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Newsletter Dated: 1/2/2003 5:08:59 PM
Subject: Happy New Year to you all!
Patricia’s Occasional Newsletter (distributed only by request)
from author Patricia Crossley, www.patriciacrossley.com Please stop by for a visit, read some of my extracts and reviews & pick up some free downloads. email firstname.lastname@example.org,
Did you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends? I hope so. Personally I celebrate Christmas as a religious festival, but I think one of the wonderful things about this time of the year is that everyone can enter the spirit of caring and giving, whether or not they share the faith.
Our daughter and her husband live in Toronto and are lucky enough to have both sets of parents here in Victoria. Our two boys live in Vancouver over the water. The eldest is finishing his degree at the University of British Columbia in French and our youngest is working far too many hours for a tech company in the city. We were all together for the first time in two years, since last year my husband and I were in Africa. If all goes well we’ll be back in Kenya next Christmas, and it would be too much to hope that our children will make the journey, but you never know!
Here’s what I have for you this month:
* a Canadian custom
* contest winners
* exciting news
* a postcard story
* meet some new authors
* January contest
A Canadian Custom:
I really wanted to attend a levee this year, but our daughter and son-in-law had to be taken to the airport for their return trip back East in the morning of January 1.
The New Year’s levee, where citizens rise early on January 1 to call on government representatives and pay their respects is a Canadian tradition. It dates back over 350 years to the founding days of New France. The word ‘levee’ of course has a French root from the verb ‘lever’ meaning ‘to rise.’
In the days of the opulence of French kings, the monarch’s ‘levee’ each day was attended by courtiers and members of the aristocracy.
In Canada the first levee was held by Charles de Montmagny, governor of New France as early as 1646. On New Year’s Day De Montmagny opened the doors of Chateau St Louis in Quebec City to local civilians and military officers.
The practice was later adopted by English governors and continues to this day. Now, various levels of government and military establishments across Canada throw open their doors to hold special gatherings.
Ths year, had I been able, I could have chosen amongst the levees of five local mayors in their municipalities, four regiments, including the Canadian Scottish, and the lieutenant governor in Government House.
Congratulations go to Kelly Freeman who was the winner of the Haida print in my December contest. Your package is in the mail, Kelly. I shall be offering another Haida print from the North West Coast later this year, so watch my contest space!
The winners of the handcrafted African earrings were Samantha Zucchetti and Lisa Manning. I had well over 200 entries over November and December and just wish I had more prizes to award.
There were just a couple of glitches. One person entered but gave no name or email address. Regina gave me a name but no email, so I couldn’t enter her. Regina, if you’re reading this, please enter again. I hate eliminating anyone who has taken the trouble to visit the contest page, so check your clicks!
I received two extra year end gifts in December. First, My romantic suspense “Dancing with the Devil” was awarded second place for the category in the Lories, a contest for published authors. Then a couple of days later I heard the book is a finalist in the Eppies.! I won’t know until March if it is a winner, but in the meantime I get ‘bragging rights,’ a logo to put on my publisher’s web site and a special package with a certificate. The awards ceremony is in Tamp Florida at the annual convention of EPIC.
Meet an author:
First let me introduce you to Sarah R. Gross: her book is LADY IN WAITING, a time travel romance, 2002 EPPIE finalist and winner of Reviewers' Choice Favorite Historical at Simegen.com
Neighbors believe Joanna Blake is an agoraphobic. What they don't know is that when Joanna leaves the safety of her house in Bristol, England, she goes into a time slip. Her one ambition is to live a normal life.
Dr. Will Thomas arrives in Bristol harboring terrible revenge in his heart. The Blakes swindled his family, and he intends to reclaim what rightfully belongs to his family, including the house called Little Withey Mead.
URL: Double-dragon-ebooks.com or authorsden.com/sarahrgross
My second author friend this month is Charlotte Boyett-Compo, who can be found at www.windlegends.org
Charlotte has A Chilling Love Triangle:
Not of this world but part of hers, two mighty beings will wage a desperate battle to win her hand........
Torn apart by their parents and destiny, Bronwyn McGregor and Sean Cullin face insurmountable odds to find a life together. But despite his desire to be with Bronnie, Sean learns he is a Reaper, an entity that must consume human blood to survive, and fate deals him a cruel, horrifying blow. In her misery over circumstances beyond her ability to control, Bronnie unwittingly summons a Nightwind, an ancient, shapeshifting demon, bound to her by grief and history.
In the end, who will win the heart of Bronwyn McGregor: The Reaper or the NightWind?
A Postcard story
This is part of Sharon King Booker’s book of short stories
DRESS ME IN PINK
“Now I lay me down to sleep . . .” My five-year-old daughter Ellen's prayer began and as I sat beside the bed, listening, my thoughts slid to a darker realm. My marriage was over, my job lost, and now, now . . . what?
“Please, Daddy, please say you will.”
My attention returned and I picked her up in my arms and held her warm, little body close. “Will what, Sweetheart?” I asked.
“If I should die before I wake–you know, Daddy, like my prayer says–dress me in my pink dress. You know, the one with the rosebuds that Mommy bought for me.”
I held her on my knee, careful not to let her see the tears in my eyes. “Of course I will, Honey, if that is what you want. Now finish your hot chocolate for Daddy, then go to sleep.” I kissed the top of her head, and she drained the cup. I put her back into bed and tucked the covers around her. Then I softly left the room.
The next morning, as the sun was starting to show itself, I went into my daughter's room. I searched in her closet and, finding the dress, carefully, lovingly dressed her. Then I picked her up and carried her to the other bedroom, laying her gently beside my wife. I lingered awhile, caressing their cold, lifeless bodies, trying to decide what to do. Then I decided.
I loaded my gun and pocketed some extra ammunition clips. I would go to work and . . . after tending to those who had caused me to lose my job . . . by the end of that day, my body, too, would lie beside those of my wife and daughter.
TO ERR IS HUMAN, TO PURR, FELINE; TO READ ABOUT THE OLD WOMAN'S CAT
TRY ONE OF MY WEBSITES!
What choice did I have this month for my contest but to offer something related to my book “Dancing with the Devil.” If you go to my web site, you will find that I have three promotional mouse pads to give away. Go to www.patriciacrossley.com and click on the contest link. The contest ends on January 31 2003.
Thank you for allowing me time in your busy lives once again. I’m interested in receiving your feedback on anything in this newsletter or on my website (www.patriciacrossley.com) . I’ve kept the format of the newsletter simple, so that it doesn’t cause a problem in your system. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any comments or suggestions. If you know anyone who would like to receive the newsletter, they only need to send me an email with ‘newsletter’ in the subject line. If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, let me know by email and I will remove your name from the list. Happy reading!