Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories by D.L Finn #Newbook

Thank you, John, for having me here today to share the news about my final children’s book, “Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories.”

Cover of Tree Faries

In Tree Fairies, I spend some time talking about the fairies caring for their redwood forest. Although I use an unusual reason that someone wants to chop the whole thing down, I stand behind, keeping our giant trees safe. They have seen so much and survived even more.

Redwood and Sequoia Forest Facts:

  1. There are about 12,000 acres of redwood forest left.
  2. Giant Sequoias live in the Western Nevada Sierra between 4000-8000 feet and only grown in central California. This is what I have in my front yard, thanks to a wonderful Mother’s Day present.
  3. Redwoods live by the Pacific Ocean in northern California, Oregon, and Washington.
  4. There is a difference between a Giant Sequoia and a Redwood Tree. The Sequoia is the largest tree in the world by its large reddish-brown trunk. The Redwood is the world’s tallest tree and can reach 300 feet, while its brown trunk is slimmer than the Sequoia.

 

Fun Finn Facts

  1. I’ve seen bears, foxes, raccoons, mountain lions, coyotes, skunks, squirrels, lizards, deer, snakes, birds, and a possum roam around our yard. I consider them, and fairies, my extended family.
  2. I love to watch the birds, especially the little wrens. I wish I could soar with them and the fairies.

 

 

Blurb

When reality and magic meet in the forest

It’s 1969, and twelve-year-old Daniel Burns is camping in the redwood forest with his family. Danny wants to listen to his music and read, but his family has other plans. S’mores around the campfire and stories end their first day. The family is sleeping soundly in their secluded tent when Danny wakes up and finds his sister, Colette, is missing. Assuming she went to use the outhouse, he goes after her. When he finds his sister, they discover there is a thin veil between reality and fantasy.

Two bonus short stories offer a glimpse into the magical world that finds Danny and Colette. These hidden beings not only share our world but have a role in protecting their forest.

 

Excerpt

GOLDIE

2005

 

The full moon filtered down through the giant trees, bathing the forest in a glow that made it easy for the fairies to see. A woodpecker had done its job clearing out the insects it found in the old redwood. As the tree grew, so did an opening that became an animal den. A fisher—a member of the weasel family—nestled there with her four babies. Her long, fluffy tail, half the length of her sleek body, was protectively curled around her brood.

Goldie and her little brother, Oren, quietly watched them sleep. It had become Goldie’s habit to check the animal dens to make sure they were safe. The fishers, who were no bigger than the cats humans kept as pets, held a special place in her heart. They were adorable, with their big, bearlike ears, pointed faces, and huge eyes. Their dark brown fur was so soft it was hard not to pet them. They didn’t trust tree fairies, and she didn’t blame them. The fairies would zap animals, birds, or insects that developed too much curiosity or mistook them for food.

Oren spoke in a voice Goldie strained to hear. “I’m watching for owls.”

Not wanting to wake the fishers, Goldie responded in a softer tone. “Thanks. They are pests.”

Oren nodded solemnly and looked behind him. They’d seen a brown-and-gray horned owl hunting earlier in the evening. Its yellow eyes had widened in hunger as it dove at them. A quick jolt was all the discouragement it needed to stop bothering them. Would those birds ever learn fairies weren’t on their menu?

Oren had settled in a holding pattern, looking over Goldie’s head into the den. They made eye contact, and she jerked her head in a motion to leave. Their silver wings glowed at night, making the fairies easy targets if they weren’t careful. They rested briefly on a lower branch of the redwood.

Oren smiled as he swung his bare feet, making the branch sway. “Thanks for bringing me along this time, Sis.”

Purchase Link

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Photo of DL Finn

Author Bio

  1. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include adult fiction, poetry, a unique autobiography, and children’s books. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

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81 comments

  1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Thank you for having me and the fairies visit today, John! Much appreciated 🙂

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    1. Always a pleasure, Denise. Best wishes on the book. 😁

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        🙂

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  2. Thanks for hosting Denise, John. Her short stories sound wonderful. I loved the Finn facts! Congratulations to Denise!

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    1. Her Finn facts are always interesting. Thanks for the visit, Jill.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Jill:) I have fun with the Finn Facts, so I’m happy to hear you like them!

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  3. […] Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories by D.L Finn #Newbook […]

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Charles.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        Thank you! appreciate the reblog, Charles 🙂

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  4. A great excerpt. Thanks. I enjoyed learning more about the trees too.

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    1. Thak you Darlene. 😁

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Darlene:) The redwoods have always fascinated me.

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  5. Great Finn Facts! I didn’t know that about the Giant Redwoods and Sequoia trees. Great post, Denise and John. Wishing Denise all the best with her latest book 🙂

    Thanks for hosting, John 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the support, Harmony. 😁

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Harmony 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the Finn Facts! I learned more about the trees too researching for the book, they are amazing.

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  6. Like Harmony, I didn’t know about the difference between the redwoods and the sequoia. You learn something new every day.
    The story excerpt is lovely.

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    1. It was an informative piece for sure. Thank you, Viv. 😊

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Viv:) I didn’t know the difference either until I did some research for the story. Yes, always learning something new!

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  7. I loved the excerpt and reading the Finn Facts. Best of luck and congratulations. Thank you, John, for hosting Denise.

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    1. Thak you for your visit and comment, Karen. I liked the facts too. 😊

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Karen 🙂 I’m so happy you enjoyed the Finn Facts and excerpt! I had fun with this one.

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  8. Enjoying the Finn Facts. I’m learning a lot. The book sounds delightful. Wishing you all the best, Denise! Thanks for hosting, John!

