Books, because of COVID-19, the festival has been canceled.

I know. I’m sad, too.

But, here’s the silver lining:

I will continue to offer my new books at a price cut! YAY!!!

Just go to Amazon.com and search for my name, or use the links in the left margin of this website to access the special pricing.

Please leave a review and let me know what you think of the books.

I’ll pass on your message to Guinness! Sonja

Just For You!

Watch this site for news on big discounts and price cuts just before the Tucson Festival of Books! I’m not going to advertise it anywhere else, so if you are a consistent reader (thank you!) you will have the pricing available only to you.

When the pricing is available, I’ll post it here. You’ll need to go to the Amazon.com website (here’s the link) to find my books and see the special pricing. I plan to have it available for all my books, including the new ‘Guinness the Therapy Dog’ series. Click on “here’s the link” and then on the square with the arrow through it to go to a new window that will have my Amazon.com page.

You can also access all my books in the left margin of this website. Those links will take you directly to each book. If you want to see my entire catalog, use the above link or search for my name ‘Sonja Danielson’ on Amazon.com.

I hope you enjoy! Sonja