Picky Penny continued …

Picky Penny continued …that’s me, Miss Penny speaking. Finally, Susan moved my food bowl and I can eat in peace. She got the message about peas, I still can’t believe she’d feed me peas, oh yes and no more rice, it saves a lot of spitting out and both are messy on the floor if squished by Susan’s feet. Hee-hee!

Princess Penny! Looking good!

So, this week has been plain chicken, warmed slightly is best. However, the big problem, which Susan only figured out yesterday, is the unsuitable, even horrendous placement of my food bowl. My water and food bowl are stainless steel, situated on a tray that Granny Betty brought from Gibraltar, long before Covid, when we could travel, the pictures are quite interesting. Ah, I digress. As nice as it is, the tray is situated by the garbage can and recycle stuff. Need I say more, not somewhere where a princess would eat, although that’s not the worst of it. I am a bit skittish, I don’t like loud noises and the garbage can lid clanging, cans and bottles rattling while I’m eating is disconcerting but I put up with it

Attacked by recycle

until about a month ago when I was terrified. A large coffee tin and an enormous juice bottle sprang out of the recycle bag, attacked me while I was eating and clattered on the floor, it scared me to death. Truly I kid you not, the coffee tin could have swallowed me whole. So, now you can understand why I went off my food, well that’s only part of the reason I am picky as mentioned last week. The happy ending is my tray, is now safely placed in a quiet spot at the other end of the kitchen, where I can eat my warm chicken in peace, although I suspect the chicken-only is short lived and kibble will find it’s way back into my bowl soon. Oops, here comes the evil eye ….

My author boss, Susan has been very busy this week, updating the first book in the Sophie Series. As you know book two, Heart of Sophie’s War is at the editors and she decided to revise book one

Prelude to Sophie’s War. The beginning was a bit weird a flash back that didn’t work but I’m a dog, what do I know. So, Susan re-wrote the beginning, starting the story at The Sackville Hotel, where Sophie worked and had her heartbroken for the second time, all this before she went to London to nurse. Psst! Susan went a little nuts, one chapter turned into three and the words poured onto the page, some serious tweaking is called for, but the story is really good.


The Blue Pendant  is Susan’s biggest selling novel and the first in The Sackville Hotel Trilogy If you like the elegance of Edwardian Society and decades spanning adventures you’ll love this trio. Start reading Anna’s story in The Blue Pendant. Take a peak at the new cover. It will take sometime before the new print cover shows on the books. E-book or paperback click here


Courage, Tragedy & Triumph

The prequel Ruins in Silk .99c or free (e-book only), also available in paperback on Amazon. The story of Sophie’s young life in Lucca Italy on her father’s silk farm and in Derby England at the family’s silk mill but tragedy strikes and Sophie’s life is dramatically changed. Book 1 of the series Prelude to Sophie’s War  is set at the Bartley Hospital in London England as Sophie starts her nursing career and before she nurses in the Great War.


Sophie’s story continues in Prelude to Sophie’s War   – London 1915, German Zeppelin attacks are not the only thing Sophie battles at Bartley Hospital. Will her courage be enough to keep her sane and alive?  Watch for revised content and new cover to be released soon and then Book 2 Heart of Sophie’s War will follow.

 


The Blue Pendant and Book 2 Anna’s Legacy  Book 3 Sarah’s Choice   All ebooks and paperbacks on Amazon. Please, pretty please, take a minute and write a review after you read the books. Thank you!

If you like the elegance of Edwardian society, bold characters, and decades-spanning adventures, then you’ll love this historical fiction trio. New covers  coming in the next a week or so.


The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ebook Box Set      Click here for details  

She defies Edwardian protocol. Avoids marriage, but loves twice. Anna’s epic story of a strong woman’s determination and courage spans two continents and three decades.

Classic trilogy, historical, family saga, from the drawing rooms of the Edwardian era to ruthless spies of the 60s Cold War.

Lavender Cottage books, now available as a series in e-book and e-book box set, also in paperback,  Click here for the whole series 

Second Edition e-books and Paperbacks

Susan’s Reader News  if you’d like to receive it in your Inbox click here. Issued 3 or 4 times a year.


Save Some for Me – A single mother’s memoir

Could you survive an abusive man and raise five children alone?

