Anna continues her journey in Book II Anna’s Legacy and to celebrate I’m having a party at 2 pm 415 Greenview Av Ottawa with refreshments, door prizes and special deals on books. Don’t live in Ottawa or can’t make the party e-books are 2.99 or less on both Amazon and Kobo until May 3rd. Links below. Party details here
My blog will be brief today as I toil over a hot stove making squares, and cookies, cutting cheese for the cheese tray and frying potato chips. I’m thinking I got you at frying potato chips–who does that? I lied my favourite 300 dollar store COSTCO provided the goodies. Have you ever noticed that when you walk into COSTCO you plan to spend maybe, $100 and with a blink of an eye the cashier says, $350 please? How did that happen?
Joking aside, I hope you can make the party, good food, good company and a few teasers from Anna’s Legacy and lots of books.
Well, I am back home. I expected to be on the cusp of Ottawa’s spring. I arrived in Britain in February, greeted by delicate nodding snowdrops that quietly announced the bursting colours of yellow, purple, pink and white of spring blooms. Best laid plans and all that…Ottawa is blanketed in late March snow, a Christmas card scene and not even close to the cusp of spring. So I might as well get on with writing and launching and today a teaser from Anna’s Legacy..
Book News! Free e-book – Prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ruins in Silk is available from KOBO. Book I – The Blue Pendant and Book II – Anna’s Legacy also available for purchase from Kobo. Anna’s Legacy will be featured on Kobo starting March 31st.
While sitting on the cusp of the launch, here is a teaser from Anna’s Legacy. Previous excerpts were blogged on Oct 22/16 and Feb 4 & 18th 2017
Chapter 5 – A Family Affair
Isabelle stayed out of Anna’s way. Sarah danced around the hotel, enjoying the attention from the guests and staff alike. Sarah, with her mother’s short curly red hair, and beguiling hazel eyes—a true Shirley Temple—won the hearts of most guests. Even at eight years old she had learned the art of conversation and when she should and should not intrude.
Anna had assumed that Isabelle and Sandy would want to live in their own house off the premises. There was no need for Isabelle to live in, but Isabelle had other ideas, albeit she suggested it was only temporary until Sandy got his transfer, sold the house and joined them. Anna knew that was unlikely, but played along with the charade. The hotel could not afford to fill one of the best suites during the high season, but agreed that Isabelle and Sarah would occupy a suite until the spring, or until Sandy joined them. Anna suggested converting the half of the staff quarters that they no longer needed on the fourth floor into an apartment for the family. Isabelle was appalled at such a suggestion. Continue reading On the Cusp!
Green so green with sheep and lambs an English spring. Yes, I’m still in England and yesterday was very wet and today is sunny with blue sky. The rain is a blessing, and the reason why England is so green even at the beginning of March and the daffodils are in full bloom.
February has been my best month so far for book sales. All titles and several short stories, which was prompted by the release of Anna’s Legacy Book ll of The Sackville Trilogy.
I always feel as though I am being sleazy when I ask for reviews. But the truth is that reviews have a big impact on Amazon ratings and obviously on reader’s choice. I love it when readers tell me how they enjoyed one of my books or engage in conversation about characters. Telling Amazon how you enjoyed the book is hugely helpful and I am very grateful.
The Sackville Hotel Trilogy Book 1 The Blue Pendant and Book ll Anna’s Legacyare available from Amazon click on the title or most online retailers.
As I am away and out of my usual routine I thought I would add another excerpt from Anna’s Legacy just a little teaser.
Excerpt regarding hotel life and a duke’s daughters wedding.
James arrived before eight the next morning to prepare the guest accounts. Miss Jenkins knocked on his office door.
“Mr. Lytton, the duke is asking for his bill.”
James looked with surprised. “That is good news Miss Jenkins. I am working on his account now. Please show the duke into my office and order coffee and pastries.” Miss Jenkins frowned and hesitated it was unusual for guests to settle accounts in the office. “Now please!”
“Good morning, Your Grace. Please take a seat. I am working on your account but there are some rather delicate financial matters that I thought would be better discussed in the privacy of my office.”
The duke’s face turned a bright pink. “And what matters would they be?” He fidgeted in his chair and sniffed. The tension in his face relaxed slightly as the maid entered with a tray of coffee.
James stared at the duke, sensing his deep discomfort. “Coffee sir? Perhaps you would like something a little stronger with your coffee.” The duke’s eyes widened making no attempt to hide his eagerness. “Yes, Mr. Lytton that would be pleasant. I have a trying day ahead of me.” James went to his cabinet and took out a bottle of brandy and two glasses. The duke downed the brandy in one gulp. James left this glass untouched.
“Sir, the matter I wish to discuss with you is regarding some of your guests. Miss Jenkins tells me that several guests have requested that their hotel bills be added to your account. I would like to confirm that this has your approval.” Continue reading Green so green!
Good Morning readers, for those of you who don’t know what part of the world I call home, I live in Ottawa Canada, and yes, it gets cold in the winter. Over the last 48 hours we have had our first snow fall and depending on the temperature the snow will stay with us until March. The skiers and winter sports enthusiasts are pretty excited. I don’t mind winter most of the time, walking through the park is like walking through a Christmas card and I have no excuse not to hunker down and get writing or prepare for book launches, which is what I’m talking about today. Over the next little while you will see changes to my blog, website, twitter feed, reader’s group and Facebook page as I prepare for the launch of Anna’s Legacy.
I did my first podcast last week, a great experience thanks to my hostAlexandra Armor it will be broadcast Dec 5, 2016 on Faster Fiction Podcast .Check it out if you’re a writer you’ll find some great information if you are a reader you’ll get a peek into a writer’s life.
Anna’s Legacy – Book II of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy has just gone off for formatting and cover design, which means – drum roll please… the launch will be January 2017 only two months from now. I am excited to share the continuation of Anna’s story as she and Bill begin their married life in 1948 and show us that love stories are not just for the young. They begin life together as owners of The New Sackville Hotel with plans to build a legacy for Anna’s daughter and granddaughter.
A sneak preview of the back cover synopsis of Anna’s Legacy…..
Secrets and hidden agendas lurk below the surface of Anna and Bill’s success as hoteliers in post WW II Britain. Bill’s culinary talent feeds society’s elite while Anna nourishes their appetite for pampered luxury. A gender bias bank manager, a royal wedding and a communist gang almost bankrupt them. Daughter Isabelle joins Anna with innovative programs for the hotel guests but her hidden flirtatious agenda complicates a fragile mother-daughter relationship and hovers on the edge of destroying Isabelle’s marriage.
Mr. Smyth, an experienced and skilled maître d’ who charms the guests but challenges, even frightens Anna, has the darkest secret of all; a secret that is murderous, seeped with hatred and revenge and will rip open Anna’s heart, possibly destroying everything she holds dear.
Stay posted for excerpts from Anna’s Legacy during the next couple of months.
If you need to catch up and read the prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy – Ruins in Silk or Book I The Blue Pendant both are avilable at online retailers and some stores.