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?

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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.

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Save Some for Me – A single mother’s memoir

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Susan A Jennings: Author teacher and founder of Just for Writers providing workshops, retreats and groups for writers and founding member of The Ottawa Story Spinners a local writers group, who have published five volumes of the Black Lake Chronicles a collection of eclectic stories and articles. Susan likes to be involved in the local writing community and is currently the Past-President of Ottawa Independent Writers. Originally from the UK Susan is a long-time resident of Ottawa. She writes and publishes, short stories and cozy mysteries. Several of her short stories are e-published and the Blue Heron Mysteries, Books 1&2, which is a collection of Hannah Wilton (amateur sleuth) mysteries are available on Kobo and Amazon as e-books. Her new historical fiction, The Blue Pendant will be available as a paperback and e-book late November or early December

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