Hampton Roads, VA, June 16, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- New York, and Virginia-based Morgan James Publishing, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest growing independent publishers of 2018, has acquired rights to The Legend of the Fairy Stones, a picture book by author Kelly Anne White of Baltimore, Maryland. White’s literary agent, D.J. Snell of Legacy Management, negotiated the contractual agreement.
“I’ve been with Morgan James for five and a half years working with many authors, but have never done a deal like we put together for Kelly Anne White,” says acquisitions editor Terry Whalin, formerly of Simon & Schuster and David C. Cook.
The Legend of the Fairy Stones integrates the story of very real cross-shaped Staurolite crystals, found in only a few places on earth and affectionately referred to as Fairy Stones, with the fictional folktale of how these stones came to be. White retells the charming fairy lore, with a unique blend of her originally authored text and whimsical illustrations from the public domain. The book's narrative is written in lyrical verse, as in the following excerpt:
The fairy tears dropped here and there, but first they lingered in the air.
When teardrops finally hit the ground, they turned to stones - but they weren’t round. Tucked in pads of herbs and mosses, perceived losses turned to... crosses!
The cross-shaped stones on Earth’s dirt floor dissolved the grief forevermore.
“I’m ecstatic that my vision of this mountain folklore gets to unfold from the pages of a storybook. It almost feels like a fairy tale, doesn’t it?” White quips. The Legend of the Fairy Stones is slated to hit bookstores for a Spring 2019 release.
Kelly Anne White is author of The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts (Healthy Learning/Coaches Choice, 2016). White has worked as a book editor for HarperCollins, Kirkus Media, and Christian Editor Connection, and she is on faculty at The PEN Institute. She lives in Baltimore and spends weekends on Chincoteague Bay in Virginia.