This was a brave, insightful, revealing, and well written book of what must be one of the hardest experiences any person can go through. The courage and grace with which you tell this story is a truly affective reading experience…….  Judge’s commentary: Writer’s Digest  

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Mischief and 1917 Pens

Mischief and 1917 Trench Pens, well Susan calls it mischief I say I’m having fun, Miss Penny speaking. I like to chew or more like pull apart. I don’t chew, at least not since I was a puppy. Psst! I remember how good it was to chew shoes, now that got me into trouble. Susan is in a creative mindset, which means I’m

My favourite place, cuddles.

ignored and no cuddles for hours and hours, an exaggeration but I’m a princess and need attention. After a nap I nonchalantly check the waste baskets, often something lies innocently on the floor; Kleenex tissues are the best, they are soft and pull into shreds, cardboard cylinders from toilet tissue are just my size and I can pick them up and roll them around the tinfoil ones are a bit of a challenge as

Ignore me and I’ll make a mess!

they are long and get caught on furniture. This week I managed to sneak a balled up piece of paper, it smelt good, a bit like a sandwich, but there were no crumbs but that didn’t matter as it ripped it into pieces without making any noise. I had fun with that for half an hour before Susan noticed. Hum … she wasn’t pleased, I’d made a mess, little bits of paper all over the office floor. Psst! Serves her right for ignoring me. Oh here it comes the evil eye, I’d better talk about Susan’s writing. Heart of Sophie’s War – Book Two is up the chapter 9. Sophie gets a letter

Mock up #2

from her friend Hillary, who’s training to be a doctor. In 1917 female doctors were rare this was a brave thing to do. Writing letters kept soldiers moral up during the war, so how did a soldier write in the trenches, some used pencils but they smudged or erased. Dipping pens in ink was impractical. No ballpoint pens in 1917 but Parker and Watermans fountain pens were readily available. The soldiers used a Trench Pens a type of fountain pen that used dry ink, in the form of pellets that stored in the barrel; add a little water and write. Ingenious. Click forArticle and images of trench pens. Sophie is a wonderful complex character, forward thinking like her friend Hillary. If you’d like to know more about Sophie, and you love historical

Courage, Tragedy & Triumph

fiction, for only .99c pick up an e- copy of Ruins in Silk -The prequel and learn about Sophie’s young life in Italy and England. And of course there is Book 1 Prelude to Sophie’s War, Sophie as a nurse probationer as Zeppelins attacked and bomb London.

can she stay sane and survive?

Read Prelude to Sophie’s War while you wait for the sequel – London 1915, German Zeppelin attacks are not the only thing Sophie battles at Bartley Hospital. Will her courage be enough to keep her sane and alive?

The Blue Pendant and Book 2 Anna’s Legacy  Book 3 Sarah’s Choice   All ebooks and paperbacks on Amazon. Please, pretty please take a minute and write a review after you read the books. Thank you!

If you like the elegance of Edwardian society, bold characters, and decades-spanning adventures, then you’ll love this historical fiction.

 


The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ebook Box Set      Click here for details  

She defies Edwardian protocol. Avoids marriage, but loves twice. Anna’s epic story of a strong woman’s determination and courage spans two continents and three decades.

Classic trilogy, historical, family saga, from the drawing rooms of the Edwardian era to ruthless spies of the 60s Cold War.


Susan’s Reader News  if you’d like to receive it in your Inbox click here. Issued 3 or 4 times a year.


New release…… Believing Her Lies – A Lavender Cottage Book (3)  Amazon  

 

Lavender Cottage Series Book one e-book is Only .99c click here  When Love Ends Romance Begins 


Save Some for Me – A single mother’s memoir

Could you survive an abusive man and raise five children alone?

This was a brave, insightful, revealing, and well written book of what must be one of the hardest experiences any person can go through. The courage and grace with which you tell this story is a truly affective reading experience…….  Judge’s commentary: Writer’s Digest  

Click for the retailer of your choice.   Available in paperback or e-book.

Quick Reference:

Susan’s Readers Group News – Subscribe

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 My books – Synopsis and Where to buy

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Hot & Wet!

