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 ” 

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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    

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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 


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 

NEW! Nonfiction – 

I Decided to Self-Publish – https://books2read.com/u/bzp5r2

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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


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 


NEW! Nonfiction – 

 

I Decided to Self-Publish – https://books2read.com/u/bzp5r2


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