Softcover now available!

Softcover Piratess Tilly Give-away What wonderful timing to share both the latest Amazon Review and the news that a softcover version of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly is now available directly from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Review on Amazon:

We LOVE this book! My five year old daughter loves it just as much as my eight year old son. First, I look to read stories with my children that have a strong female lead character. This is an empowering, uplifting and "feel good" story for both girls and boys. Written in Haiku, Tilly and her crew go on exciting adventures together. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful. I can't wait to read further adventures of Tilly and her crew.

Happy Monday!

New Free Coloring Pages!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. Part of our weekend included my little one coloring these Piratess Tilly and Yuki coloring pages! These particular coloring pages are based on the upcoming plush dolls illustrated by Kendra Shedenhelm. Head on over to the activities page to download these coloring pages for free or just do it here! ;) Adobe Photoshop PDF

Adobe Photoshop PDF


New Art Show Poster!

I absolutely love Karen Watson's new art show poster! I know I'll be printing one out and framing it. I am so excited for her solo art show featuring the original artwork from The Adventures of Piratess Tilly and other work inspired by classic tales! Stay tuned for photos from the actual show opening on July 26th. And please check out her recently updated website! DrawnToStory_Poster_Sml

First Page Sample of Piratess Tilly

For our new followers here, on Facebook and on Twitter; I thought I'd share the very first page of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Piratess Tilly Page 1 Sample



"The Adventures of Piratess Tilly" Cover!

We have officially gone to print! Due December 2014! Here is our beautiful cover and back cover.

And please don't forget to follow Piratess Tilly on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates!

Thank you for your support,

Elizabeth Lorayne


The Influence of Mother Nature


When was the last time you chose to stand in the rain, allowing it to wash away your burdens? Or when was the last time you let the snow falling mesmerize you, slowing your breathing and taking you inward? Do you remember how it felt to run freely as a child? The complete determination and fullness of heart that you experienced while your legs burned or you were finally out of breath - enjoying your sacred moments in Nature.

Nature is forever constant - always present. It can be felt, seen, heard, tasted, the scents inhaled and instantly grounding. For that is where the Mother aspect of "Mother Nature" exists for me - she roots my Spirit and gently comforts my Heart. In moments of uncertainty, I've felt the gentle pull of Mother Nature, guiding me to focus on her offerings - her touchstones.

Being raised in Seattle, that often meant pausing and listening to the rain, letting its rhythm calm me or cleanse my mind. As a child, I felt instantly empowered and free on my bicycle, pedaling hard, with the wind in my hair and trees surrounding me, their evergreen scents both exhilarating and calming me.

It is in those moments that I feel myself most connected to Mother Nature - to the Universe - and therefore to my Self. It is there that I find inspirations aplenty, beckoning me to express my findings.

As I've gotten older and have learned to silence the outer noise of the world, calling on this inspiration has gotten much easier. It is from this place, this entire experience of Mother Nature in both her physical and spiritual forms, that I felt compelled to write The Adventures of Piratess Tilly.

When Tilly's story presented itself, I immediately felt the need to share her unique character in hopes of empowering the reader. One of my hopes for adults reading the story is that the door is re-opened to the wonderment of both the physical and spiritual aspects of Mother Nature.

Children more often than not innately feel connected to flora, fauna and the unseen guide that is Mother Nature. It is we adults who can lose sight of her beauty and spiritual power, her ability to root and embrace our Spirit. My wish is for us adults to harness our children's ability to roll in the leaves and not care about ruining our clothes, for example! I hope seeing Nature through Piratess Tilly's eyes helps remind you of your positive experiences out of doors as a child - and helps reunite you with Mother Nature. And with that reconnection, I hope we can continue to build a community that raises awareness of Nature's offerings and its needs for respect and protection, as Piratess Tilly has done, with her band of "brothers," hailing from 7 international ports. For it is only when we let go, that we can then embrace each other and Mother Nature.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Lorayne