Category Archives: Interesting Bits From Susan

Raining Cats and Dog!

Really! Cats and Dogs, Miss Penny speaking, cats hate water and avoid getting wet. I’m a dog—sort of—I certainly don’t fall from the sky, I might hurt someone or worse, me. Ha, Susan is on that Google thing and the Everyday Mysteries website says it may come from the Greeks ‘cata doxa’ which means ‘contrary to experience or disbelief’ or ‘it’s raining unusually hard.’ So, why don’t they just say that instead of involving perfectly good dogs. The human rational, baffles me. Hey, what do I know, I’m a dog—sort of. Anyway, no dog or cat (the cat would be a problem, I haven’t found a friendly cat yet) fell on me today but I got wet. Susan wrapped me in a towel and cuddled me dry, I love that. Oops! I almost forgot. Susan says please subscribe to Susan’s Writer Group News. She promises no spam, I can vouch for that, just updates and interesting book trivia. Having an email list of fans is perhaps the most important thing an author can have as it allows the author to announce new books, events and you don’t miss out on anything new. Well, that’s me for this rainy day.


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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  

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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 

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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.

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Miss Penny Speaking!

That’s me! I’m guessing Susan couldn’t think of a good title today. She has been busy this last week. We have been searching for the right image for the cover of the 2nd edition of Save

Some For Me – A Memoir. (In case your wondering, she decided not to change the title) I felt like a bobblehead doll, as I watched Susan scrolled through thousands of photo images, they all looked good to me but the one she picked is truly amazing. (Here have a quick look.) Then it took days to get the right blurb for the cover, in case you’re not sure what a blurb is, it’s the description on the back cover and then there are reviews and a bio to add. Psst! I got a little tired of listening as they all sounded the same, just a word changed here and there. The changes made a difference to Susan I could tell be her smile. I got bored and buried my bone. I didn’t do a good job I just couldn’t get the blanket to cover it. I gave up and ate it. Quite tasty those milk bones, you should try one sometime?

Susan’s a bit nervous, she’s speaking at the Winchester Memorial Hospital Fund raiser on September 15. As if it isn’t enough to listen to the blurb, I now have to listen to a very long passage from The Blue Pendant, she’s reading at the fundraiser. I’ll be able to recite it with her. Actually, I was invited but I piddle when I get excited, most of the time I’m good and don’t have accidents but when I’m scared or excited, I can’t help myself. Anyway, Susan said I can’t go until I learn not to piddle.

A whole load of books arrived yesterday ready for Winchester and the Ottawa Book Expo in October. It sure will be an interesting fall.


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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

 

 


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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

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Abandoned!

I am shocked and traumatized!  Susan went away and left me… me… the princess! Miss Penny Speaking, I’m a bright dog, so I kinda got the idea something was going on. First I noticed, a tote being packed with a stack of notebooks and pens too many for one person. The next morning an empty suitcase case was put beside me on the bed; I was still snoozing. I opened one eye and thought What’s that doing there? Why is Susan standing at the closet door, sighing and muttering under her breath? Clothes were hauled out of the closet, inspected and either returned to the closet or thrown on me, well, the bed. But, it gets worse, my bed, blanket, toys, treats and kibble are packed in a big bag. Then I put two and two together, clothes plus suitcase plus my things meant we were going away. Oh, cool an adventure. And I was right; me, Susan and all the bags were put in the car, did I tell you I hate the car, but it’s okay today. Then, another treat we stopped at Rose and Pierre’s, but something odd happened they took my bags out of the car but Susan’s stuff did not appear in the hallway. You guessed it, Susan disappeared, the car drove off and left me behind; can you believe that? Rose gave me lots of cuddles and told me Susan was off to the Ottawa Independent Writers Retreat and Workshop in Westport and would be gone for a few days. Huh! See if I care! I lowered my head and made the best sad eyes yet and it worked more cuddles and treats and I settled in for the weekend.


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A captivating historical novel of love and loss

 


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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

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Latest edition of Susan’s Readers Group Coveted Covers

A New Friend!

I found a friend who’s smaller than me! Yeah! Miss Penny Speaking, Susan took me on a car ride, I whined most of the way and Susan gets mad with me but I don’t like the car; I get shoved on the backseat and I’m not allowed to sit on Susan’s knee. She says it’s dangerous when she’s driving; I don’t see why, but then I’m a dog. But, there was a treat at the end of the journey, I’m pretty popular at this house, we’ve been before, there are lots of people who adore me and this time I met Romeo, a very handsome guinea pig. I was thrilled and ready to play, he’s actually smaller than me and makes funny squeaky noises, but he didn’t seem too eager to play. He munches on hay, so I thought I’d try it. Well, I’m not sure what Romeo sees in the stuff it’s dry and tasteless, I’m a girl of substance and I like chunks of chicken, I’m not even keen on the kibble, but even that isn’t as bad as the hay. That’s all from me today. Susan says to tell you Episode 7 of The Blue Pendant will be available on Monday as well as a new issue of Susan’s Reader Group News. You can sign up here or Sign up below ad get a free book. Lots fo new stuff coming.