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    1. My pleasure, Joan. Thaks for supporting Denise today. 😊

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Joan 🙂 I have a lot of fun coming up with those facts, so I’m always glad to hear they are liked!

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  9. Great Finn facts, you live in a beautiful area, Denise. I enjoyed the excerpt and wish you all the best! Thanks for hosting, John.

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    1. Thank you for the support, Mark. 😊

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Mark 🙂 The Finn Facts are fun for me to do. Happy to hear you enjoyed the excerpt. Yes, I am lucky to live where I do and the redwoods and sequoias just a drive away.

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  10. Now I know the difference between redwoods and sequoias! Best wishes to Denise for the success of Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories.

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    1. Thank you for supporting Denise today, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Liz:) I learned the difference when I was researching for the story. They are fascinating trees.

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      1. You’re welcome, Denise. 🙂

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  11. I downloaded your book on my Kindle, Denise, and look forward to reading it! My 12-year-old grandson will be visiting this month from CA, and he loves fantasy, so I think this will be a perfect read for us to share. 🙂 Best of luck! I love the redwood trees, and my grandson lives near them. xo

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Yay! Thank you, Pam. I love sharing books with my grandkids:) It offers such special moments. The redwoods are such a magical place to visit, your grandson is so lucky to live near them. I can’t wait to hear what you both think about the fairies. Xo

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    2. Thank you for your support, Pamela. I hope you and grandson have a great time. 12 is the perfect age.

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  12. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Congratulations, Denise! I got it on my Kindle and am reading/loving it now. And thank you, John, for showcasing D.L.’s latest accomplishment. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your support, Gwen. 😊

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Gwen. I’m excited to hear you are reading it now–Yay! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the fairies 🙂

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  13. Just hearing about those trees takes my breath away. I can’t imagine actually seeing them. Thanks for sharing facts about them, Denise. And best wishes on your release.

    Thanks for hosting, John.

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    1. Thank you for supporting Denise today, Staci. 😁

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        Thank you, Staci 🙂 They are such grand trees that have always captured my imagination! I loved reaearching for this story.

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  14. Thanks for explaining the difference between sequoias and redwoods, Denise. Both must be thoroughly stunning to behold. I enjoyed the Finn facts, too. Congratulations on you release and happy touring.

    Thanks for spotlighting Denise and the tree fairies today, John!

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    1. Always a pleasure. Thanks for supporting Denise, Mae.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Mae:) Having grown up around them I didn’t pay too much attention to their details or differences between the two trees. So, the research this time captured my attention and imagination! Happy you enjoyed the facts too!

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  15. Oh! This sounds like a delightful book! Definitely going into my To-read pile!

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Dale 🙂 Yay! I hope you enjoy meeting the fairies.

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      1. I love fairies, so I’ve no doubt I will!

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      2. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        🙂

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    2. Thank you, Dale. 😁

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  16. D.L. and John thanks for sharing this work !

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      I’m happy to share the fairies, John. Thank you!

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  17. I enjoyed learning the difference between these two different types of trees, Denise and reading your fun facts. Thanks for hosting, John.

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thanks, Robbie. This was fun for me to research:) I’m glad you enjoy the Finn Facts!

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    2. Thanks for the comments Robbie.

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  18. Though my husband is a millwright and works in a sawmill, I agree that we need to protect our old growth forests. Those trees have survived for centuries until man stepped into the picture. It’s wrong to bring the giants down.
    Congrats on your new release, Denise!

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      We have a lot of logging in our area and done some select cutting on our own property, but don’t want to see those ancient trees cut:) My husband plays with wood…making signs and stuff. Sawmills seem to do well still here. Thanks, Jacquie!

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    2. Thanks, Jacquie

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  19. I loved living in the country when I could see all the wildlife. Congratulations on your release.

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thanks, Craig:) There is something special about being and living in nature.

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  20. Lots of wildlife in my area, but no tree fairies. I feel deprived! So, I guess the best thing to do is grab this book and learn more about them.

    Thanks for hosting Denise today, John, and Denise, my very best wishes for great success with your charming sounding book! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Marcia.

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Thanks, Marcia:) You probably have some of the fairies distant cousins. Yay! I hope you enjoy getting to know the Tree Fairies!

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  22. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    My wife and I live on the coast in the heart of the redwood country, so I’m intrigued by Denise’s book of short stories. We definitely need to find a balance between economic and environmental issues. My dad was also a wildlife biologist who worked to preserve endangered species, so I have plenty of environmental roots while also understanding that people need job opportunities.

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    1. The balance is always difficult. Thanks, Pete.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      What a wonderful place to live, Pete, I miss living in the coastal redwood area:) I agree about finding that balance to preserve and have jobs, it’s a delicate balance. That’s great your dad worked to preserve endangered species. It’s nice to see some make a comeback. Thank you 🙂

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  23. You’ve named so many things I adore. Fairies, trees, birds… This will definitely be a must read for me. Congrats on, what I’m sure will be, another masterpiece. 😘 Thank you so much for hosting, John, and sharing your site with us. Hugs to you both!

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    1. Thank you, Mar. All the best to you.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Sounds like we have similar taste, Mar 🙂 Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy getting to know the Tree Fairies:) xo

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  24. Congratulations on this new release, Denise!! The excerpt endeared me to Goldie and Oren. I wish you much success and look forward to reading this SOON!!

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    1. Thanks for the support, Jan.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Thank you, Jan:) I’m eager to hear what you think about them!

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  25. With all those animals, I think someone could film a nature show in your yard, Denise. Congrats on your new release!

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      Lol! They probably could, Teri:) Thank you 🙂

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  26. […] Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories by D.L Finn #Newbook […]

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    1. Thank you for sharing.

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      I appreciate you sharing this!

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