I am pleased to inform you that my book The Many Witches Pension was published in 2016 th of December. The cover page designed by the very talented Belgian illustrator Alain Poncelet!
The plot is about The Robusto family who owns a restaurant with a farm (with animals, merry park, hotel, ateliérs etc.) and it is located in a middle of an enchanted forest in Bavaria /Germany. The Robusto family have just moved there in order to start a HORECA (hotel-restaurant and café) business.
In the first chapter we are in June, and the restaurant owners are about celebrating Midsummer’s night since the male owner is an ancestor of a famous viking tribe the Sigurds and in Scandinavia Midsummer is like Christmas. For that reason they invited many performers from all over the world so as to throw a fantastic show. Everything goes well until midnight. But when Robusto El Rustico put a bonfire in the middle of the agriculture field with his wife (Graciella Fragile) trolls, witches, elves, owls, swan princesses, nymphs, weather wane witches appear from the bushes in order to give their bless for a good harvest. The magic has begun but they can enjoy the moment until a Turkish magician flies there on a drone and enchants the audience with his flying water pipe! Who sips from the pipe and inhale the liquid however their bodies remain human but their head change into an animal head (donkey, wolf, the Indian magician Ganesh transforms itself an elephant, the Mexican Luis becomes a wolf). Everyone’s head except the owners, Graciella, Robusto and their two daughters Bijou and Zizou, and Bijou’s daughter, Ella-Luna, (a 4 years old cutie) who just figure out that they have some special power to make themselves invisible for a while, thanks to a magic seed of a flower.
Zizou and Graciella try to follow Ganesh, the Indian magician, who heads to a shrine in the hope that with a pray he can regain his handsome face. Following him to the shrine they find a huge Buddha statue who pips up and says to Zizou that she must climb up to a ginko tree to fetch the antidote. She finds a potion in a middle of the ginko fruit, let Ganesh to drink and he will be himself again…(there are of course more events and happenings in the novel).
In the 2d story: we are in July when Graciella (who is by the way a caterer and chef of the Many witches pension) in the company of her female relatives and her best friend, Beltane, who is a professional witch (she can swallow fire, she can walk with wooden legs), First they visit a cloister and school-both are ruled by the Flower fairies in order to fetch some special ingredients for an upcoming wedding. In the cloister there is a Brasserie where the cook is a certain Mathew who is actually an incarnation of a Hungarian king. (Mathew whose heraldic animal was a raven, carrying a golden ring in its beck)…
In the 3d story: August has set in, and the family goes to a wedding to give a catering service. It is held in Belgium, in the Red Abbey. The ceremony and everything go smoothly with some funny interruptions. For instance from the nearby cave a bat flies into the hall and lands on the top of the wedding cake. The Robusto family not only provide of the food but also help in a special theater performance, flash mob etc. The play is about a city of the frogs since the bride loves frogs. (I was inspired by a legend of the frogs in Büdingen/ Germany)
In the 4th story: it is already September, when the Robusto family enters the Empire of the Red Owls. They ask help of the Red Owls detectives, because one morning when Robusto wanted to go to the city market by car he found out that his car would not start. Later on he figures out that a wire of the engine is eaten up by a marten so he decides to ask the Red Owls private eyes to hunt them and punish them because they caused a lot of damages and troubles in many cars in the adjacent villages as well. The whole family decides to join by bike during the night. At the border there is a custom control, and since Ella (who is the daughter of Bijou) has a curly, red hair, one owl likes her very much and after asking a permission of her mother it takes Ella to the police station/cave. The other guys ride by their bikes.The Bubo detective promises to solve the problem as soon as it can.
