Introverted Writer

Peaceful Reading and Writing!

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Arowhon Pines Resort Algonquin Park

If you have a general impression that writers are introverted you would be right 75% of the time. I would put myself close to the recluse category at times. After a very busy May with a wonderful visit from my mother, (96 years old who traveled from Britain to Canada, just an amazing lady) and the release of Ruins in Silk, I was ready to crawl under a rock.

Writer’s retreat to the rescue, I spent two days at Brian Henry’s retreat with fellow writers at the Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park. It is so beautiful I booked in for the whole week. Oh my goodness, I have found my piece of heaven. First of all, let me make it clear, I don’t camp, but I do enjoy nature; waking up in the morning and staring at a glassy lake, the mist rising pink in the sunrise, perfect, as long as it accompanied by fluffy pillows, a warm duvet and an ensuite bathroom, five-star food with silver service and kind wonderful staff to take care of you. Well, Arowhon Pines delivered all of that and more. Reading: Like most writers, I am also an avid reader and consumed two novels,  Blood on the Water by my absolute favourite author Anne Perry and Canadian novel The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka.

How much writing did I accomplish? Tons and tons! Without the internet, cell phone or even a landline, I wrote and wrote inspiration just poured out and The New Sackville Hotel , the sequel to The Blue Pendant, is finished, much work left to do but I expect it to be on book shelves by October.

Good Morning, Mr Heron!

Good Morning, Mr Heron!

Nature! While I was writing I saw muskrats, beavers, mama loon on her nest and others calling and swimming on the lake. I love loons, perhaps my favourite water bird. Several moose including a cow with a calf and one morning I opened my eyes to see a blue heron walking stealthily right in front of my window. Next year, yes I booked for next year, I am going to take a canoe out and battle the black flies on the trails. And work on book four, I just couldn’t fit everything into the sequel.


New easy to remember one click Amazon link for

My author page:  viewAuthor.at/SusanAJennings

Ruins in Silk: getbook.at/ruinsinsilk

The Blue Pendant:  getbook.at/thebluependant

Launch of the prequel Ruins in Silk

Ruins in Silk the long-awaited prequel to The Blue Pendant.  getbook.at/ruinsinsilk

It is 1906. Sophie Romano is 12 years old, standing with her parents waiting for the train that would take them on the first leg of a journey from Lucca, Italy to Derby, England. Her excitement belies the many tragedies that are about to affect her young life.

Cover_FrontThe Romano brothers—her father, Alberto and uncle, Roberto—are experts in sericulture, the cultivation of silk. Alberto, a driven businessman, is bent on making Romano Silk a household name in Edwardian Britain; Roberto’s passion is nurturing the silk worms on the Italian family farm.

The first, of many, tragedy that face Sophie upon her arrival in Britain, is the sudden death of her mother resulting in a close bond with her father as he grooms her to be his successor in the silk mill.

British societies are scrambling to wear Romano silk, including King Edward VII, which is elevating the business to great heights. But all is not well, either in Italy or Britain. Disloyal foreman Sid Forester is inciting rebellion and threatening both Alberto and Sophie. The devious Monsieur Dubois, a competitor, is seeking the Romano secrets and an unexpected connection contrives to ruin the mill. Roberto’s weaknesses, mismanagement and gangster connections bring Sophie and Alberto back to Lucca. Just 16 and in love, Sophie is teetering on the brink of an enormous tragedy that she may not survive.

Ruins in Silk, coming soon!

The Prequel to The Blue Pendant. I have a treat coming in late February. A neat little novella called Ruins in Silk. If you haven’t read The Blue Pendant, don’t worry,  Ruins in Silk is a stand-alone story. If you have read The Blue Pendant it will take you behind the scenes.

Lombes Silk Mill Derby England. Now a heritage building. As it looks today. Until recently it was a museum but is currently closed. The fictitious Romano Silk Mill was based on this mill.

Lombes Silk Mill Derby England. Now a heritage building as it looks today. Until recently the mill was a museum but is currently closed. The fictitious Romano Silk Mill was based on this mill that sits on the banks of the River Derwent.

Do you remember Anna’s friend Sophie Romano?

Sophie is the main character in Ruins in Silk. The story begins in Lucca Italy in 1906 on the Romano family’s silk farm, where Sophie was born and grew up. Her family moved to Derby England to make fine silk at the Derby silk mill. The farm and later the silk mill prosper, making silk for royalty including King Edward V11, until tragedy strikes. A story of loss, heartbreak and courage, and how Sophie starts a new life as a maid at The Sackville Hotel and ultimately meets Anna Neale, the main character from The Blue Pendant.

