“Shine!” by Peg Walton is a story for people of all ages who seek their own internal and eternal light. It is a story of curiosity and exploration, of courage and determination. It is a story of “growing up” and gaining self-confidence. But, most of all, it is a story of hope, light and life waiting to be discovered in none other than our own selves. Add Hazel Sturby Caldwells enchanting illustration and you have a fanciful and inspiring experience.



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In “Shine!” by Peggy Walton. …a pair of adventurous fireflies, break loose from the familiar embrace of Mama and Papa to explore “a far-off glow on the horizon in a charming story about growing up and discovering new worlds both outside and within.  Evocative illustrations by Hazel Caldwell lend lively warmth to this hopeful tale.”  ~ Karen Lyon, The Hill Rag

“Shine! leads its readers on an exciting journey of discovery, as two young fireflies venture away from the warm glow of their parents’ love, find the limitations and disappointments of artificial light, and ultimately discover the light of love that shines within them.  The unique and nuanced message of Shine! offers children and the adults in their lives rich opportunities for discussion and discoveries of their own.” ~Shannon Daley-Harris, author, child advocate, and former Children’s Resource Review Editor for Family and Community Ministries:  Empowering Through Faith

Peggy M. Walton

Peg’s life journey has been an eclectic one that includes careers in sales, sales management, banking, adult education, and talent development. As director of the national campaign, “Dream It. Do It.©.” she encouraged young people to explore science, technology, engineering, and math education leading to high-tech careers in advanced manufacturing. Peg has a B.A. in Psychology from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia and graduate work in marriage and family therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. While on these paths she nurtured two daughters and help keep a marriage shinning. She and her husband work and live in Florida.

Hazel Struby Caldwell

Hazel has created art for as long as she can remember. From Macon, GA, she has a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology from the College of Charleston, SC and a M.S. in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her art studies abroad in Italy gave her an appreciation for architecture, portraits, and landscape. Hazel has been art therapist in both private and public practice. In her work with young cancer and psychiatric patients and within a juvenile detention facility, Hazel used art and art therapy to help young patients. She is now a full time artist in Forsyth, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and their two young daughters.