A unique purchase while on the Island

Another highlight was purchasing a new pen. Not just any pen however, but a fountain pen. While I was planning our trip to Victoria, I had in the back of my mind that it would be cool to buy a new fountain pen as a remembrance of the trip. I googled and found Pens Canada, an internet business that custom make fountain pens. They are located outside Nanaimo, B.C. We communicated by email and I was invited to come to their home to pick out a pen.

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My daughter and I travelled to Nanoose Bay where we were warmly welcomed by Mike, Claire and their family. Mike explained how he makes the pens and why he decided to craft these beauties to sell on the internet. Mike gave me information on how to look after my new pen, and a certificate of authenticity. Each pen is unique. Mike also does custom orders. How cool is that? If you’re looking for a great, smooth writing pen, check out Mike’s website: www.penscanada.com. After looking over the beautiful collection of custom made pens I finally made my choice. Can you guess which one I picked? It was a pleasure meeting Mike and Claire, and when I need a new pen I will definitely be shopping with them again.

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The books have arrived!

That’s right, you read right! The books have arrived, just in time! One week left until the Book Launch! It’s been an wonderful journey and I can’t wait to show the world my finished accomplishment.  I have to say I am nervous and fearful, excited and fired up all at the same time.  Since I have never hosted a book launch before, I am flying by the seat of my pants. However I have planned a wonderful evening, an evening with special details, details that pertain to the book. Who knows, maybe even Jacob will make an appearance 🙂

I Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Invitations, Decorations and Book Launch Anticipation

Getting ready for a Book Launch is very exciting. Not to mention a lot of work! The invitations go out, the speech is wrote, the food is planned, there are decorations to consider, props or no props? balloons no balloons? and what kind of refreshments?  it’s not like you plan a Book Launch every year, but it does bring more creativity out in me.  Celebrating the first novel I ever wrote only happens once in a life time.

I found this table at a garage sale. I loved it at first sight! Although it needed a fair bit of work (thanks to my father in law) it was a beautiful table. I usually don’t paint wood but this piece seemed to need more help than a new brush of varnish. I decided to chalk paint it and “antique” it.  I stencilled the top with a small sign and writing on top. The legs on it have cast iron feet, which needed a little help as well, so with a little grinding and sanding (help from my father in law again lol) they look like new! I knew this little table would be perfect for promoting my new novel. You will be able to see this table and other props at the Book Launch, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.  Everyone is welcome!

If you would still like to pre-order for a signed copy of my novel, fill out the form below.

Book Launch Party Coming Soon!

I know, I know, I know. It feels like forever since I announced to the world that I wrote a novel and that it is being published. Believe me, it feels like a life time ago! We here at The Ponderosa, are having fun preparing for the big event. Writing lists, designing invitations, planning the snack and beverage menu, the list goes on and on.   It’s a once in a lifetime celebration and we want to get it right.  Stay tuned for the date of my book launch party, coming soon!C360_2015-11-14-16-20-39-771It’s not too late to pre-order! fill out the form below for your signed copy.

 

A sneak peak!!!

Here is one of the moments we all have been waiting for!!! Calm down, don’t get too excited, it’s not my finished novel!!! But it’s close! Here is the finished cover! I am so excited to share with you what my novel will look like!

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Inspiration…..

This is where it all began. This place, this solitude, this nature’s walk. Life as this road knew it, hasn’t been the same in sixty years. But it is the history of this countryside that Jacob of Abbington Pickets was inspired. With the breathtaking prairie scenery, it’s no wonder folks wanted to live on this land. Green grass filled the pastures, while wheat stretched across a golden field. White barked, poplar trees and beautiful wild flowers, all paint a colourful palette. You can’t compete with a prairie sunset on a nice summer evening or the northern lights on a clear starry night. Although life on the prairies wasn’t always easy, it was their life, their livelihood, their duration. If I could go back in time, this would be the place I would go, this is the place I would love to be. This would be the place I would want to call my dwelling.DSCF2112

 

Jacob’s Table

Jacob's Table 1I own a quilt shop and design my own patterns,  so of course I couldn’t give up the opportunity to  design a quilt pattern for my newest word creation! I have named the pattern “Jacob’s Table.” Now I can not tell you anymore and ruin the adventure of you reading the book, so for now this is all you can know. I had the privilege of showing Jacobs Table for the first time in Carlyle Saskatchewan, my hometown at their annual quilt show during Homespun this past weekend. I was truly honoured and excited that it won “Viewers Choice”! What a great kick off to my novel!

Coming soon Jacob’s Table’ quilt pattern. If you would like to order this pattern please email me @ hchquiltpatterns@hotmail.com

You can also pre-order my novel by filling in the form below:

Patiently waiting…..

Hello everyone! I know you all are waiting to hear when my book will be available. I too am having trouble being “patient”.  I have been writing little tid bits about the novel to prepare for future blog posts as I wait.  My cover should be done this week, and I am so excited on how it’s turning out.  My dream of being a writer is becoming a reality!!!

For those of you who would like a signed copy, please pre-order by filling out the form below.

Thank you for hanging in there and supporting me during this wonderful journey.

Where do you find the time?

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement regarding my up coming novel!  One question friends are asking me is, “Where  did you find the time?” That’s a great question! I have been wanting to write a book since I was twelve years old, but I didn’t get real serious about until about six years ago.  Over that time, I have researched on how to write a novel, how to get it published, how to create characters, an so on and so forth.  Meanwhile I had started several novels which I didn’t continue until I started this one. Last year in January I started writing but because of the busy year I had, I had to put it on hold. This passed January, another new year had begun and I told myself this was going to be the year I would publish my novel. My hubby gave me a new lap top for Christmas and that was one of the reasons it was more achievable.

Every evening after supper, in my Grandad’s comfy chair that is draped with a quilt, I would sit with my feet up on the ottoman and type to my heart’s content.  Sometimes I would stare at the screen with the TV on and not type a thing and then other times I would type so much I would lose track of the time. I just made it a priority to always sit down at the same time every day and it was very effective. The weekends I would sometimes find more time, but generally it was the evenings on weekdays. At first it was a routine that took getting used to, but by the time I finished the first draft of my manuscript I felt like, “What shall I do with the rest of my life?” It was a joke I told myself. But there is more to writing a book than you think, which I am finding out. I am enjoying the journey and hope you will follow me as I take this giant leap forward.chair