Pasty Penny?

Pasty Penny, my tummy is not feeling good, Miss Penny speaking. Susan said I looked pasty. Really! Now, I am a princess so I’m milking this for all I can but how my thick black fur is pasty is a stretch. Truthfully, I never have an appetite and

Do I look pasty? Messy in need of a hair cut maybe?

I’m picky with my food. But, I am feeling ignored. Susan is busy working on the cover and the back and front matter for Heart of Sophie’s War. So, I gobbled down my breakfast and then depositing it on the floor; this always gets her attention. I thought the book was finished but I was wrong. Things like the dedication are added and because Susan wrote this during the Covid pandemic she is dedicating it to all those frontline people, past and present, who protect us. Then there’s the acknowledgements, thanking the editor and all the people who helped.  What?!  My name is not there, but I’m Susan’s assistant. Uh, we’ll see about that. I think Princess Penny sounds pretty good. Too much? Maybe I need to look very, very pasty and play the sympathy card, or do you think the hurt card would work better? I think I have Susan’s attention now. She’s working on her

Mock up #1

bio and a list of her published works. All this extra is called the front or back matter. I’m tired just thinking about it all. Susan is playing with cover designs and that cheers me up and I smell something tempting on the stove, perhaps I’ll eat today. Oops, here’s the evil eye. One last thing, which of these two mock ups appeal to you? More to come next week.

Mock up #2

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? Book 2 Heart of Sophie’s War is coming soon.


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. E-book or paperback click here

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.

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

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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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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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