More details on how to purchase The Blue Pendant or Susan’s stories.

What people are saying…….

The Blue Pendant

The Blue Pendant

Angela said,  “Better than Downton Abbey! From the moment I opened The Blue Pendent I knew I was in for a ride……”

Sally said, “A brilliant read.……. I was totally engaged…..”

Audrey said, “….I’m so happy I didn’t miss the Blue Pendant. It’s an absolute winner. 

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A short story for New Years Eve!

Gillian'sGhostlyDilemma72dpi copyGet it now on Kobo – FREE DOWNLOAD FINISHES TODAY DECEMBER 31st 

Gillian’s Ghostly Dilemma – A gripping short story.

Killed in a car accident that was no accident, Gillian hovers between this world and the next. She knows who murdered her. Can her broken-hearted husband and son catch the killer before it’s too late?

On other devices, click here Free download until December 31, 2015

 

Excerpt from The Blue Pendant

The Blue Pendant

The Blue Pendant

THE BLUE PENDANT – A historical novel and love story that spans an ocean from Britain to Canada.

Here’s a sneak preview of the cover. The official launch will take place in Ottawa during the first week of December. Details to follow.
The Blue Pendant will be available in print and e-book format from all book retailers worldwide at the beginning of December. If you would like to pre-order please go to Susan’s contact page


READ AN EXCERPT TODAY!

 

The Blue Pendant – Excerpt from Chapter One:  Anna has arrived at the staff entrance of The Sackville Hotel, Carter is taking her to meet her peers, the hotel staff………..

…………..Carter’s change in tone, kind but firm, perplexed her. She was proud of her Uncle Bertie’s association with Mr. Pickles, and her position was superior. She mused, was that bragging? She had the feeling Carter was giving her a warning.
Entering through the back door, Carter led her through a warren of passageways; Anna felt akin to Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The hot, damp, smell of wet linen mixed with soap and carbolic, filled the hallway, followed by an unexpected hint of lavender and rose-water wafting from an open door. Steam swirled around a young maid as she ironed. Anna gave a shudder—a memory better forgotten. The quietness and lack of people felt odd. As if Carter had anticipated her query, he said, “It’s tea time. They’s in the staff dining hall.”
The laundry smell faded and the pleasant aromas of roasting meat, onions and some kind of baking filled Anna’s nostrils, making her aware that she hadn’t eaten since an early breakfast. Approaching a door opposite the kitchen she heard a man’s harsh voice, she felt herself recoil Continue reading

Blue Heron Mystery Books 1 & 2

fireworksNovember 5th is Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. He’s the guy who was part of the Gunpowder Plot intending to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in 1605. He was arrested under the House of Lords guarding a considerable amount of explosives. Grateful that the life of their monarch, James 1st, had been saved, the people of London celebrated by lighting bonfires all over London and the tradition continues even to this today, and ironically fireworks are a big part of the celebration.


 

BlueHeron MysteriesBK2 -300I don’t plan to blow anything up, but I do feel like celebrating and with a bang. Launched today  Blue Heron Mysteries Book 2, on Kobo (sorry not on Kindle yet) $2.99

Jealousy among artists leads to a gruesome murder, spiteful rumours and vengeful families lead to lost friendship, and tragedy. Husband Tom tolerates Hannah’s inquisitive and suspicious mind as she is challenged to solve each crime. But local Detective Brindle is not so forgiving.

New Release Download.

Blue Heron Mysteries by Susan Jennings


My celebratory offering is a free download of

Blue Heron Mysteries Book 1

A gruesome murder, a little girl kidnapped, puzzling thefts and illicit drugs are all crimes that sweet, curly grey haired Hannah’s inquisitive and suspicious mind is challenged to solve in Blue Heron Mysteries Book 1

Get your complimentary e-book


Next week: Fingers crossed, a launch date for The Blue Pendant.  More character interviews and interesting historical facts coming.


Susan’s Readers Group News has moved to a new upgraded service, you may notice some differences. We are now able to offer giveaways and free books. If you would like to be part of this group please sign up. We are now back on track with a monthly chit-chat featuring historical trivia, book reviews, (historical, modern and local authors), interviews, book and author news and a brief summary of the previous months author and writer’s blogs. Next issue November 7th


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Exciting News from Ottawa

Life is getting pretty exciting here in Ottawa. The cover for my novel The Blue Pendant will be ready next week, which means I will be able to announce an official launch date.