Scorching hot, Miss Penny speaking, I could say that about my boss, author Susan. She is writing again. The creative gene kicked in; a new historical novel is on the way Sophie in the Heart of War. Yeah! It might have something to do with her new short hair and fabulous colour, freeing up her brain. What do I know I’m just a dog? Back to scorching hot and complaining. With good reason it topped 43c yesterday. I’m glad they groomed me last week, or I’d be like this dog under the fan. Actually, I don’t like the fan much; it makes my fur tickle. I sit on Susan’s lap, but then I get hot, so I jumped down to spread out on the floor. I had no idea my body was so long. I lie down and squish my tummy to the cold floor, spread my back legs out flat and my front legs as far as they will go and rest my head in between front

Susan! do you know it’s raining?

legs, not back, hee-hee, that would be a bit hard—and relax. It works I’m as cool as a cucumber; I suggested Susan should try it. Um! Perhaps not, I just had an image… no, never mind! Anyway, guess what happened this morning? We went for a walk and it was raining and we got wet. I’m not sure which is worse, the heat or the rain.

The boss is giving me the evil eye, I’m supposed to give you some author news. As mentioned Prelude to Sophie’s War has a sequel in the making Sophie in the Heart of War – A griping WW1 story of the heartache, love and redemption. The rest of the week will be quiet for me as she is working on Bryan Cohen’s Amazon Ad Challenge.  All for now. Love from Susan 👩🏻‍🦳 and Miss Penny🐾.

Prelude to Sophie’s War – A captivating historical novel of love and loss   Online retailers   Listen to an excerpt click here..YouTube 

 

 The Sackville Hotel Trilogy  E-covers first, paperback coming shortly. That’s it for now maybe the thinking and planning will turn into words this week. Who knows?


 

 

The Blue Pendant If you don’t have it it’s on sale on Amazon. If you like Susan’s books, or not, please take a minute and write a review.

 

 


The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ebook Box Set      Click here for details  

She defies Edwardian protocol. Avoids marriage, but loves twice. Anna’s epic story of a strong woman’s determination and courage spans two continents and three decades.

Classic trilogy, historical, family saga, from the drawing rooms of the Edwardian era to ruthless spies of the 60s Cold War.


The latest Susan’s Reader News came out this week. If you didn’t get a copy click here and if you’d like to receive it in your Inbox click here. Issued 3 or 4 times a year.


New release…… Believing Her Lies – A Lavender Cottage Book (3)  Kobo and Amazon  

for paperbacks, try Book Depository.

Click here to read the synopsis and chapter One


Book one e-book is Only .99c click here 

When Love Ends Romance Begins 

 

Remember Ruins in Silk? The prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy.

Well, it is also the prequel to Prelude to Sophie’s War, young Sophie in Ruins in Silk has grown up, left The Sackville Hotel and her story continues in London as she trains to be a nurse.


Save Some for Me – A single mother’s memoir

Could you survive an abusive man and raise five children alone?

This was a brave, insightful, revealing, and well written book of what must be one of the hardest experiences any person can go through. The courage and grace with which you tell this story is a truly affective reading experience…….  Judge’s commentary: Writer’s Digest  

Click for the retailer of your choice.   Available in paperback or e-book.

Quick Reference:

Susan’s Readers Group News – Subscribe

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 My books – Synopsis and Where to buy

Contact Susan – susan(at)susanajennings.com

 Susan’s YouTube Channel All videos  click here  M

Mission Accomplished!

I’ve had enough of this weather, Miss Penny speaking, snow and more snow. Do you have any idea how cold it is to walk with bare paws in snow? And, if it’s not cold snow it’s stinging, burning wet salt, creeping in between my paw pads. Susan tries to help by putting socks on my paws, but I look like a right narna with happy face socks; they feel weird and I try to kick them off. Adding insult to injury Susan laughs as I kick my back legs calling me a donkey. Donkey, indeed! Did I mention the cold? At eight pounds, I don’t have much fat on me so even with my coat on, and there’s another story, I’m cold and shiver. But Susan makes me walk, cruelty it is. Eight pounds or not I can sit on my haunches and dig my heels in and nothing can move me. Then, I lift one paw, pull my ears close to my face and look up with sad, hurt eyes. Hee, hee! That does it. She picks me up and if I wind up the shivering, Susan cuddles me and carries me home to our nice warm condo. Mission accomplished. Now, I can curl up in my bed and snooze while Susan works. BIG News!


