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Newsletter Dated: 4/24/2010 2:29:49 PM
Subject: Jennie Marsland, Spring 2010
News, April 2010
Hello, all! Spring has sprung, the mayflowers are blooming here in Nova Scotia. I agree with Lucy Maud Montgomery on mayflowers: ďGod might have made sweeter blossom, but never did.Ē
Work is keeping me busy. I am now teaching in the ESL department at Silver Crescent Academy in the afternoons, and in the Junior High in the mornings. I enjoy both groups, though each presents its own challenges.
On the writing front, McShannonís Heart has been submitted to Bluewood. It took me longer than I had hoped, as it required a lot of revision. Some books are simply easier to write than others, but I have a soft spot for Martin and Rochelle and hope you will, too. The book should be available by early summer.
Iím going to take a little breather before moving on to my next project, which will probably be the childrenís novel I mentioned in my last newsletter. Then Iíll likely tackle Nathan Munroeís story, which is four chapters along. As I mentioned on my blog the other day, I find myself smiling and laughing to myself when I write about Nate. Heís just that kind of character. Weird, I know. What can I say? Iím a writer.
Oh, yes, my blog. Iíve started one at http://www.jenniemarsland.blogspot.com called A Chat with Jennie Marsland. Itís a mixture of my thoughts on different aspects of the writing life, book excerpts, photos and news. I hope to have some guest authors in the near future as well. Right now Iím holding a contest, with one of my original watercolors to be awarded to a lucky commenter. Itís on 11x15 watercolor paper, ready for framing. Hereís a peek at it:
McShannonís Chance has been garnering some fine reviews, which youíll find on my website. Bluewood is taking steps toward getting the book into stores and Iím in the process of lining up some more signings, but for the time being Iím still relying on word of mouth, which means I have a small favor to ask.
The next time you visit your local library, if you think of it, go to the desk and request McShannonís Chance. Libraries often purchase books requested by patrons, and I can actually earn royalties when my book is borrowed. Itís already in libraries here in Halifax and in Ottawa. It canít hurt.
Iím a spring baby, and itís always been my favorite time of year. Hereís wishing each of you a wonderful summer. Now for this issueís recipe:
Mandarin Orange Salad
1 mandarin orange per serving
Finely diced red onion
ľ cup white vinegar
Ĺ cup sugar
Ĺ cup vegetable oil
Ĺ cup + 2 tbsp water
ĺ tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. Sprinkle nuts, oranges and onion on lettuce and top with dressing. We really like this salad as an accompaniment to pan - fried haddock or salmon.