Nickle is odd—even by his own standards. When most boys are starting to get hair under their arms, Nickle starts growing whiskers on his chin. By the time he is twelve, he can grow a full beard. He also has a set of discolored eyes that are so shocking that they startle even the most steadfast of individuals. These traits, coupled with his odd behavior and stunted growth, result in Nickle's constant rejection of everyone around him.
One day, after a series of comical but profound experiences, Nickle discovers that he is the decedent of a powerful Dwarf Lord, and that he is being drafted into the legendary Silver Army. It is not long before he is swallowed up by the Earth and taken to the center of the world where he finds a massive magical city called EarthWorks. Amid horrifying monsters, Elves that rule with pomp and power, Fairies that are in open rebellion, a host of ambitious Gnomes, a greedy Dwarf Warlord, and an indestructible but blind adversary, Nickle finds himself in the middle of an ancient power struggle that could mean the end of this new world—as well as his life.
When I was a little kid, I spent only half my time living in reality, as my parents can attest. The rest of it my time was spent in the world of EarthWorks--a magical land of Dwarves, Elves, Wizards, Demons, and anything else that could be imagined. It was not until much later, when I shared some of my adventures with my kids, that I realized what an interesting place my "little kid-self" had created. With my kids encouragement, I began to put words to the adventures I had lived. Eventually, EarthWorks went from just my imagination to the pages of a book.
Although parental guidance is suggested, NICKLE BRICKLE'BEE: In the Heart of EarthWorks is appropriate for individuals who are ten or older.