2018 Christmas Giveaway

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I am giving away a signed copy of my book “The Black Alabaster Box” just in time for Christmas (or any other gift giving time you may need)!

On my Instagram page you are asked a question. The answer to which you will find somewhere within the pages of this website. 48 hours after the post is made the winner will be chosen at random and then private messaged on details for getting the book mailed to the chosen winner.


1. At the end of the Instagram post, write in the answer to the question in the comments section (NO email addresses or links).
2. Open to residents in the United States and Canada.
3. Giveaway will end 48 hours after originally being posted. Winner will be chosen at random.
4. One entry per IP address, home.
5. Winner will be notified on the original post and be contacted by Private Message for a mailing address. Please no P.O. Box addresses.

Book will be sent by US Postal Service First Class, which may mean that the book will not arrive by December 25th, Christmas Day. The US Post Service is not responsible for this contest.

Instagram is not a sponsor, nor responsible for this contest.

The author is not responsible for what happens to the book once it is mailed and will not be responsible for damaged or lost items.

THE RED ABALONE SHELL is scheduled for release in early September. 

Three reviewers comment on the book:

1. The second installment of The Last Crystal Trilogy is even more engaging than the first as Grace’s son, James, sets out on a journey full of danger, discovery, memory, and maturity. Schoonmaker skillfully and meticulously weaves even more history into this story, as we watch World War I unfold and witness how individual liberties can be so easily and tragically curtailed in the name of narrow-minded nationalism masquerading as patriotism. An important message for today perhaps. 

Once again, the fantasy and magic driving this tale are the glue that keeps it enchanting and mysterious, but this volume adds more historical depth to the brew. Thankfully, Schoonmaker has also captured the danger of the Old West in wonderfully tense scenes without dragging the reader through violent, gore-ridden shoot-outs. There is also a delightful humor to this story in moments that are well-placed to move the plot and balance the emotion. I so look forward to seeing how this story continues in the final volume.

Kimberly Younce Schooley, Secondary School Teacher, Bishop Mackenzie International School, Lilongwe, Malawi

2. The Red Abalone Shellis one of those books that will keep you up late reading to find out what happens next. It is easy to get caught up in this engaging story that follows James after he is found on church steps with his beloved and loyal dog Old Shep. While James loves his adoptive parents, a pacifist German-American couple, he is eager to know more about where he comes from beyond his fragments of memories. The adventure that follows is filled with memorable characters and vivid settings. Woven throughout the story are fascinating historical details about life in the United States on the brink of entering World War I, which will intrigue anyone interested knowing more about this time period. I look forward to sharing The Red Abalone Shell with my students. I know that they will also be quickly caught up in James’ adventure and not be able to put it down. 

Jennifer Goodwin, Assistant Principal, The Salk School of Science, M.S. 255, New York City Public Schools 

3. The Red Abalone Shell is the perfect story for any middle grade reader who loves fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, and adventure all in one book. This second book in The Last Crystal Trilogy is the perfect companion to the first book, The Black Alabaster Box, or as a stand alone novel. The book is set during the early 20th century American life. Historical accuracy is obviously paramount to Schoonmaker and lessons on inclusivity and bullying are seamlessly woven in to create a story with rich detail and life lessons. Children won’t even realize how much history they are learning while reading this epic tale. 

Angela J. Horjus, Head Librarian of the Lower School Libraries, Glenelg Country School, Ellicott City, MD

It's Lift Off Day!

That's right today is the day of the book launch. Yesterday I worked on making several dozen gingerbread cookies, which I hope don't entice Ruby and Junior to show up! You'll have to read the book if you didn't get that reference. This morning we working on getting the place set up for this afternoon's event. All the little details to, hopefully, make it a fun event for everyone - children, parents, adults, and all the in betweens. 

To entice you further, here are a few pictures from yesterday's baking...


gingerbread cookies
rollin', rollin' rollin'
two down...
dozens and dozens
me and my helper

I had a little help...

Reviews are coming in!

· Reviews are starting to come in now that the book is available. Here is one that appeared on Amazon:

     "I had never seen my son read a book so fast or get so moved by a story. Just read it yesterday and didn't want it to end. What a gift of genius it is! Beautifully written. Looking forward to the other two books in the trilogy already. I highly recommend it to anyone with kids or to any adult looking for a really good and mysterious adventure in magic and historical fiction." Sarah D. 

Five stars from Leola

First Amazon review in. That was a quick read!  

I live in the Texas Panhandle, and I've always loved history, so this book is right up my alley. I am 63 not really the age that this was geared toward, but I absolutely loved the whole story. What a great way to teach some history and geography all wrapped up in a story that takes one along on a journey that has elements of Spirituality, Fantasy and adventure! I highly recommend this book for all ages. Leola