Never Forget – Support Our Troops

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. Last year my husband and I spent several days in Normandy. We visited the burial place of my uncle who was shot down over France a week after D-Day. We toured the battle fields and absorbed the very emotional and important history of the area. It was an experience everyone who has the opportunity should have. Sadly, wars go on. Whether or not we believe in today’s assignments, the men and women whose lives are on the line deserve our support in combat and upon return. Wear a poppy and observe a moment’s silence at 11 a.m. It’s the least we can do.

In Flanders Fields

Poppies (©greatwar.co.uk)by John McCrae, May 1915

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

The Book Launch was a blast!

On Monday evening we launched The Bridge Club in style at the Gladstone Hotel. The Fabulous Quitters provided fantastic music and helped immensely to make the event a great success. I’ll get photos and possibly some video up here shortly.  Thanks to everyone who came and made the party one to remember. Nicole, your cake was unbelievable and I’ve been receiving phone calls  ever since with everyone saying it was the best cake they ever tasted! As I warned you, I ate it for breakfast yesterday, and also for lunch, and – oh yeah – dinner too. I told you I shouldn’t take any home!!!!

I have so much to talk about and so little time. I’m having another interview on Liquid Lunch tomorrow at 1 p.m. so catch it if you can. Thank you to the readers who are sending me e-mails about how they enjoyed The Bridge Club, related to the characters, and are sharing wonderful stories about their own friends. Keep them coming!

This week is flying by in a blur as we get ready to hit the road and drive to Florida on Sunday a.m. bright and early. We should be at our house in Deerfield Beach by Monday evening.

And now! My fabulous intro at the launch:
http://www.facebook.com/v/10150307201805344

And my thanks to everyone for coming along:
http://www.facebook.com/v/10150307211130344

And a reading to whet your appetite for the book!
http://www.facebook.com/v/10150307218755344

Buzz about The Bridge Club

Click here to see a write-up on my book, The Bridge Club, by a local blogger who is enjoying her read!

I hope to see lots of you out on Monday night at my big launch at The Gladstone Hotel at 6 PM!

Liquid Lunch: The Interview

And here it is, my interview from ThatChannel.com

 

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hY86goqJQQA%2Em4v]

Nicholas Hoare Books – thank you!

I feel incredibly fortunate to have my book carried in the Nicholas Hoare bookstore, 45 Front Street, Toronto, as of today. It’s such a beautiful store and you recognize the British connection as soon as you enter. Warm wood floors, a high ceiling and light-filled space with enormous bookshelves accessed by ladders, invite you to browse their amazing selection of literature.  The staff are knowledgeable and welcoming. Thank you to Maxeen!

If you are in downtown Toronto, do drop in!

… and remember, in the west end Kingsway neighbourhood visit

The Book Mark and in Burlington, A Different Drummer Books.

All extremely special stores with the very best of personal service.

Liquid Lunch interview

Well I certainly had fun today! At 1 p.m. I was interviewed by Hugh Reilly and a lovely young woman, Natalie (must find out her last name), on Hugh’s show Liquid Lunch. In a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, we chatted about The Bridge Club and my experience with self-publishing. Of course, the “real” bridge club did come up in conversation several times and they were impressed we were still as tight as ever.

If you haven’t seen any of their programs, check it out on www.thatchannel.com.

 

I’ll post the video as soon as I receive it.

It’s All About Friends

Here are some postings from The Bridge Club Facebook page. Once I get the dreaded link working … I’m not the only one who can’t figure it out!

For now Click Here to go there directly and then click on discussions. I’m waiting to hear from you!

A Different Drummer Books is stocking The Bridge Club!

Happy Hallowe’en! Okay, I’m still waiting for all those wonderful stories about you and your remarkable friends. I know they are out there! I’ve received some on Facebook and will try to link them here. Ha! I know, I know … I can hear you muttering something about me and my links. I promise I’m working on it …

It’s been a busy weekend. On Friday I was honoured to be asked to participate in a reading with the Peel Region branch of the Canadian Federation of Poets. My sincere thanks to Cheryl Antao-Xavier who chairs the meetings for extending the invitation.

Today, I met with Ian Elliot, the owner of A Different Drummer Books and I’m pleased to let you know that The Bridge Club is now available in that respected bookshop. It’s a joy to linger and browse the exemplary selection of books in the wonderful atmosphere there. Be sure to stop and admire the garden on the way in. It truly is a special place.

A Different Drummer Books

513 Locust Street, Burlington ON L7S 1V3 (905-639-0925)


 

BFFs stories

Alright I’m trying another link and hope it works. If not, simply go to the Globe and Mail Life section and read the 8 Cousins article. Their time together sounds just like my Bridge Club reunions (post #3 – The BC in BC) and I’m sure many of you share the same kind of bonds with a group in your life. You may be young moms, school buddies, or a group that has come together through some common denominator. You may be of a certain age with decades of friendship and memories. If you have a good story, please share it with us here.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/eight-girl-cousins-two-townhouses-and-48-hours-away/article1773689/

Happy Wednesday!

I like Wednesdays! Weekend recovery is complete and the pile of “to-do” stuff that was shifted from the previous week has been more or less (we won’t discuss that part) cleared away. Now it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming weekend!

I’m happy to report I’ve recovered from my social media meltdown … but can’t promise it won’t happen again. My gosh there’s SO much to learn and it’s all so time-consuming there’s barely time left for anything else. But I’m getting there … although the problem of the links on this site is still not resolved. I have better tech heads than mine attempting to sort it out.

I’m honoured to have been asked to do a reading at the Courtneypark Library at 6 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 29). If you are in the neighbourhood, do drop by.

Courtneypark Branch Library

Courtneypark Branch Library 730 Courtneypark Drive West
(Northeast corner of Mavis Road and Hwy 401)
Mississauga, ON
L5W 1L9
905-615-4745