The 5th story: we are in October. This is the most lyrical story among the novels. In the middle of the night Ella Luna is waken up by the Moon. She got hungry and she goes to fetch some food from the fridge. But on the kitchen’s wall there is a clock and in the place of each number there are photos of some family members. Among one of them there is Graciella’s late uncle who can get rid of his „picture prison” when it is Full Moon. What a coincidence that that day is his 115th birthday and he wants to celebrate with Ella, who doesn’t know yet but she has a magic gloria/crown and if she puts on her head then she is able to fly! They find the crown in a huge Xmas music box, Ella puts it on her head and she can fly like a stork, and the uncle like a crane. They fly to Rome where they meet Luna the goddess of the Moon and they celebrate the uncle’s birthday together with centaurs, fauns, nymphs. The Goddess loves very much Ella therefore she wants to take her to the Moon but the uncle rescues her just in time with spreading poppy seeds into the eyes of Luna! At the end of the story they fly back to the „Many Witches Pension”. Ella puts her crown back to the music box and falls asleep. The uncle shedding back into a photo!
The 6th story begins in November when Graciella gets a letter from the marten who chewed the wire of Robusto’s car and it reveals in its letter that it was captured by a trapper/woodsman who has a salt mine in a certain Green island which is located near the Adriatic sea. So the family decides to rescue it. They travel to the Green island where a woman, her name is Absintintrigue, rules with her hubby Calamare, who is actually the brother of Graciella! For their luck the Witch Society provides of a guide, that is a blue vulture bird! The Green woman who has many spies on the island discovers them and cagily she invites the family for a dinner. But she is a very mean person and she puts them asleep with some drugs and when they wake up they find themselves in the salt mine as prisoners. Luckily the vulture arrives to help them. It chews through the ropes in what they are tied up, and rescues them as well as the failing marten with the help of its vulture army.
The 7th story we are in December. The story begins with All Saints day when the women family members go the the Market of the Senses, but Robusto goes hunting with his hunting ferret! He has 4 good friends who make fun of him in the forest and they hide some legendary creatures in bushes or in the field which is known by the name Wolpertingers (Swiss-Aleman magic creatures). Later on he founds out that it was a joke (he was ripped of) and as a birthday present he sails with the four fellows to the Italian taxidermist, Ferruccio, who creates and sells those animals.
The 8th story is about the Mud Elves, who according to the local legend live under the root of the 1000 years old trees. They are the forest guards, they give golden leaves for the nice tourists but they punish the bad ones with a whiplash. They come out from the roots of the trees exactly 12 days before Christmas and move to the houses of the nice people and give warmness with their lamps, and lanternas.
The 9th story. January 6th is the day of Befana (the day of Epiphania) when the Italian witch rewards good kids with chocolate and the bad ones with garlic and a piece of coal in the village. Ella and her mum are invited for Befana’s famous Chocolate Cave and they accept that and go to make Ginger bread house or the House of Hans and Greta. Ella also enters with a special key to the Chocolate Empire, she plays on the chocolate slide, because in the cave everything is made of chocolate. There is a chocolate Zoo and the guide is the French Chocolate maker: Roger etc.
The 10th story. In February, Ella Luna has to perform in the carnival of the Sloe Fairy School and she needs to make two butterfly wings for her role in a theatre piece. Her mum and grandma Graciella confer magical power so she can fly with the wings. It’s very funny when she pokes at fun of her daddy, Simon, who goes to work by bike but Ella flies over his head much faster with her wings and poke out her tongue on him. In the Midsummer Night’s Dream theater piece her performance will be magical as well!
Chapter 11. It is already at the end of April and 1st of May and the Many Witches Pension has to participate on the yearly celebration of Walpurgis night. It is held in a peaky mountain, where the Robusto family travel by caravans to. They pitch their tents and watch the grandious muster, parade of witches, devils, swamp hags, who arrive by broom or drone. When they gather, the Mountain Spirit opens the festival with his lover the allegorical figures of the Hungarian Fata Morgana. Goats, rabbits, witches dance like crazy…
Chapter 12. We are in June again, we are back to the school of the Flower fairies. The school year ends with a fancy fair and with a Great Contest called Total Genious. It takes place in the arena of the school and two girls who are the best win the competition. The Juror is Carradora, the Romain Goddess and two fairies. At the end of the competition the roof of the arena opens and color patrons fall out the audience. The book and the school year is over.