Friday, 22 June 2012

Lakes, Mountains, Rivers and Valleys.

Looking at the title of this post you may ask if I am talking about the  beautiful North Wales where I live. I have said before many times that you have to go a long way to beat the diverse and ever-changing beauty of North Wales which does have it all: mountains,valleys, rivers, and lakes.
Our escorted tour  to the lakes and mountains of Northern Italy last week was certainly a match and far exceeded any expectations which we had harboured.
Villa on Lake Como.
All in all we counted ten lakes: Orta, Como, Maggiore, Iseo, Garda, Nambia, Sanzeno, Molveno, Lugano, and Toblino. Some of these you will have heard of such as Lago di Como where our drive around the lakeside was unexpectedly changed (if we wanted to) to a boat ride around the lakeside. Oh! The Villas! So old and full of charm. An exhilarating ride, even if I did get a bit wet with the spray washing over the back of the boat where I was sitting outside.What is a bit of wet?
Stresa on Lake Maggiore brought another boat ride to circle the very small  Borromean Islands in the lake .
Lake Garda
The gorges in the mountains were so deep and dramatic. Lake Garda was enchanting and hot with a visit to three towns. The tunnels cut into the rock now have a few lights. Only a few but better than when we rode around the lake on the Gold Wing motorbike in 2003 when it was pitch black apart from the cut-outs in the rock. And we saw a wedding. A bride and groom along with all the guests hopped on to a boat and zoomed off to the south of the lake. It is one way to get your guests to your wedding reception!

There will be more on this in The Long Leg of Italy currently under development. The story. not the leg!
Rosalie xx

Monday, 4 June 2012

Nice things happening in Rosie's Garden with the power of social media

A few pieces of good news have arrived this last week.

1) If you are a bookshop in Wales or like to support Welsh authors and publishers, I am now listed on the Welsh Book Councils online bookshop GWales
Photograph by BigForestPhotography 

2) The showcase on-line author interview went live on Saturday on the Sylvia Ramsey Thoughtful Reflections Blog  with mentions and images of all our titles. I came across Sylvia on a Linkedin author group site. As she is in the US and I am in the UK, I was thrilled that she chose to interview me. Sylvia has a fascinating story herself and gives all the proceeds of her books to the American Bladder Cancer Association. If you would like to interview Sylvia, contact her through her site.

3) Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two was showcased on for Book of the Day and was still there on Saturday plus in the Kobo Bargain Books section. No Kobo? -download the app.
Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery (new edition) will be reviewed this Wednesday June 6th with Skills for Employability Part One:Pre-Employment on July 3rd and Release Your Potential:Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development on August 3rd. Shawna contacted me through Twitter
4)  Chasing Rainbows (2011) is still a category bestseller  after **52 weeks in the US Amazon store   After topping at #1 on June 1st 2011, it has remained steady at #31 in Books > Travel > Europe > Andorra.  Andorra, an experience of a lifetime! 
Chasing Rainbows was also a category best seller in the Amazon UK store:  * #48 in Books > Travel & Holiday > Countries & Regions > Europe > Ireland; #52 in Books > Biography > Social & Health Issues > Cultural History > Irish on 29.05.11;  #54 in Books>Biography.Social&Health Issues.Cultural History>Irish  on June 9th 2011.  
#72 in Kindle Store>Books>Nonfiction>Biographies & Memoires>Specific Groups  on June 9th 2011 
just five weeks after publication. 
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5) Skills for Employability Part One:Pre-Employment ePub format has now been approved for shipping to AppleiBookstore,(Download the app here) Sony Reader, Diesel, B&N for Nook, Baker &Taylor for Blio and Kobo where it will join all other titles in the two series, most of which have been shipped already. If they are not there they are in the shipping process. You can can download direct from Smashwords  or go to the bookstore for your e-reader. Don't forget that Kobo e-books are now available from the WHSmith for Kobo  ebookstore. 

6) A publisher mention in a major trade newsletter with image of Lifelong Learning:A View From the Coal Face. Nice!

7) Jubilee weekend competition in Women's Thoughts - an online coffee stop type of magazine. I am donating as a prize, a copy each of Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery and the sequel Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two. Signed and gift-wrapped.  It runs until next weekend but you can join in the conversation anytime.

8) Last but not least but of prime importance! Hard-to-locate camcorder tapes from Amazon arrived. All set for Italy now and don't have to buy a new camcorder.

Memories of Sicily to keep me going until I return to La Bella Italia!