The Fox at the Door: A Briarlore Tale


The Fox at the Door: A Briarlore Tale


Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived in a cottage at the edge of the woods. She was neither young nor old, neither pretty nor unattractive. As such, people from the village didn’t take much notice of her. Nor did she take much notice of them. She spent her days foraging for roots and mushrooms in the forest, simmering broths in the cauldron at her hearth, and spinning wool into long strings that would be woven into shawls and mittens.

One day, while sitting in the wooden rocking chair in front of the fireplace, dreaming of the way it felt to hold a baby in her arms. While she dreamed, she sorted through a basket of nuts, discarding those that had been nibbled at, or damaged by mold, she heard a scratching at her door...

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The Briarlore Tales are original, illustrated fairy tales that take us into the wild places of the soul where we truly belong. They remind us of who we really are and help us along our path. 

The Fox at the Door is a fairy tale for grownups about a woman who has lost her family and who has been alone for a long time. She is resigned to the life she is living now, at the edge of the forest, and has found some contentment in her solitude, but one night, she hears a scratch-scratch-scratching at her door. What she finds there, waiting outside, is something she forgot a long time ago...companionship. This companionship comes in the form of a magical little fox who helps her mend her grieving heart. 

This tale comes with a personal essay about grief in motherhood for all those who are struggling with the loss of a child, a fur baby, the chance at motherhood... There are many forms of a mother's grief, and it's so important to honor them all. 

This Briarlore Tale also includes a recipe for Lavender Salve. 

The Fox at the Door will only have a few limited print runs before someday being included in a larger anthology of Briarlore Tales. This book, in this form, will not be available in big box stores - nor will it be available on digital platforms (Kindle, Nook, etc.). Each copy is signed by the author and personally packaged and sent to the readers with love. These books are meant to foster a deep connection between writer and readers - a connection often lost in today's buying experience. 

The Briarlore Tales are very expensive to print in full color, and as such, cost more than the average paperback, and certainly more than the average illustrated storybook. Thank you so much for supporting an indie author and illustrator by making this purchase. 

Books that were pre-ordered will ship out in approximately 2-3 weeks. Most orders will arrive by February 28, 2018. 

If you would like a personal message from me along with my autograph, please indicate that in the notes section of your order or email me at Please note that there are no refunds on books that include personalized messages. 

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