New Episodes of Draekkon’s Fire

There are new episodes of Draekkon’s Fire to enjoy on Amazon Vella. You can read the first 3 episodes for free, and they are some of the longest episodes in the series.

About Draekkon’s Fire —

War is brewing, from the capital of Burnleaf to the cliffs of Draekkon, and the hidden realms in between. A cast of characters including kings, queens, witches,  immortals, and the brave join forces against the threat of a destructive dragon.

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0B21XT616

Read all my Amazon Vella stories here.

Itsy Mouse Book Released

My latest illustrated children’s book has been released! Both the print version and ebook are now available on Amazon!

Below is a preview of the book from YouTube:

From the book description:

Itsy Mouse is about a chocolate chip cookie chomping mouse who loves pink slippers! Itsy Mouse is a tidy little mouse, but will people welcome him? This first book in the Fur and Feather Tales series is a mouse adventure book for children.

Itsy Mouse is an adorable little field mouse who loves to eat! With a cozy little home in an old barn, he has the perfect life for a country mouse. This mouse book for children gives readers an illustrated view of Itsy’s home, a place filled with little things. His cute tiny home doesn’t stop him from thinking about a nearby farmhouse with a well-stocked kitchen.

With all the goodies inside, how can he resist? Itsy is risking it all for a late-night quest for food and luxury in a pink fuzzy slipper. This delightful animal adventure book is also a picture book written and illustrated by Patricia Arnold. The Fur and Feather Tales series is based on the adventures of animals living in the author’s yard.

The charming and humorous story and illustrations in this book will make you smile! This delightful book is a great choice for storytime. Parents, grandparents, teachers, educators, and caregivers looking for mouse books for kids will find the world of Itsy Mouse an unexpectedly fun place to visit.

Draekkon’s Fire Released on Kindle Vella

Draekkon's Fire Cover Reveal Fantasy Fiction story Vella by Patti Arnold

My new fantasy fiction novel Draekkon’s Fire, is available on Kindle Vella starting today. Books will also be coming in print of this series. The first two episodes are available with new episodes to be added every week. Publishing this story as a Vella on KDP offers the opportunity for me to get to know the readers. The episodes will keep coming as the book is in the final stages at over 100k words.

Here is the new cover I created! Designing it myself gave me the opportunity to sharpen my digital and graphic design skills. The design features the main characters Datura, Aeve and Storm (from left to right). Cintarzia is a world I created at the beginning of the pandemic, when I was looking for something challenging to write. There isn’t a better genre than epic fantasy to distract me. I hope you enjoy it!

Draekkon's Fire Cover Reveal Fantasy Fiction story Vella by Patti Arnold
Cover Design by Patricia Arnold, ©2022.

A description of the series:

Cintarzians are enjoying a century of peace without dragons until someone upsets the balance. When a bitter queen goes all-in on revenge, a cruel king presses his advantage. Their foolish actions benefit Vellaine, a sorcerer conjuring a dragon. With the immortal witch Datura at his side, he can conquer Cintarzia if she wishes it.

Storm Crossley, and his allies race the clock to save a world on the edge. As the Crimson Guard and others prepare for battle, the druids use magic against sorcery.

Draekkon’s Fire Available on Kindle Vella

Draekkon's Fire Cover Reveal Fantasy Fiction story Vella by Patti Arnold

Today my newest fantasy fiction novel Draekkon’s Fire, debuts as a Kindle Vella (before being published as an ebook and in print). The first two episodes are available with new episodes to be added weekly. This will be an ongoing series on Vella until a first book is published – it was already in the final stages with 50 chapters! Publishing this story as a Vella on KDP offers the opportunity for me to get to know the readers. I’ll include notes about each episode and a short poll for readers to participate in. I hope you enjoy the series!

In the meantime, here is the cover reveal! I created the book cover myself. Creating my own cover gave me the opportunity to sharpen my digital and graphic design skills. The design features the main characters (from left to right) Datura, Aeve and Storm. Cintarzia is a world I created at the beginning of the pandemic, when I was looking for something challenging to write. There isn’t a better genre than epic fantasy to distract me. I hope you enjoy it!

Draekkon's Fire Cover Reveal Fantasy Fiction story Vella by Patti Arnold
Cover Design by Patricia Arnold, ©2022.

