Time-Traveling, Shapeshifting, Magical Ponies

It’s time for PonyFest13 over at Rebecca Enzor’s place!

Last year, you guys (OK, so a year ago it was mostly family and friends…) voted my PonyFest12 entry into the winner’s circle. I’d only just discovered Rebecca’s blog through WANA connections and our mutual attraction to all things My Little Pony. 😀 To think, I almost didn’t enter!

This year, I can’t win the grand prize again, but I could win a few awesome books if my entry gets enough votes from October 5-12… (hint, hint).

PonyFest13 Entry

My entry is really two because they are partners in the middle grade time-traveling adventure novel I recently finished (unpublished). I wrote State Secret Keepers: A Maui Adventure for Bluebonnet, because she’s not a fan of reading. (Shocking, I know!)

I picked her brain until I got all the things that she wanted to see in a book that she would read. With a few details (and all name approvals) worked out between Bluebonnet and Mockingbird, the story was born.

Two elements that had to be included were a blue Pegasus and a pink unicorn. The main characters, Sophie and Piper, learn there is more to the tiny, delicate, porcelain figurines that their crazy Aunt Lira gives them.

This is Dude:

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Dude is a little bit surfer, a little bit James Bond. He’s all blue—from the palest hint of blue to his dark, iridescent hooves. Sophie can’t believe how real the painted feathers on his wings look and feel. She gets more of a shock when he grows to full size and talks to her. The musical notes on Dude’s cutie mark represents his bell-like voice.

Dude changes shapes a few times in the story. His wings and flying skills get them out of a few scary situations. Sophie bonds with this relaxed and practical guy even though she should probably be freaking out that he’s not a figurine at all.

This is Montesque:

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Piper names her beautiful and delicate unicorn “Pinkie.” Aunt Lira warns her against that. Pinkie turns out to be Montesque with a baritone voice that thumps through the girls’ bodies until he brings it up a few octaves. Also, he’s a little sensitive about being called a girl. He can’t help it if he’s pink.

Piper’s dreams of a beautiful girlie unicorn are further dashed when “Mo” (as Dude calls him) vomits coconuts on a black beach in Maui. He doesn’t have pockets; he had to carry their clothes in something. The cutie mark represents when he changes into a horned chameleon.

State Secret Keepers: A Maui Adventure

In case you’re curious, here’s a blurb about the book:

Twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Sophie and Piper Dunbar, couldn’t be more different. Born on either side of midnight, they don’t even share a birthday. After their great aunt Lira moves in, she gives them a magic oboe, a pen that never runs out of ink, a pink unicorn figurine, and a blue Pegasus figurine. She announces that she is sending them to Hawaii to protect a legend from the Chaos Makers. Sophie sees trouble, but Piper sees a vacation.

After being transported to ancient Maui with only their gifts, they must save a constellation and bring the time of peace and harvest. The Hawaiian gods and goddesses both help and hinder their progress. If they fail, they could be trapped as captives on the war-torn island. Worst of all, Piper is afraid that she’ll miss her dance recital.

I’ll send a note out about the PonyFest13 voting, so you can check out the other entries. And you can vote for your favorites (hint, hint)

{Insert not-so-subliminal message here: Dude and Mo.}

My little Armadillo is one of my beta readers for this book. (There’s nothing better than having beta readers who don’t hold back.) She saw these ponies, and squealed. She said, “Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh!”

There were many more than that, but you get the idea. 🙂 Her reaction made my day. I hope you enjoy my PonyFest13 entry, too. And vote, too. (hint, hint)

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24 comments on… “Time-Traveling, Shapeshifting, Magical Ponies”

  1. Love them! Awesome colors and the chameleon symbol is so cute. Also, love this from your blurb: “born on either side of midnight.” Very cool. 🙂

  2. I love everything about this post! The book sounds really fun, and I love that you let a non-reader decide exactly what they’d like to see in a book, then wrote it. And of course the ponies are gorgeous! I’m so glad you decided to play again this year ^_^


    • Diana Beebe


      How could I not play? These two ponies practically begged me. Heehee.

      The book was a blast to write. Bluebonnet even read it! I’m going to do another round of revisions on it (funny thing about going on vacation and seeing a setting in person…) and plan out a few more. Even if my girls are the only ones who read it (for now), I’ll write them the stories.

      I can’t wait to see the other PonyFest13 entries!

  3. Diana, I never cease to admire that you exercise your gift…and I am speechless with joy that you write stories for your children. I can rationalize several reasons for doing it and clearly two are grounded in love….love for your children and love for practicing your craft. I’m gushing, and I’ll stop, knowing you’ll read between the lines. So proud of you on so many levels!

  4. Congrats on finishing your MG novel, Diana! I love the inspiration behind it. Super cool that you wrote it for your daughter with all the things she loves. Awesome! Those ponies are so cute (well, unicorn and pegasus) and the symbols on their rears are a great touch. Did you illustrate them? I’ll be sure to vote. I hope you send a reminder!


    • Diana Beebe


      Thanks, Lynn! I used a website that generates ponies (I’ll find the link and post it), and then I used two other photo editing tools to add the color effects and “cutie marks.”

      I will definitely send out a link to the voting post. 🙂

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