Dec 1st, only twenty-four days before Christmas, Miss Penny speaking. I am not sure what all the fuss is about or exactly what Christmas is but it certainly gets a lot of attention and it seems to put me in my create more often as Susan goes out shopping. On her last shopping trip, she came home with two things for me, one good and one bad. The good thing was a new toy, it is a pink animal, exactly what it is, is hard to determine, but it is just the right size and fits in my mouth perfectly, it squeaks and I can shake the heck out of it. The other item is not so great and as much as I shake these things called booties they snuggle up to my feet. Susan tells me it is to keep the salt and ice off my feet and I will admit that is a good idea. However, getting these booties on is an ordeal, they are small and stretchy but getting my paw inside is a challenge. I’m not sure it’s worth it and I suspect Susan feels the same. I noticed yesterday afternoon; we went walking sans booties. I’m fine with that because if I pull my paws up and look as though I’m in pain and shiver–I can do that well– Susan picks me up anyway.
I thought after the books were published things might be quiet, but this week Susan has been making videos, which is very disturbing. There I am, taking a nap in my bed and suddenly I get a blast of Susan’s voice coming from her laptop. Now that is weird! Okay, now I’ll explain. Susan is reading into her laptop and then she uploads it to her Youtube Channel, no idea what that is, and then she plays back through her laptop. It’s kind of cool; especially as I actually star in one of the movies… well, perhaps more of a cameo performance. Susan says to tell you, if you’re looking for books to give away as gifts she has a supply on hand and of course Amazon and other retailers have them for sale. That’s it from me today over to Susan.
Miss Penny is correct, I have made four short videos this week; short readings from the new books. Click here for my Youtube channel and this is the start of regular readings on YouTube. I’m thinking of serializing some of my books, your comments on the subject would be appreciated. Comment below or email. If you are interested in listening to regular readings, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. More about my videos and the unique family connection and story behind my interest in video making in Susan’s Reading Group News. If you’re not on the list sign up today. I promise I do not spam. Read the article in December’s issue.
Authors and publishers rush to get books out for Christmas so there are many being released but nothing is standing out. I had to search for book news today. This is what I found, The Secret Orphan by Glynnis Peters due for release December 18th. The ad compares it to The Secret Wife by Gill Paul, which is a favourite of mine. I don’t know the author but the cover and title grabbed me immediately, (always judge a book by its cover) and the story is about the blitz in Coventry U.K. during WW 2, a place and time that interests me because of my own historical writing. The advanced reader reviews are mixed, which I also find exciting and a challenge to form my own opinion.
Books I’m Reading: Fiction:
Kate Morton is my current reading, I am a big fan of Ms. Morton’s books and this is the latest The Clockmakers Daughter this book is not an easy read, there are multiple points of view and multiple time settings. It took me a while to get into the story and I had difficulty following some characters. I actually started it three times. I was over a hundred pages in, before I figured out the clockmaker’s daughter. But now I’m into the story and it is looking good.
The books are available at online retailers. Click the title, make your choice
First in series The Blue Pendant on sale on $4.99
Anna’s Legacy and Sarah’s Choice E-book at all online retailers $4.99
Writing Courses: I have put the marketing of these courses on hold until after Christmas, Get Rid of Page Fright & Write – Course 1 is available at the discounted price of $47 at http://just-for-writers.teachable.com More updates will come at the end of this year.page. A great Book club read