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Notes on Trip to Europe

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Dear Bright Souls,

It has been a few weeks since we got back from Europe. Spain was sensational … Christmas lights everywhere, joyful, friendly people, great food, accommodations and weather.

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Cathedral Salamanca
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Parque Guell, Barcelona

We also visited Biarritz, France. The night lights were phenomenal (even at 38 degrees f.).

While there, I introduced The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman to a number of booksellers. They seemed genuinely interested in Spanish & French translations, which I’m working with a foreign literary agent to get published. (Note: thank you, dear Spaniards, for being kind and gracious about my rickety Spanish.)

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Bookstore Biarritz, France

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RECENT NEWS

I am thrilled to announce that Moojie has just received its 19th and 20th prestigious awards!

2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards:

Solo Winner of Visionary Fiction

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Best New Fiction

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My favorite star on the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard

I’ve been working with John Crye (producer), Quinn Sosna-Spear (screenwriter), and Voyage Media on the film adaptation of Moojie Littleman. The project is making great progress. After a number of meetings, I’m confident that we are united on the vision, and that the film is going to be wonderful … wonderful!! Next week, we meet to review the first draft of the screenplay. When that is revised and polished, Voyage Media will hire a director. Cast and crew will be considered and investors approached. If all goes swimmingly, we might have a film in about 2 years. Sheesh.

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NEW PROJECTS

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Having just finished a rough outline for my next novel, I can safely say I’m working on a sequel to Moojie Littleman. It may change to a degree, but here is the crux of the story:

At 18 years old, Moojie is living with Auntie Tilda Pettibone and his father, Henry Littleman, at St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy. Moojie’s reputation for healing has grown, and folks come from all parts to seek his help. He finally has the family he always wanted. But his heart aches for Babylonia, the alien girl who fled the Earth with the Light-Eaters four years before. Determined to find her, he must gain entrance to her world through an underground portal guarded by a capricious Hopi priestess, and face the nefarious sorcerer, Sarru’kan, once again. Dogged by his meddlesome aunt and controlling father, Moojie now struggles to break free of the confines of the family he fought so hard to keep. It’s 1910, and the universe is about to get a lot bigger.

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PAST NEWS

Since Moojie Littleman was released just over a year ago, it has been:

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  • An Amazon bestseller
  • Winner of 20 national and international awards (Awards)
  • Signed for Chinese & Turkish translations
  • In development for the big screen

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If you want to share a touching story with someone you care about … If you want to encourage someone who’s going through a rough time … If you like really good writing that tells a rich, satisfying story about a disabled boy healer, who learns master his power through friendship with an outcast, alien clan, this is for you.

Oh, and don’t forget, there are miracles and really cool fainting goats and magical watermelons.

Give someone a great gift … love, faith, courage, laughter!

For Young Adults and Adult Adults, too

**Available at bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and public libraries**

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Summary of “The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman”

Moojie, a foundling, has a few stakes against him. He is disabled and possesses mysterious healing powers that even he doesn’t understand. He just doesn’t fit in. Neither does an outcast clan of aliens called the Light-Eaters, who are easily mistaken for Native Americans. When Moojie is adopted by childless couple, Henry and Kate,

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Detail of “Naples” by David Seymour (CHIM) 1948

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 he is the center of their affections, and life is perfect … for a while.

But Moojie is slow to learn and speak and walk. He throws epic temper tantrums that cause objects to fly about mysteriously. At eight years old, Moojie’s doting mother is killed in a freak accident, and his rejecting father leaves him with a cantankerous grandfather named “Pappy,” at St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy.

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Photo by Ann Street

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Six years later, Moojie is fourteen years old, and his father still hasn’t come back for him. Unable to get along with Pappy, Moojie secretly reaches out to the elusive Light-Eaters for friendship. For love. For family. He undertakes a series of trials and misadventures in an effort to prove himself worthy of joining them. Determination to “belong” stirs up all kinds of trouble with Pappy and the villagers, but leads to a surprising destiny—if only Moojie can survive one last trial.

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Mystical Journey (November 1, 2015)
  • Distributor: Ingram
  • Language: English
  • Price: $14.00 paperback/$2.99 ebook
  • ISBN-10: 1942545002 paperback
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942545002
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Amazon Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews ( 88 customer reviews)
  • Tags: Visionary, Magical Realism, Metaphysical, Teens, Literature, Fiction, Young Adult, spirituality, healing, disability, families, 1900s, American West

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PHOTO CREDITS:

Poster: Courtesy of  http://www.californiaindianeducation.org

Photo of boy: “Naples,” courtesy of David Seymour (CHIM)/Magnum, http://www.davidseymour.com

Photo of cowboy: Courtesy of Ann Street, http://www.annstreetstudio.com

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