Time Flies!

Time Flies! Do you remember when you were a kid, how a week lasted forever? I never thought much about time until I reached older adulthood. Now, the older I get the faster time flies

This morning I am sitting in my Ottawa office, watching the steam rise from the icy water tumbling from under the frozen river into the open water rapids. I can hear the iron girders, in my high-rise, crack as they contract in the dropping temperature. It pleases me to speed through January. My friend has a saying, “Why do I live in a place where the cold makes my face hurt?”  Good question. Call me crazy but I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Surprisingly, cold weather in Canada has a bright side to it–the sun. It shines brightly in a crystal blue sky, the snow sparkles and, the trees look like Christmas cards. Give me sunshine any day and as I get older winter doesn’t last as long as time flies.

Curl up with a good book maybe light a crackling fire or just cuddle up with a soft, cozy blanket. Keep warm and enjoy the cold sunny days; spring is not far away.Time flies!

Do you prefer to hold a book, turn the pages and feel the cover?      SHUSH!… I’ll tell you a secret…. So do I.      The Sackville Hotel Trilogy is available in paper-back at COLES BOOKSTORE, Billings Bridge Mall, Riverside Drive Ottawa. Don’t live in Ottawa, no problem Amazon has paperback too.

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 The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    Sarah’s Choice Book III

First in series The Blue Pendant  on sale on Amazon .99c

Anna’s Legacy and Sarah’s Choice E-book at all online retailers $4.99


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

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Blogging Again!

Happy New Year from the beautiful countryside of South Derbyshire UK.

Yes, that is a daffodil with a Christmas wreath in the background taken in Barrow on Trent UK Jan.11th

Last October I decided to switch from blogging to email with The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News and Updates. Although the news and updates worked well many of you requested the return of the weekly blog. Starting this month there will be a weekly blog featuring subjects related books and reading.

The third and last book of the trilogy, Sarah’s Choice, launched Dec. 1st 2017 and  I sold out of books, more are on the way.  But of course, all three trilogy books are available at online retailers both paperback and e-books. The first in series The Blue Pendant is on sale Amazon for .99c See below for details.

Onward and Upward! That was my high school motto. I am currently writing, not one but two, new series.

1. Contemporary romance; a completely new genre for me but I am having so much fun writing this. It is set in an English country village, near a marina. A woman in her fifties finds love and independence after divorce. Guess how a narrowboat might fit into the story?

2. Sophie – Life after the Sackville Hotel – (this is a working title) Sophie was the head maid and Anna’s friend in The Blue Pendant. Sophie’s story continues when she leaves the hotel to train as a nurse to serve in the Great War.  How will Sophie’s life as a nurse unfold?


 The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    Sarah’s Choice Book III

First in series The Blue Pendant  on sale on Amazon .99c

Anna’s Legacy and Sarah’s Choice E-book at all online retailers $4.99


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

Click to download e-book

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Changes Coming!

Hi Everyone, Yep, that’s me with purple hair. The great thing about getting older is that you can do things and claim insanity; perhaps not… but it is liberating!

I am making some changes in how I communicate with readers. Up until now, I have mainly used this blog, and I will continue blogging but not as frequently as I develop The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates   Subscribe

The next issue Friday, Oct 13th will feature MI6, the British Secret Service, which features in Sarah’s Choice Book III 

Recently, several readers have brought it to my attention that not everyone subscribed to the blog but have subscribed to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates. Many of you like to dialogue with me, make comments and suggestions about the books, my writing or other issues and for one reason or another, feel the comment system on the blog is not as personal as a reply by email. I am listening. I love talking to you and from now on The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates will carry the bulk of news, events, about people, places associated with the trilogy and on occasions news of up-coming new books/series. Occasional Interviews with authors and/or characters from the books, announcements of launches and events. The blog is not going away so stay subscribed but it will be different.

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Click the titles to buy  The Blue Pendant Book I   or  Anna’s Legacy Book II    

 

More details and read the synopsis of Anna’s journey. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation. Read up now Sarah’s Choice Book III release date Dec 1, 2017

 


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

Click to download e-book

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Changes afoot…

My humble apologies the link I sent yesterday for The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates was incorrect. Correct Link click here

Hi Everyone, Yep, that’s me with purple hair. The great thing about getting older is that you can do things and claim insanity; perhaps not… but it is liberating!

