Hi, all! Two of my poems, "Meteor" and "Dashed on the Rocks" appeared in the latest issue of Door is a Jar, a magazine dedicated to writing that is accessible to all readers. Their magazine is available for Kindle and in paperback.
This has been a great month for reviews. I got some positive feedback on "Our Miss Engel," a short story that has consistently been my most popular blog post since I first posted it in 2012. In that time, it has received over 26,500 hits. A reader on Goodreads said, "The characterization is strong and the ambiance is appropriately dark. I would definitely read more from Scharhag."
I also heard from readers on Amazon about my children's books. The Ice Dragon and The Winter Prince both received five-star reviews.
On The Ice Dragon, the review said, "Scharhag packs a lot of action and adventure within the pages of this short book. Primarily written for youngsters, it is an endearing story that parents and grandparents alike will enjoy as well. The descriptive passages bring to life the dragon's lair and the ice swan and this reviewer wanted the story to go on. So will you!"
On The Winter Prince, "A splendid contemporary fairy tale set in a faraway land, The Winter Prince will charm you as did the classic fairy tales of our youth. I loved the fact that it takes place in rural America and that young Margaret speaks in the colloquial dialogue of the backwoods folk. While she is suitably impressed with everything and everyone she encounters, she is able to keep her wits about her. And when she meets and saves the magician Anubis, we know it won't take long before romance is in the air. The story is well written, the pacing is nice and steady, the characters are varied and interesting, and the conclusion is most satisfying. A lovely novella to read to your young ones (8 years and older). There is enough to make them shudder (the evil Summer Queen and Lord Vernum), lots of fun adventures, a hint of romance, and a happy ending. A hefty punch from a novella of under one hundred pages. Loved reading this one!"
Thank you so much, lovely readers! I’m always thrilled to hear from you. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on publications (I have several more lined up in the coming months, and I’m always working on more material.) In August, I’m planning to host a literary event—I’ve been to many, but this will be the first one I’ve ever emceed. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
In the meantime, reviewers and fellow authors, I’m always happy to connect with you. Please feel free to contact me anytime about reviews, interviews, and other opportunities.