Office Al Fresco!

Office Al fresco, meaning to be in the fresh air, Miss Penny Speaking. Did you know al fresco is Italian, I am a pretty smart dog, but then you already know that. Susan is raising her eyebrows, I’m not sure I want to know what she’s thinking, princess, probably. It is very hot in Ottawa, a humidex of 39c, now that is hot especially as it is only May, which means the office goes outside on the balcony, see what I mean, ‘al fresco –

It’s hot, I’m relaxing!

outside’. I like it out here, I can watch the little people down below, although it’s frustrating to see the squirrels. It’s a bit odd, that they climb trees but not this building, if they climbed up her I might be able to play with them. There is one problem with being on the balcony, Susan often goes inside and leaves me outside and, you know how I feel about being alone. She did it this morning, we were having a quiet coffee, when she went inside and forgot me. That’s perhaps not how Susan would see it. I like to play, run and twirl, which I did when she

I’ll wait, she’ll pick me up.

tried to pick me up. You see I can’t jump over the step, well I probably can but I don’t try. Anyway when I ran off doing twirls on the balcony she left me for a very long time, remember the hallway incident, well that was bad enough but the balcony is outside, all kinds of things could happen. I noticed two spider webs; what if Spiderman came to visit and swept me up and took me away. See, Susan’s story telling is rubbing off. She did rescue me and I’m okay, in case you were wondering. Oh, here it comes the evil eye. As Susan’s assistant I’d better get to work. Susan asked me to remind you that several chapters of The Blue Pendant are available to watch and listen on Youtube ( sorry, with old cover). At long last, it sure took her awhile, I can tell you the cover for Prelude to Sophie’s War is finally done. It looks pretty good. Now we are going through the agonizing process of figuring out the cover for Heart of Sophie’s War. Psst! I am not looking forward to this as Susan cannot find what she wants and she is getting very cranky. On a higher note the beta copies are going out and it looks as though the release will be the end of June. That’s all folks.

Final Cover

Prelude to Sophie’s War – 2nd edition  – London 1915 Sophie starts her nursing career, nursing bombed out mother’s and children as well as soldiers. German Zeppelin attacks are not the only thing Sophie battles at Bartley Hospital. Will her courage be enough to keep her sane and alive?

Heart of Sophie’s War –  Sophie achieves her goal of nursing soldiers in the Great War, the horrors are more than she bargained for on the Western Front.  Sorry! We’re still working on this cover.

Prequel Ruins in Silk. If you’d like to read about Sophie’s young life, a story of how she lost her privileged life and became a maid at the Sackville Hotel and as the series moves forward a nurse in the Great War. Read  Ruins in Silk while you wait Click here for .99c e-book 

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. I have recorded a few chapters on Youtube take a listen. Also just notice the recording has the old cover. Oops! Miss Penny is saying more work 🙂 and of course  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. 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 

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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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