 

New book Believing Her Lies, is almost ready, editing and cover are almost complete. Release date is mid to late March. Here’s a sneak preview of mock-up cover. 

Catch up with the first book When Love Ends Romance Begins – Valentine special see below.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Special February 14, 15, 16  99c Amazon and Kobo

When Love Ends Romance Begins  Grateful for a fresh start Katie puts the pain of divorce behind her and moves to a quaint English village and marina where she opens Lavender Cottage B&B and meets handsome Piers Bannister. Click here

All books available at Coles Bookstore Billing Bridge, Chapters/Indigo    All online retailers


Prelude to Sophie’s War – A captivating historical novel of love and loss

Prelude to Sophie’s War  is now available through international distributor for overseas fans. An alternative to Amazon, check out your local bookstore and make a request.

Listen to an excerpt click here..YouTube 

Online retailers


Save Some For Me  – And what about you?

Could you survive an abusive man and raise five children alone?

This was a brave, insightful, revealing, and well written book of what must be one of the hardest experiences any person can go through. The courage and grace with which you tell this story is a truly affective reading experience…….  Judge’s commentary: Writer’s Digest  

Click for the retailer of your choice.

Available in paperback or e-book.


Remember Ruins in Silk? The prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy.

Well, it is also the prequel to Prelude to Sophie’s War, young Sophie in Ruins in Silk has grown up, left The Sackville Hotel and her story continues in London as she trains to be a nurse.

Free download from Kobo and most Online retailers


The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ebook Box Set                  New cover

She defies Edwardian protocol. Avoids marriage – for a while – but loves twice. Anna’s epic story of a strong woman’s determination and courage spans two continents and three decades.

Click here for your details.

Click here for retailer.

 


Classic trilogy, historical, family saga, from the drawing rooms of the Edwardian era to ruthless spies of the 60s Cold War. More details 

The Blue Pendant              Anna’s Legacy                 Sarah’s choice


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Funny Feeling in my Tummy!

I have a funny feeling in my tummy that something big is going on. Miss Penny speaking. The dinning table is piled with books, banners, brochures, postcards, signs and even shortbread. What does shortbread have to do with writing? There has been a lot of talk about Ottawa Book Expo (see details below) and that feeling in my tummy tells me we are getting close and I’m not included. I was right Nancy is coming to look after me, now I like Nancy so that’s not so bad, but I can still look forlorn and make Susan feel bad. Chuckle! And, Susan says, the shortbread is going as samples to promote Christmas at Lavender Cottage because the recipe is in that book and once you taste Susan’s shortbread you must get the recipe. And you get the bonus of a special warm, enchanting romantic Christmas story of family and friends with a dose of mystery, suspense and, of course, a happy ending. Check out the videos on my Facebook page

Here are the details: Sunday Oct 20th 10 am – 5 pm (that’s tomorrow) Ottawa Book Expo Lansdowne Park Horticultural Building Booth # 8 Susan will be on stage at 11:15 taking about The story behind the story followed by a reading. See you there! Well, no actually dogs aren’t allowed, that’s bummer maybe I’ll sulk.


Susan’s contemporary romance series has a new look and new series name – The Lavender Cottage Series (aka The Narrowboat Romance Series)

Retailer of your choice click here

 

 


Save Some For Me  – And what about you?

Could you survive an abusive man and raise five children alone?

This was a brave, insightful, revealing, and well written book of what must be one of the hardest experiences any person can go through. The courage and grace with which you tell this story is a truly affective reading experience…….  Judge’s commentary: Writer’s Digest  

Click for the retailer of your choice.

Available in paperback or e-book.


Prelude to Sophie’s War – A captivating historical novel of love and loss

Prelude to Sophie’s War  is now available through international distributor for overseas fans. An alternative to Amazon, check out your local bookstore and make a request.

Listen to an excerpt click here..YouTube 

Online retailers


Remember Ruins in Silk? The prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy.

Well, it is also the prequel to Prelude to Sophie’s War, young Sophie in Ruins in Silk has grown up, left The Sackville Hotel and her story continues in London as she trains to be a nurse.

