Guest Author Thursday: D. L. Finn with Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories @dlfinnauthor #newrelease #children’sfantasy #children’sliterature

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Hello, friends! It’s time for another Guest Author Thursday. Today, I am delighted to host my friend and Story Empire colleague, D.L. Finn. Denise is sharing her latest release, a positively delightful sounding children’s book that should appeal to readers of all ages who love whimsy and magic. Take it away, Denise!

Thank you, Mae, for having me here today to share my latest children’s release, “Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories!”

The first story in this collection, Tree Fairies, is told from Daniel’s perspective, both as a boy and father. The storyline follows Daniel’s life and why the fairies came to him. Then the fairies, Roselle and Goldie wanted to reveal their perspective— or the last two short stories that I added in later. 

This is the final children’s book that I have planned, and it might be the one that lives within me the deepest. I believe a part of us wants that magic that fairies offer, and the ancient wisdom from the trees. Although the stories touch on poachers, polluting, and greed, they don’t criticize legal hunters or take away from the reality of how expensive and difficult hazard waste disposal can be. 

Sometimes we miss what is right in front of us, which is why this story insisted on being written. We should never forget the magic that lives inside and around us.

Fun Finn Facts
I believe fairies and angels reside around me
Nature is my happy place


When reality and magic meet in the forest

It’s 1969, and twelve-year-old Daniel Burns is camping in the redwood forest with his family. Danny wants to listen to his music and read, but his family has other plans. S’mores around the campfire and stories end their first day. The family is sleeping soundly in their secluded tent when Danny wakes up and finds his sister, Colette, is missing. Assuming she went to use the outhouse, he goes after her. When he finds his sister, they discover there is a thin veil between reality and fantasy. 

Two bonus short stories offer a glimpse into the magical world that finds Danny and Colette. These hidden beings not only share our world but have a role in protecting their forest.




The full moon filtered down through the giant trees, bathing the forest in a glow that made it easy for the fairies to see. A woodpecker had done its job clearing out the insects it found in the old redwood. As the tree grew, so did an opening that became an animal den. A fisher—a member of the weasel family—nestled there with her four babies. Her long, fluffy tail, half the length of her sleek body, was protectively curled around her brood.

Goldie and her little brother, Oren, quietly watched them sleep. It had become Goldie’s habit to check the animal dens to make sure they were safe. The fishers, who were no bigger than the cats humans kept as pets, held a special place in her heart. They were adorable, with their big, bearlike ears, pointed faces, and huge eyes. Their dark brown fur was so soft it was hard not to pet them. They didn’t trust tree fairies, and she didn’t blame them. The fairies would zap animals, birds, or insects that developed too much curiosity or mistook them for food.

Oren spoke in a voice Goldie strained to hear. “I’m watching for owls.”

Not wanting to wake the fishers, Goldie responded in a softer tone. “Thanks. They are pests.”

Oren nodded solemnly and looked behind him. They’d seen a brown-and-gray horned owl hunting earlier in the evening. Its yellow eyes had widened in hunger as it dove at them. A quick jolt was all the discouragement it needed to stop bothering them. Would those birds ever learn fairies weren’t on their menu?

Oren had settled in a holding pattern, looking over Goldie’s head into the den. They made eye contact, and she jerked her head in a motion to leave. Their silver wings glowed at night, making the fairies easy targets if they weren’t careful. They rested briefly on a lower branch of the redwood.

Oren smiled as he swung his bare feet, making the branch sway. “Thanks for bringing me along this time, Sis.”


Author Bio:

D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include adult fiction, poetry, a unique autobiography, and children’s books. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

Connect with D.L. Finn at the following Haunts
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | D.L. Finn blog

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Isn’t that book cover gorgeous? And I thought the excerpt was positively enchanting! We all need a little magic in our lives along with a big dollop of whimsy. Please help Denise spread the word of her lovely new release by using the sharing buttons below then drop her some cheer in the comments!

64 thoughts on “Guest Author Thursday: D. L. Finn with Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories @dlfinnauthor #newrelease #children’sfantasy #children’sliterature

  1. It’s lovely to see Denise and her fairies here, Mae. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Denise, wishing you all the best with your latest release. You are so spot on about the magic being all around us. We literally need to stop and smell the roses 🙂

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    • Hi, Harmony. Thanks for visiting to cheer on Denise and the fairies. I agree it’s important that we slow down and take time to appreciate the magic and wonder all around us. It’s easy to forget to do that when we’re rushing to and fro. We need to take a lesson from the fairies!

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    • Such an awesome point, Priscilla. When I see an ancient tree I often wonder what it may have been witness to in the past, thinking how long it has stood. Thoughts like that can definitely give me goose bumps—of the good variety!

      Thanks for visiting to cheer on Denise and the fairies today!


  2. I definitely want the magic that fairies have to offer. I don’t think we ever get too old to enjoy imagining a world with magic and the wonders it brings! Thank you for the post, Mae and wishing you much success, Denise! It’s definitely a book I’ll keep in mind if the opportunity to gift it comes up ❤️

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    • It does sound like a delight. I’m thrilled to know the fairies have enchanted you, Balroop. Thanks so much for visiting to cheer Denise on with her release. I think she has extra help with this launch from all those “wee beings.” 🙂

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  3. Hi Mae and Denise,

    Another great stop on your tour Denise! Nature is my happy place too now. We are finally getting warm/hot summer weather!

    Great visiting you here on Mae’s site! 🥰


    • Hi, Eden. Thank you for visiting my site to cheer on Denise. I’ve been following her tour as well, finding whimsy and magic at every stop.
      I love being outdoors in warmer weather as well. We are finally getting some too. Yay for summer—and Tree Fairies! 🙂


    • Hi, Sandra. Yes, a purrfect day–Raven agrees with that too 😉
      Like you, I love the Finn Facts. I’m so glad you dropped by to cheer on Denise and the fairies. Happy reading and writing to you as well!


  4. Thank you, Sandra! I love doing my Finn Facts and so happy you enjoyed hanging out with the fairies for a bit! I can’t wait for Keeper’s release! xoxo


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