So have you been thinking that Lizzie has been slacking off a bit lately in her posting? Well, it turns out that she had a good excuse. The rest of us however, not so much.
Anyway – here it is! Her new book! Ya-skippity-hoo just about sums it up. I haven’t read it yet myself – seeing as it’s still at the printers – but Lizzie and I talk on the phone a lot (as it turns out) while we’re mopping floors and folding laundry, and she read me snips of it as she wrote it. Lots of snips. So I can tell you very confidently that this is seriously good stuff.
This is a limited time “soft release” which means that the real thing (with blurbs on the back) comes out in January, but you can get an early copy by Christmas if you order by December 7. There are only a limited number available, so jump on this one!
My mother-in-law was a great fan of the books of O. Douglas, which was the pen name for the Scottish novelist Anna Buchan, sister of John Buchan of The Thirty-Nine Steps. Recently, while Doug and I were bookshopping in Victoria, I found six small hardback copies of her books, and I bought them just because they reminded me of Bessie.
I read a few of the books at Bessie’s request years ago when I was a young mother, and I found them to be sweet but a little too sentimental. I didn’t have the patience for them. But now as I read them from a middle-aged viewpoint, I am seeing a few things differently. First off, they remind me a bit of Jane Austen because the stories are usually set in an obscure little Scottish town, and all the action is really simply getting to know the characters by accompanying them to tea or on a trip across the Scottish countryside. These are Continue reading ‘O. Douglas’
Ahoy out there, all you people needing Mother’s Day ideas! Hot shopping tip! Here is a festive little bundle of books which Canon Press is selling for 50% off at the moment.
My husband has written a rollicking good book for aspiring writers called Wordsmithy, Hot Tips for the Writing Life. It is easy to read, fun to read, helpful, surprising, funny, and not your normal “color-in-the-lines” writing guidebook. If you don’t want to just take my word for it, you can read this review from someone who is not even related to us. Bottom line is, you will enjoy this book about books.
N.D. Wilson has a new book. While I’m quite sure you all know that all ready, perhaps you haven’t heard of the fabulous promos he’s been running. First off is a giveaway for all you Facebookers out there. Just “like” the official Ashtown Burials page here and then vote on which book trailer score is your favorite. You can vote here. Up for grabs are two audio copies of The Dragon’s Tooth and a signed set of the 100s Cupboards books. Christmas shopping at its easiest.
Second freebie is for those of you who have the book already. Simply snap a pic, tweet it with the hashtag #dragonstooth, or post it on the Ashtown Burials page on the Facebook, and you’ll receive a cool-as-can-be boxing monkey patch, the ultimate stocking stuffer and fashion accessory.
The Facebook promo ends Monday so go cast a vote!
Now’s the time to shop at Canon Press at their Fall Sale. I’ve never seen prices this low on some of my own stuff….I think I’ll stock up! Some of the audio sets are priced at $1.50! Loving the Little Years audio is, I kid you not, $1.87. My book for unmarried women and Doug’s dad’s book on Bitterness are each going for three bucks! You can also pre-order the CD set from the Femina Conference. And lots of other cool stuff. Go shop around!