I am making some changes in how I communicate with readers. Up until now, I have mainly used this blog, and I will continue blogging but not as frequently as I develop The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates The next issue Friday, Oct 13th will feature MI6, the British Secret Service, which features in Sarah’s Choice Book III 

Recently, several readers have brought it to my attention that not everyone subscribed to the blog but have subscribed to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates. Many of you like to dialogue with me, make comments and suggestions about the books, my writing or other issues and for one reason or another, feel the comment system on the blog is not as personal as a reply by email. I am listening. I love talking to you and from now on The Sackville Hotel Trilogy News & Updates will carry the bulk of news, events, about people, places associated with the trilogy and on occasions news of up-coming new books/series. Occasional Interviews with authors and/or characters from the books, announcements of launches and events. The blog is not going away so stay subscribed but it will be different.

Please subscribe by clicking here.  I promise, cross my heart, the emails will be no more than once a week. Once subscribed you will be asked to confirm and that’s it. Thank you, see you in The Sackville Hotel News & Updates 

Invite a friend to join, send me an email and I’ll send you a short story as a thank you.


Interested in learning how to write and publish Oct 14th Workshop First Sentence to First Sale – An overview of the writing and publishing process for more info click here for last weeks blog and to register Click here


Click the titles to buy  The Blue Pendant Book I   or  Anna’s Legacy Book II    

 

More details and read the synopsis of Anna’s journey. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation. Read up now Sarah’s Choice Book III release date Dec 1, 2017

 


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

Click to download e-book

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I’m Back!

I’m back…as one gets older and I’m not admitting to getting older, I find multitasking isn’t as easy as it was in my younger days. As a single parent of five kids, believe me, I know all about multitasking. However, the kids are long gone and it seems so have my multitasking skills. I had to take a break from blogging and The Sackville News and Updates to concentrate on completing Sarah’s Choice Book III of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy.

Drum roll please drrrrrrr……Last weekend I put the last period in the last sentence of the last chapter of the manuscript. followed by a few revisions and yesterday I hit the send button and off it went to Mark, my wonderful editor. I am happy to say we are on track for a December 1st launch of Sarah’s Choice. Look out for news, previews of the cover and giveaways as the launch comes closer.

As I hit that last period I had mixed emotions. I have spent many, many hours with

Bexhill Train Station Photo courtesy of www.postcards/bexhill

Anna. We meet at The Sackville Hotel in 1913, she is a young innocent woman of nineteen, challenging societies proprieties of marrying as she seeks adventure and independence. I laugh with her, cry with her, rejoice and celebrate and fall in love; through all the ups and downs of business and love, lots of love romantic and family until she reaches her seventies and passes the hotel to others. No spoilers!


Click the titles to buy  The Blue Pendant Book I   or  Anna’s Legacy Book II    

 

More details and read the synopsis of Anna’s journey. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation.

 


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

Click to download e-book

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Readers, Books and Signings

Don’t miss the Book signing – Anna’s Legacy  – Aug 25  Free book with purchase. Details below

Long before I was a writer I was an avid reader. As a kid, growing up in Britain, I devoured Enid Blyton’s books especially anything that was in a series; it was and still is, like reading the never-ending book. I also remember the thrill of meeting a celebrity, lining up in a bookstore to have a book signed by the author and if you were lucky, and the line wasn’t too long, you talked to the author. Obviously, I’m talking about print books. Does anyone else like to feel the glossy smoothness of the cover as they take in the meaning of the cover design giving you clues about what’s inside? How about the sound of the pages flipping and breathing in the new book fragrance.  If you think about it a new book evokes all our senses, see, touch, hear, smell and feel and that is before you even start reading. You can’t do that with an e-book. Don’t get me wrong, I read some books on an e-reader and I publish e-book; there is a place for all types of books. However you cannot have the physical connection with an e-book, so you miss the anticipation, preparation for a pleasant afternoon read. On the flip side, I can store a whole library of books in my e-reader. For example, I have a wall of bookshelves in my study; if I was so inclined I could store most of them in my 6 x 8-inch e-reader and not just store them but carry them wherever I wanted to go. But stored in a device I cannot see them touch them, hear them or smell them. On the bookshelf, I can do all that every day and as many times a day as I like. Did I mention, my passion, collecting books.