Blue Heron Mysteries Book 2, is scheduled for release Monday, October 26th as an e-book on Kobo. A celebratory offer of a free e-copy of  Blue Heron Mysteries Book 1 will be available Monday. 
Blue Heron Mysteries by Susan JenningsHannah Wilton is sleuthing again and getting herself and her friend Maggie into lots of dangerous scrapes. Book 2 includes four stories and today I will share an excerpt from my favorite story, Murder in the Painting, I wrote this story at my friend Anne’s cottage on the shores of Black Lake. We were enjoying a writing retreat in November last year. The first night we sat by a warm wood stove, listening to the wind howl as it stripped the trees naked. The following morning the wind was calm and the morning sun cast an unusual light on the pond situated behind Anne’s cottage. It seemed to defy the November greyness and inspired me to write this story.
Excerpt from Murder in the Painting by Susan A. Jennings
“What did it mean? The reference ‘the corpse in the pond,’ frightened Hannah. She knew it BlueHeron MysteriesBK2 -300was time to call the police, but she wanted to wait. She didn’t want Maggie to find the ruined painting without a friend at her side—she felt sick just thinking of breaking the news. Hannah wished Tom was at her side.
Turning on the light she realized the time, four-thirty. Maggie was late. She liked to leave Ottawa before the commuter traffic and before dark. By five o’clock Hannah was worried and called one of the art group ladies and was shocked to discover that Maggie had never arrived in Ottawa.
Hannah dialed the Perth Police Station. Her call was passed through to a crusty old sergeant on desk duty, who informed her that the police could do nothing for seventy-two hours. Interrupted by several burps and excuse-mes, Hannah continued to explain the circumstances but to no avail. She had the distinct impression he was chewing Tums and nursing indigestion. He said to call back tomorrow and if Maggie was still missing they would look into it.
Re-reading the note Hannah shuddered. There was no doubt in her mind that if she didn’t find Maggie, it would be Maggie’s corpse in the pond. She forced herself back to the beginning—she had to solve the riddle. If the police didn’t want to help she would do it herself……………………..”

“I think Hannah is headed for another run in with Detective Brindle.”


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I did it! Switched my blog and website.

Taking a break to get my sanity...and hair back!

Taking a break to get my sanity…and hair back!

Just a quick note to everyone to say my blog and website are up and running again. After much tearing out of hair and many calls to Bluehost’s, very helpful support team, I made it.

There is one problem for which I apologise, I’m afraid only 17 of my 200 subscribers were transferred to the new site, which means many of you will not receive the email notification. Please re-submit your email address in the sidebar to your right. Thanks.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience. I will be writing a blog at the end of this week with an exciting update and launch date for The Blue Pendant. 

Next stage is moving the  Reader’s Group News.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

A time to be thankful for what we have and share some of our wealth, whether it is kindness, knowledge, friendship, food, prayers or money; we all have a little extra to share.

OldDesignShop_ThanksgivingTurkeyPiePCMy blog is brief today as I am just about to upgrade my website and Susan’s Reader Group News. In case, I make a complete mess of it I thought I’d warn you the site might be down for a short time. I have spent many hours on webinars learning the process. My confidence with ‘tech’ stuff is considerably better than it used to be and I am told that the process of moving my content and subscribers is quite simple. Umm…I’ve heard that one before but I’m going to give it a go. The domain names remain the same, either  susanjennings.ca or susanajennings.com will reach my blog and website.

Dear Readers with a leap of faith and positive thinking, I hope to be up and running again by Monday if not before (that’s the leap of faith part). Next week I will be announcing the launch of Blue Heron Mysteries Book 2 and a very exciting update on the almost published The Blue Pendant and as a reward for your patience, I will publish a whole excerpt featuring Anna next week.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM MY HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE! 


Are you interested in historical fiction and love the Victorian and Edwardian era? Why not join Susan’s Readers Group News? A monthly chit-chat featuring historical trivia, book reviews, (historical, modern and local authors), interviews, book and author news and a brief summary of the previous months author and writer’s blogs. There will be a new sign up button after the upgrade. I will post it next week.
If you would like to follow Anna and The Blue Pendant or the Blue Heron Mysteries. Click the FOLLOW BUTTON TO THE UPPER RIGHT OF THIS PAGE and add your email address. Once a week the blog will be sent to your inbox.


Please feel free to share this blog with friends, or on social media but please remember the written content belongs to me. Copyright © Susan A. Jennings
Disclaimer: Please be aware that some the information in this blog, although factual in some incidences they have been fictionalized for the purpose of the story.