Door of the Day: Bats!

Door of the Day: Bats!

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This is an adorable bat that I espied hiding in the corner of a door on the streets of Hanoi.

Bats are a sign of good fortune, so you can see them decorating many nooks and crannies of Asian architecture and furniture! I’ve seen them on window shutters and roof tiles at the You Garden in Shanghai, and even as a door pull at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

There is a bat in The Secret of Zoone, by the way. It’s Gresswydian breed, and it breathes fire.

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You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

Door of the Day: The door to the dead

Door of the Day: The door to the dead

 

Paris-catacombs-doortodeath“Stop! Here is the Empire of the Dead”—that’s what the warning above this doorway says! It leads to the catacombs of Paris, where we spent the first week of our honeymoon back in 2013—I mean we spent the first week in Paris (not just in the catacombs!).

These tunnels make for an overwhelming and creepy visit–the bones seem to go on forever, disappearing into the gloom.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

There are catacombs beneath Zoone station, which our characters visit in The Guardians of Zoone. This is where all the former stewards of the nexus are laid to rest—well, most of them. Legend has it that Zephyrus Zoone wandered into the Infinite Wood when it was his time, and that he might yet wander amid those solemn trees.

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the day: The pondering knocker

Door of the day: The pondering knocker

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Here is a grinning door knocker from the Yu Garden in Shanghai. At least, I think he’s grinning. Perhaps it’s better to say that his expression is indecipherable—because what is he pondering? I just can’t tell . . .

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25! Of course, the door knockers at the nexus of Zoone talk . . . so the one I’m posting today would fit right in!

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: Get a handle on the situation!

Door of the Day: Get a handle on the situation!

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It’s I Read Canadian day so, for Door of the Day, I’m posting this ornate handle from Old town Québec—too gorgeous to turn, if you ask me! I have a few door knockers decorating my studio space, but when I see beautiful door handles this, I wonder if I should start collecting them, too!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

In Zoone, of course, the handles match the world that is hidden beyond each doorway. You should pay attention to those handles—they might give you a clue about whether or not you should actually go through with your journey!

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: Tug the trunk!

Door of the Day: Tug the trunk!

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This elephant doorknocker greeted me as I wandered the streets of Exeter, England, a few years back. Waggle his trunk—I’m sure he will trumpet!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25! 🚪

Many of the door knockers in the Zoone multiverse interact with travelers—sometimes they greet them officiously, but at other times they just harass them with snide comments.

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: A cosmic map?

Door of the Day: A cosmic map?

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I found this beautiful door while wandering the French Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam.

You can just glimpse what is beyond . . .

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

The doors in the Zoone nexus usually don’t offer any glimmer of the realms that lie beyond them. The only way to see them is to have your ticket-key in hand, so that you can venture through the portal and into the adventure beyond.

Something else strikes me about this door! As I gaze upon it once again, the pattern of swirls reminds me of the layout of the Zoone nexus, which consists of the station house in the middle with four round platforms in the four cardinal directions. The doors radiate outward in concentric circles, into the Infinite Wood.

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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Door of the Day: In Golden Gai

Door of the Day: In Golden Gai

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Here is an imperious door knocker, glaring from a metal door in the Golden Gai district of Tokyo. We stayed in the city for two months in 2018 while we were adopting our son and had a fun time exploring the various parts of the city.

So many of the doors that intrigue me are made of wood, with old peeling paint and rusty keyholes encrusted with spiderwebs—this one is very different!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on February 25!

You can find order links for the books of Zoone HERE.

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