Door of the Day: The spider’s haven

Door of the Day: The spider’s haven

This door knocker in Bath, England appears very stoic, despite the fact that it’s clearly the west wing of a spider’s haven.

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Bath celebrates its connection to Jane Austen, so if you travel there, you can visit many museums or sites related to her. For our part, we tracked down her old flat, then enjoyed tea and crumpets.

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

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

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Door of the Day: Here be zombies

Door of the Day: Here be zombies

Door of the day: the back-garden shed at the B&B we stayed at in St. Mary Bourne, England, had a door that had not been opened in a LONG time.

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What’s locked behind this door? Zombies. Gotta be zombies. Right?!

I’m posting my door inspirations from around the world to celebrate the release of The Guardians of Zoone! There are no zombies at Zoone, though there is a character in the latest book who claims he should be dead because he is Minus-ten years old.

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

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Door of the Day: Along the Royal Mile

Door of the Day: Along the Royal Mile

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Here’s a simple door-pull on a red door along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The gold is chipped and peeling, telling us this passageway is well-traveled.

There are many fascinating doors along the Royal Mile. Perhaps my favorite is the one labelled “Lady Stairs Two Close.” Not sure what it means. Do you? Let me know!

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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: 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: The portal to magic, Harry-Potter style

Door of the Day: The portal to magic, Harry-Potter style

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This is an old and rusted handle from Alnwick Castle in England. There are many amazing doors here, including some that lead to dungeon cells.

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Alnwick Castle is famous for being the filming location for Hogwarts broom-flying scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Quidditch matches are played here and you can also take broom-flying lesson—which we did, of course (we were the only adults in our group). I passed with flying colors—in the sense that colors flew past me at an alarming speed.

My instructor, Professor Bottomley, explained afterward that I should stick to writing about brooms instead of trying to ride them.

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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! 🚪🗝️

Despite Professor Bottomley’s advice to writing about brooms, there is no broom flying in Zoone—there are easier ways to get around . . . like on the back of skyger! (Though, perhaps my old flying instructor would be pleased to know that I’m currently working on a book about magical brooms.)

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

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Door of the Day: Watching over the bard

Door of the Day: Watching over the bard

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I happened upon this door knocker inside Holy Trinity Church at Stratford-upon-Avon (where William Shakespeare is buried) back in 2015. It leers out with a vacant stare, its chiseled teeth visible as it clenches the knocker in its mouth . . . in other words, in court be a character straight out of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

My wife kept beckoning me to gaze upon Shakespeare’s burial site, but I was very distracted by the door knocker, so kept taking photos.

“Shakespeare’s not going anywhere,” I told her.

“Neither is your door knocker,” she replied.

True.

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There are many Shakespeare-related sites in Stratford, of course, and we saw many of them, but this is the best door I found in the area!

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: Some doors are BIG

Door of the Day: Some doors are BIG

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Was this door built for giants? No—it leads to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

You can climb to the very top of St. Paul’s—it sometimes feels like a winding, treacherous ascent and I will admit that every time I’ve done it, I get vertigo. But the view is worth it.

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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! Doors come in all shapes and sizes in Zoone, too!

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

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Door of the Day: the lion, the peacock, and the unicorn

Door of the Day: the lion, the peacock, and the unicorn

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A stoic lion door knocker greets you at one of the doors to Blair Castle in Scotland.

This castle features a banquet hall, many doors, stairwells with railings of unicorn horns (they are actually narwhale tusks) and grounds with parading peacocks and the ruins of an old kirk.

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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!  This door knocker would fit right in at Zoone!

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

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