Giveaway Free book – Books I’ve Read – A Forget-get-me-not Journal.  A journal for keeping track of the books you’ve read.

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Contact Susan – susan(at)susanajennings.com

 Susan’s YouTube Channel All videos  click here  

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  

Latest edition of Susan’s Readers Group Coveted Covers

Spring in my Step!

I see I’ve been preempted again and I’m not impressed. My picture and story should come first. I’m a bit spoilt! Miss Penny Speaking. Well, at last I was outside without either boots or coat with a spring in my step; a little chilly on the paws but I can walk on grassy patches and feel the wind in my fur. My walking routine is back to normal and that is a good thing as Susan is ignoring me, other than the walks. She is busy with yet another project. She’s great at coaching people to write books. I didn’t know this, but then I’m a dog so what do I know, Susan says that many people with small businesses want to write a book to add value to their business. She discusses the business side of things all the time with me and even my doggie brain thinks this is a great idea. Not that I would have a clue how to write a nonfiction book but Susan has the expertise and is finally expanding the coaching, How to Write a Nonfiction Book for your Business – A three-month coaching program. So, I will gaze out of the window waiting for my walks, pawing at Susan’s knee to remind her I’m here. Ah! It’s a dog’s life. If you are interested contact Susan  click here.

New edition of Susan’s Reader Group News will be out on Tuesday with Episode 6 of The Blue Pendant on YouTube.


Giveaway – Books I’ve Read – A Forget-get-me-not Journal.  A journal for keeping track of the books you’ve read.

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Episode 5 of The Blue Pendant series –  Mr Pickles Makes his Move  now available on YouTube. Can you help Susan get 100 subscribers to her YouTube Chanel?


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 Susan’s YouTube Channel All videos  click here  

YouTube video serialized version of The Blue Pendant

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

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Latest edition of Susan’s Readers Group New  Belonging

A Star is Born!

A Star Is Born, Miss Penny speaking, How do you like that title? I’m told there is a good movie playing with the same title, not that I’m allowed in movie theatres but I hear stuff. As I am the star of the blog today, I thought it was a good title.

We live in Ottawa, Canada—no we don’t live in igloos—but it is cold -26c today. Keeping the temperature in mind, picture this. I weight 7 1/2 lbs and I’m 9 1/2 inches tall. I know, I’m skinny, but stars are supposed to be slim and graceful. I’m definitely star material with my soft black and silver grey coat, a very cute face with long furry ears and tail, which wags at lightning speed. Anyway I digress, I have to go out for walks, because I’m a dog (most of the time) given the above information at -26c it is very cold for me. Susan wraps a warm doggie coat around me and it feels pretty good. I’m usually carried until we get to the garden and then I can run in the snow, bury my nose, and then it strikes— freezing pain in my paws. Can you imagine having an ice-cream headache in all four feet? Oh, I forgot humans only have two feet so that doubles my pain, and of course, I’m a dog so I have no idea what an ice-cream headache feels like but I know what freezing paws feel like. It is not a pretty sight as I lift my paw from the snow, I can manage two off the ground at the same and three on occasions but as hard as I try I cannot get all four in the air without falling on my butt. Not very elegant for a star! By this time I am shivering until my teeth chatter and I have lots, did I tell you I have many more teeth than I need, the vet always comments with envy, ‘all those teeth’ and an under-bite that is unique and very cute.  The shivering brings Susan to my rescue and she wraps her arms around me and we return to the warm apartment.

Are you asking about Susan and writing? The reason I’m the star today is that she is committed to her new plan. She’s been writing Sophie all week, marketing and making videos. My instructions are to tell you that the January edition of Susan’s Readers Group News will be out Wednesday, January 15th. This will include reading and writing update, giveaways plus more. If you haven’t already subscribed click here. Susan does not spam, one or two editions a month.

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Miss Penny’s New Year!

Miss Penny speaking. I’m not sure what all this chanting Happy New Year is all about, but as much as I love the excitement, I had to hibernate for a while. I thought the Christmas thing was fun because we did a lot of visiting and I was usually the star—I just love being the centre of attention. I say usually because at Frank’s place (Susan’s son) I have to compete with a large dog, Preston who is friendly but one paw flattens me and then there are these other creatures; just about my size but they growl under their breath, very rude, and make weird hissing sounds. They are cats. I mentioned them once before and they still don’t have manners or have improved their social skills. One of them, a chubby black and white cat has quite a temper and swatted at me with her paw, she thinks she’s a princess. Of course, she has no idea that I’m the real star.

Anyway, back to the New Year thing, it is a time to reflect and plan. Susan has been at the dining room table for two days writing lists and plans in a gold-colored book. I am ignored, even jumping up and giving my cute side-to-side look made no impression. This seems important and from what I understand there are three maybe four books planned for this year. Wow, that sounds ambitious and as Susan’s assistant, I will be busy too. I think there will be one or two more romance novellas—Susan says they are fun to write and her romance fans love them. The Sophie Series is back on track. Book one will be out this spring. And, watch out for the giveaway that is coming, a free book tracking journal, later this month. For more details subscribe to Susan’s Readers Group.

