Sarah’s Darwin Connection

Sarah Wexford our main character in Sarah’s Choice book three of the trilogy is a talented artist. We follow her studies and achievements at the Royal College of Art in London England–nothing but the best for Anna’s grand-daughter. Researching frequently uncovers lesser known facts about obvious things and events. I needed to know the name of the college principal in1960. I could have made up a name but I prefer to use facts if possible. The gentleman’s name

Robin Darwin Sketch by Arthur Lissmer

revealed on Wikipedia is Mr. Robin Darwin principal of the college from 1948-1967, and later Sir Robin Darwin. Now Darwin is a household name, I wonder, is there a connection? I  research further and my tenacity is rewarded. Robin Darwin was the great-grandson of Charles Darwin the famous naturalist. And…there’s more.. this sketch of Darwin, drawn by the artist Arthur Lissmer, a member of the famous Group of Seven also connects with Sarah’s studies of her favourite artist who also happened to be Anna’s favourite artist, Emily Carr. And, Emily Carr’s art was heavily influenced by the Group of Seven. How cool is that?

Blog post introducing SarahSarah’s on her way – June 17/17 


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 The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    

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Robin Darwin By Shepsil22 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Three S’s

Serendipitous, Sackville and Silk Mill Last week I featured the serendipitous connection between me, my book Ruins in Silk and the Derby Silk Mill and I hinted at another connection. This time it is the Sackville Hotel, the setting for trilogy and the true events in Bexhill connected to my grandparents. The Sackville Hotel is now the Sackville Apartments and home to an over 55 adult community. The story is featured in the latest Sackville Hotel Trilogy News and Updates, so instead of repeating myself click the link for the full story. And if you feel inclined please joins us for future updates and news.

New Youtube Video The Sackville Hotel Trilogy 


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Weeping Window – Poppies come to Derby

Photo courtesy of Sandra Goodwin

Derby Silk Mill displays poppies. You may recognize the poppies from the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red created by artists Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper to commemorate 100 years 1914 – 2014 since the beginning of the First World War. Each ceramic poppy represented  888,246 military lives lost and the sea of red around the moat of The Tower of London made us remember and never forget that terrible war. The poppy sculpture is now on display at select cities in Britain including my home town of Derby U.K. The Derby Silk Mill contributed to the war efforts by grinding corn and making medical supplies. Derby is also known as home to famous Rolls Royce engines that developed the Eagle engine.

My mum, Betty Jennings, who just turned 97, (an amazing lady) went to visit the poppy display at the Derby Silk Mill, part of the Derby Museum and Gallery. Her father my grandfather Alex Walker fought in the First World War, he was one of the lucky ones that came home. If you read The Blue Pendant you will be familiar with Alex as he was a major character, Anna Neale’s beau at The Sackville Hotel; another significant connection is the story and cover of the prequel Ruins in Silk the story, set not only in Derby but at the Derby Silk Mill and the cover displays a picture of the Derby Silk Mill.

As many of you know I am a Reiki Master and a great believer in serendipity but this week has been amazing even for me with another unexpected connection with the Sackville Apartments, once The Sackville Hotel in Bexhill. More on that next week. The full story will be available later this week in Susan’s Readers Group News. Click here to subscribe


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Weekly snippet from Susan’s writing desk...

Sarah’s progress – While you are reading this summer Sarah and I will be writing. I’m not crazy, well, maybe a little. After being with Anna for six years through her first journey at the Sackville Hotel as a receptionist, a feisty young woman determined to be independent, The Blue Pendant Book I. She returns to the Sackville as an owner with a new husband and daughter as partners Anna’s Legacy Book II. I know these characters, they are in my head as alive as though they are standing next to me. As Anna is aging I feel her rheumatism, her love for Bill, daughter Isabelle and her need to pass on her legacy. Now it is granddaughter Sarah’s turn, (no title yet,) I’ve been with Sarah since she was born, I know how passionate she is about art and how she loves her parents and grandparents.I understand her conflict, she has some big decisions to make. Now you understand why it is Sarah and I writing this final story.

P.S. If you have an idea for a title send me an email. A couple of suggestions so far..Sarah’s Choice, Sarah’s Inheritance



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Sarah is on her way…

Who is Sarah? Sarah is Anna’s granddaughter and the main character in book three of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy. Adventurous, independent Anna is passing the torch to Sarah, as she and Bill consider retiring from the busy hotel life. Sarah has graduated from the Royal College of Art, a talented and sort after artist but she is expected to go home and run The Sackville Hotel. Indebted to her grandparents she is facing inner turmoil complicated by love and her need to find her lost father.

My fingers are typing as fast as they can and I expect to have this last book of the trilogy on the shelves by Christmas. Don’t have Book I The Blue Pendant or need to get Book II Anna’s Legacy they are available at all online retailers. E-book and paperback on Amazon, e-book only on other retailers.

DON’T MISS IT !   KOBO SUMMER SPECIAL!  

June 22nd –  July 5th  The Blue Pendant Book I   only $2.99 Cdn or $1.99 US

June 22nd – June 26th  Anna’s Legacy Book II     30% off regular price

The equivalent of 900 pages for less than $5, keep turning the pages all summer long. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation.


 


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Prose in the Park

A day in the park, Parkdale Park, with me and my books and hundreds of other books and authors. just behind Parkdale Market.

If you love books, authors and fun things associated with books come and visit between 11 am and 6 pm.

Contrary to what you may or may not think, it isn’t always about selling. Authors love to talk about their books, their stories and how they became a writer. My experience has been that readers love to ask questions and learn how an author goes about writing.

