What would you do if your only friend was a ghost? What would you do if you were given a magic sword and told to fight off trolls? What would you do if your only son was lost in the forests of southeast Oklahoma while you were trying to decipher the ancient runestone at Heavener? You could call Thor for help if you had the app on your phone.
Ethan went with Dad to study the runestone that summer – just another adventure into the past with Dad. Ethan was eleven and all his friends were back home playing baseball and swimming. He was stuck in the hot sticky valleys near Heavener, Oklahoma while his dad worked. He was bored until he met Glome – a boy about his age that just happened to be a ghost. Glome’s friends were thumb-sized fairies and Bob the dog, a big furry ball of fun. Then the trolls came and someone had to rescue Hilda before the Festival of the Full Moon.
“The sword! Ethan, use the sword!” yelled Ari as he swung at a nearby opponent. He fought like a young man and Glome was fighting off the largest troll of them all with his tiny wooden sword. He twirled and parried blocking every blow. It was then that Ethan realized he had to help his friends. He drew his sword like the hero he had seen on TV and held it out in front of him.
The silver sword glistened in the sun as he swung it at the nearest troll. He took aim, sliced the air––and missed by a mile. He had never tried to hit anything with a sword except in his video games back home. This was different. This was real life. The troll laughed and charged.
Glome’s Valley is a YA fairytale set in southeast Oklahoma near the Heavener Runestone. A modern-day boy with a cell phone in his pocket is thrust into a make-believe world where an ancient war has raged for centuries. There are beautiful princesses trapped in flower valleys and smelly trolls determined to make her their queen. It is just the kind of place that Loki could twist his mischief into shape unless Thor reins him in.
I will be at the Heavener Viking & Celtic Festival selling and signing copies of Glome’s Valley on October 10 and 11, 2015. I’d love to meet you. Or you can find it in bookstores everywhere.