Oh, hold on, Susan is giving me instructions. The featured section of Books I’m Reading with book reviews and Work in Progress will now appear in Susan’s Readers Group News if you have subscribed it will appear in your Inbox on or near the 15th of the month. Please, rest assured Susan does not spam, one or two issues per month, nothing more. This allows Susan to be more detailed especially with reviews and keep you up to date with the general, book and author news and Susan’s progress with writing. Your comments regarding the change are not only welcome but encouraged. Your feedback is important and will influence Susan’s writing choices.

This is Miss Penny signing off and wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

New & Coming in 2019:

Serialization of The Narrowboat Romance Series on YouTube, listen or watch at your leisure, new episode on or near the first of the month. If you subscribe to Susan’s YouTube channel, you’ll receive automated notification of new episodes.

Susan’s Reader Group News upgraded with monthly useful interesting articles.

Giveaways:

A downloadable Book Tracking Journal to keep track of books you’ve read.

A free copy of Ruins in Silk the prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy and the new Sophie Series. Ruins in Silk is unique in that it links the two series together. It tells the story of a young Sophie, how and why she joined the staff at The Sackville Hotel and the Sophie Series continues Sophie life after she leaves the hotel to become a nurse.

Books: I have two copies left of Christmas at Lavender Cottage in stock and a good supply of When Love Ends Romance Begins Contact me 

For a complete list of Books and where to buy them go to My Books

The Evil Eye!

Miss Penny

Yes, I am giving you the evil eye. Miss Penny speaking. I am being ignored and I want to play. Susan is busy with Christmas stuff; there are boxes and bags, curly ribbon and crinkly paper all over the dining room. Baking smells from the kitchen are tempting as another pan of shortbread comes out of the oven and gets packed into gift boxes. The phone keeps announcing visitors that is exciting, I love visitors, but they don’t stay long. They pick up a book or gift box, say hello and leave again. Susan’s latest Christmas at Lavender Cottage is going fast, I’m guessing that’s because it’s Christmas, who doesn’t like a warm, cozy romance, hot chocolate and an opportunity to make shortbread (Susan’s recipe is in the back of the book) Of course, I’m a dog so I know little about any of that, except it occupies Susan’s time, which means less cuddling and playtime for me. And, because of the cold and even some freezing rain my walks have been cut short. As you can see, I’m suffering here. Perhaps you could do me a favour and put a word in Susan’s ear, the evil eye didn’t work. Over to the boss.

My Work in Progress:

Not much writing going on these days, but did you know that most authors plan books in their head long before they start writing. It is subconscious; I don’t even realize I’m planning a story in my head until the words flow on the page and I wonder where it’s coming from. Right now, I’m thinking about, Sophie at nursing school and Zeppelins over war-torn London and it won’t be long before the words are flowing again. 

Book News: 

What next! Did you know there is an award for… wait for it… Bad Sex in Fiction Award – Interestingly, these scenes are the worst sex scenes in non-pornographic, non-erotica fiction. The award winning scene is selected for a long-list, short-list and some lucky or unlucky author gets the award.

Books I’m Reading: Fiction: 

I finished Kate Morton’s latest The Clockmakers Daughter I am giving it four stars; the book is amazing and I highly recommend it but the story is complicated. My next read is Maeve Binchy, Chestnut Street, a light read about ordinary people, characters who live on or have connections to Chestnut Street. The late Ms. Binchy had a knack of drawing you into the house place and feeling that the characters are your neighbour, friend or even the odd enemy. Her husband Gordon Snell put together this collection of Ms. Binchy’s stories. something she had talked about before her death.

Special offers!

Christmas at Lavender Cottage – A warm feel-good holiday romance  10.00 (in stores may be more)

 Romance and Christmas spirit are on the brink of disaster. A troubled, deceitful and prickly guest arrives atLavender Cottage just days before Christmas.  A missing necklace and false accusations threaten the joyful holiday. Eager to share Christmas with the man she loves, Katie struggles with uncertainty. Will justice prevail? Can true love flourish?

Gifts for you or your favourite person.

Relax, curl up nice and cozy and enjoy this gift pack. Includes A copy of Christmas at Lavender Cottage plus a matching coffee mug full of shortbread.

Price 15.00

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Deluxe Package 

Deluxe Gift pack – Two books, When Love ends Romance Begins and Christmas at Lavender Cottage with two matching mugs one filled with shortbread and one filled with hot chocolate mix.

Price 29.99 

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Where to buy Susan’s books.

Gift packs are only available from  Susan please contact her directly.

In Ottawa Coles Billings Bridge or Susan directly

Online retailers, Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and many more stores around the world. All Susan’s books are availbe through your local libray if you can’t find them please make a request to the librarian they available to libraries through OverDrive. Check out Book Page for more details