I started by writing about my life as a single mother of five, I caught the writing bug. and wrote short stories about everything. And then I heard a wonderful story about my grandmother and with help from my mother on family history Nana’s story finished up as a trilogy. Who would have known? Many authors will have similar stories to tell.

Please come and join us and ask us about our writing day and if you feel inclined there will be a book or two for sale.

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Retreat to The Cove Inn

The Cove Inn is a wonderful small hotel in Westport, Ontario, situated on the shores of the Upper Rideau Lake. I was there last weekend for the Ottawa Independent Writer’s Retreat Annual Retreat, a period of peace, tranquility and a place to recharge, a perfect place for a learning workshop with facilitator Alissa York from Toronto. Mixing in the word workshop muddies the term retreat and one of our members Dr. John Last, who is still writing and publishing at the age of 90, points this out to me every year.

Curious as to the definition of retreat, I looked it up in the dictionary, always a fascinating occupation, this is what I found–military forces, pull back, retire from superior forces–Well now, not quite the tranquil event I associated with the word. But then I asked myself, Why do we go on retreats? The answer, to pull back from the daily grind and busyness of our modern lives, retire from a superior force, the superior force being our, all consuming daily life. I think it’s time we brought some of the tranquillity of The Cove Inn into our day-to-day activities, every day needs a little bit of pull-back. In all fairness to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, a retreat is also defined as a place of seclusion, a period were co-workers or people sharing a common interest meet away from home or workplace. 

And the word workshop a place in which goods are manufactured or a meeting for concerted discussion and practical work. Looks as though John is right, but the combination works well. Perhaps it is the seclusion and the pull back from daily life that allows us to learn and perfect our craft of writing.



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Anna’s Legacy –       https://books2read.com/u/m2XAxO 


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Ideas that Pop!

Ideas that pop often happen when I think my mind is barren, which is what happened this morning. My intention was to continue the 1960s research as Book III of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy progress but my brain said differently and there was nothing, nadder, blank and then this intriguing picture popped up. Perhaps it reflected my mood, a writer so small and the typewriter so large or is it the hands. The hands that do all the work.

To my amazement, this is a mural or graffiti as it was titled. I couldn’t help but wonder who had painted it, was he or she a writer and an artist, what was she/he thinking. Such talent and the photographer’s eye, catching the women sitting below giving perspective. Food for thought.




A sneak preview of a little book that is to be released later this week called

I Decided to Self-publish – A little bit serious, mostly tongue in cheek. a novice author’s experience of the self-publishing process.

My personal experience of trying and succeeding to self-publish my books.

 

 

Book News!  this month Free on Kobo Susan’s Singles

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1960 Lady Chatterley’s Lover!

Sorry for duplication. Not everyone received it last week. Crazy cyber space!

I wouldn’t say I’m obsessive about research, but at times it is fascinating and I can get carried away. I’m currently researching 1960 news and events in Great Britain for Book III of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy.

Here is some trivia I would like to share.

Penguin Books was found not guilty of obscenity for the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, banned since 1928 and 200,000 copies sold in one day. Unfortunately, author D.H.Lawrence could not reap the rewards as he died in 1930. Judging by how well Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.James. sold, 100,000 copies in one week and millions in the next couple of years. Whether a book is written by an author of literary acclaim or one who entertains, it is the story that counts. Perhaps with slightly blushing cheeks; readers are drawn to risqué reading.

Below is a photo of the Coronation St TV set in Manchester UK

Coronation St was fist aired in December of 1960 and here we are, 2017 and the series is still running, everyone all over the world knows that The Rovers Return is a British pub. Some things have changed but the stories are the same and loved as much today as they were fifty plus years ago.

The value of currency declines and changes every day. The last farthing, currency value one-quarter of a British penny was minted December 1960 and had been legal tender since the 13th Century, 800 years. Today’s currency–who knows?

 

As fast as things change they stay the same. It sounds like a contradiction but it is something that I notice all the time when I’m researching and delving into history.

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Book News! Free e-book – Prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ruins in Silk is available from KOBO.

Book I – The Blue Pendant and Book II –

Anna’s Legacy book II is currently featured on Kobo.

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Anna’s Legacy –       https://books2read.com/u/m2XAxO

Launching Anna Specials

Tomorrow Sunday, April 30th is Launch Day

YOU’RE INVITED

Anna continues her journey in Book II Anna’s Legacy and to celebrate I’m having a party at 2 pm 415 Greenview Av Ottawa with refreshments, door prizes and special deals on books. Don’t live in Ottawa or can’t make the party e-books are 2.99 or less on both Amazon and Kobo until May 3rd. Links below. Party details here

My blog will be brief today as I toil over a hot stove making squares, and cookies, cutting cheese for the cheese tray and frying potato chips. I’m thinking I got you at frying potato chips–who does that? I lied my favourite 300 dollar store COSTCO provided the goodies. Have you ever noticed that when you walk into COSTCO you plan to spend maybe, $100 and with a blink of an eye the cashier says, $350 please? How did that happen?

Joking aside, I hope you can make the party, good food, good company and a few teasers from Anna’s Legacy and lots of books.


My email address and comment box can be found on my websites: Book Clubs: A Reader’s Guide and Questions for Discussion can be found at the www.susanajennings.com under Book Clubs.

Book News! Free e-book – Prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ruins in Silk is available from KOBO.Book I – The Blue Pendant and Book II – Anna’s Legacy book II is currently featured on Kobo.

NEW! UNIVERSAL LINKS TO THE RETAILER OF YOUR CHOICE

Ruins in Silk –           https://books2read.com/u/bw8DjY

The Blue Pendant: – https://books2read.com/u/mlK7YP

Anna’s Legacy –       https://books2read.com/u/m2XAxO