Doing the happy dance – Gus is now available on Audible

Well, my very first self-recorded audio book is now available on Audible. It will appear on Amazon and itunes in the next few days. It was really fun to do. I have great respect for professional narrators who narrate longer novels. It isn’t recording the narration that takes time; it is the fine tuning and editing of the final draft.

Click on the CD cover to hear a preview. Hope you enjoy it.

The Flood – Book Two, The Unicorn Daze Series – now available in ebook

The Flood, Unicorn Daze: Book Two is now available on Amazon worldwide.

This is a short story for children ages 3 – 8 who love unicorns and adventure.

Jessie and Gus take a leap through time to meet Noah and his wife and find out what happened to all the unicorns.

This is a fun story written in an easy to read play format which can be read as is, with or without voices, or acted out by the kids. The print book will be released shortly.

For a preview click here.

Gus – Unicorn Daze: Book One is now live on Amazon

I am quite tickled to announce that the short story, Gus, is now live on Amazon worldwide in both print and e-book format. It is a wonderful bedtime read for kids who love unicorns. I published the story in an easy to read play format so that it can be told with or without voices or the kids can get together with their friends and act it out. I have performed this story in numerous school readings and it has always been a success.

Gus – a preview – a children’s play & bedtime story all in one

Gus, Unicorn Daze: Book One – a preview – only Available on Amazon (May 4, 2018)

Copyright Laura Hesse 2018 All rights reserved.


Thank you to the McNab family and their delightful corn maze in Yellowpoint on Vancouver Island without whom this story would never have been written.

May all your mounts be swift and your mountains an easy climb.

My thanks,

Laura L. Hesse

 Note to Reader

This story is written in a screenplay/play type of format. It can be read as it is or it can be read out loud as a bedtime story, with or without voices, or acted out as a play.

The tale of Gus, the Unicorn, and Jessie, the kid that always got left behind, was a favorite of the kids during my school readings. One class of eight year-olds asked if they could participate in the reading. I was thrilled. The kids had a blast reading their parts out to the class and got quite into the characters.

I will also be doing a live reading of this story shortly, so please visit and simply hit the ‘follow me’ button or subscribe to my newsletter to learn about upcoming new releases of books and videos. You can also follow me on Facebook. Videos and new release information will be posted there as well.

Chapter One

Eight year-old Jessie Farrell lived in a two storey gabled house at the end of a dead end street where toys and bicycles littered the yards. The tree lined street on which her house sat was alive with fall color. The houses were decorated for Halloween. Pumpkins grinned at people passing by from front porches. Black cut-out witches hung inside windows. White sheeted ghosts hung from tree branches.

There was a rusty squeak as the garage door suddenly flew open at the Farrell house. Mr Farrell pulled the family van out of the garage. He stopped in the center of the drive and slid open the side door so that his family, Thomas, Eddie, Sarah, Amy, and his wife, Mrs. Farrell, carrying a wailing baby, Emma, could climb into the van. The kids all jostled for seats.

Jessie followed along behind them, dragging her feet. She had wanted to go see a movie, not venture out into a muddy corn maze, but once again, her tiny voice was ignored.


One, two, three, four, and baby makes five…where’s six?


Come on, Jess, hurry it up.

We’re going to the corn maze, end of story.

Jessie was about to answer, but her mother and father switched their attention to Thomas and Eddie who were laughing and poking Sarah in the sides, trying to make her pee her pants.


Stop it, you guys.


Boys, that’s enough!




Thomas, kitchen duty for two weeks.

Eddie, bathroom duty for a week.

The boys knew better than to argue.


(To his wife)

Need some help, hon?

Mrs Farrell rolled her eyes at her husband, and then bounced the baby up and down on her lap.


Thanks, honey, but Thomas can help me.

Thomas took the baby from his mother and strapped her into the car seat. The baby gurgled and smiled up at her big brother.

Jessie stood outside the van looking in as her brothers and sisters goofed around. No one seemed to notice her.

Mrs Farrell slid the van door shut with a thud, and then slipped into the front passenger seat. She closed the door and gave her husband a thumbs-up sign.

Mr Farrell pulled out of the driveway.

Jessie stood helplessly, arms at her side, her mouth open in a silent “O”. How could her mother have not noticed she wasn’t in the van? Yet again, her family had forgotten her.

The van screeched to a halt. It backed up. The side door slid open.


Jess? What are you doing? Come on, get in.

Jessie looked inside the van. There was no place to sit. Tears brimmed in Jessie’s eyes.


(squishing little Amy against the window)

Come on, sis, you can sit beside me.



Jessie wiped away her tears and climbed into the van.

Thomas slammed the sliding door shut, and the family was off on their adventure.