"A Daughter Times Three" is a fairy tale--complete with talking animals, a long-lost prophecy, and a magical birthday.
Here's a sneak peek:
Annaka cried harder. She would never be happy again. Mama didn’t remember—how could she? Tomorrow everything would change. She was eleven and three hundred and sixty-four days. Tomorrow she would be Twelve.
Tomorrow she would lose the gift of speaking to the animals.
While my intended audience for this story is children (after all, children still believe in all the magic that the fairy tale offers) but the deeper themes of friendship, loss, and the courage it takes to grow up should appeal to readers of all ages.
If you read it--to yourself or to your child--please let me know what you think! After all, authors make their "livings" on the feedback from their readers.