Free download from  My website susanajennings.com or Kobo and some Online retailers


The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ebook Box Set                  New cover

She defies Edwardian protocol. Avoids marriage – for a while – but loves twice. Anna’s epic story of a strong woman’s determination and courage spans two continents and three decades.

Click here for your details.

Click here for retailer.

 


Classic trilogy, historical, family saga, from the drawing rooms of the Edwardian era to ruthless spies of the 60s Cold War. More details 

The Blue Pendant              Anna’s Legacy                 Sarah’s choice


Quick Reference:

Susan’s Readers Group News – Subscribe  

Susan’s website – http://susanajennings.com

 My books – Synopsis and Where to buy

Contact Susan – susan(at)susanajennings.com

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YouTube video serialized version of The Blue Pendant

Excerpts from Lavender Cottage Romance Series(formerly The Narrowboat Romance Series). Readings from the book launch

Susan’s Readers Group News – Subscribe  Rain

Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast that would be me, Miss Penny speaking! As you can see, a bad hair day that’s the beast part and after the groomer the beauty part. Pet Agree on Castlefrank Road in Glen Cairn and it is across the street from Susan’s daughter’s house, a bonus as we got to visit Rose. She has the perfect little backyard to run in and out. It was raining, so it didn’t do the hairdo much good and that was followed by a windy walk in Britannia Park.

It has been a busy week. Susan and I launched the new romance novel When Love Ends Romance Begins, the book thing was good but for me, it was the visitors. I’m quite popular and spent the afternoon going from one lap to the next, lots of cuddles and tummy rubs. If you missed the launch, we still have some copies; call us or email. Yesterday we did a book signing at Coles Billings Bridge on Riverside Drive. Susan likes that store, the staff are awesome and they work hard for local authors. I need to clarify, it’s not really, we as I’m not allowed in shopping malls. I can’t imagine why but I was left at home. That’s all from me today over to the boss.

Where to find all of Susan’s Books:

Susan’s stock at The Britannia  – Coles Bookstore Billings BridgeAmazon  ,com/.ca/.Uk etc. see specific titles below. Kobo also has free short story downloads

Writing Updates: Keep your fingers crossed, it looks as though Christmas at Lavender Cottage will be ready for Dec 1. It is at the editor’s and the cover is almost ready. I enjoyed writing this book, its light, romance with a bit of adventure and a lot of suspense. Katie tries to get a perfect Christmas together and as we all know is often a recipe for disaster. Speaking of recipes, I had fun browsing the old recipe books and have included a few, including my coveted shortbread recipe.

Book News: I am not normally a fan of political intrigue but a friend sent me this headline The author is a respected writer and form journalist. HIs identity is being kept secret in order to protect the source of the ideas that inspired this novel. The title of the book The Kingfisher Secret A Novel Author Anonymous. We live in such troubled political times, full of secrets and untruths; I have become jaded and suspicious even of the politicians I once thought I could trust. Is this why this new book appealed to me? Am I searching for the truth? Will I find it in a novel? By definition a novel is fiction, but it is also the perfect way to expose true facts.

Books I’m Reading: Fiction: I am reading The Daisy Children by Sophia and to honest I’m notsure about this book. The story is based on the true story of a school tragedy in New London Texas in 1937. It has some merit and I will finish it but not sure I would recommend it.

The books are available at online retailers. Click the title, make your choice

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

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

Check out the synopsis on My Books page. A great Book club read


Writing Courses: I have put the marketing of these course 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 on the other courses will come at the end of this year.

Doggie Coat Time!

Miss Penny Speaking, imagine the shock I had on Wednesday morning when Susan pushed my paws through a thing and then snapped it around my middle. It was a doggie coat. I vaguely remember wearing something like this a long time ago. It is warm and cozy and once we got outside for our morning walk I understood why Susan thought I needed to wear it. It was cold and very windy. I’m not convinced I need a coat, they are rather prissy. I have a perfectly good natural fur coat. Shush! I wouldn’t admit this to Susan, but, it stops the wind blowing my fur about, I hate that; it feels like tickles and makes me want to scratch. I’m pleased to say as the day warmed up I didn’t have to wear it again.

