Three more sleeps until Christmas arrives!

It’s almost Christmas! It’s my most favourite holiday of the year. My sister, Rachel, and I went to Huntly to the Market Muir with Mum and Dad to pick out our tree on the 14th. We’ve done this every year for as long as I can remember.

After we got it home and untied, Dad cut some more off the bottom of the stump and stuck it in the stand by the window so that the branches would fall down into place before we decorated it the next day. Real trees are SO much better than artificial – least I think so.

christmas treeIt turned out really well and looks fab when the fairy lights are turned on and they’re the only lights on in the room.

Mum puts wreaths on all of the inside doors – guest lounge, guest dining room, ensuite bedroom, door that separates the guest area from our private one (although we often visit with folks who are staying at the B&B).

wreath 2But this year, she’s gone and put bells on the lounge door. Guess she thinks that we’ll be trying to sneak peaks at the pressies after they go under the tree. Who me? Never… 😉

christmas bellsThe house looks beautiful with the decorations and smells even better. Christmas baking aromas linger in the air – homemade mincemeat for tarts, fruitcake, and shortbread. All treats that aren’t prepared any other time of year.

Mum has a collection of scented candles that she burns, too. Cranberry, spiced-vanilla, balsam.

christmas candle And, on the mantlepiece in the lounge, her miniature village is set up and lit. It looks so pretty. All those quaint buildings, trees, and people.

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I think after the tree, I love mum’s villages the best. She used to have more buildings but Murphy knocked a couple off the mantle when he was looking for a place to sleep a few years ago. Since then, he’s not allowed in the lounge until all the decorations have been taken down and put away for another year.

Coming on 4 August – an ebook launch splash

E-book launch splash for A Shadow in the Past

4 August, 2013

I can’t wait! If I know Melanie, she’s got a great party planned for that day. And why not celebrate? Now people who prefer to read on an e-reader can enjoy her fab book, too.

ebook cover on readerBlurb:

When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

You can buy Melanie’s book at the links below (change the .co.uk in the amazon one to whatever your domain is) but not yet. She would like it if you waited until the 4th to make your purchase so that when all the sales are registered on that one day, A Shadow in the Past will soar up the charts.

So mark your calendars for that date and get your buying fingers limbered up.

Robert and I are at Famous Five Plus today with Peggy Stanton

The interview with Peggy Stanton that Robert and I did as part of Melanie’s Blog tour back on 5 October is now live on Famous Five Plus. Famous Five Plus.

I hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment. We had a lot of fun doing the interview back then and it’s just as much fun now re-living it.

HISTORICAL NOVELISTS’ BOOK FAIR – A Shadow in the Past

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Wow! I can’t believe I almost missed this. The Historical Novelists’ Book Fair ends on 15th April. I’m really glad I didn’t sign up for it because I almost missed the boat entirely. Besides, I’m only a character so I don’t think I could sign up. Oh well, at least my creator, Melanie Robertson-King, took part. You can see her entry on her blog Celtic Connexions.

Other great authors are taking part, too, so you can click on the Historical Novelists’ Book Fair badge at the top of this post and it will take you to the page where everyone has signed up. There are lots of brill books there, but I have to admit being partial to A Shadow in the Past by Melanie. Hmmm… wonder why?

 

BOOK SIGNING AND GUEST BLOGGING

This is an exciting day for my creator, Melanie. In about an hour, she’ll be guest blogging at Savvy Authors talking about research. It should be good. When it comes to researching for her book(s), Melanie is fab. I’m not sure I would be so diligent.

Then this afternoon at 1:00 pm, she’ll be signing copies of A Shadow in the Past at her local independent book shop – Leeds County Books, 73 King Street West, Brockville, ON.

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingHere’s what folks are saying about Melanie’s debut novel…

I loved this Scottish time-slip novel. A great story expertly told.

Ms. Robertson-King has a gift for capturing dialogue that is familiar to today’s audience while remaining true to historical details that enrich her stories.

Great book and a very pro-active publisher!

A Shadow in the Past is a period drama/time travel combined with romance. The author’s research into life in Victorian Scotland, alongside her study of the horrors of being incarcerated in an asylum, is exceptional. The book is a must-read for me.

A Shadow of the Past brought a unique new voice to time travel.

