Ambril's Tale
written and illustrated by Wendy D. Walter

I'll be participating on a panel of children's writers at the Literary Stage of the San Mateo County Fair. If you are interested in writing a children's book, come and join us Saturday June 6th, 3:00pm, Expo Hall at the Fair.

 

About Book Two
Riding the Cursed Shoots

Ambril miraculously escapes from the evil Moroz but keeps the details of her escapades a secret from everyone except a grouchy fairy, whom she discovers has been spying on her ever since her first night in Trelawnyd. Actually, she really doesn’t have a choice about staying quiet, as she’s a little hazy on exactly how she escaped, herself. Something about the lacy, twisty Shoots riddling the magical world. She’s clear on one thing, however. She’s lousy at wielding magic.
To remedy this, she finds someone willing to teach her magic. He drills her relentlessly while the mysterious attacks on the walled village of Trelawnyd escalate. Eventually they point a finger at her soon-to-be stepfather, Feldez.
But Feldez appears to be unstoppable. He practically runs the town. Everyone trusts him, even her own mother. But Ambril knows if she doesn’t stop the attacks, it won’t be just her life that is ruined. The entire town will fall.
With the help of her friends and a few of her enemies, Ambril sets out to save her hometown, even if it means she gets tossed into the forest without any breadcrumbs after. Wouold you like to read a chapter?

 

What people are saying about Ambril's Tale!

"Walter practices a magic too few writers are capable of wielding: putting readers right there in the story where they can see and hear and smell everything, yet never burdening the story with endless description. Her descriptions are the work of a true wordsmith.

She’s given readers a story, characters, and a writing style they’ll be eager to come back to."
SPR

 

About Ambril's Tale
Return of the Dullaith

A three headed dog, a vicious flower bud and a walking house. They swirl around the top of fourteen year old Ambril's old puzzle box and bedevil her in life.

Just what do they have to do with the mystery of her father’s death? Ambril struggles to answer that question when she moves back to the town she was born in but doesn’t remember and accidentally uncovers secrets about her father which threaten to destroy her entire family.

In this, the first book of Ambril’s Tale, Ambril makes friends with some of the locals as she tangles with ornery garden gnomes, angry bicycles and a magical garden that she comes around to calling home. All this while she struggles to learn how to use the magic that will become her destiny.
Wouold you like to read a chapter?

 

What people are saying about Ambril's Tale!

"Walter practices a magic too few writers are capable of wielding: putting readers right there in the story where they can see and hear and smell everything, yet never burdening the story with endless description. Her descriptions are the work of a true wordsmith.

She’s given readers a story, characters, and a writing style they’ll be eager to come back to."
SPR

"Normal teenagers are thrust into a world of magic in this heartfelt, occasionally hair-raising story for the Harry Potter set...Offers plenty of suspense and dangerous near-misses as Ambril investigates who in town has been conjuring the demonic Dullaiths. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers craving the next installment. Bound to satisfy young readers hungry for tales of magic, adventure and friendship."
Kirkus Review

"A fun story mingling real life and fantasy for early teens. At its heart, this is a coming-of-age story of a teenager investigating a corrosive family secret. "
Indie Review

"Ambril's Tale is a simply delightful new novel! The story line and characters are incredibly creative, and really set this book apart from other fantasy novels available today. I couldn't put it away, and stayed up all night reading it! Perfect for both kids and adults who are still kids at heart."
kbwheeler

"A delightfully charming and witty fantasy with endless entertainment and adventure. I would recommend this ebook to my friends and family. I look forward to the next set of adventures Ambril and her pals unwind in their quest."
rbradley

 

A Press Release from the Sand Hill Review Press 6/29/2012

Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith
The First in the fantasy series written and illustrated by Wendy D. Walter

This summer, Europe is slogging through its own mess, they are fighting yet again in Middle East, and the U.S. recovery seems to be just grinding its gears. How do you stay sane amid all the madness? Experts will tell you, a simple escape helps. The Sand Hill Review Press suggests that a sharp left turn into a fast-paced fantasy adventure such as Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith might be just the ticket.

A Harry Potter type fantasy, its outlandish characters and humorous take on dealing with a broken family, adolescence and the occasional attack of monsters is a sure-fire cure for whatever the evening news dishes up this summer.

Ambril is fourteen when her family moves from San Francisco to the place where she was born but doesn’t remember. Trouble pounces just after they make it through the Wall, a twenty foot high, five foot thick stone barrier which encircles the town of Trelawnyd. Is it there to keep the monsters out...or to pen them in?

Ambril soon realizes it’s a little of both as she is forced to not only battle real life monsters but also the paranoid behavior of the people around her who are desperate to keep their true heritage hidden. They bully and threaten, but the truth about her father’s death is not a secret that Ambril will let them keep. Against all odds, she continues her quest to clear her father’s name and heal the rifts in her family.

Ambril makes friends with some of the locals as she tangles with ornery garden gnomes, angry bicycles and a magical garden that she comes around to calling home. All this while she struggles to learn how to use the magic that will become her destiny.

The Return of the Dullaith is the first in the Ambril’s Tale series. This humorous fantasy adventure is offered as an ebook. Print books will be available mid-July 2012. Book Two, Riding the Cursed Chutes, is expected out in September 2012.