Door of the day: The final one!

Door of the day: The final one!

. . . well, at least for now!

Since tonight is my book launch for The Guardians of Zoone, I’m going to end my series of doors (and details) a day today. I’ve been posting for over fifty consecutive days!

Even though there are still many doors to choose from, I opted to go with this mischievous knocker from Shanghai because its personality seems to best represent my writing!  

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Thank you, everyone, for all the door love, these past two months!

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

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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 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: 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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Door of the Day: The door with winged handles

Door of the Day: The door with winged handles

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Here are some angels for you on this day, found on the handles of this door in Seoul. This door led to my heart’s desire—COFFEE! You’ve probably read a book where the author described the door flying open . . . well, this one may literally do so with these two winged souls minding the entrance!

By the way, in Korea, coffee is an evening thing, NOT a morning thing, as is the case in North America. When I go to the coffee shop first thing in the morning in Seoul, I usually have the entire place to myself!

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

There are many types of coffee in the Zoone multiverse, but one of the most beloved hot beverages is Elandorian coffee, prized for its rich and invigorating flavors.

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

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Door of the Day: The red door

Door of the Day: The red door

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Here’s a close-up of a vibrant red door in Garosu-gil, a neighborhood in Seoul, Korea, featuring ginkgo trees, stylish restaurants, and boutique shops. This is a door to one of those shops! The door is lovely, but I was as equally enamored with the wall!

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

Of course, portals in the Zoone nexus do NOT have walls. They are free-standing, surrounding Zoone Station on four different platforms of concentric circles.

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

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Door of the Day: The shop of door knockers

Door of the Day: The shop of door knockers

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This is a lock on one of the many stalls in Old Shanghai, which we wandered in 2017.

Do you know what you can buy in Old Shanghai? ANYTHING. Gadgets, trinkets, baubles, and mostly watches. Me? From the shop secured by the lock above, I bought a door knocker and put it on display in my studio.

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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!

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

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Door of the Day: the door and the station

Door of the Day: the door and the station

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This Medieval-style door is from Koyko Gaien Park in Tokyo, Japan. We visited these stunning grounds in 2018, when we adopted our son. This door features a door within a door, with the smaller gate set within the bottom quarter.

Nearby, is the magnificent Tokyo Station, which was just one of many places that served as inspiration for Zoone Station, located at the nexus of the multiverse, where a thousand doors lead to a thousand worlds.

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I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone on Feb25!

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

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Door of the Day: The wyvern on the waves

Door of the Day: The wyvern on the waves

This is an exquisite dragon door I found in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Alas, I could not get the perfect photo because the light was awkward and the dragon itself was above my eye line.

I call it a wyvern in the headline because a wyvern is typically a dragon with no forearms—just wings, which is what seems to be the case with this creature. However, wyvern is a European word, and I’m sure there is a Japanese word to describe the specific dragon with wings (if you know, please make a comment below)!

Asian dragons, of course, are the opposite of European dragons, representing benign fortunes and positive notions. It’s not often you seem them depicted with wings.

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Kamakura is a magical realm where you can explore parks and temples, with many statues or carvings peeking out from the stands of bamboo or the gardens. I found a lot of inspiration in this place.

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Of course, Japan holds a special place in my heart because our son Hiro is from there. He was just a few months old when we explored the beautiful temples in the Kamakura area.

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate releases of The Secret of Zoone (pb-Jan28) & The Guardians of Zoone (Feb25)

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

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