Aster had a good life. The orphaned daughter of the captain of the Aldorian castle guard was adopted into the royal family when she was fifteen years old and is being groomed to be the next great healer and advisor to the king. She had proven her worth and made a name for herself even as she was Aldora’s best-kept secret. She was content. Little did she know everything was about to change. Strangers from the north would upset the delicate balance that was her life – strangers she did not know, did not trust, and one that would unlock a longing within her that she had yet to understand.
In a flash, her life is threatened, her heart bruised, her trust broken, and her calm life turned upside down. She is forced to accept that everything she had known about her past is false. She must leave the only home she has known, the family she loves, and the people she serves, to undertake a perilous journey and fulfill a destiny she never asked for or wanted…
As a ranger, Calis was used to being alone, invisible, and underestimated. He liked it that way. He generally avoided the kingdom of Boradin, his sworn enemy, while dealing with his secret quest to complete before time ran out. Coming to Aldora castle, meeting Princess Aster changed nothing and yet changed everything: she intrigued him, and stirred his feelings, a dangerous problem, especially for her. The best thing he could do was to leave quickly.
Little did he know the truth about This princess, and how she held the key to what he had been searching for…
When my oldest daughter, Sasha, was little, I told her a bedtime story, and each night after the story was told, she would come up with questions about the characters and story. Three years later the “bedtime story” grew into an 13 chapter novel. I was able to publish it, only to find the published version having typos and not fully edited. Not to mention the original final master digital copy had disappeared.
When I discovered that the publishing was not the final editing, you can only imagine how disappointed and embarrassed I was. Here was a story that I wanted to share and have my children read, only to see it riddled with typos and missing whole sections of material. It was so bad that one of my professional editors wanted nothing to do with the acknowledgments for embarrassment. Naturally I avoided promoting this work, or even acknowledging myself as a published author.
Fast forward Years. My daughter, Sasha, has pieced together the book again in order for her to read it, and while it was still pretty rough, we have been working on getting it better.
I am proud to say, more than 11 years later that I am working on republishing this revised book, with the help of my two of my daughters, whom love this story.
Sasha, as I said, is helping me edit and correct the story, bringing in info that needs to be updated or expanded on.
While another daughter, Kat, is helping me with new illustrations for the updated publication. While I did do all the illustrations in the original version, I am over-joyed she is helping me this time around.
It feels much more meaningful to me to have my daughters being apart of this process.
One of the most powerful things I have learned is that children learn best when you include them in what you are doing. It doesn’t have to be hard, it can be as simple as reading bedtime stories and talking about them. This allows them and you to form a connection over the many little comments or notes that you collect over reading.
This techniques also applies to just about any task, event, or thing I do with my kids. I love getting their perspective and take on “what is happening.”
This new version of “Heal The Lands” is a great way to share your thoughts and read together, because it did originate as a bedtime story. It is captivating. As mentioned before, my kids love it, even to the point of my son, Dma, being unable to put it down and ignored his homework for 3 days; and Sasha reading it to her younger brother, my current 3 year old, on occasion. They have all been enthralled with the characters, struggles, adventures, trials and triumphs within the story. Because it is not just a fairy tale and princess story, it shows someone’s life and how they made discissions in their situation.
If you REALLY want to read the already published version, with the typos and old illustrations, you can find it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Heal-Lands-Jenn-Woodruff-ebook/dp/B079J6GP91/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1U79T5EITQ0IZ&keywords=heal+the+lands&qid=1663744571&s=books&sprefix=heal+the+lands%2Cstripbooks%2C177&sr=1-5.
The updated and revised version will be Better!!!
In addition to the different illustrations, it will include Life Lessons pulled from the story itself and Questions you can ask yourself to draw out your own unique journey from within the novel.
Why, you ask, there are life lessons and questions?
Because over the many years that Sasha has memorized this book, she has brought to me many bits of wisdom, lessons, and questions that surprised me in it’s relevance to reality, and whatever real life situation we were facing at the time.
As the author, and life coach, it has shown me that this book can be used for more than just entertainment. As a parent, it has made this experience more meaningful in the quality of my interactions and conversations I have with my children; opening conversations and expanding thinking.
You may find more questions or connections to your reality through this book, and that is great, because everyone’s experiences are different.
Along with publishing this version of the book, will come the 2 sequels that follow different characters within this story. These are still in the works, and the opportunity to even pre-order those will be available only to those who pre-order this book. Up until now these sequels have been locked away on my computer, even though many have asked for them.
The girls and I are hoping by early next year to publish and have printed versions of Heal the Lands.
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Whether you want to read for fun, or read to share with family, or even read to better yourself, this book is great for all three.
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