A Shadow in the Past is an amazing story and the way author has described it, it’s really fantastic. When you read the book, you feel as if all this is happening right in front of you!

Fabulous book! A lovely adventure full of surprises!

Awesome book can’t wait for the sequel.

Awesome Book!

Fantastic book set in my home country. Well written and easy to follow and read.

And what a great story developed.

A charming time-slip love story with vivid description and authenticity throughout!

A great first novel and I will look forward to reading more books by Melanie Robertson-King in the future.

Doesn’t this make you just want to read it? And sequel? Wow! Even better. I have inside information on book 2 in the series but have been sworn to secrecy.

If you live close to Brockville, the sun is shining (yesterday’s horrendous snowstorm has passed), why not head down to the high street and get a copy of A Shadow in the Past.

And if you can’t get to Brockville, you can buy it from…

4RV Publishing: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/robertson-king.php

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346607916&sr=1-1

ChaptersIndigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/A-Shadow-In-The-Past-Melanie-Robertson-king/9780983801887-item.html?ikwid=a+shadow+in+the+past&ikwsec=Home

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344434406&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shadow-in-the-past-melanie-robertson-king/1112348992?ean=9780983801887

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344434484&sr=1-1

I can tell you the title of book 2 but that’s it. You’ll have to let your imagination conjure up what’s going to happen. Are you ready? Book 2 is going to be… drum roll, please… Shadows from her Past! Isn’t that a fab title?

I’ve just received The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Wow! I’ve just received my first ever blogging award! I’m so excited. I’m happy dancing as I write this post. This brilliant award was given to me by my creator Melanie Robertson-King.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So I have to tell you seven random facts about me. Hmm… that could be hard because, after all, I don’t want to give anything away. But here goes.

  1. I’m the main character in Melanie’s novel, A Shadow in the Past.
  2. I have a sister, Rachel, who’s four years younger than me.
  3. My family owns an arable farm outside the village of Kendonald in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and my mum runs a B&B from there.
  4. There’s a stone circle on the farm where I spend a lot of time.
  5. Somehow I ended up back in the year 1886.
  6. I have a ginger and white cat called Murphy
  7. I fell in love with Robert Robertson, the Laird of Weetshill.

What ya think? Enough random facts without giving too much away?

Now for the toughest part. Choosing seven blogs to pass the award on to. Coming up with those seven things without including spoilers was hard enough.

Hmm…

  1. YA author, Suzy Turner
  2. Peggy Stanton (she interviewed Robert and me during Melanie’s blog tour last year)
  3. Saze Monnivan (Gina Dickerson’s character in Lies Love Tells)
  4. Patricia Capitain (friend of Melanie and “Godmother” to her novel)
  5. Nikki Bywater’s Books 4U
  6. YA author, Stephanie Keyes
  7. YA and 4RV Publishing author, Beverly Stowe McClure

Three more sleeps until Christmas arrives!

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It’s almost Christmas! It’s my most favourite holiday of the year. My sister, Rachel, and I went to Huntly to the Market Muir with Mum and Dad to pick out our tree last Saturday and this morning, we decorated it.

christmas treeMum puts wreaths on all of the inside doors – guest lounge, guest dining room, ensuite bedroom, door that separates the guest area from our private one (although we often visit with folks who are staying at the B&B).

wreath 2The house looks beautiful with the decorations and smells even better. Christmas baking aromas linger in the air – homemade mincemeat for tarts, fruitcake, and shortbread. All treats that aren’t prepared any other time of year.

Mum has a collection of scented candles that she burns, too. Cranberry, spiced-vanilla, balsam.

christmas candle And, on the mantlepiece in the lounge, her miniature village is set up and lit. It looks so pretty. All those quaint buildings, trees, and people.

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Granny and Grandpa Shand and Granny and Grandpa Duncan come to ours Christmas Eve for a meal. Mum always makes Beef Olive (from scratch) and Roast Potatoes. We eat in the guest dining room and have a lovely candle centre-piece on the table.

christmas centrepieceAfter supper, we go over to the guest lounge where we have tea and coffee along with mum’s homemade shortbread and like always, we get to open one present from Granny and Grandpa Shand – our Christmas pyjamas.

All these traditions. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I get married and move out. Will I have to come home every year at Christmas and stay just so I can continue these traditions or do I start my own?

What are your Christmas traditions? Which ones do you absolutely have to uphold every year?