One exciting event, Suzanne who works in the building came up to see us with a box. She played with me, in the hall and I barked. Of course, I’m a dog and should bark but barking is noisy and scares me so I don’t do it often but Suzanne gets me going. It was the box that excited the boss; she doesn’t bark, but, oh boy, was she excited, jumping up and down and talking so fast I couldn’t understand her. Then she ripped the tape off the box and handed me a book. Now that was exciting all those months of work and finally, we have the book. When Love Ends Romance Begins. It is a great read—I know, I can’t read yet, but I listen and it’s a good story. Get your copy $15 contact, Susan. Just a little plug. That’s all for this week, over to the boss.

Writing Updates:  A great writing week, 7,000 words. My head is in creative mode which is where I like to be.  When I’m in the zone, the story often unfolds in the strangest places and that happened this week. Then I doubt myself—a common attribute with writers—but I’m sure this is working. As more of the character’s past is revealed, we see a different side to even the evilest of characters and that happened this week too. The first draft of Christmas at Lavender Cottage is close to completion.

Books I’m Reading: Fiction: After the terrible Christmas story, not even worthy of one star, I went back to Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. I enjoyed this book. The premise of the story was how a mother coped when her daughter went missing. The plot was about finding the truth and getting closure. Ms. Jewell did a wonderful job of–for want of a better phrase–getting into the mother’s head, and she did it well. One might think this kind of story would be morbid but it wasn’t; it was human and warm. I highly recommend this story with five stars. I just started a new book, another author I haven’t read before The Address by Fiona Davis

Nonfiction: Webinar on running an author business

Writing Courses:  Big sigh! I have put these on hold until after Christmas. I don’t have time to market or work on Course 2 & 3 as I prepare my novels for Christmas Craft Fairs and signings. More updates on the other courses will come at the end of this year.

However, if you are eager to get started the first course  Get Rid of Page Fright & Write – Course 1 is available at the discounted price of $47 at http://just-for-writers.teachable.com


New release: When Love Ends Romance Begins  Get your copy today

 

 

 

 

 

 


The books are available at online retailers. Click the title, make your choice

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

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

Check out the synopsis on My Books page. A great Book club read.

Will It Ever End?

Will it ever end, is exactly how I felt this week. The writing part of a book is easy and fun. However, to get a book to market the work seems never-ending. I know I’m a bit of a purist, which isn’t good for business but makes me feel good. We all know Amazon is a massive company with an equally huge market share so I try to spread the wealth. I think it is important to support local businesses and for books that is a local printer and local bookstores.

Once the writing is complete, usually in a Microsoft Word document, I convert it into a book format with a cover designed to suit the interior size; one for e-Books and one for print books. Easy-peasy! Well, not quite. I send my books, the print version, to three different places for printing, for three different reasons.

A local printer for my personal inventory; books fairs, local independent bookstores and my local fans. Ingram/Spark, the largest book distributor in the world because they supply Chapters/Indigo and with a little luck, Waterstones and W.H. Smith in the U.K. And, of course, we mustn’t forget Amazon’s worldwide reach for both e-Books and paperbacks.

Here is where the never-ending part enters. Each of these printers has a different set of specifications and often the difference is a couple of millimetres. Frustrating! I tackle Amazon first and, although I hate to say it, I can understand why they do so well. Amazon was easy-peasy. I uploaded the files, proofed the files, Amazon approved them and the book was up for sale in 24 hours. Next, I called Gauvin Press in Gatineau, a great family business. But it took five days to get the specs sorted and the order in. However, in their defense, this was my first order. It will be faster next time. Okay, still not finished, on to Ingram/Spark. This is scary and the opposite to Gauvin, there is no personal contact, everything is automated, which means everything has to be exactly to their specifications or you might get a strange looking book. The preparation took some time but the ordering process only took twenty-four hours.

And that note, dear readers I shall conclude my never-ending story of printing a book. When Love Ends Romance Begins Both e-Book and paperback are available now on Amazon http://mybook.to/whenloveends And, I will have print copies in my hand Oct 20th. Updates about the launch at Susan’s Reading Group News

Writing Updates:  The Christmas edition of The NarrowBoat Romance Series, Christmas at Lavender Cottage continues, not as fast as I would like for reasons explained above.

