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T.H. Lehnen is an author who believes that young adult and children’s literature is simply more honest about the magic in the world. Under Aspen & Thorn Press, he writes young adult fantasy for children who are old souls, and old souls who are children at heart.

He lives with his family in Portland, OR, and studied creative writing, philosophy, and English literature at Reed College. When he is not writing, he is tinkering with machines mechanical and digital (though he has yet to figure out how to fit a sports car through a wardrobe).

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Portrait of T.H. Lehnen on a grassy lawn sitting in an Adirondack chair.

Fog & Fireflies

With refreshing echoes of golden age fantasy, Fog & Fireflies is a novel that brings together an imaginative world and fantastical cast of characters to explore the difference between growing older and growing up.

Why do we grow more scared as we get older?

Hundreds of seasons ago, a wizard's war scarred the earth, leaving a malevolent fog blanketing the land, and carrying the settlements within it like ships adrift at sea. The phantoms the fog creates are deadly to adults, so children must guard the walls now, and care for each other.

Ogma watches the fog from the walls of her windmill town. What felt like a game as a child becomes more of a creeping dread with each season she gets older.

Because we know better.

Ogma's town is attacked—alien caravaners who roam the fog in inhuman forms have come to kidnap the children, and Ogma is lost in the fog. She must find hope, find courage in herself, and find her friends.

A novel for readers who enjoy rich worldbuilding in the style of Hayao Miyazaki, a unique cast of creatures and characters that harkens back to L. Frank Baum and Arthur Rackham, and the bonds of found family akin to the work of Maggie Stiefvater and Makoto Shinkai.

Read the first chapter here.

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Publication details

Aspen & Thorn Press
ISBN: 979-8-9898610-1-9 (for ePub/Kindle)
ISBN: 979-8-9898610-0-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 979-8-9898610-2-6 (hardback)
Publication date: April 11, 2024
Length: 380 pages / ~105,000 words

Being published wide with distribution through IngramSpark, KDP, and Direct2Digital. 


Book covers

Official Cover

Official Cover of Fog & Fireflies by T.H. Lehnen, ePub edition

Alternate Cover #1: Wizard

Alternate cover for Fog & Fireflies by T.H. Lehnen, featuring an old wizard and a dirigible plum tree.

Alternate Cover #2: Bell

Alternate cover for Fog & Fireflies by T.H. Lehnen, featuring a heavily engraved bell.


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