Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Guest Post The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Paperback: 360 pages

Publisher: Two Harbors Press

Language: English

ISBN-10: 937293645

Genre: fantasy, action and adventure

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Why would Jack Darcey, a stage actor and ex-competitive fencer, choose to live

in a medieval kingdom in the Canadian wilderness? How could such a place exist and

flourish in the 21st century, and why would anyone want to live there?

Welcome to Albert Keane’s beautifully designed medieval kingdom nestled in a

completely isolated river valley in the Canadian wilderness.

There is a castle, of course, and a monastery. Knights, sword fights, dungeons, chivalry and a feudal kingdom!

Farmers work the land, artisans ply their trades, monks keep school and visit the sick, and yet no buddy misses the modern world at all.

So how does Jack Darcey – actor, wanderer, end up being a

hero? Why does Albert’s fortune teller believe that Jack could turn the tide – if he lives long enough?

Jack Darcey's bravery, honor and love shine throughout the


The book seamlessly blends medieval and modern elements, The Kingdom on the

Edge of Reality keeps you spell bound with a wide array of action, humor, adventure

and satire in a kingdom set apart in time and space.

Teenagers and adults who enjoy King Arthur-like stories, castles, battles and life-

threatening quests will enjoy this Arthurian saga. The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality is

not only an escapist adventure but at times creates cultural controversy. Everything that

takes place in this story is possible and feasible.

Gahan Hanmer's creativity and gift for storytelling came from his background in theatre.

Creativity ran in the family, Gahan's mother and uncle were well known actors. He

developed his talent exclusively as a theater artist, working with many inspired teachers

and directors. Every night, after his two daughters were in bed, he became the main

character in a perilous mythical journey and recorded it as it unfolded in his imagination.

Years later, rewritten and revised many times and finally pruned and polished, the result

was The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality.

What Readers are Saying

" The mark of a modern classic is a story line handled with such originality that it

cannot be imitated. Like Lord of the Flies or The Last Unicorn, The Kingdom on the

Edge of Reality is in a class by itself; it is one of a kind. --- Diane K. Stevenson, PhD "

About Gahan Hanmer

Gahan Hanmer speaks French and Spanish and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from

Columbia University. The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality is available at: Amazon,

My Book Orders, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and on his website.  Ask Gahan Hanmer

questions by visiting his website at

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Monster Asylum Series Book 1: The Fangs of Bloodhaven GIVEAWAY

Cheree Alsop is giving away THREE free copies of

The Monster Asylum Series Book 1: The Fangs of Bloodhaven

All you have to do is:

  • leave a comment with an email to where we can send the book if you win.
  • Follow A Storybook World

Being a teenage vampire in a human family isn’t easy, especially in a city where harboring any monster subspecies is illegal. When Everett is injured attempting to save a werewolf, she takes him to the Monster Asylum, a place that shouldn’t exist, and introduces him to a world of acceptance and possibility. Dark creatures begin to plague the five cities. Everett’s ability to fight against them makes him irreplaceable if the human world that fears him can accept a vampire as a hero.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Restaurant Review - Native Foods

My visiting teachers told me about this place that serves ALL VEGAN foods.

They have cheese burgers, chicken, meatballs, and everything else you would expect from a restaurant, but none of it is meat.

Okay, so we've got to go try this.

My husband ordered the bacon burger, Kal'el got the chicken nuggets, and I got something that was just like teriyaki chicken and a bowl of soup.
It was all Vegan!

My husband was a little suspicious of the bacon, but he thought it was pretty good once he tried it.
Kal'el had no idea he wasn't eating 'real' chicken nuggets.
And mine tasted just like sweet meat from a nice Asian restaurant. The soup was amazing and just what I needed, especially since we ran through the Oregon rain to get there.

The price wasn't bad either.
If you go, make sure to try their Lavender Lemonade!

Also, check out the soap in their bathroom. They make it themselves!

You can see their menu and locations here:

Pictures from

Leif's rating: FIVE STARS
Deirdra's rating: FIVE STARS
Kal'el's rating: FIVE STARS

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flower Shopping in the Country

The first time we drove into our small little town with the kids, both Leif and I were enchanted by the farms and small town feel of our new home.

We hadn't been here before and had only seen pictures of where we were going to settle and raise our family.

There are TONS of farms nearby and the farmers market here is a big deal. Some families make 100% of their income off their land.

This last week it was time to flower shop and so we made it a family adventure.

We went to two nearby cities, if you can even call it a city. I think they are more like townships.

The first place we went to was Fir Point Farms.

 All the president of the US painted on pumpkins.

I guess this means Obama is a bigger pumpkin than Bush was.

 I can't get over how cute the shopping carts are.

Next stop was in the next town over.

The kids loved the wagons to ride in.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland Temple and Grounds

In the words of an anti-mormon trying to sander the temple: "It looks like something out of Lord of the Rings."  

Ehem, this is one of the reasons why the Portland temple is my favorite.

This is the picture from the church website that everyone see:

Here are a few candid ones I took this weekend.

This is the parking lot. 
The temple is completely cocooned in beautiful forest.

Of course, on a Saturday you always see people in love

More people in love: 

Back in that little grove is the visitor center.

One of the coolest things about this temple is the indoor garden.
Most temples have a waiting area before the recommend desk where guest can wait or study.

Portland has a regular sitting area, but they also have an exotic indoor garden. The ceiling is glass and you can look up and see the Angel Moroni on the spire.

I couldn't take pictures on the inside, but the walls and floor are all the same white marble.
Everything is trimmed in contrasting dark wood

All the colors throughout the temple are warm toned.

The two-story Celestial Room of the Portland Oregon Temple features three chandeliers, long wall tapestries, and a grand staircase.The celestial room is white and gold.

On the top floor of the Portland Oregon Temple are a collection of sealing rooms with white marble altars and a large assembly hall.

In 1994, the Portland Oregon Temple was awarded first place by the Royal Rosarians of Portland, Oregon, in the category of commercial rose plantings. Portland is known as the "City of Roses."*

I got to peek into the bride's room. It reminds me a lot of one of the rooms in Highclere Castle. 

To read more about the Portland Temple see these links:

Why Mormons build temples:

*All info in Gray is from the church website.