Books I’m Reading: Fiction: I finished reading Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea and the conclusion made me weep, so sad, but realizing there were about thirty more pages to read, I thought things might change although I couldn’t see how. But Ms. Kearsley had a wonderful and unexpected twist at the end. Fabulous book! My current read is Lisa Jewelle’s Then She Was Gone a different kind of book. A contemporary story about a mother who mourns her missing fifteen-year-old daughter years after her disappearance. The story is holding my attention and I suspect there are many twists and turns to this thriller.

Nonfiction: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus – A writer’s guide to psychological trauma – By Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglishi. This is an extremely helpful book for writers because it explains how traumas affect peoples behaviour. A nasty or even evil character has a back story and a writer needs to know that story. You will see this unfold in Christmas at Lavender Cottage as Olivia’s past explains nastiness.



 

Writing Courses:  Don’t miss the launch special 40% off regular price of $98 with discount $58

 

 

 

 



The books are available at online retailers. Click the title, make your choice

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

The Blue Pendant Book1 Anna’s Legacy Book 2 and Sarah’s Choice Book 3. E-books and print  at all online retailer

Check out the synopsis on My Books page. A great Book club read.


A gift of an e-book Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read. And the opportunity to sign up for Susan’s Reader’s Group.  

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

  Click to download your gift of a free e-book   

Ah! Time for Love & Romance

What a difference from last Saturday as six tornados swept through Ottawa. For us, it was nothing more than losing power but others lost their homes and livelihood. Love and prayers to all those affected. From Susan and Miss Penny

Miss Penny speaking. Last weekend was exciting as we searched for internet and power so we could get the new book cover finished, which meant we did a lot of visiting. First to Rose’s, Susan’s daughter for her Adobe expertise, where I can play because they have a little backyard and I can run in and out and talk to the dog next door. Cool! Then we went to Frank’s place, Susan’s middle son (she has a lot of sons), Now this was a bit more dramatic. Preston the dog is huge, I’m about the size of his head, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but he is big and he likes to play, hey I’m always ready to play; until he stepped on my paw and I yelped, that hurt, so I stayed out of his way. But, there were these other furry creatures just my size, so I’m at the ready play time! Now, these furry funny looking dogs just stood and stared at me, then one made this strange hissing noise and lashed at me with a paw, caught my nose. Not too friendly but one of the others sniffed at me and, then as rude as can be, it turned and walked away. Next thing I know I am surrounded by these inhospitable creatures and it was time to get out of there.

The rest of the week was somewhat intense as Susan designed and formatted and uploaded, downloaded and polished this book. This story like all romance stories has a happy ending When Love Ends Romance Begins – A novel of heartbreak, hope and a second chance to love is now ready for sale on Amazon, e-book only, the print version is in review and will be available by Monday. I just love this tagline, “He snapped her heart in two. Can Katie trust enough to love again?” Definitely, need to read that. Of course, I just listen as I can’t read… yet. I’m pretty smart so you never know.

Susan just told me to say that there will be updates on the Susan’s Readers Group News so click to sign up.


Writing Updates: This has been a productive writing week despite the tornado chaos. The Christmas edition of The Narrowboat Romance Series, Christmas at Lavender Cottage story is shaping up nicely with a new character, Olivia Moreland whose entrance in a mink coat, crocodile heels and a mean stuck- up nose, is set to disrupt Christmas.

Books I’m Reading: Fiction: I have about 100 pages left on Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea Ms. Kearsley is a master at time-slip, which is difficult to write, flipping from 1709 to the present day is an art. Blending the characters and events at different times without confusing the reader is something few writers can do well.

 

Nonfiction: Research currently on hold

Writing Courses:  Launch special 40% off regular price of $98 with discount only $58

Writing Courses:  First Sentence to First Sale – Course OneGet Rid of Page Fright Registration is now open. https://just-for-writers.teachable.com   

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 



 

 

The books are available at online retailers. Click the title, make your choice

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

The Blue Pendant Book1 Anna’s Legacy Book 2 and Sarah’s Choice Book 3. E-books and print  at all online retailer

Check out the synopsis on My Books page. A great Book club read.


A gift of an e-book Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read. And the opportunity to sign up for Susan’s Reader’s Group.  

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

  Click to download your gift of a free e-book   

 

 

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