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We are happy to have a special guest from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania spending Christmas with us.  Flat Ruthie arrived a few days ago and has settled into our home on the west coast of Canada very well.


Today she attended a Christmas tea party and book exchange with me.  The tea party was wonderful with many home-made goodies made by my friend Kimberley and a variety of teas to choose from. I had lemon meringue Rooibos tea and munched on chocolate ginger cookies, lemon loaf and cranberry almond scones.  All sooo good. Flat Ruthie didn’t have anything to eat as she is watching her weight this Christmas.  I brought 5 books for the exchange and promised myself I would only bring 1 back home with me. But everyone brought such good books, I couldn’t resist and left with 4  I hadn’t read yet.


While I’ve been at work. Ruthie has been catching up on her reading.  She has read all three Amanda books and loved them. She can’t wait for the fourth one to be published. I think she is hoping to be featured in one of them some day.

We love having her here as she is no trouble at all and it would have been a lonely Christmas otherwise.

Flat Ruthie comes from cardboard me travels http://cardboardmetravels.com/

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my wonderful followers!!

Blue Waters Books

I was invited by Dale Jackson of Blue Waters Books to do a reading and signing of my Amanda adventure travel books at her wonderful bookstore in Madeira Park on BC’s Sunshine Coast last Saturday. I had a fabulous time and was treated very well by Dale and her staff member, Amanda. To my delight, I discovered Amanda loves to read and travel and comes from Calgary originally! How serendipitous is that?

Sunshine Coast

The weather had been cool and cloudy, but that Saturday the clouds rolled away and we were greeted with glorious sunshine. I travelled up the evening before with my good friend Jayne. We caught the ferry at Horseshoe Bay and after a pleasant 20 minute crossing, drove up the coast to Sechelt where we stayed with a mutual friend, Roberta, in her new home overlooking the ocean. A five star hotel would not have been as perfect.

Darlene at Bluewaters Books

Many people stopped in the bookstore to say Hello, listen to me read a chapter from each book and some even purchased a book or two. Among the visitors was George Connell, a local writer and actor, a young girl who had already read the Amanda books and wanted to meet me and have her copies signed, as well as many other friendly, local book lovers. The bookstore is so cozy and welcoming it was such a pleasure to spend a few hours there. Dale carries a great selection of BC books and current best sellers for all ages. One entire wall was dedicated to the presenters at the upcoming Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. http://www.writersfestival.ca I feel honoured to have my Amanda books available at this remarkable store.

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As I left, Dale said, “You brought some sunshine to the Sunshine Coast.” That made my day! There is nothing like a local independent book store to make you feel good and entice you to want to read everything on the shelves. Please support local bookstores and, if you are ever in Madeira Park, stop in and say Hi to Dale and Amanda at Blue Waters Books. http://www.bluewaters.ca You will be so glad you did.

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