Happy (Belated) Birthday To US!

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My brother Kenny, the birthday boy. Look at that handsome mug! My brother Dennis, who is also a huge part of Hazel Twigg, created this photo for him. Note the two cakes. One for Kenny, and one for Hazel Twigg’s official launch.

After several stops and starts and false alarms, and four years, plus two months and who knows how many days, Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway is FINALLY in print!

How fitting that it should also happen to launch on the anniversary of another important birth, my brother Kennys! He who started this whole thing, those four years, two months, and who knows how many days ago. Heaven knows, I never would have gathered myself well enough to write a book otherwise.


Here’s our little library in Rolfe. It was closed at the time, so only the lights above were on. It’s wonderful that I can now bring the original illustration art, all the way from the Ukraine and Nina with me. That’s gold right there.




The Hazel Twigg Partnership is made up of four people: My brothers Dennis and Kenny, my sister Julie, and me. But in reality, it’s much bigger. It’s all of you! It’s anyone who views my dolls via Ebay or Pinterest, or watches the videos on YouTube, or looks for Hazel Twigg on Amazon. It’s the wonderful local people of this town. The ones that came to the library presentation that happened to coincide with the First Release date of the book. Several ladies from that launch have taken it upon themselves to get me more gigs at more libraries, and articles in newspapers. Local at first, but perhaps from there it will grow. Perhaps at these future presentations there will be other people from farther away, and I’ll get booked there, and so on and so on. It’s the people who have or will soon have my book in their own hands. Hopefully, they’ll spread the word.


Cora came with me for this special day. She kept jingling her bell with each book I sold and signed. I finally had to hide it from her altogether!

I think of it all as being similar to a family tree. This one starts with four people rather than the regular two, and it branches out from there, bigger and bigger as each branch spreads the word. You are the branches!

Our cause is a simple one: to reinstate the magic of childhood the way it used to be. Our ambassadors are these dolls and these books, and you.

Here’s an interesting exchange between my brothers on Skype our second day after being available on Amazon:

family-treeDennis: Yesterday (on Kindle), we were at #21,677 in Fantasy, today we’re at #3,547. We were at 36,138 in hard copy fantasy (today we’re at) 5,658.

Ken: Now that is movement

Dennis: We were 48,414 in contemporary fiction, now we’re at 8,036. At this rate… NYT Bestseller list, here we come.

Of course they’re being a little tongue in cheek, but could you do me a favor? Go to Amazon and do a search for Hazel Twigg, just to see what it does!


The leather surrounding her was a gift from our dear Janey. That and the fact that this O.L.D. was scheduled to start before Thanksgiving gives you a clue as to what her role will be. I’m still going to go there. I didn’t learn to bead for nothing!

And now it’s back to work for me on the next O.L.D. I blithely thought I’d perhaps have enough time to work on her a little before my library presentation, then swoop my way down there, do the presentation, and come back home and get her done enough to put her up for adoption that very night. I’d forgotten how exhausting giving birth can be. Even as it was exhilarating. There was a tangible magic in the air in this little ol’ library in the middle of nowhere.

So now the next O.L.D., originally designed for Thanksgiving, will wait for next Wednesday. Rolfe is bracing for its first winter storm, which is predicted to be a doozy. Eight to twelve inches!!! That’s a LOT for a first snow! Goodbye, grass! See you next spring!

Because of the coming storm, a neighbor friend Sarah, along with the mayor and I and anyone else who can make it have moved our noodle-making extravaganza for the homemade chicken soup to be served  at the Community Center for the Turkey Bingo event taking place tomorrow night up to early this afternoon. THAT kind of storm. THAT kind of town. THAT kind of old-fashioned goodness. It’s a perfect place for the birth of this particular tree.

And with that, I leave you! Happy weekend, you’re my favorite!

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18 Commentsto Happy (Belated) Birthday To US!

  1. Ken Agle says:

    Love being part of the tree. Love you Ruth, roots and all.

  2. Sue Ann says:

    DEAREST RUTH, I’M SOOO PROUD OF YOU! Congratulations & the Very Best to you & yours! YOU DID IT! Wow what an accomplishment, my friend, if I may call you friend. I feel we are kindred spirits! I’m trying to order your book through Amazon (will get it right yet). Not too savvy with computers! I want to read it before I send to my niece the “Bookworm”! Have a wonderful warm toasty Thanksgiving with the snow coming to your part of the woods. Enjoy the homemade noodle turkey soup! MMMMM! Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Of COURSE you can call me friend! Shockingly, I too am not technically savvy on computers. OOH! A bookworm niece! PERFECT.

      Thank you so much for all, Sue Ann. The soup was DELICIOUS.



  3. Dawn says:

    Yay! I read the first few chapters here. I’ve been looking forward to finishing ever since. I just bought it for my Kindle.

  4. Melody says:

    Would you be interested in coming “home” to Cedar City? I could probably set you up in our new, HUGE, Library!! Send me an email, and let me know! I’d have it all over the internet in a New York MINUTE!

  5. Melody says:

    Would you be interested in coming “home” to Cedar City? I could probably set you up in our new, HUGE, Library!! Send me an email, and let me know! I’d have it all over the internet in a New York MINUTE!

  6. Melody says:

    Oops! Only hit the POST COMMENT button once, Mel! LOL

  7. Libby says:

    Four years and two months in labor does seem a little excessive; but hey, the baby came out pretty and no stretch marks! I put in a request for purchase to my library. I figure once they see the book, then they’ll want the author!

  8. Dawn says:

    Hi, I just tried to open your book on my Kindle Paperwhite and found out that it isn’t available on non-fire Kindles. I wasn’t too disappointed because I have the Kindle app on my computer, but now I find I can’t enlarge the text. I’ll be able to read it, but I would like it a lot more if I could make the text bigger. Do you have any idea why that option isn’t available?

    • Ruth says:


      So sorry to hear! I’ve spoken to our technical department, (namely my brother, Dennis) and he said we’ll be working on a new and improved version. In the interim, if you’d like to, you can email me at ruth@hazeltwigg.com, and I’ll send you the entire book in PDF form. Easy to read, I assure you! Would that work?

      THANK YOU so much! Hope to hear from you!


  9. peggy kemna says:

    After I called you Saturday to tell you I had read the book, I realized I hadn’t told you why I liked it.
    Some of the reasons: The descriptions–made the book come alive.
    All the many illustrations–and in color, too
    The humor throughout the book. You even named one of the bats!
    Was a fun book to read.
    Now I have to and wait for the next book……

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you so much, Peggy! My very first non-family, non-editor review! You were so nice to call. And now I know I’ll have at least one reader for my next book!