A description of the series:

Cintarzians are enjoying a century of peace without dragons until someone upsets the balance. When a bitter queen goes all-in on revenge, a cruel king presses his advantage. Their foolish actions benefit Vellaine, a sorcerer conjuring a dragon. With the immortal witch Datura at his side, he can conquer Cintarzia if she wishes it.

Storm Crossley, and his allies race the clock to save a world on the edge. As the Crimson Guard and others prepare for battle, the druids use magic against sorcery.

March Watercolor Videos

This month I began to paint some illustrations for a children’s book I’m writing. The book is going to be a short story anthology. The characters are based on animals I watched at my new window bird feeder all winter. At first, my new friends included woodpeckers of all varieties, sweet little chickadees, and the occasional cardinal.

After a couple of weeks, I made a new friend, a cute little charcoal-colored squirrel. He began to expect “his share” of the bird feed every week. He was determined and clever in his approach. He tried to use the screen as a launchpad to catch onto the bird feeder, but he kept missing it. I would watch him slide down my window, wondering if he’d ever reach the feeder. This became a daily thing. First, I heard knocks on the window from the woodpeckers as they ate the birdseed, followed by the antics of the acrobatic squirrel.

Sometimes, he would pause on the screen and look at me in frustration. He didn’t seem to care when I pressed my finger against the windowpane where he was on the other side. It’s amazing how he clung to the screen on the outside of the window looking at me. I haven’t named my new little friend yet, but one of the main characters in my book is a squirrel called Nimblefoot. He has the same determined personality.

The squirrel and his friends inspired me to write a new children’s book. Check out a short 30-second preview of the book on my YouTube channel.

Also new to my YouTube channel is my most recent painting video. You can see all three parts at once here. In addition to watching it (and other art videos) on my channel, you can see segments of the video on my TikTok. In the video, you’ll see much of my technique for watercolor. The paints I’m using are Windsor Newton. They’re great for the children’s book illustrations I’m creating. 

This watercolor was meant as an exercise to get inspired. With many things going on in the world, I realize that it’s important to take a deep breath and just make some art. Painting is great for relaxation.

I was satisfied with the result, and I may find a place for it in a book project. 

Winter Art and Writing

I’ve started new projects while trying to complete what I’ve been working on for over a year. My upcoming fantasy fiction novel, Draekkon’s Fire is still in the editing phases. The cover design is still ongoing. This book is looking more and more like an epic fantasy, but I’m nearing the goals I’ve set for myself.

With over 100,000 words, this is my longest novel. I’ve considered dividing it into more than one volume, but I want it to be a stand alone book.  Creating the story as a Vella through Amazon KDP is a consideration. Before deciding on this option, the cover is in need of finishing. This is easier said than done. I’m not using stock photography, making the cover design quite a task. The cover design began as an illustration I made that evolved into digital art. It features four of the main characters from the story.

36 minute night sky painting from a new tutorial on YouTube. Scroll down to see the video on the page.

In the meantime, I have midway through a new illustrated children’s book or series inspired by the animals that live in my own yard. It’s been years since I released a children’s book, so I felt this was the perfect time. I’ve been working on the illustrations myself, with an introduction to the book posted on YouTube as a short. With a cute little squirrel pressing his nose to my window pane, how can I not write a story?

With all this going on, I’m also working on an animation project to be revealed later! I’ve continued releasing art tutorials on my YouTube channel and on Tiktok.
I’ve been working in watercolor. I find it to be an amazing medium that’s very portable and perfect for children’s books. I often use it as the first layer in my work, adding mediums such as color pencils, pastel and even alcohol marker. In the tutorial below, I’ve demonstrated a 36 minute painting I made of the night sky – all compressed into to ten minutes of video.

 

2 Days Only! Get my Newest Christmas Story Anthology Ebook for Free!

Free Ebook Promotion: December 13, 2021 – December 14, 2021

Download my new Christmas short story and poem anthology, Enchanted Christmas and add it to your Christmas reading list free! Two days only! Get it for your reading device on  Amazon.

Description of the Book: Enchanted Christmas Short Stories and Poems by Patricia Arnold has four heartwarming stories of Christmas magic and adventure. The author’s second Christmas short story anthology, (the first one was Christmas Poems and Short Stories) this collection of short stories and poems are written especially for 2021.

The first story, The Christmas Play set in the late 1970’s, is about a child excited about being in the school Christmas play. A second story, The Magic Christmas Card features a reluctant Christmas time traveler who must decide if he should live in the past or follow his friend’s advice.

