To a time of wonder. To a time of magic. To a time of dreams. These are heartwarming tales without violence or villains for parents and children of all ages to read and enjoy together.

Lillybeth & Hinsberth
The Edges of Things

Join precocious ducklings Lillybeth and Hinsberth as they set out on an ill-fated expedition to the top of the sky and instead make a harrowing discovery which will lead them on an incredibly heartwarming adventure in Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things. (Approx. 440pp.)

Lillybeth & Hinsberth
The Essence of Things

Prepare for uplifting adventure as clever Lillybeth and kindhearted Hinsberth innocently set off to solve an ancient mystery but have their quest quickly become a desperate journey to save a beloved friend in Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Essence of Things. (Approx. 550pp.)

Swinston Placard

About the Stories

The stories of R. S. Markel are stirred from a recipe mixed of mystery, adventure, moving themes and heartwarming sentiment, all presented through an amiable cast of dauntless animal characters who, at first blush, one would not believe capable of everything they accomplish. But somehow over the course of these stories the characters become more than they seem — more and more human, and especially, humane; for within these works one will find the comic and the tragic but neither violence nor villains, and when in the midst of all the excitement the fact the cast is composed of those feathered and furry tends to gently float away.

While including sophisticated vocabulary and subject matter, these books are charming and fun-loving, making them age appropriate as well as challenging for advanced readers who are delighted to play in the imaginative world of words. The title characters — a pair of precocious duckling friends named Lillybeth and Hinsberth — are all at once innocent, intelligent, curious, empathetic, and adventurous. The stories revolve around these two ducklings and their entanglement in often perilous adventure, and to the curious reader the ducklings and their feathered and furry friends may feel familiar, for they never cease exploring the intricacies and seeking to solve the difficulties inherent in their whimsical world. Written in a timeless style free of colloquialisms, product placements or contemporary references, the books can be interpreted according to the reader’s level, with the more emotionally advanced themes also making them enjoyable for adults who relish the simple pleasure of a moving story.


Abselard Placard

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend, confidant, and resident of The Farm, to share a few thoughts on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable tradition of their morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.


Hinsberth Running

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The Author

Photograph by Tracy Burke

Welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of novels for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events, and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character essays, interviews, and illustrations. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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Character Quote

"I am so sorry Mr. Hinsberth. I almost forgot — you are real."
The Edges of Things

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