Door of the Day: Old-school education?

Door of the Day: Old-school education?

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The door (and accompanying sign) to the Old School House in Chipping-Campden does not seem that inviting! I mentioned in a previous post that I found a plethora of doors in this delightful town in the Cotswolds (by the way, is there a collective noun for doors?), which means I still have a few more great ones to come from here . . . so stayed tuned!

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25) with HarperCollins Children’s Books.

In Zoone, as in our world, some doors come with warnings! Do the characters heed them? Rarely! So, head through the nearest portal, and join them in their latest adventure in the multiverse!

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

Door of the Day: some you must strain and strive to open

Door of the Day: some you must strain and strive to open

In 2015 we were wandering down Soi 38 in Bangkok, Thailand, when we came upon a massive set of doors. The knockers were so high up, they were beyond the reach of the lowly passerby—though I still strained and tried to reach!

Who knows what awaited on the other side of such giant doors? Perhaps it is best that my attempts did not succeed!

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25).

Doors come in all shapes at Zoone.

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the Day: Watch your fingers!

Door of the Day: Watch your fingers!

This is a cute dragon knocker I encountered in Chipping Campden, England, which is one of the quaint towns in the Cotswolds. I’m pretty sure this little guy puffs smoke when you knock! Either that, or he might snap at your hand!

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I visited Chipping Campden in 2015, and it offered us a treasure trove of doors, so there’ll be more photos coming from this town in future posts.

As the nexus of the multiverse, Zoone has many doors with creatures for door knockers. If this dragon were at Zoone, he’d not only blow smoke, but fire as well—either because he was excited that someone was visiting his door . . . or maybe as a warning to stay away from the world hidden behind it!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25).

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the Day: Are we going to Wonderland?

Door of the Day: Are we going to Wonderland?

It might seem like this door is straight out of Alice in Wonderland, but I found it while exploring Old Town, Prague, in 2006. Is that a handle or a nose? Grab hold of it, and it might complain!

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25).

Many of the doors in Zoone often protest when their personal space is invested. Ah, pesky magic doors! That’s just life in the nexus of the multiverse.

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the Day: Do you remember LETTERS?

Door of the Day: Do you remember LETTERS?

Door of the day: Gather ‘round young ones, and Grandpa Födi will tell you of a time before computers and cell phones when mail used to arrive through your front door!

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I found this delightfully blue door—and mail slot—while exploring Dublin in 2015. 💌

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25).

In the Zoone multiverse, mail is delivered by quirl! The creatures are native to the nexus of Zoone, and can scamper, glide, and swim—so there’s not a world that will bog them down.

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Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the Day: Guardian lions

Door of the Day: Guardian lions

I happened upon this gorgeous door while strolling Exeter in 2015. The wooden lions caught my eye, not to mention the storied keyhole with its rusty cap.

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Exeter is an ancient city, famous for its cathedral. In fact, when we were there, they were still making repairs to the cathedral sustained during the bombing raids of WWII. I can’t help to wonder if these are guardian lions, helping to protect the city.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – Jan 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February – 25) There are no lions in Zoone—but there are skygers!🚪🗝️

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the Day: Can we go to Narnia?

Door of the Day: Can we go to Narnia?

Today’s door of the day is very regal! I found this one in the parliament building in Quebec City. Yes, the doorknob looks like Aslan, but the door itself didn’t lead to Narnia, as I had hoped—maybe I should have tried twisting the handle the opposite direction.

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Quebec City might be my favourite city in all of Canada! There are stone walls, interesting alleyways, a hotel like a castle (Château Frontenac) and, of course, many wonderful doors!

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25). There are a thousand doors in the nexus of Zoone, leading to a thousand worlds, and many of them have faces just like this “Aslan” door.

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the day: A secret entrance!

Door of the day: A secret entrance!

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Today’s door of the day is a secret one, found at Suwon, Korea. The exterior wall jukes, which might have confused attackers to make them think that retreating defenders had vanished into the stones!

Suwon is a beautiful old walled city; you can walk that wall and see the old gazing solemnly upon the ever-encroaching modernity. I visited Suwon during my very first visit to Korea, back in 2007 (I’ve been more than 20 times since!), and I fell in love with it.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25). There are many secret doors at Zoone Station, concealed in the walls to provide shortcuts or paths to forbidden chambers. In fact, Ozzie and Fidget will find one such door during their attempt to rescue an important member of their crew in The Guardians of Zoone.

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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Door of the Day: A portal in the jungle

Door of the Day: A portal in the jungle

The door of the day is a doorway without a door, a portal perhaps, located in one of the beautiful temples at Tikal, Guatemala.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25).

We explored the site—then, once the sun began to set, we climbed to the top of one temple to watch the sky burn orange and listen to the cacophony of howler monkeys erupt from the junglescape. I’m not sure how we climbed down those steps in the faint light—you will notice that the Ancient Mayans did not have railings as part of their building codes.

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My friend and I got lost in the jungle on the way back to our cabins and a jaguarundi darted across our path. EEK!

By the way, Tikal is also famous for being Yavin Base in Star Wars.

Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

 

Door of the Day: Chapel of Bath

Door of the Day: Chapel of Bath

Let’s head to the chapel at Bath to gaze upon this steampunk door knocker.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (paperback – January 28) and The Guardians of Zoone (February 25). This knocker would really fit into the nexus of Zoone, on one of the thousand doors that leads out to the worlds of the multiverse!

I saw many amazing doors and details when visiting Bath in 2015 with my family as part of a literary, family history, and inspiration tour.

Bath is famous for the Roman baths, of course, and we enjoyed visiting the ancient bathhouse. There was a mosaic featuring hippocampi and a display of ancient keys.

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Purchase and preorder links for both Zoone books can be found HERE.

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