December 2017 Features

Home “On the Shelves” for the Holidays

New author, Lindsey Dempsey, brings a brand new adventure to the bookshelves this season! Licorice Lane – Tales from Harley is a fun new children’s book about a cockapoo named Harley and his pretend adventures with his friend.

“The goal of my book is to instill imaginations back into young readers by motivating them to use their own imaginations through the storyline and partake in the story itself by using their own imaginations to fill in the coloring pages,” Lindsey shared of her first book.

Lindsey has been a reader for most of her life and was first inspired by books while visiting local bookstores as a young girl. She enjoyed the feeling that books brought of being taken to a different world in her imagination. Lindsey always had a passion for reading, but never penned her own tales until this October when Licorice Lane – Tales from Harley was published.

Having spent over 12 years in marketing and with her business, Elite Market Savvy, Lindsey fostered a very creative mindset that aided in her career and more recently as inspiration to write her first book.

Lindsey is a local mom to a two-year-old daughter and is expecting another baby. She says that in today’s world, she understands first-hand how technology can act as a barrier sometimes in child development.

“As a child, I had very limited TV time which allowed me to become an avid book reader,” she shared. Hoping to instill the same value in her kids, Lindsey wrote this book so they can use their imaginations without our modern day distractions.

“I believe the love of reading is a beautiful gift you can give to your children and I hope that this book will inspire others to spread the love of reading to their own children.”

The characters in the book are inspired by two of Lindsey’s favorites – her daughter and her adoring puppy, Harley, whom they adopted from the Arizona Humane Society. Harley became a loving member of their family and is best friends with Lindsey’s daughter. Her book illustrates a pretend world where Harley and his best friend explore their imaginations.

This festive tale is just in time for the holidays! Lindsey wants the community to share in her love for reading and hopes her first story will make its way on to other children’s shelves this holiday season.

“It has been such an incredible experience to publish my first book,” Lindsey said. “To get the first copy in my hands and see my vision brought to life was such an amazing feeling. But the best feeling of all was to watch the excitement in my daughter’s eyes and watch her listen with excitement as I read the book to her.”

Lindsey has plans to write a sequel to the book and hopes to eventually turn it into a series that pens the many adventures of Harley and his friend. Lindsey is available for local book readings and signings. Her new book is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

Buy on Amazon: amazon.com.

Written by: Rebecca Zaner


Rebecca Zaner

Rebecca Zaner has written many stories throughout the valley and enjoys having the ability to share community news, journeys and achievements. Holding a Bachelor of Music, Rebecca’s favorite place to be is the stage. Having been a singer all her life, Rebecca is now in pursuit of a professional performing career, singing opera and musical theatre (rebeccazaner.com). Also an avid photographer, Rebecca owns a photography business, Rebecca Kaye Photography (rebeccakayephoto.wix.com/rebeccakaye). She enjoys the natural beauty of Arizona and can be found spending her free time exploring and traveling with her family.

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