Published Books

The Key Thief

What I'm Working On

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Ethelwynne comes from a family of cloth merchants who have a license to trade in the elven realms. This means they often travel through the gateways to buy and sell fabric. The only remarkable thing about their current trip is Ethelwynne is being left alone to manage the store herself while both of her parents head into the elven realms. While her parents are gone, rumors start trickling in about the gates being permanently shut.

Ethelwynne decides to visit the Elf Prince’s manor to learn the truth. Unfortunately for her, when she arrives she overhears the Prince talking about his ruined plan to overthrow his brother by stealing the key and locking the King out of their lands. But before he could pass through the gates, someone stole the key from him. Then, before she is able to slip away, he spots her.


Now Ethelwynne has to stay ahead of his minions so she can warn the Elf King about his brother’s treachery if she ever wants to see her family again.

One Tiny Turtle: A Story You Can Colour

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After one tiny turtle hatches from her shell, she sets out to find her family.


Colour the pictures as you count the animals she meets as you follow her on her journey.


See What Others Are Saying:


"I know a lot of children that like to read and color this would make a great gift for them to have and to add to there book collection... The author did an amazing job and what a great idea she had to turn a children's book into a coloring book as well."

Angelika, lifestyle blogger on Angelika on the Move


"Read, colour and keep this story for years!"



"Awesome idea. A great way to spend time with your little one, reading the story and colouring the pictures, Educational, teaches counting, and Fun searching for all different creatures of the ocean. Love it. A great gift idea."

Nali V., on


"This is a brilliant and empowering idea; combining a story with a colouring book! I particularly liked the author's rhyming scheme and her inspired choice of words to describe the sea creatures-the phrase "shimmering wish" was a beautiful and evocative means of portraying a floating jellyfish. Parents will be inundated with questions while reading this book to their children: "Can jellyfish walk?" "What does 'shimmering' mean?" "Are seahorses real?" The illustrations are refreshingly simple in an age of omnipresent and complex colouring books. I look forward to sharing this book with my granddaughter!"

Jo-Anne Lawless, on Amazon


Hi and Welcome to My Page! 

My name is Christina Van Starkenburg, and I am an award-winning freelance writer and author of One Tiny Turtle: A Story You Can Colour.


In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing, and exploring the world with her husband and two boys.

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