Welcome to the Crow's Rest Book Blitz! Of course I had to participate in the blitz for my own book, lol. This post is chock full o' goodness, including a how-to for a literary garden accent, buy links for the Crow's Rest e-book on sale, a peek at the illustrated sampler for the Crow's Rest world, and--deep breath--a giveaway!
I'm so excited to be able to share the illustrated companion to Crow's Rest, which is called A Compendium of the Faer Folke. It's been in the works nearly as long as Crow's Rest itself, and I just love the way it turned out. Kudos to Errick Nunnally, who ably handled the art direction on this bonus material!
But first, if you're a Crow's Rest newbie, here's some more about the novel:
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam's, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.
But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.
Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.
AND THE E-BOOK IS ON SALE THROUGH JULY 31 (THE BLUE MOON)! Buy
To add a little more value to this post (and drag out the suspense for A Compendium of the Faer Folke), I'm also sharing a how-to for a signpost I recently put up in my garden:
DIY Literary Sign Post
I got this idea when I
saw a photo of a similar signpost in somebody’s garden, except theirs pointed
to all the places they’d traveled to all over the world. Since my trips to
imaginary places far outnumber my travels to real places, it only made sense to
create a bookish sign post for my garden. It was so much fun to decide which
ones to include, and to doodle little accents to the hand-lettered
What you’ll need:
1- 4”x4”x8’ fence post (don’t use pressure-treated wood if
you have edible plants nearby, but otherwise use what you like: wood,
composite, vinyl, etc)
Wooden fence pickets, either plain pointed ones, or Gothic
like those pictured (we used 12)
Paint for the picket pointers (we used spray paint because
the hardware store wanted us to buy at least a quart of each color. One can of
spray paint did two coats on two pickets with some left over)
Paint and Sharpie markers for lettering and doodles
A list of destinations
What to do:
1.Set fence post in ground, with or without a
concrete footing. We had to hire somebody to dig a hole in our rocky soil, and
since we’re not supporting an actual fence on the post we opted not to do
2.Cut (or break them off if you want them to look
more rustic) pickets to random lengths, leaving plenty of room for you to
letter the destinations on them.
3.Paint the main color on the pickets, making sure
the wood is well-covered so they’ll last longer in the elements.
4.Paint on the letters for each picket pointer,
and use the Sharpie markers to accent the letters as well as adding a doodle if
you like. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect—it just adds to the charm. But if
you really want them to be uniform, you can print out a font from your computer
and use that as a stencil on the pointer.
5.Once they’re the way you want them and have
fully dried, spray a UV-protective acrylic sealer over all.
6.Drill pilot holes, and use 2” wooden screws to
mount each pointer. You can use all four sides of the post if it’s in the
center of an open space, but we decided to only use two sides since ours would
back up to a crepe myrtle tree.
And that’s all! It was totally easy. Here are a few more
pictures. (all photos by Angelica R. Jackson)
And now--drum roll please--check out the illustrated companion, A Compendium of the Faer Folke! Read it here, or get it as a free download!
About the Author:
In keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here. She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband and two corpulent cats in California's Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and cat cuddling too. Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill sanctuary. She blogs at Angelic Muse, and is a contributing member of Operation Awesome and the Fearless Fifteeners.