The Case of the Missing Christmas Tree is about a father’s mission to determine what happened to his family’s missing Christmas tree. Clues lead to the eccentric artificial tree manufacturer who produced it. The last story, Double the Recipe is a tale about an heirloom family recipe box capable of surprising things.

These touching, at times humorous and enchanting stories will transform your Christmas story telling tradition. Included in this volume are two poems by the author, Christmas at Grandmas and Snow World. This book is the perfect addition to your holiday reading list, offering Christmas miracles blended with a serving of hope and adventure!

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Free New Christmas Short Story eBook by Patricia Arnold – 2 Days Only

Free Ebook Promotion: November 22, 2021 – November 23, 2021

Download my new Christmas short story and poem anthology, Enchanted Christmas and add it to your Christmas reading list free! Two days only! Get it for your reading device on  Amazon.

Description: Enchanted Christmas Short Stories and Poems by Patricia Arnold has four heartwarming stories of Christmas magic and adventure. The author’s second Christmas short story anthology, (the first one was Christmas Poems and Short Stories) this collection of short stories and poems are written especially for 2021.

The first story, The Christmas Play set in the late 1970’s, is about a child excited about being in the school Christmas play. A second story, The Magic Christmas Card features a reluctant Christmas time traveler who must decide if he should live in the past or follow his friend’s advice.

The Case of the Missing Christmas Tree is about a father’s mission to determine what happened to his family’s missing Christmas tree. Clues lead to the eccentric artificial tree manufacturer who produced it. The last story, Double the Recipe is a tale about an heirloom family recipe box capable of surprising things.

These touching, at times humorous and enchanting stories will transform your Christmas story telling tradition. Included in this volume are two poems by the author, Christmas at Grandmas and Snow World. This book is the perfect addition to your holiday reading list, offering Christmas miracles blended with a serving of hope and adventure!

 

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Free on Amazon 1 Day Only – Christmas Short Story Ebook – New Release!

Free Ebook Promotion: November 8, 2021

Download my new Christmas short story and poem anthology, Enchanted Christmas and add it to your Christmas reading list free! One day only! This book debuted on November 3rd, so this is the perfect opportunity to find new Christmas stories to read! Get it for your reading device on  Amazon.

Book Description: Enchanted Christmas Short Stories and Poems by Patricia Arnold has four heartwarming stories of Christmas magic and adventure. The author’s second Christmas short story anthology, (the first one was Christmas Poems and Short Stories) this collection of short stories and poems are written especially for 2021.

The first story, The Christmas Play set in the late 1970’s, is about a child excited about being in the school Christmas play. A second story, The Magic Christmas Card features a reluctant Christmas time traveler who must decide if he should live in the past or follow his friend’s advice.

The Case of the Missing Christmas Tree is about a father’s mission to determine what happened to his family’s missing Christmas tree. Clues lead to the eccentric artificial tree manufacturer who produced it. The last story, Double the Recipe is a tale about an heirloom family recipe box capable of surprising things.

These touching, at times humorous and enchanting stories will transform your Christmas story telling tradition. Included in this volume are two poems by the author, Christmas at Grandmas and Snow World. This book is the perfect addition to your holiday reading list, offering Christmas miracles blended with a serving of hope and adventure!

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Enchanted Christmas Short Story and Poem Anthology

I hope you’ll enjoy my new Christmas short story and poem anthology, released in ebook format just in time to add to your Christmas reading collection for next month (the print version is coming by the end of this week). Available on Amazon.

Description: Enchanted Christmas Short Stories and Poems by Patricia Arnold has four heartwarming stories of Christmas magic and adventure with a little humor added in. The author follows up her previous Christmas short story anthology, Christmas Poems and Short Stories with this collection of short stories written especially for 2021.

In the first story, The Christmas Play, circa the late 1970’s, a child is excited about being in the School Christmas play. A second story, The Magic Christmas Card features a reluctant Christmas time traveler who must decide if he should alter the past or follow his friend’s advice. A third story, The Case of the Missing Christmas Tree is about a father’s mission to determine what happened to their missing Christmas tree. Clues lead to the eccentric artificial tree manufacturer who produced it. The fourth story, Double the Recipe is a tale about an heirloom family recipe box capable of surprising things.

These touching, at times humorous and enchanting stories will transform your Christmas story telling tradition, Includes two poems by the author, Christmas at Grandmas and Snow World.

Order today