Please join me….Book Signing  

 Aug 25th – 11 am – 2 pm at Coles Book Store, Billings Bridge Shopping Centre (Riverside and Bank)

Buy a signed copy of Anna’s Legacy Book II of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy and get a FREE paper copy of the prequel Ruins in Silk. (Limted to 1st 10 customers)

Also a bonus unlimited  free e-book download 

Enjoy flipping the pages and awakening your reading senses. I look forward to meeting you, chatting, signing and answering questions about the trilogy and my writing.


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 The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    

The equivalent of 900 pages for less than $10 keep turning the pages all summer long. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation.

Also a prequel Ruins in Silk


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Families and Summer Fun!

Here in Ottawa Canada, we got off to a soggy start this summer. So much rain we broke all kinds of records in July. August is looking better with much more sunshine and not too hot, Ottawa can be very humid and with all the rain, it’s a bit jungle style, steamy; the vegetation is certainly lush and green as opposed the dry and brown of past years.

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Brother-in law Frank and sister-in-law Laura contemplating the family photo

2017 is a family summer for me, it has been ten years since my son Richard, his wife Laura and two grandson’s Jack and Alex have visited. One visiting family means we all get together  My immediate family is quite large by today’s standard; five grown up kids with spouses and nine grandchildren. There are always one or two missing but it is a treat for me to see as many as can make together. So far we’ve had a BBQ in Stittsville, a picnic and swim at Britannia Beach and I nervously waved them off for a white water rafting trip down the Ottawa River, which was a great success. Coming up is a week at a cottage on Bob’s Lake, more BBQs and a trip to Niagara for Rick’s family.

Writing updates: I am feverishly writing the last chapters of Sarah’s Choice and contemplating the ‘what ifs’ as the story comes to a close,

August 25 11 am – 2 pm – Coles Book Store. Billings Bridge Shopping Centre Ottawa. Book signing, Anna’s Legacy, and The Blue Pendant.  Books I and II of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy. Please come and join me and learn more about the trilogy and how it was inspired by my grandmother and ran off, quite literally, into a fictional trilogy. The amazing connections and serendipitous that occurred during the writing of these books.  Check out The Sackville News and Updates for serendipity details. Click here

 The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    

 

The equivalent of 900 pages for less than $10 keep turning the pages all summer long. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation.

 


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

Click to download e-book

 

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Who’s Who at the Sackville

You often hear the expression, the characters develop themselves in a fictional story. I’m not sure if that comment comes from a writer or a reader. If you are a reader the chances are that you have identified in some way with one or more characters and their experiences feel real to you. If you are the writer the character is just as real but you have the advantage of knowing what it is that made the character who they are.So who’s who at the Sackville. Anna Neale is the heroine. She starts out with a strong independent streak but her efforts are interpreted by her peers as snooty and a spoiled brat. Bill, a kind gentle soul, the sous-chef, befriends her early on. At first, she is annoying and most of us want to give her a good talking too. Bill does that for us and Anna grows up and we quite like her now, she’s strong with youthful innocence, she works hard and knows what she wants. Mr. Lytton her immediate supervisor is also a kind person but Anna is incompetent and she pushes him into losing his temper, Mr. Lytton appears to have two sides to him. Mrs. Banks, head housekeeper also has two sides and Anna is not sure if she can trust this woman. She is severe looking, tough on rules but has a soft side when it comes to the well-being of the female staff. The villain, general manager Mr.Pickle is harsh and cold and we get a hint that things will get worse. This is an account of the situation as the novel begins but, dear readers, if these characters didn’t interact with each other and ultimately change and grow you would very quickly discard the novel.

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 The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    

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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    

The equivalent of 900 pages for less than $10 keep turning the pages all summer long. Warning…could cause sleep deprivation.

Also a prequel Ruins in Silk


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